Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association ALATA eBlast News
June 9, 2010

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In This Issue:
    2010 ALATA Executive Council Regular Elections        
2010 ALATA Executive Council Regular Elections

Candidate for ALATA President

Candidate for ALATA Treasurer

Candidates for ALATA Non-Officer Position

Voting Information and Ballot

John W. Morr, MS, ATC
Candidate for President

John Morr graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1986 and the University of Kentucky with a Masters degree in 1995 and has been Certified since July 1986.  He worked at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois from 1986-1988 and worked in a clinic until October 1989.  He helped establish an athletic training/sports medicine outreach program in a rural setting in Effingham, Illinois leaving that position in July 1992 to pursue his Masters degree.  He was hired by the University of Kentucky in 1994 until his hiring at The University of Alabama in October 1996.  He served as an adjunct faculty at Eastern Illinois University in 1990-92 and taught Introduction to Athletic Training at the University of Kentucky from 1993-96.  He has been a CAATE Approved Clinical instructor since 2006 and Adjunct Faculty member in Athletic Training since 1997 at The University of Alabama.

He has served on the Illinois High School Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee from 1990-92 and also was a Trained Steroid Education Consultant through the Illinois State Board of Education in 1991.  He worked with District 4 as a meeting chairperson in 1991 and has been on the NATA Career center committee from 1999.  Most recently, he served on the ALATA executive council in a non-officer role.  Volunteering as an athletic trainer for the Prairie State Games from 1985-92 and also the Bluegrass State Games from 1992-96 and was awarded the SEATA Backbone Award in 2002.

His experiences in the various employment environments and state, district, and national committees have provided John the insight and understanding of the demands at each level of service required.  The involvement of all athletic trainers in Alabama is crucial to the growth of our profession and will serve you with the honor expected of this office.

He and his wife, Maggie, a family practice physician, have two boys, Will and Jake and reside in Tuscaloosa, AL. 

Anthony W. Andrews, MA, ATC, C.Ped
Candidate for Treasurer

Anthony attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he went through the athletic training internship, in March of 2000 he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Health Ed./Promotion.  In August of 2001 he graduated with a Masters in Sports Medicine Healthcare from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

While working as an out-reach athletic trainer, he earned his certification as a Pedorthist in 2003.   He is currently employed by UAB Sports Medicine.

Anthony is married and has 3 children and resides in Kimberly, AL.

Jeremy Dobbs, MA, ATC, C.Ped
Candidate for Non-Officer Position

Since 2006, Jeremy Dobbs has been the athletic trainer for Alabama women’s basketball and is the oversight staff athletic trainer for volleyball.  He also serves as a clinical instructor to athletic training students in the Athletic Training Education Program at Alabama. Prior to his current position with the Crimson Tide, Dobbs spent four years with UAB Sports Medicine providing medical coverage for area high school athletic events.

In 1999 Dobbs began his first tenure with Alabama where he served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer working primarily with men’s track and field and cross country.  He also assisted with football, gymnastics, soccer, basketball and tennis.  He served as the Medical Coordinator for the 2000 Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championship meet and the Region IX Cross Country meet that same year.  Dobbs graduated with a Master of Arts from the Capstone in Health Studies with an emphasis in Sports Medicine Health Care in 2001.

Dobbs’ earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from UAB in 1999.  Following completion of his master’s degree,  Dobbs attended the Temple University School of Podiatry completing a clinical application in Pedorthics in 2002.  This helped Dobbs to start Alabama Pedorthic Design where he still works as part owner and Pedorthist.  Dobbs holds several certifications including the American Board of Certified Pedorthics, National Athletic Trainer’s Board and Alabama Athletic Trainer licensure.  He is also a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Southeast Athletic Trainer’s Association and Alabama Athletic Trainer’s Association.

Dobbs is married to the former Michelle Darnell, and the couple has two children:

Laurie Fincher, MAE, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position

Laurie Fincher joined the UAB athletic staff in July of 2008.  Fincher comes to UAB from West Alabama, where she served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in charge of volleyball, as well as assisting with football, from 2006-08.  Prior to West Alabama, she was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at UAB with her focus on assisting with the Blazers' football team.  Fincher began her career as an undergraduate student at East Carolina working as a Athletic Training student with the Pirates' athletic programs.  Fincher received her B.S. in Athletic Training from East Carolina in 2004 and her MAE in Exercise Physiology from UAB in 2006. She is an assistant athletic trainer for football and the insurance coordinator.  Hailing from Raleigh, N.C., Fincher is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA), and the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association (ALATA).  She currently is the District 9 Rep to the Young Professionals’ Committee.

Jennifer Kramer, MA, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position

Jennifer Kramer enters her fifth year at the University of Montevallo as the Assistant Athletic Trainer.  Kramer serves as the Athletic Trainer for the Men's & Women's Soccer and Women's Basketball teams.

Kramer came to the University of Montevallo in May 2006, after spending two years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  During her stay at UAB, Kramer earned a Master of Arts degree in Exercise Physiology and worked as the Certified Athletic Trainer for the volleyball and women's tennis teams. Kramer, a native of LaGrange, Missouri completed her undergraduate work at Central Methodist University located in Fayette, MO and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training with a Minor in Biology.

Voting Information and Ballot

Leah Taylor, Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers Executive Secretary, will be presiding over these elections.  Please go to to vote online OR print this ballot and mail so that is received by July 9, 2010 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 June 9, 2010 and closes July 9, 2010 at 11 PM CDT; if mailed, the ballot must be received by July 9, 2010.