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The American Institute of Health Care Professionals

Professional Advisory Board Members


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is comprised of many affiliate divisions offering Certification and Fellowships in specific practice specialties. Each division has a select Advisory Board of professionals who have significant experiences, education, and skills in their particular speciality. Board members are selected after a review process and serve a minimum of five years.

Our elite advisory board members serve the Institute by contributing to the development of quality and comprehensive standards for application and the award of Certification and Fellowship statuses. They also serve to promote revisions of standards, contribute to certification examination construction, review and make recommendations for updates to certification examinations, and help guide the overall direction of ongoing transformation for the divisions to serve its certified members and fellows.

Resumes are accepted for consideration of appointment to an advisory board position. For consideration, please forward a resume and letter of interest to: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc., 2400 Niles-Cortland Road, S.E., Suite # 4, Warren, Ohio 44484; Attention: Executive Director.

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Executive Director

Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D., MBA, RN-BC, FACHE

is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc., providing overall direction and leadership for all of the divisions/affiliates. He has held positions as a Nurse Executive, Chief Operating Officer, and Administrator in acute care, as well as a Health Care Consultant for several national consulting firms. He is the past editor-in-chief of JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics& Regulation. He holds certifications in the following areas: Nursing Administration Advanced, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Certified Specialist in Legal Nurse Consulting, Grief Counseling, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Pastoral Metaphysical Counseling. He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. He has published over 60 articles in peer reviewed journals, and is author, co-author/editor of 7 text books in health care. He has and continues to instruct for several universities and colleges. He also lectures extensively throughout the country on a wide variety of health care related topics, including administration, patient care and alternative care.

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Advisory Board Members of the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting

  • Nancy J. Brent, JD, MS, RN
  • Rebecca F. Cady, JD, RN,C
  • Lawrence W. Vernaglia, MPH, JD
  • Rebecca A. Steele, Ph.D, RN, LNC-CSp.
  • Lori Howerton-Burn, MSN, RN, LNC-ACSp.
  • Gizelle Jamison, MPA, RN, LNC-CSp.
  • Linda E. Holmes, BScN, RN, MHA, ARM, LNC-ACSp.
  • Robin G. Dvorkin, JD, BSN, RN, LNC-CSp.
  • Amy Hildreth, BSN, RN, MSCC, LNC-CSp.

Advisory board members of the american college of hypnotherapy

  • Felicia Palazzola, MSW, LSW, C-CR, CH-C
  • Betty Vicena, MSW, LICSW, CH-C
  • Kirsten Carraway, Ph.D
  • John Gruszkos, Ph.D, LCP, CFLE, CH-C
  • Deeann Noecker, MA, LPC, CH-C

Advisory Board Members for Meditation Instructor Certification

  • Arleen Barlow, RN, MA
  • Laura Umfer, Psy.D, CCH, MI-C
  • Brian Trzaskos, PT, LMT, CSCS, CMP, MI-C
  • Jospeh R. Wilner, TLMCP, MLA, MI-C
  • Michael H. Kasten, BA
  • Lorrine Hall, MSN, RN, MI-C


Advisory Board Members for Spiritual Counseling Certification

  • Karan Ann Schneider, Ph.D, SC-C
  • Cynthia Lenz, RN, C-MI, SC-C
  • David Caraballo, Ph.D, DRE, MA SCC-C
  • Barbara J. Kiernan, MS,Ed., NCC, NCSC, DCF, BCC, SCC-C
  • Paula Beemon, LMSW, SC-C
  • Mark Moran, MA, GC-C, SC-C
  • Anjali Chugh, BL, BLS, GC-C

Advisory Board Members for crisis intervention Counseling Certification

  • Dr. Ruby Diane Houldson, MSN, RN, CNE, CIC-CSp.
  • Ray Butts, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, DCC, CIC-CSp.
  • Thomas H. Schear, Ph.D, LMHC, LMFT, CADC
  • Patricia M. France, LICSW, MSW, BCD, CDP, CIC-CSp.
  • Sarah L. Decker, MA, CIC-CSp., QMHP

