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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 

  • 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 programs’ 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. 

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Faculty Advisor

Emily Hildebrand, PhD, LAT, ATC

Towson University

Program Director

Emily is currently the program director and an assistant professor for the Towson University Athletic Training Program. She is in her second year as the Faculty Advisor for the MAATA Student Senate. In her role as Faculty Advisor, Emily hopes to work closely with a diverse group of students from the District in order to reach all athletic training students within the Region. She also hopes to continue to build a Student Program that will excel the professional development of future health care providers.

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Junior Faculty Advisor

Emily Meyerl

Graduate Student

George Mason University

Emily is currently in her second year as a graduate student at George Mason University where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise, Health, and Fitness Promotion. During her two years at George Mason, she will be working at a local Prince Williams County Middle School as their head athletic trainer. She is originally from Baltimore, MD and is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina where she received her B.S in Athletic Training. Outside of her clinical work, she is also excited to be a teaching assistant at GMU and to research medical care for pediatric patients who participate in sports. Emily served as a student senator between 2017-2019 and this is her second year in the position of Junior Faculty Advisor. She is excited to stay on the committee to encourage students to get involved and grow their interest in leadership on all levels.

Student Senators 2020-2021

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Senior Senator

Kaitlyn Whipp

Towson University

Kait is from Pasadena, Maryland and is a senior in the Towson University Athletic Training program. Her passion for the profession developed during high school while playing sports and as a result, gave her many opportunities to engage and learn from her Athletic Trainer. As a student senator, Kait is confident that she will learn and grow through interactions with professionals and other peers who share a common interest in the field of Athletic Training. She hopes to spread awareness about Athletic Training within her community and is excited for the future opportunities the profession will bring.



Junior Senator

Crystal Ambersley
Salisbury University

Crystal is originally from Odenton, Maryland. She is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science. She is currently in her first year of Salisbury University’s Masters of Science in Athletic Training program. In addition to her involvement with the MAATA, she is one of the representatives for the College of Human & Health Service Student Advisory Board at Salisbury. As she completed her Bachelors of Science at the University of Kentucky she had the opportunity to intern alongside passionate athletic trainers that further interested her in the field. As a Junior Student Senator, she hopes to not only bring awareness to the field of Athletic Training, but looks forward to collaborating  with various organizations.

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Senior Senator

Kiara "Janese" Malone

Shenandoah University

Janese is from Gallatin, TN. She is currently in her second-year of the Master of Science in Athletic Training and the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs at Shenandoah University. During her time as a Student Senator, she is committed to further developing her leadership skills and will bring her passion, enthusiasm, and voice to the workings of the delegation. Janese has an unbelievable zeal for athletic training and wants to use her voice to promote athletic training as well as be a positive influence on her fellow athletic training peers in a big way. Most of all, as a Senior Student Senator, Janese would love the opportunity to become a stronger leader among fellow athletic training professionals.

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Junior Senator

Erica Kiessling

Bridgewater College

Erica is from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. She was born in the District of Columbia and lived in Maryland for a small part of her life. She is a first year MSAT Student at Bridgewater College. She went to Shaw University in Raleigh, NC where she received her BA in exercise science. While she was attending Shaw, she was a part of Chi Alpha Sigma Athlete Honor Society, National Society of Leadership and Success and the Varsity Softball team. Erica found out she wanted to become an athletic trainer when she was traveling to different states in 2019. Erica realized how much she missed the sport and wanted to be involved in a different way. As Junior Student Senate, she hopes to gain experience in how she can spread the awareness of Athletic Training to others, as well as having new opportunities to help out different communities.  

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West Virginia

Senior Senator

Kim Hill

Marshall University

Kim is from Martinsburg, West Virginia, and is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program at Marshall University. In addition to serving on the Student Senate, Kim is a member of Marshall’s Athletic Training Association and the treasurer for the Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Zeta. After graduation, she hopes to move to North or South Carolina and work professionally as an athletic trainer. As a student senator, Kim hopes to increase awareness of the athletic training profession to allow more people to become interested in the profession and to keep the field growing. 

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West Virginia

Junior Senator

Emily Fankhanel 

Marshall University

Emily is from Hurricane, West Virginia and is a first-year graduate student in the Professional Masters of Science in Athletic Training Program at Marshall University. Along with serving on the Student Senate, Emily is a member of Marshall’s Athletic Training Association. After graduation, Emily aspires to find a career within the performing arts, but has found something she loves about every setting she has experienced or researched so far and is excited to bring her love for helping others to the table anywhere. As a Student Senator, Emily hopes to assist in the advancement of the athletic training profession, help highlight the importance of athletic trainers in unique and emerging settings, and influence passion and creativity in students to continue this growth and advancement of the profession throughout the future.

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North Carolina

Senior Senator

Anthony Pereira

East Carolina University

Anthony is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and is now a Senior in the Athletic Training Education Program at East Carolina University. His passion for athletic training revealed itself during his high school years when he was playing football and soccer, while also being a very active member of his high school’s sports medicine program. After graduation, Anthony hopes to work alongside a collegiate or professional soccer team. Anthony believes that as a student senator he will have a great opportunity to spread awareness of the athletic training profession, as well as being given an opportunity to drastically expand his network. He is very excited to begin working alongside others who have the same passion and dedication to the advancement of the athletic training profession that he does.

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North Carolina

Junior  Senator

Renee Adamonis
Western Carolina University

Renee is from Greensboro, North Carolina and is currently a Junior in the Athletic Training Program at Western Carolina University. Renee serves as the President of Western’s Athletic Training Association (WATA) and is a member of the Brinson Honors College Board of Directors. She is looking forward to interacting with athletic training students across the Mid-Atlantic district and representing our expanding profession. After graduation, Renee hopes to attend graduate school and work with professional or collegiate athletes.

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South Carolina

Senior  Senator

Rachel Gordon

University of South Carolina

Rachel is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and is a second-year in the Masters of Athletic Training program at the University of South Carolina. Along with serving on the Student Senate, Rachel is also a member of the South Carolina Athletic Training Student Association. After graduation, Rachel hopes to work professionally with collegiate or professional soccer. Rachel is excited to get the opportunity to work alongside others who share the same passion for the profession that she does and raise awareness for the Athletic Training field.


South Carolina

Junior Senator

SooJi Mun

University of South Carolina

SooJi is from Rutherford, New Jersey and is currently a first year in the Masters of Athletic Training program at the University of South Carolina. She went to Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee where she got her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Applied Exercise Science. She realized she wanted to be an Athletic Trainer after becoming a coach and working with an athletic population. SooJi hopes to become more involved in the athletic training community with this opportunity. After graduation, she hopes to work with collegiate athletes or the military and keep that field moving forward.