National Steering Commission
steering committee is comprised of active NAHCA
members who serve in a volunteer role.
The committee serves as
the governing body, steering the mission and vision
of the Association.
These committee members
take the oath of service and make a solemn
commitment to ethical practice and leadership.
They take an active
role in conference planning, educational development
and overall experience based counsel to the
They are responsible
for policy review and recommendations as it pertains
to state and federal regulations, public policy and
national initiatives such as the annual fundraiser
and other special projects.
you will take advantage of getting acquainted with
one or more of the committee members. They are
continuously seeking feedback from NAHCA members
across the nation as to how NAHCA can best serve its
members in professional development and benefit
Please feel free to
contact any one of the committee members by email.
In addition to their
introductions you will find their email addresses.
would like to take this opportunity to thank the
steering committee for their leadership and service
to our more than 30,000 members nationwide.
► Alice Zahnow -
Steering Committee Chair
► Niccole Weaver -
Steering Committee Vice Chair
Alice Zahnow has been a CNA for 18 1/2
For 18 years, she
Lapeer County Medical Care Facility
in Lapeer, MI.
Alice is currently working at Helping
Hands Home Healthcare. She enjoys her work
with the NAHCA Steering Committee. Alice is
a freelance writer for various newspapers
Alice and Chuck have been married for 40
years and have three children. She received
the Member of the Year in 2004. She also
enjoys her trips to Washington D.C to speak
with our Congressmen/women.
Besides her work on the
Steering Committee, she loves arts & crafts,
cooking, baking, and playing with her
Weaver has served 2 years on the committee.
She is married to NAHCA staff member Kevin
Weaver. They have 2 children (William and
Keeley). They recently moved to Carl
Junction, Missouri, from Ohio. Niccole
currently works at Galena Nursing Center in
Galena, Kansas. Before leaving Ohio, she
worked at Fairhaven Community in Upper
She has been a CNA for over 7 years.
In her spare time, she loves being with her
children, chatting online with family back
home in Ohio, working on Sudoku puzzles, and
helping out at the NAHCA office. She is a
proud 5-Year Cancer Survivor!
► Debbie Pitts -
► Karon Schmidt -
Pitts has been a CNA for 39 years; the last
have been at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility
in Powers, Michigan. She has always enjoyed
what she does and could not think of
anything else she’d rather do.
One of the
greatest things that has happened to her is
being involved with NAHCA. She is also apart
of the Coalition To Protect Senior Care. She
has been honored by attending Congressional
meetings in D.C for the past two years.
Besides her job, NAHCA, and life in general,
she enjoys camping, gardening, cooking and
being active in the community.
Chailland - Member at Large
Chailland has been in the nursing field for
over 30 years. For the past 15, she has
proudly worked at Southbrook Nursing Center
in Farmington, MO as a CNA. Her career has
experienced many highlights. She was
selected to be a speaker for the Coalition
To Protect Senior Care’s kickoff in
Washington, DC. Since then, she has been in
contact with congressional members and has
authored several letters and articles. Patsy
has been married to her husband Craig for 26
years; they have 2 children and 6
grandchildren. Patsy is dedicated to the
continue her work to care for them and
protect their rights.
Schmidt has been a CNA for 19 years and got
her start at an early age in Missouri at the
Perry County Nursing Home. She now works at
the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape
Girardeau, MO. She has
Karon’s hobbies include reading , arts &
crafts and spending
time with her
family. Karon has participated in many
walk-a-thons, raising money for Jerry’s
Kids, MDA, March of Dimes and many other
charities. She was honored by the Missouri
governor with the “Employee of the Month”
award. Karon is also the recipient of
NAHCA’s Stella Parrish Lifetime Achievement
Lake - Member at Large
Lake has been in the nursing field for over
20 years and has been involved with NAHCA
for over 2 years. She has worked at Sun West
Choice Nursing and Rehab in Sun City,
Arizona for over 4 years. She is dedicated
to the elderly and their care. She enjoys
representing and promoting NAHCA. She is one
of the driving forces
work in her own building as well as others.
Tammy has spoken at the Arizona State
Capitol representing Sun West Choice and
CNAs in general. Tammy frequently visits
D.C. for congressional meetings. She lives
in Surprise, Arizona with her husband of 17
years and their 3 kids.
Adair - Member at Large
Adair has been married 32 years to her high
school sweetheart, David.
She has 4 sons
(Gabriel, Joshua, Jacob, and Joseph) and
soon to have 2 grandchildren.
Donna has been
for 16 years
and is currently working at Missouri
Veterans Home in Warrensburg.
from a military family (father a retired
Navy Seal), so taking care of American
Heroes means a lot to her.
Next to being a
mom, her duties as a CNA is
one of her
Trendel - Staff Liaison
Trendel has been in the health care
profession for 29 years, currently working
as a NAHCA Membership Consultant and Medical
She lives in
northern Michigan with her husband of 27
years and has one son and one daughter.
In her spare
time, Connie enjoys fishing, arts and
crafts, reading and writing and has had
numerous articles published in magazines and
recipient of both the Team Leader and Member
of the Year awards, Connie is passionate
about NAHCA and quality CNAs providing