May 16, 2014 — Patricia Oliver was presented with the Paul M. Tullio Award for Distinguished Service to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) at the NBCE Annual Business Meeting and Delegates Luncheon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on May 2.
The Tullio Award recognizes a leader in chiropractic, whose contributions in testing, licensing and legislative issues have benefitted the profession. This year the award was presented to Oliver, executive director of the Louisiana Board of Chiropractic, for her devotion to building a viable and fiscally responsible state organization, concentrating both her state regulatory agency and personal goals on the important principles of licensure and regulation of chiropractic.
Oliver, who joined the Louisiana board in 1987, is a native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of Louisiana State University. She is a regular at the combined FCLB/NBCE meetings and has served as treasurer and vice president of FCLB’s Association of Chiropractic Board Administrators.
She began her association with the NBCE in 1987, just as the Part III written exams were introduced. Later she became an early supporter of the concept of an NBCE-developed and administered national practical licensing exam. She served as part of the inaugural Part IV administration in January 1996, and still serves on the test site team at Life University in Atlanta. In May 2014, she will attend her 37th administration of Part IV.
Oliver has also played a vital role in the development of the Ethics and Boundaries (E&B) Examination. She joined the E&B Test Committee at its inception in 2003, and in 2012, she attended the NBCE Grader Calibration Workshop, where she received intensive training required to qualify as a member of the essay grading panel. Oliver has contributed her wealth of regulatory experience to both the grading process and the ongoing redevelopment of the examination.
Pictured: Patricia Oliver with Norman Ouzts, DC