Board Announces New Officers and New Member

Posted Nov 12, 2015
Jayne Russell

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is pleased to announce several changes to its board of directors. The changes took effect Oct. 18 during the annual board meeting.

Jayne Russell, MEd, CCHP-A, is now board chair after serving one year as chair-elect. She has been the liaison of the Academy of Correctional Heath Professionals since ACHP became an NCCHC supporting organization in 2006. Ms. Russell has served on every NCCHC committee as well as the CCHP board of trustees, and is a lead surveyor for NCCHC’s accreditation program. After a long career in correctional health care administration in both jail and prison settings, she now works as an independent consultant. "I am honored to represent the board as its chair and support all those working in this field as we move forward together in our mission and significant work in correctional health care," Ms. Russell said.

Eileen Couture, DO, CCHP-P, has been elected chair-elect. She has been the liaison of the American College of Emergency Physicians since 2007 and serves on NCCHC’s accreditation and policy and standards committees. She also served on the CCHP-Physician task force, is a physician surveyor and chaired the Academy board of directors. Currently, Dr. Couture works in several emergency departments in the Chicago area and is an adjunct professor in family medicine at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL.

In addition, Thomas Fagan, PhD, CCHP-MH, liaison of the American Psychological Association, has been reelected treasurer for 2015-2016. Dr. Fagan is director of the social and behavioral sciences division at Nova Southeastern University, and had a long career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He has been on the NCCHC board since 1996.

Barbara Wakeen, RD, CCHP, was reelected 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 American College of Healthcare Executives has a new liaison on the board. Samuel Soltis, PhD, has served as assistant deputy director of health services for the South Carolina Department of Corrections since 2013. Previously, he was director of health services for the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice from 2002 to 2013.

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.