US Pole Sports Federation Committee

Executive Committee:


President – Summer Vyne

Summer is currently the Innovation Technology Director 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.

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.

  Accounting – RW Wealth

RW Wealth is a CPA and Registered Investment Adviser Firm located in Florida.  The two senior partners, Hal Ringeisen and Dan Worrell have been practicing together for 25 years. RW Wealth provides professional money management and financial planning services for individual investors and businesses.  In addition, RW Wealth provides comprehensive accounting and income tax services year round for both individuals and businesses. One of our specialties is small business support including, QuickBooks consulting, cloud and collaborative accounting, investment portfolio management and retirement planning.

   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 -OPEN

Event Manager – Jackie Mitchell

Jacqueline is currently the Senior Event Manager for SMG/Jackson Convention Complex and co-owner of Taboo Dance & Aerial Fitness in Jackson, MS. With a B.S. in Sports Medicine (Athletic Training) and a M.S. in Sports Administration and Management, Jacqueline has spent the last 14 years creating and managing events for SMG, Universities, ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Orlando Magic.

Jacqueline began her pole journey in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. As a former athlete, pole fitness provided a physical challenge that she much needed. Along with her business partner, they are now celebrating 4 years of business and the creation of Kiss My Curves Plus-Sized Pole Competition which is encouraging options within the pole fitness community. Jacqueline is definitely looking to be an active role in the advancement of the industry and its journey to the Olympics.

 Education Consultant – Rafaela Montanaro

Rafaela was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, into a family of athletes. Her mom was a long distance runner and sprinter, while her dad was a volleyball player. She stated her career on the young age of 3, when she was taken to her first gymnastics class. She then went on to compete several times in the Brazilian national competition. Then at the age of 11 she moved to Oklahoma for better training opportunities. Unfortunately, the following year she suffered a bad knee injury and decided it was time to give up gymnastics. Rafaela then dedicated herself to different styles of dance and a few different sports, but missed the acrobatic side. Therefore, at the age of 16 she joined the local circus school. At 17 she was accepted at the prestigious Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque in France. But due to family issues, she only got to attend the school for 1 year. She then trained Kung Fu and even made the national team in 2006! She found pole in 2009 while surfing online looking for circus videos and ran into Felix Cane’s performance from 2006. She immediately went to look for a pole class and on the first day, the teacher saw potential in her. The teacher then asked her if she wanted to compete in nationals that was only 4 months away. She said yes and the rest is history. She is a two time World Champion and holds the current record for highest score.

   Studio Owner Symposium Coordinator – Amy Schoonover

Amy is the Owner/Founder of Flirt Fitness Studio® and has three studio locations in West Michigan. She also is co-owner of Pole Roxx, a pole studio consulting company and is a Master Trainer with Pole Moves. Amy has been married for three years and is the mother of  3 children. Amy is in her sixth year of business and plans to expand in the upcoming years. She loves to compete in pole and enjoys athletic activities.

Pole Sport Tech Committee:

Katrina Wyckoff – Tech Advisor

Katrina is classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics. She studied dance at Brigham Young University and danced and coached professionally for the Saarbrucken Hurricanes in the German NFL. Katrina owns and operates Centre Stage Dance Studio, a competitive pre-professional dance studio. However, Katrina fell in love the first time she tried pole and has become a “pole addict”. Katrina is certified through XPert Fitness Levels 1-4 and The JW Method of pole fitness. Katrina also owns Centre Stage Pole Fitness and has helped hundreds of women improve their fitness levels. She has also helped to bring pole to the next generation with her youth pole program. Katrina is excited to see pole evolve and is excited to be part of the pole Olympic movement.

  Samantha Star – Tech Advisor

Sam Star combines her knowledge of pole, gymnastics, yoga, and hand balance to be a dynamic performer and informative instructor. She believes perfecting the fundamentals is the best way to gain strength and coordination to achieve a higher level of fitness and grace. By focusing on technique and core, she helps students attain a solid platform with which they can achieve confidence, strength and power. Samantha is an instructor at Body & Pole in NYC and travels the world to perform, compete and teach pole fundamentals, power moves, power spins + inversions and handstand workshops.

Dakota Fox – Tech Advisor

Dakota’s ultimate hero is Xena: The Warrior Princess, who inspired her to live a wild, unashamed life as a woman-warrior. A tomboy until her early twenties, Dakota was introduced to pole dance fitness in 2009. She began to mold her background in martial arts to her powerful style of movement both in the air and on the ground, gaining her a large social media following. She has performed, competed and taught internationally, teaching movement & fitness classes since 2003. Surrounded by other strong, inspirational women at her home studio Aradia Fitness in North Carolina, Dakota competed in her first pole dance competition in 2012.

Pole Art America Tech Committee:

Heidi Coker- Tech Advisor

Heidi Coker began pole dancing the summer of 2009. A competitive gymnast until the age of 21, athletics were a strong part of her upbringing. Aſter seeing an episode of “Oprah” showcasing pole dancing and female empowerment, she was instantly intrigued. Enjoying dance, yoga and other creative outlets for exercise, pole
was a perfect match. Aſter poling for a year, just for fun, she submitted for a competition and was stunned when she found out she was accepted!! From there her competitive life in pole began. Heidi believes pole is a sport where you can play to your strengths, and a perfect arena for creativity and self expression. She enjoys
challenging herself with new moves and adding acrobatics on and off the pole. Heidi teaches at Polelateaz in Atlanta.

  Natasha Wang – Tech Advisor

Natasha Wang is one of the most influential and popular pole artists working today. Based in Los Angeles, California and born and raised in Austin, Texas, Natasha is a true “pole citizen of the world,” traveling the globe as an in-demand teacher, performer and competition judge.

In 2015, Natasha was named the IPDFA “Instructor of the Year”, and in 2014, she won “Female Performance Artist of the Year” and “Inspirational Artist of the Year” at the PWN (Pole World News) Awards. As a competitive pole athlete, her titles include IPC Ultimate Champion 2013, Pole Art 2012 Runner-Up, US Pole Dance Champion 2011, USPDF West Coast Champion 2010, California Pole Dance Champion 2010, and East Meets West Miss Pole-AM 2010.

Pole Classique Tech Committee:

Katie Cooper – Tech Advisor

Katie grew up taking ballet and was taking ballet classes again as an adult when she ventured into her first pole class. She was immediately hooked and transferred her classes from the barre to the pole, bringing with her the desire to dance no matter the apparatus. She has competed in many competitions over the past six years, including winning the professional division of the US Pole Sports Championship in 2016 and placing second in the elite division the following year. Katie also competed in the professional Classique division of the first Pole Theatre USA competition: while she loves all aspects of pole, she particularly enjoys the art of dancing in heels.

Gemma Lux – Tech Advisor

Gemma  is a Pole Dance Performer, Competitor, and Instructor based out of Tampa, Florida. After being out of dance for almost 10 years, she attended a pole dance competition with friends, and fell in love with the art & sport of pole right then and there. She decided to attend her first pole dance class the summer of 2012. It didn’t take very long for her to recognize just how incredible pole dancing is for the mind, body, and soul. Gemma started teaching just 6 months into her journey. She found joy in helping others so much that she took a chance to follower her dreams. She resigned from her corporate life in 2013 to become a full time Instructor and Manager at Impulse Pole Dance, Brandon FL. Gemma Lux loves helping people reach their goals, find their sexy side, and strives to inspire and enrich lives all over the world.

 Amy Kim – Tech Advisor