Executive Council

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John Ryan, EdD, LAT, ATC



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Chris Rizzo, MS, LAT, ATC CSCS


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Paul Culina, MEd, LAT, ATC



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Dan Waterman, DAT, LAT, ATC


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 eleventh 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 and 2019.


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, MCMI Executive Board, the Maine Principals’ Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association's Athletic Trainer Liaison 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.

Paul Culina

Paul Culina received his bachelor of science in physical education with a minor in health education from Norwich University in 1991. He received his masters degree in education from Norwich in 1993.

Culina worked as an athletic trainer at Norwich University and Bowdoin College before beginning his career at the University of Maine in 1995 where he is still serving.  At Maine, he has held the position of Assistant Athletic Trainer, Head Athletic Trainer and is currently the Director of Hockey Operations and Athletic Trainer for the Men's Ice Hockey program while also teaching courses in the school's Athletic Training Education Program.  

He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Maine Athletic Trainers Association (MATA), along with the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers’ Society (PHATS). He was also the district representative to the National College and University Athletic Trainers’ Committee and the Memorial Resolutions Committee and is the current NATA Liaison to the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee. Culina also sits on the Board of Directors of the Old Town-Orono YMCA.