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Korey Stringer Institute Team


Founder, CEO, Spokesperson

Kelci Stringer

KELCI A. STRINGER

Founder and CEO
Korey Stringer Institute

Biography:

Kelci Stringer is a firm believer that your life’s purpose will be revealed to you – even if it’s in the midst of tragic circumstances. Her journey towards advocacy, education and prevention of sudden death in sports began on August 1, 2001 when her husband, NFL All-Pro lineman, Korey Stringer, died from the complications of an exertional heat stroke at the age of  27, while practicing with the Minnesota Vikings.

 

Kelci met Korey when she was a freshman at Ohio State University, where she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. The two were married for four years, and during that time, Kelci gave birth to their son Kodie Drew. As a young widow and mother, Kelci struggled to decide on the best way to honor Korey’s memory, and ultimately established the Korey Stringer Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization. Through her foundation she was instrumental in developing a partnership among the National Football League, Gatorade and the University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education, forming the Korey Stringer Institute. UConn’s Neag School of Education was chosen because of its reputation as a leader in the study of heat and hydration issues related to athletes and the physically active.

 

An Atlanta, Georgia native, Mrs. Stringer’s love of community is evident in her other nationwide philanthropic contributions. She regularly assists families and children through donations, mentoring and reading at elementary schools. In 2005, she helped resettle evacuees from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to Atlanta, booking two hotels and providing  food and shelter for several months, as well as grief counseling, job placement assistance, and buses for the evacuees to revisit New Orleans.

 

According to Mrs. Stringer, she has used the tragedies she’s faced to learn, grow and confidently walk in her purpose. As Mrs. Stringer so eloquently states: “It hasn’t been easy by any means, but I thank God for keeping me, strengthening  me and giving me the courage to complete this awesome mission that He has for my life.”

Chief Operating Officer

Casa

DOUGLAS CASA, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology,
Director, Athletic Training Education, and
Chief Operating Officer, Korey Stringer Institute 
Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

For Douglas Casa, the Korey Stringer Institute is the realization of a life-long dream; his passion for the study of exertional heat stroke started in 1985 when he suffered an exertional heat stroke while running a 10K race. This experience motivated what has become his life’s cause: the study of exertional heat stroke, heat illnesses, and hydration – his ultimate goal is to find ways to prevent sudden death in sport.
                                                    
 “I was fortunate to receive amazing care on-site from the athletic trainer; the EMT's in the ambulance; and at the hospital from the emergency room physicians and nurses. I only survived because of the exceptional care I received. I was just 16 years old at the time, but I have been driven by this experience since that day,” Dr. Casa explains when asked about what motivates him.

 

For the past 11 years, Dr. Casa has worked toward his goal of preventing sudden death in sport at the University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education, Department of Kinesiology. During this time he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and presented more than 300 times on subjects related to exertional heat stroke, heat-related illnesses, preventing sudden death in sport, and hydration.  Dr. Casa has successfully treated more than 100 cases of exertional heat stroke.

 

Dr. Casa is the 2008 recipient of the medal for distinguished athletic training research from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was named a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2008. He received the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2007 and has been a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine since 2001. He has been a lead or co-author on numerous sports medicine (ACSM, NATA) position statements related to heat illness and hydration. He is also the editor of the forthcoming book, “Preventing Sudden Death During Sport and Physical Activity,” to be published by Jones and Bartlett in 2011. Dr. Casa has worked with numerous media outlets  across the country in discussing his research including the NBC Today Show, ESPN, CNN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

 

Dr. Casa earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Allegheny College, in 1990; his master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Florida in 1993; and his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut in 1997.

Board of Advisors

 

Gould

JAMES M. GOULD
Managing General Partner
The Walnut Group
Chair, KSI Board of Advisors
Korey's NFL Agent, on behalf of Korey Stringer

Biography:

Mr. Gould has more than 15 years of experience in private equity and over 25 years of experience in development, marketing and negotiation related to investments in companies, real estate and sports and entertainment. He is a founder and Managing Partner of The Walnut Group, a private equity fund. Mr. Gould serves on several Boards of Directors notably Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW), Flat Out Crazy, a dual concept Pan-Asian restaurant group, Wild Things Gear, a designer of high-end outdoor apparel, The O’Gara Group, a global products and services company, and Adspace Networks, Inc., a mall digital media network.

