Advocating for Legislation & Adoption of Standards/Codes

Presenters: Adam Katchmarchi, Ph.D., Alan Korn, J.D., and Justin Wiley

Thursday, October 13, 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
1 Hour | 1 PHTA CEU | 0.1 IACET CEU


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The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGBA) of 2008 is the only federal water safety legislation in history. There have long been calls for addressing and advancing water safety through federal action, yet limited progress has been made. Many have turned towards advocating for state-level legislation to enhance water safety. Hear from experts about what can be accomplished through legislation, what progress has been made, and how you can help. 


Learning Objectives

  • Review how the VGBA can assist in moving water safety legislation forward.
  • Discuss what legislation is in process for water safety.
  • Identify what you can do to move legislation forward.


Presenter Bios

Adam Katchmarchi, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) and an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Sciences (KHSS) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He has dedicated his career to drowning prevention and water safety. Adam is a steering committee member for the US National Water Safety Action Plan, serves as an organizational representative to Water Safety USA and the Aquatics Coalition, represents NDPA in the planning for National Water Safety Month, and serves on numerous industry committees and councils. He holds provider, instructor, and trainer certifications from multiple safety and aquatic organizations and is a licensed teacher in the state of Pennsylvania for grades K-12 in Health and Physical Education. He received a National Swimming Pool Foundation Fellowship Award in 2014 and has been recognized twice by Aquatic International as a Power Award recipient.

Alan Korn, J.D., is the executive director of the Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation, where he assists the organization in its management, public policy, marketing, and public relations efforts. Before joining AHCF, he was the executive director and general counsel for Safe Kids USA, a member of Safe Kids Worldwide’s global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. He is a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance governing board and its General Counsel.

Alan makes presentations around the country on government’s role in child injury prevention, nonprofit management, and governance and liability issues associated with community-based safety programs. He has testified many times before Congress, federal agencies, and state legislatures on issues of injury prevention and has appeared as a child safety expert on the Today Show, Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show, Fox News, CNN, and NPR, as well as in dozens of magazines and newspapers.

Alan is an attorney and a member of the Missouri and District of Columbia Bar. Prior to his work for many non-profits in both Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, MN, he practiced law for five years in St. Louis, MO, specializing in health law, consumer protection, and litigation. Alan received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is married, has one child, and resides in Washington, DC.

Justin Wiley has been with the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) since February 2022 and serves as Vice President of Government Relations, Standards, and Codes. In his role, Justin leads advocacy efforts for the pool and hot tub industry on federal, state, and local levels. He is also responsible for the development and maintenance of PHTA’s safety and performance standards and their adoption into codes and regulations across the nation.

Prior to joining PHTA, Justin served as Vice President of Government Relations at the International Code Council, a leading source of model building codes and building safety solutions. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management from Westminster College and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Utah University. Justin resides in Washington, DC, where he and his wife Melissa are parents to a five-year-old.

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