Governmental Affairs

The Governmental Affairs Committee is responsible for representing the WATA Inc and its membership in legislative and regulatory matters that affect the practice of athletic training in the State of Wisconsin.

The committee is currently comprised of the following members:

Committee chair: Mike Van Veghel, LAT
Committee members:
Joe Greene, MS, LAT
Lauren Hawkinson, MA, ATC, LAT

Heidi Gutschow, ATC, PT

PAC officer: Lauren Hawkinson, MA, ATC, LAT
Lobbyist / staff: Scott Stenger and Matt Phillips
Stenger Government Relations


The WATA Governmental Affairs Committee exists in an effort to assist the WATA and its membership in achieving the goals set forth in its legislative agenda and strategic plan. This committee will carefully monitor health care industry trends as well as critically analyze and track State and Federal legislation that could affect the practice of Athletic Training. This includes regular review of our own practice act. The goal is to defend the practice of Athletic Training and to protect against restriction of our practice be it by location, patient population or through insufficient third party reimbursement.

A way you can help advance our profession is through participating in the WATA PAC.  WATA converted our political giving Conduit Fund into a Political Action Committee, which are easier to administer and less time consuming.  It is important for WATA members to build and foster relationships with their Legislators, and political giving during the campaign season is one way to do that.  It is important for WATA to help elect Legislators who are supportive of our profession, and having a strong and active PAC is one way to do that.  If you have not already given to our PAC, please consider doing so today. You can access a WATA-PAC contribution form here.

The committee is a functional, dynamic entity that requires an educated, engaged membership. If you are interested in serving on the committee, or, if you have questions regarding any matter that is legislative or regulatory in nature, please fill out the Committee Inquiry Form.

For more information regarding current legislative issues, please visit the Legislative Watch.