Leadership

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For questions pertaining to Adult Skating, please contact Gail Sombati, email.
Statement of Purpose: To assist and guide the adult skating community in developing and realizing its full growth potential in conjunction with U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union

Adult Skating Committee Chairs
Chair

Gail Sombati, email

Gail Sombati started skated recreationally when she was 7. She competed on the local precision team and for the next 11 years participated in group lessons and in the annual ice show. After being away from skating for several years, she re-entered the sport upon learning of the Adult Skating Program at U.S. Figure Skating. She passed all the adult free skate tests by the time she was 27 and competed at the adult gold level for many years. In addition, she has passed the intermediate moves in the field, pre-juvenile freeskate and preliminary dance tests and continues to learn new skills including novice moves in the field and attending seminars and workshops related to coaching. She is a PSA-rated coach, specializing in the areas of choreography and moves in the field. She also teaches group lessons, coaches a local high school figure skating team and is a the special needs skating coordinator at a local area rink.

Sombati has been on the Adult Skating Committee since 2002, having served most of that time as the Midwestern vice chair. She has chaired three Midwestern Adult Sectional Figure Skating Championships and was a volunteer at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles and was lead ice monitor for 2013 Skate America in Detroit, Michigan.

Sombati is the founder of Adults for Autism, a non-profit organization that helps raise money to provide activities for individuals with autism and other special needs through skating events and other fundraisers. She has participated in "Skate for Hope" both as a skater and as a volunteer for the last seven years. She also is Senior Representative for MICHE, a direct sales company specializing in interchangeable handbags.

Sombati lives in the Detroit area with her husband of 23 years, Doug, and her 13-year-old son, Sam.

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Vice Chairs

Lori Fussell, Midwestern Sectional Vice Chair, email

Lori Fussell began skating while in graduate school and has since competed nine times at the US Adult Championships, three times at National Showcase, and 1 time at the ISU Adult Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany in Singles, Solo Dance, Light Entertainment, and Dramatic. She has passed her Novice MIF, Adult Gold FS and Bronze Dances. Fussell has served as a member of the Adult Skating Committee for five years, and this is her second year as Vice-Chair. She has been active in her club as Secretary, Competition Vice-Chair (twice Vice-Chairing the Northwest Pacific Regional Championships and once Vice-Chairing the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships), Show Director, Membership Chair, Webmaster, Trial Judge Chair, and "doing whatever else needed to be done". She is a Gold Singles/Pairs Test Judge and a Bronze Dance Test Judge. Fussell is a retired engineer with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Environmental Engineering. When not on the ice, she can be found in the air, flying a Citation Mustang (twin engine jet) and a Socata Trinidad (single engine piston) as a volunteer pilot for various charitable organizations.

Kianoosh Samii, Pacific Coast Sectional Vice Chair, email

Kianoosh Samii has been skating for 23 years, and has competed in adult ice dancing in 26 silver, pre-gold, gold, centennial and championship dance events in 15 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. He has served his club as dance test chair, board member and president, as a member of the 1998 U.S. Adult Championships local organizing committee and as a Governing Council delegate since 2002. Kianoosh has also been a part of the Adult Skating, Dance and Ethics committees. Professionally, he is an economist and an environmentalist with more than 20 years of marketing and management experience in the high tech and sustainable living industries. For the past six years he has worked as a renewable energy consultant for large industrial sites. This is his third year as vice chair.

Jason Spicer, Eastern Vice Chair, email

Jason Spicer has served as the Eastern SVC of the Adult Committee for the last four years, and previously served as an Athlete Member. A Double Gold Test Medalist (Senior MIF, Senior Free), Jason has competed as an adult in freestyle, pairs, dance, figures, and artistic events, and is strongly committed to the Adult Program's mission of promoting skating as a sport for life, for both adults who become skaters, and skaters who become adults. In addition to competing in 9 US Adult Championships, 8 Adult Sectionals, and the ISU Adult Competition, he is a four-time club delegate to Governing Council, has served on the Board of his club, Rye FSC, in multiple roles (Secy, Membership), serves on the Competitions Committee, and is a Gold S&P Test judge. Originally from Buffalo, NY, he is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Jason recently moved from New York after a 15 year career in the global commercial real estate industry, and now lives in Cambridge, MA, where he is at MIT completing a graduate degree, teaching, and conducting research.