Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association

Leadership Directory

   President Vice-President

Amos Mansfield MBA, LAT, ATC

1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31207
(478) 301-2453

Jared Sandler MEd, LAT, ATC

Young Harris College Athletics

1 College Street

Young Harris, GA 30582

(706) 379-5191


   Secretary  Treasurer  

Susanne Tucker MS, LAT, ATC, ITAT
Gwinnett Medical Center
3855 Pleasant Hill Rd., Ste. 130
Duluth, GA 30096
(229) 292-0877


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


Past President

Valdosta State University 
Valdosta, GA 31062
(229) 245-4380



Region Representatives:

*GATA Region Map*


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

Jared Sandler, LAT, ATC --Young Harris, GA


Jay Pearson, LAT, ATC--Atlanta, GA

Laura Lyles LAT, ATC--Atlanta, GA


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

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


Blake Brooks LAT, ATC -- Mount Vernon, GA

Ansley Hendrick LAT, ATC --Savannah, GA


Jay Johnson, LAT, ATC --Valdosta, GA

Donna Sledge, LAT, ATC--Tifton, GA


GATA Committees
Committee Chair


Related Links
Executive Committee Amos Mansfield
  • Leadership of the GATA; Officers elected by the GATA membership;
  • Provides oversight of all GATA committees.
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
Governmental Affairs

Paul Higgs

Larry Mullis

  • Monitor legislation at the State Capitol that impacts the practice of athletic training in Georgia;
  • Liaison between GATA and our lobbyist.
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
Development & Corporate Sponsorships

Jim Fox

  • Conduct fundraising activities for the Association, including Corporate Partners, Merchandise Sales, etc.

Corporate Partners

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.


Preston Bazemore

  • Organize all continuing education efforts sponsored by the GATA, including the Annual Meeting & Symposium, Mini-courses, etc.

 Secondary Schools
Katie Terrell
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
Young Professionals
Mary Catherine Sikes
  • Address issues of athletic trainers who are in the first 12 years after initial certification/licensure

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