Heath Blackmon LAT, ATC
Heath Blackmon has been a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2011. Heath currently serves as ALATA Treasurer for the past 2 years and is very excited at the opportunity to continue to serve the Athletic Trainers of Alabama. Presently, he works as an Industrial Athletic Trainer with TherapySouth at Work, where he services the Alabama Power Company's Mobile Construction Teams and the Harris Hydrogeneration Dam. Heath has been married to his wife, Candy, since June 2020. In November of 2021, he received the greatest title of all, Dad, when he and his wife welcomed a sweet baby girl named Chloe. Heath enjoys spending time with friends and family, being an active member of the Church of the Highlands, and being an avid gamer.
Chris Clark EdD, LAT, ATC
Dr. Clark grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He currently lives in Southside, AL with his wife and two sons. He enjoys sports and spending time with his family. Dr. Clark's dissertation studied the role of faculty in athletic training education. His research interests include athletic training, education, functional movement, and exercise/rehabilitation. Dr. Clark teaches graduate courses AT 512 (Foundations of Athletic Training), AT 515 (Therapeutic Interventions I) and undergraduate courses HPE 272 (Basic Athletic Training), HPE 375 (Therapeutic Exercise and Modalities), and HPE 362 (Kinesiology). He received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology/Education from the University of Kentucky where he was a student athletic trainer for the sports of football, women's basketball, baseball, men's tennis, and men's soccer. He received his graduate degree focusing on Athletic Training from Furman University and worked with the baseball and soccer teams and a clinical physical therapy rotation. He completed his educational doctorate degree from the University of St. Augustine Health Sciences (USAHS).
Whitley Williams MS, LAT, ATC
Whitley Williams currently serves on the Sports Medicine staff at Samford University as Director of Sports Medicine - Head Football Athletic Trainer, working primarily with the Bulldogs football program and providing oversight to the Sports Medicine Student Assistant Internship Program as well as coordinating the emergency planning for the Sports Medicine Department. Williams also serves on the Sports Medicine team for the NFL's East West Shrine Bowl, where she joined the staff for the 95th East-West Bowl Game in 2020 and continues to serve on staff. Prior to her arrival at Samford, Williams served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Furman University, providing care to the Paladins football team and co-ed cheerleading squad from 2017-2021 and completed her Athletic Training Fellowship at Furman University in 2017 while providing care to the men's lacrosse program and assisting with coverage of the football program. Williams earned a master's degree in Athletic Training from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she completed her graduate assistantship with the Mocs football program. She attended Auburn University where she completed her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a secondary concentration in Psychology. Her professional involvement includes serving as a preceptor for The University of West Alabama, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky University, and Moravian College. Williams also holds certifications in Dry Needling, QPR Suicide Prevention, and is a Professional Yoga Therapist in Medical Therapeutic Yoga.
Alicia Jay MAT, LAT, ATC, CEASII
Alicia graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from The University of West Alabama in 2011 and with her Master’s in the Art of Teaching in 2013. She began her athletic training career at Alabama State University where she was an intern in 2011 and then quickly promoted to assistant athletic trainer. In 2014 she began working in the industrial setting as well as high school outreach. In 2015 she completed her ergonomic assessment specialist certification. She has served on the Executive Council as At-Large 3 and chair of the industrial, clinical, and military committee for the past two years. Alicia is passionate about helping others learn the value of an athletic trainer in all types of settings.