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, 2018-2019


Edwin Megargee, PhD, CCHP (chair)

Professor Emeritus
Florida State University
Havana, FL
(2017-2020)

Pauline Marcussen, DHA, RHIA, CCHP (vice chair)
Acting Associate Director for Healthcare Services
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Warwick, RI
(2018-2021)

CDR Deborah Bishop, MPH, PA-C, CCHP
Physician Assistant
ICE Health Services Corps
Buffalo, NY
(2016-2019)

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

Leonora Muhammad, DNP, APRN, CCHP-A
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
(2016-2019)

Esmaeil Porsa, MD, MPH, CCHP-P, CCHP-A
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Integration Officer
Dallas County Jail
Dallas, TX
(2016-2019)

Deborah Ross (ex officio)
Interim 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)