National Association for Healthcare Quality Elects New Leaders

National Association for Healthcare Quality Elects New Leaders

Sandra Jones installed as President-Elect, Marian Savage as Secretary/Treasurer, Cheri Graham-Clark and Maria Shirey as Directors-at-Large on the 2018 NAHQ Board.

Sandra Jones, BSN MSM RN CPHQ CPHRM LNCC, of Denison, TX, becomes NAHQ’s president-elect. Her professional background spans 30 years in the healthcare industry. Her body of work has an emphasis on performance improvement, quality/risk management, and consistently exceeding goals and objectives in challenging healthcare environments.  

“My vision for NAHQ is that the association be seen as an organization which is relevant to and meets its members’ needs. I would like to see NAHQ be the association that healthcare quality professionals and those interested in the field across the world choose for core education and information, from entry level to top leadership in the healthcare quality arena," said Jones. "I would like to see NAHQ continue to make significant strides to be recognized as the leading resource for healthcare quality professionals.” 

Marian Savage, MSN RN NEA-BC CPHQ PMP, of Springfield, VA, will assume the role of secretary/treasurer. She is a highly credentialed and results-driven healthcare quality assurance professional with more than 18 years of experience focusing on medical and business processes. She is well-regarded for devising new processes to improve customer service and overall patient outcomes and experience. As a member of the Education Commission and the chair of the Conference Planning Team, Savage worked with NAHQ staff to provide excellent content for NAHQ Next, the organization’s annual conference.  

Savage’s vision for NAHQ is “to be the prominent healthcare quality resource and advocate to a diverse set of professionals, while increasing knowledge and networking with like-minded colleagues. NAHQ is the premiere reference point for new, emerging and experienced quality professionals and provides the tools for each level.” As a NAHQ board member, she hopes to further the mission and vision of the organization through innovative strategies and best practice knowledge.  

Cheri Graham-Clark, MSN RN PHN CPHQ CPHRM ASQ CSSBB FNAHQ, of La Mesa, CA, will take on the position of director-at-large. She has been in the volunteer realm for over 20 years and has had a diverse career, including over 10 years in healthcare leadership roles in the private and public sector. Her areas of experience include medical-surgical nursing, case management/social work-Elderly and HIV/AIDS programs, community collaborations; skilled nursing facility-leadership; program management and leadership for community- and hospital-based case management as well as diabetes inpatient NP/CM model; patient safety and environmental/worker safety, healthcare disaster preparedness, risk management, healthcare regulatory and performance improvement.  

“The art and science of the profession allows the professional to change and be what is needed as the healthcare landscape changes. The need to lead and assist with change are critical competencies for the workforce to know and be able to execute. Ensuring we have a workforce that is ready and supported for complex issues and challenges is essential to the profession being valued," said Graham-Clark. "I hope to work with other colleagues to be able to provide leadership and mentoring that allows for advancing the profession and its workforce in a coordinated manner to serve the entire healthcare system for the betterment of our collective communities.” 

Maria R. Shirey, PhD MBA RN NEA-BC ANEF FACHE FAAN, of Birmingham, AL, also takes on the position of director-at-large. In her extensive career, she has held a variety of positions including bedside critical care nurse, nursing director, and hospital vice president. As an educator, researcher, and practitioner, Dr. Shirey’s work has focused on building leadership capacity for quality and safety. She currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. Under her direction as Editor-in-Chief, the Journal for Healthcare Quality has served as the premier resource for scientific solutions in the pursuit of healthcare quality. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University, and a PhD in Nursing Science from Indiana University. She is board certified in advanced nurse executive practice and healthcare management. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Academy of Nursing, and the Academy of Nursing Education.