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Committee on Practice Advancement

The mission of COPA is to develop and promote new areas for athletic training employment and address employment issues, such as working conditions, for athletic trainers in existing settings.  The committee will support staff in research as it relates to job development and improvement as well as serve as a liaison to athletic training educators in order to translate changes in professional education standards and emerging employment issues.

Otto Krueger, DC ATC LMT
Krueger Chiropractic
2785 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 964-5000 (O)


Rhonda Beemer, PhD, ATC
Michael Tunning, DC, ATC

Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine

Purpose is to identify issues of concern; disseminate information; and develop programs & activities to enhance the effectiveness of collegiate athletic trainers and students enrolled in athletic training programs in Iowa.


Vic Miller, MA, ATC
Iowa State University 
(515) 294-7325(O)

Andy Newell, Iowa Central CC
Mike Hadden, Simpson College
Tim Weesner, Iowa State University

Professional Responsibility

Purpose is to act on ethical complaints received by the Executive Committee to assure Society members adhere to the NATA Code of Ethics and the Board of Certification Standards of Profession Practice.

Peter J Neibert, PhD, AT
Associate Professor Chair Division of Athletic Training
University of Northern Iowa
(319) 273-6447

Honors & Awards

Purpose is to develop awards & criterion; solicit & review candidate’s applications; and forward recommendations of worthy recipients to the Executive Committee.

Link here for all IATS Honors and Awards Information

Megan Brady
Drake University


Lisa Bengston

Kurt Flathers
Jessica Wooldridge

Committee Activities

  • Hall of Honor Inductions
  • Reviewing applications for various IATS Awards and Scholarships

Governmental Affairs

Purpose is to monitor state and federal legislation; develop strategic relationships with external organizations; monitor the AT Practice Act; provide society members with current policy, regulatory and legislative information; and foster members involvement in legislative activities.

Troy Kleese




The purpose of the Liaisons is to interact with variety of health care professional organizations to positively impact the health care of physically active individuals; and to enhance the public relations efforts of the society by establishing community service programs.

Jill Kienzle
Liaison to IAHSAA

Linn Mar High School

Jill Kienzle
Playoff Coordinator

Nate Newman
NATA Provider Number Attendant
Drake University

Jim Nespor

Liaison to IPTA
Iowa State University
132 Recreation Center
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-2626 (O)

Public Relations

Purpose is to promote Athletic Training and the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society on the local, state and national levels to both internal and external audiences. Efforts are focused on developing and implementing public awareness campaigns; disseminating information to Society members through a Quarterly Newsletter; maintaining the society’s website; preparing press releases and advertisements; and working with the Executive Committee to create and promote participation in Athletic Training month activities.


Katie Staiert, MS, ATC
University of Iowa
1 Elliott Dr., S181 CHA

Social Media Coordinator:
Shelli Green, MS, ATC, LAT
Central College
Campus Box 6600
Pella, IA 50219
(641) 628-5450 (O)


Supporting and Advancing the Athletic Training Profession through Research and Education.

Chris Viesselman, EdD, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Grandview University
1200 Grand View Ave.
Des Moines, IA
515-263-2871 / F 515-263-2882

Secondary School

Purpose is to  identify issues of concern to licensed athletic trainers in this setting and to suggest/formulate solutions pertaining to these issues along with the Executive Committee.

Jill Kienzle
St. Luke’s Sports Medicine
Linn Mar High School
(319) 447-3106


Tracy Steffen

Peter Sand

Jamie Elrod

Playoff Coordinator
Jill Kienzle


Young Professionals

The purpose of the Young Professionals Committee is to increase the recruitment and retention of newly certified members to the field of athletic training, to increase the involvement of those members 35 and younger in volunteerism and professional development, to encourage young athletic training professionals to get involved in efforts to improve working conditions and quality of life of athletic trainers.

Carissa Tigges
Grinnel College


Katie Staiert ktann.staiert@gmail.com

Shelli Green

Samantha Busch safrost4@hotmail.com

Allison Klapperich alklapperich@gmail.com

Kayla Johnson

Amber Schnittjer

Athletic Training Student Leadership Council

The mission of the Iowa Athletic Training Student Leadership Council is to promote the profession of athletic training, increase leadership and educational opportunities and encourage active involvement among athletic training students in the state of Iowa.


Jessica Drenth

Iowa State University


Megan Blomberg (President)

Alaya Johnson (Vice President)

Marissa Drake (Secretary)

Annual Meeting Committee

Purpose of Committee / Objectives:

The purpose is to organize the annual meeting each year.  Our goal is to increase the number of CEU’s offered at the IATS Annual Meeting, to include multiple EBP sessions, to create more student-specific sessions, and to market our state’s meeting to the surrounding states. 

Taylor Young


Ashley Weier

Jason Kofoot

Taylor Young

Nate Newman

Christine Black

Jessica Drenth

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