The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) welcomed Kathy Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC, as its new president, serving a 3-year term. She has more than 30 years of sports medicine experience and brings with her a deep passion for the athletic training profession and a clear vision for her new role as she succeeds outgoing President, Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. Additionally, 2 current board members will take on new leadership roles during her term. The NATA board of directors elected Tony Fitzpatrick, MA, LAT, ATC, as vice president, and Diane Sartanowicz, MS, LAT, ATC, was appointed by Dieringer to the position of secretary/treasurer.
Dieringer currently is the sole owner of 3 outpatient rehabilitation clinics (D&D Sports Med) in the north Texas area. She manages all aspects of her clinics while simultaneously continuing to provide quality patient care. Previously, Dieringer worked in the collegiate (NCAA Division I and Division II), secondary schools, and clinical settings. She has logged 16 years of volunteering for NATA and the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance, participating on various committees and holding leadership roles. Her visionary approach to the profession resulted in the creation of the Healthcare Reform Workgroup and the implementation of the Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Project, currently in progress. An accomplished speaker and author, she has been the recipient of many honors.