Diversity and Inclusion

Mission: NYSATA D & I serves to advocate and promote the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the Athletic Training profession. This committee aspires to cultivate initiatives to encourage community service and outreach, facilitate mentorship and execute forward progress while introducing students to the profession.

The goal of this committee is to impact young communities of students by exposing them to the realm of Athletic Training, promoting awareness of the many opportunities available in sports medicine and providing avenues of professional development which would guide them to becoming community leaders.

NYSATA D & I plans to advance diversification as the field of Athletic Training continues to grow.

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LaTonja Lee, MS, ATC, PES

LaTonja has been a member of NYSATA EDAC committee since 2015. She was appointed Committee Chair in Jan 2019. She currently works at Molloy College as one of the Assistant Athletic Trainers. Her team responsibilities include but are not limited to: Women’s Tennis, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Lacrosse.

LaTonja has always had a passion for creating awareness, promoting and advocating for the Athletic Training profession since she began her career 9 years ago. She believes increasing access to students across NYS, whether in a secondary school setting or non-traditional settings, is imperative to bring diversity and inclusion into the field.

LaTonja completed multiple initiatives during the first year as committee chair. Partnering with Girl Scouts of Nassau County Co-hosting a fitness party with Pretty Girls Sweat with a Women in Athletic Training Workshop. Over 40 girls from the ages 7-17 attended a 5- Station rotation that was designed to educate the girls on rehabilitation, taping and orthopedic injury, nutrition, concussion awareness and AT education. Her 2nd project was the National Athletic Trainers Month video compilation featuring Athletic Trainers, coaches, and athletes from multifarious levels of competition. The purpose of the videos were to increase awareness of cultural competency and ethnic representation in the sports realm. The 3rd project is an Athletic Training brochure that will be administered to secondary schools in NYS to increase advocacy through awareness and visibility.

She is looking forward to working with the committee and implementing some new and continued initiatives, outreach and other opportunities.

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Ivan Mak,BS, ATC,TPI, FP2

Committee Member

Head Athletic Trainer  at Queensborough Community College 

NYSATA EDAC committee member for 5 years

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Rosalyn Nervegna BS, ATC

Committee Member

Head Athletic Trainer at Friends Seminary

NYSATA EDAC committee member for 5 years

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Tracye Rawls-Martin MS, ATC, GFI

Committee Member

Associate Professor at Long Island University Brooklyn
Former Chair of Research & Injury

Committee for the past 10 years

NYSATA EDAC Committee member for 2 years

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James Pierre-Glaude PT,DPT, ATC, CSCS

Committee Member

NYSATA Region1 LI Representative 

School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook University

Head Athletic Trainer for USA National Amputee Soccer

New Committee Member

Africa Harper BS, ATC

Committee Member

Columbia Doctors Physician Extender/ Athletic Trainer for Columbia University Club Sports.

NYSATA EDAC Committee member for 2 years

Matthew Rawlins, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART

Committee Member

Provides clinical patient care at the University of Rochester Medical Center AT outreach to The Aquinas Institute

Former Chair of History & Public Archives

NATA & NYSATA D2 LGBTQ Advisor

NYSATA EDAC Committee member for 2 years

The mission of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association shall be to advance, encourage, and improve the profession of athletic training by developing the common interests of its membership for the purpose of enhancing the quality of health care for the physically active in New York State.

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