Advisory Board Members for pastoral thanatology certification

  • Lois James-Chetelat, Ph.D, MA, RN, PT-CSp.
  • Mark D. Moran, MA, GC-C, SC-C
  • Deacon Walter Hanson, MA, PT-CSp
  • Rev. Susana G. Beltran, Ph.D, PT-CSp. FAAGC
  • Paul J. Moon, Ph.D, M.Ed, GC-C
  • Rosemary A. Castelli, Ed.D, GC-C, PT-CSp., C-FSA, FAAGC
  • Linda Silver-Gorowitz, MA, FT, GC-C, PT-CSp.

Advisory Board Members of the American Academy of Case Management

  • Paula Lenhart, MSN,RN,C, CNS, FAACM
  • Paula F. Eaton, RN, CCM
  • Victoria J. Webster, BSN, MPA, NEA-BC, FAACM
  • Frederick Ross Padgett, RN,BC, CCM, FAACM
  • Jessica Vander Zanden, CAPSW, MS-MOB, CHC, FAACM
  • April Schmidt, MSW, CAPSW, FAACM
  • Deborah Brackett-Edwards, RN, MSN, COHN-S, FAACM
  • Angela Adjetey, RN, MPH, MA, FAACM
  • Laurie Shirley, RN, FAACM
  • Lilian Theretinha Alevato, MD, MBA, MPH, FAACM


  • Rosemary A. Castelli, Ed.D, GC-C, PT-CSp., C-FSA, FAAGC
  • Samantha A. Bechtel, LISW-S, CTS, GC-C
  • Brian Albert Willem, GC-C, CCTP, Lic.FD
  • Pamela L. Sollenberger, MS, GC-C
  • Lonnie L. Dirks, BS, NCBF, FAAGC
  • Patricia V. Kelly, MA, GC-C
  • Christina L. Faulkner, BS, CT., GC-C
  • Paul J. Moon, Ph.D, M.Ed., GC-C
  • Rev. Dr. Troy Douglas Ehlke, D.Min, THh.M, SC-C, GC-C

Advisory Board Members for Stress Management Certification

  • Donna T. Floyd, MA, SMC-C
  • Richard A. Wilson, MS, SMC-C
  • Jacqueline Leccia, MS
  • Stuart Mitchell, Ph.D, DO, ND, MPH, FAAIM, SMC-C
  • Sahra Y. Robinson, LCSW-R, SMC-C

Advisory Board Members for Funeral Service Associates Certification

  • Brian Albert Willem, GC-C, Lic. FD
  • John T. Semmel, GC-C, CFSP,CPC, Lic. FD
  • Monica L. Usiak, GC-C, CFSP,Lic. FD
  • Mary Daly, MA, GC-C, C-FSA
  • Patricia V. Kelly, MA, CT, GC-C, FSA-C

Advisory Board Members for forensic nursing Certification

  • EM Vitug Garcia, DHEd, DNS, MA, RN, LNC-CSp., FACLNC
  • Jerry G. Johnson, MSN, BSN, RN, FN-CSp

Advisory Board Members for health care life coach Certification

  • Thomas H. Schear, Ph.D, LMHC, LMFT, CADC
  • Ingrid Kay Bowser, MS, RN, APRN-BC, AOCNP, ADM-BC, CHCLC

Advisory Board Members for holistic & integrative health care Certification

  • Diane Bogdan, RN, BSN, BC, HIHC-CSp.

Advisory Board Members for attention deficit consulting certification

  • Helen Nieves, MA, LMHC, SMC-C, ADC-C, CCBGT
  • Kathryn L. Brownlow,M.Ed, OCT, BCC, ADC-C
  • Erin Levenson, Ed.S., ADC-C