ATAF 2020 Elections
Open March 16 - April 12, 2020
Certified ATAF Members should have received a link to vote.
If not, please contact Scott Freer at SFreer@barry.edu.
Candidate for President
Patricia M. Tripp, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Director, Doctor of Athletic Training Program
Director, CAATE Professional Athletic Training Program
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Brief Biography: Dr. Tripp is a Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Director of the Doctor of Athletic Training Program and Director of the CAATE Professional Athletic Training Program at the University of Florida. She earned her PhD in Exercise Science and Biomechanics from the University of Kentucky, Master of Science in Exercise Science and Biomechanics from Auburn University, and Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (emphasis in Athletic Training) from the University of Florida. She served as an athletic trainer with women’s gymnastics at Auburn University and worked at Joyner Sports Medicine in Lexington Kentucky. Prior to transitioning to full-time academia, Dr. Tripp was the athletic trainer with the women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s golf and tennis teams at the University of South Carolina and taught kinesiology as an adjunct faculty. Before joining the faculty at the University of Florida in 2008, Dr. Tripp served as the Clinical Education Coordinator at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
An active member of the athletic training profession, Dr. Tripp proudly serves the profession at the university, state, district and national levels. In addition to serving as ATAF Vice President (2015 – present), Dr. Tripp served as co-chair of ATAF’s Education Planning Committee (2012-2014) after serving the Committee as a Member (2009-2012). Dr. Tripp has been recognized for her service at the state, district and national levels, receiving recognition by her peers for her dedication to Athletic Training. Most recently, Dr. Tripp was inducted into the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) Hall of Fame (2020). She received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award from ATAF (2017), SEATA (2016) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) (2018). She received the NATA Service Award in 2013 and the College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year from ATAF in 2011. Dr. Tripp has served as a member of the faculty (speaker/lab instructor) for the SEATA Athletic Training Student Symposium since 2007, serving as Co-Chair for the Foundations Section (2014 – present) and Foundations Lab Coordinator (2012-2014). Dr. Tripp served as the District 9 Chair (Board of Directors) for the NATA Research and Education Foundation (2012-2018).
As a NATA member since 1995, SEATA member for over 20 years and member of ATAF for over 15 years, Dr. Tripp has attended, planned and coordinated the continuing education for numerous seminars and symposia. Her leadership/professional service experience within ATAF over the past 11 years has provided valuable insight and perspective regarding the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for athletic trainers in Florida.
Campaign Message: As the Vice President for ATAF, her duties include: Clinical Symposium Coordination/Oversight (e.g., facility/space, housing, schedule, etc.), liaison for the Education Programming Committee, Approved Provider Co-Coordinator (e.g., Board of Certification continuing education provider compliance, annual reporting, policy development, etc.) and support of the ATAF President in service to the ATAF membership. Dr. Tripp helped developed the strategic plan summary and goals document for ATAF, specifically the Patient Centered Care area. Throughout her two terms as Vice President on the Executive Board, she helped create infrastructure documents for committee chairs, recruited new committee members and chairs for a variety of service positions, developed reimbursement and financial accountability policies and procedures related to speakers, including contracts and negotiated hotel/symposium contracts to support the educational needs of ATAF members.
If elected President of ATAF, the platform and goals for the 3-year term include:
Provide support for ATAF Committee Chairs and Members to meet strategic planning goals established under our current leadership (e.g., ATLAS task force, Governmental Affairs, Public Relations, student engagement).
Identify educational collaborations across Florida that support the evidence-based continuing education needs of our members and create a marketing partnership for ATAF
Support legislative initiatives regarding student-athlete health and safety and worker safety
Identify mechanisms to promote Secondary School Athletic Trainer expansion and employment across Florida
Collaborate with ATAF, SEATA and NATA committees and leadership to ensure clear messaging, access and voice for ATAF members across the state on current issues (e.g., Third Party Reimbursement, Diversity in Patient Care, Employment Opportunities, Regulatory Protections for AT).
Candidate for Vice-President
Pradeep R. Vanguri, PhD, LAT, ATC
Associate Professor/Athletic Training Program Director
Nova Southeastern University
Pradeep R. Vanguri is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Nova Southeastern University where he has worked for the past 12 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) in Exercise Science and his Master of Science in Education from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC). Upon completing his graduate work, he served as Assistant Professor and Assistant Athletic Trainer in the Athletic Training Program at Barton College (Wilson, NC) in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Department of Instructional Leadership at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) where he also served as graduate assistant in the Athletic Training Program.
