June 09, 2010

Global Security Expert, Health Care Leader Are New Appointees to Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees

Michael G. Cherkasky (left) and Ronald I. Dozoretz

Michael G. Cherkasky and Ronald I. Dozoretz, MD, have been appointed to the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Cherkasky and Dr. Dozoretz to the Board,” says Chair Charles “Bud” Koch. “As national leaders in global security and health care, they each bring a valuable perspective as we continue to advance our mission as a private research university.”

Cherkasky is a leader in the field of global security and screening. He has supported the law enforcement community in numerous oversight and policy development roles for the past 25 years.

Currently, Cherkasky is chief executive officer of Altegrity, a global screening and security solutions company with nearly 8,000 employees in locations around the globe. Altegrity is the holding company for USIS, HireRight, Explore Information Services and Altegrity Risk International.

Early in his career, he served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He later became an assistant district attorney in New York County. During his time with that office, Cherkasky served as a trial attorney and chief of several divisions and bureaus. He led the division’s investigations on fraud, corruption, money laundering, organized crime figures and the state investigation of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

After his 16-year career in public service, Cherkasky joined Kroll Inc. and founded and led Kroll Monitoring Services. While in this position, he was appointed by various U.S. federal courts to oversee federal consent decrees. From 2001 through July 2009, he served as the independent monitor for the Los Angeles Police Department, leading an official oversight board for policies and procedures. In 2004, Kroll, Inc. was acquired by Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a global professional services firm, and Cherkasky was appointed President and CEO, a position he held until 2008.

He is active in several public leadership roles. In addition to being chair of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, Cherkasky was the transition leader for Cyrus Vance Jr., who was elected Manhattan district attorney in November 2009.

Cherkasky is a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve. He earned his bachelor’s degree in art history in 1972, and his Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law in 1975. His wife, Betsy, is a 1973 graduate of Flora Stone Mather College.

Dozoretz, a psychiatrist, is founder and board chair of ValueOptions Inc., one of the nation’s leading behavioral health and wellness companies. ValueOptions offers services to more than 24 million people. With a staff of more than 4,500 across the United States, the company generates more than $1 billion in revenue annually.

Throughout his career, Dozoretz has worked to improve access to health care. He is an expert on topics related to the hospital industry and health care management. He has been asked by the White House to assist in the development of national health care policies and has been a member of the RAND Health Board of Advisors.

A former lieutenant commander at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., Dozoretz established one of the first private psychiatric hospitals in Eastern Virginia. The company evolved into American Medical Centers.

After observing the impact of community-based psychiatric services and the growth of managed care, Dozoretz founded FHC Health Systems, which became the parent organization for several health and behavioral health specialty companies.

Dozoretz has been active in numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. A strong advocate for education, he is a fellow of the Center for Public Leadership of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School. In addition, he created a mentoring program for youths and is a founding contributor of the Dozoretz National Institute for Minorities in Applied Sciences at Norfolk State University.

Dozoretz earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York and a medical degree from the University of Buffalo. He received specialty training in psychiatry at University Hospitals. Dozoretz currently serves on the boards of the Kennedy Center, Ford Theater and Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, June 9, 2010 09:58 AM | News Topics: Administration, Alumnet, Alumni, Appointments, Trustees

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