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GATA Vice President 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 at which time the Vice President assumes the office of President for another two-year term.  Duties of the Vice President may be found in the GATA Constitution and Bylaws.

Candidate Bios:

Preston Bazemore MS, LAT, ATC

Preston Bazemore is a Georgia native and has over 24 years of experience serving and working in the state in multiple settings.  He has developed relationships all across the region within the medical community, athletic training professionals, coaches, administrators and parents.  Preston wishes to expand upon his time as an athletic trainer and continue to build new relationships within the profession to help better serve their needs. Through his role as vice president, he hopes to increase the GATA’s involvement, commitment, and relationship with state organizations for working athletic trainers.  All settings will be better supported with the GATA strengthening bonds with the community and increasing awareness of our profession.  GATA has an obligation and opportunity to also bridge the college curriculum programs as they have transitioned into master level degrees and assist in the formation and professional development of the next generation of athletic trainers.

Statement for Election:

One of the mottos I  live by is, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care!” I will use his passion for athletic training to foster deeper relationships with the new young professionals as well as those that have been practicing for a while. As vice president I would be their sounding board to make sure all concerns are heard, addressed and work towards resolution. With any relationship, it is communication that brings about stronger bonds, which will help broaden the reach of our profession.  I am flattered to have been nominated for the position of Vice President of the GATA and I would be honored to serve you in this capacity.

Janet Lin Craft MA, LAT, ATC

Janet Lin Craft is in her fourth year as an athletic trainer at LaGrange College. She started her journey as an athletic trainer at the City College of San Francisco, where she entered junior college as a high school dropout.

Janet earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology-Athletic training and minor in psychology from Fresno State (2011). She received her Master’s of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2014.

Janet has professional experience in the collegiate setting, physical therapy clinic, fitness center, outreach for a travel soccer club team and military medicine at Fort Benning.

Janet is the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) chair after being the national EDAC Graduate Representative (2011-2013). She holds additional training in kinesiology taping, Mental Health First Aid, and Individual Crisis Intervention.

Janet resides in Columbus with her husband Jack and two dogs: Sawyer and Malcolm.

Currently, Janet serves as the Georgia Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee Chair. There are currently 977 members in GATA; each with different needs, concerns and difficulties due to geography, employment setting, and years of experience. Students of athletic training are adjusting to the reforms of the educational requirements. Employment outlook and graduate assistantships have changed. Students are the future of athletic training and GATA needs to actively engage with Georgia’s nine CAATE-accredited programs. She lists the following list of actionable items for the GATA.

Statement for Election:

As Vice-President, I will:

1. Increase engagement with the GATA membership to identify issues that are affecting all membership categories and employment settings:  Direct and personal conversations; not solely on email blasts, website content or social media posts.

2. Create purposeful and direct news:  Resources, deadlines and contact information that relates to membership categories and employment settings for GATA. This will help GATA members receive organized and purposeful information for individual needs.

3. Honor and recognize longtime GATA members:  10 year, 15 year, 20 year, 25 year athletic trainers have committed their time as a healthcare professional in the state of Georgia; and for some, at the same institution or setting.  It will be a goal to create and develop a program for the GATA Annual Meeting to recognize longtime GATA members.

4. Actively include all GATA committee chairs to participate at the state Annual Meeting:   An active push for all Chairs to produce or include content at the Annual Meeting.

In conclusion: I want this. I want to do this job. So I promise to work heartily at learning how I can better serve GATA members and represent Georgia athletic trainers as your Vice-President.

Jaclyn Donovan, MBA, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Jaclyn Donovan joined the staff at the Vereen Rehabilitation Center in the spring of 2014. She is the Athletic Training Services Coordinator for Vereen’s Sports Medicine Program that serves eight high school systems and one university.  Before arriving in Moultrie, she worked 10 years with Georgia Southwestern State University as the Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Athletics.

Donovan is a native of Lee County, Georgia. Jaclyn earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine at Georgia Southern University in 2000 after four years as a member of the Eagles softball team. She has earned Master’s degrees from both the University of Kentucky (Athletic Training, 2002) and Georgia Southwestern (Business Administration, 2011) and has been a board-certified athletic trainer for over 20 years.

Donovan stays active in professional circles by maintaining memberships in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Licensed in the state of Georgia, Jaclyn is an ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer (ITAT) and a certified Graston Technique Provider.  She is also certified by Master Dry Needling and the Titleist Performance Institute. Jaclyn is currently the Public Relations Chair for the Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Jaclyn is also a member of Rotary International. She is a Past President of the Americus (GA) club and current president of the Moultrie (GA) club. A winner of the Sheffield Leadership Award, Jaclyn has served as a District 6900 Assistant Governor, Service Chair, and Public Image Chair. She is currently the District Membership Chair and the District RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Chair, and she volunteers each summer as a RYLA counselor.

Jaclyn and her husband, Jack, reside in Moultrie. In their free time together they enjoy flying, skydiving, kayaking, camping, hiking, competitive shooting, and reading.

Statement for Election:

I am passionate about the athletic training profession and would like to see the GATA continue to provide a positive “return on investment” to our members in the form of advocacy and professional development. I want to celebrate our Georgia ATs for all they do across every setting as we continue to get better together and provide the best healthcare possible to those under our care. As the position allows, I will devote the time and energy to do whatever it takes to promote the best interests of athletic trainers in our state.