Having lived in the State of Florida for the past 15 years, Dr. Vanguri served the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida as the Education Committee Chair from 2007 to 2012 where he organized and developed the ATAF Annual Meeting including inviting speakers, managing conference logistics, and registration as well as maintaining the educational records for members. He served as a member of the ATAF Marketing and Public Relations Committee in 2017 and was elected to serve as the ATAF Secretary in 2018. In his role as ATAF Secretary, Dr. Vanguri developed the strategic plan and goals with the Executive Board, maintained and coordinated all board meetings, and oversaw the Marketing and Public Relations and Young Professionals Committee.
Dr. Vanguri is seeking the office of ATAF Vice President as he would like to help support the association through its many committees and initiatives across the state of Florida. He has been a part of the Executive Board for the past three years and intends to continue the strategic plan developed to support the members of the association. Additionally, he would like to grow the Annual Meeting attendance and help provide opportunities for the members to earn CEUs throughout the year.
Candidates for Secretary
Christopher D. Brown, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS, OPE-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Education Coordinator,
Undergraduate Athletic Training Program
Clinical Education Coordinator,
Doctor of Athletic Training Program
I am from Atlanta, GA. I began my athletic training career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Barry University in North Miami. While at Barry I also worked as the insurance coordinator and briefly filled in as the interim Head Athletic Trainer. After Barry University, I took a Head Athletic Trainer position at Sterling College in Kansas for 5 years. I received my PhD in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University and took a faculty position at the University of Southern Mississippi. While in Mississippi I served as the MATA PR and Marketing Chair. After a few years at Southern Miss, I took my current faculty position at the University of Florida. I currently serve ATAF as the Chair of the PR and Marketing Committee. I was awarded the ATAF President’s award in 2018 for outstanding dedication and service to the organization. I live in Gainesville, FL with my wife Debra and our 5-year-old son David. We are expecting our second child this summer.
Campaign Message: I believe one of the most important roles of the ATAF secretary is overseeing the PR and Marketing committee’s efforts to publicize our profession. The past few years as the PR and Marketing Committee chair have let me experience ATAF as a whole organization and become very familiar with the role and responsibilities attached to the Secretary position. As the PR and Marketing Chair, I have been on ATAF board calls and been able to highlight the organization’s unique strengths to both its members and the general public. We have been able to more than triple our social media impact, prioritize and implement an annual budget, and create unique content that helps us advocate for ATs in many practice settings. I am ready to do more for ATAF. I believe we should continue to directly advocate for our profession to other healthcare providers and school administration. This knowledge should make it easier to hire more ATs in physician practices and secondary schools. We can also do a better job of assisting the Governmental Affairs Committee with direct public relations to our local politicians. This will assist with the updates to practice that are constantly evolving. I also think we need to continue the work started by the current administration on 3rd party reimbursement as this will positively affect salaries in the long run. Thank you for your consideration!
Kellie Way MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Director of Athletic Training
Parrish Medical Group
Education: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences-Athletic Training at University of Central Florida, Master of Science in Sport Administration at Florida State University.
Career: Director of Athletic Training, Parrish Medical Group (2019-present); Clinic (physician office)-Outreach Head Athletic Trainer, Parrish Medical Group (2013-2019); Clinic (rehabilitation clinic)-Outreach Assistant Athletic Trainer, CORA Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine (2009-2013); Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, Florida State University (2007-2009).
Professional Background: While completing my Bachelors in Athletic Training at UCF, I had the opportunity to work with extreme sports athletes, endurance athletes and a number of college and high school teams. At FSU I had the pleasure of being the Head Athletic Trainer for the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams and utilized my “free time” to provide Athletic Training services to FSU’s Club Rugby and Lacrosse teams. After grad school, I worked in an outpatient rehabilitation clinic and provided outreach Athletic Training services to a local high school, theme park characters and workers as well as collegiate and professional athletes. I then moved on to working with Parrish Medical Group, where I created the positions that our Athletic Trainers have today. Over the past 6 years we have doubled the size of our program and are able to provide even more people in our community with Athletic Training services.
Campaign Message: As a supportive member of ATAF, I am honored to have been nominated and hope to have the opportunity to serve our Florida Athletic Trainers in the way of Secretary. I am passionate about our wonderful profession and excited to continue to promote the advancement of Athletic Training.