Since the spring of 2004 I have served as the Coordinator of Athletic Training Outreach with NHC Rehabilitation while working closely with Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance and Rutherford County Schools. I began my career at Middle Tennessee State University. While in the program I completed a summer internship with the Tennessee Titans. I continued my education at Auburn University and received a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. I was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with Auburn Football, I then transitioned into a full-time position as an assistant Athletic Trainer with football. I held that position until I moved back to Middle Tennessee and began work in my current role.
Currently I am in the role of Middle Tennessee Representative for the TATS Executive Board. I am in my second year as a member of the TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. I am an adjunct faculty member with the MTSU Athletic Training Education Program. Also, I served three years as the Chairperson for the TATS Secondary Schools committee, while serving as a committee member before becoming Chairperson.
As the current Executive Board liaison to the Young Professionals Committee, I believe future of our profession lies with our young members and students. I would like to see our annual meeting continue to address these future and newly certified Athletic Trainers. In previous meetings, there have been roundtable discussions with topics such as the variety of settings in which an Athletic Trainer can be employed, professional development, interview skills, and how to be more involved in TATS. Our Education Committee and the Young Professionals Committee have done a phenomenal job, and I would like to continue to see attendance and involvement grow annually. This can occur by providing a great experience to a young Athletic Trainer and Athletic Training students at our meeting.