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Snyder makes appointments to Board of Nursing Home Administrators

Monday, July 8, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Patricia Lyden, of Commerce Township, and Ricky Ackerman, of Ada, to the Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators.

The nine-member board is responsible for determining minimal entry-level requirements for nursing home administrators in Michigan and currently oversees the practice of more than 1,200 nursing home administrators.

"I thank Patricia and Ricky for their willingness to serve on this board. They bring years of professional experience and are welcome additions to the board," Snyder said.

Lyden is administrator for Four Seasons Nursing Center in Westland. Previously, she worked as an administrator for The Manor of Farmington Hills, Abbey Mercy Living Center, and Bloomfield Hills Nursing Center, as well as a consultant for Advantage Consulting and Educational Services. Lyden is a registered nurse and a licensed nursing home administrator. She earned a bachelor's degree in health arts from the College of St. Francis in Illinois, an RN diploma from the St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Nebraska, a master's degree in health services administration from the College of St. Francis, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in health administration from the University of Phoenix. Lyden will represent nursing home administrators and replaces Hermina Breuker.

Ackerman is the executive vice president of The Peplinski Group Inc., a position he has held since 2007. He previously worked as a nursing home administrator for West Woods of Niles and as a staff physical therapist for Healthrax Inc. He is a member of the American Society of Employers and the Health Care Association of Michigan. Ackerman is a licensed nursing home administrator and holds a bachelor's degree in physiology from Michigan State University and a master's degree in physical therapy from Central Michigan University. Ackerman will represent nursing home administrators and replaces Thomas Ensign.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2017, and the appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.