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IATA Presidents

 1984 - 1986  David Craig
 1986 - 1988  Ralph Reiff 
 1988 - 1990  Jack Mansfield
 1990 - 1992  Steve Risinger
 1992 - 1994  Sherm Izsak
 1994 - 1995  Mike Ferrara
 1995 - 1998  Rick Shaw
 1998 - 2000  Kip Smith
 2000 - 2002  Katie Grove
 2002 - 2004  Joe Harvey
 2004 - 2006  Ned Shannon
 2006 - 2008  Paul Plummer
 2008 - 2010  Craig Voll
 2010 - 2012  John Locke
 2012 - 2014  Scott Lawrance
 2014 - 2016  Brad Gerig
 2016 - 2018  Bruce Willard
 2018 - 2020  Tim Drudge

(Pictured from L to R)

Row 1: David Craig, Craig Voll. Row 2: Katie Grove, John Locke.
Row 3: Ned Shannon, Steve Risinger, Kip Smith. Row 4: Rick Shaw, Ralph Reiff

IATA PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY LOG

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  • 22 Aug 2020 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    2018-2020

    Accomplishments

    I began my tenure with the following Areas of Emphasis:

    • Diversity – Develop and support initiatives that promote understanding, communication, safe & compassionate healthcare for all.
    • Development – strengthen the financial position of the IATA to the benefit of the membership.
    • Education
    • External – create/strengthen relationships with Indiana healthcare and sport associations to advocate for AT and collaborative healthcare.
    • IATA Mission – advance the professional and empower the membership through advocacy, education, networking and innovative resources.
    • Brought an online educational platform to provide continuing education to the membership
    • Selected and hired a Strategic Business Development Coordinator to continue to push Third Party Reimbursement processes and education within the state. Hiring an individual held to specific accountabilities was viewed as a “best practice” by the NATA Third Party Reimbursement Initiative.
    • Oversaw the move of the annual meeting to an early June date to make attendance more accessible for the majority of the membership.
    • Along with others, helped to assured continuation of Athletic Training licensure through presentation/testimony in front of state legislative group.
    • Initiated communication with several other Indiana healthcare associations and sport associations to advocate for AT. These interactions resulted in speaking opportunities at some of these associations for our profession.
    • Provided the Presidents’ Message in a video format vs the traditional written message utilized by those before me.
    • Renamed the Education Chair to the Professional Development Chair
    • Filled all empty Committee Chair slots during my tenure.

    Challenges

    • Bridging the gap between those that have laid the foundation of AT leadership in our state with early career ATs.
    • With corporate sponsorships on the decline nationally, finding new partners or development strategies to fill any gap left by lack of sponsorship funds.
    • Finding a communication medium through which our members consume and engage on a widespread basis.
    • Preparation for the impending move to Masters level programs

    Memory / Words of Wisdom

    "As an Executive Committee made up of volunteers, I’m a strong believer in making our making our meetings productive for our membership, but also having fun at the same time. Those members that I served with during my term were committed to serving our membership and equally committed to collaborative dialogue that resulted in thoughtful and strategic decisions on behalf of the members. I hope that our philosophy of removing barriers to engagement by our members and recognition of our members continues to resonate with those who serve in the future."

  • 22 Aug 2018 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    2016 - 2018

    Accomplishments

    • Made the role of Indiana state representative to GLATA a separate position within the IATA EC. The President no longer has a dual role.
    • Completed a full review of use of association management group. Completed an RFP to assure we were using the appropriate group
    • Completed a review of Summer and Fall meetings that ultimately resulted in a significant change to our meeting dates.
    • Oversaw completion of the NATA Third party reimbursement Pilot Program. Indiana saw great results in several area including a significant increase in number of payers reimbursing for AT services and number of AT’s billing for services.
    • Was instrumental in negotiating a $10,000 reduction in fees to be paid in final year of Third Party Project resulting in significant savings for the IATA.
    • Website redesign was done resulting in an updated look and increased functionality
    • Policies and procedures and Bylaws were both reviewed and appropriate changes were established
    • Along with others, helped to assured continuation of Athletic Training licensure through presentation / testimony in front of state legislative group.
    • Along with others, helped secure passing of HB 1024 Heat Preparedness Training for coaches.
    • Helped to begin to change the perception of the IATA as less of a “Good old boys” network.

