The Young Professionals Committee of Virginia exists to support the membership of the VATA by providing opportunities for young professionals to become engaged in community initiatives, continuing education and networking opportunities within the NATA.
The Young Professionals Committee of Virginia exists to provide support and opportunities for athletic trainers who are in the first 12 years after initial certification. We will provide resources for young professionals to be involved in community engagement, continuing education, networking opportunities, and social media. We will strive to provide information on how to navigate the beginning of an athletic training career and the needs of a young professional.
About the Committee
The State YPC is a committee created for young professionals (first 12 years after initial certification/licensure) and is committed to representing and addressing the needs of its constituents. If you have an interest in learning more about the YPC, becoming involved with the committee or if you want to express issues you may have as a young professional in Athletic Training, please email Devon Serrano at VATAYP@gmail.com.
Devon Serrano, DAT, LAT, ATC, NREMT, WFS, BCS
Director of Sports Medicine
Sweet Briar College
Dr. Devon Serrano is the Director of Sports Medicine at Sweet Briar College. Since 2016, she has been responsible for the care of the College's seven NCAA Division III teams and two competitive equestrian teams. She holds a Doctorate in Athletic Training from Indiana State University. Prior to her appointment at Sweet Briar, Dr. Serrano worked as a Fellow Athletic Trainer at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia as a member of the Auburn University Warrior Athletic Training Program and an intern athletic trainer at the University of Louisiana- Lafayette. She completed a Master's Degree in Clinical Athletic Training from Bloomsburg University and immediately following graduation, completed an internship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science at SUNY Cortland, where she served as an emergency medical technician for the college's student-run EMS service.
Dr. Serrano has been a member of the Public Relations committee for the VATA since 2017 and is a contributing editor for the BOC Blog. Her research Interests include women’s health and physical well-being, mental health, concussions and equestrian athletic care. Currently, Serrano is working on several practice-based research projects focused on equestrian athlete care.
Early Professionals Delegate
Capital Region Representative - Tory Ferranti
Central Region Representative - Brittany Smith
Eastern Region Representative - Emily Brode
Shenandoah Valley Region Representative/Student Affairs Liaison - Siaura Saville
Tidewater Region Representative - Alyssa Testa
Western Region Representative - Mairin Wood
Virginia Representative to the MAATA YP Committee (At-Large Member)