Chicago – August 16, 2013 – Cheryl E. Mounts, MS, CAE, Executive Vice President of the American Board of Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), recently announced her retirement after 19 years of service. Her official retirement date is August 30, 2013.
Ms. Mounts joined the ABOMS as Executive Secretary in 1994. During her tenure Ms. Mounts was responsible for transitioning the written qualifying examination to a computer-based testing model and managed the standardization of the oral certifying examination by moving the examination to a professional testing setting. She directed the expansion of the organization’s operations, orchestrating the move to its current larger facility in 2005 and managing a staff that has evolved from three to eight professionals.
In 2006, under Ms. Mounts’ guidance, the ABOMS implemented a rigorous certification maintenance process to ensure the highest standards of certification and patient care are achieved.
“I’m very proud to have been involved in the implementation of certification maintenance,” said Ms. Mounts. “This process is considered the standard for Board certification in healthcare and its assimilation in the ABOMS certification activities reflects the specialty’s and the Board’s commitment to safeguarding the well-being of the public.”
Ms. Mounts was named Executive Director in 2003 and Executive Vice President in 2012. Since joining the ABOMS, nearly 2,900 oral and maxillofacial surgeons have been Board-certified.
“Cheryl’s expertise and dedication has truly made ABOMS an exemplary certifying Board,” said Dr. Wayne Atebara, President of ABOMS and a private practitioner in Hilo, Hawaii. “Together with her professional staff, her remarkable contribution has helped advance the science and practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery.”
“It has been a privilege to work with dedicated oral and maxillofacial surgeons to strengthen and advance the specialty over the past two decades,” said Ms. Mounts. “I am also grateful to the ABOMS staff for their valued contribution to the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.”
Mr. Lance O. Hoxie will assume the role of ABOMS Executive Vice President on September 3, 2013.