Candidate for ALATA Vice
Candidates for ALATA
Voting Information and Ballot
Candidate for Vice President
Crawford received his BS degree from the University of North Alabama
in 1988, a Masters degree from University of West Alabama in 1990,
and his EdD degree from Delta State University in 1999. He has
been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1989. Paul currently
works in the secondary setting at Central High School in Florence,
AL as a teacher and an athletic trainer. Paul worked as a
clinical athletic trainer for the former Healthsouth Corp, from
1996-2000. He also served as Head Athletic Trainer in the
collegiate setting at Delta State University from 1992-1996.
Prior to 1992, he served as graduate assistant athletic trainer at
UT-Chattanooga for a year and also worked for a year for the North
Alabama Sports Medicine Institute. Paul is also currently
serving as adjunct Instructor in HPER department at University of
Paul has served ALATA as the chair of the Scholarship Committee for
several years and also served a term on the Executive Board as a
Paul resides in Florence, AL with his wife, Dana, and two children,
Caitlyn and Cayla Dee.
Candidate for Vice President
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
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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'
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 Non-Officer Position
Kramer is in 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 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 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.
Voting Information and
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 August 23,
Ms. Leah Taylor, Executive
Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers
PO Box 243011
Montgomery, Alabama 36124
athletic trainer or licensed athletic trainer members of ALATA are
eligible to vote. Voting begins August 9, 2010 and closes August
23, 2010 at 10:59 PM CDT; if mailed, the ballot must be
by August 23, 2010.