2017-2018 Board of Directors

 

Richard “Rich” Ray, EdD, ATC
Vice President, Finance 2017 (2) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
At-large Director

“Nobody will care how much you know until they know how much you care.”- NATA’s first Executive Director,
Otho Davis

As Provost and Professor of Kinesiology at Hope College, Dr. Rich Ray says, “If we (ATs) don’t support the NATA Foundation, who will? And if nobody does, how will the important work of expanding the body of knowledge in our field be accomplished?”

Dr. Ray’s favorite NATA convention was 2006, when he was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame. Among his many other accomplishments are being selected for the Distinguished Educator Award and his appointment as Editor-in-Chief of Athletic Therapy Today.

Dr. Ray earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, where his studies were funded by the Evans Scholarship – for caddies. He enjoys reading, backpacking and spending time with his wife Carol, grown children Richard, Sarah and Matthew, and granddaughter, Norah.

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.


J. Timothy Sensor, ATC
District 2 Chair, 2019 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
District 2 Treasurer
District Secretary-Treasurers Committee – Chair
District Secretary-Treasurers Committee – Co-Chair
District 2 Ethics Committee – Chair

J. Timothy Sensor has dedicated himself to the profession of Athletic Training for 39 years, 36 in the University/College ranks. Tim retired from Kean University (Union, NJ) in 2013, after 30 years of service. While at Kean, Tim held the position of Chief Athletic Trainer and clinical supervisor of the Athletic Training Rehabilitation Facility. He was also an adjunct professor for the Kean University Athletic Training curriculum program. He is currently employed as an Athletic Trainer at the Overlook Medical Center for Concussion Care (Summit, NJ). He continues to educate Athletic Training students at William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ) where he is an adjunct professor. In addition, he is a partner with Safe Sports Training Consultants, LLC, a New Jersey based company. Tim was appointed to the Athletic Training Advisory Committee to the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners and has served in this position since 2006.
Tim’s service and expertise has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally. He has served the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey in many positions and continues to be involved. He was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1998. Tim has also served the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) in many ways throughout the years. He was honored to give the prestigious William E. (Pinky) Newell Memorial Keynote Address at the 2012 EATA convention in Boston. He received the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award in 2014.
Mr. Sensor is honored to represent District 2 on the Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors. He feels that the Research and Education Foundation is one of the larger pillars of the profession. He believes Athletic Training knowledge and education has to be supported with research. Fundraising for grants and scholarships is imperative to support Athletic Training research and evidence based practice.
Tim has been married for 33 years to Dr. Connie Sensor and they have four sons (Chris, Ted, James, and Brian). Tim and Connie have one grandson, Charlie. Even though Connie and Tim have busy schedules at times they enjoy the time off to explore new places and things.

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.


 

Jill A. Manners, MS, ATC, PT
District 3 Chair, 2019 (2) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
District III Chair

Jill Manners is the Athletic Training Program Director at Western Carolina University, where she also serves as an associate professor. She is a Primary Health Care Provider for the United States Tennis Association.

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.


 

Robert S. “Bob” Gray, MS ATC
District 4 Chair, 2017 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
District VI Chair

Bob Gray currently works as the Coordinator of Athletic Training Community Affairs for Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. He has worked in a variety of settings including the professional ranks serving as an AT for the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers.

He is the former president of the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association and treasurer of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (District VI). When asked why he pursued the opportunity to serve on the NATA Foundation BOD, Gray replied “The NATA Foundation plays a vital role in the future of athletic training. Having spent my entire professional career in District IV in several leadership roles, I pursued this position as another way of giving back to the membership of the GLATA.”

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.

 


 

David Carr, PhD, ATC
District 5 Chair, 2017 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
District V Chair

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Positions:
NATA Clinical Instructor Educator Sub-Committee
NATA Professional Education Committee
Chair of District 5 Research and Education Grants Committee
BOC Evidence Based Practice Continuing Education Review Panel

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

David recently joined Missouri State University in 2013 after leaving the University of Kansas in which he served as Program Director of the Athletic Training Program for 8 years. He served as the Governmental Affairs Representative and was President Elect for the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Association.

