GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (GAC)
Mike VanBruggen, LAT, ATC
Chair & District IX Representative (FL)
John Finley, ATC
Paul Higgs, ATC
Keith Webster, ATC
Gerard White, MEd, LAT, ATC
Marc Osborne, ATC
Joseph Erdeljac, ATC
Board Liaison: President Scott Helton (KY)
1. NATA Committee
a) Composition. This committee is comprised of the education committee chairs, the Athletic Training Education Journal editor and at-large members. The terms of committee members are determined by their term as committee chair. At-large members serve a one-year term that may be renewed three times. The Professional Development Committee (formerly the Continuing Education Committee), the Post Professional Education Committee and the Professional Education Committee operate under the Executive Committee for Education umbrella. The Board of Certification (BOC), Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) the Convention Program Committee, and the NATA Foundation each designate a representative to serve as liaison to the ECE. The Athletic Training Educators’ Conference Chair also liaises to the ECE.
b) Purpose The Executive Committee for Education sets the direction for athletic training education. Emphasizing a commitment to improving patient care through an evidence-based approach, the ECE proactively influences best educational practices that reflect the profession's interdisciplinary nature and commitment to learning across the professional's lifespan.
i) Facilitate quality professional, post-professional and continuing athletic training education.
ii) Coordinate the delivery of educational programming for the profession of athletic training.
iii) Serve as a resource to groups interested in athletic training education.
2. SEATA Sub-Committee
a) Composition (7 members). One Member from each state; of which, one shall be appointed as the Chair. This is a state-based committee whose chair represents District IX on the NATA Governmental Affairs Committee.
b) Chair: The committee chair shall be selected by the SEATA President, in consultation with the District Director, State President(s), and/or committee members, and approved by the Executive Board. The Chair shall also serve as the District IX representative on the corresponding NATA committee.
c) Purpose. Oversee the Association’s governmental relations and regulatory efforts.
i) Serve as a clearinghouse to, and a coordinator and facilitator of, Association members’ activities in matters pertaining to state regulation of athletic training.
ii) Provide information on the governmental affairs process to Association members and others whose business and professional interest bring them in contact with the profession of athletic training. Create or procure materials for this purpose.
iii) Cooperate with federal, state, and local regulatory bodies in matters pertaining to the regulation of athletic trainers.
iv) Provide advocacy for the benefit of membership
v) Serve as a resource to the state associations with regards to both NATA and SEATA legislative grants.
vi) Organize and administer the bi-Annual SEATA Governmental Affairs Committee Social.
e) Polices: Committee members shall adhere to the general SEATA committee policies as stated in Section II.C.