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EAGLE Accreditation Commission
Peer Reviewer Training
The Path to EAGLE
Accreditation News
Meet the UMA Team
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Winter 2019
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize."
(1 Corinthians 9:24)

EAGLE Accreditation Commission

Agency Achieves Reaccreditation
Congratulations to Louisiana United Methodist Children & Family Services

At its October Meeting, the EAGLE Accreditation Commission approved LUMCH's distinguished Accreditation with Commendations. Led by President and CEO Rick Wheat, the agency has long been committed to EAGLE accreditation. In addition to completing a rigorous self-study and reaccreditation, the agency celebrates six dedicated, trained peer reviewers who regularly contribute to EAGLE's overall accreditation review process throughout the county.
Welcome New Commissioners
We welcome David Glenn, Vice President of Human Resources at United Methodist Communities, and Doug Marshall, President and CEO of Presbyterian Children's Home, as our two newest Commissioners. Approved by the UMA Board of Directors this fall, they began serving their first three-year term at the January Commission meeting.

To learn more about our newest commissioners, click here.
Annual Report Changes
Effective October 2018, the EAGLE Accreditation Commission no longer requires Board signatures for annual reports. This is just one of many ways the EAGLE Accreditation Commission is working to streamline our processes for accredited organizations.
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Is your EAGLE logo up to date?
In early 2018, UMA launched a new logo for EAGLE. Please update your website and other marketing materials with the current logo by clicking on the links below.

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EAGLE Marketing Task Force
EAGLE has created a task force to explore ways to support accredited communities in making the most of their accreditation with internal and external constituents. The first meeting of the task force will take place in mid-March. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Mary Kemper at
Have you seen our latest EAGLE video?
EAGLE-accredited organizations continue to demonstrate their commitment towards excellence. We encourage you to view and share the latest EAGLE video with testimonials on the value of EAGLE accreditation.

Peer Reviewer Training

EAGLE Announces New Peer Reviewers
Congratulations to Erin Jensen, administrator at Evenglow Inn, Pontiac, IL and Sharon Anderson, Senior Living Counselor, Springhill Senior Living of Erie, PA, for completing Peer Reviewer Training.

EAGLE Peer Reviewers are dedicated professionals with experience working with nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Serving as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer offers professionals a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the EAGLE process and principles. At the same time, reviewers have a chance to take back innovative solutions and best practices they learn from other organizations.

In-person training is available following online training and is scheduled for Thursday, May 9 in Ft. Myers, following the UMA Annual Meeting.
EAGLE Training Opportunities
Did you know EAGLE Peer Reviewer training is available online? This self-guided training includes eight modules through a Capstone education platform and takes no more than three hours to complete. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Reviewer, please click here and email your completed application to

The Path to EAGLE

2019 Annual Meeting
EAGLE-accredited organizations receive the benefits of UMA membership and are encouraged to participate in all UMA events. Registration is now open for the 2019 UMA Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, Florida, May 7-8, with events at Shell Point Retirement Community (an EAGLE-accredited community) and the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort.

The meeting theme "Empowered by Joy" inspires us to reflect on joy as a key driver for our dedicated work. The education program is designed to support the EAGLE principles. Join your faith-based, mission-driven colleagues for two days of inspiring keynote speakers, quality education, networking, peer recognition and more.

"We are at a period in our county where no one leader or organization can meet all of their needs themselves. With my UMA partners, I know I don't have to go it alone."
Greg Peters, CEO, United Methodist Family Services

Please click here to watch why we gather and how you and your organization can benefit from attending the UMA Annual Meeting.

Register your leadership team early to receive the early bird rate. Click here to view the full brochure, hotel details, and an overview of our business partner experience and sponsor opportunities.
Raise Your Voice in Song
The UMA Annual Meeting will feature a choir made up of EAGLE and UMA members. If you are interested in singing with us, please contact Sara Charbonneau at

Accreditation News

An EAGLE-FFPSA Task Force met in November to discuss efforts to have EAGLE recognized as an accrediting body under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which mandates accreditation of residential treatment by a recognized accrediting body. It is set to go into effect by October 1, 2019. Currently, CARF, COA and JCAHO are recognized accrediting bodies under the Act; however, states may opt to include other accrediting organizations. Some states have requested waivers for all or part of the regulations. Therefore, the timing of implementation by state varies.

The EAGLE-FFPSA Task Force, including Marlin Livingston (Cunningham Children's Home), Sheila Walker (Burlington United Methodist Family Services), Shawn McCrindle (Bashor Children's Home) and Jill Myers (EAGLE), agreed to support EAGLE organizations seeking EAGLE recognition by sharing talking points for their state. UMA has reached out to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is continuing to pursue recognition as a qualified accrediting body.
EAGLE Collaborates on Accreditation
EAGLE continues to work collaboratively with other national accrediting bodies to promote the value of accreditation. UMA President Mary Kemper and Director of EAGLE Jill Myers recently met with CARF leadership at their D.C. headquarters. UMA is working with CARF to review and revise the crosswalk of standards to bring them up-to-date with each other's accreditation handbooks.

Meet the UMA Team

United Methodist Association Staff
Pictured left to right: Michelle Chandler, Sara Charbonneau, Mary Kemper, Jill Myers and Ross LiCausi


March 7 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
March 13 HR Network Call, 11:00 AM EDT
March 14 EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
March 28 Chaplain Chat, 4:00 PM (EDT)
April 10 HR Network Call, 11:00 AM EDT
Employee Engagement with Seth Anthony, Holleran
May 7-8 UMA Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, Florida
May 9 EAGLE Peer Reviewer Training 8:00 AM (EDT) at Sanibel Harbour Marriott
June 12 HR Network Call, 11:00 AM EDT
Caregiver Retention with LeAnn Thiemann, SelfCare for HealthCare
July 18-19 EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting

Development Network Call hosted by United Methodist Retirement Communities.
Human Resources Networking Group hosted by Asbury Communities.