He is “looking forward to working with and learning from the many bright and talented people that serve on the board and within the Foundation. As I learn more, in time I hope to contribute to the mission of the Foundation.”

In his free time David enjoys playing with his kids, napping, target shooting and playing video games.

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.

 


 

Thomas S. Woods, M.S., M.Ed.
District VI Representative, 2019 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
At-large Director

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Positions:
District VI Representative
Foundation Representative to MOC Task Force

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

Mr. Tom Woods is the Head Athletic Trainer at Andy Dekaney High School in Houston, Texas. Tom’s involvement with the NATA Foundation is driven by his desire to serve our profession and mankind. His previous service to the Foundation has included two terms as a board member, as well as a term as treasurer.
Mr. Woods has held numerous positions of leadership in athletic training. He is a past president of both the Southwest Athletic Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society. He served on the NATA task force to create the “Appropriate Medical Care for the Secondary School Age Athlete,” and played a critical role in founding the GHATS Student Athletic Trainer Workshop – the largest independent workshop for athletic training student aides in the country.
Tom has received numerous awards for excellence in athletic training, education, and youth sports safety. He is an NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, a member of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, and a member of the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Honor. In 2015, Tom received the prestigious John Harvey Humanitarian Award by the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association for his service to minority and economically challenged athletes. Tom enjoys historical documentaries and watching movies with his wife, Nancy. He is extremely proud of his children, and they share his belief in service to others. His daughter Kelli is an officer in the Navy. His son Christopher completed four years of service in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, and is now preparing for a career in criminal justice.


 

Bart Peterson, MSSM ATC
District 7 Chair, 2017 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
District VII Chair

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Positions:
District 7 Director
NATA Public Relations Committee
NATA Ethics Committee
NATA Secondary Schools Athletic Trainers’ Committee

“Happy are they who dream dreams, and are willing to pay the price to make them come true”.

Bart Peterson currently works in the high school setting serving as an athletic trainer, educator, and athletic director of Palo Verde Magnet High School. In the past he’s worked the US National Baton Twirling Championship, USA Volleyball High Performance Camp, and USA Arizona Regional Cheerleading Competition.

He is a former President of the Wyoming Athletic Trainers’ Association and has served in numerous leadership roles for both the WyoATA and RMATA. When asked why he pursued a position on the NATA Foundation Board, Bart responded “I finished my term of service on the NATA Board of Directors and I had the opportunity to see the needs of the profession and where I could best help. The timing was right I look forward to assisting the profession with research and education.”

Bart has recently started running and loves hanging out with his kids and grandson. He also enjoys helping Boy Scouts carry out their Eagle Scout Projects. To date they’ve had more than ten Eagle Scout projects at his school and he looks forward to helping even more young men become leaders in the future.

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.

 


 

Kavin Tsang PhD, ATC
District 8 Chair, 2017 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
Free Communications Committee

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Positions:
Convention Program Committee

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” Vince Lombardi

For the past five years, Dr. Tsang has worked at California State University, Fullerton as an assistant professor and Clinical Coordinator of the Athletic Training Program. He chairs the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (District VIII) Research and Grants Committee and is the Feature Presentations Chair for the NATA Convention Program Committee. Tsang serves on the editorial board for Athletic Training & Sports Health Care, and is a reviewer for several other journals.

Dr. Tsang is eager to serve on the NATA Foundation Board because “(As a member) I am afforded the privilege of serving the membership while reiterating the importance of research and education through the delivery of research grants and academic scholarships. I am excited to work with and learn from the different Foundation Board members as well as numerous other association leaders but more importantly, I look forward to the opportunity to engage our membership to invest into the growth of OUR profession.”

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.


