Dr. David R. Hanna, PT, DPT, MS, ATC
Program Director/Interim Clinical Education Coordinator –– 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.
- Professional Certifications and Licensure:
- 2007 – current Licensed Physical Therapist
- 1996 – current National Athletic Trainer’s Association Certified Athletic Trainer
- Current CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer – American Red Cross
- Professional Certifications and Licensure:
Meleesa Wohleber, DHSc, ATC
Assistant Professor–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 assistant professor in the athletic training program. She will teach courses within the athletic training program and the Department of Health and Human Performance. Meleesa currently resides in Bethlehem, WV.
Jerry Duncan, MS, ATC, CES
Head Athletic Trainer
Jerry Duncan, MS, ATC, CES, grew up northeast of Pittsburgh in the city of New Kensington and attended Mercyhurst University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in athletic training. He furthered his athletic- training education as he was graduated from West Virginia University with a master of science degree in the same field. Following his graduate work at WVU, Jerry became the head athletic trainer of the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, a position he held for six years. In addition, he was the head athletic trainer of the Ohio Valley Greyhounds, head athletic trainer at Bellaire School District, a member of the outpatient physical therapy department of Wheeling Hospital, an instructor of cycling, and a member of the staff at CentreTown Fitness in Wheeling.
In 2011, Jerry resigned from professional hockey and his other positions to become the head athletic trainer at Wheeling Jesuit University. During his two years at WJU, he was involved with all the athletic teams but focused primarily on men’s basketball, rugby, soccer, and women’s Lacrosse. In addition to clinical work with the athletes at WJU, Jerry became an adjunct instructor in the Athletic Training Program.
With the development of an Athletic Training Program at West Liberty, full-time faculty positions were created. The opportunity to become a faculty member while also developing an education program was attractive to Jerry, and he resigned his position at Wheeling Jesuit University and accepted a faculty position with West Liberty in August of 2013. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Jerry will also work with the football, track, and cross country teams.
In August of 2017, Jerry was promoted to Senior Athletic Trainer for the WLU Athletic Training Staff. He currently works full-time in athletics and provides healthcare coverage for the football and wrestling teams. Duncan is also a clinical preceptor for the athletic training students in the WLU Athletic Training Program.
Jason Coleman, MS, ATC
Jason C. Coleman, MS, ATC, a Wheeling native, was graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in the spring of 2005. He attended West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education/athletic training. During his time as an athletic training student at WVU, he gained a wealth of knowledge in both the classroom and the clinic in a variety of sports assignments. They included assisting with in-season/spring football, women’s soccer, swimming and diving, rowing, and spending his senior year working with the 2009-2010 men’s basketball program, which captured its first Big East Tournament Championship in school history and won the East Region en route to the NCAA Final Four. In addition, he was able to work lacrosse and field hockey summer camps at the University of Virginia and volunteer at Healthworks Rehab and Fitness in Morgantown, W.Va. He received his certification as a licensed athletic trainer in June of 2010.
Soon after graduating from WVU in the spring of 2010, he accepted a graduate assistantship position with the University of Akron, where he oversaw both the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. The men’s team won back-to-back indoor and outdoor Mid-American Conference Championships. In addition to his sport assignment, he was a summer athletic training intern for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. Coleman completed his post-graduate studies at Akron in 2012, where he was graduated with a master’s degree in exercise physiology/adult fitness.
Jason is currently a staff AT for all West Liberty University athletic teams. His main assignments are men’s and women’s soccer and the men’s and women’s basketball teams. He also serves as a preceptor in the West Liberty University Athletic Training Program.
He currently resides in Wheeling, W.Va.
Melanie Cheek, MS, ATC
Melanie Cheek is a lifelong resident of Brooke County, West Virginia. She graduated from West Liberty State College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She worked for a time at West Liberty before returning to School in 2011. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training, from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
After an internship at West Liberty University, she accepted a position at Southpointe Chiropractic and Fitness. While there she worked with athletes of all ages and sports. She specialized in soft tissue work and rehabilitation.
Melanie accepted a position at West Liberty University in the fall of 2016. She currently covers the volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, golf, track and cross-country teams on campus. Cheek is also a clinical preceptor for the WLU Athletic Training Program.
Alex Norris, MAE, ATC
Alex Norris MAE, ATC, is originally from the Cleveland area in Ohio. She attended Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio where she got a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. During her undergraduate experience she got a wide variety of coverage that included volleyball, cross country, wrestling, outdoor track and field, football, high school basketball and wrestling, men’s soccer, and softball.
Upon graduating from Heidelberg, Alex accepted a graduate assistantship at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. While at Muskingum, Alex covered women’s soccer, indoor track and field, non-traditional spring (spring football, spring soccer, spring tennis, spring volleyball), football, women’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse. Alex finished her masters with a Masters of Arts in Education in Adult Education.
After finishing her master’s degree, Alex accepted a position at West Liberty. Alex’s main sport assignments at West Liberty are women’s soccer, acrobatics and tumbling, and tennis. She also serves as a preceptor for the West Liberty Athletic Training Program.
Joseph L. Bitonti, ATC
Joseph L. Bitonti, ATC, grew up on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio in the city of Bay Village. He graduated from the University of Mount Union in the spring of 2018 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, along with minors in Exercise Science and Psychology. He was also a member of the Athletic Training Honorary Fraternity, Iota Tau Alpha, during his time at Mount Union.
While in undergrad, Joe worked and interned with the Cleveland Gladiators Arena Football team for two years as the student athletic trainer, striving to gain more clinical experience to become a better student within his own Athletic Training Program. As a senior in the Mount Union Athletic Training Program, Joe was assigned to the football team and had the opportunity to cover the 2017 DIII National Championship (Stagg Bowl).
Joe is currently the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at West Liberty University. He is working with both the football and wresting teams for the entirety of their seasons. While working as an Athletic Trainer, Joe is pursuing his Master’s in Education with a focus in Sports Leadership and Coaching and plans on graduating in the spring of 2020. He also serves as a preceptor for the West Liberty University Athletic Training Program.