(LOUISVILLE, Ky – November 14, 2016) The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky today announced that four new individuals have joined its Community Advisory Committee (CAC): Dr. Angela Carman of Madison County, Judge Roger Crittenden (retired) of Franklin County, Dr. Keith Knapp of Oldham County, and Charity Fuson of Laurel County.
“Each member hails from a different area of Kentucky and each will offer their own unique expertise and input to the Foundation’s work, and give us greater insight into the health issues facing the Commonwealth,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation.
Officers of the CAC for the coming year include Robert Slaton as chair (Georgetown), LeChrista Finn as vice chair (Lexington), and Tim Marcum as secretary (Louisville).
The 31-member CAC serves as a liaison between communities in Kentucky and the Foundation’s board of directors. They also appoint a majority of the Foundation’s board members. The new members, who began their three-year terms today, are:
Dr. Carman is an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health, Director of Practice and Experiential Education for the college; and a public health management consultant to local health departments and hospitals. Her research interests include community engagement, public health accreditation readiness, quality improvement and evidence-based practice implementation.
Prior to her work at UK, Dr. Carman was a vice president and Berea site administrator of Saint Joseph Healthcare, a Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospital in Berea, Kentucky; she previously was CEO of the hospital, formerly known as Berea Hospital, before it was sold to CHI. Dr. Carman received her BS degree in business at Berea College, and her MBA at Eastern Kentucky University. She is certified as a Human Resources Professional by the Society of Human Resource Management, a Healthcare Executive by the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Quality Improvement Associate by the American Society for Quality.
Judge Roger Crittenden spent 25 years as a circuit and district judge for Franklin County and served as a Senior Judge from 2006 until 2010. He began his career on the bench when he was elected as a district judge in 1980 and was elected to a circuit judgeship in 1991.
Prior to serving the judiciary, Judge Crittenden was an assistant to the Secretary of the Kentucky Department for Human Resources and legal counsel for the Kentucky Council on Higher Education.
Judge Crittenden holds a juris doctor from the University of Kentucky’s College of Law and a bachelor's degree from Georgetown College in Kentucky. He also attended the Fels Institute of Government, a graduate program in public policy and public management at the University of Pennsylvania. Judge Crittenden is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was elected to the University of Kentucky’s College of Law Hall of Fame in 2007. He has served as Chair of the Kentucky Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and presently is Chair of the Kentucky Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel.
Dr. Knapp is an associate professor of health sciences at Bellarmine University and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University. Previously, he was president and CEO of Christian Care Communities, Kentucky’s largest faith-based provider of senior housing and long term care services. He was named at outstanding UK alumni in 2016 for his work as a transformative leader who has improved standards of care for Kentucky’s aging population by championing innovative models of elder care.
Knapp also served as a member of former Gov. Steve Beshear’s Institute for Aging, advising and supporting program and policy development aimed at improving elder care at the state level.
He has a PhD in gerontology from UK, a master’s in health administration from Xavier University and a bachelor’s in behavioral sciences from UK. He also serves as board chair of The American College of Healthcare Administrators.
Ms. Fuson is director of the Youth Service Center at South Laurel Middle School in London, Kentucky; she works to provide activities and services to educate and equip area children and families, and to remove barriers that could keep students from completing their education. In that work, she has developed programs to involve parents and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren by providing support and sharing with them the importance of spending quality time with the children.
Fuson also serves on the board of the Agency for Substance Abuse Policy, FRYSC-Victory Over Violence, Laurel County Health in Motion, Safe Child Coalition, UNITE, Cumberland Valley Community Collaboration for Children, and the Laurel County Extension Office Interagency Council. She also has worked as a family educator and case manager for individuals with developmental delays at Cumberland River Comprehensive Care.
Fuson received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $26 million in health policy research and pilot project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the Foundation is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Follow the Foundation on Twitter and on Facebook, or visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
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Bonnie J. Hackbarth