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Election Now Open!

Online voting for the next BOC Athletic Trainer Director is open through October 16, 2014, 11:59pm CT. BOC Certified Athletic Trainers have the responsibility of electing Athletic Trainer Directors who serve on the BOC Board of Directors.

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Thomas M. Dodge, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Thomas M. Dodge, PhD, ATC, CSCS


Marsha Grant-Ford, PhD, ATC
Marsha Grant-Ford, PhD, ATC


Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATR, ATC, CSCS
Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATR, ATC, CSCS


Thomas M. Dodge, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Current Position:

  • 2009-Present, Assistant Professor/Staff Athletic Trainer, Springfield College, Springfield, MA

Career History:

  • 2006-2009, Clinical Assistant Professor/Preceptor, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • 2003-2006, Doctoral Teaching Fellow/Preceptor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • 2003, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Providence College, Providence, RI
  • 2002, Strength and Conditioning Coach/Outreach Athletic Trainer, Northeast Sports Training and Rehabilitation, Warwick, RI
  • 2001-2002, Head Athletic Trainer, Burgettstown Area High School, Burgettstown, PA


  • 2001, BS, Sports Medicine/Athletic Training, Merrimack College
  • 2002, MS, Athletic Training, California University of Pennsylvania
  • 2006, PhD, Physical Education, University of South Carolina

BOC Involvement:

  • 2007-2011, Exam Development Committee – Item Writer
  • 2011-2014, Exam Development Committee – Item Reviewer

Why should I be elected to the BOC Board of Directors?

In trying to highlight why I am an ideal candidate for the BOC board of directors, I will start by simply stating that my profile includes a mix of just about everything. In my current position, I am a tenure track athletic training faculty member and I spend my mornings teaching both undergraduate and graduate athletic training courses at Springfield College. I am also a practicing clinician and preceptor. I spend the winter and spring with the Springfield College Men’s lacrosse team working as their primary athletic trainer. I have an active research agenda, which focuses on student retention, clinical education and socialization. Most recently I have begun to explore the concept of reciprocal learning between athletic training students and preceptors and I am looking into strategies for preceptors to use to document their own learning that takes place when they are working with students. In my various roles, I am continually pushed to stay current in my understanding of research associated with clinical practice, healthcare policy and best educational practices.

In addition to my Academic, Healthcare and Research duties, I have taken an active role in serving my profession. I have served as an Item Writer and Reviewer for the BOC, article reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training and Athletic Training Education Journal and I have also reviewed abstracts for presentation at regional and national meetings. I recently finished a two-year term as president of Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (ATOM). As president of ATOM I lead an initiative to change our practice act in Massachusetts that is 30 years old and restrictive in terms of who we are able to provide athletic training services to. I have worked hard to advocate and lobby for our profession in my home state and I would continue to advocate for certified athletic trainers as a member of the BOC Board of Directors.

In my interview for this position, I was asked about the role of BOC and the challenges that I felt the BOC was facing at this point in time. I feel that the challenges that lie ahead center on continuing education for practicing athletic trainers. In particular, the new CEU requirements for EBP content will bring on some issues with access to those specific EBP CEU events. I would be committed to helping the BOC develop additional quality EBP content for CEU purposes in order to support practicing athletic trainers.

My career as an athletic trainer has allowed me to interact with many top-notch professionals and also teach some incredibly bright and successful students. In recent years, I have had multiple opportunities to present and meet with other healthcare providers in China. These experiences have lead to many great exchanges of knowledge and techniques associated with providing optimal healthcare. I foresee some excellent potential for future international collaborations with our friends on the other side of the world and I would look forward to exploring those opportunities more as a member of the BOC Board of Directors.

As I sit here today I can’t fully express my level of passion for the field of athletic training and for doing my part to help move us forward and improve our status as healthcare providers. I would surely bring that passion and energy to the position of Athletic Trainer Director. I appreciate your taking the time to read this statement and for taking a few minutes to consider my candidacy for the position of Athletic Trainer Director on the BOC Board of Directors and I hope that you will make me your selection in the upcoming election.

