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August 1, 2017

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   2017 ALATA Election

2017 ALATA Election

Candidate Bios


Danielle Platt

Danielle Platt currently holds the title of Clinical Education Coordinator at Troy University.  She has served in this role over the past year, having previously served in the same role at the University of West Alabama.

Danielle began her athletic training career at the University of Central Florida where she graduated with her B.S. degree in Athletic Training in 2010.  In 2010, Danielle accepted a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer position at the University of North Carolina Pembroke with her primary responsibilities being with UNCP’s football and cheer/dance programs.  While working as a Graduate Assistant, she worked towards her graduate degree and received her Master of Arts in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Administration in May of 2012.  After graduation, she worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Mount Olive College in North Carolina with her primary responsibilities being with the men’s basketball and softball teams.   At the University of West Alabama, Danielle had the opportunity to serve as the Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Trainer to the UWA cheerleading squad, and High School Outreach Coordinator in the West Alabama region.  She is currently in pursuit of her Doctorate of Athletic Training degree from A.T. Still University.

Danielle played a leading role in the creation of the “What is an Athletic Trainer?” campaign which was designed to get to the word out about the profession of Athletic Training to Alabama state educators in the hopes of educating and stressing the importance of the need for certified athletic trainers in all high schools. This campaign led to her receiving the 2016 College Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. In her presidency, she plans to continue this campaign, working diligently to further educate the state about the profession.

Danielle resides in Troy with her husband, Brandon Platt, and they enjoy all outdoor activities that usually include their dog, Cinder.

Michael Stevenson

Michael Stevenson is currently the program manager for Huntsville Hospital Sports Center in Huntsville, AL. As an athletic trainer for Huntsville Hospital’s Sports Center, Michael has provided athletic training services to the Tennessee Valley Vipers, Alabama A&M University (as both the Assistant and Head Athletic Trainer), Butler High School, and Huntsville High School. He has served as program manager since May 2012. He completed his undergraduate degree in 2003 at Cumberland University, with a B.S. in Physical Education with an Emphasis in Athletic Training. In 2008, Michael earned his Master’s of Arts in Education degree from Cumberland University. He has served on the SEATA Scholarship Committee since 2014, and the NATA Foundation Scholarship Committee since 2016. He is currently serving ALATA as Vice President, an office that he has held since 2013 – serving a one year term for ALATA as an At-Large Executive Council Member in 2012. He and his wife, Amanda, are parents to two boys, Max (6) and Noah (4).


Vice President

Jarod Grace

Grace,Jarod.jpgJarod Grace currently serves as the Team Sports Manager for Gatorade in the Southeastern portion of the US.  In his role as TSM he is the liaison between the Gatorade brand and the athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and sports nutritionists of the contracted Gatorade properties in the region.  He is responsible for education and customer support for these properties and athletic performance professionals. He has been in the role since May of 2015.

From 2012-2015 Jarod served as the southeastern sales representative for Medco Sports Medicine.  His territory covered the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.  He has been on the ALATA Executive Council since 2006, holding all three non-officer positions.

Prior to his sales career, Jarod worked 10 years as a member of the Auburn University sports medicine staff.  He was responsible for the prevention and care of injuries for the Tigers' men's basketball program and men’s golf programs.  He had secondary responsibilities that included the staffing, maintenance and insurance tracking of Auburn University Summer Camps and the Gatorade Summer Camp Program.

After graduate school the Albertville, AL native served as an intern athletic trainer at Disney's Wide World of Sports in 2000 before accepting the position at the University of South Carolina.  While there he served as the graduate assistant with the football and equestrian teams.  In 2001 he served as interim athletic trainer with the men's basketball team.  Upon his return to Auburn, Grace worked as assistant athletic trainer with Women's Basketball starting in 2002.  He became the assistant athletic trainer for Men's Basketball in the fall of 2004.

Grace earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training from Auburn University in 1999.  He went on to receive a Master's of Science Degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina in 2002.  At the University of South Carolina, he worked alongside NATA Hall of Famer Rod Walters.

Grace is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association.

Grace is married to the former Becca Cunningham of Albertville, AL.  They have two children, Carter and Mary Alderson.


Racheal Lawler

Racheal is starting her second year at the University of West Alabama as assistant professor in the Athletic Training Program and clinical athletic trainer for the UWA softball team.

Lawler came to UWA from Birmingham, AL, where she was the Regional Athletic Training Coordinator for Drayer Physical Therapy.  She worked with physicians, athletic trainers, and local high schools to coordinate medical care to the student athletes in the region.

Prior to her time in Birmingham, Racheal was the head athletic trainer for Alabama State University from 2011-2015.  She coordinated athletic training services for 18 NCAA Division I sports with the help of her staff.  While at ASU, she was able to increase the staff from three to eight certified athletic trainers.  Her primary sport coverages were baseball and volleyball, with oversight over all athletic teams.

Lawler came to Alabama State from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where she served in the same capacity. Lawler spent three seasons at Lincoln, working primarily with football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, and softball.

Prior to her stint at Lincoln, Racheal was a certified athletic trainer for Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL where she worked in various capacities, including head and assistant athletic trainer at Alabama A&M University, Tennessee Valley Vipers – AFL2, and Huntsville High School.

She also has experience in professional minor league baseball with the Evansville Otters and Long Beach Breakers. She has been a NATBOC certified athletic trainer since 2000 and is also a certified personal trainer.

A native of Marion, Ill., Racheal graduated from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. She graduated from University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO with a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Business Administration.  She is currently pursuing the final phase of her Ph.D. in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.



Joseph Lemery

Joseph Lemery is Huntsville Hospital’s athletic trainer for Sparkman High school. He has been serving in this capacity for the past 13 years and has practiced as a licensed, board certified athletic trainer for the past 16 years working in a variety of high school, collegiate and professional settings.

