ACHCA Committees: 2018-2019 Appointments

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Unless noted in the description:

  • Committee appointments are for one year terms that are renewed annually.
  • The ACHCA Board Chair appoints Committee Chairs.

Finance Committee

This Committee is chaired by the ACHCA Secretary/Treasurer and includes 2 At Large Board members, 2 members from the ACHCA membership, ACHCA Board Chair, and the President & CEO (ex officio) for a total of five (6) voting members.

Openings: 2 positions for members of ACHCA

Purpose: The Finance Committee is charged with assuring fiscal responsibility, review of financial information, oversight of investments, and assisting staff with budget preparation for ACHCA. The Finance committee meets monthly.

Bylaws Committee

This committee is chaired by appointment and includes 1 At Large Board member, 3 members from the ACHCA membership, and the President & CEO (ex officio).

Openings: 3 positions for members of ACHCA

Terms: The Bylaws Committee Chair and members are appointed by the Chair of the Board with Board Approval for two-year, staggered, one-time renewable terms.

Purpose: Ensures that the Bylaws for ACHCA and the chapters are current, in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and reflect sound organizational and board governance principles. The Bylaws Committee also provides guidance in the development of organizational documents that support legal, financial, and regulatory compliance.

The Academy of Long Term Care Leadership Committee

A high priority for this Committee is Fundraising. It also works closely with the Mentoring Program Committee and the George & Leah Hollander Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Purpose: The Academy has the responsibility to build recognition, generate resources, and provide support for the professional enhancement activities including Education, Leadership Development, and Research.

Membership Committee – New!

Purpose: This committee meets quarterly to provide guidance and input on maintaining and improving the quality of the ACHCA Member Experience. This Committee oversees the Fellow Designation program of ACHCA.

The Awards Subcommittee of the Membership Committee

Terms:The Awards Subcommittee is a component of the Membership Committee and is comprised of a Chair, appointed for a two-year  term by the Board Chair. Members of the subcommittee are appointed by the Awards Subcommittee chair for a two-year term. Past Awards recipients are eligible (and encouraged!) to serve on this subcommittee.

Purpose:The Awards Subcommittee ensures that all ACHCA awards and scholarships have objective eligibility criteria and have a fair and credible selection process. It provides recommendations to the National Conference Planning Committee to ensure the ceremonial aspects of conferring awards, recognitions, and scholarships are meaningful and provide recognition and esteem. The Committee works with membership, the chapters and districts to identify (or ensures the identification of) multiple qualified candidates for each category of awards, recognitions and scholarships.

  • ACHCA awards include both individual, organizational, and chapter awards.

Education Committee

Purpose: The Education Committee identifies areas of leadership interest for programming; reviews proposals to develop educational offerings including ACHCA Marketplace and Annual Convocation; ensures educational program eligibility and credibility for the continuing education approval by accreditation bodies such as NAB and The Florida Board of Nursing. It also participates in the design, implementation, and review of ACHCA provided distance learning programs including webinars, and partnership offerings; and ensures programmatic relevance by reviewing learner needs assessments, program evaluations, and speaker effectiveness.

The Student Poster Exposition Workgroup of  the Education Committee

Purpose: This Workgroup coordinates the student poster session at the Annual Convocation including session applications, processes for vetting posters, and communication plans.

Mentoring Committee

Purpose: The Mentoring Committee provides professional leadership development opportunities to health care administrators by connecting mentors and protégés across the country; promotes excellence in leadership among long-term care administrators; develops and promotes natural leadership skill, which is paramount to enhancing future leadership capacity to serve the long-term care service field; utilizes education, resources, and tools to help mentors and protégés to form successful partnerships using an evidence-based approach to development and support; develops products and deliverables to support the program; monitors the utilization of grant resources for the achievement of desired goals and outcomes; and secures additional funding and revenue in collaboration with the ACHCA Academy to insure long-term sustainability of the program.

Student Experience Committee -- New!

Membership in this committee is open only to Student Members of ACHCA.

Purpose: This committee acts as a conduit/gateway for communication and participation by student members. The Committee works with ACHCA staff and leadership to identify and create the best possible experience for student members. This includes suggestions for services, programming, and benefits.

Advocacy & Policy Committee -- New!

Purpose: This committee reviews and advises ACHCA leadership on current regulations, laws, and other policies impacting the practice of long term care/post-acute care/aging services facility administration. Working with the President & CEO, the Committee would prepare policy statements, white papers, and comments for regulatory review processes on behalf of ACHCA.

Professional Advancement Committee

Purpose:The Professional Advancement (PA) Committee ensures the credibility and validity of the Professional Certifications offered by ACHCA (Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator). Committee composition is outlined in the following table:

 Position/Stakeholder Groups



PA Committee Chair


ACHCA member in good standing and a Certified Fellow

Exam Development Subcommittee Chair


ACHCA member in good standing and certified as either CNHA or CALA; preferably holds dual-certification.

Professionally certified individuals


ACHCA members in good standing, at least two of whom must be an ACHCA Fellow. The Board Liaison may serve as one of these four individuals.

Committee members representing employer interests


Does not need to hold certification, Fellow status or current ACHCA membership, but is accorded full voting privileges on the PA committee.

Academic Representative


ACHCA member in good standing who serves as a faculty member at an academic institution engaged in long term care administration instruction.

Public Representative


Represents direct and indirect users of certificants’ skills or services. Should not have current or prior employment history in long term care administration.

Terms and Composition:

The Professional Advancement Committee consists of at least nine members identified from a slate of eligible candidates vetted by the Nominating Committee prior to approval by the board and appointment by the ACHCA Chair. Appointments are made for one renewable, two-year term in alternate years.

The Exam Development Subcommittee: This Subcommittee of the Professional Advancement Committee ensures quality examinations and maintains the integrity of the certifications within recognized standards.

Governance: The Exam Development Subcommittee (EDSC) is a component of the ACHCA Professional Advancement Committee, which acts as the ACHCA Certification Board. The Chair of the EDSC must be certified and a member of ACHCA (Fellow preferred), is vetted by the Nominating Committee, and appointed by the ACHCA Chair with the approval of the Board for a two-year renewable term. Members of the EDSC must be:

  •  Item writers with a current CNHA or CALA certification who are vetted by the Professional Advancement Committee in alignment with the ICE accreditation standards, and approved by the committee chair for a two-year renewable term. Or,
  •  Academics that have responsibility for teaching related subject matter are precluded from participation in the item-review process but may remote item-write. Academic item writers are vetted by the Professional Advancement committee and approved by the committee chair for a two-year renewable term.

Purpose:The EDSC coordinates the activities associated with maintaining a competent and engaged item writer cadre; collaborates with the third-party certification contractor to ensure the integrity and relevance of the ACHCA CNHA and CALA professional certification exams; positions the ACHCA professional certification exams for potential third party accreditation per demonstrating compliance with the ICE standards; maintains credible CNHA and CALA certification exams, and ensures compliance with ICE standards.