DATE: February 8, 2011
FOR RELEASE: Immediately
CONTACT: Carli Cohen
Miller Joins BOC as Certification Director
Jan paul Miller, MEd, MA, has joined The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), International as its new certification director.
Miller, a seasoned association professional, most recently served as program manager at the National Institute for the Certification of Engineering Professionals, where he established procedures for managing test construction from contact with subject matter experts through beta testing to final test roll-out. Earlier, he was vice president for certification at the Construction Manager Certification Institute/Construction Management Association of America.
“We feel fortunate to add to our staff someone with Jan paul’s experience and knowledge of certification processes,” said Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, president & CEO of BOC. “He brings experience in several disciplines to BOC, and his commitment to helping people qualify for certification is both wide and deep.”
Miller began his career as a college teacher; he has also worked with adult learners and with other groups in a variety of venues. He gained administrative experience at departmental and divisional levels while studying learning style diagnosis and learning disabilities remediation. He is a former associate editor of an international journal on dyslexia and has served as a consultant to colleges and universities. He has also been an invited speaker at community, regional, national and international conferences.
Miller earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He received master’s degrees first in English at Morgan State University and then in Education at Loyola University of Maryland. Miller has completed doctoral studies in adult learning theory and community college administration at George Mason University.
While working as director of education at the National Customs Brokers and Forwarder Association of America, he developed programs leading to certification and re-certification as a customs specialist and transportation specialist. In addition, he incorporated study strategies for the required customs specialist text. He also created a partnership with the University of Maryland University College to increase support for customs specialist workforce development.
“I look forward to working with people who are committed to achieving certification in O&P,” Miller said in accepting the position. “Combining a background in education with my certification experience seems a natural progression, and I am especially pleased at the opportunity to join the allied health field at a time when health care is both expanding and changing. The BOC staff has a central role to play in O&P and I’m excited at the chance to be part of it.”
BOC, governed by an 18-member Board of Directors, has grown under Zacharias’s management to a full-time staff of 17, with offices in Owings Mills, Maryland. BOC offers certification in five O&P professions; in addition, BOC accredits facilities that meet national standards.
Miller succeeds Kwesi Moss, who left BOC in January after more than ten years of service. “We have worked carefully to assure a smooth transition for our certificants,” Zacharias said, “and I know that they will quickly come to appreciate Jan paul’s skills.”
Since 1984, The Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) has provided credentials demonstrating the competence and proficiency of O&P professionals. BOC offers NCCA-accredited certification programs in five disciplines: orthotics, prosthetics, pedorthics, orthotic fitting, and mastectomy fitting. BOC’s facility accreditation program partners with Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic and Orthotic suppliers (DMEPOS) to meet standards set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and improve business practices. BOC credentials celebrate and recognize the competence, professionalism, and safe practice environments of BOC-related practitioners and BOC-accredited facilities. For more information, please visit www.bocusa.org.