About Us: Board of Directors

The NCCPA Board of Directors establishes the strategic direction for the organization, determines policies, and provides high level oversight of the work of NCCPA. The Board is comprised of Certified PAs, physicians and representatives from the public who rely upon Certified PAs and the rigor that the PA-C credential represents. This diversity of perspectives represented on the Board of Directors comes together around a shared passion for the PA profession and patients and a belief in the important role of certification.

2021 Board Members

Edward A. Amberg, MMS,   MPH, PA-C

Chair, PA Director at Large
Kendra Thomsen, PA-C, MPAS

Immediate Past Chair, PA Director at Large
Katherine G. Footracer, MS, PA-C

Chair-Elect, PA Director at Large
Pat Kenney-Moore, Ed.D, PA-C

Treasurer, Physician Assistant Education Association nominee
Beverly Black, MHSA, CAE

Secretary, Public Director at Large
Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C

NCCPA President/CEO
Benjamin Smith, MPAS, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

American Academy of PAs nominee
Peggy Riley Robinson, MS,

Federation of State Medical Boards nominee
John Bradford, MPAS, PA-C

PA Director at Large
Linda Delaney, MPAS, PA-C

PA Director at Large
Carey Roesler, PA-C

PA Director at Large
Patrick Killeen, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA
PA Director at Large
Temple Howell-Stampley, MD, MBA, FACP 

American Medical Association
James Gehring, MD 

Physician Director at Large
Joan Grzybowski, DO,  FACOFP

American Osteopathic  Association nominee
Folashade Omole, M.D., FAAFP

Physician Director at Large
Linda Lawrence, MD, CPE, FACEP

Physician Director at Large
Zeno W. St. Cyr, II, MPH

Public Director at Large


Our Values

Our core values guide the way we make decisions and conduct ourselves as individuals and as an organization. We believe that values must be embodied by everyone who is part of our enterprise, and we are committed to the PRACTICE of:

  • Professionalism – We show genuine respect and regard for those we certify and for their patients, serving others before ourselves.
  • Responsibility – We are dedicated  to safeguarding the integrity of the credential we confer with the ultimate aim of supporting public access to quality health care that is fair, just, and equitable; and we recognize a responsibility to apply our experience and expertise to benefit the international development of the PA profession.
  • Accountability – We embrace the obligation we bear as the PA profession’s certification body to develop and administer exams and programs that are relevant, meaningful and affordable, and we hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards for the development and delivery of our products and services.
  • Collaboration – We foster intellectual exchange, invite the input of key stakeholders, and seek diverse perspectives to inform our work built on a shared vision of the role of the PA on the health care team.
  • Trust – We recognize that earning trust is an ongoing endeavor that requires integrity and ethical, credible and dependable performance.
  • Inclusion – We are committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work and endeavor to foster diversity within the PA profession and health care.
  • Certification – We believe in the inherent value of certification and certification maintenance as a career-long pursuit that fosters ongoing learning and development for the benefit of those who rely upon PAs for care.
  • Excellence – We thoughtfully and purposefully seek ways to build stakeholder confidence and add value to the products and services we provide, always working to address changing needs appropriately and effectively.