 

Mr. Gould has also served as Managing Partner of Management One, a sports management firm he founded, that has represented professional athletes in the NFL and NBA, including Andre Smith, Frostee Rucker, Terry Glenn, Peter Warrick, John Browning, Sue Bird and the late Korey Stringer, and as a partner in Avondale Management Group, represented Evander Holyfield, four time Heavyweight Champion of the World.

 

Mr. Gould is a Founder and Managing Partner of Avondale Pictures and Avondale Entertainment Group. In addition, Mr. Gould has produced, distributed, and packaged numerous motion pictures, television and entertainment events and was a Founder and Partner in Triton Pictures. He has been a frequent investor, through his partnership with Frederic H. Mayerson, in numerous acclaimed Broadway musicals including Smokey Joe's Café, Topdog/Underdog, Hairspray and Jersey Boys. Mr. Gould was a founding member of the United States Football League, and became President of the New Jersey Generals upon his selling the team to Donald Trump.

 

Mr. Gould graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in History and an Education Certificate. He has served on numerous non-profit boards including Prevent Child Abuse America, Camp BrightLight in partnership with the YMCA, and The Cincinnati Ballet. Mr. Gould is active in sports and has coached children in both soccer and football for many years. He is an avid mountain climber, having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Marcie and their four sons.


Gertzog
GARY GERTZOG

Senior Vice President Business Affairs & General Counsel National Football League

 

Biography:

Mr. Gertzog joined the NFL in 1994 as Vice President and General Counsel of NFL Properties, Inc. Over the years, his role at the NFL has expanded to include overall legal and business affairs responsibility for the NFL’s commercial operations including media (television, radio, internet, wireless, etc.), marketing, consumer product licensing, corporate sponsorships, events and intellectual property. Mr. Gertzog has played a major role in a wide variety of complex commercial arrangements including those involving new business models and deal structures, including the NFL Master Agreement (which allocates intellectual property rights between the NFL and Member Clubs), the NFL’s unique sponsorship and internet agreements with NFL Players Association/Players Inc and industry setting deals for apparel, video game, credit card, beverage and telecommunication products and services. He has also led the NFL’s efforts in important litigation matters including the protection of the intellectual property rights of the NFL and Member Clubs.

 

During his career, Mr. Gertzog has served as a key NFL senior executive with responsibility for active and retired player business programs including the Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Alumni, NFL Player Association/Players, Inc. and the NFL Quarterback Club.

Prior to joining the NFL, Mr. Gertzog was a partner at the New York law firm of Townley & Updike where he specialized in intellectual property and sports-marketing work.

 

Mr. Gertzog is a 1983 graduate of George Washington University Law School where he was a member of the Law Review. He obtained his bachelor’s degree Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1980.

Graham

SCOTTIE GRAHAM

Director of Player Marketing & Engagement
NFL Players Association

Biography:

James Otis Graham, better known as “Scottie” Graham, is a former professional football player who played running back for seven seasons in the NFL. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, played for the New York Jets, and spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings.

 

Mr. Graham is currently the Director of Player Marketing & Engagement and has served 12 years the Regional Director at the NFL Players Association in Washington, D.C. educating players on the NFLPA benefits, policies and procedures.

 

Raised in Long Beach, NY, Mr. Graham, was a high-school All-American in three sports: football, wrestling and lacrosse. He pursued his football career with a full scholarship to The Ohio State University, lettering four years and starting three years as running back.

 

In the off season he continued his graduate studies and finished his master’s degree at Ohio State while playing his fourth year with the Minnesota Vikings. He ha some record-breaking seasons and retired with zero fumbles.

Harrison

EDWARD DANIEN HARRISON

Founding Partner, Harrison-Brompton Cross Capital Advisers

 

Biography:

Mr. Harrison is a founding partner of Brompton Cross Capital Advisers, LLC. His responsibilities include oversight of all private equity activity and responsibility for investments related to the retail and consumer sector.

 

Previously, he was a Managing Director and founding partner at Mercantile Capital Partners, from 1997 to 2005. While at Mercantile, Mr. Harrison served as interim CEO of Dry Ice, Inc.,, a portfolio company consisting of 36 specialty retail stores. He has also served on the board of The Museum Company, Harlem Furniture, Dry Ice, and Partex.

 

Mr. Harrison began his career as a financial analyst in the mergers & acquisitions and principal investments groups at Oppenheimer & Company. He received his master’s of business administration degree in finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mayerson

FREDERIC H. MAYERSON
Chairman
The Walnut Group

 

Biography:

Frederic Mayerson is the Founder and Principal of The Frederic H. Mayerson Group. He also is the Chairman and Managing General Partner of The Walnut Group, a diversified private equity investment company.

