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Newly elected CARF Board of Directors chair looks to grow accreditation services

Seven health and human service leaders elected to board seats

Tucson, AZ -- December 4, 2008 -- The CARF Board of Directors elected Cathy Ellis, PT, to serve a one-year term as board chair beginning January 1, 2009. At its November 21 meeting, the board also elected seven individuals to serve on the board.

"In the coming year, CARF will continue to expand our work to improve the lives of persons served in the human service fields," Ellis said. "CARF-accredited programs are growing internationally. I look forward to working with our president/CEO, Brian Boon, and our accomplished and talented board of directors to grow CARF accreditation services and to meaningfully improve the lives of persons served in health and human services."

Ellis was seated on the CARF Board of Directors in 2006. She previously served on the CARF Board of Trustees, forerunner of the CARF Board of Directors, from 2000 through 2005.

Ellis is the director of physical rehabilitation and the clinical director of the spinal cord program at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, D.C.

As a physical therapist, Ellis has provided clinical care, management, education, and program direction in national and international medical rehabilitation and educational settings. Before joining the NRH in 1985, she was in practice for eight years at George Washington University Hospital.

Ellis has represented the American Physical Therapy Association on many committees working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She is currently appointed as clinical instructor in health care sciences on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and serves on the advisory board of the physical therapy program at Marymount University.

Ellis succeeds Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, who was elected board chair for 2008. Bruyère was seated on the CARF board in 1999 and will serve as past chair during Ellis' term.

During Bruyère's term as board chair, CARF introduced new standards for supports for children with autism spectrum disorder and for the Centers for Independent Living. CARF also expanded its accreditation activities into insurance with the accreditation of Aviva Canada's accident benefit case management and claims processing. CARF awarded its first accreditation in the South Pacific to a child and youth services provider in Guam. The first CARF aging services network accreditation in Canada was announced for a provider in Alberta.

Persons elected or reelected to seats on the CARF Board of Directors for terms beginning in 2009 include:

  • Susanne M. Bruyère, director, Employment and Disability Institute, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Richard Forkosh, executive director, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Marvin Mashner, president and chief executive officer, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc., West Point, Pennsylvania
  • James T. McDeavitt, M.D., senior vice president, Education & Research, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Paul Nathenson, M.P.A., B.S.N., RN, CRRN, HN-BC, vice president, corporate planning and long term care, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • D. Sharon Osborne, president/CEO, Children's Home Society of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • Herb Zaretsky, Ph.D., clinical professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Rusk Institute, New York University School of Medicine, New York City, New York

They will serve next year with incumbent board members:

  • Kevin C. Baack, Ph.D., executive director, retired, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Portland, Maine
  • Thomas J. Buckley, Ed.D., executive director, Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens, Clearwater, Florida
  • Cathy Ellis, PT, director of physical rehabilitation and the clinical director of the spinal cord program, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  • Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D., CRC, senior training associate, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Kayda Johnson, chief operating officer, Senior Resource Group, Solana Beach, California

Serving in diverse health and human service fields, members of the CARF Board of Directors bring unique and valued experience to their governance role with CARF.

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12/4/2008 12:05:00 AM

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