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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

Lyn Nakagawa MS, ATC, CSCS

District Director

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

Cindy Clivio MEd, ATC

District Secretary

Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
1887 Makuakane Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Garvin Tsuji ATC

District Treasurer

Hawaii AT Association
Iolani School
563 Kamoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Cell 808-285-5343

Kevan Murgia

Student Leadership Committee Chair

School Organization
Street Address
City, State Zip

Ky Kugler,Ed.D ATC

California State Representative

Chapman University
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Garvin Tsuji MS, ATC

Hawaii State Representative

Iolani High School
563 Kamoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96826

Mike Sepiol ATC

Nevada State Representative

Heat FC
Las Vegas, NV

FWATA Committee Chairs

Katherine Susskind Risso MAT, ATC, CKTP

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

Claire Stovall ATS

Student Leadership Committee Chair

School Organization
Street Address
City, State Zip

Committee Page

Sara Williamson, MS, ATC

Committee on Practice Advancement

Valletta Orthopedics
7625A Mesa College Dr. Ste 320A
San Diego, CA 92111
858.657.000 ext 2

Committee Page

Brian Cable, ATC

College & Universities Athletic Trainers

Cerritos College
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

Committee Page

Chris Litt, ATC

Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee

UC Davis
Hickey Gym 264
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616

Committee Page

Jason McCamey, ATC

Governmental Affairs

Committee Page

Michael Barreiro, ATC

History & Archives

Rady Children’s Hospital Orthopedics
San Diego, CA

Committee Page

Junior Domingo, MS, ATC

Honors & Awards

Compton College
Director of Student Development and Athletics
1111 E. Artesia Blvd
Compton, CA 90221

Committee Page

Sean Rogers, DAT, ATC

LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee

California State University Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8287

Committee Page

Melissa Montgomery PhD, ATC

Research Grants

Cal State University Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Committee Page

Juan Cuevas ATC


Fullerton College
321 E. Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

Committee Page

Mark D’Anza MEd, LAT, ATC

Secondary Schools

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

Committee Page

Sanam Rezazadeh, MS, ATC

Young Professionals Committee

Stanford University
641 E Campus Dr.
Stanford, CA 94305

Committee Page

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