 

For the last 25 years, Mr. Mayerson has been involved in a series of diversified ventures focusing on consumer goods, communications, restaurants, toys and juvenile products, outsourcing, and corporate services. In this connection, he has founded and/or acquired significant ownership in a number of companies, both public and private. Mr. Mayerson’s restaurant experience includes involvement in the co-founding and development of Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurants and Pinons, a fine dining establishment in Aspen, Colorado. He is also currently the Chairman of Flat Out Crazy, a dual concept Pan-Asian restaurant group that is currently expanding nationally.

 

Mr. Mayerson also has owned and/or managed extensive prime office and retail space and continues to be active in real estate development. He was Chairman of United Sports Ventures, which owned a number of minor league baseball and hockey teams that won six championships, and he has co-produced nine Tony Award winning Broadway musicals. Throughout his career he has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous companies, both public and private.

 

As a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School with an undergraduate degree from Miami University, he practiced law in New York City. He is a member of various professional and charitable organizations, especially those concerning children and education, and is a guest lecturer at a number of universities and graduate schools including Harvard and Miami. Mr. Mayerson’s numerous affiliations include: Director of U.S. Bank Board of Advisors, Trustee of the Mayerson Foundation, Member of The League of American Theatres and Producers, and Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center For Human Rights.

 

He has run the Montreal Marathon, raced as a licensed NASCAR driver, and continues to enjoy and compete in a wide range of other sporting activities.


Maresh

CARL MARESH, PhD

Department Chair, Kinesiology Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

Dr. Carl Maresh has been a faculty member in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory since 1985. He has served as Department Head of Kinesiology since 1998. He holds joint-appointments in the departments of Physiology & Neurobiology and Nutritional Sciences. 

 

Dr. Maresh is an authority on exercise in stressful environments, with particular interest in immune and endocrine responses. He has more than 200 published peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has secured extramural research funding totaling over $10 million.  Dr. Maresh has been the major advisor to 18 completed Ph.D students and 75 completed master’s students.

 

He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a past member of the National Board of Trustees of that group.  He is also an Active Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and holds professional memberships in the American Physiological Society and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

 

Dr. Maresh received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise science from California State University-Fullerton, attended the University of Pittsburgh for two years, and received his doctorate in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming

Paddock

SCOTT PADDOCK

Director of Sports Marketing, The Gatorade Company

Biography:

Scott Paddock is the director of Sports and Event Marketing for The Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo Inc. Scott is responsible for managing the brand’s sports-marketing sponsorship portfolio, including all league, team and spokesperson relations and negotiations.

 

Mr. Paddock joined Gatorade in 1998 as a sports marketing manager, overseeing the Southeast region of the U.S. In 2001, he was named senior manager of Sports Marketing and added day-to-day oversight of the brand’s NFL and Motor Sports partnerships to his list of responsibilities.

 

He has served on a number of boards and committees, including: USA Basketball’s Board of Directors, USA Basketball’s Executive Committee, the Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) to the United States Olympic Committee, the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee, and is an Advisory Board member of Chicago-based Seat Exchange. He was also honored as a member of the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Forty Under Forty class of 2008.

 

Mr. Paddock earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1990.

Rollinson

BRUCE ROLLINSON

Head Football Coach, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, CA

Biography:

Bruce Rollinson is the head football coach and special assistant to the president for fundraising at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. In his 21 seasons at Mater Dei, he has compiled an overall record of 206-59-2 and his teams have been to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) finals eight times, winning five CIF championships, one state title and capturing the national championship in 1994 and 1996 – twice – both earning him National Coach of the Year.

 

Mr. Rollinson earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Southern California in 1972 and his master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University in 1987. At USC he played defensive back and wide receiver for John McKay, including the 1970 Rose Bowl.

