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BOC Thanks Outgoing Directors Kinderknecht and Walters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 22, 2015 - Omaha, NE - The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) thanks Jim Kinderknecht, MD, and Frank Walters, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, for serving on the BOC Board of Directors. Their terms conclude December 31, 2015. Dr. Kinderknecht has served as Physician Director, and Dr. Walters has served as an Athletic Trainer Director.

During his tenure on the BOC Board, Dr. Kinderknect has been an advocate for ensuring the quality of the BOC exam. He has also been a “strong voice regarding the educational process for both the candidate and credentialed professional,” said Board President Susan McGowen, PhD, ATC. Dr. Kinderknect will continue his involvement with the BOC as co-chair for the Maintenance of Competence Task Force.

Dr. Walters exemplifies the phrase “an officer and a gentleman,” McGowen said. While serving as Vice President, he provided insight to the board while bridging history, process and vision. Dr. Walters, who was named to the NATA Hall of Fame in 2010, “truly [is] a Hall of Famer,” McGowen added.

BOC Executive Director Denise Fandel noted the commitment and varied contributions shared by both board members throughout their tenure. “Frank’s extensive involvement in and passion for the profession provided great perspectives for the Board,” Fandel said. “Jim’s experience with the American Academy of Family Practice exam and his career involvement with ATs was invaluable. The BOC has benefitted tremendously from their wisdom and service.”

Dr. Kinderknecht is Assistant Attending Physician at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, New York, where he also is the program director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. In addition, he is a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College. Among his honors are awards for University of Missouri Faculty Teacher of the Year, multiple years, and Missouri Athletic Trainer Association Award for Service in 2010. He has dedicated the past 20 years to caring for athletes of all ages and levels.

Dr. Walters is Director of Sports Medicine, Wellness, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Diabetes Education for Broward Health, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Throughout his career Dr. Walters has served the NATA as the Chair of the Ethnic Minority Advisory Council, Education Degree Task Force, and CIE Committee. In addition, he has served on the Executive Committee of the Education Council, Continuing Education Committee as well as the Editorial Board of JNATA and the Educator's Journal. He has also served as a model and examiner for the BOC exam.

The BOC expresses its appreciation for the years of service Dr. Kinderknecht and Dr. Walters have given to the Board of Directors and to the athletic training profession.

About the BOC Board of Directors
A 9-member Board of Directors governs the BOC. There are 6 AT Directors, 1 Physician Director, 1 Public Director and 1 Corporate/Educational Director. Each BOC Board Director is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the policies and procedures of the BOC. The BOC ensures the protection of the public through establishing the prerequisite requirements to obtain certification, the development and administration of the certification exam and the establishment and management of continuing education requirements and the recertification process.

The BOC, a national credentialing agency, has been certifying Athletic Trainers and identifying, for the public, quality healthcare professionals with certainty since 1969. Nearly 45,000 individuals currently hold the ATC® credential worldwide.