Staff Bios

Katrina Maximchuk - Executive Director 

Katrina joined the Paralympic Sports Association as Executive Director in August of 2020. She has dedicated her career to ensuring individuals who experience disability have opportunities to engage in sport, physical activity and leisure. Katrina has been involved with PSA in some capacity for a number years. First, as a family member of a participant, then as a Board member. She is thrilled for this journey to have come full circle and to take on a leadership role in the organization. For Katrina, being active is important for more than just physical health - it’s also about the people you meet and the friendships you make while pursuing your favorite sport or activity.  She looks forward to continuing to find unique and inclusive ways for getting more people, in more places, active more often!


Tara Chisholm - Provincial Program Director & Program Coordinator (Medicine Hat) 

Tara is the program coordinator for Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation along with the Provincial Program Director of the Paralympic Sports Association. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Adapted Physical Activity from the University of Alberta. She also is trained as an AFLCA leader in Older Adult Fitness. Tara has worked and volunteered extensively in the world of adaptive physical activity focusing in on the sports of sledge hockey, boccia, adaptive cycling, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair curling and adaptive fitness. Her most notable roles include Head Coach of the Canadian National Women’s Para Hockey Team.

Her true passion is to help to provide choice for individuals of all ability levels to be active in their own way. When not working, Tara can be found hanging out with her nieces and nephews. She also enjoys going on walks with her fiancé, Derek, and their dog, Doug.

Stephanie Machell- Program Coordinator

Stephanie joined PSA after completing her practicum in winter 2015. After a short hiatus she was hired on as the sledge hockey program coordinator in fall 2015. She really enjoys introducing sledge hockey to kids through the sledges in schools program. Her favourite sport is rhythmic gymnastics, which she also coaches. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys snowboarding, golfing and baking!


Casey Paplawski - Program Coordinator 

Casey joined PSA  after completing her practicum in 2017; after a short stint as program assistant Casey  was hired on as the Program Coordinator in August of 2018. She enjoys all of the opportunities PSA provides but especially outdoor pursuits. While her favourite sport is soccer, Casey also enjoys cycling, golfing, and recreational sports!                         

Christine Yapp - Fund Development Coordinator

Christine is the new Fund Development Coordinator of the team.  Christine has extensive experience in the community  promoting health and wellness in schools and in the fitness industry. She is driven to support PSA in various initiatives and grow long lasting partnerships that support our cause. Some of Christine’s favorite ways to stay active include tennis, volleyball, biking, hot yoga, and hiking! 


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