INDIANAPOLIS, June 12 – During its 56 th Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia at the Indiana Convention Center, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) welcomed Terry Noonan, MS, ATC, and Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, PES, to its board of directors. Elected in February 1999 as District Five president, Noonan will move into the position of district director, succeeding Lynn Bott, MS, ATC. Thornton, elected in November 2004, will represent District Two, succeeding Joe Iezzi, ATC. NATA, a not-for-profit organization representing and supporting 30,000 members of the athletic training profession, is divided into 10 geographic districts. District Five, which Noonan will oversee, covers Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. District Two, which Thornton will represent, covers Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. As incoming board members, Noonan and Thornton share a common mission: to boost the image of athletic trainers and highlight their versatility. Terry Noonan, MS, ATC – District Five Based in Stillwater, Okla., Noonan has been the coordinator of athletic training/sports medicine at Oklahoma State University since 1999. He believes education, governmental affairs, reimbursement and recognition are the issues that demand continued attention in athletic training. “I also want to improve relationships with other professions so athletic trainers get the recognition we deserve,” he says. An athletic training professional for more than 25 years, Noonan earned a bachelor of science degree at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1978, and a master’s degree in recreation administration at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., in 1979. He also did post-graduate work at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, from 1979 to 1981. Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, PES – District Two Based in Clarion, Pa., Thornton has been an assistant athletic trainer at Clarion University since 1990. He believes athletic trainers are the most valuable health care providers for the physically active. “Gaining public recognition for athletic trainers and establishing ourselves with other groups in similar professions should be high on our priority list,” he says. An athletic training professional for 18 years, Thornton earned a bachelor’s degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, in 1986, and a master’s degree in sports medicine at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., in 1988. He also received a performance enhancement specialist credential from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2000. NATA Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE, believes Noonan and Thornton will bring new energy and ideas to the board. “I’m confident Terry and Jim will significantly help the NATA meet the ongoing challenges acing our profession.” About the NATA: Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession through education and research. www.nata.org. NATA, 2952 Stemmons Freeway, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75247, 214.637.6282; 214.637.2206 (fax).