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Nursing Home Administrator

Board Information

Members Term Expires
Harold Aubert, chair
Nursing home administrator
May 28, 2016
Buffy Howard, vice chair
Nursing home administrator
May 28, 2018
Keith Fauerso
Nursing home administrator
May 28, 2019
Ann Zell
Nursing home administrator
May 28, 2019
Linda McKinney, RN
Healthcare professional
May 28, 2016
Donette Parry, PTA
Healthcare professional
May 28, 2016
Marlita Basada, RN
Healthcare professional
May 28, 2018
Carl Christensen, RN
Healthcare professional
May 28, 2018
Diana Miller, RN
Public member
May 28, 2018


The mandate of the Board of Nursing Home Administrators (BNHA) is to protect the public’s health and safety by regulating the competency and quality of nursing home administrators under its jurisdiction. The board accomplishes this goal through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance division.

Board duties include:

  • Establishing qualifications for minimal competency to grant or deny licensure of Nursing Home Administrators
  • Regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring and enforcing qualifications for licensure.
  • Establishing and monitoring compliance with continuing education requirements
  • Ensuring consistent standards of practice
  • Developing continuing competency mechanisms
  • Assessing, investigating and making recommendations related to complaints against nursing home administrators which may range from a Notice of Correction to a license revocation.
  • Serving as reviewing members on disciplinary cases and serve on disciplinary hearing panels
  • Serving as members of standing committees, when appointed
  • Developing rules, policies and procedures that promote the delivery of quality healthcare to state residents
  • Prepare and administer or approve the preparation and administration of examinations for licensure.


The Board of Nursing Home Administrators consists of four administrators who have been in active practice in this state for at least four years prior to appointment and who are not employed by the state or federal government. The board membership also includes four representatives of the healthcare professions providing medical or nursing services in nursing homes or people employed by educational institutions who have special knowledge or expertise in the field of healthcare administration, healthcare education or long-term care or both.

One public member must be a resident of a nursing home or a family member of a resident or a person eligible for Medicare.

All members must be U.S. citizens and residents of Washington State. No member who is a non-administrator representative shall have any direct or family financial interest in a nursing home.

Board participation expectation guidelines

The following expectation guidelines are intended to serve as a reference for current members and for prospective appointees of the board:

The board meets for one day four times per year. Meetings are generally scheduled in February, May, August and November. There is an annual Department of Health one-day Board, Commission, and Committee conference.

Each board member is assigned to a case disposition panel that meets via phone at least four times per year. In addition, board members may be assigned to review individual cases for presentation on an as-needed basis. Board members are frequently appointed to sub-committees based on their individual expertise. These sub-committees will generally meet once per month via phone.

One board member attends the three-day professional conference sponsored by the National Association of Boards (NAB) and acts as the delegate for the board.

One board member is scheduled to conduct a site visit to interview each administrator-in-training (AIT) and their preceptor.

New board members will be scheduled to attend a half-day orientation.

Total annual time commitment

Meetings/Conferences  Four to eight days per year
Meeting Preparation Two to four hours per meeting (about one per year)
Complaint File Review 1.5 hours per complaint assigned review and presentation
Hearing Panels One day per year 

Performance guidelines for newly appointed board members

Attend an initial orientation presented by Department of Health staff. This is about a day in length. Initial orientation outlines legal authority of the board, the roles and responsibilities of members, ethics, confidentiality, the legal liability of members and the Department of Health, the organizational structure of the department, roles and responsibilities of department staff, roles and responsibilities of staff attorneys and Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs), disciplinary processes, rule making and other issues.

Current meeting schedule

Current meeting schedule. Regular board meetings are scheduled four times per year. Most meetings are held in Tumwater.

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