Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Kristina Sabasteanski

Instructor

Office Location

316 Masterton Hall

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2017

by appointment

Phone

207-780-4172

Academic Degrees

  • • Master of Occupational Therapy, Masters Degree, USM, Lewiston, ME
  • • B.S. Exercise Technology, Castleton State College, Castleton, VT
  • • Level II Archery Certification from US Archery

Profile

Kristina is the Director of the Pineland Farms’ VAST (Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training) Program and  is a two-time Olympian in biathlon, and ten-year Veteran of the Vermont Army National Guard and Army World Class Athlete Program. While studying for her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at USM, she pondered how to use her skills and knowledge gained from world class racing, and experience in the military with her new career as an Occupational Therapist. The VAST Program located at Pineland Farms was created by Kristina and the Libra Foundation in May 2012.  In 2016, over 160 Unique Veterans with physical disabilities, TBI and PTS participated in weekly VAST Programs, camps or collaborative events. This does not include the large number of Veterans that volunteer each week.  In 2016, VAST hosted 51 weeks of programming and hosted 3 camps throughout the year.

Kristina has taught REC 399: Facilitating Adaptive Outdoor Recreation, for the past 3 years with hugely positive feedback from both the students and the Veterans.  The students have hands on experience working with Veterans with various disabilities and learn about some of the unique experiences and challenges facing returning Veterans. Veterans have a captive audience with the students with whom to tell about their experiences in the military and bridge the gap into reintegration into the community. Classes begin in January and continue for 10 weeks including the Nordic / biathlon Camp weekend. Some students have continued to volunteer with VAST after the class has completed.

Hobbies: Being active outdoors with my family, and traveling.