Arlington, Va. — The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) elected Robert C. Jones, DC, of Albuquerque, N.M., as its new president last week in Washington, D.C., during ACA’s annual meeting, the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC).
Dr. Jones was elected president by his peers on ACA’s Board of Governors (BOG), which consists of five chiropractors and one public member. He replaces outgoing president, N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC, of Christiansburg, Va. The BOG also elected Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, of Minneapolis, Minn., as ACA’s vice president.
Dr. Jones was elected to the BOG in 2016 and has served as Finance Committee Chair for the past year. He also has been an active member of several ACA committees and advisory boards in the areas of investments, state advocacy and coding. He is a past president of the New Mexico Chiropractic Association, sits on the Board of Trustees of the University of Western States as past chair, and is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Jones brings a deep understanding of integrative health care to his work with ACA; he is owner/partner of an integrative primary care clinic in the Albuquerque area.
Dr. Maiers was elected to the BOG in 2016. She is a professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) in Bloomington, Minn. She also serves as NWHSU executive director of research and innovation and is a principal at the school’s Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy. She has been integral to ACA’s work in respect to clinical guidelines review and the opioid epidemic.
In advance of BOG elections, members of the ACA House of Delegates voted to fill two open seats on the board:
Kathy Boulet, DC, of Lewiston, Maine, was re-elected to the BOG and appointed as a member of the Nominating Committee. Dr. Boulet has served previously as ACA’s Maine delegate and is a past president of the Maine Chiropractic Association. She is a pioneer in hospital privileges for chiropractors and has worked as a consultant in integrative medicine with the Central Maine Medical Center.
Leo Bronston, DC, of Onalaska, Wis., returns to the board. In addition to serving previously as a BOG member, he was ACA’s Wisconsin delegate for the past 14 years. He has been an active member of ACA committees and advisory boards in the areas of coding and reimbursement, integrative practice and healthcare technology. Dr. Bronston is also ACA’s representative to the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) advisory panel.
Continuing their service on the ACA Board of Governors this year are Karen Konarski-Hart, DC, of Little Rock, Ark., and public member Steven C. Roberts, Sr., JD, LLM, of St. Louis, Mo., who was appointed Finance Committee Chair by the new president.
NCLC is the premier national conference for doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants and chiropractic students. Beginning in 2020, NCLC will be called ACA Engage. NCLC has long been known for bringing together industry leaders from all over the country to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill, and engaging legislators will always be a priority. Over the years, the program has expanded to also include a wide variety of education offerings (with CE credit available), speeches from respected thought leaders and panel discussions that delve into important topics. The new name reflects the association’s efforts to position the chiropractic profession for success by engaging a new generation of doctors with these exciting education, career and leadership-development opportunities.
Caption: Members of the ACA Board of Governors are (from left to right), Dr. Kathy Boulet, Dr. Michele Maiers (vice president), Steven C. Roberts, Dr. Leo Bronston, Dr. Robert C. Jones (president) and Dr. Karen Konarski-Hart.
About the American Chiropractic Association
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States. ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor. We are leading our profession in the most constructive and far-reaching ways — by working hand in hand with other health care professionals, by lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, by supporting meaningful research and by using that research to inform our treatment practices. We also provide professional and educational opportunities for all our members and are committed to being a positive and unifying force for the practice of modern chiropractic. To learn more, visit www.acatoday.org, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.