The TATS Communication Committee exists to disseminate timely updates and information to the various TATS constituencies through multiple media channels.  TATS constituencies include, but are not limited to, it's members; physicians and other healthcare providers; athletic training students; athletes; coaches; parents; state government officials; and the general public.

Committee Chair: Jillian Keeler

Corporate Relations

The TATS Corporate Relations Committee mission is to establish long-standing relationships that can provide the tools needed to practice athletic training. Communication between the corporate sponsors and the athletic trainer can develop a professional network that in turn improves the delivery of healthcare to the physically active. TATS is very proactive in developing relationships between our corporate sponsors/vendors and our membership.

Committee Chair: Ben Velasquez

Ethics & Compliance

To support the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society's core value of promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism in the field of athletic training.

Committee Chair: Marisa Colston

Governmental Affairs

The mission of the TATS Governmental Affairs Committee is to insure the growth of the Athletic Training profession through legislative efforts. The committee is dedicated to monitoring legislative efforts that impact the Athletic Training profession. Our role is to be active in the process of influencing public and governmental policy at the State and local levels. The committee will represent TATS and its members in all legislative efforts that affect the practice of Athletic Trainers in the State of Tennessee. Our goal is to promote the professional status of Athletic Trainers, as well as our unique skill set as allied health care professionals, by working in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies.

Committee Chair: Johnnie Anderson

Honors & Awards

The Mission of the Honors and Awards Committee is to  recognize TATS members who have displayed exceptional effort to bring their talents and expertise to represent TATS in the highest manor.

Committee Chair: Ray Knight

Professional Education

The goal of the Professional Education Committee is to oversee and implement the TATS’s annual meeting and symposium.  Emphasizing a commitment to improving education based on an evidence-based approach to athlete and patient care, the PEC seeks out the best practices and educational opportunities that reflect the profession's commitment to learning and growing as Healthcare providers for the physically active in a broad spectrum of practice settings in the profession of athletic training.

Committee Chair: Helen Binkley & Marnie VandenNoven


The Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society Scholarship Committee's mission is to provide financial assistance to Athletic Training students members (pre and post post-professional) that embody the ideas and standards put forth by the membership to promote the profession as a recognized health care provider.  We aim to support students that we believe personify the certified/licensed athletic trainer through scholarly works, academic excellence, exemplary leadership, and outstanding clinical practice.

Committee Chair: Kristi Phillips

Secondary School

The mission of the TATS Secondary Schools Committee is to identify and address issues of concern for the athletic trainer in the secondary school setting. The committee is dedicated to educating the public about interscholastic and youth sports health and safety and on the importance of athletic training services for all secondary schools while working in conduction with the TSSAA, the Tennessee Board of Education, the Tennessee Board of Health and all related healthcare and secondary school personnel and/or entities to promote this mission.

Committee Chair: Eric Owens


Committee Chair: Gene Lane

Young Professionals

The mission of the TATS Young Professionals Committee is to promote professional practice among students and young Athletic Training professionals. The TATS Young Professionals Committee is dedicated to promoting and improving communication and interaction between young professionals and encouraging involvement in the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society. The role of the Young Professionals Committee is to help students and new professionals transition to a professional status, feel a sense of belonging, and take pride in their occupation, as well as their professional organization. Our goal is to address issues and needs of young Athletic Training professionals and Athletic Training students.

Committee Chair: Kaydy Wellendorf