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Recap: 2016 NATA Convention

On June 22-25, the BOC exhibited at the 67th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Baltimore. The BOC staff and board members were there to answer questions and connect with convention attendees at the BOC booth. On June 24th, the BOC Board of Directors and staff hosted a reception to honor BOC volunteers and to present the Dan Libera Service Awards. The BOC Dan Libera Service Award was established in 1995 to recognize individuals who have shown dedication to the mission of the BOC. Longstanding contributions to the BOC's programs are the primary criteria for the award. Congratulations to the 2016 Dan Libera Award honorees:

  • Paul Bruning
  • Mark Doughty
  • Gail Samdperil
  • Ericka Zimmerman

In addition, we awarded the first BOC Paul Grace Scholarship in honor of past Executive Director Paul Grace. Paul was instrumental in the BOC certification program’s achieving national accreditation. Congratulations to our first recipient of this scholarship, Steven Boyton of University of Texas at Arlington.

Finally, thank you to all who stopped by the BOC booth, and congratulations to the following winners of our prize drawings:

Certificates
Lindsay Harper, Phillip Hartog and Beth Schwarz

Plaques
Elizabeth Clark, Cheryl Myers and Alissa Niswonger

Self-assessment exams
Jeanie Brooks, David Fuentes and Lorianne Tant

From left are Denise Fandel, BOC Executive Director; Gail Samdperil, Dan Libera Award Winner; Ericka Zimmerman, Dan Libera Award Winner; Susan McGowen, BOC President; and Julie Emrhein, BOC Nominating Committee Chair.

Steven Boyton of the University of Texas at Arlington, left, received the first BOC Paul Grace Scholarship. He is pictured with NATA Hall of Famer Lindsy McLean, who was the first Chair of the Certification Committee. Paul Grace, not pictured, is a past BOC executive director.