Adolph Kiefer, founder and owner of Adolph Kiefer and Associates, Zion, Ill., won a gold medal in the backstroke at the 1936 Olympics. Since then, he has dedicated his life to improving swim programs, aquatic safety and pool equipment.
Mark Moore, operations director of Blue Bayou Waterpark in Baton Rouge, La., is an associate of Ellis & Associates. Moore began his career as a lifeguard; has taught swim lessons and lifeguarding classes; and has written several papers and articles on lifeguarding, aquatic exercise, scuba and swim lesson programs. He also owns and operates the AquaWeb.
Alison Osinski, Ph.D., principal of Aquatic Consulting Services, San Diego, specializes in aquatic risk management and aquatic facility design, management and operation. Osinski has been published more than 100 times and serves as advisory board member for the National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Professional Pool Operators of America.
John Spannuth, CEO of the United States Water Fitness Association in Boynton Beach, Fla., has spent more than 44 years in aquatics. Among his many and varied accomplishments, Spannuth was national aquatics administrator for the Amateur Athletic Union and international director for the Special Olympics. He also founded the World Swimming Coaches Clinic and helped establish the Masters Swimming program.
Wolf Vierich, founder and chairman of the Vitala Group of London (specialists in consulting, development and management services for the leisure industry) is chairman of the World Waterpark Association’s International Advisory Board. He is also a member of the International Council of the Urban Land Institute and a life member of the World Leisure and Recreation Association.
Tom Werts, president of Aquatic Safety Consulting in Ocoee, Fla., has more than 35 years’ experience in all phases of aquatic education, development and safety. He served three years as national director of water safety for the American Red Cross.