NATA Welcomes Four New Board Members

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
DALLAS, August 19, 2014 – The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) formally welcomed four new board members at its recent 65th annual convention in Indianapolis. They include Tory R. Lindley, MA, ATC; Chris Mathewson, MSS, ATC, CSCS; Carolyn R. Peters, MA, ATC, CSCS; and Timothy S. Weston, MEd, ATC.

“We are excited to welcome these highly valued colleagues and recognize their collective commitment to the profession and their individual visions to help grow the organization,” said NATA President Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES. “We look forward to their contributions as we continue to champion our members and the association at large.”

Tory R. Lindley, MA, ATC

Lindley has worked in the collegiate setting throughout his 21-year career. He currently serves as associate athletic director, director of athletic training services and head athletic trainer at Northwestern (Illinois) University, where he has worked since 2002. He had previously served as head athletic trainer at Eastern Michigan and Hamline (Minnesota) University; and as staff athletic trainer at Michigan State.

A former district director for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association, Lindley was the recipient of the 2012 Illinois Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and the 2012 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. He was also recognized as the 2012 Division I Head Athletic Trainer of the Year. He is currently an associate editor for the Athletic Training & Sports Health Care journal and is the NATA liaison to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

The former president of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association and Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association, Lindley received his Bachelor of Science in education with a specialization in athletic training from Michigan State and his Master of Arts in biomechanics from the University of Minnesota.

Chris Mathewson, MSS, ATC/R, CSCS

Mathewson has been head athlete trainer at Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado, for the past 20 years and has been the Douglas County School District athletic trainers’ group coordinator since 2007. He has previously worked for the Steadman Hawkins Denver Clinic, the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Athletic Conditioning Clinic. He has also been a spotter for the NFL since 2011.

He will receive his school’s Hall of Fame honors in September 2014, and has been recognized for his distinguished service by the Rock Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association. Mathewson is the recipient of numerous other awards including the Denver Nuggets Excellence in Colorado High School Athletic Training, among others.

He remains active with several industry organizations, was president of the Colorado Athletic Trainers’ Association and is a current member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and National Arthritis Foundation, among others.

Mathewson received his Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology from the University of Wyoming, Laramie; and his Masters of Sports Science in Medicine from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.

Carolyn R. Peters, MA, ATC, CSCS

Peters is the head athletic trainer and head strength coach at San Diego Christian College. She previously spent 21 years at San Diego State University and served as assistant athletic trainer and assistant strength and conditioning coach, while also providing services in exercise and nutritional sciences at the school.

Active in industry organizations, Peters has been a region director and secretary of the California Athletic Trainers’ Association and is the recipient of the district’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award. She also received the District 8 Far West Special Recognition award and has received NATA’s service award.

A frequent lecturer, Peters has dedicated her volunteer time to the Navy Seals Team Rehab Clinic, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Athletic Association, and has been a Service Dog Trainer with Paws’itive Teams since 2001, among others. Since 2012 she has worked with the NFL as a spotter for the San Diego Chargers and assisting the field athletic trainers and physicians.

Peters received both her Bachelor of Arts in applied arts and sciences and her Master of Arts from San Diego State University.

Timothy S. Weston, MEd, ATC

Weston is now entering his sixth year as head athletic trainer at Colby College in Maine and has been a member of its sports medicine staff since 1992. He was previously assistant athletic trainer at the school. He is currently on the quality/risk management committee for the Health Services department at Colby; the board of directors for the Maine Concussion Management Initiative; and athletic trainer representative to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Medical Aspects Committee.

His primary responsibilities at Colby include medical coverage for women’s soccer, men’s ice hockey, baseball and crew. He was medical coordinator and head athletic trainer for the National Youth Sports Program at the University of Maine at Orono for two years; and has been the head athletic trainer for Colby’s soccer camp since 1996.

A former president, vice president and treasurer of the Maine Athletic Trainers’ Association, Weston was also on the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association executive board as well as the NATA Political Action Committee board representing his district. He has received NATA’s service award along with the Maine Athletic Trainers’ Association “Bill Cox” Service Award.

Weston received his Bachelor of Science in physical education and Masters of Education in educational leadership from the University of Maine at Orono.

NATA is divided into 10 geographic districts. District One, which Weston will lead, covers Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont; District Four which will be championed by Lindley, includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin; District Seven which will be represented by Mathewson encompasses Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico , Utah and Wyoming; and District Eight, spearheaded by Peters includes California, Hawaii and Nevada.