This is the second NATA honor this year for Lepp. In February, she received the NATA Service Award, given annually for contributions to the athletic training profession and the association.
Lepp, a NATA member for the last 27 years, has been a long-time volunteer in organizations including Special Olympics and Open Arms International, which provides healthcare at medical clinics in countries such as Rwanda and Kenya. She is the District 10 chair for the NATA Research and Education Foundation, and has served as state representative for the foundation as well. She has also served as the vice president of the Oregon Athletic Trainers Society. This summer, she will lead two Open Arms International teams to Africa to provide healthcare to the poor.
Lepp, who has been at Linfield since 1982, received her bachelorâ€™s degree from California State University, Chico, and her masterâ€™s from the University of Oregon.