HAMILTON, OH (November 2, 2018) – Lisa Frye recently became a National Master Guardian, one of only 70 nationwide, through the Center for Guardianship Certification an allied foundation of the National Guardianship Association. Frye has been with LifeSpan for seven years and has been the manager of the Guardianship program for six. She has been a National Certified Guardian for six years prior to becoming a Master Guardian.
“From day one, Lisa has continually worked to hone her skills as a guardian and leader in her field,” Joyce Kachelries, LifeSpan’s chief operating officer said. “She has become known as an expert in her profession; fielding calls both locally and nationally seeking assistance regarding guardianship issues or even starting a program. We are privileged to have her on LifeSpan’s team.”
Frye serves as Secretary on the Ohio Association for Guardianship Board and has served as Conference Chair for their annual conference. She was also one of six finalists in the Community Outreach category for the 2018 Cincinnati Business Courier Health Care Heroes Award; was a 2017 Community Recognition honoree for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and received the 2016 Excellence in Leadership award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Frye said, “Continuing to provide ongoing support to persons under guardianship remains a top priority for our entire team. Becoming a Master Guardian along with continuing education in guardianship matters at the state and national level is essential for continuous quality improvement of the LifeSpan program. The advocacy and support given with ongoing follow-up demonstrates the strength of the program. It is an honor to provide the work we do each and every day.”
As Guardianship Manager, Frye oversees the staff team of eight. She organizes and leads all the activities of LifeSpan’s Guardianship program including overseeing the budget, policies, and procedures regarding service delivery and program requirements including an active volunteer program.
This certification is designed to identify those individuals who are involved in guardianship issues, who meet enhanced qualifications, and who have the sufficient level of knowledge and experience in guardianship services to be identified to the public as a National Master Guardian (NMG). Applicants must have at least five years of practice as a Guardian and must pass a two-day test graded by committee, one multiple choice and one all narratives.
LifeSpan, founded in 1945, serves clients of southwest Ohio by offering innovative, cost-effective programs for individuals, families, groups and schools.
LifeSpan’s Guardians work with both the Butler and Warren County Probate Courts to bring stability, safety, and companionship to hundreds of area residents. Both staff and volunteer Guardians are appointed by the Probate Court to make decisions for their clients relating to health care, living arrangements, or safety issues. Clients are individuals who need assistance in decision-making and advocacy based on limitations that impair their ability to make competent decisions. Visit lifespanohio.org/guardianship or call 513-868-3210 for additional information.