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GATA Secretary Election 2020

(2021-2023 Term)


The ballot to vote for GATA Secretary will be available through midnight on November 25, 2020.

Voting is open only to certified and/or licensed members of the GATA.  Each eligible member may vote only once in the election.  

The successful candidate will take office at the Annual Meeting in January 2021 and serve a two-year term.  Duties of the Secretary may be found in the GATA Constitution and Bylaws.

Candidate Bios:

Laura Lyles MEd, ATC, LAT

Laura is currently a Supervisor of Athletic Training with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She works with highs schools and club sports all over Metro Atlanta. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for over 16 years. Laura graduated from the University of Georgia with her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. She is also currently one of the Metro Atlanta Region Rep for Georgia Athletic Trainer's Association.

Statement for Election:

I want to become the next Secretary of the Georgia Athletic Trainer's Association to get more involved in our profession, and help our organization to make strides for Athletic Trainers all over Georgia.

Susanne Tucker MS, LAT, ATC, ITAT

Susanne is a native of Valdosta, Georgia and a 2003 graduate of Valdosta State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training. After completing her undergraduate degree, Susanne went on to receive a Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance with a specialization in Sports Administration from Austin Peay State University in 2004. Susanne is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association, and Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association. She has served as Secretary of the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association since 2017. Susanne was certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification in June 2003 and by the ImPACT Organization as an ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer (ITAT) in November 2013. 

Susanne is currently in her tenth year with Northside Hospital Sports Medicine in Duluth, Georgia, and was promoted to Certified Athletic Trainer III in 2019.  She received the Gwinnett Medical Center Sports Medicine Certified Athletic Trainer of the Year for 2015, which was voted upon by her peers, and was recognized by Buddy and Dawn Curry for her service providing medical care for the Atlanta area Kids and Pros Football Clinics and Camps.  Susanne serves as the Head Certified Athletic Trainer/Coverage Coordinator for Med Tech Services for Infinite Energy Center: Arena/Forum/Theater in Duluth, Georgia, and Coolray Field, Home of the Gwinnett Braves, in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  Along with coordinating event coverage, initiating policies and procedures, and maintaining supplies and budget, she serves as a liaison between each venue’s administration and members of the Northside Hospital Sports Medicine staff.  In addition to her duties with Infinite Energy Center and Coolray Field, Susanne also handles tracking the Sports Medicine program community coverage, expenses, and budget. Susanne previously served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Atlanta Fire United soccer organization in Duluth, Georgia, which boasts a roster of approximately 750 athletes ranging from 8 to 18 years of age, including 5 Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) teams.

Prior to her tenure with Northside Hospital Sports Medicine, Susanne served as the Head Women’s Athletic Trainer at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  She handled athletic training coverage of all nine women’s sports, along with the responsibility of inventory, supply and soft goods procurement for the university athletic training facilities.

Statement for Election:

Serving as Secretary of the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association for the past 3 and a half years has been a wonderful experience.  My hope is to continue serving on the Board in order to lead our association into the future.  We have been through a lot this year and I have some unfinished business that I would like to continue working to address. I hope that my tenure on the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association has been met with approval and that I will continue in the role of Secretary.



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