Presidential Award

The Presidential Award recognizes any business, medical practices, organizations or individual that have supported healthcare services above and beyond the expected in support of athletic trainers and the athletic training community.


  1. Open to any person, business, medical practices or organization dedicated to the health care profession who has made major contributions to the Science of Athletic Training    

  2. Not limited to NCATA Membership

  3. Not limited to BOC Certification

  4. May be nominated by any voting member of the NCATA    

  5. No self-nomination       

  6. Nominations will be in the form of a written letter stating the reason(s) for nomination shall be sent to the President of the NCATA   

  7. Businesses must be non-product oriented     

  8. Winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting


  1. Will be made by the awards committee




​Dr. Charles E. Konrad has demonstrated his high esteem for Certified Athletic Trainers during his educational meetings, in which he looks to learn from our profession as much as to educate ATs about different aspects of weather and heat related illness.  He has dedicated an enormous amount of time and money to developing tools for our profession to allow us to better serve our patients and to help improve our practice. I have been in several meetings with Dr. Konrad and have always been impressed with his knowledge and support of our profession. Dr. Charles E. Konrad is a very deserving recipient of the NCATA Presidential Award.


Dr. Mark Galland Throughout an athletic trainer’s career, it isn’t uncommon to encounter physicians that understand and support our profession, but it is a rarity to find one that is a true  advocate of our profession and is willing to go above and beyond to create positive change.


Not only does Dr. Galland understand the importance of athletic trainers in our more traditional settings, he is a champion of athletic trainers in the physician practice setting, constantly pushing the envelope for us to expand our scope and skillset. Far before they were settled within the BOC, Dr. Galland had established an athletic training fellowship/ residency. He has mentored numerous athletic trainers through his program, providing with them with the skills to

excel as they went on to practice in physician practices and other clinic settings.


Paula Guerrero has been a supporter of the NCATA for over 20+ years. Paula is not an Athletic Trainer, however she is the wife of one. Mike Guerrero, a NCATA Hall of Famer and for as long as I can remember our point man for our NCATA Annual Meeting registration. Since Paula and Mike got married not only did she marry Mike but she married the NCATA. She has been with Mike and has assisted in all preparations that go into the Annual Meeting. At every NCATA meeting Paula was behind that registration table and would greet you with a smile. Everything has a bit of Paula in it.


Over the years she has assisted Mike with registrations, speakers, awards, name badges, special events, speaker gifts and the list could go on. Paula and the connections that she had by working for Dr. Lymon Smith of Raleigh Orthopedics was able to support some NCATA events with sponsorships and donations that she was able to secure. Dr. Smith was a huge supporter of Athletic Trainers and I know Paula had an influence in some of that. Paula is an awesome candidate for our award. Her willingness to support our organization for so long is something very special and possibly underappreciated.


Felicia Hall has been nominated by the Presidents for her outstanding service to the NCATA. She has led our honors and awards for as long as we can remember, paying tribute to all in our state, so we are pleased to finally give her the recognition she deserves. Felicia’s organization and sincere love for highlighting the great things that ATs have done in our state made her the perfect leader for this committee.


She has also used her talents to expand the social media scope to include much more professional looking posts, regular communication from the H and A committee and for all of our social media outlets. She has a true servant's heart and was able to increase her involvement this year even with a busy schedule, challenging year and pursuing her doctorate. Any time she was asked to help, she did so with a smile. We appreciate her tireless dedication and service to the association and profession. We are so honored to recognize Dr. Felicia Hall.


Dan Brown, Radeas

Quoted by Nina Walker, “His recognition of the versatile skills led to the employment of many ATs at Radeas COVID testing sites in Wake County. This was vital during a time when many ATs in traditional settings were being furloughed due to lack of sport participation and the job market had dried up for young professionals who had recently graduated. He understood the profession well enough to recognize that ATs excel in organization, leadership, customer service and complex logistical tasks. He utilized ATs in leadership positions, like supervisors, to help with the organization, inventory, set up and break down of events. He equated these tasks to the duty of setting up for away football games and creating a new medical space every weekend.”

He noted that ATs excelled at problem solving, managing flow and assisting in all operations at these events. He also recognized the importance of hiring individuals that matched the community that he was serving, by hiring a diverse AT work staff and utilizing many bilingual ATs to help reach community members that had difficulty communicating otherwise. I would like to recognize Dan and Radeus labs for their innovation in recognition that athletic trainers are healthcare workers that possess unique skills that translate far beyond the athletic field. Radeus allowed ATs to participate in helping communities, some underserved, have access to free, well organized and professionally supported COVID testing, when without this resource they may not have had the access  to the healthcare that was needed.


Nancy Groh, Assistant Professor, and the Clinical Education Coordinator, in the Athletic Training Education Program at High Point University. She was elected by her peers to serve as the Secretary of the NCATA for the 2020-2022 term. Nancy Groh is an exceptional educator and continues to inspire others through her work with athletic training students, athletic training education department and the athletic training profession.


Jeff Hinshaw currently serves in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine as the lead Physician Assistant and faculty member for emergency medicine.  He has worked as an advocate for the athletic training profession and helped develop the collaborative working relationship between EMS and athletic trainers.



Tara Peterson, Clinical Education Coordinator at Western Carolina University for her inspiring work with athletic training students and the athletic training education department.


Dr. Lyman Smith, Raleigh Orthopaedic, for his 29 years of dedicated work as a team physician not only in the office but also on the sidelines helping thousands of athletes at the high school, college and professional level. 



Kannapolis Fire Department for their commitment to inter-professional learning by teaching a class to assist ATs in getting EMT certification and coordinating the training of 100 firefighters on how to better handle sporting injuries and AT interactions on the scene. Pictured below.