Leadership Institute

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.


Please direct inquiries to the NCATALI Coordinator, Ashley Long at ashleylong111@gmail.com

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

Date: The current Leadership Fellows began in Spring, 2016 and will conclude at the Winter meeting of 2017.
Application: The application period for the next class of leadership fellows is currently open and will close  November 1, 2017.

  • 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 15, of even numbered years. Commitment: NCATALI events will be available at Summer and Spring symposiums during the two year appointment, for a total of four Leadership Institute opportunities.  Accepting an invitation to become a Leadership Fellow requires a commitment to attend 2 out of the 4 NCATALI event offerings during their tenure in order to claim credit for completing the Leadership Institute. Fellows are expected to register for the 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.

Click HERE for application.

The 2016 Fellows:

Julie Burton

Carolinas HealthCare System
Danielle EnriqueOrthopaedic Specialist of North Carolina
Trent HayesCaroMont Health
Lindsey SchroederUNC-Wilmington
Eric StorsvedElon University
Corrie StrubleShaw University
Brian WheelerDavidson College

The 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 Wilkenfeld University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Tracy Yoshikawa East Carolina University

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