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October 29, 2013

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    2013 ALATA Executive Council Special Elections        
2013 ALATA Executive Council Special Elections

Candidate for ALATA President Elect

Candidates for ALATA Non-Officer Position #3

Voting Information and Ballot

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

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 (21) and Andrew (17) and is very proud of his family.  He has been a licensed teacher and athletic trainer for the past 22 years.  He has been employed for the last 14 at Mortimer Jordan High School.  He has served on the ALATA Executive Council and truly believes that service to our organization is a professional responsibility.  His goal, if elected, would be to increase enrollment and participation of athletic trainers throughout the state of Alabama.  He looks forward to continuing to serve our profession.

Rachael Lawler, MS, ATC, LAT
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #3

Racheal Lawler is in her third full season as head athletic trainer at Alabama State University, after joining the staff in February 2011. Her primary responsibilities include leading and the organization of the activities of the sports medicine staff.

Lawler came to Alabama State from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, where she served in the same capacity. Lawler spent three seasons at Lincoln, working primarily with football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, and softball.

Prior to her stint at Lincoln, Racheal was employed as a certified athletic trainer for Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL for six years where she worked in various capacities. During her time in Huntsville, Racheal served as the head and assistant athletic trainer at Alabama A&M University, Tennessee Valley Vipers – AFL2, and Huntsville High School.

She has worked in the high school and collegiate settings; Racheal has also practiced in the professional realm in minor league baseball with the Evansville Otters and Long Beach Breakers.

A native of Marion, IL, Racheal graduated from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training becoming a NATABOC certified athletic trainer in 2000. In 2010, she attained her Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Business Administration from University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.  Her prospective research and dissertation project is focused within the realm of Exertional Heat Illness and perceptions within the secondary school level, led by Dr. Stephanie Mazerolle of the University of Connecticut.

She can be contacted via email at or office phone 334-229-4547.

Joseph Lemery, MS, ATC, LAT, NASM-PES
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #3

Joseph Lemery is Huntsville Hospital’s athletic trainer for Sparkman High school. He has been serving in this capacity for the past 8 years and has practiced as a licensed, board certified athletic trainer for the past 12 years working in a variety of high school, collegiate and professional settings.

In addition to coordinating coverage and directing rehabilitation at Sparkman, he is Huntsville Hospital’s ImPACT coordinator and was instrumental in the formation of hospital protocol for concussion care. He is a member of the hospital’s “Lead Team” which is a focus group of athletic trainers whose mission is to improve the quality of care to our 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 a tireless advocate of the profession of athletic training at the grassroots and national level. “I believe it would be a tremendous honor to serve the needs of all athletic trainers in this state. My aim is to advance our profession. I believe Athletic Trainers are an untapped resource that can serve not only athletes, but all active populations.”

Mr. Lemery is married to Cyndi Lemery and they are expecting their first child in December. In his free time, he enjoys training and competing in triathlon, watching his beloved New England Patriots on Sundays and relaxing with family.

Karen Straub Stanton, MS, ATC
Candidate for Non-Officer Position #3

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. 

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 November 29, 2013 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 October 29, 2013 and closes November 29, 2013 at 11 PM CDT; if mailed, the ballot must be received by November 29, 2013.