ROBERT SMITH
NFL Players Association

 

Biography:

 

Medical & Science Advisory Board

 

Casa

DOUGLAS CASA, PhD, ATC‐ CHAIR

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology,
Director, Athletic Training Education, and
Chief Operating Officer, Korey Stringer Institute 
Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

For Douglas Casa, the Korey Stringer Institute is the realization of a life-long dream; his passion for the study of exertional heat stroke started in 1985 when he suffered an exertional heat stroke while running a 10K race. This experience motivated what has become his life’s cause: the study of exertional heat stroke, heat illnesses, and hydration – his ultimate goal is to find ways to prevent sudden death in sport.
                                                    
 “I was fortunate to receive amazing care on-site from the athletic trainer; the EMT's in the ambulance; and at the hospital from the emergency room physicians and nurses. I only survived because of the exceptional care I received. I was just 16 years old at the time, but I have been driven by this experience since that day,” Dr. Casa explains when asked about what motivates him.
 

For the past 11 years, Dr. Casa has worked toward his goal of preventing sudden death in sport at the University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education, Department of Kinesiology. During this time he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and presented more than 300 times on subjects related to exertional heat stroke, heat-related illnesses, preventing sudden death in sport, and hydration.  Dr. Casa has successfully treated more than 100 cases of exertional heat stroke.

 

Dr. Casa is the 2008 recipient of the medal for distinguished athletic training research from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was named a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2008. He received the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2007 and has been a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine since 2001. He has been a lead or co-author on numerous sports medicine (ACSM, NATA) position statements related to heat illness and hydration. He is also the editor of the forthcoming book, “Preventing Sudden Death During Sport and Physical Activity,” to be published by Jones and Bartlett in 2011. Dr. Casa has worked with numerous media outlets  across the country in discussing his research including the NBC Today Show, ESPN, CNN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
 

Dr. Casa earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Allegheny College, in 1990; his master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Florida in 1993; and his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut in 1997.

Armstrong

LAWRENCE ARMSTRONG, PhD

Professor, Department of Kinesiology, with Joint Appointments in the Department of Nutritional Sciences
Department of Physiology & Neurobiology, with Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

Lawrence Armstrong is in his 20th year at the Human Performance Laboratory, University of Connecticut. His research specialties include human temperature regulation, heat acclimatization, nutritional supplements, and sport drinks as they apply to athletes, laborers and military personnel. His field studies have focused on fluid-electrolyte balance in tennis players and endurance cyclists, heat exhaustion in military units, heat stress monitors, and cooling of heat-stroke patients after a summer road race.

 

He authored Performing in Extreme Environments (Human Kinetics, 2000), edited Exertional Heat Illnesses (Human Kinetics, 2003), and has co-authored 145 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  In 2007, Professor Armstrong chaired the current American College of Sports Medicine position stand entitled, “Exertional Heat Illnesses During Training & Competition”.

 

Professor Armstrong earned his doctorate in human bioenergetics at Ball State University’s Human Performance Laboratory in 1983.

Courson

RONALD COURSON, PT, ATC, EMT

Director of Sports Medicine, University of Georgia Athletic Association

Biography:

Ron Courson is active in research and education in the field of sports medicine. He has authored a textbook, Athletic Training Emergency Care and a number of professional papers and text chapters. He served as a co-author with the National Athletic Trainers Association link (NATA) on position statements for emergency preparation, exertional heat illness, management of sudden cardiac arrest and management of head and cervical spine injuries.

 

He has served as Director of Sports Medicine with the University of Georgia Athletic Association since May of 1995, after serving four years as Director of Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama.

 

He has also been involved in many athletic training activities including work as an athletic trainer with the U.S. Olympic Team. Mr. Courson is currently serving as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports committee.

 

Mr. Courson received his bachelor’s degree in education/physical education from Samford University, performed two years of graduate work at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a degree in physical therapy.

Csillan

DAVID CSILLAN, MA, ATC, LAT

Athletic Trainer, Eqing High School

 

Biography:

David Csillan has been an athletic trainer at Ewing High School in Ewing, New Jersey since 1991. He is also the medical coordinator for the U.S. Region 1 Boys’ Olympic Development Soccer Camp and for various soccer tournaments throughout the state of New Jersey.

 

Additionally, he provides medical services to the ING New York City Marathon and the New Jersey Special Olympics. He currently chairs the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Secondary School Committee and is a member of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Beginning June 2010, he will start his term as the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Liaison to USA Football.

 

In 2009, Csillan co-chaired the Pre-Season Heat Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics Task Force, spearheaded by NATA. He also co-authored the third edition of the National Federation of State High School Association’s Sports Medicine Handbook. In 2004, Csillan was inducted into the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association /New Jersey State Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was inducted into the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Hall of Fame.

