The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) has named Theresa “Terri” McLeod, CMF, COF as the 2022 recipient of the Jim Newberry Award for extraordinary service.
McLeod’s volunteerism with BOC spans many years. Beginning in 2005, she served as a test development volunteer for BOC Certified Mastectomy Fitter (CMF) exams and, in 2007, joined the board of directors. A board member for nine years, she served on the finance, investment and audit committees.
McLeod also managed the memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Evelyn H. Lauder Boutique and was well-known in the post-mastectomy community. Through her personal contacts, representation of BOC at numerous trade shows and participation in BOC certificant outreach, she promoted BOC’s mastectomy fitter certification.
Trained in 1985 as a BOC CMF by Jim Newberry, McLeod later specialized her practice within the post-mastectomy product manufacturing field, performing more than 1,000 fittings per year. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began requiring mastectomy fitters to obtain certification in 2009, McLeod guided others in her profession toward certification so they could continue providing patients with the fittings they needed.
“I was proud to wear my BOC certification pin,” McLeod said. “My life’s work has been taking the time to help the women I served live better lives after surgery.”
McLeod’s level of compassion combined with her work ethic earned her numerous honors from her employers, including territory manager of the year and, on two separate occasions, fitter of the year.
“Terri has shown the same kind of passion for and commitment to BOC that defined our good friend Jim Newberry,” said Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, BOC’s president and CEO. “Our board is proud to award her with this honor.”
John Kenney, PhD, BOCO, past Newberry Award winner and former Chair of BOC’s Board of Directors, nominated McLeod.
The Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service is named in honor of longtime BOC practitioner, board member and leader James Newberry, JR., BOCP, BOCO, BOCPD, who passed away in 2016. The award is BOC’s highest honor.