The Student Affairs Committee serves as a liaison between the Educational Program Directors and the VATA. Enhancing professional development for athletic training students within the state, and developing annual programming and educational opportunities for students and AT educators.
Jenn Cuchna, PhD, MBA, MEd, LAT, ATC
Longwood University Athletic Training Program
Jenn Cuchna is an Associate Professor of Health and Kinesiology at Longwood University. She formerly served as an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Longwood University Athletic Training Program (Farmville, VA) until the program's closure in August of 2022.
She completed her PhD at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) in Health Services Research in June of 2017. Her dissertation and other related works completed at ODU pertained to the use of standardized patients in both athletic training and physical therapy curricula as a beneficial educational strategy. While at ODU she worked as a certified athletic trainer (ATC) for The Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters as a clinical outreach ATC in Virginia Beach for a local middle (Brandon) and high (Tallwood) school.
Prior to arriving at ODU, she worked at Methodist University (Fayetteville, NC) as a dual Athletic Trainer and Instructor in their undergraduate athletic training program from 2005 - 2013 working with a variety of sports teams. She also completed her MBA while at Methodist in 2012.
Prior to Methodist University, she earned a MEd. from Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) where she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer from 2003-2005 working with the Men's Soccer, Softball, and Wrestling teams.
Originally from Kissimmee, Florida, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) in 2003 in Athletic Training. While at UCF she encountered a variety of experiences at local public and private high schools, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division I, and Professional Arena Football.
Jenn currently resides in Farmville, Virginia.
Professional Committee Members
Kelley Wiese - (Quiz Bowl Chair)
Mike Kotelnicki (President-elect)
Annemarie Frances (Capital Region Rep)
Siaura Saville (YP Liaison)
2022-2023 Student Liaisons
Taylor McCormick - Old Dominion University
Reagan Sellers - James Madison University
Hannah Robertson - George Mason University
Empris Smith - University of Lynchburg
Kayley Thomas - University of Virginia
Bridgewater College - TBA
Liberty University - TBA
Shenandoah University - TBA