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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 2000 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    1998 – 2000

    Accomplishments

    • Contracted with KWK Management Group for lobbyist and basic Association Management Services
    • Organized the LAT-PAC as a functional committee
    • Established the IATA Corporate Sponsorship as a fundraiser for educational opportunities, scholarship, and membership services
    • Passage of SB 401 which made technical amendments to our Scope of Practice which made it more of a true licensure law (1999-2000 Legislative Session)
    • Reviewed the IATA Strategic Plan to reset goals and action plans and revised the Bylaws
    • Increased student scholarship monies

    Challenges

    • Continuing to make advances with our Licensure law and Scope of Practice
    • Changing lobbyist services shortly after the passage of our original Licensure Law

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “I have always felt honored for the tremendous opportunity to lead this Association. My focus was to keep the Executive Council on task, to work for the membership, and keep the membership informed. My favorite saying was "I just try to keep the spokes on the wheel."

  • 22 Aug 1998 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    1995 – 1998

    Accomplishments

    • Restructuring of the Executive Council to work more efficiently through seventeen Bylaw changes
    • Worked to add more women athletic trainers to serve in leadership positions
    • Increased student involvement in the IATA Fall Meeting with establishment of student program and IATA “Quiz Bowl” for college students.
    • Established written financial policies and procedures to guide IATA's financial responsibility
    • Expanded IATA Executive Council meetings to monthly from the previous nine month school calendar.
    • Established Communications Committee with the goal of enhancing communications to IATA members and increasing member services
    • Created fundraising efforts for additional funds to support association activities such as logo wear, silent auction and golf outing.
    • Published annual membership and leadership directories
    • Enhanced member services through IATA Website including the first E-lection of IATA officers.
    • Created the “one focused topic” IATA Summer Meeting including the Golf Outing Fundraiser and Awards Dinner.
    • Increased grass roots public relations efforts through the Emissary Program
    • Improved member recognition statewide through "President's Excellence Award"
    • Established “IATA Board of Associates” in order to develop a networking resource with influential Hoosiers
    • Strengthened state Practice Act with the passing of HB 1102 which changed the language from Certification to Licensure for Indiana athletic trainers
    • Created and hosted the annual IATA Presidents and Officers Breakfast to inform former leaders of projects and state of the organization.
    • Strengthen the IATA's legislative stature in Indiana
    • Built relationships with other health care groups
    • Lobbied along with the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association to support bringing NATA National Meeting to Indianapolis in 2005
    • Supported jointly with the IHSAA and ISMA's Sports Medicine Commission the first "Sports Medicine Handbook for Physicians and Athletic Trainers."
    • Initiated the production of an IATA History publication
    • Initiated an IATA poster project to enhance external marketing efforts
    • The development of IATA Service Awards

    Challenges

    • Restructuring the IATA
    • Passage of Indiana Licensure
    • Increasing member involvement and communication.

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “I was fortunate to be the only IATA President to have the pleasure to serve longer than my elected term. My term began in 1995 as the NATA Annual Meeting concluded in Indianapolis and my predecessor, Mike Ferrara, resigned to accept a new challenge with the United States Paralympic Committee in Atlanta. I worked closely with two separate outstanding Executive Councils, who gave me the support and latitude to change the IATA to meet the needs of the future.

    In completing President Ferrara’s term, we implemented annual “Strategic Planning” and identified the most efficient areas to reorganize the IATA Executive Council from a twenty-two member council to ten members - five elected officers and five appointed Chairs overseeing committee work. This reorganization expanded areas to serve our members and involved more members in the operation of the organization. As our leadership positions were streamlined, this increased our effectiveness and communication throughout the organization. This communication allowed us to become more efficient and responsive to our membership. Also, we were able to communicate our legislative goals and needs to our members immediately, long before texting and wide use of the internet.

