BOC Announces New Executive Committee & Board Chairperson

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) has announced a new chairperson and a new executive committee.

James L. Hewlett began his new position as the board's chair on Jan. 1, following two terms as its vice chair. Hewlett has also served as member-at-large and has been a BOC-certified orthotist since 1997.

The new executive committee is composed of R. Jeffrey Hedges, vice chair; William J. Powers, secretary; James Newberry Jr., treasurer; Mark L. Parris, member-at-large; and John P. Kenney, immediate past chair.

In accepting his new position, Hewlett said in the news announcement, "I am humbled and excited by my colleagues' confidence in me, and I recognize the responsibility of leading this important organization through a challenging climate. I look forward to advancing BOC's mission to assure patients, physicians, professional organizations, the public at large, and government agencies of the competence, professionalism and safe-practice environments of BOC-certified professionals and BOC-accredited facilities."

BOC, based in Owings Mills, Md., is a not-for-profit agency that provides credentials in the fields of orthotics, prosthetics and DME.

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