2017 Candidates for President

Gerard White, MEd, LAT, ATC

Gerard White is an active member to the athletic training profession with a long history of service in both professional organizations and athletic training education.  Gerard has been an active member of the NATA since 1983 (34 years), with 33 of those years with SEATA practicing in Mississippi and Louisiana.  Gerard’s service to SEATA, and the athletic training profession in general, began in his undergraduate years at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where Charlie Martin (NATA and LATA Hall of Famer) introduced him to the athletic training profession at a SEATA meeting in Suwanee, Georgia hosted at the Atlanta Falcons’ Training Facility.

Gerard’s experience in both state and district leadership roles began with his election as LATA Treasurer (1999-2007), with 3 of those years serving as the Louisiana Representative on the SEATA Executive Board (2004-2007).  He was appointed as the SEATA Parliamentarian (2008-2010) and elected as President of LATA (2010-2016).  In the summer of 2016, he began his first term as SEATA President.

Gerard’s educational leadership roles began when he accepted the position of Program Director and Assistant Professor of Athletic Training (2001-2007) at Nicholls State University after serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for almost 10 years (1992-2001).  In 2006, he served as the Registration Chair for the 1st Biennial SEATA Educator’s Conference in Atlanta, GA.  After a promotion to Department Head of Allied Health Sciences Department (2007-2012), Gerard began his service to the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE, 2008-present) serving as a Site-Visit Member or the Chair for the Site-Visit.

While serving on the SEATA Executive Board, Gerard took active rolls with the SEATA Elections Committee (serving as a member and chair), SEATA Strategic Planning Committee, EATA Finance Committee and has been a member of the SEATA Honors and Awards Committee representing Louisiana.  Additionally, he has served as a Faculty Member for the SEATA annual Athletic Training Student Symposium for the past several years.

During his tenure as LATA President, Gerard led the Executive Committee through several key initiatives, of most significance is the revision of the Louisiana Athletic Trainer’s Law in 2014.  Additional initiatives include the launching of a new website, implementation of an annual Capitol Hill Day in Louisiana, revision of the LATA By-Laws, and the creation of the LATA Policies and Procedures Manual. 

Gerard has assisted and/or chaired the hosting of professional meetings for SEATA and LATA.  In addition to his service as registration chair for SEATA’s educator’s conference, he has hosted the LATA Summer Educational Symposium on two occasions hosted by Nicholls and has assisted the LATA Executive Committee in hosting the annual symposium.  While serving as the LATA Treasurer, he played an integral role in the coordination and facilitation of the LATA annual Summer Educational Symposiums from 1999-2007.

He has been recognized for his contributions to athletic training and the community.  Gerard was inducted into the LATA Hall of Fame (2016), the recipient of the SEATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award (2015), the SEATA Chuck Kimmel Award of Merit (2015), the SEATA President’s Award for Service (2011 & 2007), Nicholls State University Service Award (2011), the SEATA Educator’s Award (2008), Nicholls State University Academic Council Salute (2008), NATA Service Award (2006), the SEATA Memorial Graduate Scholarship (1987), and the SEATA Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship (1985).

He is a graduate from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education and a master’s degree in Education in 1989.  He worked as the head athletic trainer at Waxahachie (TX) High School (1989-1990), Delta State University (1990-92) and Nicholls State University (1992-2001).  Gerard currently serves as the Program and Clinical Education Coordinator / Assistant Professor for the Athletic Training Program at Nicholls.

Gerard and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Thibodaux, LA where they are the proud parents of their daughter, Megan, age 13, who attends ED White Catholic High School.  Gerard is a 3rd Degree member of the St. Genevieve of Paris Knights of Columbus Council #13397.

Scott Byrd, ATC, LAT

While honored to be nominated as a candidate for SEATA president, Scott feels like he has been successful due to his ability to approach things using a team player mentality. Scott believes being elected as an officer of SEATA is an honor bestowed upon that individual and should not be taken lightly. As President of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society, Scott worked to increase communication and create a more transparent atmosphere concerning the Executive Committee and membership. We must continue to listen to our membership as the member’s votes are what place us in office. If elected, Scott will work to bring those traits to SEATA as well. Scott has served on numerous State and Local boards and civic service committees; Scott has also completed the Leadership Sevier program, served on the board for Sevier County's Leadership Tomorrow program and completed Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Scott has also utilized opportunities within Covenant Health to continually educate himself on becoming a more efficient health care leader. Scott feels that GOD should come first and that HE has blessed him with the opportunity to attend leadership programs. Scott has been consistently active at the State level since 2001. Serving as Secondary Schools Chair, Governmental affairs chair and served as Vice President under two TATS Presidents. He is looking forward to continuing to work with the executive committee of SEATA and helping work to continually expand the opportunities for the BEST health care profession, Athletic Training. Scott has worked in a variety of practice settings giving him a more diverse view of our profession. He has worked as an intern in Professional Baseball, Clinic based outreach, Hospital based Secondary School setting, Tennessee Career and Technical Education teacher and has been a Head Athletic Trainer at the college level.

Scott  has always valued the leadership structure of our great association. Scott looks forward to working together with some of the greatest minds in athletic training to continue building upon the foundation which has been set in place before us.

Scott currently is in his 19th year as Coordinator of LeConte Sports Medicine. He oversees operations at 8 high schools and two sports tourism facilities. He will be starting a new role with the TSSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee this fall. Scott also serves the Athletic Training Profession as: Medical Coordinator of the Toyota/Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association East/West All-Star Football events 2007 to present; Medical Coordinator for National Guard Border Bowl 2008-present; He has served on the Medical Committee for the AAU Junior Olympics 2002 and served as baseball ATC for AAU Jr Olympics in 1997;TSSAA A.F. Bridges award winner 2006-2007. He has been a member of the TSSAA Wrestling Weight Management Executive Committee since its inception in 2003.

Scott has been honored as: Joe Worden Clinic/Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year 2001, SEATA Clinic Corporate Award 2005, SEATA High School Athletic Trainer of the year award 2007, Gatorade Secondary School Service Award 2009. Under Scott’s direction, Sevier County Schools became the first Tennessee school system to have all county secondary schools be awarded Safe Sports Schools 1st team recognition and Cocke County Schools becoming the 2nd system.

Scott is married to Carla Hasty Byrd and has three sons, Colton, Jackson, and Hayden. Scott Also serves as a Deacon at First Baptist Church Dandridge, TN

 

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