As the Long-Term Care Administration (LTCA) Program Coordinator, I teach courses in the nationally accredited Nursing Home Administration program at both Kent State and Kent State at Stark and coordinate the internship class, placing students in a two-semester 1,000-clock hour internship. Upon appointment to the Ohio Board of Executives of Long-Term Services & Supports (NHA license board - BELTSS), I serve as the Academic representative in the State of Ohio. Appointments as the Convener of the Academic Forum and voting member on the Education Committee with NAB (National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards) provides Kent State University and the State of Ohio with representation on the national level. Upon graduating from Kent State University's Gerontology/Nursing Home Administration program in 1991 and passing the Social Work exam and the NHA national and NHA state nursing home administration examinations, I began working for a national chain of Long Term Care (LTC) facilities. During my career as an Licensed Nursing Hone Administrator (LNHA) I successfully operated senior living facilities both nonprofit and for-profit, ranging in size from 25 beds to 250 beds including board and care homes, assisted living, independent living, subacute and skilled nursing facilities. Having held as many as five different state licenses for Nursing Home Administration, I've operated facilities throughout Ohio, in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska. My roles as a Regional Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations led me to pursuing a Master's Degree. My academic career started at Stark State College in 2008 managing a Department of Labor (DOL) grant in the Health & Human Services (HHS) Division. At the conclusion of the DOL grant, the HHS Division Dean retired and I was appointed Interim Dean for a year and a half. As a NAB accredited Site Visitor, I am able to keep current with state and national trends in Long Term Care.
B.A. in Gerontology/Nursing Home Administration from Kent State University, M.B.A. from Ashland University
Published article - Compliance Today in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Brewer, Public Health, Grant recipient – Great Lakes Internship Readiness Grant in collaboration with United Church Homes, NAB Foundation Grant – proposal summer 2021
State appointment to Ohio license board - Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports (BELTSS)
National appointments with accrediting agency National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Board (NAB)
Two consecutive Ohio Department of Health Deficiency Free surveys
Nursing Home Administrator of the Year Award
Excellence Awards in Housekeeping, Accounts Receivable and Cost Control