ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM FACULTY
Program Director –– Athletic Training Program
Dr. David R. Hanna, PT, DPT, MS, ATC, a native of Wheeling, W.Va., began his career in athletic training in 1996 at West Liberty State College after earning his master’s degree in athletic training from West Virginia University. He served as an assistant athletic trainer for one year at West Liberty, from which he holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in biology. The following year he accepted the position of the head athletic trainer at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. After serving at WVU Tech for two years, he moved to South Dakota, where he worked as an athletic trainer for Sioux Valley Hospital, Elk Point Jefferson High School, and the University of South Dakota for a short time before returning to the Ohio Valley to assume the dual positions of head athletic trainer for the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League and for the Ohio Valley Greyhounds of the Indoor Football League.
He spent six years in this position before resigning in 2005 to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Wheeling Jesuit University. His additional experience includes serving as a clinical athletic trainer for the Wheeling Hospital Physical Therapy Department and working as the head athletic trainer for various local high schools and numerous local summer sports camps. While earning his doctorate, he was instrumental in providing the legwork necessary for the development and approval of the new athletic training major at WJU. He was graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in August 2007, at which time he was hired as the department chair and program director for the WJU Department of Athletic Training. David remained in this position through the 2011-12 academic year and successfully oversaw the program through its inaugural accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2010. In addition to his full-time duties as a professor and chair, he served the university by adjunct instructing in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
David’s graduates have found employment in clinics, high schools, and professional sports, as well as gaining successful acceptances into a wide variety of graduate schools in athletic training, physician assistant, counseling and psychology, physical therapy, and medical school.
David returned to the Hilltop in August of 2012 to head the development of the Athletic Training Education Program at West Liberty University. As program director/associate professor, he is responsible for the curriculum development and overseeing the program through an accreditation process by the CAATE. In addition to these duties, he continues to adjunct in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at WJU; he is an active physical therapist in the West Virginia Birth to Three System (early intervention), where he evaluates and treats children from ages newborn to three years of age. David also works on a casual basis as a physical therapist at the outpatient physical therapy department at Wheeling Hospital.
He resides in Wheeling with his wife, Carrie, and their three children, Graceylyn Mae, Lilyan Morgan, and Wilson David.
Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Clinical Education–Athletic Training Program
Dr. Meleesa F. Wohleber, DHSc, ATC, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where she earned a bachelor of science degree in athletic training in 2000. She went on to pursue her master of science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in athletic administration at James Madison University, while performing athletic trainer coverage for men’s and women’s swimming/diving, tennis, fencing, and golf and supervising athletic training students. Upon graduating from JMU in 2002, Meleesa became the assistant athletic trainer for men’s and women’s swimming/diving and softball at the University of Louisville. She also worked with Frazier Rehab Institute Sports Medicine in Louisville for local sporting event coverage in the city as well as performing fall preseason orthopedic screenings for local high schools.
In 2006, Meleesa became an athletic trainer at the US Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, NJ. She conducted patient care for recruits completing basic training for the Coast Guard and active duty members assigned to Station Cape May and the Training Center. During her time at the Coast Guard, Meleesa completed a doctorate of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University, graduating in 2010.
In 2013, Meleesa became a faculty researcher and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Neuromuscular Research Laboratory. As a co-investigator on the injury prevention and performance optimization research initiative, Meleesa performed musculoskeletal assessments, collected injury epidemiology, and coordinated communications between university faculty and military leaders at the Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, FL. As part of the research study, she also performed field data collection during military training to identify potential musculoskeletal injury risk. From 2016-2017, Meleesa was part of a similar research study at Pitt, this time at the US Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC.
In August 2017, Meleesa arrived to West Liberty University as an assistant professor in the athletic training program. In August 2019, Meleesa was named Coordinator of Clinical Education. She is responsible for clinical education assignments, clinical site evaluations, and communication with preceptors on any updates in the Athletic Training Program as well as professional development opportunities. She continues to teach courses in the athletic training major and Department of Health and Human Performance. Meleesa currently resides in Bethlehem, WV.
CLINICAL SITES AND PRECEPTORS
Jerry Duncan, MS, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Jason Coleman, MS, ATC
Men’s Soccer, Men’s Basketball, M&W Cross Country/Track
Melanie Cheek, MS, ATC
Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, M&W Tennis, M&W Golf
Women’s Soccer, Acrobatics & Tumbling, Softball
Wheeling Park High School
Brooke High School
Mountain River Physical Therapy