US Pole Sports Federation Committee

President – Summer Vyne

Summer is currently the Innovation Technology Manager of a international technology company and the owner of Bittersweet Studios out of Florida. Summer began her pole and aerial journey in 2010. Summer has competed in multiple pole competitions and enjoys performing with her entertainment company BSweet Entertainment. Summer leads a competition team out of Jacksonville, Florida and loves to teach/choreograph routines in the aerial discipline. She is certified and has had professional training by several pole and aerial organizations along with being a certified International POSA Head Judge and the USA Official Master Trainer. She loves teaching aerials and pole; and is an AFAA, elevatED, and Bokwa certified fitness instructor.

Vice-President – Allison Sipes

Allison Sipes was a National Junior Olympic gymnast and trained in professional dance as a child. She is now an ACE and AFAA certified group fitness instructor, an international performer and instructor, and an entrepreneur. Allison is an X-Pole Sponsored Athlete, a USPDF Pro and has recently placed 3rd in the Miss Pole Dance America 2015 competition. She is the founder of, Aerius Fitness Training, the Florida Pole Fitness Championship, Foxy Kleen, and Her classes focus on combining dance, spins, aerial tricks and flexibility training from beginner through advanced levels. Allison not only brings her professional competition experience but also her classical dance and gymnastics expertise from her over 20 years of training to create a unique teaching environment.

schannon Secretary General – Schannon Hester

Schannon has been involved in competitive sports since childhood. She first competed and performed as a gymnast for many years, and then began training in Tae Kwon Do. She received her black belt, and won silver medals in both forms and sparring in the Junior Olympics. Schannon became involved in pole in 2009 and started competing in 2011. She opened the Richmond, VA branch of Pole Pressure in 2013 and is excited to be helping to bring pole to a wider audience in her area. Schannon is also a nationally certified International Pole Sports Federation Judge.

Treasurer – RW Wealth

Bio to come

Kira Zander  Co-Marketing Chair – Kira Zander

Kira grew up participating in competitive cheerleading, gymnastics and dance.  She decided to try pole fitness classes in an attempt to reconnect with the sports she loved so much growing up. Almost 4 years later, she loves pole fitness and the pole community more than ever. She believes pole is empowering and helps participants gain strength and confidence both on and off the pole! Kira is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on local government and non-governmental organizations.

   Athlete Chair – Kristen Pafford

Kristen is currently a Quality Assurance Analyst for an international company providing IT Solutions for the Healthcare industry for the last 20 years. She has a BS in Computer Information Systems Technology from the University of North in Jacksonville, FL. She is a POSA Certified Judge and is passionate about Pole Sport, assisting any way she can to help further this challenging sport and its eventual future in the Olympics.

Marketing Chair – Kasey Valdivia

Kasey has been a lover of dance and fitness since she was a child. In the spring of 2012 her journey of Pole & Aerial began when she opened her first Vertical Pole Studio location in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Falling in love with the sport and the community, she followed her passion along with her entrepreneurial spirit and opened an additional three studio locations in cities that did not offer Pole & Aerial. Currently residing in Navarre Beach, Florida, Kasey loves to teach and train others in Pole Fitness, Dance, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Fabric, and Choreography. Kasey is an active member in the Pole & Aerial community, and loves helping others reach their goals. She is certified and has been trained by numerous professional pole and aerial organizations throughout her career. Along with being a studio owner, Instructor, and Master Trainer, she is also a Business Consultant to other studio owners across the country, a Presidential Director with Body by VI, and helped launch the new sister company LIV. Kasey not only brings her energetic personality and charisma to help the US Pole Sports Federation for the future endeavors but over 25 years of sales and marketing skills.

USPSF Championships 2018

We are excited to host our 2018 Championships at the USPSF Conference at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.

USPSF Championships and Pole Art America will take place March 23rd-24th 2018 at the Robinson Theater, at UNF. Pole Art America will be on Friday March 23rd, and the Pole Sport Championships will be March 24th, 2018.

Application dates for the 2018 USPSF Championships will open July 1st, 2017.

To learn more about the USPSF Conference, please visit

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