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Why Volunteer with the BOC?

Why Volunteer with the BOC

Importance of Volunteering

As an organization, the BOC relies heavily on skilled volunteers to advance its mission. The many volunteers in various roles spend numerous hours in support of the activities and services that drive the BOC. Volunteers for the BOC represent diversity within the athletic training community and the BOC’s goal is to draw more ATs from varying professional settings and personal standpoints to be part of this growing team.

Volunteers generously give their time and talent by serving as:
  • Stakeholders who can intermittently share feedback on a range of strategic initiatives
  • Subject matter experts on short-term, temporary work groups or task forces
  • Members and chairs of an ongoing standing committee
  • Members and officers of the BOC Board of Directors

Benefits of Volunteering

Every Athletic Trainer (AT) can find an opportunity to be involved, shape the athletic training profession, expand their network, as well as enhance their career. Volunteering provides ATs with a different lens or understanding of the value of certification and what that means to the profession.

There are many professional impacts of volunteering:
  • Gain valuable professional development experience
  • Give back to the athletic training profession
  • Make connections with other professionals
  • Learn from peers

Results of a 2021 BOC Volunteer Survey confirmed the positive experience of volunteering for Athletic Trainers.

Committees

The committees have been organized on their respective pages for your convenience.

Volunteer Recognition

On the pages listed below you can find the various awards and recognitions awarded to our amazing volunteers.

Each BOC Volunteer Makes an Impact

At any given time, the BOC is supported by 500+ volunteers. Our dedicated Athletic Trainers (ATs) and other allied experts and stakeholders work tirelessly to help the BOC support the athletic training profession, keep the credentialing process strong and further ensure public protection. Their work exemplifies the BOC’s Mission, Vision and Values.

We encourage you to join us and deepen your engagement with your peers and your profession overall!

Find Your BOC Volunteer Pathway

There are a wide variety of opportunities for each AT to be involved. Each volunteer’s participation is a unique experience, based on time commitment, expertise and overall goals. Many of our volunteers spend years volunteering and building a pathway of increasing responsibility and/or diversification.

We recognize that often the most difficult part of volunteering is knowing where to begin. Let us help!

SAMPLE PATHWAYS

Intermittent Commitment: Short-Term Opportunities

A range of short-term and ongoing volunteer opportunities arise throughout the year as special projects, task forces and survey panels. Examples of this include our 2023 Foresight Champions Task Force which worked to complete an environmental scan and a Cultural Sensitivity Panel, which focused on reviewing BOC exam items. A great starting place for someone new to BOC volunteering and with minimal extra time in their schedule is our Power Pane l– a group of influential stakeholders who respond to intermittent and ongoing surveys to share feedback on a range of strategic initiatives that impact your profession.

Visit Explore Opportunities for current openings!

Extended/Focused Commitment: Exam Development Committee

Looking to commit your knowledge and expertise to one facet of credentialing? The Exam Development Committee (EDC) provides several levels of participation that can foster increased growth and diversification over time. Entry-level participation begins as an Item Writer, and you can move on to roles of progressively increasing time commitments. For more details on the EDC visit our committees sections below.

Extended/Focused Commitment

 

Elevated Commitment: Board of Directors Member

Volunteers with interest in one day attaining a position on the BOC Board of Directors are recommended to follow a volunteer pathway that provides exposure to many aspects of the credentialing world and the organization, as well as obtaining relevant leadership experience outside the BOC. A recommended pathway could begin with our Power Panel and/or one of our special projects that arise based on the board’s strategic plan and initiatives. These would include panels, task forces, and workgroups such as our Cultural Sensitivity Panel or Foresight Champions Task Force held in 2023. Next step would be getting involved in a standing committee (see below) to gain consistent experience. After time, you may achieve the position of committee chair, expanding your leadership role which would help support a future application for an open Board of Director position.

Please reach out to our VEO department if you have any questions, would like further clarification on volunteer roles, or would like assistance in finding the pathway fit for you!

