Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association


Leadership Directory


   President Vice President



Jared Sandler MEd, LAT, ATC

Young Harris College Athletics

1 College Street

Young Harris, GA 30582

(706) 379-5191

(2023)




Andy Grubbs MEd, LAT, ATC

The Hughston Foundation

6262 Veterans Parkway

Columbus, GA 31909

(706) 905-2805

(2023)


   Secretary  Treasurer  
 
 

Susanne Tucker MS, LAT, ATC, ITAT
Northside Hospital
3855 Pleasant Hill Rd., Ste. 130
Duluth, GA 30096
(229) 292-0877
(2023)


 

203 Slate Drive 
Buford, GA 30518
(678) 468-9445
(2022)


 
 


Past President


Amos Mansfield MBA, LAT, ATC

US Army

(478) 301-2453

(2023)




 
 

Region Representatives:


* GATA Region Map*


 --North--

  Crystal Clark, MS, LAT, ATC -- Dalton, GA

Tamara Sandler, LAT, ATC --Hiawassee, GA


--Metro--

Jay Pearson, LAT, ATC--Atlanta, GA

Laura Lyles LAT, ATC--Atlanta, GA


--Central--

John "Trip" Youngblood LAT, ATC--Forsyth, GA

Steve Patterson EdD, LAT, ATC --Statesboro, GA


--Southeast--

Blake Brooks LAT, ATC -- Mount Vernon, GA

Ansley Hendrick LAT, ATC --Savannah, GA


--Southwest--

Jay Johnson, LAT, ATC --Valdosta, GA

Donna Sledge, LAT, ATC--Tifton, GA


     

GATA Committees
Committee Chair

Purpose

Related Links
Executive Committee Jared Sandler
  • Leadership of the GATA; Officers elected by the GATA membership;
  • Provides oversight of all GATA committees
  • President represents GATA on SEATA Executive Board
Region Representatives See list
  • Serve as resource for members of their respective GATA regions. 
  • Voice concerns of their constituents to the Executive Board and recruit members for the various GATA committees from their members. 
  • Serve as resource for all GATA Committees
Region Map
Education  Preston Bazemore 
  • Organize all continuing education efforts sponsored by the GATA, including the Annual Meeting & Symposium, Mini-courses, etc.
 
 Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) Janet Lin Craft
  • Identify and address issues relevant to ethnically diverse members. Advocate sensitivity and understanding toward ethnic and cultural diversity throughout the profession and the association.
 
Development &Corporate Sponsorships  Jim Fox 
  • Conduct fundraising activities for the Association, including Corporate Partners, Merchandise Sales, etc. 
Corporate Partners 
Governmental Affairs

Paul Higgs*

  • Monitor legislation that impacts the practice of athletic training in Georgia;
  • Liaison to GATA  lobbyist 
Honors & Awards  Stephanie Vasquez* 
  •  Gather nominations for the various honors and awards given by the GATA & NATA; 
  • Oversee the GATA Hall of Fame selection process.  
Nomination Forms 
LBGTQ+ Committee  Lori Uretsky*
  • Identify, explore, address and provide educational resources regarding emerging topics and concerns relevant to diverse sexualities, gender identities and gender expressions within the profession and health care topics affecting patients in the LGBTQ+ community.
 
Public Relations Jaclyn Donovan*
  • Publicize events related to the practice of athletic training in Georgia to the general public and our members through our social media channels.

       
 Secondary Schools
Crystal Clark*
Third Party Reimbursement Steve Stepp
  • Serve as a resource for GATA members for solutions regarding reimbursement by insurance companies for athletic training services.
Reimbursement in Georgia
Young Professionals

Early Professionals Committee

TBA

Career Advancement Committee:

Kedeemya Cooper*


  • Address issues of athletic trainers who are in the first 12 years after initial certification/licensure:
  • Early Professionals:   Years 1-6
  • Career Advancement:  Years 7-12
GATA YPC
    
*Serves as GATA representative on the corresponding SEATA Committee 


SEATA hosts several committees that do not have a corresponding committee in GATA. The following members are the GATA representatives on those SEATA committees. When a corresponding committee is present in both organizations, the GATA committee chair serves as the representative to the SEATA committee.

SEATA Committee GATA Representative Purpose
 ATs Care  Jessica Mutchler
  • To aid athletic trainers (AT) and athletic training students (ATS) in the after math of a critical incident to utilize a peer-to-peer system to assist, monitor, and encourage these individuals to seek initial support through state or regional ATs Care teams.  
Committee on Practice Advancement (COPA)  Jenna Morogiello
  •  Advancement of the athletic training profession in business and employment opportunities, compensation, and brand recognition of athletic trainers as health care professionals.
College/University Committee  Jared Sandler
  • To identify and address issues of concern to athletic trainers in the college and university setting.
Research and Education Committee Kasinda Hodge
  • To develop and plan the educational content of the Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting.
AT Educators Conference Oversight Committee  Amanda Jarriel
  • To develop, plan, and coordinate an educationally sound, fiscally responsible, successful biennial SEATA Athletic Training Educators' Conference.


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