NCIC Summit of the States: How State Collaboration Can Strengthen the Workforce

This panel examined how four professions have addressed interstate licensure reciprocity and portability. Panelists explained the mechanism for interstate licensure mobility in their profession, why they believe interstate licensure mobility is important for their members, and the benefits of licensure and licensure portability for both professionals and the public.

• Moderator: Nahale Kalfas, Attorney, The North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists
• Michael Armstrong, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Click here for slides
• T J Cantwell, Physical Therapy Compact Commission Click here for slides
• John Johnson, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Click here for slides
• Jim Puente, Nurse Licensure Compact Click here for slides
• Marschall Smith, Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Click here for slides



Mike Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, NCARB 

Prior to joining NCARB in 2011, Armstrong held senior positions at the International Code Council, ICF International, FEMA, and the Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Conservation. He began his career with 10 years as an assistant city attorney specializing in land use, zoning and planning, code enforcement, historic preservation, and human resources management. Armstrong is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University and is a trustee on the Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation Board. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the District of Columbia Preservation League. He has authored a number of articles for professional journals, and he has provided testimony before committees of the U.S. Congress. He was also licensed to practice law in Colorado and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

T.J. Cantwell, Compact Administrator, Physical Therapy Compact Commission 

Cantwell became the first Compact Administrator for the Physical Therapy Compact Commission in July 2017. Cantwell works with PT Compact member states on the compact implementation process, manages day-to-day activities, advises state boards interested in joining the PT Compact, and communicates with the public regarding the operations and value of the PT Compact. Cantwell has more than 20 years of national nonprofit and association management experience.

John W. Johnson, Director of Legislative & Governmental Affairs, The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy 

Johnson serves as the director of legislative and governmental affairs for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), a position he has held since 2012. Prior to joining the NASBA staff, Johnson served as the director of governmental affairs of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) where he was a registered lobbyist and was responsible for the administration of the FICPA’s government relations program. Johnson also worked at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) where he served as the executive director for the Florida Board of Accountancy (BOA) from 2002-2006. While at DBPR from 1991-2002, Johnson served for 12 years with the DBPR Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering where he began to move through the ranks of state government.

Nahale Freeland Kalfas, JD, Attorney, The North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists

Kalfas has served as attorney for the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists for eight years where she has been responsible for prosecutorial hearings, settlements, rulemaking and legislative matters. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1997 and serves on the National Council of State Boards of Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Jim Puente, Director, Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) 

Puente was appointed NLC director in 2009. This position at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in Chicago is dedicated to the goals of the compact’s governing body, the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators. Puente is charged with managing the operations of the NLC, the development of implementation strategies for regulatory compliance, and implementation of the compact strategic plan. Puente has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector. Puente holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, an MS degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University and a Master of Jurisprudence degree in Health Law & Policy from Loyola University School of Law. He is also a Certified Association Executive.

Marschall S. Smith, Executive Director, The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission (IMLCC) 

Smith has served as executive director for the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission since October 2017. Previously, he spent nine years working in health care licensing for the state of Colorado as the professional standards program manager at the Department of Public Health and Environment, and the program director of the Colorado Medical Board. 


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