HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

In the heat of summer 2001 at Fort Sam Houston, TX, Dr. Terry Dewitt, Ph.D., ATC, was serving in the U.S. Army Reserves providing medical coverage for the Confederation of Interallied Officer Reserve (CIOR) Military Competition training camp, when he realized the value and importance of having an organization to unite and represent those working for the military as Certified Athletic Trainers. This military competition, which takes place at a different global location each summer, demonstrated the need for the specialized care that ATCs can provide and the importance of recognizing the profession in such a unique environment. It was from these early beginnings that the Armed Forces Athletic Trainers' Society (AFATS) was born. Dr. DeWitt served as the first president of AFATS and  in 2017 retired from the Army Reserves as Colonel but continues to be an ambassador for ATCs working in the military setting to this day. With the help of Mary Kirkland, chair of the National Athletic Trainers' Associations’ (NATA) Counsel on Employment (COE) during the beginning years, AFATS began putting together workshops around the country for interested ATCs who wanted to pursue employment working with our armed forces. The organization’s membership quickly increased.  Today, our membership includes ATCs working with all branches of the U.S. military, both in the continental United States and abroad, and the society continues to work toward expanding the impact and support of our profession in all facets of military preparation, training, and execution of exercises that keep our nation safe.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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PRESIDENT

Ellie Daniels, MSAT, LAT, ATC

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SECRETARY

Anne Gutierrez, MS, ATC, CSCS

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PRESIDENT-ELECT

Steven Koch, MS, LAT, ATC, CIDN, GT, CKTP, SMTC

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TREASURER

Allen Willoughby, ATC

EXECUTIVE STAFF

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Dave Lagow, MEd, ATC, NASM-PES, CES

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Sam Arredondo, DAT, ATC
 

LOGISTICS SUPERVISOR

Whitney Lee, MS, AT

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA RELATIONS DIRECTOR

Lori Uretsky, MEd, LAT, ATC, LMT, BCTMB, PES, CES, NAT
 

SERVICE BRANCH LIAISONS

 

NAVY

Gregory Marr, LAT, ATC 

Diana Settles MAT, ATC


ARMY

Jessica Obiedzinski, MS, ATC, LAT,

TSAC-F, RYT 200

MARINE CORPS

Jay Gibson, MS, ATC

Vince Mancini, ATC

Cody Blackford, MA, ATC, CSCS, TSAC-F

COAST GUARD

OPEN

SPACE FORCE

OPEN

AIR FORCE

Andrea Matthes Berg, M.Ed, ATC/L

Steven Koch, MS, LAT, ATC, CIDN, GT, CKTP, SMTC

EUROPE

Ellie Daniels, MSAT, LAT, ATC

PACIFIC

Ian Elwood, MA, ATC, CSCS

Whitney Lee, MS, AT