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LINDA MASTANDREA (athletics, 1992, 1996), Secretary

A two-time Paralympian and world record-holder, Linda Mastandrea (1992, 1996) won a Gold and a Silver medal in track at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta and represented the United States at three World Championships, the Pan American Games and the Stoke-Mandeville Wheelchair Games, winning 15 gold and five silver medals. Mastandrea graduated in the top ten in her high school class and went on to earn her BA from the University of Illinois in 1986 and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1994.  Mastandrea served as Director of Paralympics and Accessibility and as a board member at Chicago 2016 and continues to work as an attorney with a specialty in disability law and advocacy.  A published author of a book titled "Sports and the Physically Challenged: An Encyclopedia of People, Events and Organizations," Mastandrea has received numerous awards for her accomplishments and serves on many boards.  Named one of Crain’s Chicago Business Forty Under 40, she received the International Olympic Committee President’s Disabled Athlete Award, the David Award from the Italo-American National Union, and was named an Outstanding Woman Leader in Sports by the YWCA of DuPage.  Mastandrea, who serves as the Midwest Chapter secretary, is the first Paralympian to hold office in a U.S. Olympians Assoc. regional chapter.  She was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

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