Sherry Summers, MS, ED, AT-Retired

Sherry Summers interest and passion for the profession of Athletic Training began as an undergraduate student at then Madison College.  She became the 1st female graduate assistant at the college in 1976, and was then hired as the 1st assistant athletic trainer at James Madison University in 1977.  Sherry was one of the early females to join the NATA & was the 133rd person in District III to become a certified athletic trainer.  During these early years at JMU, the staff consisted of 2 full-time members and 2 graduate assistants providing services for 26 sports, including JV teams.  At that same time, the ground work for an undergraduate athletic training curriculum program had begun with JMU’s program becoming the 1st accredited undergraduate athletic training education program in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1980.  Sherry taught the athletic training students at JMU that in order to be successful you need to be passionate about the profession, have a thirst to learn, & then share that knowledge with others, & you must have a sense of humor to help you deal with the stressors of the job.The profession of athletic training was growing rapidly in the 1970’s & 80’s with members working to help the NATA be recognized as an allied health profession.   This was even occurring at the state level, with the formation of the VATA in 1980.  Sherry was appointed as the 1st Secretary/Treasurer & Membership Chair, and continued to serve as the Treasurer till about 1994.  Shortly after becoming a state organization, the VATA began legislative efforts to try an develop some form of licensure which would create title protection for the athletic trainer and to develop a scope of practice, in the rapidly evolving body of knowledge for the profession, and Sherry was actively involved in that effort.  Due to her involvement in the VATA and being an educator in the Athletic Training Program at JMU, Sherry received the NATA Service Award for District III in 1994.  She also received the MAATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2016 after having served on the NATA’s Educational Multi-Media Committee and the MAATA Honor & Awards Committee while continuing to serve as a Clinical Instructor and an Associate Athletic Trainer at JMU, working primarily with the Women’s Basketball program. Her career as an Athletic Trainer, at JMU, ended sooner than expected due to a work- related injury, but she continues to serve on the MAATA Honors & Awards Committee and is presently researching the History of Athletic Training at JMU where the full-time staff has grown from 2 to about 18.




Ronald Stefancin, MSED, ATC, LAT
Ronald Stefancin received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1975 and his MSED in Health Education/Higher Education from James Madison University in 1978 where he completed his graduate assistantship. From there he became the Head Athletic Trainer at James Madison University until 2003 when he retired. During his tenure at JMU he also worked to develop the athletic training education curriculum and was the president of the VATA from 1986-1988. Stefancin currently resides in Harrisonburg with his wife Lisa and has two daughters, Amanda and Allison.




Lance M. Fujiwara M.Ed., LAT, ATC
The 2018-19 year will be Lance Fujiwara's 32nd year at VMI. Fujiwara arrived at VMI in 1987 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. After serving in this role for one year was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer/Director of Sports Medicine and has served in this capacity for the last 30 years. Lance became Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine in 2002 and Associate in 2008. Lance is a native of The Dalles, Oregon and attended Oregon State University, graduating in 1985. He has a dual emphasis from the Department of Physical Education in Athletic Training and Commercial & Industrial Fitness. After graduation from Oregon State, Lance served as a fitness director at Cascade Athletic Club and then Albany Athletic club in Oregon for one year. In the summer of 1986, he attended the University of Virginia (UVA), pursuing a Master of Education degree in Sports Medicine. During the 1986-87 academic year, he concurrently served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, while completing his Sports Medicine/Athletic Training degree at UVA. In 1998 Fujiwara went on to earn a second Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Higher Education. Lance is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is licensed as an Athletic Trainer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the McCue Sports Medicine Society and serves as a clinical instructor in Athletic Training with Western Carolina University. He has served previously in this capacity with: University of Virginia, Lynchburg College, Longwood University, Wright State University, University of Florida, James Madison University, and Salisbury University. He is also a CPR/AED/First Aid instructor with the American Red Cross and on the editorial board of the Journal of Training & Conditioning. Fujiwara has been honored with the 2014 Virginia Athletic Trainers Association College/University Athletic Trainer of the year, 2014 VMI Achievement award, 2015 Mid Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association Service award, and 2016-17 Southern Conference All-Conference Staff award. Lance lives in Lexington with his wife Karen. He has a daughter Kace, son Jamo and step-daughter Lindsey. He enjoys running and biking as his hobbies.