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November 30, 2017

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   ALATA Secretary, Treasurer and Non Officer Position #2 Run-off Election Results & Call for Vice-President Nominations

ALATA Secretary, Treasurer and Non Officer Position #2 Run-off Election Results & Call for Vice-President Nominations

Congratulations to these candidates for successfully being elected to the following offices for ALATA.

Nominations must be made by a certified regular member of ALATA in good standing. Nominations for the Vice-President position will take place through December 30.  Afterwhich a ballot will be set up for the election of the office of Vice-President. Nominations can be emailed to the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers Executive Secretary Mrs. Leah Taylor at Please include your license number, name of the candidate, and the office for which you are nominating them.

Thank you.

Darrell Jon Gililland, Jr., EdD, LAT, ATC

Darrell Jon GillilandDr. DJ Gililland is currently the Director of Clinical Education for the Master of Athletic Training program at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Gililland moved to Alabama from Abilene, Texas after serving as an athletic trainer and educator at Hardin-Simmons University for 13 years. During his tenure at HSU, DJ served as an Assistant AT, Head AT, and Clinical Education Coordinator. Prior to his appointments at HSU, Gililland was the first full-time Head Athletic Trainer and Clinical Director of Sports Medicine at Missouri Baptist University, in Saint Louis, Missouri, and served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Gililland received the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award in 2014 and was the recipient of the SWATA Bobby Gunn Unsung Hero Award in 2012.

“The ALATA Secretary is central in providing effective communication to the executive committee and the membership regarding the business of the association as well as disseminating information from SEATA and the NATA. My goals are to enhance communication efforts with the membership, increase awareness in athletic training advocacy, and cultivate new and existing relationships with various stakeholders. Service to the profession is critical for the success of the organization, I believe my previous experience in service and leadership is valuable as I seek election as ALATA secretary."

Dr. Gililland has been a member of the NATA for 21 years and is passionate about service and leadership. He has been actively involved in leadership within the profession of athletic training dating back to his time as a student at Hardin-Simmons University when he served as the President of the NATA-District VI (SWATA) Student Athletic Trainers’ Association. During Gililland’s tenure in NATA-District V (MAATA) he served as the director of the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Website (1999-2002) and was a member of the NATA-Web Advisory Group (1999-2002). As a member of the Web Advisory Group, he worked alongside other state and district website directors to create a network of volunteers dedicated to promoting the profession of athletic training in the world of technology. 

His desire to serve and lead continued with his return to SWATA where he served as the district website director (2005-2015) and chaired the SWATA Communications Committee (2011-2015).  While chair of the Communication Committee, Gililland worked closely with the SWATA District Secretary and Chair of the Public Relations committee to ensure valuable information was disseminated to the membership in a timely and effective manner. This team approach to communication set a precedence within the NATA and was used as a model for other districts, including the strong social media presence developed under his leadership.

A native of White Deer, Texas, Dr. Gililland graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree.  He completed a Master of Science in Education degree in 2000 from Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, Missouri and in 2015 earned a Doctor of Education degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Gililland and his family value selfless service and volunteer within their community and church. He is married to the former Andrea Daniel of San Antonio, Texas. The Gililland’s reside in Hoover, Alabama and have a four-year-old daughter, Taylor.

Matthew Gardiner, ATC

Matthew GardinerI am Matthew Gardiner, ATC and I'm running and asking for your vote for the Treasurer position in ALATA.  I grew up in Kansas and attended Fort Hays State University where I graduated in 2009 in athletic training.  I came to Alabama seven years ago.  I am currently working for ATI Physical Therapy where I am outreached to Briarwood Christian School.  I met my wife Stephanie here in Alabama and have been married a little over a year now. I recently was diagnosed with appendix cancer and went through chemo therapy last year and have been clean since.  Going through the treatments and this experience has taught me a lot about life and how I want to use this gift to help others as much as I can.  That includes taking a more active role in our state association.  Taking on the role of the Treasurer is a way I can give back to this profession and make a mark on it.  I look forward to having the opportunity to represent my fellow athletic trainers in Alabama and working with the other ALATA Executive Council members to make this profession as strong as we can get it.  I look forward to your support in this election.

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.