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.



Brandon Yach (WI)


Brandon is from Oshkosh, WI. He is an athletic training student at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, currently in his senior year of the program. As Chair of the GLATA Student Senate, Brandon 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. Brandon interned last summer with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Baseball Club. Outside of class, he enjoys playing golf, being active, and watching sports. After Brandon completes his undergraduate education, he plans on attending Physical Therapy school to obtain his doctorate, or attend a Master’s program in a GA position.




Matt Giordanelli (WI)
Vice Chair 


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 Vice Chair of the GLATA Student Senate, Matt collects information from other Senate members each month to compile a committee and state report to send out before the conference call each month. He also serves as a helper to the Chair and assists them with any tasks they may have. At school, Matt is involved in the biomechanics lab, the ATSA, and has worked with the men’s basketball and women’s soccer team. Outside of school, Matt enjoys hanging out with his friends and exercising. In the future, Matt would like to attend PT school, and either work in the collegiate or professional setting, or open his own clinic.





Emily Florek (MI)

Emily is from La Grange, Illinois and graduated from Lyons Township High School. She is currently studying athletic training at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. As secretary for the GLATA Student Senate, Emily compiles minutes from monthly meetings and creates the student newsletter. Emily has worked with Hope's men's and women's cross country team, women's basketball, and women's lacrosse. 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.


Tyler Wright (OH)


Tyler originally came from a little town called Pierpont in the top right corner of Ohio. He graduated from Edgewood Senior High School in Ashtabula, Ohio. Tyler graduated from the University of Akron Ohio in the Spring of  2014, and is currently a Graduate Student at Concord University in West Virginia. He currently works with the men's soccer and track and field teams. Tyler enjoys playing soccer and going out for runs with his free time. As the treasurer for the GLATA Student Senate, Tyler handles all matters related to the budget and reimbursements.




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 running, biking, skiing, snowboarding, and listening to music. His future plans are to attend a graduate school to obtain a Master’s Degree.




Brooke Dippel (MI)
Winter Meeting Co-Coordinator


Brooke Dippel is from Mason, Michigan and graduated from Mason High School. She is now a senior in the athletic training program at Hope College in Holland, MI. Brooke’s role on the Student Senate is the Winter Meeting Planning Co-Coordinator. She plays Varsity Soccer at Hope and is involved in the MATS student senate, Hope’s Planning Committee, Dance Marathon, and the Hope College Athletic Training Student Council. In her free time Brooke enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, and running.



Secily Moss (IL)
Sponsorships and Donations Co-coordinator


Secily is originally from Pana, Illinois, and attended Pana Senior High School. Currently, she is a junior at Millikin University. She is a member of the Athletic Training Club, Sports Medicine Club, and the Student Exercise Science Organization. She has been with the Division 3 men’s and women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and baseballteam. Along with majoring in athletic training, she is minoring in nutrition as well. 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, babysitter, and crew member at the Pana McDonald’s. In the future, Secily plans on taking the BOC exam and begin working as an athletic trainer. After a few years of experience, she would like to go back to school for physical therapy.




Aly Riley (IN)
Sponsorships and Donations Co-Coordinator


Aly is from Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Perry Meridian High School. She currently is a senior at the University of Indianapolis. Aly is the co-coordinator for Sponsorships and Donations for the GLATA Student Senate and the vice president for the athletic training club at the University of Indianapolis. In her spare time Aly enjoys cheering for the IU basketball team. Aly also enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys her summers at her lake house. After graduation Aly plans on attending graduate school to pursue a Master’s Degree.



Jonah Spoerndle (OH)
General Workshops Coordinator

Jonah hails from Wadsworth, Ohio and currently is a senior in the athletic training program at the University of Akron. He serves as the General Workshops Coordinator for the GLATA Student Senate, which includes organizing the BOC exam preparation presentation, as well as organizing interactive sessions for the student program. Jonah is involved with many organizations on campus, as well as holding two on campus jobs. In his free time he enjoys working at the student-run radio station on campus, playing the piano, and spending time with family. After graduation, Jonah plans on attending medical school in hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon.



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 gymnastics, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and softball 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 comes from Gary, Indiana, and attended Lake Central High School. Currently, he is a junior at Indiana State University. Steven is a well- rounded student, and is involved in the National Honors Society, Pre-Nationals XC, Nationals XC, Athletic Training Student Association, Sycamore Cross Country Invitational Meet, State XC Meeting, and a Lab Assistant.  In the GLATA Student Senate, Steven’s job responsibilities include assisting in the IATA organization as well as working with a fellow Student Senator to coordinate the Quiz Bowl of the GLATA Winter Conference. Outside of school, Steven volunteers at sporting events, watching or playing football and basketball, exercising, sight-seeing, and listening to music.  Steven’s future plans are to attend graduate school for a PhD, open clinics around southwest America to patients without Health Care, or travel as a PT/AT.




Eleanor Spencer (IL)
Quiz Bowl Co-Coordinator


Eleanor is from the small farm town of Flanagan, IL and attended Flanagan-Cornell High School. She is a member of the 2015 class at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. She is majoring in athletic training with a double minor in psychology and nutrition. She is secretary of the Sports Medicine Club at Millikin. As GLATA Bowl Co-Coordinator, Eleanor creates questions for the GLATA Bowl and makes sure the event runs smoothly. In her free time she enjoys playing and coaching volleyball for Illini United Volleyball Club. She also enjoys spending time with her 3 brothers and friends. Eleanor’s ideal future would involve getting a master’s degree in Athletic Training and eventually work with or coach a volleyball team.



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. 


Haley Zimmerman, MS, ATC

Haley Zimmerman is the staff athletic trainer for volleyball at Northwestern University. One of her goals as an Athletic Trainer is to increase the participation among students and young professionals within the athletic training field. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outside on the patio with family and friends.






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