Western American Correctional Health Services Association is the largest chapter nationally sponsoring an annual conference. The organization alternates between Northern and Southern California increasing opportunity to attend. The Board welcomes correctional professionals from all disciplines. 


  • Provide support, skill development, education, and legal developments for all disciplines
  • Promote community and networking opportunities
  • Provide a forum for all Jail Directors and Managers online list serve and forum (secure and confidential)



Paul Adler, DO, FACEP, MBA
Title Name Years Served
PresidentPaul Adler, DO, FACEP, MBA 2018-2019 (2020)
Barbara Barney-Knox, MBA, MA, BSN, RN
Past President Alexander Chyorny, MD, CCHP 2018-2020
Ex-Officio Bruce Barnett, MD, JD
Secretary P. Finander, MD, MBA, CCHP-P 2018-2020


now recruiting for 2020!!

Treasurer Nirvana Mexia, RN 2018-2019

Member-@-Large Pratap Narayan, MD 2018-2020
Member-@-Large Elva Tornell, RN, MSN 2018-2020
Member-@-Large Martha Tadesse, RN, MSN, MPH 2018-2020
Member-@-Large Niki Kelley, RN, BSN 2018-2020
Member-@-Large Nnenna Ikegbu, MD 2018-2020
Member-@-Large Hsien Chiang, MD 2018-2020
Member-@-Large Eureka Daye, MD 2018-2020
Member-@-Large Heike Olafson,  DDS 2018-2020

Conference Coordinator: Patti Gonzales | conferencecoordinator@statepen.org | 619-335-5249

Website & Social Media: Marsha Grant, R.N. | admin@statepen.org | 415-999-0544

Jail Directors Task Force Administrator:  Chun Chiang M.D.

President: VM: 916-905-2662

Non-Profit Tax ID# 61-1849316  CA BRN Provider# 15404 | Board of Behavioral Sciences#  2862 

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