    My three years and four months as IATA President gave me the opportunity to oversee the accomplishment of many longstanding organizational goals. Establishing the IATA Summer Meeting and combining it with the Golf Outing and Fundraiser allowed more education opportunities and networking for our members. The President’s Breakfast re-involved past IATA leaders with the current IATA. The crowning accomplishment came with the passage of legislation in 1998 that converted our 1993 Certification Act into Indiana Licensure for Athletic Trainers.

    I will always be very proud of the many accomplishments during my term and grateful for the intensely dedicated hard work, time consuming effort and patience of all the IATA Executive Council members that served with me. Many of these relationships have become lifelong friendships I treasure to this day. Also, the support and cooperation of athletic trainer’s statewide during the many challenges and advancements during this period will always be a high point in my career. Serving as the President of the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association has been the most rewarding time in my professional life. It was an honor to serve the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association. Thank you for the opportunity.”

  • 22 Aug 1995 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    1994 - 1995

    Accomplishments

    • The first IATA organizational strategic planning session took place and was led by Glen Snow. This helped set the direction for many future programs and initiatives for the Association.
    • Successfully hosted the 1995 NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Indianapolis
    • Assisted GLATA in developing the profit sharing plan from the Winter Meeting revenue to the host State, supporting State associations and GLATA.
    • The first summer IATA Clinical Symposium and Awards Dinner was held in addition to the Fall meeting to enhance the educational opportunities for the members.

    Challenges

    • To begin the development of financial policies and procedures for the IATA and to ensure financial stability for the organization.
    • To advocate for formal recognition by the NATA for State Associations.

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “ It was a joy and honor to serve the IATA for many years from Newsletter Editor to President. While my term was shorten due to my role as Director of Medical Operations for the 1996 Paralympic Games, the association continued to grow and develop. Indiana has been fortunate to have so many great leaders and I was lucky to be a small piece of the IATA history.”

  • 22 Aug 1994 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    1992 – 1994

    Accomplishments

    • State regulation for Indiana Athletic Trainers was a culmination of many previous Presidents and Executive Council members including myself and that happened to be finalized in my term. I fully understand and take no credit for that occurring during my term as that would be selfish and just not true. However as I think back to all those that preceded me that was a monumental event in our history then, and today as so many other opportunities have come from that piece of legislation and history. I certainly know what my role was as President at that time and the parts I played but as many that preceded me there isn't enough time or space to write some of the back room stories that went with that bill being passed (Practice Act for Certified Athletic Trainers signed into law March 21, 1995).
    • Hosted the NATA National Meeting and Clinical Symposia in Indianapolis which benefited both the city and the IATA monetarily.
    • Made subtle changes to the management of the IATA and started using the lobbyist and their firm for many of our day to day operations to ease some of those burdens from the council.
    • Hosted financially prosperous Golf Outings which helped fund IATA activities to support licensing endeavor.

    Challenges

    • The passing of our state practice bill. Despite the challenges, state regulation has opened many doors for our profession along with preserving our profession for future years to come.
    • Raising money to support all the things we wanted to do as an organization and yet not always feeling like we had our hands out.

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “As times change so do people but most importantly we continue to do our profession proud and follow the path wherever that may be. I know I have seen dramatic change over the years, and all for the good and It makes me feel proud to know I was apart of that. As my career path has changed I have never forgotten or lost sight of my roots and still believe in everything and everyone that took me through those times of my life. They have made me a better person then and today and I truly want to Thank all of you who played a role in past as an Athletic Trainer and my current role as an Executive Vaccine Sales Representative with Merck. Thanks.”

