About the Board

Program Description

The State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (the "Board") operates under the provisions of Title 9 of the Health Occupations Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  The Board is the licensing authority of nursing home administrators in the State of Maryland.  The Board is mandated to protect the public by regulating the practice of nursing home administrators in Maryland, by licensing qualified nursing home administrators, establishing fees, maintaining a current roster of all licensees, administration of licensing examinations, enforcing current statutes and regulations, adopting new regulations to carry out provisions of the Title, suggesting new changes to the Title to keep abreast of trends and practice issues, adopting standards of practice for the licensure of nursing home administrators, verification of credentials, issuance of licenses, establish requirements for and verification of completion of continuing education, investigation of complaints based on alleged violations of regulations and statutes, formal and informal disciplining of licensees, create committees as deemed appropriate to advise the Board.  The program is 100% general funded. The Board consists of thirteen members appointed by the Governor with the advice of the Secretary and advice of the Senate.  Six members of the Board are licensed nursing home administrators, two members are licensed professionals that are concerned with the care of the chronically ill, infirmed or aged individuals, two members represent the public, one is a physician or a nurse practitioner who specialized in geriatrics, one geriatric social worker, and a representative of the Office of Health Care Quality serves as an ex officio member.


The Mission of the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators is to protect the citizens of Maryland and to promote quality health care in the field of long term care by:

  1. Licensing and certifying nursing home administrators;
  2. Receiving and resolving complaints from the public, courts, employers, insurance companies, other licensees regarding nursing home administrators who may have violated the Board’s law (Annotated Code of Maryland, Health Occupations Article, Title 9) and its regulations found at COMAR 10.33.01; and
  3. Setting standards for the practice of nursing home administrators that reflect new and emergent developments in the practice of long term care through regulations and legislation.


A state that provides citizens qualified nursing home administrators to further the good health and well-being of the citizens of Maryland.

Members of the Board:

Felicia W. Anthony, MPA, LNHA Board Chair, Nursing Home Administrator
Debra K. Buckalew, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator 
Patricia A. Cash, Pharm. D., BCGP, CCP, Related Health Professional 
Stevanne A. EllisLBSW, State Long Term Care Ombudsman
Kelly Smith Friedman, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator - Eden Alternative
Joyce A. Fritsch, LCSW-C, Geriatric Social Worker
Andrea L. Lev, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator
Kimberly S. MalinRN, MSN, CDONA, Related Health Professional
Heather Reed, RN, Ex-officio Member Representing the Office of Health Care Quality
Michelle C. Rosenheim, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator
Earl R. Runde, MA, MPA, Consumer
Zollie Stevenson, Jr., Ph.D., Consumer
Nader Tavakoli-Jalili, M.D., F.A.A.F.P, C.M.D., Physician Specializing in Geriatrics 
Michael E. Willis, LNHA, Nursing Home Administrator

Anyone interested in serving on the Maryland Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators may contact the Office of Appointments and Executive Nominations.