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BOC Volunteer Spotlight – Janet Lin Craft, MA, LAT, ATC

The BOC would like to take this opportunity to thank all our BOC volunteers who serve as BOC board members, committee, task force and workgroup members, and exam item writers. The BOC welcomes volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. Visit the BOC website, to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the BOC.

In this feature, we would like to spotlight Janet Lin Craft, MA, LAT, ATC of District 9; current member of the BOC Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Strategies (IDEAS) Committee. Craft served on the original IDEAS Task Force beginning in 2020, which recently transitioned into a full standing committee, based on a board recommendation. Craft has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2011, and is currently an Athletic Trainer and senior woman administrator at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.

Why is volunteering for the BOC important to you?

It is important to me that many voices from different backgrounds are represented.

What is the best or most rewarding part about volunteering with the BOC?

The most rewarding part of volunteering has been the opportunity to learn and understand the processes of decision making. Knowing the passion and body of knowledge that volunteers bring to different projects has helped me personally understand the difficult work that the BOC does.

How did you first come to know about a BOC volunteer opportunity?

Carla Gilson, co-chair of the IDEAS Committee asked if I was interested in being part of the original IDEAS Task Force. I was hesitant because I didn’t have any prior volunteer experience with the BOC and was unsure how I could contribute. Given time and being surrounded by the great staff at BOC and the task force/committee members, volunteering has definitely been a professional growth opportunity.

This article was originally published in the 2022 summer “Cert Update” newsletter.

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