    Challenges

    • Pending changes to educational model for AT’s
    • Philosophical differences between Educators, Clinicians, High School, etc. This makes everything more challenging. How do we bridge the gap that exists between us?
    • Continual battle with apathy that exists within our membership

    Memory / Words of Wisdom

    “I began my athletic training career with a simple motto for myself…..’Make a Difference.’ I would encourage all AT’s to simply strive to make a difference. One does not have to run for office or be directly involved with the IATA to make a difference. Work hard, be a good, positive role model for all, be enthusiastic about our great profession……This is how one makes a difference.”

  • 22 Aug 2016 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    2014 – 2016

    Accomplishments

    • Increased communication by replacing the newsletter to membership to having regular e blasts communicating information quicker with multiple mediums email, Facebook, and Twitter. This new process increased the open rate from the newsletter format.
    • Utilized Association Management to its fullest to get the IATA up to Best Practices with financial book keeping, meeting efficiency, and the transition of the EC positions as their terms expired.
    • Supported the Third Party Reimbursement Study through completion
    • Membership committee replaced by District Representatives
    • Renamed Athletic Trainer of the Year to Professional Excellence Award
    • Created CISM as a Special Committee
    • Indiana Licensing Board changed CEU reporting to coincide with the NATA CEU reporting year
    • Changed name of COR to Committee on Practice Advancement
    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Bill passed
    • Healthcare Provider Bill passed adding Athletic Trainers to Indiana Healthcare Providers Statute
    • Received Campbell Award

    Challenges

    • Educating membership on the importance of the NPI number and not getting the support of the NATA /BOC making it mandatory to list the NPI number at the time of renewal and application
    • Educating membership, insurers, and employers about the benefits of utilizing Third Party Reimbursement for Athletic Training services and how this opportunity could change our profession

    Memory / Words of Wisdom

    “I would encourage all members at some point in their career to get involved with the Association in some capacity. You will meet people that you might not have met, and learn more about the IATA. There are so many ways to get involved and the help is always needed. Involvement is key to our growth of our profession by having new thoughts and perspectives to our needs, as our profession evolves.”

  • 22 Aug 2014 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    2012 – 2014

    Accomplishments

    • Creation of the IATA Diversity Award in conjunction with Kristine Ensign of the Diversity Committee to recognize members working to improve diversity within the profession.
    • Working with the IHSAA and Indiana Department of Education to help implement the new concussion law passed in 2012. We worked together to produce an inter-association statement guiding athletic trainers on the intricacies of the law and how it would affect them in their daily practices.
    • We worked with the state licensing board to help present to the Regulated Occupations Evaluation Committee (ROEC) who was reviewing all regulated occupations for continued licensure. The IATA was recognized with a Dan Campbell Legislative Award for this effort.
    • Renaming the IATA Distinguished Service Award to the Joe A. Harvey Distinguished Service Award in honor of IATA’s 11th president
    • Forming the Young Professionals Committee to address the needs of athletic trainers making the transition from student to professional.
    • Successfully transitioning the IATA to a new management company as the association continued to grow.
    • Re-organization of the association infrastructure with revisions of bylaws and policy/procedure manual, creation of new EC organization including special committees.
    • Successful recruitment of over 40 new volunteers to work with the association bringing in new ideas and fresh perspectives.
    • Forming the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team and laying the ground work for this group to expand their network and abilities to respond.
    • Creating the National Athletic Training Month committee to focus promotional efforts and celebrate the profession.
    • Working with Eric Hall to put together the proposal submitted and ultimately selected (one of three) to participate in the NATA Third-party Reimbursement Pilot Program. This program is a three-year strategic process aimed to improve athletic trainer’s access to third-party reimbursement.
    • Leading the formation of the new IATA 5-year Strategic Plan. We started the process in July 2014 and the plan was adopted by the Executive Council in December 2014. This was an amazing process that showcased the resourcefulness and vision of a very dedicated workgroup of athletic trainers from throughout the state.
    • Laying the ground work to add athletic trainers to the Indiana Code as Healthcare Providers.