 

Elevated Commitment

 

Explore Opportunities

How Can I Be Involved?

The BOC encourages diversity of representation, viewpoints and experiences to contribute to and guide the vision and work of the BOC. Consider applying today!

Current Volunteer Opportunities – APPLY

*Please note that all Athletic Trainer volunteers (located in the US) must have a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number. To apply for an NPI number, click here.

Exam Development Committee (EDC)

  • Time Commitment: 21-25 Hours Annually 
  • Group Interaction: Low to Moderate
Our Role

The Exam Development Committee (EDC) develops, constructs and validates each portion of the BOC Certification Exam and other assessment tools approved by the BOC Board of Directors.

Our Volunteers

  • Joe Lueken

    LAT, ATC (‘25)

    Committee Co-Chair

    Indiana University

  • Brian Hortz

    PhD, ATC, SFDN ('25)*

    Committee Co-Chair

    Structure and Function Education

  • Dennis Fontaine

    MS, ATC ('25)

    Multiple-Choice Co-Chair

    Merrimack College

  • Sara Cuperus

    DC, CCSP, ICCSP, CACCP, ATC, GTS ('24)

    Multiple-Choice Co-Chair

    Chiropractic Performance Center

  • Birgid Hopkins

    MS, ATC ('24)

    Focused Testlet Co-Chair

    Merrimack College

  • Terri Jo Rucinski

    ATC ('26)*

    Focused Testlet Co-Chair

    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Become Involved

BOC Exam Item Writer

Qualifications:

  • Good standing as a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer for at least three years, with some clinical experience.
  • A valid NPI number.
  • Strong communication, organizational, and facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge of the current BOC Practice Analysis (PA).
  • Access to and comfort level with web-based applications.
  • Access to a variety of athletic training textbooks and materials.
  • Understanding of clinical skills required for the entry-level AT.

All members must complete and adhere to the BOC commitment to serve and confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement documents specific to the role, on an annual basis.

Requirements:

  • Does not serve in a position that would be an actual and/or potential conflict of interest.
  • Will not participate in any exam preparation courses or other activities associated in any way with the BOC exam while serving, and for two years following closure of their EDC commitment.

Responsibilities:

  • Submit draft items specific to assignment by deadline (up to 15 exam questions per year).
  • Modify questions based on feedback from mentor.
  • Become proficient with use of the BOC Style Guide.
  • Participate in conference calls as needed.
  • Travel to an EDC Meeting when invited.

Training and Support:

Prior to beginning the Item Writer role, volunteers will participate in a live training webinar and then work with a coach to write practice questions. Each item writer is provided a mentor who will offer guidance and feedback.

A BOC staff liaison will serve as a resource to the committee.

All members of the committee receive training, the BOC Style Guide, and a current Practice Analysis (PA) classification system.

Benefits:

EDC members may receive five (5) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) annually if outlined duties are fulfilled.

Composition:

The Item Writer term is renewed annually. There is no limit to the number of terms served.

BOC Orthopedic Specialty Exam Item Writer

Qualifications:

  • Currently hold the Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (BCS-O) credential.
  • A valid NPI number.
  • Strong communication, organizational, and facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge of the current BOC Orthopedic Practice Analysis (OPA).
  • Access to and comfort level with web-based applications.
  • Access to a variety of athletic training textbooks and materials.

All members must complete and adhere to the BOC commitment to serve and confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement documents specific to the role, on an annual basis.

Requirements:

  • Does not serve in a position that would be an actual and/or potential conflict of interest.
  • Will not participate in any exam preparation courses or other activities associated in any way with the BOC exam while serving, and for two years following closure of their EDC commitment.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in creation of orthopedic specialty exam content
  • Participate in conference calls as needed.
  • Travel to an EDC Meeting when invited.

Training and Support:

Prior to beginning the Item Writer role, volunteers will participate in a live training webinar and then work with BOC staff to familiarize themselves with the process.

A BOC staff liaison will serve as a resource to the committee.