 

Patricia “Pattie” M. Tripp, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS
District 9 Chair, 2018 (2) *

District 9 Chair
District Relations Committee
External Affairs Committee

Co-Chair Educational Resources Committee

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Positions:
International Committee

“The best thing in life is doing what others say you cannot do.”- 1993 fortune cookie

Dr. Pattie Tripp is a clinical associate professor and athletic training program director at the University of Florida. Colleagues would be surprised to know Dr. Tripp earned the BOC certification at the age of 20 after graduating from an internship program at the University of Florida with her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Biomechanics. Awards: 2011 College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year from ATAF, 2013 NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award, 2016 SEATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and NATA Foundation Volunteer Service Award.

Dr. Tripp’s hobbies include running, yoga and reading James Patterson novels. She is married to fellow athletic trainer, Brady Tripp, PhD, ATC, LAT.

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.


 

Scott Richter, MEd, ATC
District 10 Chair, 2019 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
District X Chair
CAATE Site-Visitor

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scott begins his 36th year in athletic training as a clinician, mentor and educator. He has witnessed remarkable progress in the athletic training profession and academic standards throughout his career. He served as an Athletic Training Program director for 20 years and is currently an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Health and Human Performance Department at the University of Montana. He feels strongly that the NATA Foundation serves all members including students, which is significant to him as an educator.
Scott formally served on the NATA Audio Visual Aids/Multimedia committee and has been AT Program Site-Visitor for over 20 years. He looks forward to working with the extraordinary members of the NATA Research & Educational Foundation including several long time colleagues who have devoted their careers to improving the athletic training profession for others through their leadership and hard work!
Scott has 2 sons, 1 stepson, and 1 daughter. His wife Pam is a Pharmacist at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, MT. He has a 2 year old grandson and is expecting another in this August/September. He enjoys fishing, cycling, hiking horseshoes and loves to socialize by manning the barbeque grill but most rewarding and inspirational is being a grandfather.

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.


 

Phillip Vardiman PhD, ATC
At Large Director, 2017 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
At-large Director

Dr. Vardiman assumed the role of Program Director at the University of Kansas in 2013 after serving as the Clinical Coordinator for 8 years. He also works with USA Track and Field and previously volunteered with the US Olympic Training Center. He has served in numerous capacities at the state, regional, and national levels. He is a CAATE site visitor, journal reviewer for multiple publications and is chair of the Abstract Review Committee for Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (District III).

Dr. Vardiman is looking forward to serving on the NATA Foundation Board to “learn the operational side of the Foundation, work with new colleagues to achieve a common goal and develop new relationships with like-minded professionals.”

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.


 

Mike Ferrara, PhD, ATC
At Large Director, 2017 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
At-large Director

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain

Ferrara recently joined the University of New Hampshire in 2013 as Dean and Kent P. Falb Professor of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Services. His vast work experience includes serving as a professor at the University of Georgia and at Ball State University, working as the athletic trainer for the US Ice Hockey team and serving as the director of medical operations for the Atlanta Paralympics and the US Disabled Sports Team.

When asked why he pursued a position on the NATA Foundation Board, Ferrara replied “I am passionate about supporting the work of our researchers and further promoting our profession. Also, the opportunity to support students through scholarships helps to continue to develop the best and brightest of our profession.”

During his free time, Mike enjoys biking (his goal is to ride a century this year), hiking, and snowshoeing.

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.


 

Tom Abdenour, DHSc ATC CES
At Large Director, 2019 (1) *

NATA Research & Education Foundation Positions:
At-large Director

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything”. Wyatt Earp

Dr. Tom Abdenour is recently retired after a career which spanned service at the intercollegiate and professional team levels, including 23 seasons with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He is a member of the NATA Hall of Fame (2007) and Tim Kerin Award recipient (2005). He has long championed individuals contributing to the REF as a means of honoring a colleague, mentor, or family member. Also he was instrumental in launching the Ron Culp/NBATA cadaver workshop held the annual NATA Clinical Symposium.

*Information includes current term ending date. Number in parenthesis indicates current term being served.