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CARF Board of Directors reelects senior housing industry leader Kayda Johnson as chair

December 20, 2012, Tucson, Arizona -- At its November 30 meeting in Tucson, the CARF Board of Directors elected Kayda Johnson to serve a consecutive term as chair of the board. Her second one-year term begins January 1, 2013.

The board provides governance of CARF International, a nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.

"It is an honor to serve another term as the board continues its important work in enhancing the lives of persons served," Johnson said.

Johnson is chief operating officer of Senior Resource Group, LLC, in Solana Beach, California. Active nationally in the senior housing industry, she served on the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) Board of Directors for more than twelve years and is now engaged in the federation's executive chief operating officers group. She has participated in committees of the National Investment Center (NIC) for senior housing and care industries, and she is active in the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA).

Johnson is the current secretary of the Arizona ALFA Board of Directors and is a member of the Continuing Care/Residential Communities Committee of Aging Services of California. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and contributing author to industry journals and publications.

Johnson served on the faculty of the University of Redlands for twenty years. She holds M.B.A. and B.S. degrees and RN/AAS designation, and she is a licensed nursing home administrator and certified residential care administrator.

Before her present position overseeing operations for Senior Resource Group, Johnson held chief operating officer positions in large retirement housing companies for ten years. Senior Resource Group develops, owns, and operates high quality senior housing communities that are home to more than 4,000 residents on 17 campuses throughout Arizona, California, Florida, and Oregon.

Thomas Buckley, Richard Forkosh reelected to board terms 

At the board's November 30 meeting, Thomas J. Buckley, Ed.D., and Richard Forkosh were elected to serve additional three-year terms on the board.

Buckley is executive director of the Lucanus Developmental Center in Hollywood, Florida. Forkosh is president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy Heartland in Manchester, Missouri. He chaired the CARF Board of Directors from 2006 through 2007.

Cathy Ellis to leave the board  

Cathy Ellis, PT, will retire from the CARF Board of Directors when her term expires at the end of this year.

Ellis is the assistant vice president of clinical services and the clinical director of the spinal cord program at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, D.C. She served as the CARF Board of Directors chair for three one-year terms from 2009 through 2011.

Serving in diverse health and human service fields, the eleven members of the CARF Board of Directors bring unique and valuable experience to their governance roles.

12/19/2012 12:05:00 AM

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