Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association

GLATA Student Senate

Mission Statement: The Mission of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) Student Senate (GSS) is to organize educational programs and opportunities to meet the needs of the GLATA students, and to develop the athletic training leaders of tomorrow.



Matt Giordanelli (WI)


Matt is from Kingsford, Michigan, located in the Upper Peninsula. He graduated from Kingsford High School, and is currently a junior at Marquette University. As the Chair of the GLATA Student Senate, Matt is responsible for directing and overseeing meetings and all activities of the GLATA Student Senate. He also communicates with the GLATA Executive Board by providing updates of the Student Senate’s activities, ideas, and student programing . At school, Matt is involved in the biomechanics lab, the ATSA, and has worked with the men’s basketball, women’s and men's soccer, and women's lacrosse teams. Outside of school, Matt enjoys hanging out with his friends and exercising. In the future, Matt would like to attend PT school, and either open his own clinic or pursue a teaching career in athletic training.  



Connor Burton (IN)
Vice Chair


Connor is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Heritage High School. He is currently a Sophomore in the athletic training program at the University of Indianapolis. As the Vice-Chair, Connor collects the monthly committee and state reports from the rest of the Student Senate and puts them together to be distributed before the monthly conference calls. He also assists the Chair and Treasurer throughout the year. Also as the Vice-Chair, he collects GSS Alumni information. Connor has worked with many sports at UIndy including; basketball, football, wrestling, volleyball and track and field. Outside of athletic training Connor loves to golf and play basketball. His future plans include going to graduate school to receive a Master's and eventually get his PhD and get involved in the educational side of athletic training.



Emily Florek (MI)

Emily is from Burr Ridge, Illinois and graduated from Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois. She is currently a senior at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. As secretary for the GLATA Student Senate, Emily complies minutes from monthly meetings and creates the student newsletter. Emily has worked with the men's and women's cross country team, women's basketball, women's lacrosse, football, and softball while at Hope College. Emily is a part of the MATS Student Committee and Hope College Athletic Training Student Council. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Emily's goal is to attend medical school after completing her undergraduate degree in athletic training.


Halie Marmalick (MI)


Halie is from Gladstone, MI which is a small town in the Upper Peninsula. She graduated from Gladstone High School and is currently finishing up her sophomore year in Northern Michigan University's athletic training program. As the treasurer of the GLATA student senate, Halie works with the GLATA treasurer and deals with all matters related to the budget and reimbursements. So far in her student career at NMU, Halie has worked with D1 men's hockey and D2 football as well as taking part in a rotation in the on-campus clinic. Outside of school, Halie enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as being outdoors to enjoy the beautiful U.P. summers. Halie plans on going to graduate school for her Masters of science in Athletic Training upon graduation from Northern.



Alex Johnson (MN)
Winter Meeting Co-Coordinator


Alex is from Albertville, Minnesota, and graduated from St. Michael- Albertville High School. Currently, he is a junior at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Alex is also a member of the Epsilon Pi Alpha Fraternity and the Triathlon Club. As a Winter Meeting Co-Coordinator, Alex works with the other Winter Meeting Co-Coordinator to prepare for the upcoming 2015 GLATA Student Winter Meeting. Outside of school, Alex enjoys going to the zoo and feeding the pigeons. His future plans are to attend a graduate school to obtain a Master’s Degree, while working at Starbucks.



Brooke Kapple (OH)
Winter Meeting Co-Coordinator

Brooke is from Belpre, Ohio and graduated from Belpre High School. She is a junior at Ohio University, where she is vice president of her athletic training student organization. As one of the winter meeting co-coordinators for the GLATA student senate, Brooke helps to organize and plan the student program for the annual GLATA meeting. She has worked clinically at two rural high schools in southeast Ohio, and with division 1 women's volleyball. She currently works with her school's division 1 baseball team, and will soon be working at Ohio University's clinic for performing artists. In her free time, Brooke enjoys running, reading, and spending time with family. After graduation, Brooke plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master's degree in athletic training, and someday become a professor.


Secily Moss (IL)
Sponsorships and Donations Co-coordinator

Secily is originally from Pana, Illinois, and attended Pana Senior High School. Currently, she is a senior at Millikin University. She is the vice president for the  Athletic Training Club, and the treasurer for the Student Exercise Science Organization on campus. She has been with the Division 3 men’s and women’s soccer, men’s basketball, baseball  and softball team. She has also worked at Mount Zion High School and worked football, wrestling, volleyball, men's soccer, and men and women basketball while there. Along with majoring in athletic training, she is minoring in nutrition. Her role as the Sponsorship and Donations Co-Coordinator in the GLATA Student Senate is to solicit sponsorships and donations from companies, organizations, and athletic training eductation programs throughout District 4. Outside of school, Secily enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, watch movies, write stories, and work as a lifeguard, aquatics director, babysitter, and crew member at the Pana McDonald’s. In the future, Secily plans on attending graduate school and to obtain her master's degree and get a graduate assistantship in athletic training.



