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July 3, 2011

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    2011 ALATA Executive Council Regular Elections        
2011 ALATA Executive Council Regular Elections

Candidate for ALATA President

Candidate for ALATA Vice President

Candidate for ALATA Treasurer

Candidates for ALATA Non-Officer Position #1

Candidates for ALATA Non-Officer Position #3

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. 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. Currently acting President of ALATA and prior to holding his current office had served on the ALATA executive council in a non-officer role.  While acting President of ALATA, the Executive Council has amended the association’s constitution and by-laws and initiated one day seminars for the high school and clinical athletic trainers.  The vision of athletic training progress in Alabama will rely on involvement of the membership and it is our goal to broaden employment opportunities in Alabama.

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.

Karen Straub-Stanton, ATC
Candidate for Vice President

Karen Straub StantonKaren Straub-Stanton, a native of Conyers, GA is in her 6th year as an assistant athletic trainer at Auburn University, assignments beginning with football and currently lending her talents to the administrative side of Sports Medicine.  Karen came to Auburn after spending four years as Associate Athletic Trainer / Clinical Coordinator at the University of West Alabama.  Her responsibilities included all aspects of sport health care for UWA's 11 intercollegiate sports with primary responsibility for baseball, softball and football.

Straub-Stanton is a 1998 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Exercise Science.  She earned her Master's Degree in Sport Health Care from the Arizona School of Health Science in (then in Phoenix, AZ) in 2000.  After graduation, Straub-Stanton began her professional experience at Marcos De Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona serving as the Head Athletic Trainer from 1998-2000.  She moved back to the southeast and attained a position as Director of Sports Medicine for CCPT in New Orleans from 2000-2001.

Karen has maintained a high level of professional activity and service throughout her career.  Once returning to Alabama in 2001, she began her service with ALATA as a member of the public relations committee and coordinator and author of the ALATA News.  She was elected to the Executive Council in shortly after as a non officer and continued supporting the leadership of the state association.  She has served as Treasurer for the ALATA  for the past two terms.  In addition, Karen has served as the SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposium  Case Study Coordinator since 2005 and is a faculty speaker for SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposium.  She feels giving back to the profession is key to it's success and enjoys taking the field to the classroom at each opportunity and working to promote athletic trainers at the state, district and national levels.  She has lectured at the state, district and national level and is an integral part in the organization of the annual SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposium and the annual ALATA Symposium.  Currently, Straub-Stanton is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA), and the Alabama Athletic Trainers'  Association.. 

Karen is married to Nathan Stanton of Coffeen, Illinois, and they have two children:  Nathan Ezra Stanton born in May 2007 and Kalynn Virginia Stanton born November 15, 2009.

Jennifer Kramer, MA, ATC
Candidate for Treasurer

Jennifer Kramer is in her fifth year at the University of Montevallo as an Associate Athletic Trainer.  Kramer serves as the Athletic Trainer for the Men's & Women's Soccer teams and Women's Basketball team.  In August of 2009 Kramer was appointed as the UM Student Athlete Advisory Committee Advisor and the UM Athletic Department Representative on the UM Pandemic Flu/Emergency Action Committee.  Kramer also serves as a Non-Officer on the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association Executive Council.

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, women's tennis team, and John Carroll Catholic High School. 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. 

Abigail Aycock, MA, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #1

Abigail Aycock enters her second year at Thompson High School as one of two Certified Athletic Trainers on staff.  Aycock is also entering her second year of teaching high school Biology.

Aycock came to the University of Montevallo in July of 2007 as a Graduate Assistant.  During her stay at UM, Aycock earned a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education and worked as the Certified Athletic Trainer for the volleyball and baseball teams.  Aycock, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma completed her undergraduate work at Southwest Baptist University located in Bolivar, Mo. and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

Daniel Kertis, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #1

Daniel Kertis has been an athletic trainer in the state of Alabama for eight years.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in health and human sciences and his master's degree from the University of South Alabama in education.  During his time at USA Daniel was a graduate assistant mainly working with baseball.  Upon graduation he was hired as the Head Athletic Trainer for Baker High School, a large 6A high school in Mobile Alabama, a position he currently still holds.  While at Baker Daniel authored, submitted and gained approval from the state school board a curriculum for an Introduction to Athletic Training class that is now currently part of the curriculum in five high schools within Mobile County Public School System.

