Ericka Zimmerman, director of Western Carolina University’s School of Health Sciences and associate professor of athletic training, is being honored for her service to the national board responsible for the certification of athletic trainers.

Zimmerman will receive the Board of Certification’s Dan Libera Service Award during the national meeting of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in Baltimore on Thursday, June 23. The Board of Certification has provided certification for athletic trainers since 1969, and the board was the certification arm of the NATA until 1989, when it became an independent nonprofit organization.

The Libera Award honors individuals who have shown dedication to the board’s mission and longstanding contributions to its programs. It is named after a longtime athletic trainer and educator at the University of Northern Colorado who held offices in the NATA and Board of Certification.

“I am honored to receive the Dan Libera Service Award this year,” Zimmerman said. “Dan had a passion for the profession of athletic training and service to the Board of Certification, and he was an inspiration to so many people. Volunteering with the board has provided an avenue for me to serve and give back to the profession.”

Zimmerman joined the WCU faculty last July, coming to Cullowhee from the University of Charleston in West Virginia, where she was associate professor and program director for athletic training and head of the Department of Athletic Training. She received her doctorate in leadership studies at Marshall University in 2007 and her master’s degree in physical education/athletic training at Indiana State University in 1994. She was a recipient of the NATA’s Service Award in 2010.

Zimmerman has served the Board of Certification in a volunteer capacity for 11 years, including work on committees and other groups focusing on facility standards, practice analysis, officer nominations and regulatory issues. She also has been involved in exam administration.

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