 

David Csillan earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Trenton State College, Trenton, New Jersey. He received his master’s degree in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Hoffman

JAY HOFFMAN, PhD, CSCSD, FNSCA, FACSM

Professor, Chair, Department of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey

Biography

Jay Hoffman is a full professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey. His primary area of study is in sports supplementation and training paradigms.

 

Dr. Hoffman has published more than 130 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals. His books include: Physiological Aspects of Sport Training and Performance, Norms for Fitness, Performance, and Health, A Practical Guide to Designing Resistance Training Programs and Total Fitness for Baseball. 

 

Further sharing his research and findings, Dr. Hoffman has lectured at more than 235 national and international conferences and meetings. Dr. Hoffman was recently elected as President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association; and he is the sports-science advisor to major league baseball strength coaches.

 

Recent honors and awards bestowed upon Dr. Hoffman include: 2007 Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year from the National Strength and Conditioning Association;2005 Outstanding Kinesiology Professional Award from the University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education Alumni Society; 2003 Educator of the Year NSCA; and 2003 University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education Outstanding Alumni Research Award.

 

Dr. Hoffman received his bachelor’s degree at St. John’s University, his master’s degree at Queens College, City University of New York, and his doctorate from the University of Connecticut.

Kenny

GLEN KENNY, PhD

Professor, University of Ottawa

Biography:

Glen Kenny is a Professor of Environmental Physiology at the University of Ottawa.  His work is directed at improving the understanding of the human physiological responses to work performed in adverse environments. He has taken a unique focus on the evaluation of biomedical factors such as age, physical fitness, obesity, and chronic health disorders, which can modify the physiological responses to heat stress.

 

His research program has generated more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and invited reviews. He has received numerous awards, including a University of Ottawa Research Chair, an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Scientist Award and numerous University of Ottawa Research Excellence awards.

McDermott

BRENDON MCDERMOTT, PhD, ATC

Assistant Professor/Clinical Coordinator, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Biography:

Brendon McDermott is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is chair of the updated National Athletic Trainers Association link (NATA) position statement on fluid replacement for athletes, to be released within the next year. Other research interests include exertional heat stroke treatment, return-to-activity following exertional heat stroke, hydration and exercise performance, thermal physiology, and ergogenic aides and exercise performance.

 

He received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Northeastern University in 2000, his master’s degree in kinesiology at Indiana University in 2001 and graduated from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut in 2009 with his doctorate in exercise science.

O'Connor

FRANIS O’CONNOR, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Uniformed Services University Medical Director
Consortium on Health and Military Performance

Biography:

Francis O’Connor has been a leader in sports medicine education and research for the military for more than 15 years. Dr. O’Connor has authored over 30+ articles in scientific journals and numerous book chapters, technical reports and health promotion resources for the military. Additionally, Dr. O’Connor is the editor of four texts on sports medicine including, the Textbook of Running Medicine and Sports Medicine for the Primary Care Physician, 3rd Edition.

 

He serves on the boards of several leading organizations in sports medicine including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM), and the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA).

 

A Colonel in the United States Army, Dr. O’Connor is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point; and prior to his recent posting at Uniformed Services University in the Department of Military Medicine, served one year as a Command Surgeon with Special Operations in the Middle East.

Putukion

MARGOT PUTUKION, MD

Director of Athletic Medicine, Head Team Physician, Princeton University

Biography:

Margot Putukian is currently the Director of Athletic Medicine and Head Team Physician for Princeton University, where she has been since 2004. She previously worked as a team physician and the Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine at Penn State University for nearly 11 years.

 

Dr. Putukian is a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), where she served on the Board from 1997-2006 and as President 2004-2005, and is currently a member of the AMSSM Foundation Board. She is also currently on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is on the Sports Science Safety Committee as well as the Task Force on Clinical Medicine. She served on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee, and is currently the Chair for the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee. She is is also a Team Physician for US Soccer and US Lacrosse.

 

Dr. Putukian received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Yale University, where she participated in soccer and lacrosse, and her medical doctorate from Boston University. She then completed her internship and residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. She completed her fellowship in sports medicine at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI. 

Ryan

MICHAEL RYAN, MS, ATC, PT

Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville, Florida

Biography:

Michael Ryan has been the Jaguars' head athletic trainer/physical therapist since 1994, after serving as assistant athletic trainer/physical therapist for the New York Giants for six seasons. He started his NFL career working as an athletic trainer intern with the Giants for three preseason training camps, from 1984 to '86. The 2010 season will be his 23rd season in the NFL. 

