Program Governance

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The Certified Correctional Health Professional program is administered by NCCHC and governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of 10 correctional health experts from a variety of health professions. Three of the trustees are elected by their peers; the others are appointed from the correctional health field. The Board of Trustees is responsible for exam content, scoring and evaluation, as well as awarding certification to successful candidates.

CCHP Board of Trustees, 2019-2020


Pauline Marcussen, DHA, RHIA, CCHP (chair)

Acting Associate Director for Healthcare Services
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Warwick, RI
(2018-2021)

Edwin Megargee, PhD, CCHP (vice chair)
Professor Emeritus
Florida State University
Havana, FL
(2017-2020)

Johnnie Lambert, RN, LHRM, CCHP-A
Clinical Operations Specialist
Centurion, LLC
Atlanta, GA
(2018-2021)

Sue Lane, RN, CCHP-A
Corporate Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator
Centurion, LLC 
Pompano Beach, FL
(2019-2022)

Leonora Muhammad, DNP, APRN, CCHP
Senior Director, Quality Improvement & Patient Safety
Corizon Health
Florissant, MO
(2018-2021)

Peter Ober, JD, PA-C, CCHP
Managing Partner
Rappahannock Creative Health
Fredericksburg, VA
(2019-2022)

Esmaeil Porsa, MD, MPH, CCHP-P, CCHP-A
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Integration Officer
Dallas County Jail 
Dallas, TX
(2019-2022)

Deborah Ross, CCHP (ex officio) 
Chief Executive Officer 
National Commission on Correctional Health Care 
Chicago, IL 
(Ongoing) 

Tara Taylor, BSN, RN, CCHP
Regional Director of Nursing
Corizon Health
Jefferson City, MO
(2017-2020)

Ohiana Torrealday, PhD, CCHP-MH
Tampa, FL
(2017-2020)