If you had to describe Kristina, you could say she is a NCAA Champion Bowler, 4 x Hall of Fame Inductee, Coach, Teacher and Wife. She is also a new author and her inspiration comes directly from her daughter Catalina. But if you were to ask her what is the most important roll she plays, she would tell you without hesitation, MOM.
Kristina's entire world changed when she learned that her daughter suffered from what is called, Sensory Processing Disorder.
Sensory Processing Disorder (originally called "sensory integration dysfunction" or SPD) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. (SPD), exists when sensory signals are either not detected or don't get organized into appropriate responses. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and many other problems may impact those who do not have effective treatment.
Because of her daughter being diagnosed with SPD, Kristina has now decided to take her life in a new direction and that is to make people more aware of what SPD is and how it can affect someone. Her goal is to first take this on a state-wide level and then to branch out on an even larger scale.
In a short period of time she has received a tremendous amount of support and just recently had the opportunity to sit down with Senator Nellie Pou who told Kristina she would love to help her make this dream come true.
And now with the release of her first book called, FABULOUSLY SENSATIONAL "Where Sensation Meets Inspiration." A book of hope to parents whose children suffer from this same disability. Children with SPD are sometimes referred to as, Sensational and that is where the title comes from.
So be on the look-out for Kristina because she is set to step up and branch out. It's a Sensational thing she is doing and she has all the Inspiration from a very special little girl, her daughter, Catalina.
Below is additional information about Kristina
She started bowling at the age of 4 and bowled through-out grammar school winning countless awards for her achievements.
She graduated from Paramus Catholic High School where she was a four-year varsity letter winner at Paramus Catholic...She served as team captain during her senior year. Szalay captured a pair of county championships as a junior and senior...She was also a four-time team Most Valuable Player, earned All-County honors all four years and All-State honors three times...Named to academic honor roll her senior year.
In 2002 she became the first recruit for the FDU Women's Bowling Team.
She received a full 4-year scholarship and in addition, received her Master's Degree from FDU.
She earned NCAA All-Tournament honors, NTCA All American Honors and NCAA All-Conference First Team selection for the NEWCBC. She was named EIBC Rookie of the year, First Team All EIBC and her success in the classroom resulted in Academic All - American honors.
In 2006 Kristina became a National Champion when her team defeated Alabama A & M on ESPN in Dallas, Texas to become the 2006 NCAA Women's National Bowling Champions.
In 2009 she was inducted into the Elmwood Park, NJ Hall of Fame.
In 2010 her Team # 7 was officially retired and hangs in the FDU Arena.
In 2013 she was inducted into the Greater Paterson Area Hall of Fame
In 2016 she along with her team was inducted into the FDU Hall of Fame. "Team Induction"
In 2017 she was inducted for the second time as an individual into the FDU Hall of Fame.
Kristina is currently employed with the Mahwah School District and is also a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Village Square Realty. She has also started her own Marketing Company called, America's Simple Mom.