POSITION: Member at Large (1)

Term: June 1, 2020 - May 31, 2022

ELECTION will be held March 30, 2020 - April 12, 2020

Joe Cygan, MS, ATC, OTC, RMSK

My name is Joe Cygan and I would like to serve the CATA as a member at large on the Board of Directors. I believe my varied past and present experiences make me a great candidate for this position. I have worked at the Collegiate and Olympic levels as well as in Corporate and Physician Clinic settings.


My first interaction with the CATA was as a member of the Professional Association Liaison Committee while I worked at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. After returning to Colorado in 2012 I was anxious to get back into helping the CATA and was asked to help with corporate sponsorship. I felt like I continued strong relationships with the sponsors we had and built new relationships as well. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you as a Member At Large position on the CATA board.

​Andy Vanous, MA, ATC

I am a Denver native and have been an ATC practicing in the collegiate setting since 2001. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Athletic Training from Fort Lewis College. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I attended San Jose State University, where I earned a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology. While in San Jose, I worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for one year at San Jose State University and for one year at Stanford University. After completing my master’s coursework, I accepted a position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I worked for one semester before returning to Fort Lewis College in January 2004 as an assistant athletic trainer and instructor in the athletic training education program. I worked at my alma mater until September 2011 when I had the opportunity to return to the Denver area and be closer to my family and friends, accepting my current position as an athletic trainer at Colorado School of Mines, in Golden. I have a Corrective Exercise Specialist certification and am Graston M-1 trained.


I have also been fortunate in my career to have the opportunity to work with professional
athletes in various capacities. I have served on the medical team for the ESPN X Games on multiple occasions. Additionally, I had the opportunity to work with the Denver Nuggets as an intern for the NBA Summer League. I currently do contract work for the NFL, serving as the Lead ATC Spotter for Denver Broncos home games.


I have served as the chairperson for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association scholarship subcommittee since 2014, and have found the experience to be very rewarding. I am currently serving as a member of the CATA Board of Directors as a member-at-large. I have enjoyed being involved with our state leadership throughout our push to gain licensure, as well as helping to organize and implement multiple state meetings, working with our committees, and interacting with many of Colorado’s athletic trainers. I feel like our board has accomplished a lot, but we still have huge challenges facing our profession within the state. I am excited about the challenge and am hopeful to be able to continue serving the CATA and giving back to the profession that has given so much to me. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors and with my wife Kami, our children, Braylon and Ellie, and our dog, Jake.


  • The 2020 CATA election will be held between March 30, 2020 - April 12, 2020.


  • The election will utilize electronic voting.  All certified and retired CATA members with a valid email address on file will receive an email with the link to the online survey.  If you do not have a valid email on file, please contact Mandi Elder, Elections Chair, at and provide the correct email address.

  • Per policy and procedures, only one nomination was received for President and no election will be held for this position.


  • March 30th you will receive an individualized email from " via" on March 30th containing your unique link to the election.  If you do not, please first check your spam or junk folder.  If you still do not find it, contact the Elections Chair.


  • If you have previously opted out of SurveyMonkey surveys, you will need to contact the Elections Chair to receive and alternate ballot.


  • The link will remain active for the duration of the voting window. 


  • A reminder of the open election will be sent on April 5th and April 9th to those who have not cast their votes


  • Voting will close on April 12th at 11:59 pm.


  • Your vote will be anonymous, however, your unique link to the vote will allow determination of whether or not a vote was cast, but not what your selection was. This allows the reminder emails to be generated by the voting system


Elections Chair, Mandi Elder: