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BOC Board Elects New Chairman, Executive Committee, and Members

December 20, 2011

BOC recently elected its 2012 Executive Committee and selected two new members for its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2012.

John Kenney, BOCO, Vice President of Ongoing Care Solutions, Inc. with a practice in Laguna Hills, California, was elected Chairman. Kenney, a member of the BOC Board since 2007, was one of four individuals representing BOC in the discussions that culminated in the signing of the Historic O&P Agreement of 2008. Kenney has previously served as secretary, treasurer, and vice chair of the BOC Board.
Vice chair: Jim Hewlett, BOCO, who has owned, operated, and served as consultant for both DME and O&P facilities,The Board also elected to office:

  • Secretary: Jeff Hedges, President of R. J. Hedges & Associates,
  • Treasurer: Bill Powers, retired Chief Operating Officer of the American Nurses Association and retired Air Force Medical Service Corp. Officer, and
  • Re-elected as member-at-large: Jim Newberry, BOCPO, Facility Prosthetic Director for Mahnke’s Orthotics Prosthetics in Oakland Park, Florida.

The BOC Executive Committee will serve for a one-year term beginning in January. Sharon Nichelson, who served BOC well as Chairwoman for two terms, 2010 and 2011, will remain on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chairwoman.

In addition to the Executive Committee elections, current Board members Jim Hewlett, BOCO, and Terri McLeod, COF, CMF, were re-elected to second terms. McLeod is the Manager of Boutique Services at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Center in New York City.

The newly elected Board members are Ronnie Bias, BOCPO, CPO, CPed, and Scott Lane, who will serve as Public Member. The Public Member is a representative of the consumers of BOC certificants’ services.

Bias owns two O&P facilities in Louisiana, where he supervises more than twenty employees. “I am a strong supporter of BOC,” says Bias. “BOC certification and facility accreditation have made it possible for me to achieve many of my goals.”

Lane lost his leg in May of 2010 as a result of a motorcycle accident involving a driver under the influence of drugs. He has become active in the amputee community, most recently serving as a volunteer counselor at the Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp. “I believe serving as the Public Member for BOC will be a way for me not only to give my perspective as an amputee,” says Lane, “but to contribute to BOC’s mission of assuring quality patient care.”

Upon learning of his election as BOC Board Chairman, Kenney thanked outgoing Chairwoman Sharon Nichelson, CMOF, Immediate Past Chairman Preston Madler, BOCO, Vice Chairwoman Kimberly Hertz, BOCO, CMF, and Treasurer Joe Lawson, BOCO, for their service on the Board’s 2011 Executive Committee, as well as Jose Ramos for his service since 2010 as Public Member. “The 2012 Executive Committee will have big shoes to fill,” said Kenney. “We plan to continue efforts toward setting and implementing a number of new strategic objectives.”

Claudia Zacharias, BOC’s President & CEO expressed how excited she is to work with the newly-formed Board. “I’m looking forward to working with this group. We are committed to continuing BOC’s success as a customer-centric, continuously-improving, vibrant organization.”