 

Mr. Ryan is president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society Research & Education Foundation. He also serves as Chairman of the NFL Collegiate Athletic Trainers’ Committee.

 

He is most proud of being honored as an educator to those in his profession by having two of his former assistants presently employed as head athletic trainers in the NFL – John Burrell, Washington Redskins; and Joe Sheehan, Cleveland Browns.

 

Mr. Ryan attended Central Connecticut State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in athletic training in 1985. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut in 1988. 

Yeargin

SUSAN YEARGIN, PhD, ATC

Assistant Professor, Indiana State University

Biography:

Susan Yeargin is a graduate program director and assistant professor for the athletic training department at Indiana State University. Her areas of expertise include hydration status measurements, hydration behaviors of children and adolescents, heat acclimatization of youth, pre-cooling ergogenic aids, cooling for heat illness treatment, core body temperature validity, and thermoregulation in exercising individuals.

 

For seven years, she has conducted heat and hydration research and has worked as an athletic trainer in a range of settings including mass medical tents; high school level sports, and division I swimming, diving, football and gymnastics.

 

Dr. Yeargin received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in 2001, and in 2003 she earned her master’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Florida. She continued her education at the University of Connecticut and graduated with her doctorate in exercise physiology in 2007.

Heat Stroke Consultants

 

University of Connecticut:

 

Stearns

REBECCA STEARNS, MA, ATC

Department of Kinesiology Doctoral Student and Lead Heat-Stroke Consultant for Korey Stringer Institute, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

Rebecca "Becca" Stearns is a certified athletic trainer and has experience as an athletic trainer at the high school level and at mass medical tent events. She currently serves as a laboratory instructor for the athletic training program at the University of Connecticut, and assists with research endeavors within the UConn Human Performance Laboratory.

 

Additionally, she is the lead heat stroke consultant for the Korey Stringer Institute. Her research interests include the effects of heat and hydration on sport performance and physiological functioning, specifically as it relates to runners and football players.

 

Ms. Stearns is currently a second year doctoral student within the Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Ms. Stearns earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Duquesne University in 2006. She completed her master’s degree in exercise science at Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut in 2008.

Demartini

JULIE DEMARTINI, MA, ATC

Department of Kinesiology Doctoral Student, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

Julie DeMartini has athletic training experience at both the division I and high school levels. Julie’s research has focused on exertional heat illnesses and body cooling techniques in sport.

 

Ms. DeMartini is currently a doctoral student within the Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Julie received her bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Duquesne University in 2006 and completed her master’s degree in exercise science in the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut in 2009. 

pagnotta

KELLY PAGNOTTA, MA, ATC

Department of Kinesiology Master’s Student, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

Kelly Pagnotta is currently the head athletic trainer at Rockville High School and pursuing her master’s degree in exercise science in the Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

 

Ms. Pagnotta earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training with a minor in leadership studies from the California University of Pennsylvania in 2008.

karslo

RACHEL KARSLO, ATC

Department of Kinesiology Master’s Student, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

Rachel Karslo is currently the head athletic trainer at The Rectory School in Pomfret, CT. She is also a first year master's degree student studying exercise science at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

 

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

vVaSumeren

MEGAN VANSUMEREN, ATC

Department of Kinesiology Master’s Student, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

Megan VanSumeren is the head athletic trainer at Bloomfield High School, and has also worked with a premiere league Australian football team, a rugby team, and worked for a year in Philadelphia at Saint Joseph’s University as the athletic trainer for women’s soccer and baseball.

 

She received her bachelor’s degree in sports medicine/athletic training at Central Michigan University in 2008. She is currently a master’s degree student in the Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

Gavin

KERRI GAVIN, ATC

Department of Kinesiology Master’s Student, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

Kerri Gavin is the head athletic trainer at Windham High School, located in Willimantic, Connecticut. At Windham, Kerri is responsible for more than 300 athletes and 16 athletic teams. Kerri is currently a master’s degree student in the Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and is expected to graduate in May 2011.

 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, in May 2009.

Martschinske

JESSICA MARTSCHINSKE, ATC

Department of Kinesiology Master’s Student, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Biography:

Jessica Martschinske the head athletic trainer for the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford, CT. Her passion in the field of athletic training lies in anatomy and biomechanics. She is also a first-year master’s degree student in Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

 

Ms. Martschinske received her bachelor’s degree in physical education with a concentration in athletic training from the University of Idaho in 2009.