Governance and Oversight

​​​​​ The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) is an elected body that has strategic and fiduciary oversight of the certification program.

The CPPS Expert Oversight Committee (EOC), as an advisory body to the CBPPS, is responsible for overseeing the examination and recredentialing processes for the CPPS credential and ensuring that certification continues to meet the high standards required for the profession.


Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety

  • Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE
    CBPPS Member
    President, PSQ Advisory
    Associate Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago
  • Rick Boothman, JD, AB
    CBPPS Vice Chair
    President, Boothman Consulting Group, LLC
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Medical School, Dept of Surgery
  • Karen Frush, BSN, MD, CPPS
    CBPPS Chair
    Chief Quality Officer, Stanford Health Care
    Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS
    CBPPS Acting Treasurer 
    Chief Clinical and Safety Officer
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS 
    Ex Officio
    CBPPS President
    Vice President, Safety Programs
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement​
  • Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA 
    CBPPS Secretary
    Chief Quality Officer
    Cook County Health


CPPS Expert Oversight Committee​​​

  • ​Kathryn Rapala, DNP, JD, RN, CPPS
    Chair
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Marquette University

    ​College of Nursing

  • 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

    ​Senior Scientist, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA​

  • 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
    HCA​
  • 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