CCMC Elects New Executive Committee

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Volunteer officers will serve one-year terms governing the Board of Commissioners

The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) announces the officers who will serve as its Executive Committee of the Board of Commissioners for 2010-2011. The five volunteer leaders assuming the positions bring diverse academic and professional experiences, complementing the case management field’s collaborative, client-centered focus. They will work with CCMC’s Executive team, Board of Commissioners and volunteers to advocate for professional case management excellence through certification and interrelated programs and services, to advance CCMC toward its vision to be the global leader committed to the advancement and evolution of case management.

Annette C. Watson, RN-BC, CCM, MBA, Managing Director of Global Emerging Business for CARF International, has been named Chair. Watson previously served as a Senior Vice President, and the first Chief Accreditation Officer, of URAC. She also offers private consulting services to clients internationally. Watson earned her certified case manager credential in 1993, and has a long and distinguished career history in hospital, home health, family practice, insurance and managed care, prior to entering the accreditation field in 2001. She was elected to the CCMC in 2007, and has served on the Executive Committee since 2008 – first as Treasurer, then as Chair-Elect.

Chair-Elect Dorothy Consonery-Fairnot, BS, MSHA, RN, CCM, CLNC served CCMC last year as Treasurer, and has completed five years of service on the Commission. As the Southeast Regional Manager for MedInsights, a workers compensation managed care organization, she is responsible for the administration of field case management services for 10 southeastern states. Consonery-Fairnot holds a nursing degree from Nicholls State University and a master’s degree in health care services administration from the University of St. Francis; she also completed a post-graduate fellowship in hospital administration at Grady Health System. Her diversified nursing experience includes numerous positions in hospital and home health care administration, with key roles in JCAHO accreditation. She has been a certified case manager since 1997.

Secretary Lynn S. Muller, RN, BA-HCM, CCM, JD is currently practicing as a Nurse Attorney, and is the managing partner of Muller & Muller. Her practice includes defense of health care professionals before the state licensing boards, personal injury, family law matters, and wills and estates, as well as in-house or consulting representation of medical practitioners, facilities and health service corporations. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of CMSA, and the former Director of Social Services for the Borough of Bergenfield, New Jersey, a community-based case management program she developed and initiated. Muller joined CCMC as a Commissioner in 2009, and has been a certified case manager since 1998.

Ellen P. Fink-Samnick, LCSW, CCM, CRC, has been elected Treasurer. Fink-Samnick serves as President of EFS Supervision Strategies, LLC, a clinical social work supervision practice, as well as an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services. She is a past executive officer and board member of the Case Management Society of the National Capital Area, and was named “Distinguished Case Manager of the Year” in 2002. In addition, Fink-Samnick has served as executive officer, board member and delegate to the upcoming 2011 Delegate Assembly for the National Association of Social Workers of Virginia. As Treasurer, Ellen will chair the Finance Committee. She has been on the CCMC Board since 2008, and earned her CCM credential in 1993.

The Executive Committee is rounded out by immediate past-chair Jo Carter, BSN, RN, CCM, the Associate Vice President of Network Services for Paradigm Management Services LLC. She is responsible for the management of Paradigm’s national networks of workers compensation catastrophic nurse case managers and physicians. Carter received her BSN from the Medical College of Virginia, where she worked in the shock/trauma and neuroscience intensive care units. Her nursing background includes experience in catastrophic and neuroscience care, care coordination and long-term planning. Carter has served on the Executive Committee of the Central Virginia Chapter of CMSA, the National Workers Compensation Advisory Board for the Shepherd Center and the CCMC Executive Committee.

“The members of the Executive Committee bring unique, yet complementary, perspectives that will positively impact CCMC throughout the upcoming year and beyond,” said CCMC Board of Commissioners Chair Annette C. Watson, RN-BC, CCM, MBA. “I am honored to serve as a volunteer with such a diverse and qualified of individuals, and look forward to achievements that will advance case management as a profession.”

About CCMC
The Commission for Case Manager Certification is the first and largest nationally accredited organization that certifies case managers. The CCMC is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that oversees the process of case manager certification with its CCM® credential. CCMC is positioned as the most active and prestigious certification organization supporting the case management industry. To learn more, visit, connect with CCMC on Facebook and follow CCMC on Twitter @CCM_Cert.

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