June 18, 2018

Meet the SSI Team


Founder, President & CEO

Having served as an athletic trainer, EMS provider, coach, parent, and legal expert in sport safety and athletic injuries, Dr. Rehberg has gained a unique perspective on the issue of youth sport safety.  Dr. Rehberg  is a Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Clinical Education at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He is also a founding partner of The Rehberg Konin Group, LLC, serves as co-founder, President and CEO of Sport Safety International.  He currently serves as an ATC Medical Spotter for the National Football League for New York Jets home games.  He also serves as the Subject Matter Expert for First Aid Programs for the National Safety Council, and is a member of the multi-disciplinary staff that guided the creation of the Center for Concussion Care and Physical Rehabilitation at Overlook Medical Center, New Jersey’s largest hospital based sports concussion program. Dr. Rehberg previously served as the Director and Chief of Emergency Services at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, and spent 13 years as the head athletic trainer at Westwood Regional High School in Westwood, NJ.

A graduate of West Chester University (B.S.), the United States Sports Academy (M.S.S.) and Touro University International (Ph.D.), Dr. Rehberg has authored several refereed papers, and two textbooks, as well as over a dozen peer-reviewed online courses that have trained over 200,000 coaches, parents, and athletes in 23 countries. An award-winning lecturer, Dr. Rehberg frequently at state and national meetings on sports emergency care, spinal injuries in sports, sudden cardiac arrest in athletes, and concussion management.  He is also the executive producer of the National Safety Council First Aid, CPR, and Emergency Medical Response training videos.

Dr. Rehberg served as a member of the medical staff for athletics (track and field) at the 1996 Olympic Games. He has been active on both state and national levels, having served on the First and Second National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Inter-Association Task Forces for the Appropriate Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete, the Task Force on Appropriate Medical Coverage for the Secondary School-Aged Athlete, and several other committees at the state level. Dr. Rehberg has also served as a technical adviser to the National Safety Council since 1992 and as a member of the American Heart Association Task Force that developed the first-ever international guidelines for first aid in 2000. He was a charter member of the New Jersey Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

Dr. Rehberg is a former member of the NATA Foundation Board of Directors, as the District 2 Treasurer of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, is a Trustee of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, and served as president of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey from 2007-2009.

Dr. Rehberg has received numerous awards in recognition of his professional accomplishments by. Most notably, he is an inductee in both the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) Hall of Fame. He is also the recipient of both the NATA and ATSNJ Service Award, and in 2014 received distinction as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer. Dr. Rehberg has also been recognized by his alma mater, having been an inductee into the West Chester University Legacy of Leadership, and is a past recipient of the Ordo Honoris (Order of Honor) Medal and Award from the Kappa Delta Rho National Fraternity. Most recently, Dr. Rehberg was named a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.


Vice President, Operations

Michael has worked as an athletic trainer in a variety of different venues with patients of all ages and skills sets. Michael is currently employed as an athletic trainer at Passaic High School in NJ and is also an adjunct professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.  He is both an Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Distinguished Service Award Recipient and a Hall of Fame Inductee. Additionally is a New Jersey State Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame Inductee.  Michael has authored numerous book chapters, abstract articles and journal articles specializing in sports emergency care, and injury prevention, recognition and management. Michael received 2 Bachelor of Science Degrees from Pennsylvania State University and his Master’s from Kent State University in Ohio.


Vice President, Curriculum Development and Course Design
Coordinator, ConcussionWise Instructor Program

Joanne is a certified athletic trainer at Vernon Township High School in NJ. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990 and Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University. Currently Joanne is an Adjunct Professor for the Athletic Training Education Program at William Paterson University where she also serves as a preceptor.  She has served as both Secretary and Northern Representative for the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey.  Joanne was the recipient of the Victor Recine Distinguished Service Award and was the ATSNJ representative for the NJ Special Education and Traumatic Brain Injury Taskforce.  In 2014 Joanne was selected as the Governor’s Educational Professional of the Year for Vernon Township High School.

Chief Revenue Officer

Shawn was the CEO of Magnus Associates before being hired by SSD. Magnus Associates is a management-consulting firm with advisory expertise in domestic and international private equity, investment banking, and business development matters. Over the past several years, Magnus Associates has provided consulting services to companies such as Coffee Digital, Magnus Gyan (where he served as President), Qwips (where he currently serves as a Director), and Capstar, on a range of business matters, including merger & acquisition analysis, operational redesign and sales strategy. Shawn is currently responsible for SSD’s new business generation, investment relations and channel development. He received his honors degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University and currently sits on the board of Qwips, Edusynch and Vyborg Kraft Spirits.



Dr. Joelle Rehberg is a fellowship trained sports medicine physician, and is also board certified in family practice. She currently practices sports medicine and concussion management at Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists in Morristown, NJ. A large part of Dr. Rehberg’s practice includes seeing patients at the Center for Concussion Care and Physical Rehabilitation, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, which is one of the largest hospital-based concussion programs in the region.

Dr. Rehberg also serves as the Medical Director for the Athletic Training Education Program at William Paterson University in NJ, and has spent 14 seasons on the sidelines of Montville Township High School’s football team, as team and school physician. Dr. Rehberg is co-author of a recently released textbook entitled Cram Session in General Medical Conditions, and has been published in other scholarly publications, including Clinics in Sports Medicine.

Director, Education Initiatives

Michele Monaco is an Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program at Immaculata University. She received her undergraduate degree from Lock Haven University, and went on to earn a Master’s in Sports Administration at St. Thomas University.  Dr. Monaco continued her education and earned her Doctorate of Science in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.  She is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Executive Committee on Education and serves as the Secretary of the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association. Her professional involvement includes being a paramount member of the Board of Certification Standards Committee. Dr. Monaco is a lead site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation on Athletic Training Education Programs.


Zac Ploch manages the “other” end of Sport Safety International — aiding in support inquiries, technological issues, and the maintenance of all affiliated systems. While being one of the few in SSI that is not a licensed athletic trainer or physician, Zac holds an NREMT certification as well as state licenses in New Jersey & Georgia. For support inquiries, please Contact Us.