ACHCA Announces 2020 Election Results

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2020 – The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is pleased to announce the results of its 2020 election to fill positions on the ACHCA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. The election results were accepted by the Nominating Committee on Friday, March 27, 2020. Results are based on a plurality of the votes cast by the ACHCA voting membership. 

Those elected to the ACHCA Board of Directors are installed at the inaugural Board meeting, Sunday, August 30, 2020, held during the Annual Convocation. The Nominating Committee thanks the members who submitted nominations and participated in the elections process.  We welcome our new and returning Board members:  

Elizabeth Schmeizl, FACHCA

Beth was elected to a three-year term to serve as an at Large Director on the Board of Directors.  She serves as Director of Operations for Athena Health Care Systems; responsible for over site of 48 skilled nursing facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Her ACHCA volunteer experience includes serving as the Chapter President for Connecticut.  Her leadership roles outside the College includes serving as a Board Member for the Town of Hebron, CT, Commission on Aging, and Board Member for the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities.  Beth will receive the Distinguished Administrator Award at the Annual Convocation & Expo in August/September.  

Mitchell Teller, FACHCA

Mitchell was re-elected to a three-year term to serve as an at Large Director on the Board of Directors.  A two-time Eli Pick Facility Leadership award recipient, he has served as the Administrator of Hillside Manor Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center for over seven years.  On the chapter level, Mitchell has received the Distinguished Service Award, New York Chapter (2008) and Administrator of the Year Award, New York Chapter (2005). He currently serves as the Membership Chair for the New York Chapter; he was Chapter President from 2000-2002.  His community service leadership roles extend to serving as Executive Board Committee Chair for the Congregation Sons of Israel.  

Matthew (Matt) Lessard, CNHA, FACHCA

Matt has been re-elected to a three-year term to serve as the District 1 Director on the Board of Directors.  The District 1 Director serves the states Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont.  A licensed administrator for 16 years, he is the incoming Regional Director of Operations for National Health Care covering the State of Maine.  Matt has received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award in 2013 and 2017.  His ACHCA leadership experience extends to serving on the National Education Committee since 2013, and the Bylaws Committee since 2018. 

Anthony (Tony) Restaino, CNHA, FACHCA

Tony has been elected to a three-year term to serve as the District 2 Director on the Board of Directors.  The District 2 Director serves the states of New Jersey and New York. Since joining ACHCA in 1989, he has served in every Officer position (including President) for the NY Chapter and has been the NY Chapter Convention Co-Chair since 1990. On the National level, Tony has served on the National Board of Directors as a Director At Large as well as the District 2 Director from 2012 – 2014. Tony has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award from both ACHCA National as well as the NY Chapter.  He is the Executive Director/Administrator at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center, and he has been the recipient of the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award six times.  His community service activities outside of the College include serving as a member of the Knights of Columbus and Vice-President of the Nassau County Youth Football League. 

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View the current ACHCA Board of Directors.  Elected officers to the Board of Directors will be presented to the membership during the Annual Convocation & Expo, August 30-September 2, 2020, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The newly elected members to ACHCA's Nominating Committee include:

Philip Jean, CNHA, FACHCA is Executive Director at Seabrook Senior Living Community in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, a continuing care retirement community.  Before joining the Erickson Living family of communities in 2016, Phil was an operations consultant, led several acute and post-acute eldercare operations, and served as a licensed nursing home administrator within a health care system. He currently serves on ACHCA's Board of Directors as an at Large Director (2017-2020).  Also on the ACHCA board prior to that as a District 1 Director.  Phil is also an exam item writer/subject matter expert for the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards and serves as the exam committee chair.  

Keith R. Knapp, PhD, CNHA, FACHCA, HSE of Lexington, Kentucky is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. He has served in leadership roles with aging service providers since 1980, most recently as the CEO/President of Christian Care Communities, Kentucky’s largest faith-based provider of long term care and senior services. Dr. Knapp has chaired the boards of ACHCA, the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards and its affiliated Foundation, Leading Age – Kentucky and the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Long Term Care Administrators. 

W. Bruce Glass, CALA, CNHA, FACHCA of Rhode Island is licensed for both Nursing Homes and Assisted living in several New England States.  He brings over 30 years of successful management in nursing homes, assisted living, home care as the Principal at BruJan Management.  Past Chapter President of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Bruce serves as Editor of The New England Administrator, a quarterly digital magazine with information for New England senior care professionals.  He serves as a Board member on the Long Term Care Finance Association Board of Directors, a membership association for individuals interested in long term care financial management.

 ^*These individuals received the plurality of votes by the membership as write-in candidates for the Nominating Committee.

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