    Challenges

    • When I took office we had 8 of 11 Executive Committee members who were new to the association. This was great in the sense that it brought new ideas and energy, but also challenging in that there was some additional guidance needed as each individual learned the intricacies of their new position.
    • Working to educate membership on business opportunities including third-party reimbursement.
    • Facilitating the change between association management companies.
    • Updating the association documents (bylaws, policy and procedure manual) to reflect current practices.

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    "I hear people say they’d like to be involved, but are too busy and don’t have time to commit. One of my favorite quotes is: “You generally can make time for things that are important to you; it’s not the time that’s lacking, it’s the will”. Member involvement is the heart of the association and our profession cannot survive/thrive without this. For me, serving the profession and working with the members of this board has been one of the best, most rewarding professional experiences of my career. I’ve very proud of what this board accomplished during my two years as president. If you are considering serving the association, I strongly encourage you to do it. It doesn’t take that much extra time and you won’t regret it. I certainly haven’t!"

  • 22 Aug 2012 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    2010 – 2012

    Accomplishments

    • Passage of HEA 1467 signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels which will create opportunities for licensed athletic trainers to receive reimbursement from accident and sickness insurers and health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
    • Collaborative efforts with Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Department of Education (DOE) to develop education materials in response to DOE Concussion Law
    • Increased revenue from annual IATA Golf Outing to benefit Licensed Athletic Trainer – Political Action Committee (LAT-PAC)
    • Approved new Diversity Scholarship
    • Renewed agreements with Lobbyist Group and Central Management Company
    • Initiated the archiving of the IATA’s history collection project
    • Initiated a Hall of Fame web page
    • Updated the IATA By Laws
    • Updated the Policy and Procedures Manual
    • Supported efforts to increase attendance at the Awards Banquet

    Challenges

    • Continued volunteer members to assist everyday efforts of the IATA

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “The exceptional individuals within the IATA who stepped up to make Indiana a leader in the profession of athletic training. I am forever grateful to the membership of the IATA for my continued memories.”

  • 22 Aug 2010 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    2008 – 2010

    Accomplishments

    • Began process of pursuing / securing passage of HEA 1467 bill
    • Moved awards banquet from a dinner at the summer meeting to a luncheon at the fall meeting
    • Changed student representative to being elected as a sophomore
    • Began naming of undergraduate and graduate scholarships for IATA pioneers
    • Creation of two scholarships for high school students pursuing athletic training career
    • Naming of two high school scholarships for pioneering Indiana high school athletic trainers
    • Split summer meeting and golf outing to separate days
    • Began process of rotating the summer meeting around the state (north – central – south)
    • Initiated project of creating on line Hall of Fame page
    • Expanded President’s Breakfast to include all former executive council members and committee chairs
    • Established funding for three students to attend I Lead (Leadership, Education and Development training)
    • Established two $250 grants for IATA members to begin Star Track leadership curriculum
    • Hall of Fame display moved from Butler University to Indiana Wesleyan University
    • Recruited 35 volunteers to become involved in serving roles with the IATA

    Challenges

    • Membership apathy
    • Leadership pipeline was not established for IATA
    • Lack of consistent LAT reimbursement

    Memories / Words of Wisdom:

    “Always strive to make decisions today that position the IATA or the athletic training profession for a prosperous tomorrow”

  • 22 Aug 2008 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    2006 – 2008

