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Christina Massiala-Vaka

IWAS WheelChair Foundation (GRE)

Christina Massiala

Contact info: Mobile tel. 30-694-678-6338

EDUCATION Master of Arts in Educational Psychology May 2012

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Bachelor of General Studies, 1986 Spanish Literature, English, Statistics, Business

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

CERTIFICATION New York State Teacher Certification - Secondary Spanish

United States Fencing Association Referee- Epee 5, Foil 6, and Sabre 8

Prevost d’Armes, USFCA Foil/Sabre/Epee

AWARDS USFCA Coach of the Year (1994)

Member NCAA Regional Advisory Committee (1993-95)

Member U.S. and Greek National Foil Fencing Teams

Big Ten Foil Champion, University of Michigan 1976

Dutchess County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee 2010

COMMUNITY Board Member of the Dutchess County Sports Hall of Fame

SERVICE Fencing Benefit for Big Brother Big Sister and XP Society

Past member of Zonta International, and the local Chamber of Commerce

Professional Fencing Experience:

1990-1995 Men’s and Women’s Head Fencing Coach, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

1993-1995 Member of the Northeast NCAA Regional Committee for Fencing

1995-2002 Founded and ran Dutchess Fencing Academie, Poughkeepsie, New York

1999—initiated the fencing program at Our Lady of Lourdes (high school), Poughkeepsie, NY

1993-2002 Fencing Instructor: Summer Institute for the Gifted at Vassar College site

1996—Initiated Fencing classes at Marist College (worked as Adjunct Faculty at Marist 1996-2016)

1998—Initiated Marist College Fencing Club (acquired $20,000 grant money via USFA Collegiate initiative program)

2002-2018 Referee at NCAA/collegiate events

2006-2015 Referee at US Summer Nationals

2013-2019 Volunteer Fencing Coach, Vassar College

2020-2021 Chair of IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Gender Equity Commission

2021—Directoire Technique member at Tokyo Paralympic Games

2020-present Member of IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Executive Committee

2022-present Chair of IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Promotion Commission

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