JANET BALOWSKI (certified athletic trainer)
Janet is a Cum Laud graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s honors program where she received her B.S. in Sports Medicine before going on to receive her M.S. in Health Education from the University of Wisconsin. She currently works on the faculty of EMU in the Athletic Training Educational Program as well as a Staff Athletic Trainer regularly serving in the Athletic Training Room. She has worked for several years at the Division I baseball level as well as for other sports. Janet’s list of international credentials includes a trip to Puerto Rico with the Roberto Clemente All-Stars. She has been a member of NATA since 1988 and is also currently a member of MATS and GLATA.
KIT BORG (paramedic)
Kit Borg graduated from Lake Havasu High School in Lake Havasu, Arizona. After playing 3 years of varsity baseball (two state championship teams as a catcher), he then went on to play at Arizona Western College and San Diego City College. While attending college, Kit earned his Emergency Medical Technician Certification and then went on to complete his paramedic licensing. He currently serves as a Senior Supervising Paramedic with River Medical Ambulance Service. Borg continues his love of baseball by working as an assistant coach with the Lake Havasu High School baseball program.
Dana is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the New York Yankees Baseball Organization, and owner of Major League Strength, www.mlstrength.com, a sports performance training company which aids in the development of speed,strength, and injury prevention of the modern day baseball player.  He has trained greats such as Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Alfonso Soriano, Mike Mussina, John Leiber, Mariano Rivera, Homer Bush, and many other professional athletes. Dana is a graduate of the University of South Florida where he earned a B.S. in Exercise Science. He has spent time with the Toronto Bluejays, Pittsburgh Pirates, USFL Football, and Velocity Sports Performance. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, by the US Weightlifting Committee, and by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He spends time between Long Island, New York and Tampa, Florida.
STEPHEN FIGUEROA (certified athletic trainer)
Stephen received his B.S. in Sports Medicine from the University of Charleston and his M.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He currently serves as the Head Athletic Trainer for Concordia University (Irvine, CA). In addition to assigning coverage of the 11 athletic programs and the typical duties of running an athletic training room, Stephen has responsibility for the supervision and education of the student athletic trainer program, assisting in the development of an Athletic Training curriculum program and teaching Athletic Training courses. His certifications include not only Athletic Trainer but he is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, SCUBA Open Water, Scuba Lifesaving and Accident Management, Oxygen Care Provider for Divers Alert Network and Arthritis Aquatics Instructor. He is also a member of the California Athletic Trainer’s Association, a professional member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a NATA Home Study Reviewer and a NATA Certification Exam Model. While a student Stephen played 4 years of varsity soccer, 1 year of varsity basketball and was a 2 time All-American Scholar, Dean’s List and member of Who’s Who.
JEFF KLINE (certified athletic trainer)
Jeff graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. degree. He is a certified Athletic Trainer with a wide range of athletic training in his background from working with the United State Olympic Committee, the Paralympic Games, World University Games down to the Kalamazoo Junior K-Wings Hockey Club. He served as the Head Athletic Trainer and Medical Liaison for international baseball competition and medal games for the World University Games held in Buffalo in 1993. He is a Guest Lecturer at Divine Child High School in Anatomy/Physiology and is BCLS and CPR Certified Instructor. Currently he is the Clinical Supervisor of Rehabilitation Services for the Oakwood Physical Therapy Center – Southgate in Redford Michigan. Jeff has traveled with the Coast to Coast Baseball Program to several international destinations.
WILLIAM PUGH (certified athletic trainer)
William received a B.S. in sports medicine from Wayne State University and is currently working on an MA in Exercise Psychology at WSU. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and certified lifeguard. Pugh presently works at Oakwood Hospital and Physical Therapy Center in Southgate, MI and is the Head Athletic Trainer at Dearborn High School and Athletic Trainer at Henry Ford Community College and Wayne State University. William enjoys swimming, bike riding, skiing, basketball, football and reading. He has been a member of NATA, MATS and GLATA since 1998. He is married with a young daughter.
Dr. Speizer received his B.S. from San Diego State University in 1975, his M.P.H. from UCLA in 1978 and his M.D. from New York Medical College in 1983. He interned at the Los Angeles County – Harbor – UCLA Medical Center where he completed his residency also. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is currently the Medical Director, Emergency Department, Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa California, as well as a Partner in Napa Valley Emergency Medical Group (Napa) and Intercommunity Emergency Medical Group (Whittier). He also presently serves as a Clinical Instructor at Los Angeles County – Harbor – UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.
TOBY VAN AMERONGEN (certified athletic trainer)
Toby is the current head athletic trainer at Blackburn College. Toby earned his B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was also a four-year letter winner in men’s gymnastics, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In 2004, Toby earned his M.A. from Tennessee Technological University. While working toward his graduate degree, he was the head graduate assistant athletic trainer for baseball, men and women’s tennis and the co-head athletic trainer for football. Before going to Blackburn College, Toby was the assistant athletic trainer and clinical instructor for the department of Exercise Science & Sport at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. He also served as the head athletic trainer for football, baseball, and men’s basketball, and taught classes for the Exercise Science department. Toby’s hobbies include fitness, biking, gymnastics, soccer, and watching collegiate athletics.
RON WELCH (certified athletic trainer)
Ron graduated from Central Michigan University in 1998 with a B.S. in Sports Medicine. He is a certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Golf Conditioning Specialist and Certified CPR & First Aid Instructor. Ron has traveled to several international destinations with Coast to Coast and is currently serving in many capacities. He is the Sports Medicine Coordinator for Physical Therapy and Fitness Plus, Inc. in Big Rapids Michigan. He also serves as the Athletic Trainer for Big Rapids High School, the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Ferris State University Men’s and Women’s golf teams, the Golf Conditioning Specialist for Katke/Nike Adult and Junior Golf Camps and the Director of “Raise Your Fitness, Lower Your Handicap” Golf Conditioning Programs.
GRANT WILLIS (certified athletic trainer)
Grant graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in 1989. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in physical education, and athletic coaching and a Masters degree in Human Performance and Sports. He played college football for 4 years at NMHU. Trainer experience with professional athletes such as: Shane Andrews – 1st round draft pick for the Montreal Expos, Anthony Edwards – former Arizona Cardinal, and Cody Ross – Detroit Tigers. Grant assists Gerald Fernandez, Boston Red Sox Scout, with baseball training camps. He has worked for the Carlsbad School System for the last 11 years. Working for Carlsbad has given him the exposure to coaching and training in several areas such as football, basketball, baseball, and track. He also enjoys coaching little league baseball, little league girls fast-pitch softball, and youth soccer. Grant always makes time for hunting and fishing as a way to relax.
STRAUM YORTON (certified athletic trainer)
Straum was born in Denver, Colorado but grew up in the small town of Otisville, Michigan. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Sports Medicine and Biology from Central Michigan University. Yorton wrestled for one year while at CMU. He has worked at Central Michigan since 1992 at The CHIP Facility; an industrial athletic training clinic designed to help CMU lower health care and worker's compensation costs for the university. Straum enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities such as golf, softball and volleyball. He is also an avid hunter and fisherman. He has traveled to many different states and Canada to hunt and fish. Additionally, he enjoys working on his computer and collecting baseball cards (the centerpiece of his collection is the complete 1952-4 Red Man Chewing Tobacco sets).
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