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 of 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.

2019 Board Members

 Edward A. Amberg, MMS,   MPH, PA-C
 PA director at large
 Beverly Black, MHSA, CAE
 Public director at large
 John Bradford, MPAS, PA-C
 PA director at large
Jennifer Lynn Burner, PA-C 
Secretary - PA director at large
 Linda Delaney, MPAS, PA-C
 PA director at large
 Timothy Evans, MD, PhD,       FACP
  American College of
  Physicians nominee
  Katherine G. Footracer, MS,
 Treasurer - PA director at large
 James Gehring, MD 
 Physician director at large
 Temple Howell-Stampley, MD,
 American Medical Association
 Robin Hunter Buskey, DHSc,

 Chair - PA director at large
 Joel A. Kase, DO, MPH
 American Osteopathic   Association
 Pat Kenney-Moore, Ed.D, PA-C
 Physician Assistant Education   Association
Linda Lawrence, MD, CPE,

Physician director at large
Paul Lombardo, MPS, PA-C
Immediate Past ChairAmerican Academy of
Physician Assistants nominee
Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C
NCCPA President/CEO
 Peggy Riley Robinson, MS,
 Federation of State Medical
 Boards nominee
Zeno W. St. Cyr, II, MPH
Public director at large
Kendra Thomsen, PA-C, MPAS
Chair-Elect - PA 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.