Executive Council


John Ryan, EdD, LAT, ATC

(207) 974-8009




Angela Potter, MEd, ATC, LAT


Kelleigh O'Neill, MS, ATC


Kristen Bailey, MS, LAT, ATC

(207) 602-2252




Christopher Rizzo, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS

(207) 602-2465




John Ryan

John earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training, a Master’s in education and a CAS in Educational Administration all from the University of Maine. He also earned his Doctorate in Education and Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Chicago, and in 2015 became an NIAAA Registered Athletic Administrator.


He is currently in his eighth year as the head athletic trainer at South Portland High School after serving in the same capacity for 21 years at Bangor High School. John has been recognized at the state, district and national levels, having received the Bill Cox Service Award, the Mike Linkovich Post Graduate Award, MATA Hall of Fame, MBM-Henry Schein Secondary School Athletic Trainer Service Award and the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award. He has served as MATA Secretary, Vice President and Chair of the Secondary School Athletic Trainers Committee, NATA District 1 Nominations Committee Chair and NATA District 1 Representative on the Hall of Fame Committee. He has also helped South Portland High School earn recognition as an NATA Safe Sports School, First Team in 2016.


John is also a member of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative’s Executive Board, the Maine Department of Education’s Workgroup on Concussion Management Policy and has spoken extensively to several groups including the MIAAA, Maine School Superintendents Association, Maine Parks and Recreation Association and MAHPERD on topics including Emergency Action Planning and Concussion Management.

Kristen Bailey

Kristen has been a member of the University of New England Athletic Training Faculty since August 2006.  She was also Assistant Athletic Trainer from 2006-2013 in the Department of Athletics.  She has previously worked as an Athletic Trainer at Saco Bay Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Bonny Eagle High School and University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  She received a Masters Degree in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania in 2003 while also working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Washington and Jefferson College and a Bachelor Degree in Athletic Training from the University of New England in 2002. 

Angela Potter

Angela Potter joined the USM athletic training staff in the Fall of 2009. She earned her BS in athletic training and exercise science in 2000 from the University of New Engand. After earning her undergraduate degree, Potter went on to earn her master's of education in kinesiology and physical education from the University of Maine in May of 2003 while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. Potter previously served as the head athletic trainer at the University of New England (2005-2009) and the Lumberjack's Baseball Team (2003). 


Kelleigh O'Neill

Kelleigh joined the USM Athletic Training Staff in the fall of 2014. She took a break for 1 year to work overseas and then returned to Maine and USM in the fall of 2019. Kelleigh earned her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College in 2010 and then went on to earn an M.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Oregon in 2012. O'Neill previously worked as an Athletic Trainer at University of Maine (2012-2014). 

Chris Rizzo

Professor Rizzo is is in his 11th year of teaching and serving as the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Clinical Professor in the spring of 2015.  His primary teaching duties include Fundamentals of Athletic Training, Diagnosis of Athletic and Orthopaedic Injuries and Physical Agents in Athletic Health Care.  In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Rizzo coordinates and maintains the AT Program's clinical affiliations throughout southern and central maine.  Professor Rizzo has successfully established clinical experiences for AT students representing a variety of practice settings including those of a  traditional (high school / college) and non-traditional (physician extender) nature.  He has developed  educational opportunites for AT students in conjunction with students from other health care programs as well as UNE's College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Professor Rizzo has presented both locally and nationally on the use of simulation to enhance student learning and experiences.  In 2013, he received the Mike Linkovich Professional Grant through the Maine Athletic Trainers' Association.  With the funding from the grant, he conducted an on-ice spineboarding simulation using a high fidelity patient simulator dressed in hockey equipment.  The Interprofessional simulation included Athletic Trainers, Athletic Training Students, as well as local EMTs.   

Our Purpose

The Maine Athletic Trainers Association (MATA) is dedicated to the advancement of athletic training with the purpose of providing healthcare for Maine’s physically active. The MATA will continue to provide professional programs and educational opportunities while maintaining a high degree of competency within the field of athletic training. ​

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