The association has appointed an NABH Quality Committee to provide perspective on quality issues to the NABH Board of Trustees and to enhance the association’s ongoing work with other national organizations (such as the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).

The committee includes:


  • Frank A. Ghinassi, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, NJ


  • Will Adams, Ph.D., M.B.A., Strategic Behavioral Health, LLC, TN
  • Alisa B. Busch, M.D., M.S., McLean Hospital, MA
  • Pat Connell, R.N., M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E., C.BH.E., C.H.C., Boys Town Behavioral Health Division, NE
  • Frank G. Fortunati, Jr., M.D., J.D., Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, CT
  • Paul M. Heffington, L.C.S.W., R.N., A.P.R.N., Community Health Systems, TN
  • Gayle Olano Hurt, M.P.A, C.P.H.Q., Sheppard Pratt Health System, MD
  • Karen Johnson, M.S.W., Universal Health Services, Inc., IL
  • Anne Kelly, M.A., B.S.N., Acadia Healthcare, Inc., TN
  • Elisabeth J. Kunkel, M.D., Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, PA
  • Robert McCarley, M.D., Spring Harbor Hospital, ME
  • Susan McClanahan, Ph.D., Insight Behavioral Health Centers, IL
  • Nancy Purtell, R.N., M.B.A./H.C.M., HCA, TN
  • Marta Rusley-Parker, R.N., M.S., Universal Health Services, Inc., AR
  • Jean Willey Scallon, M.A., F.A.C.H.E., Springstone, Inc., KY
  • Michael Sherbun, R.N., M.H.A., Ph.D., Signature Healthcare Services
  • Johan Smith, M.B.A., Horizon Health and Mental Health Outcomes, TX
  • Matt Stanley, D.O., Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Services, SD
  • Shastri Swaminathan, M.D., Advocate Behavioral Health Council, IL
  • Carolyn Sweetapple, South Oaks Hospital, NY
  • Deborah Weidner, M.D., M.B.A., Natchaug Hospital, Inc., CT

Staff Liaison:

  • Scott Dziengelski, director of policy and regulatory affairs, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare
  • Sarah A. Wattenberg, M.S.W., director of quality and addiction services, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare