NHA engagement initiatives and opportunities

NHA engagement initiatives and opportunities

We want you to be involved and support your profession. Our boards, committees, and engagement activities allow leaders and stakeholders across the healthcare industry to shape the future of healthcare.



Want to engage? Here’s how.

Innovation Board
Innovation Boards

Hand-selected groups of volunteers who bring unique knowledge and expertise in the professions we serve in order to provide key insights and recommendations to the organization. The following is a list of NHA’s Innovation Boards:

  • Healthcare Employer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • CTE
  • Healthcare Educator
Engagement Committee
Engagement Committees

Committees of subject matter experts that help ideate and inform NHA of critical product features, user experience, content and product development.

Certification Boards
Certification Boards

Two certification boards that operate independently of NHA and provide oversight for all certification and recertification decisions, including policies, governance, eligibility standards and the development, administration and scoring of assessment instruments. The certification boards are responsible for the following:

  • Adopting certification program policies and procedures
  • Adopting its own rules of procedure
  • Approving the certification exam content outline (also known as blueprint)
  • Approving appointments to the Exam Review committee and acting on its recommendations
  • Appointing a Disciplinary and Appeals Committee
  • Electing successors to the Board
  • Appointing ad hoc committees as necessary


The certification boards have each developed a Code of Ethics found below, immediately following the listing of members of the respective board.

If you have an interest in serving on one of the boards, committe, or become an NHA SME, please fill out our survey below.

If you have additional questions we invite you to reach out to either Jessica Langley-Loep, Executive Director of Education & Advocacy or Douglas Viehland, Executive Director of Certifications

Want to participate in one of NHA’s engagement boards or committees?

Please complete the short survey that will capture your interest and professional details. Once you complete the survey, a member of our team will reach out to provide additional information about your request.

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NHA Engagement Board and Committee Members


NHA Certification Governing Board


The NHA Certification Governing Board oversees seven of the eight certifications offered by NHA. A separate board oversees the ExCPT exam and CPhT certification program. The Board typically includes one representative of each of the seven certifications. One additional member serves as a public member to represent the consumers of these services. Members serve three-year terms and may serve consecutive terms. The end of their current term is noted below.

Tracey Pinkney, CCMA, CPT, CPCT/A, CET, ExCPT, (Chair – 2024)

Assistant Center Manager, CSL Plasma, New Jersey
Adjunct Professor, Eastern University, Philadelphia

April Austin, NRCMA, CBCS (Member – 2023)

Director of Education, Unitech Training Academy
Lafayette, Louisiana

Marilyn Bier, CAE, ACC (Public Member – 2022)

President and Owner, Bluewater Consulting and Coaching, LLC
Englewood, Florida

Daniel L. Gottschall Jr, CCA, CBCS, CMAA (Member – 2024)

Medical Office Assistant/Administrator, UNC Physicians Network
Raleigh, North Carolina

Crystal Wolf, CCMA (Member – 2024)

Allied Health Educator, OhioHealth-BAC
Galloway, Ohio

Tracy A. Huneke CP, NPA, CHI (Member – 2024)

Director/School of Allied Health Careers, Nursing Division, Griffin Health Services
Derby, Connecticut

Nikki Patterson, CMA (Member – 2022)

OPG EMR Educator Manager, OhioHealth
Columbus, Ohio

Helen Suchocki-Martinez CCMA, CET, CPT, CHI, AHCM (Member – 2023)

Medical Assistant/Health Technician, Rutgers College, Hurtado Health Center
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Medical Assistant Instructor, CPR Instructor (AHA & ASHI)
Lincoln Tech, Iselin, New Jersey

NHA Code of Ethics

As a certified professional through the NHA, I have a duty to:

  • To use my best efforts for the betterment of society, the profession, and the members of the profession.
  • Uphold the standards of professionalism and be honest in all professional interactions.
  • Continue to learn, apply, and advance scientific and practical knowledge and skills, stay up to date on the latest research and its practical application.
  • Participate in activities contributing to the improvement of personal health, our society, and the betterment of the allied health industry.
  • Continuously act in the best interests of the general public.
  • Protect and respect the dignity and privacy of all patients.


ExCPT Certification Governing Board


The ExCPT Certification Governing Board oversees the ExCPT exam and the CPhT certification program. Members include certified pharmacy technicians currently employed and practicing in the field and other stakeholder members such as pharmacists, educators and employers. One additional member serves as a public member to represent the consumers of these services. Members serve three-year terms and may serve consecutive terms. The end of their current term is noted below.

Aimee Capps, CPhT (2023 – Technician) Chair--Technician Member

Oncology Technician, St Luke’s Cancer Institute
Boise, Idaho

Richard (Rick) Capraro Jr. CPhT (2022 – Technician) Technician Member

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Laura Churns, PharmD, (2023 — Pharmacist) Stakeholder Member

Senior Manager, Pharmacy Regulatory Affairs, Publix Pharmacy
New York, New York

Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Ed.D. (2024) Public Member

Chief Operating Officer, The DeBruce Foundation
Kansas City, Missouri

Daniel Nyakundi, CPhT (2023 – Technician) Technician Member

Quality Assurance Technician/Pharmacy Educator, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
Houston, Texas

Tonya Shackelford, R.Ph. (2022 — Pharmacist) Stakeholder Member

Senior Manager, Product and Solutions Marketing, Cardinal Health
Dublin, Ohio


Pharmacy Technician Code of Ethics*

Pharmacy Technicians are healthcare professionals who assist pharmacists in providing the best possible care for patients. The principles of this code, which apply to pharmacy technicians working in any and all settings, are based on the application and support of the moral obligations that guide the pharmacy profession in relationships with patients, healthcare professionals and society.

The following principles apply to all ExCPT Certified Pharmacy Technicians:

  • A pharmacy technician’s first consideration is to ensure the health and safety of the patient, and to use knowledge and skills to the best of his/her ability in serving patients.
  • A pharmacy technician supports and promotes honesty and integrity in the profession, which includes a duty to observe the law, maintain the highest moral and ethical conduct at all times and uphold the ethical principles of the profession.
  • A pharmacy technician assists and supports the pharmacists in the safe and efficacious and cost effective distribution of health services and healthcare resources.
  • A pharmacy technician respects and values the abilities of pharmacists, colleagues and other healthcare professionals.
  • A pharmacy technician maintains competency in his/her practice and continually enhances his/ her professional knowledge and expertise.
  • A pharmacy technician respects and supports the patient’s individuality, dignity, and confidentiality.
  • A pharmacy technician respects the confidentiality of a patient’s records and discloses pertinent information only with proper authorization.
  • A pharmacy technician never assists in dispensing, promoting or distribution of medication or medical devices that are not of good quality or do not meet the standards required by law.
  • A pharmacy technician does not engage in any activity that will discredit the profession, and will expose, without fear or favor, illegal or unethical conduct of the profession.
  • A pharmacy technician associates with and engages in the support of organizations, which promote the profession of pharmacy through the utilization and enhancement of pharmacy technicians.


*Adapted from The American Association of Pharmacy Technicians Code of Ethics, published Am. J. Health-Syst Pharm. 2003.



Advisory-board-icons_innovationNHA Innovation Boards

NHA’s Innovation Boards are hand-selected groups of volunteers who bring unique knowledge and expertise in the professions we serve in order to provide key insights and recommendations to the organization.

Advisory-board-icons_Employers NHA Healthcare Employer Innovation Board

Ebony Vega, LVN

Manager, Clinical Education, Dignity Health Medical Foundation

Adele R. Johnson-Kebe, SHRM-CP, PHR

System Human Resources Director, Mercy Health

Deb Lehker, RN

Clinical Education Specialist, Banner Health

Mari Knettle, BS, DPT, EdD.

Director Center for Health Sciences Education, Cleveland Clinic

Nikki Nissen, MSN

Sr. Director/Chief Nursing Officer, Novant Health

Helen Fairchild

VP of Programs, Futuro Health

Advisory-board-icons_Educators NHA Healthcare Educator Innovation Board

Danielle Scheitz, DC, CCMA

MA Program Director, Purdue Global

Sunil Wadhwa

National Dean of Education, Education Affiliates

Ruben Rodriguez, BS, CPT, CMA

Corp Medical Assisting Program Director, Southwest University at El Paso

Jaime Nguyen, MD, MPH, MS

Director of AH Programs, Penn Foster

Allan Brussolo

VP of Education, Southern Careers Institute

Amanda Malfer

Associate Chief Academic Officer, Empire Education Corporation DBA Mildred Elley

Shane Reeder

Director of New Business and Innovative Program Development, Prospect Education/Charter College

Advisory-board-icons_Retail NHA Pharmacy Technician Innovation Board

Darvi Redding

Pharmacy Technician Instructor, Florida Career College

Sametra Delaney

RCO-Pharmacy Technician Department Chair, Remington College

Jane Burton

Pharmacy Technician Program Director, Mississippi Delta

Paul Satterfield

Senior Development and Training Coach, Amerisource Bergen

Staci Rush

Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Lead Team), Hometown Pharmacy Wisconsin

Kathleen Thorpe

Senior Manager of Prescription Processing, Pill Pack

Justin Manning

Pharmacy Supervisor, Hy-Vee

Nichole Santilli-Smith

Sr. Consultant, Retail Pharmacy Operations/Compliance, CVS

Kajay Garman

Pharmacy Technician Instructor, Cypress Fairbanks ISD

Amanda Slonkaker

Pharmacy Technician Instructor, Sollers High School

Kristy Malacos

Pharmacy Administrator, Magruder Hospital, Pharmacy Systems Inc.

Advisory-board-icons_CTE CTE Innovation Board

Staci Polozola

Career & Technical Education Coordinator, Livingston Parish Public Schools, LA

Stacy Foster, Ed.D

Career Technical Education Coordinator, Metropolitan Nashville Schools, TN

Craig Grazioli, BBA, M.Ed.

District Health Science Education Programs Coordinator, Pearland Independent School District, TX

Joel King

Director of Teaching & Learning, Great Oaks Career Campuses, OH

Jeanne Meredith, B.S.H.O.Ed; M.S.

Academies of Louisville Coach, Jefferson County Public Schools, KY

Beth Fancis, MS RN

Health Care Program Manager, Pima JTED

Alexandra Sabin, Med, BS

CTE Curriculum Specialist, Denver Public Schools

Dr. Shallu Makan

Program Specialist for the College and Career Readiness Program, William S. Hart Union High School District

Karene Duffy

Director/Principal, NEWTech

Cindy Robinson

Health Science Coordinator, Mineola ISD

Anna Snipes, RN

Health Science Instructor, Lancaster County School District Career Center

Charnele Smith

CCTE Advisorr, Shelby County Schools

Carolyn Wade

Career Coach – College and Career Readiness, Huntsville City Schools, AL