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Snyder makes appointments to Board of Athletic Trainers
December 27, 2013
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Gerald Myers, of Flushing, Daniel Tinkey, of St. Joseph, Steven Vance, of Saginaw, and James Winkler Jr., of Allendale, to the Board of Athletic Trainers.
The 11-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with overseeing the licensure and practice of athletic trainers.
“This is a talented group of appointees and I am thankful for their willingness to serve,” Snyder said.
Myers is the president/CEO of the Crim Fitness Foundation, Inc. where he promotes community health and personal wellness. He previously served as president/CEO of multiple health-related organizations, including GSM Enterprises and Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation. Myers also served as a legislative aide to former House Speaker Bobby Crim. Myers holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University. He will represent the general public.
Tinkey is an athletic trainer with Lakeland Regional Health System and has over 35 years of experience in the field. With Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy his current athletic training outreach responsibility includes Stevensville Lakeshore High School. He previously taught physical education, math, and athletic training in the public schools. Tinkey holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and mathematics from Western Michigan University. He will represent athletic trainers and replaces Dennis Corbin.
Vance is the associate dean, academic and clinical technology and associate professor of emergency medicine for the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, as well as director, SYNAPSE Clinical Simulation Center for CMU Medical Education Partners. He previously served in numerous leadership and academic capacities with the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, including assistant dean and adjunct clinical professor as well as clinical professor of emergency medicine for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, attending physician for Covenant Healthcare Emergency Department, and flight physician for Aeromed at Spectrum Health. Vance holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Alma College and an MD from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He will represent physicians and replaces Lawrence Nassar.
Winkler is an associate athletic trainer with Grand Valley State University where he works with prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries concerning men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, and football. He previously served as an assistant athletic trainer at Grand Valley State University, coordinator of athletic training/head athletic trainer at Northern Michigan University, assistant athletic trainer at Wayne State University, and athletic trainer at Greater Flint Sports Medicine Center. Winkler holds a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness management and a master’s degree in exercise science, both from Northern Michigan University. He will represent athletic trainers and replaces Ann Berry.
With the exception of Myers, members serve four-year terms expiring June 30, 2017. Myers will serve a term expiring June 30, 2014. Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.