CLASS OF 2013
Linda Platt Meyer
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Upon completing the rigorous curriculum program forged by David Tomasi at Lock Haven State College in 1983, Linda immediately entered the teaching profession. She taught at Shade Central City High School and then Bellefonte High School where she also was the Head Athletic Trainer. In 1986, the opportunity to return home to Somerset County occurred. Linda is alum from Shanksville-Stonycreek High School. Under the advisement of PATS HOF member, Mr. Willie Myers, Linda was hired as the very first paid Athletic Trainer/teacher at Somerset High School. Linda served the Somerset students and student-athletes for the next 6 years. During this time, she earned her Master’s degree from West Virginia University. Her love and passion for teaching has always been a strong driving force in life.
Hearing the call to mentor college students, Linda chose to make a life changing professional decision by joining the Duquesne University family. She, under the leadership of Dr. Paula Turocy, and colleagues Barry McGlumphy and Michael Higgins were the founding faculty members who created Duquesne’s athletic training education program in 1992. For the next 14 years, Linda taught and mentored athletic training students who, in turn, continued further to make a positive impact in the AT profession. During Linda’s tenure at Duquesne, she completed her Doctorate in Education and earned the rank of Associate Professor. Her interests, publications and professional presentations evolve around leadership and athletic training. California University of Pennsylvania and Barry McGlumphy asked Linda to design leadership courses for his newly created online graduate degree program in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. In 2006, she accepted a faculty position at Cal U to teach leadership and other exercise science courses in their highly successful online graduate degree program. She holds the rank of Full Professor at Cal U and teaches graduate students from all over the world.
Linda has earned numerous national and state level awards in service and teaching including the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Service Award and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) Distinguished Merit Award and Service Award. Linda served PATS for many years in many ways. She has been a committee/liaison member for numerous committees and served on the Board of Directors for 6 years as Southwest Representative. Further, she was appointed by Governor Rendell to serve at the first athletic training professional member on the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (2008-2012).
One of her many passions align with Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). She has worked closely with SOPA to champion having ATs provide medical coverage for the local, state, national and international events. She was asked to serve as Team Pennsylvania and Team USA's Athletic Trainer for 5 Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games traveling to Austria, Alaska, and points in between. Since 1991, she continually provides leadership and service to the SOPA athletes as well as mentors the countless number of AT students who volunteer to assist with medical coverage. Her legacy is that all of the many AT students with whom she has mentored during Special Olympics events will continue to serve Special Olympics across the world. Linda feels her greatest accomplishment is teaching and mentoring the many students and professionals with whom she has interacted.
Linda’s community service includes serving on the Board of Directors for the FRIENDS of Flight 93 National Memorial as well as many other local non-profit organizations.
Linda is married to Chris for the past eleven years and resides in Indian Lake, Somerset County, PA.
Julie Ramsey Emrhein
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Julie Emrhein can be considered the consummate young professional. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lock Haven State College in1983, received her Master’s Degree from The University of Virginia in 1984 and has not looked back since. To this day, she continues to welcome new and exciting challenges in her professional career.
She started her athletic training and teaching career in 1984 working under the leadership and guidance of Bill Biddington at California University of Pennsylvania. During her two years at California; Bill, Bruce Barnhart and Julie created and designed the university’s graduate program in athletic training. In 1986, she had the opportunity to return closer to her home in south central Pennsylvania. For the next 22 years, Julie would serve as the assistant and head athletic trainer, faculty member and Senior Woman Administrator at Dickinson College, in Carlisle, PA. With her colleagues, Bob Shank and Janelle Nolt, they worked together to provide medical care to Dickinson’s 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. Julie’s passion for caring for the Dickinson College student-athletes and work study student employees was evident by all those who worked with her. She also had the opportunity to mentor and guide student interns from Messiah College during their fall semester football rotations. It was during these years at Dickinson College where she also had the opportunity to work three pre-seasons and one full season with the Washington Redskins (being one of the first women to work the sidelines with a NFL team).
In 2008, Julie returned to California University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their online program in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, while also working on her doctorate degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
In 2012, she ventured into the corporate area of athletic training where she is now a clinical supervisor of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training for Wellspan Health in York, PA. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her PhD. In addition; she continues to teach online undergraduate and graduate courses part-time for California University of Pennsylvania.
She has served the profession of Athletic Training her entire professional career. First and foremost, in her Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, six years as President Elect, President and Past President of PATS. She served from 1991-1997 on the Athletic Training Advisory Committee to the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy. At the national level, she served two appointments to the Athletic Training Board of Certification (BOC), from 1998-2002. She is currently serving and chairing several national, district and PATS committees.
Julie is very active in her church and local community, particularly supporting her daughter in her field hockey career. Dr. Paula Turocy, a Pennsylvania Athletic Training HOF Member, says, "I have had the honor of knowing Ms. Emrhein both personally and professionally for over twenty-six years. During that time, Julie has successfully balanced her many responsibilities of being a wife, mother, health care professional, educator, administrator and effective leader in Athletic Training, and we here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have benefitted greatly from her contributions."
Julie received the PATS Service Award in 2004 as well as the Charles E. "Chuck" Medlar Service Award in 2010.
Julie has been married to her husband, Dave for twenty-three years and they have one daughter, Marleise who is a sophomore at Warwick High School and a three sport athlete like her mom. They reside in a Lititz, PA.
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David Tomasi, how influential can you be to have three Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame inductees in the same year from Lock Haven University? Barry forged his own path by graduating from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and then receiving a Master Degree from University of Arizona in 1989. There he studied under Gary Delforge, while serving as Head Athletic Trainer at Salpointe Catholic High School, in Tucson, Arizona. In 1989, Barry returned to Pennsylvania to work with Mark Keppler in the Athletic Training Department at Bucknell University; Arizona’s loss is Pennsylvania’s gain.
Barry then joined Paula Turocy and Linda Meyer at Duquesne University in creating their Athletic Training Major within the John G. Rango School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University. He served nine years on the faculty at Duquesne and then one year at Carnegie Mellon University on a special project for the Federal Government, developing technology based applications related to Health and Wellness Assessment and Instruction. His interest in emerging technology in the computer field and his firm background in athletic training education influenced the rest of his professional career. Through his prolific publications and presentations and his aspirations and experiences with the merging of technology and the health care/ athletic training model, he was asked, by Dr. Bill Biddington, to join the faculty of California University of Pennsylvania. Since 2002, Barry has been a Professor and the Program Director of the Graduate Program for Exercise Science and Health Promotion. He developed and implemented a 30 credit online, accelerated Master of Science Degree. Barry received his Doctorate Degree (2008) from University of Pittsburgh in Instructional Design and Technology.
From 1994-2000 Barry served as the Parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Board of Directors. He served as Chair of the Legislative Committee 1996-2004 and led the efforts to rewrite the Athletic Training Practice Act that would eventually lead to Licensure of Athletic Trainers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His efforts assisted Presidents Paula Turocy, Joe Iezzi, John Hauth, Steve Heckler and countless others who spent many hours and years getting this initiative through the legislature.
Barry has received the NATA Governmental Affairs Award (2003), the NATA Distinguished Service Award (2006), the NATA District 2 Service Award (2006), the EATA Service Award (2006), and the PATS 2000 Service Award. Barry also received the NATA Technology Innovation Award in 2006. For his hard work and dedication to the profession of Athletic Training and Instructional Technology he has been recognized numerous times and athletic trainers in the State of Pennsylvania are grateful to him for his work on our behalf.
Barry is married to Jami for 21 years and has a daughter, Reilly, 15 and a son Cole, 12.