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Far West Athletic Trainers' Association | NATA District 8

The Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (FWATA) is comprised of athletic trainer associations from California, Nevada and Hawaii under District 8 of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

FWATA strives to improve the quality of health care for athletes, patients and clients and enhance the profession of Athletic Training, through leadership, education, and cooperative efforts with other organizations and allied health professions.

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association is to advocate for the athletic training profession and provide professional resources for the engagement and development of our members.

Vision Statement:  As a vital part of the inter-professional health care team, members will be recognized as essential licensed practitioners through the provision of unique athletic training services.

FWATA Managing Board

Carolyn Peters MA, ATC, CSCS

District Director

San Diego Christian College
200 Riverview Parkway
Santee, CA 92071
619.201.8734 | C: 619.322.2660

Lyn Nakagawa MS, ATC, CSCS

District Secretary

University of Hawaii at Manoa
1337 Lower Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Todd Hamburg ATC

District Treasurer

Nevada AT Association
8406 Belmont Valley Street
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Emily Cherpin ATS

Student Leadership Committee Chair

University of La Verne
1950 3rd Street
La Verne, CA 91750


Jason Bennett DA, ATC

California State Representative

Chapman University
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Garvin Tsuji MS, ATC

Hawaii State Representative

Radford High School
4361 Salt Lake Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818

Mark D’Anza ATC

Nevada State Representative

Durango High School
7100 W Dewey Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89113

FWATA Committee Chairs

Sarah Lyons MS, ATC, PES

Public Relations

Stanford University
641 E. Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

Committee Page

Ruem Malasarn MA, ATC

Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium

Cal Poly Pomona
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, California 91768

Committee Page

Emily Cherpin ATS

Student Leadership Committee Chair

University of La Verne
1950 3rd Street
La Verne, CA 91750

Committee Page

Steve McCauley MHS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Committee on Practice Advancement

Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Committee Page

Jamie DeRollo, MBA, ATC, EMT

College & Universities

San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95207

Committee Page

Mikiko “Mimi” Nakajima, Ed.D, ATC

Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee

Cal State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840

Committee Page

Lauren Forsyth MS, ATC, CES

Governmental Affairs

University of California, Berkeley
2301 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Committee Page

Isabel Archuleta, ATC

History & Archives

California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504

Committee Page

Hazel Ando MA, ATC

Honors & Awards

Univ of California, Santa Barbara
ICA Building
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Committee Page

Brenda Valdez-Nava ATS

NATA Representative

California State University, Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831

Committee Page

Michelle Cleary PhD, ATC, CSCS

Research Grants

Chapman University
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Committee Page

Juan Cuevas ATC


Fullerton College
321 E. Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

Committee Page

Chase Paulson MS, ATC

Secondary Schools

Diamond Bar High School
21400 Pathfinder Road
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
909.594.1405 ext.33811

Committee Page

Kara Radzak, PhD, ATC

Young Professionals Committee

4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154

Committee Page

Far West Athletic Trainers Association