Marsha Grant-Ford, PhD, ATC

Current Position:

  • 2001, Faculty & Clin Ed Coordinator, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Career History:

  • 2014, Athletic Trainer, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ
  • 1996-2001, ATEP Program Director & Clin Ed Coordinator, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  • 1993-1996, Athletic Trainer, Sterling High School, Somerdale, NJ
  • 1989-1993, Athletic Trainer, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1086-1989, ATEP Faculty & Athletic Trainer, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
  • 1980-1983, ATEP Faculty/Interim PD/Athletic Trainer, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  • 1978-1980, ATEP Faculty & Head Women’s Athletic Trainer, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
  • 1976-1998; 2008-present, Athletic Trainer, International Sports Training Camp, Stroudsburg, PA
  • 2005-present, Athletic Trainer, International Sports Training Camp, Stroudsburg, PA


  • 2001, PhD, Kinesiology w Athletic Training Specialization, Temple University
  • 1978, MEd, Education with Athletic Training Specialization, University of Virginia
  • 1975, BS, Health & Physical Education with Athletic Training Specialization, East Stroudsburg University

BOC Involvement:

  • 1985-2007, BOC Practical Examiner
  • Exam Test Item Writer

Why should I be elected to the BOC Board of Directors?

The BOC BOD supports the BOC mission to protect the public and the integrity of our credential by determining policy with regard to professional conduct and competence. The BOC determines minimal entry level requirements and develops and administers the tool that evaluates students preparing to enter the profession. When professionals fail to meet the professional and ethical obligations we can expect the BOC to adjudicate and impose sanctions.

I am honored that the nominating committee has selected me as one of the candidates worthy of your consideration for the BOC AT Director position. There are complex challenges facing the future of the profession and from my perspective it will ‘take the village’ to have the meaningful conversations required to craft long term solutions. One of the challenges is inherent in the direction of the four organizations of athletic training. While it is true that each of the four entities, the NATA, The BOC, CAATE and the Foundation have their distinct missions and visions. I believe they are inextricably linked via the fulcrum of all the professional groups, the clinician patient relationship. There is no denying the complexity of the relationships and yes, there must be bending and adapting to stave off destruction. However, the bottom line does not move; if patient outcomes are not efficacious and patients do not respect and trust us to protect their interests, the reason for our work is lost and so are we.

Another challenge facing the BOC is the rapid growth of settings and body of knowledge. Some are of the opinion that we are moving too fast in too many directions some believe that we are not moving in the most appropriate directions and there are many others at other places on the continuum. There is no denying change, however, the challenge for the BOC is to identify change emerging from multiple entities and make the adjustments to credentialing, regulation and continuing education that ensure that professional competence and public protection standards are uncompromised.

I became an athletic trainer by accident when I encountered a Chingford hockey ball and the indomitable Lois Wagner, one of the 13 pioneer athletic trainers profiled in the research of Dr. Marcia Anderson. I was intrigued with her expertise and not long after, she took me under her wing; I was hooked. At the time I was unaware of neither her place in NATA history nor mine, as I happened to be the first African American female to sit for the examination.

I am presently faculty and clinical education coordinator at Montclair State University, but the journey began with study for the three degrees at three institutions with accredited programs. Including my present position I have taught in 5 accredited programs and became familiar with the mission of CAATE as a program director and interim PD. I have also been a preceptor. Although my university does not support the medical model of educator/clinician, I continue to practice regularly at local high schools and colleges. In the spring of 2014, I was the interim athletic trainer at a local Division III women’s college. My motivation for continuing to practice in addition to the academic responsibilities is twofold. I will be the first to admit that I still find much fulfillment in patient contact; however, students seem to appreciate the message more when current experiences and perspectives are shared. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work in various settings and multiple levels from academician to clinician from camps to secondary school to all three NCAA Divisions, to physician office, to professional gymnastics and softball, to international gymnastics, lacrosse and basketball. Several successful accreditation visits later, the geographical, work setting and institutional and diverse experiences have framed a very rich point of reference for my contributions to professional conversations.

It has also been my honor and pleasure to serve the profession as a member of the NATA Education Council with responsibilities on the 5th edition competencies and proficiencies, Ethnic Diversity Council, BOC exam item writer, BOC examiner, District Election chair, Education Task Force Member and state ethics committee member. I have taken several meaningful attributes from the opportunities to interface with visionary colleagues. Being at the table, so to speak, with clinicians and academicians over almost 4 decades has influenced the development of several salient perspectives. The first was to speak with caution as the nail, even when removed, leaves a hole in the wood. The second is that we have a responsibility to motivate others to do better. The third is that ‘why’ is always more important than ‘how’. And finally, sometimes you speak first and sometimes you speak last; more often than not, there is something to be learned in the latter. These opportunities have set the stage for me to form many bridges which foster appreciating issues from multiple perspectives.

