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 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 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 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.
Class of 2009
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Class of 2007
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
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.
Class of 2007
NATA BOC President from 1998-2002
Class of 2007
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.
Class of 2007
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.