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Leadership Directory

   President Vice President

Andy Grubbs MEd, LAT, ATC

The Hughston Foundation

6262 Veterans Parkway

Columbus, GA 31909


Rob Dicks LAT, ATC

Callaway High School

221 Whitfield Road

Hogansville, GA 30230



   Secretary  Treasurer  

Susanne Tucker MS, LAT, ATC, ITAT

Northside Hospital

3855 Pleasant Hill Rd., Ste. 130
Duluth, GA 30096


      Tom Kamarad MBA, LAT, ATC

203 Slate Drive 

Buford, GA 30518


Past President

Jared Sandler MEd, LAT, ATC

Young Harris College Athletics

1 College Street

Young Harris, GA 30582



Region Representatives:

* GATA Region Map*


  Crystal Clark, MS, LAT, ATC -- Dalton, GA

Tamara Sandler, LAT, ATC --Hiawassee, GA


Jay Pearson, LAT, ATC--Atlanta, GA

Laura Lyles LAT, ATC--Atlanta, GA


John "Trip" Youngblood LAT, ATC--Forsyth, GA

Steve Patterson EdD, LAT, ATC --Statesboro, GA


Ansley Hendrick LAT, ATC --Savannah, GA

Ken Tessier, LAT, ATC--Savannah, GA


Jay Johnson, LAT, ATC --Valdosta, GA

Donna Sledge, LAT, ATC--Tifton, GA


GATA Committees
Committee Chair


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Executive Committee Andy Grubbs
  • Leadership of the GATA; Officers elected by the GATA membership;
  • Provides oversight of all GATA committees
  • President represents GATA on SEATA Executive Board
Region Representatives See list
  • Serve as resource for members of their respective GATA regions. 
  • Voice concerns of their constituents to the Executive Board and recruit members for the various GATA committees from their members. 
  • Serve as resource for all GATA Committees
Region Map
Education  Preston Bazemore 
  • Organize all continuing education efforts sponsored by the GATA, including the Annual Meeting & Symposium, Mini-courses, etc.
 Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) Jeff Gilbert
  • Identify and address issues relevant to ethnically diverse members. Advocate sensitivity and understanding toward ethnic and cultural diversity throughout the profession and the association.
Development & Corporate Sponsorships  Jim Fox 
  • Conduct fundraising activities for the Association, including Corporate Partners, Merchandise Sales, etc. 
Corporate Partners 
Governmental Affairs

Paul Higgs*

  • Monitor legislation that impacts the practice of athletic training in Georgia;
  • Liaison to GATA  lobbyist 
Honors & Awards  Stephanie Vasquez* 
  •  Gather nominations for the various honors and awards given by the GATA & NATA; 
  • Oversee the GATA Hall of Fame selection process.  
Nomination Forms 
LBGTQ+ Committee  Lori Uretsky*
  • Identify, explore, address and provide educational resources regarding emerging topics and concerns relevant to diverse sexualities, gender identities and gender expressions within the profession and health care topics affecting patients in the LGBTQ+ community.
Public Relations Jaclyn Donovan*
  • Publicize events related to the practice of athletic training in Georgia to the general public and our members through our social media channels.

 Secondary Schools
Anthony Hunter*
Young Professionals

Early Professionals Committee:

Kayla Dooley*

Career Advancement Committee:

Kedeemya Cooper*

  • Address issues of athletic trainers who are in the first 12 years after initial certification/licensure:
  • Early Professionals:   Years 1-6
  • Career Advancement:  Years 7-12
*Serves as GATA representative on the corresponding SEATA Committee 

SEATA hosts several committees that do not have a corresponding committee in GATA. The following members are the GATA representatives on those SEATA committees. When a corresponding committee is present in both organizations, the GATA committee chair serves as the representative to the SEATA committee.

SEATA Committee GATA Representative Purpose
 ATs Care  Jessica Mutchler
  • To aid athletic trainers (AT) and athletic training students (ATS) in the after math of a critical incident to utilize a peer-to-peer system to assist, monitor, and encourage these individuals to seek initial support through state or regional ATs Care teams.  
College/University Committee  Jared Sandler
  • To identify and address issues of concern to athletic trainers in the college and university setting.
Research and Education Committee Kim Barber Foss
  • To develop and plan the educational content of the Annual SEATA Clinical Symposium & Members Meeting.
AT Educators Conference Oversight Committee  Amanda Jarriel
  • To develop, plan, and coordinate an educationally sound, fiscally responsible, successful biennial SEATA Athletic Training Educators' Conference.

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