In addition to the members of the Commission and office staff, there are committees, working groups, and site visitors who make recommendations to the Commission. The Commission has final authority and responsibility for all activities and actions of the CAATE. There is a publicly-accessible Policy and Procedure Manual available on the website that fully describes the function of the standing committees, working groups, and site visitors.

Standing Committees

Review Committee

The Review Committee works with the Site Visit Team to prepare the Site Visit Report. This Committee also reviews the rejoinders and progress reports from the comprehensive review process, and makes recommendations to the Commission regarding accreditation actions as per the operation procedures of the CAATE.

  • Chris Schmidt, PhD, ATC (Chair)
  • Doug Gregory, MD
  • Dennis Gruber, EdD, ATC
  • William Pitney, EdD, ATC, FNATA
  • Xristos Gaglias, MA, ATC
  • Toni Torres-McGehee, PhD, ATC
  • Valerie Moody, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, WEMT-B
  • Mark Stutz, PhD, ATC, LAT
  • Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC
  • Ericka Zimmerman, EdD, ATC, CES, PES
  • Tona Hetzler, EdD, ATC
  • Jim Moore, EdD, ATC
  • Ryan Krzyzanowicz, DAT, ATC
  • Barbara Blackstone, MS, ATC
  • Paula Maxwell, PhD, ATC
  • Chris Schmidt, PhD, ATC
  • Todd Neuharth, MA, ATC
  • Linda Bobo, PHD, ATC
  • Aric Warren, EdD, ATC
  • Kelley Henderson, EdD, ATC
  • Amy Brugge, EdD, ATC
  • Robert Sipes, EdD, ATC
  • Scott Lawrance, DHSc, LAT, ATC, MSPT, CSCS
  • Mary Meier, PhD, ATC
  • Christopher Viesselman, EdD, LAT, ATC
  • Jolene Henning, EdD, ATC
  • Scott Heinerichs, EdD, ATC
  • Jessica Barrett, PhD, ATC
  • Barton Anderson, DHSc, ATC
  • James Reidy, MS, ATC, CSCS
  • Kevin Herod, MS, ATC

Ethics & Professional Standards Committee

The Ethics Committee recommends changes to the CAATE Code of Ethics and reviews complaints regarding ethics/behaviors and acts according to the outlined procedures in the Policy and Procedure Manual.

  • Michael Hudson, PhD, ATC (Chair)
  • Matthew Kutz, PhD, MEd, ATC, CSCS
  • Michael Miller, PhD, EdD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA
  • Kimberly S. Peer, EdD, ATC, FNATA
  • Gretchen Schlabach, PhD, ATC

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee reviews the Standards for all program types and recommends changes to the Commission.   In collaboration with the Review Committee , this Committee reviews problematic Standards and takes public comment regarding the Standards.

  • Luzita Vela, PhD, ATC (Chair)
  • Barton Anderson, DHSc, ATC
  • Gail Samdperil, PhD, ATC
  • JJ Wetherington, MS, ATC, OTC
  • Lou Fincher, EdD, ATC

Education Committee

The purpose of the Education Committee is to identify, recommend, and support educational activities of CAATE. (This may include, but is not limited to: Accreditation Conference sessions, educational opportunities for program directors, clinical education coordinators, and other program personnel at all levels of accreditation.)

  • Lindsey Eberman, PhD, LAT, ATC (Chair)
  • James Reidy, MS, ATC, CSCS
  • Gail Samdperil, EdD, ATC
  • Stacy Walker, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Quality Assurance Committee

The Quality Assurance Committee develops and monitors quality control mechanisms relative to the site visit process and Review Committee processes, including developing appropriate evaluation tools for collecting data relative to the effectiveness of the site visit process and Review Committee processes.

  • Eric Lippincott, PT, ATC (Chair)
  • Robin Ploeger, EdD, ATC
  • Shawn Felton, EdD, ATC
  • Scott Heinerichs, EdD, ATC

Residency-Fellowship Committee

The Residency-Fellowship Committee is responsible for the identification, recommendation, and support of residency and fellowship activities by CAATE.  This includes the evaluation, development, and progression of Standards to ensure quality athletic training education.

  • Hollie Walusz, MA, ATC, PES (Chair)
  • Becky Bedard, MEd, ATC
  • Sean Burfeind, MS, ATC, OPA-C
  • James Reidy, MS, ATC, CSCS
  • Amy Valasek, MD

Ad-Hoc Committee

Nominating Committee (convened when necessary to fill positions).

The nominating Committee identify qualified candidates for commission openings, reviews the credentials and professional qualifications of candidates and creates a slate for election.   Consists of:

  • A former Commissioner
  • A program director
  • Two current commissioners