- Our Staff
James Vailas, MD
Safe Sports Network Medical Director
Education: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH.
Residency: George Washington University Medical Center; Washington, D.C.
Fellowship: Kerlan-Jobe Sports Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Board Certified: Orthopedic Surgery
Team physicians and physician assistants provided by New Hampshire Orthopedic Center. Visit them at www.nhoc.com
NHMI Executive Director
Education: BS, Ithaca College, Summa Cum Laude, 1999; RN, Manchester Community College, Cum Laude, 2012.
Experience: Experience: Amy participated in NHMI's Residency (then "fellowship") after graduating from Ithaca in 1999. Since then she has worked in various settings in the Greater Manchester area, from high school to professional sports. She worked as the head athletic trainer and health officer at Trinity High School for over a decade, where she was active in the school community as a Campus Activity Advisor. Amy also served on the Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors from 2001 to 2012. She has also served on the NH Athletic Trainers Governing Board. Amy has presented about important sports medicine topics at the local and national level. She was recognized for her contributions to the profession with the 2017 New Hampshire Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.
Education: BS in Health & Human Performance/Athletic Training, Iowa State University, 2006; MEd in Health Education & Promotion/Sport Psychology, University of Missouri, 2008.
Experience: Dawn completed the NHMI Residency following graduate school, using it to launch her career combining her passions of clinical practice and education. Dawn has worked clinically in nearly all settings athletic trainers can be of value to the health care system. Her experience spans hospital and physician practice settings, recreational athletics, adaptive sports, ROTC, and performing arts in addition to the “traditional settings” of secondary and collegiate athletics. Dawn also has over a decade of college and university experience in a variety of faculty roles. Her teaching experience includes professional AT education at the bachelor’s and master’s level, as well as undergraduate and graduate health science coursework and health professions education. Dawn earned her certificate in effective teaching practices from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) in 2020. Dawn’s contemporary expertise includes primary care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, concussion diagnosis and rehabilitation, and behavioral health. She is also actively engaged in the areas of interprofessional education (IPE) and practice (IPP), patient centered care, and social determinants of health. Originally from the Midwest, Dawn enjoys all that New England has to offer. She likes hiking, skiing, and going to the beach with her husband Keith and sons Kaden and Easton.
Education: M.Ed in Student Development, University of South Carolina, 1993; B.A., Plymouth State College, 1991.
Experience: With all of Safe Sports Network’s services provided without cost to students, Jim’s role is focused on raising the financial support from donors and community-minded businesses to sustain and expand SSN’s community-based work. Passionate about supporting the capacity of young people to be their best selves, Jim’s first career was in college student development. He later migrated to the nonprofit sector, leading the New England launch for a global youth entrepreneurship start-up, Youth Venture, which supported and funded teenagers to create their own community-benefiting organizations. Jim has since worked with other nonprofits raising money to support affordable housing, the arts, and in his most recent role as Vice President of Development at Lakes Region Community Services, for people with developmental disabilities. Self-described as someone who doesn’t idle well, in his spare time, Jim is an active home improvement and landscape hobbyist, and all-around outdoor enthusiast. He lives in Meredith with his wife and two kids.
Safe Sports Network Athletic Trainers
Education: MS in Athletic Training, Plymouth State University, 2022; BS in Athletic Training, Colby Sawyer College, 2020
Experience: Jesse will be serving as the Safe Sports Network athletic trainer at Campbell High School. Jesse graduated from Colby Sawyer in 2020 and continued his education at Plymouth State University while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. In his free time, Jesse enjoys staying active through outdoor activities like hiking, gravel biking, and snowshoeing.
Education: MS in Athletic Training, Old Dominion University, 2018; BS in Athletic Training, Ithaca College, 2016
Experience: Abrianna is a Manchester native and will be serving as the Safe Sports Network Athletic Trainer at Manchester Central High School. Previously, Abrianna was the Head Athletic Trainer at Virginia Wesleyan University. Abrianna is excited to be back in her hometown helping to serve the athletic community. When not at Central HS, Abe is in the NHMI office helping the Residency and continuing education programs run smoothly. In her free time, you can find Abe hanging with her dog Dunkin’, enjoying the outdoors, or spending time with friends and family.
