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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  2018 - 2019

  • 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. 


Senior Senator

Zach Kelly

Zach is from Burlington, New Jersey and is a senior in the Towson University Athletic Training Program. Zach serves on the Student Senate as Secretary, Newsletter Committee chair, and Public Relations Committee member. In addition to serving on the Student Senate, Zach is the Secretary for the Towson University Athletic Training Club. Zach found his passion for athletic training after enrolling in the sports medicine program at his high school. This program allowed Zach to shadow his school’s athletic trainer and gain insight into the career he is currently pursuing. As a Student Senator, Zach hopes to promote active membership from all athletic training students, not just upperclassmen or those who hold executive positions in their student associations.


Senior Senator

Grace Mills


Grace is from Fredericksburg, Virginia and is a Senator in the Athletic Training Program at Liberty University. Grace is President of the Student Senate and Chair of the Mentor’s Breakfast Committee. In addition to serving on the Senate, Grace serves as the Secretary for the Athletic Training Student Association at Liberty University. After being hit by another driver and sustaining long-lasting injuries from the accident, Grace was able to receive rehabilitative care from an Athletic Trainer and began to become passionate about the field. The following semester she changed majors to Athletic Training and has continued to grow in her passion for it ever since. She loves and values the relationships she can and continues to form through the clinical side of her education. During her time as a Student Senator, Grace hopes to spread awareness of the Athletic Training profession and facilitate healthy relationships between athletic training students from different schools.

West Virgina

Senior Senator

Elissa Roblero

Elissa is from Georgetown, Delaware and a senior in the West Virginia University Athletic Training program. Elissa is chair of the student senate public relations committee and serves on the newsletter committee. Along with serving for the student senate, Elissa is president for the West Virginia Athletic Training club. After graduation, Elissa wants to continue her education and obtain a Master’s degree in Education and work as a high school athletic trainer while teaching sports medicine classes. During her time as a senior student senator, Elissa hopes to bring awareness and spark in interest to get more involved within the community in the state of West Virginia.

North Carolina

Senior Senator

Jonathan "Mana" Gould

Mana is from Goldsboro, NC and originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently a Senior in the Athletic Training Program at Western Carolina University. Mana is the Chair of the Meet and Greet, Athletic Training Olympics, and is apart of the Service Committee. He is also the current Secretary of Western’s Athletic Training Association (WATA) and a chapter brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon (ΣΦΕ) Fraternity of NC Pi’s professional organization. During his time as a student senator, he wants to expand on professional networking opportunities, and advance the profession of athletic training. He is extremely excited for this leadership opportunity and would like to influence students in a positive demeanor by serving as NC senior student senate. 

South Carolina

Senior Senator

Anna Smith

Anna is from Beaufort, SC and is currently a senior in the Athletic Training Program at Erskine College. She currently serves as the Young Professionals Liaison and the Service chair for the Student Senate. Along with serving on the student senate, she is the treasurer for Erskine’s Athletic Training Student Organization and an NCAA women’s soccer player. As a student senator, she hopes to help connect smaller schools with larger programs, while making professional relationships within athletic training. She is excited to serve on student senate and hopes to aid in the continuing growth of the profession. 

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Student Senators 2019-2020

Emily Hildebrand, PhD, LAT, ATC

Faculty Advisor

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.

Emily Meyerl

Junior Faculty Advisor

Emily is currently in her first 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 but this is her first 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. 

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Faculty Advisors

Our Mission: To enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity, and to advance the
profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of injuries.
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