2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
Russell E. Miller
Russell E. Miller, MS, PT, ATC, received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, from Wilmington College in Ohio in 1966. He received a Master of Science in Health and Safety with an emphasis on Athletic Training from Indiana University in 1968. Miller then earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 1980.
Miller, who is retired, worked most recently as a consultant for Avacore Technologies, a company in Ann Arbor, Mich., which developed a device to augment natural body cooling. He began his career in Athletic Training prior to receiving his degree in Physical Therapy. Over a span of 13 years, Miller worked as Head Athletic Trainer at Wilmington College, DaPauw University, and Western Kentucky University. In 1980, Miller became dual-credentialed as a licensed Physical Therapist and a certified Athletic Trainer. Miller served as Head Athletic Trainer for the University of Michigan and developed and directed the Physical Therapy Department at UM’s Medsport Sports Medicine Clinic. In 1991, he began working as Senior Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Tigers Professional Baseball Team, where he advanced to Medical Director and Head Athletic Trainer before retiring from Athletic Training in 2002.
Miller has been influential on a national level, serving as a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) since 1964. He was part of the original NATA committee that developed the certification requirements for the Board Certification for Athletic Trainers. Miller has held service and leadership positions within multiple professional organizations, including the American Academy of Sports Dentistry, the Michigan State Medical Society (Sports Medicine), and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Association. Miller has also shared his knowledge and expertise with many lectures, publications and presentations.
Miller is an excellent role model for both AT and PT students because of his commitment and service to the profession, according to Tim Uhl, ATC, PT, Ph.D., who is Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Laboratory, and Associate Professor, Division of Athletic Training. During his time as a graduate assistant in Athletic Training at the University of Michigan, Uhl worked with Miller and said his support of research inspired Uhl to pursue a master’s thesis project. In addition, his work as a clinician and teacher was an inspiration to Uhl.
“As a clinical supervisor, he taught the students and his staff how to interact with athletes, coaches, and physicians, in order to meet their individual expectations. He was remarkable in educating the physicians about the coaches’ and athletes’ concerns regarding injury and facilitated the best outcome and care for his athletes,” Uhl said. “He epitomized the role of master clinical practitioner and problem solver.” Uhl shared an experience in which he and Miller implemented what would now be called evidence-based practice to develop a protocol for treating muscle strain re-injuries in football players. Their approach incorporated Miller’s clinical expertise with Uhl’s research into the literature on the subject to develop a rehabilitation protocol, which Miller presented during the NATA Annual Symposium in 1990.
“In the audience at this meeting was a young graduate student from Old Dominion University by the name of Tim Butterfield, who was very interested in understanding muscle injury and was inspired in part, by this lecture to pursue his professional career in studying muscle injuries,” Uhl said. “Russ has had a direct influence on two of the Division of Athletic Training faculty by inspiring us to pursue our careers and this subsequently resulted in a positive impact for the University of Kentucky as we are both now tenured Associate Professors.”
Lori Stewart Gonzalez, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Pathology & Audiology from the University of Kentucky in 1979. She then pursued graduate work, receiving a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from Eastern Kentucky University in 1981, and earning a Doctorate in Communication Disorders from the University of Florida in 1989.
Gonzalez, a native Kentuckian, began her academic career at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU) in 1988. As an Assistant Professor, she assumed the role of Director of Supervision & Clinical Training at SIU. In 1991, she returned to UK as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Gonzalez devoted 20 years to UK, moving up to Professor, then serving the College of Health Sciences as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and later serving as Dean.
Gonzalez was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2001, providing her with an opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of college and university presidents. Following her ACE Fellowship, she returned to UK and became more engaged in campus leadership and governance. Following a national search in 2005, she was appointed the third Dean of the UK College of Health Sciences. Gonzalez served as Dean for seven years. Under her leadership, the research profile of the College was significantly elevated. The College continued its tradition of excellence in teaching, research and service, and Gonzalez remained directly engaged, facilitating excellence across the college. Among her priorities were mentoring young professionals and faculty, as well as supporting staff development.
Her national leadership was recognized again in 2007 when she was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and in 2008 when she was named a Fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. In 2012, she received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida. While at UK, Lori was also recognized for teaching excellence and her leadership on diversity issues and work-life issues.
“Along the road from her days as an Assistant Professor to her current position as a chief academic officer for a university, Gonzalez has contributed volumes to her profession and higher education through numerous publications and presentations,” said Jody F. Deem, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “She has mentored countless master’s and Ph.D. students to completion of their degrees and on to their successful careers. Most importantly, she has been a fair and caring colleague who moved her agenda forward to the betterment of students, faculty, staff, and the university.”
In 2011, Gonzalez was named the first female Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at Appalachian State University in Boone, N. C. She resides in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband, Randy, and their son, Clay, who is a junior at the University of Michigan.
“I have had the opportunity to work with Lori as her colleague and friend during her years at UK,” Deem said. “I cannot think of an individual who would be a better role model for our students than Dr. Gonzalez. Having received her undergraduate degree from UK, she provides an image of just what young professionals can hope to achieve at a national level, given drive and effort.”
Hall of Fame Members
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