Spotlight

December 2019

Region 1 TSATA Spotlight Recipient

Patricio Jiron, Thomas Jefferson High School

“Patricio Jiron is currently one of two athletic trainers at Jefferson High School in El Paso, TX. He has tirelessly served his school and community for 6 years. He is a true hero to many at Jefferson and in the El Paso Independent School District. He is passionate about his profession and cares about his athlete’s health and wellbeing and providing them with quality health care.” – Michelle Moe

Region 2 TSATA Spotlight Recipient

Sonya Mikeska, Midland College

“Sonya, is without a doubt one of the best athletic trainers I have ever been around. She is caring, knowledgeable, giving, a hard worker and an excellent friend to the profession and to me.” – John Overton

Region 3 TSATA Spotlight Recipient

Mendy Wyatt, Director of Clinical Services at Lubbock Sports Medicine

“Mendy is the definition of a servant leader. It is rare, in our profession, to find someone that has such a passion for helping student-athletes. She visits multiple different high schools weekly to cover events and is always the team’s biggest fan and truly has the student’s best interest at heart! She is a constant uplifting force in our region and I’m proud to call her a friend.” – Josh Woolbright

Region 4 TSATA Spotlight Recipient

Traci Randermann, Summit HS (in Mansfield ISD)

“Traci has been an amazing mentor to me as I transitioned into practice. She has also become an amazing friend. She’s full of love, life and knowledge. She is the definition of a great Athletic Trainer”.

Region 5 TSATA Spotlight Recipient

Justin Hargrove, Northeast Texas Community College

“Justin is the quiet AT that makes this profession great. He is the AT that fills the roles he sees needing without being asked. He is an excellent Clinician and works hard to keep his athletes on the field/court. Justin has a full understanding of the time it takes to be a good Athletic Trainer and he exceeds it while still being a good husband and father. Justin is a great example for the entry level AT that is just starting out. I believe that Justin Hargrove is a well deserving nominee for this Spotlight Recognition.” – Red Ganus

Region 6 TSATA Spotlight Recipient

Jenna Tubbs, Houston Methodist (Dickinson High School)

“Jenna provides compassionate and selfless service to all the athletes in Dickinson ISD. She has become family to that community and develops wonderful relationships with her athletes. Her caring attitude is seen daily and especially after Hurricane Harvey as she helped her athletes and community with more than just athletic training related job duties.” – Catherine Harris Marr

Region 7 TSATA Spotlight Recipient

Keith Patterson, LaVega ISD (15 yrs)

Keith has represented the Athletic Training profession honorably since entering the profession. He is diligent in his care for his athletes always making sure they get the appropriate care they need. Not to mention, since being in Central Texas, Keith has been a mentor, friend and listening ear to numerous ATs across the area. Most of all, he is a dedicated family man! – Jody Moore

Region 8 TSATA Spotlight Recipient

Dawn Allen, Leander High School

“Dawn is an amazing Athletic Trainer, but she is an even better colleague. She leads her district ATs with grace and is a friend to all. She is the example of a servant leader.”

Region 9 TSATA Spotlight Recipient

Natali Coronado Herrera, Mercedes High School

“Natali is a great ambassador for the athletic training profession in the Rio Grande Valley and Texas. Her contributions to the Valley Athletic Training Association includes serving on the SPATS Committee, the Fill the Helmet Committee and leading the new Honor & Awards Committee. She gives her time, without complaint, to her student athletes and to advance her profession.”