In a move marking the evolution of Starfish Aquatics,
founder Jill White is stepping down as the
organization?s president/CEO and becoming director
of Human Kinetics? new Aquatic Division.
Replacing White as CEO is Leslie Donavan, a former
consultant, business owner and attorney. White will retain
ownership of the 6-year-old company, based in Savannah,
The decision came after Human Kinetics created its
Aquatics Education Center a year after it partnered with
Starfish. Human Kinetics, a producer and publisher of
training materials, is currently responsible for printing
training materials for Starfish.
As part of the partnership, the Starfish curriculum was
expanded to include online courses and resources associated
with its various training programs. Though such courses are
purchased from Human Kinetics, Starfish remains the
certifying agency, White said.
Under her direction, Human Kinetics? Aquatic
Division will develop a ?blended? StarGuard
course, which includes an online portion followed by
in-water training at a Starfish training center.
Human Kinetics recently partnered with the Aquatic
Exercise Association to produce an online training course
for certification. It also joined forces with the National
Swimming Pool Foundation to produce a quarterly peer-review
Human Kinetics produces books, online courses, videos,
software, journals and audiocassettes geared toward
physical activity. It is headquartered in Champaign,