Rebecca Kishlock, BA, CTTS, joined the Breathe Pennsylvania staff in February 2017 as the Tobacco Cessation and Education Program Associate. Previously, she worked as a supervisor at Adagio Health, where she worked directly with the Department of Health, focusing on tobacco compliance within the Southwest region of Pennsylvania.
Kishlock earned her Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certificate at Duquesne University School of Pharmacy while she was working as a Tobacco Free Coordinator for the Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission. This certificate program gave her the skills, knowledge and training to provide effective, evidenced –based interventions for tobacco dependence across a range of intensities and in a variety of settings. Rebecca focused her cessation work in behavioral health settings, worksites, state prisons and county jails. “I chose a population that can be intimidating and challenging, and it became one of my most rewarding life experiences.” said Kishlock.
During this time, Kishlock became a Facilitator for Smoke-Free for Life and Smokeless Saturday, providing crucial experience working with teenage students who have been found with tobacco or nicotine products on school property. This program is considered a positive alternative to suspension or fines that teaches the students about every aspect of their tobacco and nicotine use. Kishlock explained, “I feel as though prevention, education and intervention are such a vital piece for our youth.”
Kishlock is involved in the Tobacco Resistance Unit Program and is an active member of the Southwest Tobacco Coalition. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking, spending time with family, volunteering in the community and fostering dogs with R.E.A.L. Rottweiler Rescue.