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National Athletic Trainers’ Association Welcomes
New Board Members Paul Ullucci and Bart Peterson
DALLAS, June 7, 2010 – During its 61st Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) will formally welcome Bart Peterson, MSS, ATC, and Paul Ullucci, Jr., ATC, DPT, SCS, to its board of directors. NATA’s annual meeting will take place June 22-25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Ullucci succeeds NATA’s outgoing District One director Jeff Stone; Peterson will replace outgoing District Seven director Matt Webber.
“We’re excited to welcome these outstanding leaders of the athletic training profession to our board of directors,” said NATA President Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, ATC. “Their demonstrated drive and expertise will be invaluable to us, as we strive meet our ongoing challenges and help us take NATA, and our athletic trainer members, to the next level.”
Bart Peterson, MSS, ATC
A member of NATA since 1988, Peterson is currently the head athletic trainer at Palo Verde Magnet High School in Tucson, Ariz. He became interested in the profession of athletic training as a student at Lehi High School in Lehi, Utah, when he worked as an athletic training student aide. He spent his undergraduate years at Brigham Young University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education/athletic training. He received his master’s degree in sports management at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. Peterson was formerly the District Seven secretary and served on NATA’s Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee.
“My goal has always been to represent District Seven with the distinction of my predecessors,” Peterson said. “We need to make sure all athletic trainers see the value in unifying with one voice for our profession and the benefits of being a member. So many of our athletic trainers and members need to see that the profession they grew up with and love is the same one that goes forward into the next decade.”
Paul Ullucci, Jr., ATC, DPT, SCS
Ullucci is the owner of Ullucci Sports Medicine & PT, Inc., in Riverside, R.I. He received his doctor of physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah, and his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. A member of NATA since 1993, Ullucci was previously NATA’s District One treasurer and NATA Political Action Committee board member, and he served on the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainersubcommittee under the NATA Honors & Awards Committee.
“As the District One director, it is imperative that I ensure NATA provides young professionals opportunities they view as important and that do not place tremendous demands on their schedule,” Ullucci said. “As young NATA members become more involved in the association, I am confident they will feel, as I do, that the time spent working for NATA is well spent.”
NATA is divided into 10 geographic districts. District One, which Ullucci will oversee, covers Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont; District Seven, which will be led by Peterson, covers Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
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