All members of the committee receive training, the BOC Style Guide, and a current OPA classification system.

Benefits:

EDC members may receive five (5) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) annually if outlined duties are fulfilled.

Composition:

The Item Writer term is renewed annually. There is no limit to the number of terms served.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Strategies (IDEAS) Committee

  • Time Commitment: 25+ Hours Annually 
  • Group Interaction: High
Our Role

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Strategies (IDEAS) Committee will support the BOC’s strategic priority to advocate and implement the strategic plan created by the IDEAS Task Force.

Our Volunteers

  • Cathy Ortega

    EdD, PT, ATC, OCS ('24)*

    Co-chair

    University of Utah

  • Carla R Gilson

    MA, AT, LAT, CES ('24)*

    Co-chair

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • William Adams

    PhD, ATC, FACSM (’26)

    AT Member

    United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee

  • Janet Craft

    MA, LAT, ATC (’24)*

    AT Member

    San José State University

  • Rob Dicks

    Sr., MA, LAT, ATC (’26)

    AT Member

    LaGrange College

  • Marsha Grant-Ford

    PhD, ATC (’26)

    AT Member

    Montclair State University

  • Emma Nye

    DAT, LAT, ATC (’26)

    AT Member

    Grand View University

  • Doug Gregory

    M.D., FAAP (’24)*

    Public Member

    Bayview Physicians Group Lakeview Pediatrics

  • Jeremy Marra

    MS, ATC, CSCS, CES

    Board of Directors Liaison

    Athletic Training Services by Jeremy Marra PLLC

BOC Commitment: Expanding Awareness, Opportunity and Outreach

Strategic Priorities

Become Involved

The committee will meet virtually each month for 1-hour, using technology that permits all members to hear, and when possible, see each other. Pre-meeting materials are provided for review one week prior to every call.

Requirements:

Committee Membership:

  • BOC Certified for at least two years, and in good standing.
  • Valid NPI number (or be a member of the public.)
  • Interest in DEI research and cultural competency.

Committee Chair:

  • BOC Certified for at least five years, and in good standing.
  • Valid NPI number.
  • Does not serve on the NATA Board of Directors, CAATE Commission, NATA Foundation Board of Directors or a State Regulatory Board.

All committee members must sign an annual conflict of interest and non-disclosure agreement and a commitment to serve form.

Responsibilities:

  • The committee will investigate inclusion, diversity and equity opportunities, both within the BOC and its related athletic training community, to suggest strategic and deliberative advocacy and leadership development for future committees, policies and procedures.
  • The committee will collaborate and support initiatives for recruitment of future volunteers and staff.
  • The committee will collaborate with the board, committees and strategic alliance partners to align efforts and communicate as a profession.

Training and Support:

  • Prior to a volunteer’s first meeting, they will receive an orientation manual that outlines the overall volunteer experience.
  • A BOC staff liaison will serve as a resource. The liaison will partner with the committee chair(s) to create agendas, supporting materials and minutes.

Composition:

  • The committee will include at least five members, in addition to the chair or co-chairs.
  • Committee members will serve a three-year term, with the possibility of one reappointment.
  • The committee chair or co-chairs will be appointed by the board president. The chair or co-chairs will serve a three-year term, with the possibility of one reappointment.
  • A board member appointed by the president will serve as liaison to the IDEAS Committee.

Board of Certification International Committee (BOC-IC)

  • Time Commitment: 21-25 Hours Annually
  • Group Interaction: High
Our Role

The Board of Certification International Committee (BOC-IC) is responsible for supporting the BOC’s vision of ensuring that health care professionals worldwide have access to globally recognized standards of competence and exceptional credentialing programs that support them in the protection of the public and the provision of excellent care.

