ALATA eBlast News
August 6, 2014

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    2014 ALATA Executive Council Elections        
2014 ALATA Executive Council Elections

Candidate for ALATA Treasurer

Candidates for ALATA Non-Officer Position #1

Candidates for ALATA Non-Officer Position #3

Voting Information and Ballot

Jennifer Kramer, ATC
Candidate for Treasurer

Jennifer KramerJennifer Kramer is entering her third-year as the Athletic trainer with Kingwood Christian School, and with Lemak Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.  With Kingwood Christian School, she is responsible for providing coverage and care for it’s athletic department.Prior to her work with Kingwood Christian School, Jennifer was an Associate Athletic Trainer at the University of Montevallo, primarily providing injury prevention, practice and game coverage and care for its men’s and women’s soccer teams and women’s basketball.  While generally helping all sports and athletes with prevention, coverage and care, Jennifer also was elected to serve as the student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) Advisor, and helped with other projects associated with the athletic department at UM.  She is the current ALATA Treasurer and served in the role of ALATA Non-Officer prior to the treasurer position.

Jennifer attained her Masters’ of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Exercises Physiology from the University of Alabama Birmingham, and was a Graduate-Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Volleyball and Tennis teams at UAB, and at John Carroll Catholic High School.

Jennifer received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from Central Methodists University located in Missouri.  She is originally from LaGrange, Missouri, but currently lives in Calera, AL.

Karen Straub Stanton, MS, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #1

Karen Straub Stanton is a 1998 graduate of the University of Georgia, earning a BS in Exercise and Sport Science and her NATA BOC certification that Spring.  She went on to earn her Masters of Sports Health Care from what is now known as A.T. Still University in Arizona, in addition to the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification and completing her training as an EMT-B.

Following Arizona, she went on to oversee an outreach program for high schools in the New Orleans area, including teaching a basic course in athletic training at 2 of local high  schools. She came to Alabama in 2001 as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of West Alabama, with clinical assignments football, baseball, and softball in conjunction to overseeing other varsity spots and teaching in the education program.  She quickly earned the position as Associate Athletic Trainer/ Clinical Coordinator.  While at UWA, she was named ALATA Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2004 before joining Auburn University' s Sports Medicine Staff. Fall of 2005, she began her position at Auburn University, where she is currently employed as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.  In 2011, she was distinguished with the ALATA Award of Merit.

She is no stranger to professional service, beginning her service in Alabama to ALATA in 2001 by volunteering and eventually becoming elected to the ALATA Executive Board.  Over the years, she has served in the positions of non officer and Treasurer, with short terms as interim in the positions of Secretary and President. In addition, she serves District IX currently through committees and as the Clinical Case Study Coordinator of Student SEATA.  She has been selected to present at local, state, district and national levels on a variety of professional topics. Currently serving as the Vice President of ALATA, her term concludes in December and Karen is seeking to continue serving the profession and the athletic trainers of Alabama through ALATA.

Karen is married to Nate Stanton of Illinois and the family has grown to include their 3 children, Ezra, Kalynn, and Noah. 

Robert (Bob) W. White, ATC, LAT
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #1

Bob WhiteI am currently the head athletic trainer for the Jasper City Schools the position that I have held since December 2006.  Prior to this I worked as a clinical and outreach AT for Health South in Birmingham and Rehab South in Jasper, Alabama.  I am a graduate of a Samford University with a degree in education/athletic training.  I was a student in the first accredited athletic training curriculum in Alabama.  I have been a certified member of the NATA since 1990 and a licensed member of ALATA since 1994.  I began one of the first high school programs in the state at Walker High School in 1995.  Since that time, many of my students have gone on to pursue careers in the medical field.  This year Walker High School received the Safe Sports School Award from the NATA.  Over the years I volunteered with the first SEATA student symposiums, as well as, the Alabama State Games.  During the summer of 1994 I worked as a volunteer AT at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  I have been married for 35 years to Deborah S. White who is employed with the Walker County School System.

Brian Gober, MAT, ATC, NREMT-P, CSCS
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #3

Brian has served the past four years as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Mortimer Jordan High School.  He is employed full time as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Homewood and serves as the Fire Chief for the City of Kimberly. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham at which he received his BS in Secondary Education and his paramedic certification.  He received his BS in Athletic Training and MAT in Physical Education from the University of West Alabama in 2005.

Following graduation Brian returned to UAB to serve as a Faculty Instructor for the UAB Office of EMS and volunteered as an Athletic Trainer/Paramedic with the UAB Football Program while also serving as an outreach Athletic Trainer to rural high schools in Blount County.  He served as a teacher/athletic trainer at both Hoover High School and Moody High School before returning to Mortimer Jordan.  Brian has served as the volunteer Medical Staff Coordinator for the Alabama State Games the previous three years.

Brian lives in Kimberly, AL with his wife Brittney and son Caleb.

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

Jarod GraceJarod Grace currently serves as the southeastern sales representative for Medco Sports Medicine.  His territory covers the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.  He has been on the ALATA Executive Council since 2006, holding both 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.

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 September 5, 2014 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 6, 2014 and closes September 5, 2014 at 11 PM CDT; if mailed, the ballot must be received by September 5, 2014.