Dr. Joyner graduated from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1976 and completed his residency in General Surgery in 1978 and Orthopedic Surgery in 1981. His professional career has been highlighted by numerous honors that represent his work ethic, attitude, honesty, loyalty and dedication to his profession. He serves on many state and national committees and has taken a special and dedicated interest in the United States Olympic Sports Medicine Committee. He served as Chairmen of the USOC Sports Medicine Committee from 1993-2000. He served as USOC Staff Member, Sports Medicine Chair; Games Administrative Board for the Olympic games at Nagano, Japan; Liliehammer, Norway; Sydney, Australia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Albertville, France. He has worked numerous Pan American Games and Olympic Festivals. Dr. Joyner has served on the Board of Trustees for The Pennsylvania State University since 2000 and on the Board of Directors of the Miiton S. Hershey Medical Center since 2003. He is a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for graduate achievement.

Dr. Joyner has served on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for ten years. He served on the Pennsylvania Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports from 1981 to 2005. He has served on Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Medical Advisory Committee and aided this society greatly in working toward their goal of State Licensure. He is a strong ally and a vocal supporter of Athletic Training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Joyner is particularly proud of his role in the creation of numerous sports medicine clinics that were specifically designed to get athletes back to competition quickly. This innovative approach to sports medicine was truly ahead of its time.

Dr. Joyner is a Principal in the Andrews-Lemak Development Group and he is in practice at the University Orthopedics Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Dr. Joyner is most proud of his family; wife Carolyn, daughter Kate, and two sons, Andy and Matt. Dr. Joyner, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society wishes to thank you for your dedication to athletics and for recognizing the importance and value of the field of Athletic Training.

Dr. David M. Joyner, MD

Mark Keppler has been up and down the East Coast while earning his Bachelor's and Master's Degree. He began at Wesley College in Delaware and completed his B.S. in Physical Education at Florida State University in 1973, where he served as a student athletic trainer under NATA Hall of Famer, Don Fauls. Mark's first position was located in the Pittsburgh area at Baldwin High School. At the time, he truly was a pioneer since he was one of the first athletic trainers working in a high school in that region of the state. The very next year, Carnegie Mellon University hired him as Head Athletic Trainer. Over the next eleven years, Mark increased his staff size and created an expansive student athletic training program with neighboring institution, University of Pittsburgh. During his tenure at Carnegie Mellon, he began work on his Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology which he completed in 1986.

That very same year, he left the Pittsburgh area to accept the Head Football Athletic Trainer's position at Bucknell University. He later replaced Hal Biggs as Head Athletic Trainer in 1988. He has remained at Bucknell University for the past twenty years, and been instrumental in developing the Office of Sports Medicine for the Bison's student-athletes. He has mentored many students in the field of athletic training during his tenure at Carnegie Mellon and Bucknell University. Mark is a founding father of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. He served as our first Convention Chairperson, our first Western Representative and our Sixth PATS President, from 1982 to 1984. He was a member of the Athletic Training Advisory Committee to the State Board of Physical Therapy, from 1986 to 1996. He presently serves as PATS Convention Chairperson, overseeing all operations for the annual State symposium. Mark is the recipient of the PATS Distinguished Merit Award and the NATA 25 year award. He has served on numerous EATA Committees and presented at the 1986 PATS Symposium.

Mark and is wife Wanda have two daughters, Sarah and Reta, both residing in Tallahassee, Florida. Thank you Mark, for ail your years of dedicated and loyal service to the profession of Athletic Training.

Mark Keppler

Bob started his athletic training education under Rod Bimson at Millersville University. He later completed an intense summer of study at West Chester State University, under the direction of Phil Doniey. He then began a teaching and athletic training career at Cumberland Valley High School and Hempfield High School. He completed his NATA Internship program and was Certified as an Athletic Trainer in 1974. In 1978, he entered the University of Virginia, where he completed his Master's Degree. He later returned and earned his Doctoral Degree in 1988.

In 1980, Bob accepted the Head Athletic Trainer position at Dickinson College where he remains today. He has served on numerous Dickinson College committees and has taught several courses in public safety, Wellness, First Aid, CPR and Athletic Training. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society. He is also an EMT, an EMT instructor, and a State Level Examiner. He is an instructor for the American Red Cross and has taught courses and guest-lectured at Harrisburg Area Community College, Messiah College and the University of Virginia. 

Bob has volunteered with the United States Olympic Committee, Cramer Workshops, the Keystone State Games, the Multiple Sclerosis Bike-a-Thon, Pennsylvania Special Olympics, multiple PIAA Championship events, and as an examiner for the NATA Certification Examination. 

Bob has served his profession at every level. He has been the NATA liaison to the International Academy of Sports Vision and a State representative to the NATA Governmental Affairs Committee. He is a founding father of PATS, serving as President from 1988-1990. Bob has also served on the PATS Honors and Awards Committee, Finance Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, State Meeting Program Committee, Legislative Liaison, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Liaison, and the American Trauma Society/PA Division Liaison. Bob's service to the Athletic Training profession spans from 1976 until the present. 

Thanks Bob for your dedication, leadership, concern for human kind and through all this your humor! Bob and his wife Char, reside in Dover, PA.

Robert H. Shank

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The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society is a progressive  organization of health care professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Licensed Athletic Trainers working in the Commonwealth protect and enhance the health and welfare of our clients through prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries. Further, the society's vision is to continue to promote our profession and to serve the needs of the membership.

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