The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) announced today the retirement of its Executive Director Sherry Keramidas whose leadership during a 20-year tenure helped advance the healthcare regulatory profession. She will retire on 31 January 2016.
“Sherry has served RAPS and its members during a critical period of change in the healthcare industry,” according to RAPS Chairman of the Board Rainer Voelksen. “Her constancy throughout ensured RAPS’ mission to provide leading education and professional development opportunities and credentialing to regulatory professionals. The RAPS Board of Directors extends its deepest appreciation to Sherry for her two decades of stewardship and commitment to RAPS members, partners and Board.”
“It’s been my pleasure to serve RAPS during a period of unprecedented change in the healthcare industry,” said Keramidas. “The regulatory environment will continue to rapidly evolve and I retire from RAPS confident that the advancement of its professionals will continue to be the defining commitment of this organization’s leadership.”
The Board’s top priority during the transition to new leadership is to ensure RAPS' continuity in fulfilling day-to-day operations that deliver on the organization’s commitment to programming and other essential functions that serve its members and partners. Sherry will help facilitate the transition by working with the Executive Committee of the Board to provide support on specific key initiatives.
The Board has initiated a search for a new executive director and will be announcing a plan for interim leadership in the coming weeks. It has established a Search Committee of the Board and will engage a professional recruiting firm to conduct the search for the permanent executive director.