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


  • Brian Brooker, DHSc, RN-BC, NE-BC, M.H.A., H.A.C.P., C.A.R.T., Signature Healthcare Services, CA
  • Alisa B. Busch, M.D., M.S., McLean Hospital, MA
  • Deni Carise, Ph.D., Recovery Centers of America, PA
  • Pat Connell, R.N., M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E., C.BH.E., C.H.C., Boys Town Behavioral Health Division, NE
  • Charles “Ken” Dunham, M.D., MAEd, F.A.P.A., Novant Health, NC
  • 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
  • Karen Johnson, M.S.W., Universal Health Services, Inc., IL
  • Anne Kelly, Ed.D., B.S.N., Acadia Healthcare, 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
  • Ruth Moore, CC.E.P., Acadia Healthcare, Inc., CA
  • Marta Rusley-Parker, R.N., M.S., Universal Health Services, Inc., AR
  • Johan Smith, M.B.A., Horizon Health and Mental Health Outcomes, TX
  • Nina K. Snipes, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.., Strategic Behavioral Health, LLC, NV
  • Matt Stanley, D.O., Avera McKennan Behavioral Health Services, SD
  • Carolyn Sweetapple, South Oaks Hospital, NY
  • Kristen Tefft, M.H.I., R.H.I.A., Beckett Springs, OH
  • Deborah Weidner, M.D., M.B.A., Natchaug Hospital, Inc., CT

Staff Liaison:

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