AT of the Year Bios

​Paul A. Peterson MA, LAT, ATC
Paul Peterson has been an athletic trainer for Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) since 2000. 10 years at Potomac Falls High School in Sterling and the past 10 years at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville. He has also been the head athletic trainer at Hampden-Sydney College from 1993-1995 and an assistant athletic trainer at Georgetown University from 1995-2000. He received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Ithaca College in 1989 and his master’s degree in sports medicine from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1992. Paul serves as a preceptor for Shenandoah University’s Masters Athletic Training Program, a mentor for new LCPS athletic trainers, and has been recently named the VATA’s Shenandoah Region Representative. Paul has also helped Woodgrove High School earn the NATA Safe Sports School 1st team award for 2014-2017 and 2018-2021.  Return to AT of the Year page.



Caroline Wesley Siler MS, ATC
Caroline Wesley returned to her alma mater in the fall of 2015 as an assistant athletic trainer covering men's basketball, cheer, men's lacrosse, and men's soccer. She became the acting director of athletic training services on Jan. 1, 2018 and took that title on a permanent basis the following summer. Wesley served four years as assistant athletic trainer at Franklin College in Franklin, Ind., where she worked with the men’s and women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and softball teams. Originally from Baltimore, Wesley attended Lynchburg, where she received her undergraduate degree in athletic training. While at Lynchburg, she was a four-year starter on the Hornets women’s basketball team, earning Old Dominion Athletic Conference all-league honors multiple times. She was inducted into the Lynchburg Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2019. Wesley received her master’s degree in athletic training from Indiana University. She worked with the football, cheerleading, softball and women's water polo while at IU. Wesley also was the assistant athletic trainer at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga.  Return to AT of the Year page.


Emily I. Evans, EdD, LAT, ATC
Dr. Evans received her BS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota while completing her athletic training internship requirements. Evans worked for two years as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Lynchburg College (now the University of Lynchburg) prior to earning her MS degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University. While serving as the Head Athletic Trainer at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI, she began teaching CPR, first aid, and activity classes. After two years in Milwaukee, her love of teaching brought her back to Lynchburg College where teaching opportunities were more abundant. Evans began teaching basic athletic training and health-related courses, but in time was teaching more advanced athletic training and exercise physiology classes.  Return to AT of the Year page.

Evans remained a clinical athletic trainer and assistant professor of athletic training for 16 years, when in the fall of 2015 she became a full-time faculty member and the Coordinator of Clinical Education for Athletic Training. During this time, Lynchburg College was transitioning to the Master’s degree in Athletic Training and Evans was instrumental in the accreditation process. She has prior certifications in Emergency Medical Technician and Massage Therapy which have provided her with practical knowledge and plenty of stories to help teach her students. Currently, she instructs for the Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology programs at the University of Lynchburg. She is also a faculty member of the American Heart Association and teaches the CPR/First Aid instructor course for athletic training students each year. Evans volunteers as the Education Coordinator of the Lynchburg Lifesaving Crew, a non-profit organization committed to providing emergency response training for the community. In December of 2018, Evans completed her doctorate in Leadership Studies researching CPR instructors’ abilities to assess CPR skills compared to feedback manikins. While her expertise is emergency care, she has other interests that include preceptor development, environmentally friendly athletic training practices, and therapy animal use in athletics. She has three wonderful rescue dogs and enjoys kayaking, hiking, baking, reading, and music.


Susan Saliba, PhD, ATC, PT
Susan Saliba is a professor and co-director of the Exercise and Sports Injury (EaSIL) for musculoskeletal injury research. She has 18 years of clinical experience as both a physical therapist and athletic trainer. She currently teaches courses in the Masters’ of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Curriculum, and is the Director of the Undergraduate Major in Kinesiology. Her research focus is developing efficacy and effectiveness of therapeutic interventions during rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Recent projects include electrical stimulation, blood flow restriction therapy, and biofeedback to improve functional outcomes. She has a joint appointment in Orthopedic Surgery and collaborates with the School of Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences on clinically relevant research trials. Dr. Saliba has been recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for service and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.  Return to AT of the Year page.