Greg Safko, president of the Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC), will be leaving his position in August to lead the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. BOC has launched a nationwide search to fill his position.
“This is truly a bittersweet tipping point in my life in leaving the BOC where we’ve experienced growth, direction and many new prospects, but there remain tremendous volunteer leaders and staff to sustain the pathway of success,” Safko said.
“BOC is very appreciative for the tactical and operational leadership Greg Safko shared in positioning the Board to leverage numerous opportunities for an expanding base of BOC-certified practitioners and BOC-accredited facilities,” stated Preston Madler, BOC chair. “We’ve numerous initiatives underway to further the BOC’s growth and effectiveness and selecting another extraordinary professional will ensure our future successes. The entire board of directors and staff wish Greg tremendous success in his new pursuits and opportunities.”
According to Sharon Nichelson, BOC’s vice chair, “We live in an increasingly interconnected world, in which health issues have become paramount to all. Greg’s departure will only expand our horizons as he shares his BOC experiences among other groups as well. The commonality is very strong, in that we must embrace healthcare as a full priority and confront life-changing diseases, whether it be diabetes, melanoma, or other [affliction] of an aging population. We wish Greg well.”
Safko will become the first staff president to lead the Melanoma Foundation, a non-profit public charity founded in January 2004 after his mother-in-law lost her struggle against melanoma, the most serious and lethal form of skin cancer.
Safko, a USA Triathlon-certified Race Director, has also been selected to be an athlete participant in the World IronMan Championships in Kona, Hawaii, on October 10, where he plans to promote the existence and mission of the Melanoma Foundation.