Spotlight: Sandra Katanick

Sandra Katanick Joins Board of Directors As the RLS Foundation Board of Directors grows in depth and breadth of representation, the ...

Sandra Katanick Joins Board of Directors

As the RLS Foundation Board of Directors grows in depth and breadth of representation, the Foundation strives to seek out new members whose unique talents will amplify its mission and help move the Foundation forward. Sandra Katanick is such a person. Her distinguished career in the world of health-related nonprofits provides a unique viewpoint.

Katanick understands nonprofits from the inside out. Her nonprofit experience began with her career at the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) as a board member, and then executive director – charged with all aspects of vascular laboratory accreditation. When she retired 25 years later as CEO, she had grown the organization from three employees and a budget of $250,000, to 50 employees and reserves of $15 million.

Under Katanick’s leadership, IAC was sought by other medical specialties to develop accreditation programs for additional types of imaging such as echocardiology and CT. She was responsible for the development of eight accreditation organizations; numerous private insurers now require the IAC seal. A career highlight was having had several of IAC’s accreditation programs recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a requirement for payment.

Katanick has been a registered nurse, registered vascular technologist, and certified association executive. She has written in her field and spoken nationally and internationally on the accreditation of medical laboratories.

“Sandy’s interest in serving patients has grounded her career, and to our delight that calling has now brought her to the RLS Foundation board,” says Linda Secretan, secretary of the board. “Her zest for our mission is transparent. Sandy speaks with warmth and a wonderful sense of humor of her personal familiarity with restless legs syndrome, the benefits of Foundation membership, and her willingness to share her talents and experience wherever needed most. We welcome her heartily.”

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