Our Volunteers

  • Mike Carroll

    MEd, LAT, ATC ('25)

    Chair

    Graham ISD

  • Tony Carbonette

    CAT(C) (’24)

    Member

    Capital Athletic Therapy and Rehab Centre

  • Mike Ferrara

    Ph.D, AT Ret. (’23)

    Member

    Retired from University of New Hampshire

  • Hideyuki “E” Izumi

    PhD, MBA, MPH, ATC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, L Accp. LMT, L. Mox. (’24)

    Member

    Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences

  • Ron Walker

    ED, AT, CSCS (’23)

    Member

    University of Tulsa

  • René Revis Shingles

    PhD, AT, ATC Board President

    Member

    Central Michigan University

  • Lynne-Marie Young

    M.Ed, LAT, ATC

    Board Liaison

    Orthopedic Physicians Alaska

Become Involved

The committee will meet virtually, using technology that permits all members to hear, and when possible, see each other. The committee will meet a minimum of four times per year (1-hour each) with the possibility of in-person meetings (in Omaha), as needed, and as approved by the BOC.

Requirements:

Committee Membership:

  • BOC Certified for at least two years, and in good standing.
  • Valid NPI number (or member of the public.)

Committee Chair:

  • BOC Certified for at least five years, and in good standing.
  • Valid NPI number.
  • Does not serve on the NATA Board of Directors, CAATE Commission, NATA Foundation Board of Directors or a State Regulatory Board.

All committee members must sign an annual conflict of interest and non-disclosure agreement and a commitment to serve form.

Responsibilities:

  • The committee will work to develop the strategic framework and guidance to develop and enhance the international strategy for the BOC. It will develop and propose strategic initiatives to the BOC Board of Directors and implement those initiatives upon approval from the board.
  • The committee will collaborate with international partners in the development of athletic training and therapy credentials in other countries.
  • The committee will collaborate with international committees of like organizations to facilitate the development of and access to credentialing programs that fulfill
    the mission of the BOC.

Training and Support:

Prior to a volunteer’s first meeting, they will receive an orientation manual that outlines the overall volunteer experience.

A BOC staff liaison will serve as a resource for each committee. The liaison will partner with the committee chair(s) to create agendas, supporting materials, and minutes.

Composition:

The committee will include at least four, but not more than five, members in addition to the chair. One member will represent an international partner.

Committee members will serve a three-year term with the possibility of one reappointment.

The committee chair will be appointed by the board president. The chair will serve a three-year term with the possibility of one reappointment. The chair will also serve as a liaison, or designate a liaison, to the:

NATA International Committee (NATA-IC)

  • Be present for conference calls, or designate a liaison
  • Attend, or designate a liaison to attend, NATA-IC meetings at the Joint Committee Meeting (JCM)
  • Attend, or designate a liaison to attend, NATA-IC meetings at NATA
  • Attend, or designate a liaison to attend, other meetings as approved by the boards of the BOC and NATA

International Arrangement (IA)

  • Be present for conference calls, or designate a liaison
  • Attend, or designate a liaison to attend, other calls and meetings as approved by the BOC Board of Directors

World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT)

  • Be present for calls the BOC is invited to attend, or designate a liaison
  • Attend, or designate a liaison to attend, other calls and meetings as approved by the BOC Board of Directors
  • A board member appointed by the president will serve as liaison to the BOC-IC.

Nominating Committee

  • Time Commitment: 16-20 Hours Annually
  • Group Interaction: High
Our Role

The Nominating Committee implements the process and procedures for nominating candidates to the BOC Board of Directors and chairs for the BOC standing committees.
The committee will meet virtually, using technology that permit all members to hear, and when possible, see each other.

The committee will meet a minimum of four times per year. Members are expected to spend time preparing for meetings, including, but not limited to, reviewing service award and board member application materials.

Our Volunteers

  • Pete Koehneke

    ('24)

    Chair

    Retired from Canisius College

  • Kimberly Detwiler

    MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS ('24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Tiffany Rowe

    MS, LAT, ATC, CES, CIEE ('24)

    Athletic Trainer Member

  • Patrick Sexton

    EdD, LAT, ATC ('24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • Wilbert Turner III

    MS, AT, ATC (’25)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health

  • Doug Gregory

    MD ('25)

    Public Member

    Bayview Physicians Group

  • Christina Chapski

    EdD, AT, ATC ('24)*

    Board Liaison

    Henry Ford Health

Requirements:

Committee Membership:

  • BOC Certified for at least two years, and in good standing.
  • Valid NPI number (or be a member of the public.)

