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The Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association has twelve standing committees and three sub-committees. Each committee coordinator is responsible for reporting information to a member of the WATA Board and submitting regular reports on committee action to the Board. You can click on highlighted committees to find specific committee information.

If any of the committees interest you, please click the button below to submit a committee inquiry form. This will be sent to our Leadership Committee Coordinator. Brent Amble will then be in contact with you to pair you with a committee.


Critical Incident Stress Management Team

Committee Co-Coordinators:
Keith Owsley, Roland Schmidt and Tina Koyen
Purpose: Provides free stress management interventions to licensed athletic trainers, their teams, coaches and families. The team provides CISM interventions before, during and after critical incidents.
Reports to: Vice President


Committee Coordinator:
Erin Buenzli
Purpose: Responsible for the development of a financial strategic plan and ideas for revenue development.
The Board of Directors charges this committee to: Establish a comprehensive program that will maximize the sponsorship and relationship with companies that our membership does business with locally and nationally.
Subcommittees: Golf Outing, WATA Sponsorship
Reports to: Treasurer

Governmental Affairs

Committee Coordinator:
Mike Van Veghel
Purpose: Responsible for staying abreast of all governmental affairs that will affect the WATA and communicating this to the membership. Also responsible for making recommendations on the Practice Act, managing the conduit, and coordinating legislative events such as letter writhing campaigns and Legislative Day.
Reports to: President

Awards and Scholarships

Committee Coordinator:
Anna Linstedt
Purpose: The Committee oversees the process and selection of recipients for the WATA Awards and Scholarships. Responsible for maintaining records of awards granted and significant historical events in the WATA.
Reports to: Secretary

Leadership Development

Committee Coordinator:
Brent Amble
Purpose:Providing leadership oversight and guidance to the WATA Board of Directors, developing leaders and maintaining a succession plan for board and committee positions.
Reports to: President-Elect

Continuing Education

Committee Co-Coordinators:
Holly Schmies and Kim Calvert
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Purpose: Responsible for the development and planning of all continuing education events within the WATA. Membership will include Regional Representatives, and the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee to better meet the needs of all members.
Reports to: President-Elect

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Public Relations
Committee Coordinator:
Matt Patzke
Purpose: The main focus of this committee is to serve as the external voice of the WATA. Will create and maintain liaisons with other associations within WI to promote athletic training, create marketing plans to promote the profession with great attention given to National Athletic Training Month in March. Members to include WIAA Liaison appointment and a member of the Student Affairs Committee.
Reports to: Secretary

Committee Co-Coordinators:
 Alyson Kelsey
Purpose: Responsible for serving as both an internal and external voice of the WATA. The committee will determine the content and layout of the website, maintain and update the content.
The Board of Directors charges this committee to: maintain and update the website in a timely fashion.
The Committee charges the remaining Committee Coordinators and Board of Directors with: The responsibility of providing up-to-date page content to the Website Committee Coordinator in a timely fashion.
Reports to: Secretary

Committee on Practice Advancement (COPA)

Committee Co-Coordinators:
Brent Amble and Mark Husen
Purpose: Educating and updating the membership on the issues pertaining to third-party reimbursement, employment, and other revenue issues for athletic trainers in the State of Wisconsin.
Reports to: President

Third Party Reimbursement Initiative

Committee Coordinator:
Joe Greene
Purpose: To advance third party reimbursement model and investigate other means of revenue for athletic training services. Membership needs to include a representative of all work settings including, but not limited to: clinic, industrial, and college/university.
Reports to: President

Research & Outcomes

Committee Coordinator:
David Bazett-Jones
Purpose: To support and enhance research activities within the WATA membership by promoting research grants and establishing free communications at educational events. Will also be responsible for administering surveys when the input of the membership is needed.
Reports to: Secretary

Student Senate

Faculty Advisers:
Holly Schmies and Rob Sipes
Purpose: To represent the needs of the WATA Student members and support the efforts of all WATA Committees. The coordinator of this committee must be a certified member. Additional members consist of certified members, GLATA Student Senators, and one student advisory member from each CAATE program in Wisconsin. The coordinator of this committee will sit on the Continuing Education Committee and this committee will also provide representatives/liaisons to the Governmental Affairs and Public Relations Committees. These representatives can be certified members and/or student members.
Reports to: President-Elect

Young Professionals Committee

Committee Coordinator:
JJ Bonk
Purpose: To be the voice and supporter of young professional athletic trainers in the state of Wisconsin to advance the profession of Athletic Training.
Reports to: President-Elect


Meet your Committee Coordinators!