CHAP is led by an accomplished Senior Leadership Team and governed by an expert member Board of Directors, both of which comprise thought leaders and professionals representing many aspects of the health care industry.
Many of our leaders have been where our customers are — working on the front lines of home and community-based health care.
This gives our leadership a unique perspective when designing programs and developing policies and procedures that help shape the home and community-based health care landscape.
Get to know us.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is composed of leaders in the home and community-based health care accreditation industry, as well as the larger health care industry. Their insights and expertise keep CHAP’s services and initiatives relevant and forward-thinking.
CHAP’s Board of Directors is made up of leaders in the home and community-based healthcare industry.
Their insights and expertise keep our services and initiatives relevant and forward-thinking.
Maureen A. Spivack, Chairperson
Senior Industry Partner
New State Capital Partners
New York, NY
Cordt Kassner, PhD, Vice Chairperson
Chief Executive Officer
Hospice Analytics, Inc.
Colorado Springs, CO
David E. Matyas, Esq.
Member of the Firm
Epstein Becker Green
Patricia T. Driscoll, BSN, MSN, JD, Secretary
Texas Woman’s University
Peggy Pettit, Chair Emeritus
VITAS Healthcare Corporation
Mary Ann Christopher
Clinical Operations and Transformation
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
Avon, New Jersey
Peter Freyer, Treasurer
Silicon Valley Bank
Los Angeles, CA
Clinical Assistant Professor University of South Carolina College of Nursing
Barbara McCann, Immediate Past-Chair
President and CEO
Veralon Partners, Inc.
Former Chief Operating Officer
National Quality Forum
Senior Leadership Team
Our senior leaders are passionate about people and performance.
Each are creating and directing improvements in CHAP as an organization so that we continue providing the best accreditation service for our customers.
Barbara McCann is CHAPs President and CEO. She previously served as the Chief Industry Officer of Interim HealthCare Inc., the nation’s largest home care and hospice franchisor with over 300 offices in 44 states. Ms. McCann joined Interim HealthCare in January 1998, and served as the Chief Clinical Officer overseeing the company’s corporate clinical operations team developing policies, procedures, and practice guidelines for the delivery of patient care, as well as compliance with federal law and regulation and professional standards of practice. She also directed the national chronic care programs. In 2010, Ms. McCann assumed the role of Chief Industry Officer acting as the company liaison and industry representative to Congress, CMS, MedPAC, the National Quality Forum, and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaboration, representing the roles of home care and hospice in medical homes and ACOs, as well other professional and consumer organizations. In addition, Ms. McCann directs the national care transition programs partnering with hospitals, physicians, and payors to reduce avoidable readmissions and effectively transition chronically ill patients and their families to home self-management and safety.
Before joining Interim HealthCare, Ms. McCann was the Executive Director of Accreditation, Plan Performance and Clinical Management Alliances at the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in Chicago IL. Responsible for system-wide strategies for managed care accreditation and health plan performance data, she successfully designed and implemented the Association’s first national HEDIS (Health Plan and Employer Data Information Set) database, as well as the Medicare and commercial HMO ‘report cards’ for national accounts. Ms. McCann also facilitated the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s first national medical management alliance with the American Geriatrics Society to create modules to educate family physicians in the unique elements of treating the geriatric population.
Ms. McCann is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare. She received her Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico, and actively practiced as a medical social worker in a variety of health settings, including home care and hospice, prior to joining The Joint Commission in 1981.
Alan Esenstad leads CHAP’s finance function. Mr. Esenstad brings extensive finance, accounting, auditing and systems experience to CHAP. He has held positions of progressive responsibility throughout his career, including roles in publicly-held companies and those with operations either national or international in scope. Mr. Esenstad began his career with PriceWaterhoseCoopers and for the past 15 years, held senior leadership roles within the life sciences sector. Mr. Esenstad is a CPA who holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Virginia and an MBA in Finance from The George Washington University. He joined CHAP in 2016.
Mr. Esenstad and his wife live in Montgomery County, MD and his children also live in the DC metro area. In his spare time, Mr. Esenstad enjoys being outside pursuing a variety of recreational activities, including golf, bicycle riding and hiking.
Fran Petrella graduated Cum Laude from Washington State University in 1977 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Fran began her career as a nurse’s aide in a nursing home in 1971, moving to the hospital on graduation, and working on an Internal Medicine/Oncology unit. In 1986, she found home care, providing both home health and hospice services as a field nurse and in management in northwest Washington State. In 2000, she started working as technical support staff and Home Health expert resource for a home care benchmarking company, advancing to Director of Client Services within 6 months.
Fran jumped back into the Home Care arena in 2010, working in management/oversight roles for a VNA, and facilitating the transition of a merger with a hospital-based system, providing home health, hospice, and home infusion pharmacy services. In 2012, she moved across the country from Washington State to join the team at CHAP. Community-based care is her heart. She strongly believes that quality community-based care should be at the core of health care and that the increased focus towards “connecting the dots” through the continuum of care is helping us along the path to that change. Her ultimate goal is to be involved in the path in whatever way she can; to facilitate bringing quality home care closer to becoming the center of the path along the continuum.
Outside the office, Fran enjoys spending time with her three grand kids.
Cliff Valenti, Vice President, Information Technology, joined CHAP in December of 2012. A graduate of the University of South Florida’s College of Engineering, Cliff has spent more than 20 years leading teams in the development, implementation, and governance of technology solutions for companies such as AT&T, Arbitration Forums, and National Cooperative Bank. Cliff is a member of the Washington, DC chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, and believes healthcare is the next frontier for technology to conquer.
In his spare time Cliff enjoys hiking with his dogs, building furniture, playing guitar, oatmeal cookies, and tinkering with the latest gadgets to hit the market.
Nancy has been working in post-acute, community based care for a number of years in Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty as well as other service lines. She got her start start leading multiple operating units with Manpower International, a large, multinational staffing company. In 2004, she got her start in healthcare, selling outcomes based information and software to Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty Agencies.
Nancy later transitioned to the provider side, working for Providence Senior and Community Services as their Director of Business Development. There she became deeply involved in the mechanisms for care transitions, the referral process, understanding the needs of hospital Case Managers, and participating as a part of work teams regarding Revenue Cycle, Team Restructuring and operational improvements.
Nancy brings her business development skills and expertise in operations to the CHAP team, while developing a deeper understanding of how agencies can improve patient care by adhering to a set of proven standards. Her free time is spent with her two college age children – a boy and a girl, and husband at their home outside downtown Seattle.
CHAP’s new VP of Quality and Compliance is Margaret Terry PhD, MS, RN. Peg, as is her preference, brings a breadth of valuable experience. Peg has been the CEO of a private duty company offering homemaker and home health aide services to Area Agencies on Aging and counties in Maryland and Virginia. In her role as VP of Clinical Operations and Compliance Officer at MedStar Visiting Nurse Association in the DC/Maryland area, she also led efforts to integrate home health services with primary care-the first Blue Cross/Blue Shield primary medical home project. That practical experience and vision of new care models supported her two most recent national roles, namely as the Vice President of Quality and Innovation at the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA) leading the development of evidence-based home health guidelines, as well as being the regulatory interface with CMS. Most recently as a Senior Director at the National Quality Forum (NQF), Peg directed and facilitated a critical effort to review measures for long term support services (LTSS) under Medicaid.
Her understanding of regulation and care delivery in the home, her constant dedication to quality, as well as her national experience and vision provide a great combination to lead our Quality team for the benefit of CHAP accredited organizations.