NASL issued a press release on Monday, October 22, 2018, announcing the election of a new president and NASL Board of Directors for 2018 – 2019 and celebrating NASL's Member of the Year.
NASL Elects New Board at 29th Annual Meeting
NASL Board Reflects Diversity of Membership & Complexity of Issues Ahead
Washington, DC – The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) elected a new president and several new and returning Board members for the association’s Board of Directors during the recent NASL 29th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Aegis Therapies’ President & CEO Martha Schram was elected by the NASL Board of Directors to serve as the association’s president. Schram has served as chair of the NASL Medical Services Committee since 2010. Upon her election, NASL President Martha Schram said, “I am honored to serve an organization that I have championed for many years. We carry the patient’s voice to policymakers and I am excited to do this in a new capacity as president.”
The Board of Directors reflects the diversity of the full NASL membership, which ranges from providers – i.e., rehabilitation therapy companies that collectively employ more than 300,000 individuals, to include speech-language pathologists (SLPs), physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and other provider groups caring for hundreds of thousands of patients – to health information technology developers; suppliers of therapy and specialized medical products and equipment; and clinical laboratories, portable x-ray and diagnostic testing services that serve the long term and post-acute care sector. This diversity is part of NASL’s strength in dealing with complex health policy issues and why the association has earned a solid reputation among policymakers as an honest broker of health policy.
In addition to the Board election of Martha Schram as president, the NASL membership elected new Board members, including:
- Genice Hornberger of PointClickCare;
- Freda Mowad of Senior Rehab Solutions; and
- Cheryl Strickland of Choice Rehabilitation.
Board members re-elected by the membership to continue serving on the NASL Board of Directors, include:
- Christine Busby of Signature Rehabilitation;
- Cathy de Verteuil of Optima Healthcare Solutions;
- Brian Garner of Medline Industries, Inc.;
- Robert Latz of Trinity Rehabilitation Services; and
- Martha Shaker of Concept Rehab.
These newly elected officers and board members join current NASL Board members, including:
- Ryan Beddingfield, PruittHealth;
- Mike Billings, Infinity Rehab;
- Mike Capstick, Select Rehabilitation;
- Laura Dennis, Restore Therapy Services;
- Judy Elmore, AFFIRMA Rehabilitation;
- Dustin Freas, Flagship Rehabilitation;
- Tracy Fritts, Consonus Healthcare Services;
- Shawn Halcsik, Encore Rehabilitation;
- Denise Kelly, Ageility Physical Therapy Solutions;
- Peter Klug, Direct Supply;
- Debbie Koepsel, Accelerated Care Plus;
- Linda Kolleng, Symbria, Inc.;
- Mindy Lankenau, Paragon Rehabilitation;
- Glenda Mack, Kindred Healthcare/ RehabCare;
- Traci McCullough, Functional Pathways;
- Jane Moffett, Casamba;
- Michelle Moore-Andrews, Integra Rehabilitation;
- Alan Morrison, Trident USA Health Services;
- Jerrod Murphy, Gamma Healthcare;
- Carrie O’Connell, HCS;
- Hannah Patterson, Netsmart;
- Julie Rettberg, ONR, Inc.;
- DeLaine Rice-White, HCR ManorCare;
- Tara Roberts, Nexion Health Management, Inc.;
- Lou Ann Soika, Genesis Rehab Services;
- Rick Speas, HealthPRO/Heritage; and
- David Tate, Reliant Rehabilitation.
MatrixCare President & CEO John Damgaard remains on the NASL Board as Immediate Past President. Damgaard commented, “NASL is fortunate to have a Board of Directors that not only understands the importance of supporting the host industry, but is eager to partner with Congress and federal government agencies like CMS and ONC. NASL has made incredible strides in ensuring that its members are literally ‘at the table’ and truly able to impact the policies that are shaping this sector. I look forward to continuing to work with this outstanding Board and its new president, Martha Schram.”
During the Annual Meeting, NASL also bestowed its Member of the Year Award on Robert Latz of Trinity Rehab Services for his commitment to the association and countless hours of service to NASL’s committees and workgroups, which drive NASL’s advocacy.