Dr. Michael Douglas DAT, LAT, ATC, ITAT

Michael Douglas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Sports Studies, and Physical Education at Morehouse College and Teaching Associate in Graduate Education in Public Health at Morehouse School of Medicine His research and interests include the Fibular head Repositioning Technique and Mulligan Concept Mobilizations with Movement (MWM); Pain reduction in patients with Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI). Athletic Training as an access point to health care.

Douglas joined the faculty after having a career in professional sports as an Athletic Trainer.  Most recently Douglas served the Atlanta Dream as Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer. Prior to that, he spent four seasons in the Golden State Warriors (NBA) organization. Prior to his stint in Golden State, he had served the NBA Development League now known as the NBA G League as they expanded across the country.

Douglas spent time as the Athletic Trainer for Men’s Basketball at New Jersey Institute of Technology N.J.I.T. and was Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer for the WNBA’s Houston Comets. Douglas Served three seasons as the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)’ Assistant Athletic Trainer, Strength, and Conditioning Assistant and Equipment Manager, after previously serving as Head Athletic Trainer in the International Basketball League (IBL).

Douglas began his career as an intern with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, and as a Graduate Assistant at Morehouse College, and a Student Assistant with USA Women’s Basketball during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Douglas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Morehouse College and a Master’s degree in Sports Injury Management from Life University, and a Doctor of Athletic Training from Temple University College of Public Health. Douglas is married and has three children ages 20 (Spelman), 18 (Howard U), and 13 (Virtual Academy). Douglas is also a business owner ( and also a proud veteran officer of the United States Navy.

Statement for Election:

I believe that my experience and solid record of achievement and service to Athletic Training and our Country make me an ideal candidate for Vice President of the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association.  I have served on the Scholarship Committee (NATA). I promote athletic training and Sports Medicine by running an annual symposium for high school students that highlights athletic training as a career and introduce students to first aid, CPR and first responder training.

Currently I serve on the GATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee and continue to serve in the same capacity with Athletic Training in the Physician Practice Society (ATPPS). During the term of office, I will be advocate for expanding our programming at the state level in hopes that our attendance and participation in the state meeting is beneficial and meaningful to the membership. I will also support diversity and inclusion in every facet of our organization. I am completely committed to the education of our members, and enhancement of the Athletic Training profession. This is my pledge to you as a member of GATA.

Andy Grubbs MEd, LAT, ATC

Andy Grubbs, originally from Macon, Georgia graduated from Valdosta State University with a BS in Sports Medicine in 2001.  He then attended Auburn University and earned his Master’s in Education degree while working as a graduate assistant football athletic trainer. Andy currently serves as the Director of Athletic Training at The Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia managing the athletic healthcare for over 12 high schools and colleges. A strong advocate for the profession, he strives each day to make an impact in the lives of student athletes by getting them the resources they need in a timely manner. Andy’s goal, if elected, is to improve healthcare access for secondary school athletes in the state of Georgia by increasing the number of certified athletic trainers within the secondary schools.

A recipient of the SEATA Backbone award in 2007 and the GATA Warren Morris Sports Medicine Person of the Year in 2013, Andy can often be found in the classroom helping athletic trainers obtain their Evidence Based CEU’s with one of his lectures. In 2017, Andy and his staff published Taping, Wrapping, and Bracing for Athletic Trainers: Functional Methods for Application and Fabrication through Slack Publications.

Andy and his wife of 16 years, Shanna, have two children: Madilyn (11) and Emma (9) affectionately known as Chaos and Mayhem. Along with his responsibilities to family and athletic training, Andy can occasionally be found trying to beat his friends in a round of golf. Andy is an active member in a wide array of professional organizations including: National Athletic Trainers' Association, Georgia Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association. He currently serves on the Georgia High School Sports Medicine Advisory Council, along with numerous local advisory boards and committees.

Statement for Election:

If elected I have two goals for my four years in office.  I want to secure funding to provide certified athletic trainers for every secondary school in the state.  I also want to continue my advocacy for the profession for the bettermentof all of us. 

Ken Tessier  LAT, ATC

Ken Tessier is very eager to serve as the Vice President alongside President- elect Jared Sandler.  Ken’s aspiration is to continue to build on the success of those who previously served and look for new opportunities to develop the athletic training profession. Ken has been a certified AT for almost 20 years, working in Georgia for 18 of those years.

Ken lives in Savannah where he has worked with St. Josephs/Candler Sports Medicine for 18 years.

During his 18 years working with St. Joseph’s/Candler, Ken has had the opportunity to advance his career by his willingness to accept new challenges. Ken has worked in the Secondary School Setting as the Head AT for St. Andrews School, University Setting as Head AT for both Armstrong State University and Savannah State University and currently working in the Clinical Setting as Lead Clinical Athletic Trainer for St. Joseph’s/Candler. Ken also works for Medicine in Motion where he serves as an AT for ESPN’s Winter X-Games and Medical Director for Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League.

The vision that Ken has for the GATA is one of continued achievement and advancement. He believes in showing the true value of a Certified Athletic Trainer in all settings. 

Ken currently lives in Savannah and enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and mountain biking in his spare time.

Statement for Election:

I am continuously looking for opportunities that allow our profession to advance and open new doors. The core values that will continue to guide me are to serve those in need and insuring the health and safety of all athletes.  I will be involved with the state legislature, NCAA, GHSA, GISA and youth organizations to represent the athletic training profession and work hard to insure we all have the necessary tools to advance our profession.  I truly care about our profession and I am willing to speak up and be an active, compassionate and available representative for all athletic trainers.

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