Western American Correctional Healthcare 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)


Title Name Years Served
President Paul Adler, MD 2018-2020
Barbara Barney-Knox, MBA, MA, BSN, RN
Past PresidentAlexander Chyorny, MD, CCHP2018-2020
Ex-OfficioBruce Barnett, MD, JD
Secretary P. Finander, MD, MBA, CCHP 2016-2018
 Secretary-Elect 2018-2020
Treasurer Sam Rosales, HSA, CCHP 2016-2018
Treasurer-Elect 2018
Member-@-Large Chia-Chen Lee, RN, MS, FNP 2016-2018
Member-@-Large Pratap Narayan, MD 2016-2018
Member-@-Large Elva Tornel, RN, MSN 2016-2018
Member-@-Large Martha Tadesse, RN, MSN, MPH 2016-2018
Member-@-Large Nirvana Mexia, MD 2016-2018
Member-@-Large Nnenna Ikegbu, MD 2016-2018
Member-@-Large Hsien Chiang, MD 2017-2019

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

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

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

President: VM: 916-905-2662

Treasurer VM: 707-636-4497

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

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