DALLAS, May 12, 2010 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association has charged one new employee and one veteran department director to oversee administrative functions and further the 32,000 member association’s strategic initiatives. David Saddler joined the association in March as associate executive director of programs and services. Cate Brennan Lisak, CAE, was promoted to associate executive director of policy and advocacy. Policy and Advocacy Lisak’s new role reflects the importance NATA places on strategic activities, which she has overseen for several years. Lisak has credentials in association management and broad experience in various industries prior to joining NATA. She will continue to oversee the strategic activities department, which encompasses public relations, state and federal governmental affairs, reimbursement/revenue issues and employment market concerns. “This new role will allow me to reach a broader scope of people who are important to the future of the profession,” Lisak said. “I truly love being a champion for athletic trainers. I also have some new fundraising and revenue responsibilities, and I look forward to those new challenges.” Lisak received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of North Texas with an emphasis in Journalism and a Master’s of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. She became a certified association executive in 2008. Programs and Services Saddler draws on a career spent primarily in association management, most recently as executive director of the Automotive Oil Change Association. He offers a fresh perspective on long-term goals in meetings, membership, business development, communications, finance, administration and information technology. “I am very fortunate to be involved with an organization that has a diverse and active membership volunteer base and highly professional and capable staff,” Saddler said. “With those in place, the job is to set priorities and measure what you do to the greatest extent you can.” Key goals include maintaining current programs and launching new initiatives to improve the overall membership experience. A lifelong love of sports and an appreciation for the athletic trainer’s role in health care motivate Saddler. A native of Roanoke, Va., Saddler holds a degree in communications from La Salle University. National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport: Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 32,000 members of the athletic training profession. NATA supports the Athletic Trainers’ Equal Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1137). Visit www.nata.org.