The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) announced that Marisa Brunett, MS, ATC, LAT, has been elected vice president, and Chris Hall, MA, ATC, LAT, was appointed secretary/treasurer. Brunett replaces President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC, whose presidential term began June 28.
Brunett is the director of public relations and outpatient and community services for Central Florida-based Nirvana Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Service and Nirvana Health Services. She has served on numerous NATA committees and was on the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) executive board, including her role as vice president and chair of several committees. In addition, she held several leadership positions with the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF). Brunett was inducted into the SEATA Hall of Fame in 2011 and the ATAF Hall of Fame in 2008. She has received many awards including NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and Athletic Trainer Service Award.
Hall is an athletic trainer and manager of business services for Texas Health Sports Medicine in Fort Worth, where he supports the five clinics that serve 16 counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Hall has volunteered in numerous roles with NATA and the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA). Among the many awards Hall has received are the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award; SWATA’s Eddie Wojecki Award and Bobby Gunn Award; and the Doug Gibbons Above and Beyond Award from the North Texas Athletic Trainers’ Society. In July 2018, he was elected to the SWATA Hall of Fame for his service to the profession and to the SWATA membership.
In addition, NATA welcomed four new board members:
- David Gallegos, MA, ATC, Cert. MDT, is the deputy CEO of Southwest Sport & Spine Center, Inc. in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, a position he has held for over 10 years. He is one of just 10 athletic trainers credentialed in mechanical diagnosis and therapy.
- Lyn Nakagawa, MS, ATC, CSCS, is currently an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu.
- Diane Sartanowicz, MS, LAT, ATC, has served as director of the Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition (MCMC) at Boston Children’s Hospital since June 2016.
- Craig Voll, Jr., PhD, LAT, ATC, has been the manager of sports medicine for Franciscan Health, Lafayette, Indiana, for the past year.