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 us at VATAYP@gmail.com.
Mairin Wood, LAT, ATC.
Assistant Athletic Director &
Head Athletic Trainer
Mairin Wood is the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director at the Foxcroft School. Prior to her appointment at Foxcroft School in July 2022, Wood served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Washington and Lee University, also working as the COVID-19 Care Manager in the 2020-2021 academic year. Before accepting a position at Washington and Lee in spring 2018, Wood served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at fellow ODAC school, Ferrum College, and as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Belmont Abbey College (NC). Wood graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Longwood University with Longwood Honors and as a Cormier Citizen Scholar in 2015. She was selected as a 2021 Henry Schein Athletics and Schools Rising Star Award National Finalist for her work as the COVID-19 Care Manager at Washington and Lee and her volunteer work with the VATA Young Professionals Committee.
In addition to serving as the VATA Young Professionals Committee Co-Chair, focusing on Young Professionals (7-12 years certified), Wood is the Virginia Representative to the MAATA LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee. She has been a member of the VATA Young Professionals Committee since January of 2020, previously serving as the YP Western Region Representative, and was a participant in the inaugural class of the VATA Leadership Academy.
Siaura Saville, MS, LAT, ATC.
Head Athletic Trainer
Harrisonburg High School
Siaura Saville is the Head Athletic Trainer at Harrisonburg High School, where she is also a preceptor for both James Madison University and Bridgewater College’s MSAT programs. Prior to coming to Harrisonburg High School, Siaura served as an Intern Athletic Trainer at the University of Richmond, working with the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2015 to then return to Shenandoah for her Master of Science degree in Athletic Training in 2017. During her time in the MSAT program, Siaura completed rotations at Martinsburg High School (WV), Clarke County High School, as well as a year-long stay at the University of Richmond working with their football and men’s lacrosse teams.
As well as serving as the VATA Young Professionals Committee Co-Chair, focusing on Early Professionals (0-6 years certified), Siaura is also the YP Committee’s Liaison to the Student Affairs Committee as well as a part of the Public Relations Committee. She was initially the Shenandoah Valley Region representative for the YP committee before becoming Co-Chair and was also a part of the second cohort of the VATA’s Leadership Academy in 2020-2021
Virginia Representative to the MAATA Young Professionals Committee (At-Large Member):
Devon Serrano, DAT, LAT, ATC, NREMT. – Sweet Briar College
Erica Allen, MS, LAT, ATC. – National Sports Medicine Institute
Anne Bryan, MS, LAT, ATC, CES. – Virginia Tech (VATA Western Region Representative)
Avery Rodriguez, MS, LAT, ATC - Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
Brittany Smith, MS, LAT, ATC – University of Lynchburg
Alyssa Testa, MA, LAT, ATC, PES – Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
Jen Xu, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS - University of Virginia (PhD Student)