ABOUT



STEFANI SCHUETZ
President

Stefani is a dedicated mother of two and wife to a gifted trauma surgeon. She is an entrepreneur, triathlete, and a stage 2 melanoma survivor. While working in the medical field at age 25, Stefani was told “You have cancer” — it has become her mission to help others never have to hear those three words.

After a long recovery, while training for Ironman Florida, Stefani realized there was no sun safe UPF gear for her long rides and runs. She founded Tri Sirena — an innovative brand of UPF clothing for athletes — featuring a full line of triathlon kits, running gear, and swimwear that is both fashionable and functional.

Stef's uncompromising standards for the highest quality technical cooling fabrics is remarkable, but even more inspiring is the community she built around the brand. Tri Sirena quickly drew the attention of countless athletes (not to mention Doctors and Dermatologists) who’ve been impacted by skin cancer, and is now a platform for sharing stories and promoting sun safety.

Stefani knows that solving the problem of UPF gear alone will not stop skin cancer, or help those we love find it early: she founded the Tri Sirena Skin Cancer Association to do just that.

 

CHRISTIAN SCHUETZ
Vice President

Christian is a devoted father, husband, and co-founder of Tri Sirena. He shares Stefani’s passion for sun protection, and as a surgeon, brings a unique perspective and understanding to her multiple skin cancer diagnoses.

Christian is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, and currently works as a trauma surgeon at both Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. He completed his critical care fellowship at Tampa General Hospital, University of South Florida, where he also completed his residency and was awarded the high honor of Chief Resident. Christian holds a BS in Biology from USF and an MD from American University of the Caribbean.

In addition to his medical expertise, Christian is also a talented photographer, and volunteers his time to produce various media for the association.

 

LYNSEY CAPONE
Secretary

Lynsey is a triathlete and melanoma survivor with extensive nonprofit experience, including her current role as a Care Consultant for the Alzheimer’s Association. She celebrates life every day with her husband Ryan on countless outdoor adventures, on the water and the race course.

Lynsey’s passion for sun protection was born at the age of 21, when she was first diagnosed with melanoma. 14 years, countless biopsies, and many more melanoma excisions later, Lynsey is more passionate than ever about sharing her story and educating others on skin checks and sun safety. Her relentless focus and boldness in sharing her personal experience has inspired her community to live purposefully and prioritize preventative care.

Prior to her current role, Lynsey served as the Maui Regional Coordinator for the Aloha Chapter on the Alzheimer’s Association, facilitating education programs, community support services, and coordinating events to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research. Lynsey holds a BA in Human Services from Elon University and a MA in Gerontology from Appalachian State University, as well as various education and administrative certifications.

 

SARAH VITA
Treasurer

Sarah Vita is a professional coach and a supportive wife to her professional Polo player husband Tony. After being diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma, Sarah took up triathlon with the goal of meeting as many athletes as possible to spread her sun protection story. Her wide brimmed hats are quite the conversation starter at Ironman events.

A Columbia University Certified Coach and current student of Nutrition and Personal Training, Sarah is passionate about helping people and teams perform at their best without sacrificing their health and happiness. She has built and taught award-winning programs to thousands of professionals on topics such as coaching, leadership, storytelling, mindset and more. She holds a BA in English from Goddard College.

Sarah has held various roles in Fortune 100 companies and has received industry recognition as Learning Leader of the Year, for Best Learning Team, and Best Corporate University.