June 18, 2018

Advisory Board



Dr. Jim Kyle continues a career of 30-plus years as an emergency and sports medicine physician. He currently serves as Emergency Department Director at Beckley ARH Hospital, the EMS Medical Director for Region 1 in West Virginia, the Medical Director of the Paramedic Program at NRCTC, the Medical Director for the Athletic Training Program at Concord University and also serves as the team physician at Concord University, running a weekly clinic for the student-athletes. Dr. Kyle’s work experience includes providing leadership as an ER Director and chairman of the Division of Rural Emergency Medicine for Marshall University’s School of medicine. He has also served as a county EMS Medical Director for Gilmer and Jackson Counties in West Virginia as well as Ware County, Georgia. Dr. Kyle is considered a sports medicine specialist and has served as a team physician for West Virginia University, Marshall University and Glenville State College. His international elite athlete experience includes head physician for the US Soccer Under 17 World Cup championships in Italy and Japan. In 1996, Dr. Kyle was the team physician at Olympic stadium for the Track and Field competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kyle is a charter member of the prestigious American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and has achieved “Fellowship Status” in the American College of Sports Medicine. As a consultant, he has provided service to School Health Corporation, Medronics Physio-Control, the University of Georgia sports Medicine Department and Emory University. Dr. Kyle’s published research includes the Utility of Capnnography in Rural Emergency Medical Services, Automated External Defibrillator for Athlete Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Exercise Induced Asthma in Adolescent Athletes and Cholesterol Screening During Routine Pre-season Scholastic Physical Examination.


Jim Clover MEd, ATC, PTA


Jim Clover is the coordinator of The SPORT Clinic in Riverside CA, which currently cares for athletes of 40+ high schools and colleges. Additionaly, he teaches sports medicine classes for local high schools and Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries at California State University, San Bernardino. Jim is also the owner of Clover Enterprise Inc. a business that provides athletic training coverage to 30+ high schools in the Southern California region.  Known for his innovative thinking and practical implementation of interventions, Jim is the inventor of the Trainer’s Angel, a tool used to remove facemaks from football helmets in emergency situations.  He has also authored several videos and books on various athletic training topics. Jim is the  coordinator for the Inland Empire All-Star Football Classic, and he has organized the popular continuing education  course titled, “Practical Applications in Sports Medicine” for the past 20 years, dedicated to the many individual stakeholders seeking immediate and first-hand information that can be readily applied to the clinical setting.  Jim is a supporter of giving back to his community, as many of his endeavors are managed through the non-for-profit SPORT Foundation.


Jill Guzman, RN, MSN, CPNP

GuzmanJill Guzman is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and has been an administrator of the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center at William Paterson University (WPU) since 2003.  She has been an instrumental part of the transformation of the center into a comprehensive and holistic healthcare facility providing innovative care to all WPU students.  She is responsible for the medical clearances of all athletes on campus and works collaboratively with Department of Athletics and Club Sports to ensure the safety of students engaging in sports.  She has a special interest and expertise in concussion treatment and management and is currently conducting research on concussions and balance testing.  Her past experiences include Emergency Medicine both in rural and suburban settings, Primary Care Pediatrics, Healthcare Administration and Emergency Mental Health Services. Some of her professional accomplishments include the implementation of both a Peer Health Theater Program and a Disaster Plan/Mass Immunization Program for the University.  Additionally, she has served as a Sexual Assault Prevention Educator, a forensic examiner for child abuse cases, and the Hudson County Chairperson of a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Guzman graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1995 and Seton Hall University with a Master of Science in Nursing –Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 200. She is expected to graduate in 2014 from William Paterson University with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice.  Jill and her husband Alex have two boys and reside in Wayne, NJ.


Mike Poirier, MS, ATC/L, CSCS

poirierMike Poirier has served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Club since 2008. He assists the head athletic trainer with day to day training room operations, rehabilitation of players’ injuries, and practice/ game coverage.

A native of Smithfield, Rhode Island, Poirier joined the Lightning after serving as head athletic trainer for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League from 2002-08. He joined the Bruins after spending the previous year as an athletic trainer with the National Football League’s New England Patriots as they won Super Bowl XXXVI.

Poirier graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 1999. He earned his M.S. in sports administration from Mississippi State University in 2001 and also is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Poirier, who was a graduate assistant trainer with the M.S.U. football team from 1999-2001, also worked at the Patriots’ training camps from 1996-2001.


Donna M. Siegfried


Donna Siegfried, Senior Director, First Aid Programs for the National Safety Council has more than thirty-eight years of experience and demonstrated knowledge in the field of on-and-off the job health and safety programs including more than twenty five years directly related to the development, marketing and sales of first aid and preparedness programs for the National Safety Council. Donna directs the development and delivery of first aid programs to meet the needs of over 10,000 instructors and 2500 training centers worldwide. She actively works to promote the need for first aid training and preparedness in the workplace, in our homes and communities to reduce injury and illness and save lives. Donna maintains direct contact with local, state and federal agencies and monitors legislation impacting first aid and preparedness programs. Donna is an active member of several strategic alliances and partnerships including OSHA and MSHA Alliances and the Citizen CPR Foundation. It is estimated that through her leadership, National Safety Council first aid rescuers have saved more than 14,000 lives since the Council launched their first aid programs in 1990.


Eric Sugarman, ATC

sugarmanEric Sugarman has a decade of NFL experience under his belt and has served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Vikings since 2006.  Sugarman previously spent the 1997-99 seasons with the Chicago Bears and the 2000-05 campaigns with Philadelphia. Sugarman got his first taste of the NFL as a summer intern for the Bears’ athletic training staff from 1993-95.Sugarman earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education with an emphasis in athletic training from West Chester University and went on to earn his master’s degree in sports management at the University of Richmond. During his tenure at Richmond, Sugarman served as the graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Spiders football team and head athletic trainer for the Spiders’ baseball squad. In 1994-95 Sugarman served as assistant athletic trainer at West Chester and worked as an instructor at the school. During the summers of 1993-95 he worked as a training camp athletic training intern for the Chicago Bears. In 1996 Sugarman served as an athletic trainer in the Chicago Cubs organization focusing on the rehabilitation of minor league and major league players. Sugarman joined the Bears as an assistant athletic trainer from 1997-99 before moving to the Eagles in a similar role in 2000. An active member of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, Sugarman is also an American Heart Association Basic Life Support, AED and First Aid certified instructor. In 2003 he received the PFATS’ “Big Heart” award for saving the life of a fellow Eagles employee by performing CPR.