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Class of 2022

Shelly Jones

Raised in Eastern Oregon, Shelly moved to the valley to attend Linfield College and stayed in the Portland Metro area throughout her career.  She spent 16 years in the clinic outreach model for Tuality Healthcare (now OHSU) where she was the inaugural AT when Century High School (Hillsboro, OR) opened in 1997.  While at Tuality she was motivated to help progress the profession in the clinical setting and volunteered on the governmental affairs committee.  That committee helped write, promote, and pass the 1st practice act governing AT in Oregon.  That began her career of volunteering which included two terms of President, Vice President, and PR Chair for OATS.  She enjoyed serving on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the OSAA, representing Oregon at Collaborative Solutions for Safety and Sports at both the NCAA and NFL Headquarters as well as being the NATA Secondary School Chair for D10.  She returned to governmental affairs and helped write Max's Law as well as the standardized return to learn language with the Governor's Brain Injury Taskforce.  Later, she further assisted the clinical setting by helping initiate Tuality's ATs working in physician practice model.  She transitioned to Aloha HS (Beaverton, OR) as a full time, school district employee.   She was recognized with four service awards from OATS, NWATA, and the NATA, NATA Gatorade Secondary School Recognition Award & NATA's Clinical Preceptor of the Year.  She has had notable experiences with the following: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Rodeo, Dew Action Sports Tour, Nike, USA figure skating, rugby, indoor professional and outdoor semi professional football.


Class of 2022

Eric Kautzky

Eric Kautzky received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Willamette University and a Master’s in Teaching from California State University at Fullerton.  He returned to Oregon to teach and practice Athletic Training at Tigard High School until his retirement. In college, Eric was a promising baseball player until a knee injury derailed his career and led him to his new passions:  Athletic Training and bicycling.  He later developed a similar passion for golf.  He is survived by his wife Lorna Miller-Kautzky and his son Chris Kautzky. Eric was one of the original members of the Oregon Athletic Trainers Society at its formation in 1983 and served on the first Constitution and Bylaws committee, helping to draft the original OATS constitution.  He was a presenter at the very first OATS Clinical Symposium.  Eric went on to serve two terms each as OATS Secretary/Treasurer and President, his diligence and organizational skills helping OATS grow throughout the 1980s. Eric established the initial relationship between OATS and OSAA. At Tigard, Eric established a high-quality educational and internship program for high school students.  It became a model for other programs. He was admired for his hard work and professionalism and was a mentor and advisor to many athletic trainers across Oregon, especially those in the high school setting.

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Class of 2020

Greg Hill

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Class of 2019

Kathi Stotts

Kathi Stotts received her Bachelor of Science from Western Oregon University in 1987.  This was followed by a Master of Science from Eastern Illinois University in 1990. Kathi worked 18 years for a hospital outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic in Klamath Falls.  Over the years she did outreach work for some of the local high schools in the area.  She also performed orthopedic and sports medicine rehabilitation in the clinic. She ran an exercise program and helped in other areas of rehab such as cardiac and the work hardening program which is to get injured workers back to work safely. A couple of highlights in athletic training were working during the Senior Babe Ruth World Series in 2015 and working hard to get legislation passed for the benefit of all athletic trainers in the state. Kathi has also been on a few state and district committees. State Committee Chair of Revenue and Reimbursement 2004-2009. District Committee member of Revenue and Reimbursement 2006-2009. State Governmental Affairs Chair 1998-2009. District Committee member of Governmental Affairs 1998-2006 and State Committee Chair of Different Work Settings 2009-2011. Kathi also held the position of secretary/treasure in 2011-2012 for OATS. She also was Vice Chairman of the Oregon Board of Athletic Trainers from 2000-2009. Kathi has received a few awards through the years. She received the OATS Legislative Action Award in 2003. In 2005 she was awarded the NATA Governmental Affairs Committee- Legislative Award.  This was followed by the NATA Service Award in 2006. Kathi currently teaches 3rd grade and contracts for athletic training services.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Keith and her two children Kurtis and Kristin.


Class of 2018

Erin Cramer

Erin was hooked on athletic training in his first year of college, and transferred schools to pursue it shortly afterward. Certified in 1995, he arrived in Eugene to attend graduate school and found a home in high school athletic training very quickly. Aside from a short 18 months away, Erin has practiced in Oregon for his entire career, and has remained active in the profession even after becoming a physician assistant in 2009. Erin was the president of OATS from 1999-2003 and helped fashion the original administrative rules after passage of the practice act. He served the NWATA as a member of the executive committee, and with local planning of district symposia in later years. He was elected to the BOC board of directors in 2011, and served as the vice president of the board from 2015 to 2017. Erin continues to enjoy working with young athletes in the clinic and on the fields, and serving his professional family.


