NCCHC Board Announces New Officers and New Member

Posted Nov 11, 2014

Chicago (November 11, 2014) – The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is pleased to announce several changes to its board of directors. The changes took effect Oct. 19 during the annual board meeting.

Patricia Reams, MD, CCHP, is now board chair after serving one year as chair-elect. Dr. Reams has served as the American Academy of Pediatrics’ liaison to the board since 2002. She is a pediatrician with Cumberland Hospital, New Kent, VA, and for 10 years worked as a physician in the juvenile justice system in Virginia. She has been active in the organization as an accreditation surveyor since 1996 and has been a member of every NCCHC committee.

Jayne Russell, MEd, CCHP-A, has been elected chair-elect. She has been the liaison of the Academy of Correctional Heath Professionals since ACHP became an NCCHC supporting organization in 2006. She, too, has served on every NCCHC committee, as well as the CCHP board of trustees. After a long career in correctional health care administration in both jail and prison settings, she now works as an independent consultant.

Thomas Fagan, PhD, CCHP-MH, liaison of the American Psychological Association, has been elected treasurer for 2014-2015. Dr. Fagan, a professor of psychology for Nova Southeastern University, had a long career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He has been on the NCCHC board since 1996.

Barbara Wakeen, RD, CCHP, was elected secretary. Ms. Wakeen has been the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ liaison to the board since 2001. She is the principal of Correctional Nutrition Consultants, Ltd.

The National Association of Counties has a new liaison on the board. Christopher Rodgers, MPA, serves on the Douglas County, Nebraska, Board of Commissioners and was NACo’s first vice president from July 2010 to July 2014. He is the director of community and government relations at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he previously directed a privately funded initiative to serve prison inmates and prevent recidivism.

About the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

NCCHC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in our nation’s jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities; operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet these standards; produces and disseminates resource publications; conducts educational trainings and conferences; and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a representative to the NCCHC board of directors.