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The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association Leadership Institute (NCATALI) exists as an initiative lead by the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association to engage professionally motivated and enthusiastic certified athletic trainers, licensed in North Carolina, with a desire to become more engaged in service to the athletic training profession. NCATALI is designed for athletic trainers who demonstrate a high level of potential to serve the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association, and National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  NCATALI Fellows will receive specialized training on leadership, team building, professionalism, developing and instituting a vision to address growth and challenges, and identification and problem solving of current issues within the profession.

The 2023 class of Leadership Fellows has been selected.  The window for applications will re-open in the fall of 2024.

Please direct inquiries to the NCATALI Coordinator, Ashley Long at

Fellow Benefits:

  • Intentional skill building taught by experts, engaged NCATA members, and experienced leaders/professionals in related fields (ie. Medicine, Business, Industry, Education)

  • Networking between fellows, with NCATA leadership, with invited guests (AT’s and Non-AT’s)

  • Creation of an NCATALI Alumni base who grow into leaders in the profession

  • A resource pool of willing and able personnel for the NCATA Board of Directors to call upon

  • Generation of new ideas, vision, and collaboration

  • Intentional skill building for strong future leadership within the state and beyond

NCATALI Application



  • Must be certified by the BOC to practice Athletic Training

  • Must be licensed to practice athletic training in the state of North Carolina

  • Must articulate desire to become engaged in the profession

  • Must outline goals for service and involvement, including specific, unique skills that could be utilized by the organization

  • Members of all levels of professional, leadership, and life experience are encouraged to apply



Acceptance: The NCATALI fellows will be announced by January 30 of odd numbered years. Commitment: NCATALI events will be available at the Spring Symposium and at a  Summer Institute event.  We will offer 3 other online events throughout the year, likely May, September, and November.  Accepting an invitation to become a Leadership Fellow requires a commitment to attend 7 of the 10 NCATALI event offerings during their tenure in order to claim credit for completing the Leadership Institute. Fellows are expected to register for the NCATA conference in conjunction with the NCATALI event. Also, it is expected that Fellows desire an avenue to become active within the organization and will engage in ongoing projects for the NCATA. Opportunities for involvement in the NCATA will be presented during the Leadership Institute sessions. Cost: There is no cost to apply. Fellows must pay for their own travel and lodging expenses, as well as meeting registration fee, if they intend to attend the NCATA Spring Symposium. Attendance at the symposium is encouraged, but not mandated.

Curriculum: Each year the curriculum will encompass topics in the areas of team building, leadership training, professionalism, growth and challenges in the profession, and problem solving. Examples of lectures and activities include leadership style assessment, professional socialization in healthcare, challenges and solutions at the state level, goal writing, and networking within the class of Fellows and with the NCATA Board of Directors. A detailed outline of the curriculum will be posted prior to the event.
Cohort: The NCATALI will accept a new cohort every two years. Each cohort will be limited to 12 certified and licensed athletic trainers.


2023 Fellows:

Cristian Black - Atrium Health, Spencer Boggs - Atrium Health, Tony Cosby-UNC-Chapel Hill, 

Christopher Ina -Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Sarah Lightfoot - Lenoir-Rhyne University, Kaitlin Ricklefs - Barton College,

Eric Rogers - Atrium Health, Catherine Scott - Atrium Health/Queens University

2020 Fellows:

Brandy Clemmer, Amanda Fitterer, Jarrett Friday, Kaitlin Griego, Grady Hardeman,

Jolene Henning, Brandon Jonhnson, Beverly Justice, Kevin King, Jennifer O'Donoghue,

Courtney Phelps, Megan Wahl, Johanna Williams.


2018 Fellows:

Sarah Christie, Campbell University

Tyler Congrove, UNC Greensboro

Hanna Davis, Advanced Physical Therapy Solutions

Susan Edkins,  UNC Pembroke

TJ Moore, Duke Sports Medicine

Jenna Neumann, UNC School of the Arts

Allyson Riley, Blakeney Family Physicians

Lindsay Snyder, Novant/Bishop McGuinness High School

Mary Sult, Novant/Forsyth Medical Center

Ashley Thrasher, Western Carolina University


2016 Fellows:
Julie Burton, Carolinas HealthCare System

Danielle Enrique, Orthopaedic Specialist of North Carolina

Trent Hayes, CaroMont Health

Lindsey Schroeder, UNC-Wilmington

Eric Storsved, Elon University

Corrie Struble, Shaw University

Brian Wheeler, Davidson College

2014 Fellows:

Allyson Connally, Gardner-Webb University

Ted Eaves, High Point University

Ruby Floyd, Orthopedic Specialists of North Carolina

Janna Fonseca, Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine

Steve Garner, Novant Health/ Forsyth Medical Center

Brandy Jones, Catawba College

Alessa Lennon, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Johna Register-Mihalik, WakeMed Health and Hospitals

Devon Smith, Carolinas HealthCare System

Luis Velez, Lenoir-Rhyne University                    

Felicia White, Novant Health/Piedmont HS

David Wilkenfe, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Tracy Yoshikawa, East Carolina University

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