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The Expert Oversight Committee (EOC), as an advisory body to the Certification for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) Board, is responsible for overseeing the examination and re-credentialing processes for the CPPS credential, and assuring that certification continues to meet the high standards required for the profession.

Kathryn Rapala, DNP, JD, RN, CPPS

Vice President, Clinical Risk Management
Aurora HealthCare

Franchesca J. Charney, RN, MS, CPHRM, CPPS, CPHQ, CPSO, DFASHRM

Director, Risk Management
American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)

Kerry Dease, RN, MSN, IA, CPHRM, CPPS

Clinical Risk Manager
Southwest General Health Center, Partnering with University Hospitals

Ellen S Deutsch, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP, CPPS

Medical Director
PA Patient Safety Authority
ECRI Institute 


Barbara Olson, RN-GA, MS, CPPS, FISMP

Senior Patient Safety Officer
LifePoint Hospitals


Alicia B. Perry, PharmD, CPPS

Manager Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Residency Director
Pharmacy Services, Clinical Services Group

Gail Shulby, RN, MA, CPPS

Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President
Duke University Health System

Sam R. Watson, MSA, MT (ASCP), CPPS

Senior Vice President Patient Safety and Quality, Executive Director
Michigan Health & Hospital Association
MHA Keystone Center

Louise White, MS, RN, CPPS, CPHQ

Patient Safety/Infection Control Nurse
Bluegrass Care Navigators

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