Program Governance


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, 2017-2018

Edwin Megargee, PhD, CCHP (chair)

Professor Emeritus
Florida State University
Havana, FL

Patricia Reams, MD, MPH, CCHP-P (vice chair)
Cumberland Hospital
Richmond, VA

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

Johnnie Lambert, RN, CCHP
Clinical Operations Specialist
Centurion, LLC
Atlanta, GA

Peter Ober, JD, PA-C, CCHP
Managing Partner
Rappahannock Creative Health
Fredericksburg, VA

James Pavletich, MHA, CAE, CCHP (ex officio)
Chief Executive Officer
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Chicago, IL

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

Ralf Salke, BSN, RN, CCHP-A
Vice President of Operations
Corizon Health
Jefferson City, MO

Tara Taylor, BSN, RN, CCHP
Regional Director of Nursing
Corizon Health
Jefferson City, MO

Ohiana Torrealday, PhD, CCHP-MH
Tampa, FL