Board Election


CCHP Board of Trustees Election

Each year, one seat on the CCHP Board of Trustees is open for election. CCHPs in good standing have the opportunity to select who will represent them and their concerns on the board. You must be currently CCHP certified to vote and can only vote once for one candidate.

The 2020 election will take place from July 30 through August 13. Current CCHPs will be emailed an invitation with the candidate statements and a link to online voting. If you do not receive the email, check your spam folder and, if you don't find it, contact

Five CCHPs have been nominated for the three-year position on the Board. Their candidate statements appear below.
Note: These statements have not been edited.


Mari Knight, MSN, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A

I am humbled by the nomination for a seat on the Certified Correctional Health Professional Board of Trustees, and I welcomeMari Knight the opportunity to serve. I have over nineteen years’ experience in correctional health care as an operator, clinician, and educator in multiple states in both jails and prison systems. The CCHP certification validates a commitment to mastery of the correctional healthcare and national standards. We must continue to provide for and encourage correctional healthcare and administrative staff to attain their CCHP certifications. I believe in lifelong learning, I have achieved my CCHP-A and I am actively pursuing my DNP. My goal is to use the knowledge gained to further the discipline of evidence-based practice in correctional healthcare. Regardless of the differences in our work settings, our shared goal is safe, effective health care. If elected, I promise to serve with diligence and dedication. I would greatly appreciate your vote.

Rebecca Pinney, MSN, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A

I am honored to be considered for a position on the Certified Correctional Health Professional Board of Trustees.  I am a nurseRebecca Pinney with 30 years of experience in the correctional healthcare setting serving in positions as a facility Director of Nursing to Chief Nursing Officer for a private vendor organization.   My strong belief in the benefits of the CCHP Program are evidenced in my being certified as a CCHP, a CCHP-RN, and a CCHP-A.  The program has served to enhance my knowledge of the correctional health care field but has also allowed me to use that knowledge to support quality efforts in all positions in which I have served. If selected, I would work to support the quality of the certification programs and to enhance access of the program to those who would seek to attain the certifications offered. Thank  you for your consideration of me for this position

Ralf Salke, BSN, RN, CCHP-A

I’m honored for this nomination.  Allow me to represent you on the Board with your VOTE. “We should all be certified in our Ralf Salkecraft.”  I know I can make a difference and have previously. I served on the Board in the past and assisted in achieving numerous goals and promoting this organization throughout the country. I promote and encourage all staff to participate in the CCHP / CCHP Specialty programs. I would work towards improving the CCHP/CCHP Specialty exams, development and scoring of those certifications.  I am familiar with the healthcare operations in both prisons and jails around the US. I’m passionate about what we do in correctional healthcare.  Help me, help you with current / future CCHPS with your vote! I would be honored to help lead the way and develop our path for continued success! Thank you


Tara Taylor, BSN, RN, CCHP

I am honored to have served on the CCHP Board of Trustees for the last 3 years. I have worked in corrections for the last 24 Tara Tayloryears, starting as a staff nurse and have held various clinical and operational leadership positions. Given the immense impact that the Standards have on the quality of care we provide, it is in the best interest of our patients to have as many correctional professionals earn certification as possible. If reelected I want to continue to explore ways that we can utilize technology to expand opportunities for more people to learn the Standards and earn certification as a CCHP.  I believe the knowledge gained can positively impact the care we provide. I would be very appreciative of your vote as I would love to have the opportunity to continue to serve on this Board.

Tracey Titus, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A

Beginning my correctional health care career in 1994, I immediately wanted to learn about this new specialty, so I turned to Tracey TitusNCCHC and the CCHP program. I was so proud to become a CCHP in 1997 and eventually attain the CCHP-RN and CCHP-A certification. As a member of the CCHP-RN subcommittee, I am actively involved in developing a correctional nursing course to be unveiled in November 2020. I have taught numerous CCHP preparation courses, proctored numerous exams, and scored CCHP-A exams.

If elected, not only would I continue to encourage my colleagues to attain certification but explore ways to encourage employers to value and reward CCHPs for their dedication to this specialty.  My knowledge of NCCHC Standards, combined with 26 years of correctional health care experience will be helpful in the continued development of the CCHP Program. I would be honored to be part of this incredible program’s continued growth.