John Damgaard has been elected president of the board of directors for the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care. Damgaard is the president and CEO of MatrixCare.

He succeeds Garry Pezzano, MS, CCC/SLP, the Senior Vice President, Clinical Practice for Genesis Rehab Services, who moves into the role of Immediate Past President of NASL.  

The other new NASL board officers are Martha Schram, president of Aegis Therapies,who will be a vice president and chairwoman of the NASL Medical Services Committee, and Alan Morrison, senior vice president of Business Development and Government Relations for Trident USA Health services, who will be vice president and chairman of the Diagnostic Testing Committe.  Martha Shaker, president of Concept Rehab Inc., will be treasurer and James Pagoaga, Vice President, Rehabilitation for HCR ManorCare, will be the secretary.

Other members of the NASL Board of Directors who were elected or re-elected by members are:

  • Christine Busby, Signature Rehab Services;

  • Cathy de Verteuil, Optima Healthcare Solutions;

  • Brian Garner, Medline Rehab;

  • Susan Greenly, NTT Data LTC Solutions;

  • Lance Hill, The Therapy Center;

  • Natalie Hooper, Rehab PRO;

  • Tom Jeffers, Hill-Rom;

  • Robert Latz, Trinity Rehab Services

  • Martha Shaker, Concept Rehab.

Other board members are Ryan Beddingfield, PruittHealth; Mike Billings, Infinity Rehab; Mike Capstick, Select Rehabilitation;  Chris Castel, Accelerated Care Plus; Chuck Czarnik, Brookdale Senior Living; Laura Dennis, Restore Therapy Services; Jim Douthitt, Kindred Healthcare/RehabCare; Judy Elmore, AFFIRMA Rehabilitation; Dustin Freas, Flagship Rehabilitation; Leigh Ann Frick, Heritage Health Care/HealthPRO; Tracy Fritts, Consonus Healthcare Services; Peter Goschy, Paragon Healthcare Group; Peggy Gourgues, Reliant Rehabilitation.

Also: Shawn Halcsik, Encore Rehabilitation; Dan Hirschfeld, Genesis Rehab Services; Denise Kelly, Five Star Rehab & Wellness Services; Peter Klug, Direct Supply; Mindy Lankenau, Paragon Rehabilitation; Jane Moffett, Casamba; Michelle Moore-Andrews, Integra Rehabilitation; Carrie O’Connell, Health Care Software; Julie Rettberg, ONR; and Tara Roberts, Nexion Health.