Sandra Serafini became certified as a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) referee in 1998 and as a National Intercollegiate referee in 1999 and was the first from North Carolina to serve on the FIFA Panel of Women Referees from 2006 – 2009. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, she became certified in Washington State and moved to North Carolina in 2000, where she advanced through the referee ranks and represented North Carolina within the region and nationally at various tournaments and events. In 2004, Sandra received the NCYSA/NCSRA Adult Referee of the Year Award for outstanding and significant service in officiating youth soccer matches. She has also been recognized with TISOA’S William Utter Service Award and NISOA’s Regional Referee of the Year Award. She officiated multiple college conference finals, NCAA Final Fours, men’s and women’s domestic professional leagues, and international events in North America, Europe, and Asia. She currently serves with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation and as co-manager of the Development Group. She served as a Triangle Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (TISOA) board member and Director of Education for several years.