July 20, 2015

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   Election for ALATA Executive Council

Election for ALATA Executive Council


Chris KingChris King, originally from Oneonta, King received his education at the University of Southern Mississippi holding a degree in Secondary Education/Athletic Training while working under the late great Larry “Doc” Harrington and Jim Gallaspy. He is married to Amy King and has two sons; Tyler (22) and Andrew (18), both students at USM, and is very proud of his family. He has been a licensed teacher and athletic trainer for the past 24 years. He has been employed for the last 16 at Mortimer Jordan High School. He has served on the ALATA Executive Council and presently serves as President. He truly believes that service and membership to our organization is a professional responsibility. His goal is to continue to serve all ATs through continuing to increase enrollment and participation of athletic trainers throughout the state of Alabama. He plans to continue to advance the profession through community and public education of our great profession. Advancing the public knowledge through marketing and building bridges of communication to other medical professions. He looks forward to continuing to serve our profession.


Vice President

Michael StevensonMichael Stevenson is currently the Program Manager for Huntsville Hospital Sports Center in Huntsville, AL. 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 Sports Center serving Butler High School for 3 years, Huntsville High School for 1 year, and accepting the Program Manager role in May of 2012. Michael is married to the former Amanda Reece, and they reside in Meridianville, AL with their two children, Max and Noah.



Robert HensarlingRobert Hensarling has served as a full-time faculty member at Samford University for more than 20 years. He joined Samford as an assistant athletic trainer in October 1995 and currently serves as associate professor and program director for the Athletic Training Education Program in Samford’s Department of Kinesiology. In his time at Samford, Hensarling has also served as an assistant athletic trainer with men’s basketball and an associate athletic trainer with football. Hensarling came to Samford after serving as a head athletic trainer at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Miss. Prior to that, he served for two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was responsible for treating athletes in baseball, women's basketball and volleyball. He also assisted with football and men's basketball, and worked as an instructor in athletic training classes. Before moving to USM, Hensarling was a graduate assistant at William Carey College while working for the Sports Medicine Institute of Methodist Hospital in Hattiesburg, Miss. A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Hensarling is also a member of the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association and Alabama Athletic Trainers Association. He is licensed by the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers, and was also licensed in Mississippi before joining Samford. Hensarling holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Samford, a master’s degree in athletic administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an Educational Specialist and Doctorate of Education from Samford. A native of McComb, Miss., he resides in Homewood with his wife, Megan, and their children Hannah and Harrison.


Non Officer Position #2

Joseph LemeryJoseph Lemery is Huntsville Hospital’s athletic trainer for Sparkman High school. He has been serving in this capacity for the past 10 years and has practiced as a licensed, board certified athletic trainer for the past 13 years working in a variety of high school, collegiate and professional settings. In addition to coordinating coverage and directing rehabilitation at Sparkman, he has served as Huntsville Hospital’s ImPACT coordinator and was instrumental in the formation of hospital protocol for concussion care for the past 4 years and is now overseeing their SportsWare injury reporting system. He is a member of the hospital’s “Lead Team” which is a focus group of athletic trainers whose mission is to improve the way Huntsville Hospital athletic trainers deliver care to their student-athletes. 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 married to Cyndi Lemery and has one son, Samuel James and our expecting their second boy in December. 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. 


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 20, 2015 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 22, 2015 and closes August 20 2015 at 11 PM CDT; if mailed, the ballot must be received by August 20, 2015.