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Academy Representative on NCCHC Board

The Academy holds a permanent position on the Board of Directors of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), providing key input on education, practice, and public policy issues.

The current Academy designee to the NCCHC Board is Jayne Russell, M.Ed, CCHP-A.

In memory of our dedicated colleague Margaret Collatt

By B. Sue Medley-Lane, RN, CCHP

The Academy of Correctional Health Professionals sadly learned of the passing of our dear friend Margaret Collatt. Margaret was a founding board member of the Academy in 2001 and served as one of the first treasurers in 2003. She proudly served for many years on the board and dedicated her life to recognizing, educating, and improving correctional health care. She served as the Academy’s Chairman of the Board in 2007 and 2016-17.

We all knew Margaret for her knowledge, and especially her positive attitude, sense of humor, wonderful smile, and infectious laugh. She will be missed by many, but especially by those that knew her well. She would not let anything stand in the way of making sure she was at every convention, working behind the scenes and presenting at most. Margaret was a tireless dedicated volunteer, always there to lend a helping hand wherever she was needed. She was also dedicated to making sure that the health care profession in this challenging environment had the tools and knowledge to provide the best possible care to this underserved population. Because of Margaret, many have become involved in the Academy and work hard to make it the organization she envisioned it to be, an organization that represents all the correctional healthcare professionals. We will miss our dear Margaret.

Barbara De Lap, DDS, MPH, CCHP
Dental Director (Retired)
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Bagdad, KY
Term expires 2019

Ralf Salke, BSN, RN, CCHP-A
Area Vice President
Corizon Health Inc. 
Jefferson City, MO
Term expires 2019

Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH, CCHP


Iatric Edge, LLC

Birmingham, AL

Term Expires 2021

Melvin Wilson, MBA, LCSW

Manager, Social Justice and Human Rights
National Association of Social Workers

Washington, DC

Term Expires 2021

Ken Tucker, RN, BSN, CCHP

Health Services Administrator

Rudd Medical Services

Murfreesboro, TN

Term Expires 2021

Board of Directors

The Academy Board of Directors plays a vital role in establishing the vision and strategic direction for the Academy, and assuring adherence to the Academy’s mission, bylaws, policies, procedures, and values.

The Board is comprised of 11 Academy members elected to three-year terms – seven are selected by the membership through an election process; three are appointed for their standing in the community or profession; two are from the NCCHC Board of Directors; and the NCCHC President serves ex officio.





Holly Puhl, BSN, RN, CCHP-RN
(President and Chair)
Nursing Supervisor
Wisconsin Resource Center
Winnebago, WI
Term expires 2019

Todd Schwartz, MPA, CCHP
National Account Manager
Gilead Sciences
Bradenton, FL
Term expires 2019

Jayne Russell, MEd, CCHP-A


JR Russell & Associates LLC

Phoenix, AZ

James R. Pavletich, MHA, CAE, CCHP
Chief Executive Officer
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Chicago, IL

B. Sue Medley-Lane, RN, CCHP

Corporate Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator
Centurion, LLC

Vienna, VA

Term Expires 2021

Kim Pearson, MHA, MBA, RN, CCHP

Correctional Health Care Consultant

KP Consulting, LLC

Laguna Niguel, CA

Term Expires 2021