Ricardo Vidal-Chavez (WI)
Sponsorships and Donations Co-Coordinator


Ricardo is originally from Veracruz, Mexico and has been living in Milwaukee, WI since 2010. Currently he is in his second year of the Athletic Training program at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In these three semesters Ricardo has been able to work with women´s volleyball, men´s and women´s track and field, men´s and women´s soccer, and men´s basketball, all of them at a division-1 level. His position in the GLATA student senate is the Sponsorship and Donations Co-Coordinator,  in charge of looking for sponsorships and donations from different companies. In his spare time, Ricardo enjoys playing soccer with his friends, taking walks with his dog, and going salsa dancing with his wife. After Ricardo graduates, he wants to complete a master´s program in a GA position and perhaps eventually become a preceptor or mentor.


Katie Lee (OH)
General Workshops Coordinator

Katie is from Mayfield Village, OH and graduated from Mayfield High School in 2012. She is currently a junior athletic training student at Ohio State University. Katie currently works with the Ohio State Wrestling team, and in the past has had the opportunity to work with the Ohio Dominican University football team, Ohio State football team, and Ohio State men's gymnastics team. She serves as the General Workshop Coordinator for the GLATA Student Senate. The position involves helping to find the BOC preparation presenter and learning lab presenters and aiding with their presentations.  In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and playing in Ohio State's Athletic Band, as well as being in multiple student organizations across campus. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a Master's Degree with a GA position.



Kristen Semrow (MN)
Webmaster, Public Relations

Kristen is from Madison, Wisconsin, and attended Edgewood High School. Currently, she is a junior at Winona State University in Minnesota. She has enjoyed working with the Winona State’s Division 2 baseball, softball, women's basketball, and football teams. As Webmaster, Kristen coordinates with the GLATA Web Team to update the student section of the GLATA website and keep students in District IV informed. She also manages the GLATA Students Facebook and Twitter accounts. As public relations appointee, Kristen communicates with students throughout District IV regarding athletic training fundraisers, programs, and activities. Outside of school, Kristen enjoys hanging out with her friends, playing rugby for Winona’s club team, and traveling to different countries. In the future, Kristen would like to attend graduate school and someday work for a professional hockey or rugby team.


Steven Jarrett (IN)
Quiz Bowl Co-coordinator

Steven is from Gary, Indiana, and graduated from Lake Central High School. He is currently a junior attending Indiana State University. As the Quiz Bowl Co-Coordinator, Steven works with a partner hand-in-hand to find AT specific questions and responses, arranges plaque and trophy arrangements, sets up the quiz bowl venue, and arranges judges and emcees for the event. During his time as a student, he has enjoyed working with all athletes that he’s come across, from swimmers to Ironman athletes, but football has been the most draining and most exciting. Outside of school Steven enjoys playing or watching football, exercising, or finding new restaurants and eye appealing venues.



Marissa Anderson (IL)
Quiz Bowl Co-Coordinator

Marissa represents the state of Illinois in the Student Senate and is currently attending Illinois State University.  She is from Naperville and attended Naperville North High School. Being the GLATA Quiz Bowl Co-Coordinator, she is responsible for the organization and planning of the event.  This involves making questions, categories, and working one on one with the students. As an entry level athletic training student, she has worked with the local high schools and many ISU sports.  She really enjoys working with athletes at the collegiate level. Marissa has many different hobbies that she enjoys to do in her free time, including traveling the world, participating in triathlons, and working out.


Christina Hirsch (NATSC)
District IV Representative to the National Athletic Training Students’ Committee

Christina is originally from White Bear Lake Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota where she obtained her BA in Child Psychology and her BS in Kinesiology. She is currently a second year graduate student at The College of St Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota pursuing her MS in Athletic Training. She is currently serving as President for the Saints Athletic Training Society at her school.  In her free time Christina enjoys traveling, crafts, movies, working as an EMT and coaching hockey.  As the District Four representative, she is responsible for being a liaison between the NATSC and the GLATA Student Senate.



David C. Berry, PhD, AT, ATC, ATRIC, CKTP



David Berry is an Assistant Professor and Professional Athletic Training Program Director at the Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI. He also serves as a faculty member of the MATS Student Committee, helping to organize the student conference and quiz bowl at the state level and as the MATS treasure. His professional passions involve teaching and mentoring future athletic training professionals, especially in the area of emergency medicine. In his free time, Dr. Berry enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. 


Trevor Bates, DHSc-S, MS, AT, ATC

Professor Bates serves as the Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Chair, Program Director, & Associate Professor of AT at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.    He will conclude a second term as the Vice President of Association Affairs for the OATA in 2015.  In this role, he has worked to support the ATS, OSS, YPC, SSC, and COR committees.  Prof. Bates serves as a member of the Student Research Conference Committee at Heidelberg, a GLATA & OATA mentor, and a medical volunteer for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Prof. Bates' goal as an advisor to the GSS is to contribute to supporting students on their journey to becoming intellectually and emotionally intelligent professionals.  Personally, Prof. Bates is Chicago (IL) native, a proud husband and father, and enjoys cooking/grilling for family & friends.






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