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Executive Board & Committee Chairs

Executive Committee

 

President
Darren H. Lunow (M.Ed., LAT, ATC)
Email: president@oata.net
Alma Mater: Oklahoma State University, ‘04

Darren Lunow began serving the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2014 as President-Elect. Currently, holds the title of President. He was previously the Annual Meeting Chair during 2014 and 2015 and has been a contributing force on many other committees.

Lunow is currently the Director of Sports Medicine for Central State Orthopedics. As part of his position he provides outreach athletic training services to Edison Preparatory, Wagoner and Victory Christian, all in the Tulsa area.

While earning his bachelor’s degrees in Science and Athletic Training from Oklahoma State University, Lunow interned at the National Football League’s (NFL), Denver Broncos football club for two years. He then pursued his Masters of Education from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.

Soon thereafter, Lunow was hired the Head Athletic Trainer at Bacone College from 2005 until 2008. In addition to his current professional responsibilities at Central States Orthopedics, Lunow also serves as an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College.

In 2012, Darren Lunow was awarded the Athletic Trainer of the Year award by the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was also honored by Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40 Rising Business and Community Leaders in 2015.

Lunow and his wife Randi (Cook), who is also an athletic trainer, reside in Broken Arrow.

Vice President
Greg Gardner (Ed. D., LAT, ATC)
Email: vicepresident@oata.net
Alma Mater:

Gardner OATA Headshot

Dr. Greg Gardner has served the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) in numerous capacities since moving to Oklahoma in 1995. His current executive committee duties are that of Vice President. Previously he has held a number of committee positions including the State Representative to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation from 1996 to 1998. In addition to serving the state association, Dr. Gardner has also served as President of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and is the U.S. Vice President of the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy.

Currently a Clinical Professor of Athletic Training and the Department Chair of Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences, Gardner has been employed at the University of Tulsa since 1995. He has served numerous roles at the university from being the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program to working with the Golden Hurricane Football Team.

Dr. Gardner traveled the United States while pursuing his education and beginning his career. A native of Snyder, Texas, each of Gardner’s three degrees came from different states including Wyoming, Arizona. Gardner had several athletic training jobs at both the high school and collegiate level in Texas prior to earning his Doctor of Education from Southern Mississippi in 1995.

While working in Oklahoma, Dr. Gardner was inducted into the OATA Hall of Fame and the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) Hall of Fame and was awarded the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2011.

Gardner and his wife Christi (Freeman) reside in Tulsa have three adult children: Michael of Colorado Springs, CO; James of Sand Springs, OK and Tom of Bloomington, IN.

Treasurer
Chris Nerio (MA, LAT, ATC)
Email: treasurer@oata.net
Alma Mater: Oklahoma State University, ‘01

Nerio OATA Headshot

Chris Nerio has served as treasurer for the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association since 2011. His executive committee duties involve overseeing all finances and expenditures for the organization.

Nerio is the Associate Director for Sports Medicine at the University of Tulsa where he has been an athletic trainer (AT) since 2005. In addition to teaching Emergency Procedures in Athletic Training, he provides care for the university’s football and women’s golf program.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in Health and Athletic Training from Oklahoma State University, Nerio interned at the National Football League’s (NFL), Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp for two years. He then pursued his master’s degree from the University of Tulsa while working for the athletics department as a graduate assistant AT.

Nerio then went on to be an intern AT for the Kansas City Chiefs NFL organization for two years before becoming the Head AT for the Rhein Fire, a team in the NFL Europe League.

Nerio and his wife Jill (Schnepel) reside in Tulsa with their three children: Brooklyn, Jamison and Raegan.

Secretary
Leander Walker (LAT, ATC)
Email: secretary@oata.net
Alma Mater: Southwestern Oklahoma State University, ‘06

Walker OATA Headshot

Leander Walker has served the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association since 2010 beginning as the Young Professionals Committee Chair until assuming his current role of secretary in 2013.

Walker is the Head Athletic Trainer at Yukon Public Schools and is an instructor in the district’s Medical Professions Academy. Walker has been employed through the Yukon Public School System since August of 2007 and has been instrumental in developing the athletic training program into a staff of three certified athletic trainers. Under his direction, the school has earned the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School – First Team honors.

While earning his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), Walker was awarded as the 2006 Outstanding Clinical Athletic Training Student. Since graduating he continued to give back to his Alma Mater by serving as clinical preceptor for the university. Walker has also been spotlighted as a SWOSU Distinguished Athletic Training Alumni and by the SWOSU College of Allied Health Professionals. His accolades also include a PowerPlay Athletic Trainer Spotlight.

Currently, Walker also works as a consultant for Mercy Sports Medicine and Performance. He and his wife Randilyn (Warner) reside in Yukon with their daughter, Ella.

Past-President
CJ Fedor (M.Ed., LAT, ATC)
|Email: pastpresident@oata.net
Alma Mater: University of Central Oklahoma, ‘03

Fedor OATA Headshot

Christopher “CJ” Fedor is a Sports Medicine Manager with McBride Orthopedic Hospital and has been serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School since 2009. In addition, CJ serves as an adjunct in the Kinesiology and Health Studies department at the University of Central Oklahoma.  CJ received his education from the University of Central Oklahoma where he graduated with both a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in 2003 and 2004 respectively.  He also holds a national certification in athletic training.

CJ has become an advocate for athletic training and athletic youth safety in the state of Oklahoma. He currently holds the position as Past President of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA). In 2015 while president of the OATA, he lead a coalition to change the state’s concussion law. The organization was successful in its cause to update and strengthen SB1164. It was signed into law in the summer of 2016.  He also successfully navigated OATA through administrative organizational changes, as well as, the satisfactory IRS application as an organizational 501c-6 Non-Profit. For his hard work and dedication to the OATA, the membership recognized him as the 2016 “Athletic Trainer of the Year.”

His activities away from the office include being involved in several organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Back to Sport Facilitator with the American Heart Association, and being a UCO Athletic Training Preceptor. CJ is also the founding donor to the Jeff McKibbin Endowed Scholarship in Athletic Training at UCO. He is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid American Athletic Trainers’ Association and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond, OK. In his free time he is pursuing a Master of Health Care Administration from Oklahoma State University and enjoys the lake, traveling and spending quality time with his wife Rachael and three children: Kaylie, Isaac and Josiah.

Committee Chairs
Clinical and Emerging Practices
Omar Zaldivar
ozaldivar@eooc.com

College/University Athletic Training Student/ Research and Education Grants
Matthew O’Brien
matthew.obrien@okstate.edu

Collegiate/University Athletic Trainers
Robert Fulton
rfulton@ou.edu

Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
Jeff McKibbin
jmckibbin@uco.edu

Governmental Affairs
Greg Gardner
vicepresident@oata.net

Hall of Fame/Honors and Awards
Brian Coley
brian.coley3@gmail.com

Annual Meeting
Ed Sunderland
JSunderland@uco.edu

Public Relations
Leah Cox
PublicRelations@OATA.net

Scholarships
Sydney Ringer
sydney.ringer@oc.edu

Secondary School
Joe Waldron
jwaldron@osoi.com

Website
Michael Catterson
michael.catterson@tulsatech.edu

Young Professionals
Dain Foster
dain.foster@yukonps.com

All State/Coaches Association
Erin Hermann
erinhermann11@gmail.com

Student Leadership Council
Leah Cox
PublicRelations@OATA.net

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