Class of 2018

Cari Wood

Cari Wood graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Education-Physical Education/Health.  She returned to her home state of Oregon to work as the Athletic Trainer at Lake Oswego HS for one year, then was offered the opportunity to become the first Athletic Trainer at Redmond HS in 1994. She has built a program from scratch and has remained in Redmond ever since.  Cari served on multiple OATS committees before being elected Vice President, and then OATS President from 2003-2007.  She went on to become the NWATA-D10 Secretary, then President and served on the NATA Board of Directors from 2012-2017.  Cari was the first woman inducted into the NWATA Hall of Fame in 2017.  She is married to Jon and is incredibly proud of their two children, Bradi and Rile


Class of 2012

Dave Sherden

Dave received his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1986 from Lewis & Clark college, and certified as an Athletic Trainer in 1989.  Dave has worked as an AT and teacher at Franklin HS in Portland from 1987-2015.  Dave was the OATS Secondary Schools AT Committee Chair for multiple years and served as OATS President from 1995-1999. He formalized a relationship between OATS and OSAA for championship event coverage, and was the director of medical services at the OSAA State Championship Wrestling tournament for 30 years. Dave also oversaw the legislative committee that passed Oregon’s mandatory Practice Act, and from 2001-2011, he served as the Chairman of  the Oregon Board of Athletic Trainers.   In 2018, the OSAA awarded Dave the Distinguished Service Award. He has also been a recipient of both the OATS and NWATA Educator awards.  Dave continues to teach Athletic Training and Anatomy & Physiology classes at Franklin HS.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, Paula and Daughter, Mary.

ssociation Research and Education Foundation board from 2004 to 2010. She received many honors for her contributions to athletic training including the College/University Athletic Trainers Division III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year (2008), NATA Service Award (2008), and NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (2013). Tara was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2005, and taught courses in the Athletic Training curriculum until her retirement in 2018.


Class of 2011

Tara M. Lepp, MS, ATC

Tara M. Lepp received her BA from California State University, Chico in 1980 followed by an MS degree from the University of Oregon in 1982. Tara was the first certified athletic trainer hired by Linfield College and served as their Head Athletic Trainer from 1982 to 2013 while developing an Athletic Training major and educational program as a faculty member. The Linfield College Athletic Training Education Program was awarded accreditation by CAAHEP in 2001, which she directed from 1982 to 2005. Tara Lepp served two terms as the District 10 chair for the National Athletic Trainers Association Research and Education Foundation board from 2004 to 2010. She received many honors for her contributions to athletic training including the College/University Athletic Trainers Division III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year (2008), NATA Service Award (2008), and NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (2013). Tara was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2005, and taught courses in the Athletic Training curriculum until her retirement in 2018.


Class of 2010

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis received his BS from Washington State University in 1983 followed by his MS from the University of Arizona. He started his athletic training career at the College of Idaho from 1984-86 then moved to Lewis and Clark College from 1986-89. His last move was to Portland State University in 1989 where he continues to work. Jim has served as the District Meeting Coordinator for District 10, a test site administrator and exam question writer for the Board of Certification and Public Relations Committee chairperson for OATS. He was instrumental in the introduction and education in the USA and Internationally for the Kinesis Taping Method. He has received the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award, NWATA Outstanding Service Award and the NWATA District Director Award. Other than that he is just an all around good dude! Is the proud father of Kyle Wallis, the really really proud grandfather of William and a very happily married man.

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Class of 2009

​Deborah Cagle

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Class of 2007

Dean Adams

NWATA Hall of Fame, NATA 25 year award-1997

Dean Adams graduated in 1967 from Eastern Washington University, completing his MS the following year. He was the head athletic trainer at the University of Hawaii from 1968-1979. He then moved to the University of Oregon where he has been the head athletic trainer from 1980 to 2003. He retired in 2003 but continued to work part-time at University of Oregon until January of 2004. Dean was the initial NWATA Meeting Coordinator from 1982-1990. In 1997, he received the NATA 25-Year Award.


Class of 2007

Richard Irvin

NWATA Hall of Fame

Richard Irvin graduated with his BS from Slippery Rock in 1954. In 1958, he received his Physical Therapy Certificate from Ohio State University, then went on to Illinois State University and earned his MS in 1959. From 1967-1990, he developed and served as the curriculum director at Oregon State University while obtaining his EdD from the University of Oregon in 1974. He was one of the primary contributors of the original Certification Exam while serving on the National Certification Committee from 1970-1984. He is the co-author of "Sports Medicine", which the second edition was completed in 1998.

