2013-2014 Pitt County Athletic Trainers
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JHRHS: Kevin Reilly, LAT, ATC is from Lovettsville, Virginia. Originally from upstate New York, his Army family
has moved across the US and Europe before arriving to Virginia. He attended James Madison University where
he received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in May, 2012, while also working as an EMT, lifeguard,
and Red Cross certification instructor at the recreation center. He is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Health
Education at ECU and plans to graduate in May 2014. In addition to working at J.H. Rose High School, Kevin
will assist with mentoring and instructing undergraduate Athletic Training students at ECU. In his free time,
Kevin enjoys playing with his two dogs, relaxing with family, grilling out by the pool, and watching sports,
particularly lacrosse, martial arts, and more recently basketball.
SCHS: Lindsey Dawson, LAT, ATC is originally from Carrboro, North Carolina. After graduating from Leesville
Road High School as a basketball letterman, she attended East Carolina University where she received a
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training in May of 2013. With four years as a Pirate not having been
enough, Lindsey will continue her career at East Carolina to earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a
concentration in Health Education in May of 2015. Having grown up with a passion for competition, Lindsey
enjoys playing and watching sports, especially basketball, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Lindsey’s determination to become an athletic trainer has been fueled by her desire for athletes to perform at
their peak levels, both on and off the field. Lindsey intends to remain in North Carolina after school to pursue
a career in athletic training at the high school level.
FCHS: Ashley Yelmini, LAT, ATC is originally from Fuquay Varina, NC. She graduated from Fuquay Varina High
School in 2008 where she participated in golf and soccer. After graduating high school, she attended East
Carolina University where she earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training in May 2012 along with a
Minor in Exercise Sport Science. She loves ECU so much that she has returned to pursue a Master of Arts in
Teaching (MAT) with concentrations in Health Education and Physical Education and plans to graduate in May
2014. In her free time she enjoys playing golf and soccer, watching sports,
spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and attending ECU athletic events.
DHCHS: Amanda Buckey, LAT, ATC is originally from Waldorf, Maryland. In May 2013 she received a
Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Exercise and Sports Science from East
Carolina University. Her love for the Pirates and Pitt County high schools is what made her remain at ECU
where she will earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a concentration in Health Education in May,
2015. Amanda enjoys playing sports, especially soccer, and spending time with her friends and family. Her
passion for sports, helping others, and educating athletes was the driving force in her interest to become an
Athletic Trainer. She intends to stay in NC and pursue a career as an Athletic Trainer in the high school setting.
AGHS: Michelle Fasano, LAT, ATC is from Schaumburg Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in
Kinesiology and Health (focus in Athletic Training) from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Michelle is in her
first year of graduate school at East Carolina University pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) focusing
in Health Education and she’ll be working at Ayden-Grifton High School. Michelle is extremely devoted to her
teams and work in athletic training, giving 110% in everything she does. Although most of her family is back in
the Chicago-Area, Michelle is very close with her family and gives them all the credit for the person she has
grown to be today. Michelle loves spending time outside laying out enjoying the sun and reading a book, but
also loves to be extremely active and is always up for trying something new. Michelle’s favorite sport is
swimming, after being a competitive swimmer for 14 years but also is an avid hockey fan (Go Blackhawks!).
Upon graduating in May 2015, Michelle intends to continue her work as an athletic and become more
integrated in the athletic training community at the state and national level.
NPHS: Zachary White, LAT, ATC was born and raised here in Eastern North Carolina, where he went to school
at Camden County High School. It was there at Camden when Zac realized that Athletic Training was exactly
what he wanted to do. He also lettered in football and track while in high school. Zac attended East Carolina
University where he earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training. While in college, Zac became a
member in the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Zac worked for the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL organization) during
their 2012 summer camp and pre-Season. Enjoying the Pitt County area, he decided to stay at ECU and earn
his Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a concentration in Health Education. He looks forward to working as
a North Pitt Panther.
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Middle School Coordinator: Jeffrey Barfield, MAT, LAT, ATC was born and raised in Goldsboro, NC. He earned
a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training at ECU (2011) and a Masters of Arts in Teaching (2013) at
ECU. Jeff began working as a Health Sciences teacher at North Pitt High School in August 2013 and also
accepted the role of Athletic Training Coordinator for the middle schools. His interests include all sporting
activities, especially baseball and golf. Jeff shares how he became interested in athletic training,
“My interest and participation in sports throughout my childhood and high school years helped to influence
my decision to pursue a career in Athletic Training. I had always wanted to work in the healthcare field in
order to help people who are injured. I truly enjoy being an Athletic Trainer and teaching my students about
the opportunities the healthcare field has for them.” On working in a high school as an educator and athletic
trainer, “I can see the need for young students to have positive influences in their lives. I hope that I can help
provide the life skills students need by being a positive example and by preparing them with a strong
education. As an Athletic Trainer I appreciate the importance of providing quality healthcare to my studentathletes. I hope to apply these philosophies in my career as I strive to be an educator who is trustworthy,
helpful, and a positive example.” Jeff is guided by one of his favorite quotes, “If you teach people how to cook
a fish you feed them for a meal, but if you teach people how to fish you feed them for a lifetime.”
AT Program Coordinator: Sharon D. Rogers, PhD, LAT, ATC is an Associate Professor in the Athletic Training
Education Program at East Carolina University. A native of Wakefield, VA, she earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from
the College of William and Mary, an M.S. in Exercise Science and a certificate of gerontology at the University
of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Human Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
After graduating with her doctorate, she spent two years as a medical researcher at Duke University Medical
Center in the division of Behavioral Cardiology. Dr. Rogers has spent more than 15 years practicing as an
athletic trainer and currently provides care to the ECU men and women’s golf teams. In 2009 Dr. Rogers
partnered with Pitt County Schools to implement Athletic Training Services and continues to serve as the
Athletic Training Program Director. Dr. Rogers spends her weekends in Virginia with longtime boyfriend, Brian,
where they enjoy spending time outdoors on her family’s farm, rescuing dogs, and hanging out with friends
and family.
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2013-2014 Pitt County Athletic Trainers