  • 22 Aug 1992 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    1990-1992

    Accomplishments

    • Hired Dick Harris, a former Senator from the Evansville area, to serve as the IATA’s first lobbyist
    • Developed the IATA’s first licensure bill
    • Started the IATA student scholarship program
    • Hosted the 25th GLATA Silver Anniversary Meeting at the Adams Mark Hotel in Indianapolis
    • Enhanced more public visibility and awareness by moving the IATA Hall of Fame display from the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in Richmond to Hinkle Field House on Butler University’s campus. Ralph Reiff, Head Athletic Trainer at Butler, served as host.
    • Implemented IATA’s first membership directory
    • Appointed IATA’s first liaison to the IPTA to foster a better working relationship
    • Enhanced the IATA’s public relation effort by developing an informational brochure and display

    Challenges

    • Financial support was always a challenge
    • Soliciting member involvement in the IATA
    • Getting a bill into the legislature
    • Working towards having a state regulatory practice act

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “Ralph Reiff and I were at the State Capitol to visit Senator Wiese from Ft. Wayne. We stood around a lot that day attempting to speak with individuals about sponsoring and writing an athletic trainer licensure bill. Dick Harris came by and at that time he was not our IATA lobbyist. He asked Ralph and me what we were up too and we told him about our frustration. He said ‘Hold on a minute’ and took a piece of paper out, scribbled a note and gave it to the guy at the door of the Chamber. Within about five minutes Senator Wiese appeared and he spoke with us. Ralph and I looked at each other. It became very apparent to us that we needed a person to represent us in the legislature and few months later we hired Senator Harris as our first lobbyist. Sometimes you have to bring in the big dogs to get something done.

    It takes many individuals to make an organization affective and function in an organized and cohesive manner. Indiana has been fortunate to have many individuals who have always been willing to give their time and talents to represent the state and district and national associations. We are very fortunate to have such individuals in our state. Thanks to all of you for your efforts.”

  • 22 Aug 1990 11:10 AM | Anonymous

    1988 - 1990

    Accomplishments

    • Drafted Indiana Athletic Training Licensure Bill and had assigned to committee; Goal was to move IATA away from the teacher-trainer concept.
    • Expanded Executive Council Board to include student representation and more diversified areas of practice of athletic trainers
    • At the request of several practicing athletic trainers, introduced an IATA summer meeting
    • Moved the GLATA representative position from an elected position to a responsibility of the IATA President
    • Initiated conversations that High School All-Star team athletic trainers should be selected by IATA

    Challenges

    • Recognition of the profession; the athletic training profession incurred considerable pushback from physical therapy (PT) and chiropractic associations.
    • As the profession expanded/changed, differing responsibilities often led to divergent ideas.
    • Indiana and the IATA was populated with ‘icons’ of educational programs and individuals; merging the changing landscape of athletic training and established programs and leadership was tenuous

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “Athletic trainers are special people; we are athletic trainers because we care. Everyone has a story of spending hours in the ER with an athlete, or returning to campus to see an athlete [or coach!], or the long, long road trips to practice our trade in less than ideal conditions. In spite of the long and crazy hours, our profession is one of the most rewarding vocations. And it is because we care. I am honored and humbled to be a Past President of the IATA – to see the continued leadership the IATA provides to the profession of athletic training.”

  • 21 Aug 1988 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    1986 - 1988

    Accomplishments

    • IATA Fall Meeting was started and held on Butler University campus
    • First IATA logo was created

    Challenges

    • Managing a new exciting professional organization
    • Governmental acknowledgement of the Athletic Trainer as a professional
    • Discernment of licensure versus certification in state regulation as direction to push

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “My special memories were of the state meetings at Butler…moving from a business meeting to an educational and business meeting format."

  • 21 Aug 1986 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    1984-1986

    Accomplishments

    • The forming of our state association
    • The support of the Indiana Medical Association. The IMA offered their offices on North Meridian and 38th Street as a place to hold Executive Council Meetings.

    Challenges

    • To introduce legislation to regulate the practice of athletic training
    • To learn how many athletic trainers were practicing in Indiana

    Memories / Words of Wisdom

    “Our relationships with the team physicians made the organization of the IATA along with its establishment and recognition possible. I cannot forget the driving force was the foresight of Pinky Newell who encouraged the importance of forming a recognized state organization. Early on, this was a learning procedure for us as well as the state legislature. We had to be sensitive to the ‘grand fathering’ of long time dedicated athletic trainers while elevating the justifications of practice.”


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