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Class of 2007

Russ Cagle

NATA BOC President from 1998-2002

Russ Cagle, PhD, began his athletic training career in high school by studying Cramer Student
courses. He attended Sierra College before moving on to receive degrees from the University of
Montana [UM] (B.S.,1970), San Diego State University [SDSU] (M.S.,1972), and Oregon State
University [OSU] (Ph.D.,1992). At [UM], Professor Cagle greatly benefitted from mentoring by NATA
Hall of Fame members Naseby Rhinehart at [UM] and Robert Moore at [SDSU]. He received his ATC
certification in 1972. He was appointed associate athletic trainer at [SDSU] from (1972-1977) and
head athletic trainer for men’s sports, and clinical educator in the graduate athletic training
program at the University of Oregon [UO] (1977-1981), assistant professor/director of undergraduate
athletic training education at [UM] (1982-1985) and head athletic trainer and assistant professor
of Health and Physical Education at Willamette University [WU]. In 1992 he obtained his Ph.D. from
Oregon State [OSU]. During his tenure at WU (1985-2008), having served many years as Chair, the
former department evolved into Exercise Science.

Professor Cagle’s contributions to the profession have ranged from local to international since he
joined OATS in 1985. He facilitated the establishment of Oregon’s Athletic Training Registration
Act and served two terms on the Oregon Board of Health Licensing Committee for athletic training.
He also served terms on NATA’s Research and Education Committee, was acutely involved with the Free
Communications for NATA Clinical Symposiums, was NATA BOC representative for District 10, and
subsequently was elected to the BOC Board of Directors for two terms, including three years as
president. It was serendipitous during this period that the BOC finally achieved financial
independence from the NATA and hired its first full-time Executive Director. He was co-chair of the
task force that developed credential recognition with the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association (CATA).

For his commitment to advancing the profession and its educational integrity, Professor Cagle has
received SDSU’s Department of Exercise and Nutritional Science Distinguished Alumnus Award (2005),
the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award (2007), and the Dan Libera Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Board of Certification (2008).



Class of 2007

Ken Kladnik

​NWATA Hall of Fame, NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer-1997

Ken Kladnik received his BA in health education in 1973 from Central Washington University. After receiving a B.A., he was accepted into the University of Arizona's Graduate Internship program and was appointed as the Head Athletic Trainer at Salpointe High School. He became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1975 and completed his M.Ed. in 1975. His employment history includes being the Head Athletic Trainer at Willamette University (1975-1977), Whitworth College (1977-78), the University of Idaho (1978-1982), Wenatchee Valley Clinic (1982-1984), Oregon State University (1984-1992), Eastern Oregon University (1992-2001) and Central Washington University (2001-present). He has been honored as the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 1997 as well as induction into the Central Washington Hall of Fame in 1994. He has served the NWATA as the chair of the Constitution and Bylaws committee and a member of the Scholarship Committee. He has served the NATA as the chairman of the NATA Foundation Scholarship Committee and as a board member of the NATA foundation. In addition, he was the Newsletter Editor from 1986-1994.

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Class of 2007

Jerry Krummel

Jerry Krummel has been an innovator and leader of athletic training in Oregon since 1975. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education from the University of Utah in 1975. He earned an MAT from Lewis and Clark College in 1980. He received an NATA Certificate in Athletic Training in July of 1975. He continues to be a certified member of the NATA. Jerry was the first athletic trainer hired by the Portland Public Schools in August 1975. In 1977 Jerry was appointed by then District Director Larry Standifer to the Oregon Athletic Trainers Licensure Committee. This is an effort he worked on for the next 22 years. He became head athletic trainer at Lewis and Clark College in 1977. In 1988 he moved to Western Oregon State College (WOU) as head athletic trainer. He was a pioneer as a physician extender when he started a private practice with West Salem Family Practice in 1991 providing athletic training services to the patients of that practice. In 1983 Jerry was one of the founders and first president of the Oregon Athletic Trainers Society. He was appointed the District 10 representative to the NATA Government Affairs Committee. Jerry was elected to the Oregon State House of Representatives in 1998 representing the Wilsonville area. He was the Chief Sponsor and architect of legislation for licensure of athletic trainers in Oregon. He served in the Oregon Legislature until July 2008 when he moved to Nevada to become the principal at Nevada Connections Academy. He is presently an online teacher for Pearson Online and Blended Learning.

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