E-Council Candidates Page | Treasurer Candidate Cameron Patria
Cameron Patria’s resume in PDF form
Cameron Patria’s Candidate Statement
Dear NHATA Executive Council,
Please accept this letter as my formal acceptance of nomination for treasurer of New Hampshire Athletic Trainers’ Association. I am currently a licensed athletic trainer in the state of New Hampshire and employed by Dartmouth College. In my current role, I work within Student Health Services as an athletic trainer for several varsity sports programs including field hockey, men’s lacrosse, and men’s tennis.
While I have only been a licensed athletic trainer in NH since 2019, I have always called New Hampshire my home. I grew up in a small town in NH called Charlestown and would eventually start my athletic training foundation as an undergraduate athletic training student at the University of New Hampshire. After attending UNH, I was able to capitalize on the knowledge and experiences I gained from my undergraduate professors and clinical preceptors to embark on an extensive route of career opportunities. With each transition in my career, I often grew strong relationships with coworkers, patients, and lifelong friendships. It is with these opportunities that I also continued to build from my initial foundation, whether it was developing my clinical skills as a clinician, teaching students as a clinical preceptor, or simply making improvements to a more effective work life balance.
It is at this point in my career where I would like to start giving back to the profession that has helped shaped my life. My passion for athletic training and my strong desire to continue to advance myself as a clinician and the profession, as a whole, make me a strong candidate for the position of treasurer. An opportunity to join NHATA as an executive council member would allow me to continue to grow as a professional, while also making an immediate impact on the organization.
For your convenience, my resume and answers to some position specific questions have been made available. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your consideration.
Cameron Patria, MEd, ATC, NHLAT
Cameron’s answer to questions:
- What does serving as an NHATA Officer mean to you? Serving as an NHATA Officer would allow the opportunity to give back to the profession of Athletic Training in the state where it all started for me. I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where my local high school was only able to provide a part-time athletic trainer on site. Over the years I’ve grown to see the true value athletic trainers not only bring to their employers but the community it supports as well. As Athletic Training programs shift to entry levels masters programs throughout the US, it will be critically important to become involved at a local level to make sure the athletic trainer presence continues to grow no matter which setting their services are needed.
- Describe the qualities, attributes and experiences that have prepared you for the NHATA E-Council position of Treasurer? The position of Treasurer is very intriguing to me as it would provide a new opportunity for me but one that I see myself performing well at. As an athletic trainer you learn to adapt to the situations you are dealt with whether that be an emergency on the field or last-minute scheduling changes. And, by maintaining a positive yet realistic attitude, I am able to focus on the task at hand and prepare myself for different situations as they arise. Additionally, by being a good listener and a genuine teammate I find value in what others have to offer in terms of insights and past experiences. By combining these traits, I intend to learn from other officers and members and apply that to the financial needs of the NHATA. Past experiences in previous athletic training positions have allowed me to manage ordering of supplies with large budgets as well as settings with more restrictions. This variety of budget management has allowed me to compare and contrast specific values within the financial realm as well as make financial decisions for the short term or investment for the long term.
- What do you plan to accomplish as an NHATA Officer? As an NHATA Office I plan to advocate for athletic trainer presence in the state of New Hampshire as we transition to an entry level masters environment. I plan to assess the current financial status of the NHATA, determine where improvements can be managed more efficiently, and build off of the areas of previous success. I will hold a mentality of “leave it better than you found it” in which the next phase of the organization will be able to continue to grow.