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 Chair
    President, PSQ Advisory
  • Rick Boothman, JD, AB
    CBPPS Secretary
    Chief Risk Officer, Executive Director, Office of Clinical Safety, and Assistant Adjunct Professor
    University of Michigan Health System
  • Karen Frush, BSN, MD, CPPS
    CBPPS Vice Chair
    Chief Quality Officer
    Duke University Health System
  • Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS
    Chief Clinical and Safety Officer
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Steve Littlejohn, MA, MBA
    CBPPS Treasurer
  • Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS 
    Ex Officio
    CBPPS President
    Vice President, Safety Programs
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement​

CPPS Expert Oversight Committee​​​

  • ​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