We should be pleased and proud of the work of the BOC thus far. As the BOC continues moving toward unequivocally establishing themselves as the worldwide leader in credentialing and ensuring protection of the public , our credentialing process will be one that other healthcare professions strive to emulate. I would appreciate your support to be a part of BOC history as they continue making headway toward exceeding expectations regarding the vision and mission to promote our skill and competence with goals that are avant-garde and attainable. Thank you for your time.

Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATR, ATC, CSCS

Current Position:

  • 1995-Present, Professor and Director of Athletic Training, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN

Career History:

  • 1995-1999, Head Athletic Trainer/Athletic Training Program Director, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN
  • 1993-1995, Head Athletic Trainer/Assistant Professor, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
  • 1992-1993, Curriculum Director/head Athletic Trainer, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
  • 1988-1993, Head Athletic Trainer/Instructor, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
  • 1986-1988, Head Basketball/Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
  • 1985-1986, Assistant/Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ


  • 2001, EdD, Educational Policy & Administration, University of Minnesota
  • 1986, MS, Exercise and Sport Science/Athletic Training, University of Arizona
  • 1985, BS, Physical Education/Athletic Training, Mankato State University

BOC Involvement:

  • 1996-2000, Board of Certification Model/Examiner

Why should I be elected to the BOC Board of Directors?

My name is Pat Sexton and I am currently the Athletic Training Program Director at Minnesota State University, Mankato and I am running for the Athletic Training Director position on the Board of Certification (BOC).

The profession has grown in both size and scope over time because so many of our colleagues in the past cared enough about athletic training and got involved professionally in order to help us move forward. That is essentially why I want to serve as an athletic training director to the BOC, I want to do what I can in whatever way, large or small, to help the profession continue to grow.

I have been an athletic trainer in all levels of the collegiate setting, an athletic training educator, I have been very active in professional associations from state to district to national, I was a BOC model and examiner, I have served as a board member of the JRC-AT and CAATE, the NATA's PEC, and various other committees. I have been so involved in the profession for two simple reasons; first because all of my mentors were very active in the profession so I learned the importance of being involved, and second because I believe that if you disagree with how something is being done or if you think there is a better way to do something it is much better to put your efforts in to working toward changing things than it is to sit back and just talk about how things should be.

The BOC has quietly become one of the best and most forward thinking professional credentialing agencies in the country. They have had strong leadership and have always worked toward improving the organization and the services they provide. The vision of the BOC is to be the worldwide leader in credentialing and I certainly believe the BOC is well on its way toward attaining that goal.

Over my 29+ years in the profession I have had literally hundreds of students take the BOC exam and enter the field... and they all want the profession to continue to move forward. The BOC is a key player in the profession, along with the NATA and the CAATE, however the BOC role in credentialing both nationally and as a requirement for practice by the overwhelming majority of state practice acts cannot be overstated. For the profession to continue to improve I believe that we must continue to elevate our practice standards, especially in the eyes of other health and medical professionals. The BOCs Standards of Professional Practice are key in this regard. We need to follow them, not just when convenient but all the time and in every practice setting. I believe that the Standards of Professional Practice guide what we do and that they should be demonstrable in multiple documentable ways.

I would also like to see the BOC, not only continue to use technology but expand its use in continuing education to help provide even more lower cost CEUs, to track CEUs, and to use the data obtained from both the exam and CEUs to help drive changes to improve the entire system. I think that while data can help provide direction the needs of the certified athletic trainer must continue to be considered... like we do as clinicians using evidence based practice and still incorporating the needs of the patient. Continuing education should be more than a minimum number clinicians need to maintain practice, rather it should help improve the competence and raise professional standards of the certified athletic trainer.

In closing I believe that the type and level of experiences I have had in my career thus far will help me step right into this position and contribute to the BOC in a meaningful way. Also know that will always work for what I believe to be the best interests of all certified athletic trainers in all settings.