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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) Student Senate is to provide students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and prepare future leaders within the athletic training profession. This organization will give a voice to the students within the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Goals of the Student Senate - 2016-2017

Increase awareness of the athletic training profession through the implementation and promotion of educational events and opportunities for all athletic training students.

Collaborate with other organizations across the District such as: Young Professionals, Public Relations, and individual rograms’ athletic training student associations.

Improve communication through partnerships within the District to include athletic training educators, clinicians, and athletic training students. 

Senate Structure

The MAATA Student Senate is comprised of two student representatives from each state included in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association. Each student senator is currently in the last two years of the Athletic Training Education Program.  The State Chair is the second year Senator from each state.  In addition, the senate has a Junior Faculty Advisor who is currently a graduate student within the MAATA.  Two Faculty Advisors also lead the Student Senate, organizing the annual symposium in May. 


Student Senators 2016-2017


State Chair

Alison Mitchell
Salisbury University
May 2017


Alison is from Baltimore, MD and a senior in the Athletic Training Program at Salisbury University. In addition to the Student Senate, Alison serves as the student representative for the senior class in the program. She became interested in Athletic Training while playing sports in high school and being mentored by her high school athletic trainer who graduated from Salisbury’s Athletic Training Program in 2007. As a student senator she hopes to educate many people about the Athletic Training profession while enhancing her leadership skills and building professional relationships with other students and mentors. Alison plans to attend graduate school in hopes to one day become a Head Athletic Trainer for a University.

Vice Chair

Breanna Malebranche
Towson University
May 2018


Breanna is from Carroll County, MD and is a junior in the Athletic Training Program at Towson University. She was first interested in athletic training after battling an injury her junior year of high school and seeing first hand what ATs do from day to day. Other than being the Vice Chair for the Senate, Breanna is also the fundraising chair for the Athletic Training Club at Towson. As a senator, Breanna hopes to give the students in various programs the opportunities to grow as individuals and as the profession as a collective whole. Breanna plans to attend graduate school and continue practicing athletic training far into the future.



Lauren Field
George Mason University
May 2017


Lauren is a senior in the Athletic Training department at George Mason University. Lauren got involved with athletic training after working with the athletic trainer at her high school. Following graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to complete a Master’s in Athletic Training. While serving in the senate, she hopes to further her knowledge of the athletic training profession as well as educating others about the profession.

Vice Chair

Michelle Yando
Lynchburg College
May 2018


Michelle is from Morrisville, Vermont and is currently a junior in the Athletic Training Program at Lynchburg College. After college, she plans on attending graduate school. She is excited to become more knowledgeable about the athletic training profession.

West Virginia


Adam Gellios
Concord University
May 2017


Adam is from Nokesville, VA and a senior in the Athletic Training Program at Concord University. In addition to the Student Senate, he is the Treasurer for the Athletic Training Club at Concord. As a student senator, he hopes to improve the communication between the different levels in Athletic Training Community while improving his leadership skills and enhancing his professional relations. Adam plans to attend graduate school to further his education to be able to help educate students to become Athletic Trainers.

Vice Chair

Justin Goff
West Virginia Weslyen
May 2018


Justin is currently a junior at West Virginia Wesleyan and majoring in Athletic Training and minoring in Biology. He plans to work as an athletic trainer before going on to graduate school. Justin is very excited to be a part of this organization and to meet new people with the same goals and desires as himself.

North Carolina


Colleen “Katy” Rogers
UNC Wilmington
May 2017


Katy is a senior at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training with Minors in Psychology and Clinical Research. She is an active member of UNCW’S Athletic Training Student Association, representing the organization on the Executive Board. While serving as the State Chair for North Carolina, she plans to further promote Athletic Training as a healthcare profession, refine her leadership skills, and encourage fellow Athletic Training students to get more involved. After completing her studies at UNCW, Katy plans to attend graduate school to pursue a graduate assistantship in Athletic Training. She aspires to become a Football Athletic Trainer in the collegiate or professional setting.


Vice Chair

Mary Asgari
Western Carolina
May 2018


Mary is currently a Junior at Western Carolina University majoring in athletic training. This coming year, she will be completing preseason clinicals at Vanderbilt University and a rotation at Trinity College. After attending graduate school, Mary plans on getting involved in international athletic training. She is eager to work with this group of talented and passionate people who love the profession as much as she does and to make priceless connections.

South Carolina


Holly Rittenberry
Winthrop University
May 2017


Holly is from Aiken, South Carolina and is currently a senior in the Winthrop University Athletic Training Program. She is the president and the professional development chair of her school’s athletic training club. Holly decided to pursue athletic training as a career because she loves both helping others and the sports atmosphere. Upon graduation, Holly hopes to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in Kinesiology before becoming an athletic training educator. As a student senator, she hopes to grow as a professional and share her passion for athletic training with others.

Vice Chair

Jonathan Jenkins
University of South Carolina
May 2018

Jonathan is from Reno, Nevada and is currently a second year in the University Of South Carolina Athletic Training Undergraduate Program. Jonathan is an Army veteran, who has served 9 years on active duty and has currently completed his 3rd year as an Army Reservist. He also serves on the undergraduate Athletic Trainer Student Advisory Board at school. He decided on pursuing a degree in Athletic Training after participating in a graduate project in his 3rd year of course work. Jonathan was so intrigued by the idea of serving as an Athletic Trainer that he switched majors and has enjoyed every moment since. As a student senator, he hopes to continue to grow a network of like-minded professionals as well as continue to learn about the opportunities afforded to Athletic Trainers.


Faculty Advisor

Emily Hildebrand, PhD, LAT, ATC
Towson University
Program Director


Emily is currently an assistant professor and program director for Towson University’s Athletic Training Program. Originally from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania she obtained her BS in Athletic Training and an MS in Health Education from East Stroudsburg University of PA. After teaching and working clinically at ESU she went on to Springfield College, MA to continue teaching and working clinically while obtaining a PhD in Physical Education with a concentration in Teaching and Administration.  With a research agenda surrounding athletic training education, this role fits her passion for educating students in preparation for future positions in athletic training and leadership.

Co-Faculty Advisor

Danielle Cotellessa, MS, LAT, ATC
UNC Wilmington
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Assistant Clinical Education Coordinator

Danielle is currently an Assistant Athletic Trainer at UNC Wilmington. She is originally from Cape Cod, MA and received her BS in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She earned her MS in Kinesiology from UNC Greensboro before relocating to Wilmington. Apart from her clinical work, Danielle serves as a lecturer, and the assistant clinical coordinator for the UNCW ATP. She is also the faculty advisor for the UNCW Athletic Training Students’ Association. She is passionate about professional development, and grateful for the opportunity to give back to the profession as a mentor to athletic training students in her new role as Co-Faculty Advisor for the MAATA Student Senate.

Junior Faculty Advisor

Elena Keretses, ATC, SCAT, EMT-B
University of South Carolina
Graduate Assistant


Elena received her BS in Athletic Training from Western Carolina University. She is currently a Graduate Assistant at the University of South Carolina working as the head athletic trainer for the Carolina Band and USC Dance Company. She formerly served as a MAATA student senator representing the state of North Carolina. Elena is passionate about athletic training and serving the profession. She is very excited to serve in this role as Junior Faculty Advisor and hopes to make a positive difference for the students in District III.

NATASC Representative

Destinee Grove
UNC Chapel Hill

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