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BOC Board Members Named for Upcoming Term

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The BOC is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Y. Jenkins, MSW, DCSW, CPM as public director, Christina M. Eyers, EdD, AT, ATC as Athletic Trainer (AT) director and Katherine L. Dec, MD, FAAPMR, FAMSSM as physician director to the BOC Board of Directors.

Following the passing of Dave Montgomery in July, Jenkins was appointed as public director. Jenkins will serve a three-year term with the possibility of a second term. She will take office January 2021. Eyers and Dr. Dec will take office in 2022, following a year of mentorship and learning as director-appointees.

Jenkins currently serves as client engagement director-Allied Health Professions for the International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. Jenkins brings a unique mix of leadership experiences in multiple industries including regulatory affairs, consumer protection, credentialing, enforcement, membership associations, higher education and accreditation. She has served as board president for the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation, board member on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and board president of Inwood House Development Corporation to name a few of her achievements. With her extensive experience, Jenkins is a valuable addition to the BOC board.

“I know the importance of focusing my knowledge and expertise, as an experienced board member and public servant, to contribute to leading innovative and forward-thinking strategic plans and policy development that supports the BOC staff as they support athletic training professionals and demonstrate care for the welfare of the community,” said Jenkins.

Eyers is currently director of athletic training and community outreach for the Henry Ford Health System based in Detroit. She has vast leadership, education and practice experience focused in both athletic and clinical settings. For over a decade she served on the Board of Athletic Trainers through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in Michigan as both member and chair. In addition to her regulatory role with the state, Eyers also served as president of the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society. In addition, she has served at the regional and national level in volunteer roles for both the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association and the BOC. She has a passion for and dedication to the athletic training profession that will add strength to the BOC board.

“It’s an exciting time in our profession as ATs have stepped up with a diversified skill set to demonstrate the value of our role in providing quality health care,” said Eyers. “My goal is to support the BOC board in continuing to move the athletic training profession forward. We need to lead the charge into the future, continuing to adapt and advance the level at which we are prepared and practice.”

Dec is a sports medicine physician currently working with the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems as a professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation and the department of orthopaedic surgery. She has extensive background collaborating and working with ATs in a variety of settings and across age populations. Her experience covers work in private hospitals, private practice, academic hospital systems and as a sideline volunteer for youth to Olympic to professional sports activities. She has served on the National Federation of State High Schools Association’s sports medicine advisory committee. She has held leadership roles, including president, with the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Throughout her career, Dec has been an advocate for ATs as health care professionals in all practice settings and will bring her vision to the BOC board to advance the athletic training profession.

“In the physician director role, I hope to expand upon the great work already done by prior physician directors,” said Dec. “The changing landscape in the care of human beings and the broad perspective of health presents many possibilities in which to expand health care professional roles to best serve communities and health care systems. My goal is to contribute to the BOC board's vision and strategic planning for those possibilities.”

Jenkins, Eyers and Dec were appointed by the BOC Board of Directors following a nomination process guided by the Nominating Committee.

“We are excited to have been able to select three individuals who are so qualified, and who bring such in-depth and broad experiences to the BOC Board, “ said Patrick Sexton, EdD, ATC, president, BOC Board of Directors. “Along with the current directors, the new appointees will help us fulfil our mission to provide exceptional credentialing programs for health care professionals that assure protection of the public. The BOC board would also like to extend a special thank you to the Nominations Committee for their hard work, and especially to the many qualified and talented applicants for these positions.”

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