USATF-NE Members Elected, Honored at USATF National Meeting

USA Track & Field-New England (USATF-NE) members won elections and received honors at the 2018 USATF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, which ended on December 2.
Most notably, New England association President, Chris Pasko (Wellesley Wings / Wellesley MA) was elected to the 15 member USATF Board of Directors for a four year term.   Pasko will represent the General Programs Division which includes the Associations Committee (programs and governance review for the 57 regional constituencies) and Masters Track & Field (programs for athletes age 30+).  He also currently serves on the Wellesley College Board of Directors.
USATF-NE Managing Director Steve Vaitones (Waltham MA) earned a two year term as Vice Chair of the Associations Committee, following a three month appointment as interim vice chair.
Justin Kuo (Brookline MA) received the "Andy Bakjian Award", the highest honor presented to a competition official. The award is given for "Outstanding Officiating and Taking Officiating to a Higher Level" during their career.  Kuo works at meets from youth development through World Championships level, and is on two national administrative executive boards.
Michael Scott (Newport RI) was presented one of seven "President's Awards" for his continuted work for the organization. An advisor in the University of Rhode Island Athletic Department, Scott currently serves as the USATF Division Chairman for the sport of Long Distance Running. 
Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI) earned recognition with the Officials Committee Chairman's Award for her several years of work on the International Athletics Federation Technical Development Committee. 
Katherine Adams (Salem NH) received the "Ron Buss Sevice Award" for her contributions 
to coaching education programs. 
The James Joyce Ramble 10K Road Race in Dedham MA and event director Martin Hanley were recognized with the Otto Essig Award, given to an event or individual contributing to the growth and development of masters (age 40+) road running. The Ramble has served as the USATF Masters 10K Championship for five years and received an extension of that title through 2022.
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Specific information on USATF, USATF-NE, or the award winners can be obtained through the USATF-NE office at 617-566-7600 or