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Kirk Armstrong, PhD, LAT, ATC

James Madison University

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Dr. Kirk Armstrong is a Professor and Academic Unit Head for the Department of Health Professions at James Madison University. An athletic training educator with more than 15 years experience, Kirk has expertise in simulations and standardized patients. He has made numerous state, regional and national presentations regarding the use of standardized patients within athletic training.

 

Kirk has an interest in institutional and programmatic accreditation, having participated in regional accreditation site visits and written programmatic accreditation self-studies. He is an accreditation peer reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

 

Kirk’s service and leadership spans across the state, regional, and national level. Kirk was a founding Co-Chair of the VATAs Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) Committee. He also serves as the Chair of the MAATA LGBTQ Advisory Committee, MAATA representative at the NATA LGBTQ Advisory Committee, member of the NATA Faculty Mentor Committee, NATA Athletic Training Educator’s Conference Sub-Committee, and Senior Associate Editor of the Athletic Training Education Journal. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Indianapolis, Master of Science from Middle Tennessee State University, and Doctor of Education from Ball State University.

 

Kirk resides in McGaheysville, VA with his husband and two labs (Cooper and Lukas). He enjoys running, cycling (road and mountain biking), swimming, and cultivating his own arboretum at home.

 

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Mike Kotelnicki, MS, LAT ATC

Loudon County Public Schools

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Michael Kotelnicki, a native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, currently works in  Loudoun County Public Schools as an athletic trainer starting in the fall of 2022. Prior to his arrival  LCPS, Mike was at Shenandoah University for 14 years as the department's first full-time Head Athletic Trainer.

Kotelnicki has 25 years of varied athletic training experience.  A 1994 graduate from Slippery Rock University, Kotelnicki earned his Masters of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is continuing his pursuit of his Doctorate Degree.

From IUP, he spent two years as the head athletic trainer at Ferrum College before moving on to Division I American University as an assistant athletic trainer.

After seven years in the nation's capital, Kotelnicki began a two-year stint as P.E. Instructor and assistant athletic trainer at WT Woodson H.S. in Fairfax, Virginia.

Kotelnicki has been involved in other aspects of Athletic Training during his career - he served as the medical liaison for the Champions League exhibition game between AC Milan and Barcelona soccer clubs in 2003 and was the head athletic trainer for the Johnstown Steal, a Frontier League Professional Baseball team in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  Additionally, Kotelnicki provided athletic training care for the Olympic wrestling Trials match between the US and Germany in 2005.

In January, 2018, Kotelnicki was honored by the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association as its Athletic Trainer of the Year of colleges and universities and currently holds the office of president elect. 

Kotelnicki resides in Winchester VA with his wife Jessica and two children Cassidy and Jackson.

Mike is an all around nice guy and a delight to be around. Return to Executive Council page.

Danny Carroll, MEd, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainer

Mountain View High School

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Danny Carroll currently serves as the athletic trainer for Mountain View High School in Shenandoah County, Virginia where he is also a preceptor for James Madison University’s Athletic Training Education Program.  His previous experience includes: Mercersburg Academy and Virginia Military Institute.

Danny earned his undergraduate degree in athletic training from Averett University and completed his Master of Education degree at The University of Virginia.

Danny resides in Mount Jackson, VA with his wife, Noelle, and their twins, Noah and Katherine. Return to Executive Council page.

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Spencer, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer

University of Richmond

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​Sara currently serves as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Richmond where she manages the coordination of care for the women’s basketball and golf programs.  Prior to Richmond, she served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Presbyterian College.   

 

Sara earned her undergraduate degree from Western Carolina University, then went on to receive her Master’s degree from West Virginia University.  While performing her graduate work at West Virginia, Sara severed as a graduate assistant at Fairmont State University, where she cared for a variety of athletic teams. 

 

Originally from Granite Falls, North Carolina, Sara currently resides in Richmond, Virginia. Return to Executive Council page.

 

 

 

Tom Campbell, PhD, LAT, ATC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Old Dominion University

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Tom Campbell currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University where he most recently completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation. While at ODU, Tom teaches in the Master of Science of Athletic Training program and is primarily researching concussion biomarkers, hoping to improve prevention, diagnosis, and management practices.

 

Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2012, then went on to receive his Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from ESU in 2013.  Prior to his time at ODU, Tom was employed by Bridgewater College where he acted as an Assistant Athletic Trainer then a Visiting Assistant Professor.  

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Kirk Armstrog
Sara Spencer
Danny Carroll
Mike Kotelnicki
Tom Campbell
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