Committee Chair:

  • BOC Certified for at least five years, and in good standing.
  • Valid NPI number.
  • Former member of the BOC Board of Directors.
  • Does not serve on the NATA Board of Directors, CAATE Commission, NATA Foundation Board of Directors or a State Regulatory Board.

All committee members must sign an annual conflict of interest and non-disclosure agreement and a commitment to serve form.

Responsibilities:

  • The committee will comply with the policy and procedures for nominating candidates for director positions and chairs of standing committees.
  • The committee reviews nominations and selects award recipients for the Dan Libera Service Award, Denise Fandel Award of Excellence and the Paul Grace Leadership Award.

Training and Support:

  • Prior to a volunteer’s first meeting, they will receive an orientation manual that outlines the overall volunteer experience.
  • A BOC staff liaison will serve as a resource for each committee. The liaison will partner with the committee chair to create agendas, supporting materials and minutes.

Composition:

  • The committee will include at least four, but no more than five, members in addition to the chair, who will be a former member of the BOC Board of Directors. Members of the public may serve on the committee.
  • Committee members will serve a two-year term, with the possibility of one reappointment.
  • The committee chair is elected by a majority vote of current BOC standing committee chairs and former board members. The chair will serve a three-year term, with the possibility of one reappointment.
  • The committee chair is elected by a majority vote of current BOC standing committee chairs and former board members. The chair will serve a three-year term, with the possibility of one reappointment

Professional Practice & Discipline Committee

  • Time Commitment: 21-25 Hours Annually
  • Group Interaction: High
Our Role

The Professional Practice and Discipline (PPD) Committee is responsible for overseeing and upholding the “BOC Standards of Professional Practice” and other BOC policies.

Our Volunteers

  • Corey Oshikoya

    M.Ed., ATC ('25)*

    Chair

    Northern Arizona University

  • Alan Freedman

    PhD, ATC ('25)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    University of Illinois Springfield

  • Becky Mokris

    D.Ed., LAT, ATC ('26)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    Gannon University

  • Keri Sotak

    MS, ATC ('24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    The Athletic Training Room, LLC - California

  • Ajaya Williams

    Ed.D., LAT, ATC ('26)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    University of Miami

  • David Carlsrud

    ('26)

    Public Member

    Retired from North Dakota High School Activities Association

  • Ed Christman

    AT Ret. ('25)*

    Public Member

    Retired from Cramer Products, Gardner, Kansas

Become Involved

The committee will meet virtually each month for 1-hour, using technology that permit all members to hear, and when possible, see each other. Pre-meeting materials are provided for review one week prior to every call.

Requirements:

Committee membership:

BOC Certified for at least two years, and in good standing.

Valid NPI number (or member of the public.)

Committee chair:

  • BOC Certified for at least five years, and in good standing.
  • Valid NPI number
  • Not serve on the NATA Board of Directors, CAATE Commission, NATA Foundation Board of Directors or a State Regulatory Board.

All committee members must sign an annual conflict of interest and non-disclosure agreement and a commitment to serve form.

Responsibilities:

  • The committee oversees and adjudicates the “BOC Professional Practice and Discipline Guidelines and Procedures” and the “BOC Standards of Professional Practice”.
  • The committee may propose revisions related to the “BOC Professional Practice and Discipline Guidelines and Procedures” and the “BOC Standards of Professional Practice”, which will be referred to legal counsel for review prior to submission to the board.

Training and Support:

  • Prior to a volunteer’s first meeting, they will receive an orientation manual that outlines the overall volunteer experience. Volunteers will also receive a copy of the “BOC Standards of Professional Practice” and the “Professional Practice and Disciplinary Guidelines” to assist with their work.
  • A BOC staff liaison will serve as a resource for each committee. The liaison also partners with the committee chair to create agendas, supporting materials, and minutes.