Education: BS in Athletic Training, University of New Hampshire, 2016
Experience: Chantal is the Safe Sports Network Athletic Trainer at Goffstown High School. Before joining Safe Sports, Chantal worked with Winnacunnet High School. When not at Goffstown HS, she is helping Safe Sports Network run smoothly the Development Manager for NHMI. In her free time, she enjoys figure skating and spending time with family and friends. Contact: email@example.com
Education: BS in Athletic Training, University of New England, 2008; MS in Athletic Training Education, California University of Pennsylvania, 2009
Experience: Eric is the Safe Sports Network Athletic Trainer at Bedford High School. When he's not at Bedford High School, Eric is in the NHMI office helping Safe Sports Network run smoothly in his role as the Communications Program Manager. Eric currently served on the NHIAA Sports Medicine Committee and the NH Athletic Trainers Governing Board. In his free time, Eric enjoys hanging out with his family and outdoor activities.
Education: BS in Athletic Training, University of Maine, Orono, 2018
Experience: Sara is one of the Safe Sports Network Athletic Trainers at Bishop Guertin High School. Sara served as the DEIA liaison for two years for the NH Athletic Trainers' Association. In her free time, you can find Sara on a beach catching up on some reading.
Education: MS, Plymouth State University, 2022
Experience: Sarah will be serving as the Safe Sports Network Athletic Trainer at Manchester Memorial High School. Sarah attended the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine before transferring to Plymouth State University to complete her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training. While in college, Sarah had the opportunity to observe Athletic Trainers at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. She also worked with the Clemson University Women’s Soccer Team in the Spring of 2022. In her free time, she likes to play guitar, go to the gym, and enjoys any outside activity.
Education: MS, Adelphi University, 2020; Dual Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Kinesiology 2018, SUNY Brockport
Experience: Cassie is one of the Safe Sports Network Athletic Trainers at Bishop Guertin High School. In her free time, Cassie enjoys reading, painting, and hiking. Her dream is to one day work with and travel the world with Team USA.
Education: BS in Athletic Training, Colby-Sawyer College, 2021
Experience: Brook-Lynne is the Safe Sports Network Athletic Trainer at Trinity High School. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, traveling, and going to the beach.
Education: BS in Athletic Training, Endicott College, 2015
Experience:Katelyn is the Safe Sports Network Athletic Trainer at Bishop Brady High School. After completing the NHMI residency in 2016, Katelyn was the project manager for the Safe Sports Network Middle School Sports Safety Infrastructure project. She was instrumental in creating and maintaining this pilot project. When she is not at school, Katelyn is in the NHMI office helping Safe Sports Network run smoothly in her role as Outreach Program Manager. In her free time, Katelyn enjoys skiing, recreational running, and relaxing with friends and family.
NHMI's Athletic Training Residency recruits top candidates from around the country for this unique one-year opportunity. Included in their experience is providing professional sports medicine care at our schools and drop-in clinic in service to the community.
Education: MS in Athletic Training, Merrimack College, 2023
Experience: Megan is from Wynantskill, NY and a graduate of Merrimack College where she received her Masters in Athletic Training in May 2023. Megan played 4 years of Volleyball at Merrimack. Her own journey with injury, surgery, and rehabilitation has instilled a deep understanding of the athlete's path to recovery. This experience allows her to empathize with patients and provide care that encompasses both physical recovery and mental resilience. Megan is excited to learn from and contribute to her residency site, all the while continuing her journey to becoming a versatile and compassionate healthcare provider. Her long term goals are to become an Athletic Trainer for a professional organization followed by working alongside orthopedic surgeons. In her spare time, Megan enjoys playing volleyball, going to the gym, cooking and listening to music.
Education: BS in Athletic Training, Quinnipiac University, 2023