Theresa Krupski Begins Term As Past-President; Jessica Schmidt Receives ‘Shining Star’ Award
McLean, Virginia – January 19, 2016 – The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) named Daniel D. Lane, RPSGT, CCSH, President of the Board of Directors. His two-year term as President begins this month. Lane has been a member of the BRPT Board since 2011 serving as Treasurer and working closely with the Exam Development Committee. Lane currently works as a Clinical Sleep Health Educator for Sleep Center Orange County in Irvine, CA.
“Daniel has been an integral member of the Board for a number of years – serving as BRPT’s Treasurer; playing an important role on the Exam Development Committee; spearheading our STAR program; working tirelessly each year on the annual Symposium, and so much more,” said BRPT Past-President Theresa Krupski, RPSGT, RRT. “Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and energy and I look forward to continued collaboration with him in my role as Past-President.”
“I’m excited and energized to step into the role as President of the BRPT as I’m very passionate about sleep technology and patient-centered care,” said Daniel D. Lane, RPSGT, CCSH. “It’s incredibly inspiring to work alongside this team of motivated Directors, each of whom bring a different perspective and set of expertise. In 2016, I’d like to enhance and grow the BRPT’s role within the sleep community through a cohesive and collaborative approach that exemplifies the professionalism of the sleep technology and clinical sleep health fields.”
Current Board member, Jessica Schmidt, MA, RPSGT, received the BRPT President’s Shining Star Award in November for her dedication and outstanding service to the organization. Said BRPT Past-President Theresa Krupski RPSGT, RRT, “Jessica joined the Board and truly hit the ground running. She served as chair of the Government Relations/Legislative Committee and led the effort to create the Sleep Educator Reimbursement Guide. And, in 2016, Jessica is serving as BRPT Treasurer.”
The change in Board leadership takes effect this month, but an official installation will take place at a BRPT Board meeting in Washington, DC on March 19, 2016.
New Board Member
Jomo Martin Nkunika, BSAST, CCSH, RPSGT, RST
Jomo M. Nkunika is a Sleep Medicine Technologist at Sleep Services of America, a Johns Hopkins Health System company. He currently serves as a Program Coordinator and part-time Adjunct Faculty of the CAAHEP-accredited Polysomnographic Technology program at Montgomery College in Maryland, where he also serves on the program’s CoA PSG advisory committee. Previously, Jomo held various per diem and contract roles at different sleep centers in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Jomo holds the Certification in Clinical Sleep Health, the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist and the Registered Sleep Technologist credentials. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Sciences and Technology, majoring in Health Services Technology. In addition, he holds Associate Degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology, Polysomnography, and General Studies respectively. He also holds a Certificate in Sleep Medicine Technology. Currently, Jomo is pursuing a Master’s Degree of Science in Healthcare Administration through the University of Maryland University College. Jomo has previously volunteered his graphics and multimedia skills with the Maryland Sleep Society and Washington D.C. Sleep Society. Prior to his career in healthcare, Jomo worked in mobile GSM telecommunications, computer/multimedia technologies and non-profit industries.
Continuing Members of The Board
Theresa Krupski, BS, RRT, RPSGT, St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, CO serves as Past-President and BRPT Board member Donna Arand, PhD, of the Sleep Disorders Center at Kettering Hospital in Dayton, OH serves as Secretary. Other continuing Board members of the BRPT include: Bernie Chalmers, MA, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Helen Driver, PhD, RPSGT, CCSH, DABSM, Somnologist, Sleep Disorders Lab, Kingston General Hospital and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Vikas, Jain, MD, CCSH, Oklahoma City, OK; Deb Kovacs-Sturdevant, RPSGT, RRT, Mercy Health Anderson Hospital, Cincinnati, OH; Wendy Krout, RPSGT, CareFusion, Wakefield, RI; Steve Marquis, RPSGT, CCSH, UF Health, Jacksonville, FL; Daniel Mobley, RPSGT, CCSH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Jessica Schmidt, RPSGT, RST, (Treasurer) Sleep Disorders Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. Biographies of all BRPT Board members can be found at www.brpt.org.
The BRPT Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer members, all of whom serve four-year terms. The Board is international in scope and blends the expertise of the sleep community representing the interests of the consumer, patients, educators, and sleep technologists.
The BRPT develops and administers credentialing exams for polysomnographic technologists and technicians. The RPSGT is respected worldwide as the leading credential for polysomnographic technologists. Since the first credentialing exam administration in 1979, BRPT has credentialed more than 20,000 RPSGTs worldwide. In 2012, BRPT launched its Clinical Sleep Educator (CSE) Program, offering an assessment-based certificate to qualifying individuals. In May 2014, BRPT launched the Certification In Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) examination for healthcare providers specializing in sleep medicine who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and practitioners for patient care management, improved outcomes, and sleep health education and advocacy for patients and the community.
Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the BRPT is an independent, non-profit certification board that cultivates the highest professional and ethical standards for polysomnographic technologists. In addition to administering the RPSGT, CPSGT, and CCSH exams in the United States and internationally, the BRPT also maintains the RPSGT registry and CPSGT roster. The BRPT also provides its Continuing Sleep Technology Education (CSTE) Program for educational providers seeking continuing education credits for their offerings. For more information, please visit www.brpt.org.