Composition:

  • The committee will include at least five Athletic Trainers (ATs), in addition to the chair, and two members of the public.
  • Committee members will serve a three-year term with the possibility of two reappointments.
  • The committee chair will be appointed by the board president. The chair will serve a three-year term with the possibility of one reappointment. The chair must have previously served on the committee.

Standards Committee

  • Time Commitment: 21-25 Hours Annually
  • Group Interaction: High
Our Role

The Standards Committee recommends entry-level and continuing education requirements and policies to the BOC Board of Directors and reviews relevant issues at the request of the board.

Our Volunteers

  • Michelle Boyd

    MS, ATC ('26)

    Chair

    Truman State University

  • James Hammond

    DO, ATC, CDR, MC, USN (’24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

  • Alysia Henderson

    MS, LAT, ATC ('24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    University of Maryland

  • Dan Newman

    MS, LAT, ATC ('24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    Union High School

  • Kimberly S. Peer

    EdD, AT, FNATA ('24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    Kent State University

  • Wilbert Turner III

    MS, AT, ATC (’24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health

  • Jenna Wilkerson

    MS, ATC, PES ('24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    United States Olympic Committee

  • M. Scott Zema

    MEd, LAT, ATC ('24)*

    Athletic Trainer Member

    California University of Pennsylvania

Become Involved 

The committee will meet virtually each month for 1-hour, using technology that permits all members to hear, and when possible, see each other. Pre-meeting materials are provided for review one week prior to every call.

Requirements:

Committee Membership:

  • BOC Certified for at least two years, and in good standing.
  • Valid NPI number (or member of the public.)

Committee Chair:

  • BOC Certified for at least five years, and in good standing.
  • Valid NPI number
  • Does not serve on the NATA Board of Directors, CAATE Commission, NATA Foundation Board of Directors or a State Regulatory Board.
  • All committee members must sign an annual conflict of interest and non-disclosure agreement and a commitment to serve form.

Responsibilities:

  • The committee will review the “Standards of Professional Practice” and propose revisions or recommendations to the Professional Practice and Discipline Committee and to the BOC Board of Directors.
  • The committee will review the continuing education standards for Certified Athletic Trainers and propose revisions or recommendations to the BOC Board of Directors.
  • The committee will review the “Standard for BOC Approved Providers” and propose revisions and recommendations to the BOC Board of Directors.

Training and Support:

  • Prior to a volunteer’s first meeting, they will receive an orientation manual that outlines the overall volunteer experience.
  • A BOC staff liaison will serve as a resource for each committee. The liaison partners with the committee chair to create agendas, supporting materials and minutes.

Composition:

  • The committee will include at least four members, in addition to the chair.
  • Committee members will serve a one-year term, with the possibility of five reappointments.
  • The committee chair will by appointed by the board president. The chair will serve a three-year term, with the possibility of one reappointment.

Dan Libera Service Award

The BOC Dan Libera Service Award was established in 1995 in recognition of Dan’s contributions to the BOC certification program.

The award recognizes individuals who have shown dedication to the mission of the BOC. Long-standing contributions to the BOC’s programs are the primary criteria for the award.

Dan was well-known throughout the nation for his enthusiasm and commitment to the profession of athletic training.

He was a founding member of the Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association, serving as secretary from 1979 until 1983. In addition, he held several offices in the NATA, including the District 7 Research and Injury Committee, the Membership Committee, the Board of Directors and the Board of Certification.

Dan was honored for his commitment to the profession by being inducted in to both the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame and NATA Hall of Fame.

Dan passed on August 2, 1997, from complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The Dan Libera Award was created by the BOC in recognition of Dan’s contributions to the BOC certification program. The award recognizes BOC volunteers who have shown dedication to the mission of the BOC to provide exceptional credentials and standards the public can trust. The award focuses on a nominee’s long-standing service, previous and current, in any of the following roles: board director, committee member, task force member, work group member, special project participant, test site administrator, test materials coordinator, test examiner or test model facilitator. Additional achievements/contributions related to the BOC and/or the athletic training profession will also be considered.

