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FWATA 2018 Honors And Awards

It is time to honor the FWATA members who have achieved the pinnacle recognition in athletic training. The FWATA Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor any member of FWATA can achieve. It is to recognize dedicated members who have spent countless hours as an athletic trainer, mentoring students and athletes as well as volunteering their personal time to advance the Athletic Training profession.

This year, we will be inducting the 2018 FWATA Hall of Fame:

Michael Chisar, MPT, ATC

Education:  California State University, Fullerton- BS in Physical Education and Hahnemann University MPT
Career: Diablo Valley College- Assistant Professor, (2005-present); Diablo Valley College-Chair, Curriculum Committee (2013-present); Diablo Valley College Club Lacrosse Team- Head Athletic Trainer (2009-2013); University of California Ice Hockey Team- Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist (2003-2012); San Francisco Dragons Professional Lacrosse Team-Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist (2006-2008); Diablo Valley College-Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist (1995-2001); Diablo Valley College- Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist (1994-95 and 2001-2005); Mt. Diablo Medical Center- Staff and Per Diem Physical Therapist (1994-95); John Muir Medical Center-Per Diem Physical Therapist (1994-97); St. Mary’s College of California-Assistant Athletic Trainer (1989-92)

Volunteer Service:  California Athletic Trainers’ Association Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair (2014-present); NATA Committee Terms Limits Work group, Chair (2013-15); NATA Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair (2011-15); California Community College Athletic Trainers’ Association, President (2008-11); CATA Governmental Affairs Committee, member (2005-2014); FWATA Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair (2006-2011); NATA Governmental Affairs Committee, member (2006-2011); California Community College Athletic Trainers’ Association, Vice President (2002-2008).

Honors & Awards:  NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (2013); FWATA D8 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, (2013); CATA State Recognition Award (2013); NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award (2011); FWATA D8 Special Recognition Award (2011); California Community College Athletic Trainers’ Association Athletic Trainer of the Year (2011); CATA Special Service Award (2008); Diablo Valley College President’s Exemplary Service Award for Adjunct Faculty (2004); NATA Robert H. Gunn Memorial Scholarship (1988).


Fran Babich, MS, ATC, Butte Community College and NATA Hall of Fame states “Mike helped establish an environment of ownership and professionalism.  He led with a style that was collegial and transparent.”  Cindy Chang, MD, FACSM, UCSF notes “Mike led the revamping of the NATA legislative grant process to include more involvement of the committee, and established annual legislative presentations at the NATA Annual Meeting.”

Scott Sailor, PhD, ATC, NATA President states “Many states benefited from Mike’s leadership as they addressed legislative challenges in their states.”

2018 FWATA Special Recognition Awardees

Jamie Adams MEd, ATC, CES
Cuyamaca College, Head Athletic Trainer, San Diego, CA
Volunteer Service: FWATA Public Relations Committee, CATA Public Relations Committee Chair and past FWATA Young Professionals Committee Chair
Endorsement:  Heather Harvey MA, ATC, AB Miller High School, Athletic Trainer, notes: “Volunteering under her tutelage helped me to shape my idea of what a leader should be within our district.  Her enthusiasm for the profession and for our member demographic was contagious.”  Jamie DeRollo MBA, ATC, Modesto Junior College, Head Athletic Trainer, notes: “I believe Jamie is the epitome of what we should have all of our young professionals strive to be.”

Dennis Goebel MA, ATC
College of the Sequoias, Head Athletic Trainer, Visalia, CA
Volunteer Service:  FWATA Golf Tournament
Endorsement:  Fran Babich MS, ATC, Butte Community College, Athletic Trainer notes: “This award honors someone who is making a significant contribution of their time and energy to FWATA and are actively working in some capacity towards the betterment and promotion of FWATA.  This award definition absolutely describes Dennis Goebel.”  Ruem Malasarn MA, ATC, Cal Poly Pomona University, Director of Sports Performance / Head Athletic Trainer notes: “His commitment and influence on the young people in our profession is seen every time he is around his current or past athletic training students.  The smiles run ear to ear.  It is evident that his students see Dennis as a mentor, friend, and professional role model.”

Garvin Tsuji MS, ATC
Iolani School, Athletic Trainer, Honolulu, HI
Volunteer Service:  FWATA Hawaii State Representative, Placement Committee and FWATA Honors and Awards Committee
Endorsement: Lyn Nakagawa MS, ATC, CSCS, University of Hawaii, Athletic Trainer notes: “He has always been a colleague I can rely on to help out in any way, especially when it involves serving the profession of athletic training.”  Sam Lee ATC, Hawaii Baptist Academy, Athletic Trainer notes: “He is thoughtful and goal-oriented in how he deals with and serves the multitudes of individuals in the communities that athletic trainers serve.”


Congratulations to Mike Chisar, Jamie Adams, Dennis Goebel and Garvin Tsuji!  They along with our Scholarship and Research & Grants winners will be honored at the 2018 Awards Banquet held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort. 5:00pm Social. Those attending the FWATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium the Awards Banquet is a ticketed event with one ticket included for each registrant. Additional tickets are available to purchase. Register for the Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium.

On behalf of the Honors and Awards Committee, I would like to thank those that submitted nominations for this year’s awards. Thank you to my committee for dedicating their time to this committee.

Congratulations to our 2018 FWATA award winners! See everyone in Las Vegas!

Hazel Ando, Honors and Awards Chair

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