The Office of the Athlete Ombudsman

Kacie Wallace, Athlete Ombudsman

Kacie Wallace has served as Athlete Ombudsman since January 2015. As an attorney with an advanced degree in dispute resolution, Wallace spent the prior 10 years mediating disputes for the USOPC. She has taught negotiation, mediation and international conflict management at Duke University and North Carolina Central University Schools of Law, as well as in Hong Kong and Thailand through the Rotary Center for International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She was a swimmer at Duke University and now paddles for the YOLOboard Standup Paddle team, competing in the 2013 World Championships across the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, and recently paddled 304.6 miles from South Carolina to Virginia to raise awareness about ocean sustainability. She now resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and plans to become a sprint paddler in the not-so-open waters of Colorado.  

Contact Kacie Wallace at 719-866-2299 or



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Emily Azevedo – Assistant Athlete Ombudsman

Emily has served as an assistant athlete ombudsman since December 2018 and previously served as an intern in the office of the athlete ombudsman. She graduated from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, earning accolades in mediation, legal writing and negotiation. Emily was a track and field athlete at the University of California, Davis, and competed in bobsled from 2006 through 2014, earning a position on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team. She also competed on the U.S. National Rugby Sevens Team and served on the Athlete Advisory Council as the rugby representative. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews.    

Contact Emily at 719-866-4003 or


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Christine Jennings – Coordinator, Office of the Athlete Ombudsman

Christine joined the office of the athlete ombudsman from World Archery in Lausanne, Switzerland, in October 2018. She graduated with a master’s from the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology program at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in 2016 and received her bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Christine was a NCAA Division I swimmer at Minnesota and a five-time Big Ten Champion who transitioned into the 10-kilometer open water distance after college. She was on the U.S. National Swimming Team from 2008-2015, a two-time U.S. national champion, 2011 Pan American bronze medalist, 2010 Pan Pacific Championships gold medalist and four-time world championship team member (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013).  Outside of sports, Christine enjoys working with a non-profit ministry in Colorado Springs, Colorado.