Nominations

Deadline: April 28, 2024

  • Notify the nominee of the intent to nominate them for the award.
  • Write a letter of nomination, which should include a description of the relationship between the nominator and nominee, as well as specific examples which illustrate why the nominee deserves the award.
  • Collaborate with the nominee to complete the nomination form.
  • Ask the nominee to select one person familiar with their professional path who can author an advocate letter.
  • Contact the author to request a letter.
  • Submit the nomination letter, nomination form and advocate letter by the deadline.
    All materials are to be submitted to MirandaN@bocatc.org by April 28, 2024.

Recipients

2023
Rusty McKune

2022
Rebecca Docter

2021
Birgid Hopkins
Sarah Manspeaker

2020
Dani Moffit
Dave Montgomery

2019
Meg Frens
Katherine Newsham

2018
Cindy Clivio
Jerry Diehl
Matt Rothbard

2016
Paul Bruning
Mark Doughty
Gail Samdperil
Ericka Zimmerman

2015
Alan Freedman
Dawn Hammerschmidt
Pete Koehneke
Scott Sunderland

2014
AJ Duffy, III
Valerie Herzog
Christine Odell
Kim Peer
Mark White

2013
Jan Clifton
Kevin Ennis
Mike Ferrara
Bob Moss
Carol Moss
Wayne Wagner

2012
Paul DeMartinis
Jose Rivera
Michael Stanwood
Scott Street
Sue Wielgosz

2011
Mark Cherwony
Joe Harvey
John Leard
Joseph Lueken
Jack McNeeley
Bernadette Olson
Bonnie Siple
Ken Wolfert

2010
David Berry
Keith Wiedrich

2009
Valerie Cohen
Brian Hortz
James Malseed
David Middlemas
Eric Nussbaum
Shannon Peel

2008
Russell Cagle
Denise O’Mara (Harklau)
Brent Mangus
David Orr
Bradley Sherman
Melinda Terry
Cynthia Trowbridge

2007
Mary Allen Watson
Steve Bair
Marisa Brunett
Sue Stanley-Green
Chad Starkey
Jackie Williams

2006
Dennis McMeekin
Gail Parr
Eric Walser

2005
Robert Casmus
Robert Lester
Scott Zema

2004
Ronnie Barnes
David Colt
Jill Dale
James Gossett
Gary Lake

2003
Paul Grace
Lindsy McLean
Rob Ullery
Bill Welsh

2002
Mindy McDonell

1998
Terri Jo Rucinski

1997
Steven Cannata
Charles Crandall
Ben Davidson
Diane King
Tod McKercher
Sally Shuster-Shoff
Kim Terrell
Bill Wissen

1996
Sara Brown
Dale Googins
Jeff Ryan

1995
Bill Battershall
Barton Buxton
Thomas Koto
Erin Stallins (Maloney)
Kathy Pirog
Jack Weakley

Paul Grace Leadership Award

The Paul Grace Leadership Award was established by the BOC Board of Directors in 2005.

This award seeks to recognize individuals who have excelled in developing, designing and/or implementing programs or practices that have contributed to the mission of the BOC.

Paul served the BOC as Executive Director for 15 years and, during that time, was the influential leader for the BOC certification program, the ultimate visionary and a cultivator of leaders. He has been recognized nationally as one of the top leaders by the certification community.

Nominations

Deadline: April 28, 2024

Nominating a deserving individual for the Paul Grace Leadership Award is a multi-step process. The nominator should complete the following steps prior to the deadline:

  • Notify the nominee of the intent to nominate them for the award.
  • Write a letter of nomination, which should include a description of the relationship between the nominator and nominee, as well as specific examples which illustrate why the nominee deserves the award.
  • Collaborate with the nominee to complete the nomination form.
  • Ask the nominee to select two people familiar with their professional path who can author an advocate letter.
  • Contact each author to request a letter.
  • Submit the nomination letter, nomination form and advocate letters by the deadline.
    All materials are to be submitted to MirandaN@bocatc.org by April 28, 2024.

