Board Announces Chair and Officers for 2017-2018

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Posted Nov 7, 2017
Barbara Wakeen

The NCCHC board of directors is pleased to announce its officers for 2017-2018. The changes took effect Nov. 5 during the annual board meeting.

Barbara A. Wakeen, MA, RDN, CCHP, is now board chair after serving one year as chair-elect. She has been the liaison of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 2001 and has extensive experience on NCCHC’s executive, education and juvenile health committees. A Certified Correctional Health Professional since 2009, she also became an accreditation surveyor last year.

Internationally recognized as an authority on correctional nutrition, Ms. Wakeen has practiced as a consultant, corporate dietitian and district manager in the correctional food-service industry since 1989. She owns and operates Correctional Nutrition Consultants, Ltd., which provides food-service and nutritional consultation to prisons, jails, detention facilities and other corrections-related food arenas. She also chairs Dietitians in Corrections for the Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliates, an international organization for food service professionals working in corrections.

Ms. Wakeen is the editor of Nutrition and Foodservice Management in Correctional Facilities, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has contributed to NCCHC's Standards for Health Services manuals, position statements and other resources.

As board chair, Ms. Wakeen intends to advance NCCHC's mission of improving the quality of health care provided in the nation's correctional facilities through promoting the Standards and other best practices as well as providing educational opportunities to the field and promoting the use of new technologies to enhance services for accredited facilities.

Other Board Officers
Thomas J. Fagan, PhD, CCHP-MH,  has been elected as chair-elect and will assume the position of chair in 2018-2019. The liaison of the American Psychological Association since 1996, Dr. Fagan also served as chair in 2003-2004. He is recently retired as associate dean of the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University, and previously had a long career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He serves on the executive, education and finance committees, as well as the CCHP–Mental Health subcommittee.

Nancy B. White, MA, LPC, liaison of the American Counseling Association, has been elected treasurer for 2017-2018. Ms. White is a team leader with Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health, Kansas City, MO, where she assists individuals diagnosed with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system. She has been on the NCCHC board since 1993 and serves on the executive, finance and education committees.

Oscar Aviles, CJM, CCE, CCHP, was reelected secretary. He joined the board as liaison of the American Jail Association in April 2015. A former director of the Hudson County (NJ) Department of Corrections, he now is the county's assistant administrator. He serves on the executive and accreditation committees, as well as the jails and prisons subcommittee.

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 liaison to the NCCHC board of directors.