About RMATA

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association (RMATA) is comprised of athletic trainer associations from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming under District 7 of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)


Goals for RMATA

  • Provide the membership with educational opportunities to stay abreast and be competitive in the Athletic Training profession with the constant changes that are taking place in the world of medicine.
  • Provide the membership with support and resources to enhance their professional practices.
  • Provide the membership with leadership opportunities for future development of RMATA Governance and the Athletic Training profession.
  • Maintain financial stability of the organization in a time of economic difficulty.



Director

DUTIES OF THE DISTRICT DIRECTOR

The District Director represents the RMATA by serving on the Board of Directors for the National Athletic Trainers' Association.  This service includes taking direction from the President or the RMATA Board and serving as a spokesperson for the Association in matters relating to the NATA, the NATA Board of Certification, Inc., or of otherwise national significance.  (taken from the RMATA By-Laws/Policies and Procedures) 

Chris Mathewson
NATA District 7 Director
Athletic Trainer
Parker, Colorado
Email: cmathewson@dcsdk12.org    |   Phone: 720.233.3233

Meet RMATA Past Directors/Presidents   




President

DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT

The President serves as the official spokesperson for the Association and represents the Association in dealings with other organizations.  Duties include acting as chair during Board meetings, presiding over meetings of the Association, making appointments as are called for by the Association By-Laws or determined by the Board, and reviewing and signing all contracts entered into by the Association, and appointing committee chairs and advisory members of the Board with the consent of the Board.  The President also ensures the implementation of the By-Laws, policies and procedures of the Association.  Financial transactions, vacancies on the Board, and all Board functions are overseen by the President.  In the absence of the District Director the President performs the duties of the District Director. (taken from the RMATA By-Laws/Policies and Procedures) 

Wayne Barger
Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado
Email:  barger_w@fortlewis.edu   |   Phone: 970.247.7576

A lifetime Rocky Mountain resident, Wayne Barger has been a certified athletic trainer for over 30 years, with a deep passion for and dedication to the care of student-athletes, education of athletic training students, mentorship of athletic training professionals, and the promotion of the athletic training profession.

A firm believer in the importance of personal involvement in the profession, Wayne was encouraged and supported by mentors and colleagues while serving on numerous state, district, and national committees.  Cherished experiences include participation in the Olympic Training Volunteer program; chairmanship of the District Seven University/College Athletic Training Committee in its early years; initiating and guiding the transition of the Fort Lewis College internship program into and through the accreditation process; and enjoying numerous leadership opportunities in the RMATA, NATA, NMATA, and CATA. Wayne was also invited to become and participates as an inaugural board member of the Rocky Mountain Sports Medicine Foundation, an organization dedicated to enhancing athlete care and supporting student and professional development in the allied health professions.

He received his Bachelor’s (1981) and Master’s (1994) degree(s) from the University of New Mexico; since then, the learning has never stopped. Starting his career at Albuquerque Academy, he has been employed in both the high school and collegiate settings since 1982.  Wayne is currently employed as the Head Athletic Trainer at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado. 





Secretary

DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY

The Secretary represents the Association on any NATA committee requiring the Secretaries' membership.  Duties include serving as custodian of all records and documents, recording and distributing minutes of meetings of the Board and Association, and facilitating all correspondence of the Association.  The Secretary also acts as chair of the Board and presides over meetings at which the President and the Director are not in attendance.     

Association duties such as keeping a current mailing list of the membership, overseeing the preparation of the Association budget, assuring the maintenance of an accurate financial record, and writing checks for the Association in keeping with the budget are all under the supervision of the Secretary.  Oversight of the Treasurer's functions is given to the Secretary.  The Secretary has the duty to advise the President on matters regarding parliamentary procedure as set forth in "Robert's Rules of Order."  (taken from the RMATA By-Laws/Policies and Procedures) 

David Gallegos
Southwest Sport & Spine
Email:  secretary@rmata.org   |   Phone: 575.405.7198 (cell)  ::  575.521.4188 (office)




Treasurer

Duties of the Treasurer

The Treasurer is an advisory member of the Board.  Duties of the Treasurer include: depositing funds into Association accounts, writing checks for the Association, keeping current financial records of income, spending, and accounts, and working with the financial advisor of the Association.  All these duties are performed in accordance with the policies and procedures and directives from the President and Secretary.  The Treasurer advises the President and Board on the financial status of the Association. (taken from the RMATA By-Laws/Policies and Procedures) 

Ben Davidson
Southern Utah University
Cedar City, Utah
Email:  davidson@suu.edu   |   Phone: 435.586.7823 (work)

Ben Davidson has been our RMATA Treasurer since 2002.  In addition to his service on the Board of Directors, he has served as a District 7 Test Site Administrator for the BOC Certification Exam for 25 years and a member of the BOC Test Site Administrator Committee for 8 years.  Davidson was inducted into the RMATA Hall of Fame in 2007.

Currently, Ben lives in Cedar City, Utah and works for Southern Utah University as the Program Director. 




State Representatives

Duties of State Representatives

State Representatives represent the interests of their states in matters before the Board.  They serve as liaisons between members in their states and the Board and assist in implementing the policies and procedures of the Association as directed by the President.  State Representatives act as liaisons to the Association Committees as assigned by the President. (taken from the RMATA By-Laws/Policies and Procedures) 

 Arizona
Michelle Gonzalez
Colorado 
Corey Oshikoya
New Mexico
Jeff Archuleta 
Utah
Valerie Herzog 
Wyoming
Liz Flom 



Board of Directors

RMATA DIRECTOR/PRESIDENT

Chronological Order

The yearly list coincides with the newly-elected BOD at the NATA Annual Meeting- appointments go from June to June.
20 photo(s) Updated on: 23 Dec 2014
  • BART PETERSON
  • MATT WEBBER
  • SCOTT LINAKER
  • BILL LYONS
  • MIKE NESBITT
  • DAN LIBERA
  • DALE MILDENBERGER
  • TROY YOUNG
  • WARREN LEE
  • RODNEY KIMBALL
  • JACK AGGERS
  • ROBERT BEETEN
  • GARY DELFORGE
  • ART DICKINSON, JR.
  • JIM CONBOY
  • MARSHAL COOK
  • TOW DIEHM
  • EDDIE PILLINGS
  • JIM STULTS
  • FRED PETERSON
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