Karen Rea, PHN, MSN, FNP has over 30years of nursing, education, administrative and entrepreneurial experience. Ms. Rea currently is the CEO of Correctional Improvement and Sustainability Consultants LLC providing correctional healthcare expertise to prisons and jails across the United States and a Federal Court appointed mental health expert for the Coleman lawsuit evaluating mental health care provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of State Hospitals.
From 2006 to September 2014, Ms. Rea worked for the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) formerly known as California Prison Heath Care Services (CPHCS) as a Nurse Consultant, Regional Director of Nursing for the Central Region, and the Statewide Chief Nurse Executive.
Prior to her State service, from 1993 to 2006, Ms. Rea worked for the Fresno County Department of Children and Family Services as the Quality Assurance Manager and Deputy Director of Children’s Mental Health where she developed a quality improvement program for social workers and mental health clinicians and managed the only free standing children’s emergency psychiatric facility in the Central Valley.
She also worked as a Fresno Country Public Health Nurse (PHN) and Supervising PHN overseeing the Communicable Disease and Epidemiology program. From 1987 to 1993, Ms. Rea was a Neonatal Intensive Care/ICU Nurse and the Director of the FOCUS substance abuse program for San Joaquin County.
Ms. Rea has also worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner, hospice nurse and educator at Pacific Union College and University of Phoenix.
Ms. Rea’s professional memberships include: American Nurses Association, California Healthcare Leadership Alumni, National Commission on Correctional HealthCare, California Association for Healthcare Quality, California Association of Nurse Practitioners and Academy of Correctional Health Professionals.
Ms. Rea’s Community affiliations and service include: American Nurses Association workgroup development of the 2016 Scope of Professional Practice manual; advisor to physicians and nurse practitioners Cohorts for University of California, San Francisco, Healthcare Leadership Fellowship; the Stockton (CA) Chapter of the Links Incorporated servicing Haven of Peace homeless shelter and providing healthy lifestyle classes to Hamilton elementary students along with hands only CPR training. Ms. Rea is also a committeemember and sponsor of the United Cerebral Palsy of San Joaquin, Calaveras and Amador Counties “Life without Limits”organization and a member of the North Stockton Rotary club which provides services to youth and international relief efforts and supplies, scholarship, leadership programs and many other services devoted to the betterment of all.