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.
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.
Emily Hildebrand, PhD, LAT, ATC
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.
Junior Faculty Advisor
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Kait is currently in her first year as an assistant athletic trainer Salisbury University with Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse. She will be beginning to pursue her Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Sports Psychology. She is a recent graduate from Towson University where she received her B.S in Athletic Training. Kait served as a student senator between 2019-2021 and was a part of the service committee, mentor’s breakfast committee, and was President for the 2020-2021 term. She is excited to stay a part of the committee and can not wait to get involved with the senators to have an in-person symposium that will help the profession grow.
Student Senators 2021-2022
Crystal is originally from Odenton, Maryland. She is an alumni of the University of Kentucky where she received her B.S. in Education: Exercise Science. She is currently in her second year of Salisbury University’s Masters of Science in Athletic Training program. In addition to her involvement with the MAATA, she is the MSAT representative for the College of Human & Health Services Student Advisory Board at Salisbury. In the future Crystal aspires to work in the secondary school setting or within the military but has enjoyed every setting she has experienced thus far. As a student senator, Crystal hopes to assist in encouraging student involvement and be an advocate for the athletic training profession.
Janay is from Waldorf, Maryland and is a first year Masters Athletic Training student at Towson University. She graduated from Towson University with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science where she then returned to attend the Athletic Training master's program. She is the Towson Athletic Training Club Masters Representative on the club's board. Being exposed to athletic training at such a young age she knew this was a profession for her. After graduating, she aspires to work in the Military setting. As an advocate for athletic training, Janay hopes to spread awareness of the growing profession while expressing her passion for sports medicine and athletic training. As a student senator, she is excited to network, collaborate, and connect with individuals who share the same interest and grow in leadership.
Kiara "Janese" Malone
Janese is from Gallatin, TN. She is currently in her second year of the Master of Science in Athletic Training and her third year in the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs at Shenandoah University. During her time as Junior 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.
James Madison University
Bryonna Woofter is from Gaston, North Carolina and is a first year graduate student in the Masters of Science in Athletic Training program at James Madison University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy from Mary Baldwin University in Staunton Virginia. After graduation, Bryonna aspires to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and later work as a dual Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist for a professional team. Her calling to pursue these careers came to her at a young age as her love for sports and helping others continues to grow each day. With this opportunity as a student senator, Bryonna hopes to bring a sense of compassion, hard work and leadership not only to the MAATA, but also the overall profession.
Emily is from Hurricane, West Virginia and is a second-year graduate student in the Professional Masters of Science in Athletic Training Program at Marshall University. Along with serving on the student senate, Emily serves as the secretary 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 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.
Alissa is originally from Charleston, West Virginia. She is in her first year of the Professional Masters of Science in Athletic Training Program at Marshall University. Alissa completed her first clinical rotation at Kentucky Christian University and is currently completing her second clinical rotation with Marshall Football. She is excited to use her position in MAATA to build relationships and form connections to highlight the importance of Athletic Training, spark an interest in future students to become involved in Athletic Training in order to grow the profession in their own creative way, and build the road for her future endeavors. After graduation, Alissa hopes to pair her love of gymnastics with her athletic training skillset to provide optimal healthcare to collegiate gymnasts.
Western Carolina University
Renee is from Greensboro, North Carolina and is currently a Senior in the Athletic Training Program at Western Carolina University. Renee is serving as the President of the Student Senate as well as the Service Committee Chair. She has completed clinical rotations with Robert Morris University ice hockey teams and North Carolina State University Football. 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.
High Point University
Jenna is from Raleigh, North Carolina and a recent graduate of High Point University where she received her B.S. in Exercise Science. She is currently in her first year at HPU pursuing her Master of Science in Athletic Training degree where she is also serving as the President of the Athletic Training Club. Jenna’s passion for athletic training began during high school when she tore her ACL while playing soccer. She then got involved in her high school’s sports medicine program and never looked back. As the Junior Student Senator for North Carolina, Jenna hopes to promote the profession of athletic training through the implementation of educational events and other opportunities for all other athletic training students. After graduation, Jenna hopes to work with hockey or soccer athletes at the collegiate or professional level.
University of South Carolina
SooJi is from Rutherford, New Jersey and is currently in her last 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 track and field at a Division I university.
Savannah is originally from Winder, GA, and is currently in her junior year at Limestone University in Gaffney, South Carolina where she is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. Savannah is an involved student-athlete at Limestone University and is currently a member of their Acrobatics and Tumbling team. After graduation, Savannah will continue her education through a Doctorate of Athletic Training or Physician Assistant program where she can continue to network with athletes and physicians. As a junior Student Senator, she hopes to contribute to the athletic training community by encouraging student innovation and leadership. She also hopes to spread awareness about the importance of advancement in the athletic training profession.