In addition to coordinating coverage and directing rehabilitation at Sparkman, Mr. Lemery is part of Huntsville Hospital’s ‘Lead Athletic Trainer’ group which assists the program manager with the day to day operation of Huntsville Hospital Sports Center. While on the Lead Team, he has served in numerous roles, serving 2 years as ImPACT baseline testing coordinator as well as the last 2 years in-charge of SportsWare injury tracking. Mr. Lemery also assisted with development of hospital policy and procedures of both programs. He has recently been appointed to be the staff education and seminar coordinator and his latest project has been working with the Polaris Corporation as well as local leaders to create more opportunities for non-traditional areas of opportunity for athletic trainers. Mr. Lemery has spent the past 3 plus years as a non-officer member of the ALATA Executive Council, with the primary duty of chairing the states Secondary School committee and assisting with legislative initiatives.

Mr. Lemery graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Athletic Training and holds a Master’s of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania in Exercise Science with a concentration in Injury Prevention and Performance enhancement. For the 2009-2010 School year, Mr. Lemery was voted by the state of Alabama athletic trainers association as its ‘Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year.’

Mr. Lemery is a tireless advocate of the profession of athletic training at the grassroots, state and national level. “It has been on honor to serve on the executive council as a non-officer member over the last 3 plus years, and I’m hoping the great athletic trainers of our state will allow me to continue serving in the capacity of ALATA Secretary. If elected my goal is to continue to build upon the foundation we are laying down and continue to generate more interest, engagement and ownership within our membership. I believe Athletic Trainers are an untapped resource that can serve not only athletes, but all active populations and it will take an “All hands-on deck” to see that come to fruition.

Mr. Lemery is married to Cyndi Lemery and has two young children, both boys: Samuel James and Jack Louis. In his free time, he enjoys training for and competing in triathlon, cooking, watching his beloved

New England Patriots on Sundays and relaxing with family.


Jessie Zucnick-Kimbugwe

Jessie is entering her ninth year as Head Athletic Trainer at Alabama A&M University after being promoted to the position in May 2009, but her fourteenth year overall with the program.  Jessie travels with the softball team as well as oversees the overall direction of the program and supervises Assistant Athletic Trainers, Graduate Assistants, Interns, and Student Athletic Trainers.

Zucnick-Kimbugwe graduated from Stetson University in May 2003 with a B.S. in Athletic Training and a minor in Russian Studies.  In May 2007 she received her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Alabama A&M University.   

Jessie is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer and a member of the NATA and SEATA organizations.  She is also licensed in the state of Alabama.  For all her dedication to the A&M Sports Medicine Department Jessie was awarded the 2007 Employee of the Year award by Huntsville Hospital Sports Center.  She received the ALATA Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year award for 2012-13.  For the 2013-14 school year she received the SAAC Athletic Trainer of the year award, the Employee of the Year for Athletics award, and the Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Employee of the year award.

Jessie is married to Brian Kimbugwe and they have one child, SarahAnn Kimbugwe


Non-officer position #2

Daniel Clark

Daniel Clark is currently a lead team athletic trainer for Huntsville Hospital Sports Center in Huntsville, AL.  As a Huntsville Hospital employee, he provides care to James Clemens High School and Polaris.  He’s served as a lead team athletic trainer since October 2016.  In 2014, he was voted as Newcomer of the Year, and in 2015 he was voted as Large School Athletic Trainer of the Year.  He completed his undergraduate degree in 2011 at Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.  In 2013, he earned his Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of North Alabama.  He has been NATA member since 2010.  He and his wife, Laura, have one son Hayden (19 months).


Daniel Lindsey

Daniel Lindsey currently serves as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Birmingham-Southern College. He began serving as a member of the ALATA College, University, and Military Committee during the spring of 2016.

Daniel, a native of Opelika, AL, is a 2011 graduate of Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Upon graduation, Daniel went on to serve has a graduate assistant and intern athletic trainer with The University of Alabama at Birmingham, while pursuing his Masters in Exercise Physiology. During his three years at UAB, Daniel had the pleasure of working with football, track & field, and women’s tennis. He has also had the pleasure of volunteering and serving as an athletic trainer for the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel and the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, CA.


Lane Patterson

Lane Patterson is a 1993 graduate of the Jacksonville State University, earning a BS in Exercise Physiology and Sport Science. He went on to earn a Master's of Sports Medicine in 1995 from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. He has recently completed the Athens State CTE Health Science Specialty program for his secondary school teaching certificate in spring of 2016. He Has been a Member of NATA for 23 years. His career has span many of our professional settings.


He started on the college level working for both Division II and Division I institutions. He has worked to build 2 sports medicine outreach programs from the ground up to full implementation to cover local high schools. His career has also included being in Hospital Administration. He currently has made a career change into another of our professional settings, in 2015 he returned home to Jacksonville High school to build the brand new Health Science / Sports Medicine Program at JHS. He has been working toward developing his dream and passion, which is helping others enter into the healthcare setting.


Lane is married to Leigh Ann and they have 2 children, Natalie and Jackson.



Voting Information and Ballot

Leah Taylor, Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers Executive Secretary, will be presiding over these elections.  Please  vote online at OR print this ballot and mail so that is received by August 31, 2017 to: Ms. Leah Taylor, Executive Secretary Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers PO Box 243011 Montgomery, Alabama  36124. Only certified/licensed athletic trainer or licensed athletic trainer members of ALATA are eligible to vote.  Voting begins August 1, 2017 and closes August 31 2017 at 11 PM CDT; if mailed, the ballot must be received by August 31, 2017.