Brian Rega, director of St. Bernards Village in Jonesboro, has been designated as a certified aging services professional (CASP). He is one of only two Arkansans holding the certification.
The National Certification Program for Aging Services Professionals offers credentials to individuals who complete 45 hours of professional training and who successfully sit for three comprehensive examinations. The program is offered through the University of North Texas in Denton.
Rega oversees daily operations of St. Bernards Village, a 179-unit retirement community that offers living accommodation in cottage homes, independent living apartments and assisted care. St. Bernards Village was recently awarded a grant to construct 40 units of low-income housing for the elderly, which will also be under Rega's direction. He has been associated with St. Bernards Village since 1998.
A native of Ash Flat, Rega graduated from Highland High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
He is a former Jonesboro alderman, serving from 1995 to 2002, and was named to the Arkansas Business list of "40 Under Forty" in 2002. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Arkansas Residential Assisted Living Association and is a member of the St. Bernards Advocates. He is an Eagle Scout.
Rega also holds certification as a facilitator from Zenger-Miller Inc. of Oak Brook, Ill., and as a professional trainer from the Center for Regional Programs at ASU.
The National Certification Program for Aging Services Professionals was founded in 1986 by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and joined in partnership in 2000 by the Department of Applied Gerontology at the University of North Texas. The CASP Program is observing its 20th year of providing comprehensive education and training to professionals who are involved in the management of assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities and other types of senior housing.
The CASP credential distinguishes professionals in the field of retirement housing and other aging services who have chosen to pursue excellence in their work and in their field through education and training.
Rega was one of about 80 graduates representing 30 states in the class of 2006. He joins a group of more than 1,600 individuals nationwide who have earned CASP certification.
He is the son of Jim and Rosemary Rega of Ash Flat.