    Accomplishments

    • Initiated a strategic plan to focus on matching the priorities of the IATA and the use of its resources
    • Worked with Sue Finkam and Riley Children's Hospital to co-author and host information of steroid use and related facts
    • Changed the IATA logo and website design, modernized
    • Modified templates for LAT to utilize for relations with insurance companies (modeled from Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association)
    • Requested opinion (via letter) from Hall Render (legal counsel) on "Delegation of Services for LAT in a Hospital Setting" and "Scope of Practice for LAT"
    • Initiated Town Hall meetings around the state related to Reimbursement topics for LAT
    • Moved honors and awards dinner from summer meeting to fall meeting for improved attendance and better recognition of members
    • Language clarified legislatively regarding high school students and their role and title in Athletic Training
    • Designated $3000 to be given to LAT-PAC annually from the golf outing
    • Supported licensure of Occupational Therapist
    • Moved IATA Hall of Fame display from Butler to Indiana Wesleyan campus
    • Met with several groups to build coalitions regarding AT reimbursement… Set the foundation for the recent legislative progress
    • Increased involvement of members and students in association business and educational programming

    Challenges

    • Building relationships and seeking to achieve reimbursement for LAT services
    • Marketing and communication to members and other groups about the benefits and skills of the LAT
    • Apathy and involvement of members - encouraging them to become involved and feeling like they can make a difference

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “It was a lot of work and took a lot of time but it was some of the more rewarding years professionally. Working with and leading so many awesome colleagues was the best reward as we built strong long lasting professional friendships. I can only hope that I was able to be as positive in their lives as they have been in mine. I owe so much to this great profession. I would encourage all to take an active role in the direction of our profession. Get Involved...Stay Involved.”

  • 22 Aug 2006 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    2004-2006

    Accomplishments

    • Improvement of the web page
    • Strengthen relationship with Central Office Management Solutions

    Challenges

    • Involve members especially new members to participate through chairing or serving on a committee, etc.

    Memories / Words of Wisdom:

    “It was extremely gratifying to participate with the Executive Council. IATA always has great people to work with.”

  • 22 Aug 2004 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    2002 – 2004

    In Memory of Joe Harvey (1960 – 2011)

    Memory shared by IATA’s 11th President, Ned Shannon:

    “I think one of the joys of Joe Harvey was his love to the IATA Awards Banquet. He so much loved to honor those colleagues that have gone above and beyond. Also I remember him as being very organized and efficient with all the Executive Council meetings. An example is he was always so good at finding typos or minor errors in the minutes from the previous meeting. Also his use of Roberts Rules kept everything official and fair. He was wonderful at detail.”

    Memory shared by student athlete, Rachel Whitman, Class of 2011, Brebeuf Jesuit High School:

    “Joe always encouraged us to fly even if we were the only one’s flying. Joe may have left this earth but his spirit will always live on in the community and in the Joe Harvey Athletic Training Room. He will always be flying with us.”

  • 22 Aug 2002 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    2000 - 2002

    Accomplishments

    • Developed first video conference meetings for monthly IATA Executive Council
    • Facilitated communication with High School Superintendents and Principals about changes in the IATA Practice Act
    • Developed IATA Sponsorships with the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts
    • Facilitated meetings with the NATA Board of Directors to bring the 2008-2009 NATA meeting to Indianapolis
    • Held Strategic Planning Meeting
    • Promoted development of first electronic newsletter for the IATA – called “enews”

    Challenges

    • Overcoming direct challenges to the Athletic Training Bill
    • Maintaining continuous communication with the lobbyist, legislators and other stakeholders

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “Anything accomplished is in direct proportion to those who surround you. I was fortunate to work with dedicated professionals who care dearly about athletic training and giving back to the profession.

    A special memory is about Joe Harvey who was President-Elect. He could always be counted on to have read through the Minutes with a fine tooth comb and making corrections.”

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