Recipients

2023
Brian Hortz

2022
Susan McGowen

2019
Denise Fandel

2018
Kim Terrell

2017
Ronnie Barnes

2013
Sara Brown

2011
Bernadette Olson

2009
Dr. Vito Perriello, Jr.
presented posthumously

2007
Brad Sherman

2005
Paul Grace

Dave Montgomery Advocacy Award

The Dave Montgomery Advocacy Award is designed to recognize an individual, group or organization who has demonstrated leadership in protecting athletic training consumers.

Dave Montgomery Advocacy Award recipients are leaders in the conception, construction and/or modification of Athletic Trainer regulation that protects the public and athletic training consumers.

Nominee Requirements

  • The recipients are, but not limited to, Certified Athletic Trainers, Athletic Trainer regulators, legislators, Athletic Trainer organizations or athletic training consumer advocates.
  • Be an individual or group who has served as an advocate for the public and athletic training consumers

Demonstrate evidence of significant contributions to the BOC mission through:

  • Leadership in the conception, construction and/or modification of Athletic Trainer regulation to benefit the public and/or athletic training consumers
  • Research activities to support Athletic Trainer regulation that benefits the public and athletic training consumers and/or activities to benefit consumers of BOC services or services of BOC Certified Athletic Trainers

Award Nominations are Open!

We would like you to have the opportunity to nominate an individual, group or organization that you feel is worthy of such recognition. Please submit a letter stating why your nominee should be selected for the Dave Montgomery Advocacy Award no later than May 2, 2024, via email to CARE@bocatc.org

The award will be presented at the BOC CARE Conference, July 9-10, 2024, in Omaha, Nebraska.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact BOC Staff at CARE@bocatc.org.

Recipients

2022
Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC)

2019
Korey Stringer Institute
Jennifer Wheeler-Johnson

2017
Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association
Utah Rep. Paul Ray

2015
Alabama Sen. Greg Reed
Illinois Athletic Trainers Association Inc. and Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH

2013
Hawaii Athletic Trainers’ Association
Joni Jenkins
Lisa Walker

2011
Rusty McKune

2009
Ann Berry
Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association

2007
Keith Webster

Denise Fandel Award of Excellence

The Denise Fandel Award of Excellence was established by the BOC Board of Directors in 2020 to recognize individuals or groups who have demonstrated excellence in mentoring and fostering growth to members of the athletic training community through a visionary and selfless approach.

Denise served the BOC as Chief Executive Officer for 22 years and during that time was instrumental in building a governance structure and culture that empowered and inspired others to also become effective board leaders. The recipients of the award must emulate Denise’s exceptional ability to influence leadership growth and cultivate learning and development in others.

Criteria for the nominee include:

The nominee shall demonstrate evidence of excellence in mentoring and fostering growth in others through the following characteristics:

  • Visionary
  • Altruism
  • Integrity

and abilities:

  • Builds meaningful relationships
  • Cultivates learning and development
  • Facilitates innovation

Nominations

Deadline: April 28, 2024

Nominating a deserving volunteer for the Denise Fandel Award of Excellence is a multi-step process. The nominator should complete the following steps prior to the deadline:

  • Notify the nominee of the intent to nominate them for the award.
  • Write a letter of nomination, which should include a description of the relationship between the nominator and nominee, as well as specific examples which illustrate why the nominee deserves the award.
  • Collaborate with the nominee to complete the nomination form.
  • Ask the nominee to select two people familiar with their professional path who can author an advocate letter.
  • Contact each author to request a letter.
  • Submit the nomination letter, nomination form and advocate letters by the deadline.

All materials are to be submitted to MirandaN@bocatc.org by April 28, 2024.

Recipients

2023
Rob Dicks, Sr.

2022
Susan McGowen

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