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BOC Board Officers Announced for Term Starting 2022

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The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer is pleased to announce newly named officers to its Board of Directors. The officers will assume their new roles Jan. 1, 2022.

René Revis Shingles, PhD, AT, ATC, currently serving as vice president, will step into the role of president at the beginning of 2022. Shingles will be the first African American President of the BOC Board of Directors.

Shingles took office as an Athletic Trainer (AT) director on the Board of Directors in January 2019. In addition to her service on the board, Shingles is currently the board liaison for the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy Strategies Task Force. Shingles has served on the BOC Cultural Diversity Panel, the Role Delineation Study Panel, as well as previously being an exam item writer for the Exam Development Committee. She has made an impact within the profession serving on various oversight boards, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Educational Council Executive Committee, as well as several activities and volunteer groups focused on inclusion and diversity issues. Shingles has conducted research on diversity issues during her doctoral training.

“Going forward, the BOC will deal with the ‘new normal’ posed by COVID-19, the impact of racial injustice, and their effects on credentialing efforts, credential holders and other stakeholders, and strategic partners,” said Shingles. “As was shown in the last few months, I envision the BOC maintaining strong leadership amid national and international changes and unrest. My work in inclusion, diversity, equity and advocacy will be beneficial in this regard.We will continue to work on globalization, international credentialing, and specialty certifications. Additionally, as we implement our strategic plan, I envision the BOC as leaders in credentialing world-wide. The challenges with globalization create new opportunities for the BOC to be bold in shaping the future of athletic training and therapy, as well as credentialing in other markets. Internally, we will continue to align our policies, procedures and by-laws with best practices.”

Currently Shingles is a professor and internship coordinator for athletic training at Central Michigan University, as well as a practicing AT.

As Shingles makes this move to president, Michael Carroll, MEd, LAT, ATC, will step into the vice president position. Carroll currently serves as an AT director on the board. His service to the athletic training profession includes serving as a former BOC examiner and model. In addition, he has served on several varied NATA committees, task forces and work groups, in addition to being president of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association.

“I am excited to be chosen by my fellow board members to the position of vice president,” said Carroll. “This is an exciting time for the athletic training profession both domestically and internationally. Specialty certification is off and running, and the International Arrangement between the BOC and three other countries' organizations has truly globalized the profession. Finally, we have a strong plan moving forward for diversity, equity, and inclusion for not only the BOC but ATs as well. All of these things will benefit the public.”

Carroll is the head athletic trainer/assistant athletic director for the Graham Independent School District in Texas, overseeing all ATs that support the health and safety of all student athletes within the school district. He provides support to the district’s athletic director in all aspects of operation.

Mary Kirkland, MS, LAT, ATC, current treasurer and an AT director on the board will remain in this position for an additional term. She has served in several leadership roles within the athletic training profession, serving the NATA as their liaison to the board of directors of National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity. In addition, Kirkland provided national leadership during her 8-year tenure as the chair of the NATA’s Council on Employment, working to advance what was then considered emerging settings within athletic training.

“My focus is always on what ATs can build in the future and how they as a profession can advance and positively impact patient care in the various settings in which they work,” said Kirkland. “The BOC serves and supports ATs from a broad spectrum of employment settings. In my work on the BOC Board of Directors I strive to best represent each of you as we progress the mission of the BOC.”

Kirkland is as an athletic training supervisor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at John F. Kennedy Space Center. She has spent nearly her entire professional career with NASA and was responsible for establishing NASA’s first athletic training facility at the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

“The BOC continues to have a bright future driven by the leadership of our board of directors,” said Anne Minton, MBA, BOC chief executive officer. “The depth of knowledge and experience of this upcoming officer team, coupled with their unwavering dedication and passion for the athletic training profession, will help us to achieve our strategic initiatives.”

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