Chris King, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #1

I am starting my 20th year as a licensed teacher and certified athletic trainer in the state of Alabama.  I am originally from Oneonta, Alabama.  I am a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi holding a degree in Secondary Education/Athletic Training.  I presently have been employed at Mortimer Jordan High School for the past 11 years.  I am very proud of the fact that our program has produced many medical professionals over the years, including 6 ATCs.  Being on the high school level and with my years of experience I hope to give a perspective that may bring a different dynamic to the ALATA Executive Council.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve at the state level.  I am very eager to make a positive impact from this position.  Some of my accomplishments have been 2000 Jefferson County Teacher of the Year, 2000 ALATA High School Athletic Trainer of the Year, 2011 SEATA High School Athletic Trainer of the Year.  I am most proud of my former students that have become certified athletic trainers and other medical professionals.  I have volunteered to be the Medical Staff Coordinator for the Alabama State Games for the past 7 years which gives me the opportunity to organize many athletic trainers to provide a service to the youth of the State of Alabama.

I am very proud to have my family to support me.  I am married to Amy (also a teacher) and my sons Tyler (freshman at Southern Miss this fall) and Andrew (9th grade).  I would be honored to serve the Athletic Trainers of the State of Alabama.

Michael Stevenson, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #1

Michael Stevenson

Michael Stevenson is currently an ATC at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL, serving Butler High School through their Sports Center outreach program.  Michael has been working with Butler High School since April 2008.  Michael received his B.S. in Physical Education with an Emphasis in Athletic Training from Cumberland University (Lebanon, TN) in December 2003.  Michael was employed with Huntsville Hospital’s Sports Center in February 2004, serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Tennessee Valley Vipers of the arenafootball2 league.  Michael accepted the position of Assistant Athletic Trainer at Alabama A&M University in October 2004, with his coverage including men’s basketball and women’s volleyball.  Michael then accepted the Head Athletic Trainer position at Alabama A&M University in June 2005.  He returned to Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN, to serve as the Assistant Athletic Trainer, covering football and men’s basketball, beginning in July 2006. Upon completion of his M.A. in Education in April 2008,  Michael returned to Huntsville Hospital where he currently works as an ATC.  In addition to being a speaker at the ALATA Symposium in 2009 and 2010,  Michael received the ALATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award in May 2010.

Michael is married to the former Amanda Reece, and they reside in Meridianville, AL, and are expecting their first child in August 2010.

Jarod Grace, MS, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #3

Jarod is in his ninth year as a member of the Auburn University sports medicine staff.  A nationally certified and state licensed athletic trainer, his primary responsibility is the prevention and care of injuries for the Tigers' Men's Basketball and Men’s Golf programs.  Grace’s secondary duties involve assisting in oversight of Auburn’s Olympic Sports and administration of Auburn University Summer Camps.

Grace earned a Bachelor 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.

Grace served as an intern athletic trainer at Disney's Wide World of Sports in 2000 before accepting a graduate assistantship position for football at the University of South Carolina.  While at USC he served as the interim athletic trainer with Men's Basketball until he accepted a position to return to his alma mater.  Upon his return to Auburn, Grace worked as the Women's Basketball athletic trainer from 2002-2004.  He became the Men's Basketball athletic trainer in the fall of 2004.

Grace is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association.  He is an Executive Council Member of the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association and presently serves as the President of the Southeastern Conference Sports Medicine Association.

Jarod is a native of Albertville, AL and is married to the former Becca Cunningham ('01) of Albertville, AL.  They have one child, Mary Alderson born in April of 2007.

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 31, 2011 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 July 1, 2011 and closes July 31, 2011 at 11 PM CDT; if mailed, the ballot must be received by July 31, 2011.