Meet Our Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Long

Jessica Long is one of America's most decorated Paralympic champions - and her life has been nothing short of amazing.

Born to a teenage mother in Siberia, burdened by congenital defects in her legs, and placed for adoption at 13 months old, Jessica was able to persevere to become one of the most decorated female athletes in U.S. history. However, it was not without setbacks.

At 18 months old, Jessica's legs were amputated below the knee due to a rare bone disorder. But, that didn't deter her adopted family. They would not let her physical differences limit her potential. So, with an unrelenting determination and an unending belief in herself, she has been able to reach the pinnacle of her sport and maintain her position amongst the best in the world for over a decade!

Now, as one of America's most decorated champions, she focuses on winning in the water and inspiring others outside of it. Join us for her inspiring story of courage and tenacity during the keynote presentation.

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Session Presenters


Cammile AdamsCammile Adams
Two-time Olympian

SafeSplash Swim School

James AmburgeyJames Amburgey
Associate Professor
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Terry ArkoTerry Arko
Product Training Content Manager

Don BakerDon Baker
President & CEO
Paddock Pools


Kirsten BarnesKirsten Barnes
Customer Success Representative

Steve BarnesSteve Barnes
Director of Science and Compliance
AquaStar Pool Products

Karllee BartonKarllee Barton
Product Safety and Government Affairs Chemist

Dennis BerkshireDennis Berkshire
Aquatic Design Group


LaNiece BlueLaNiece Blue
Environmental Investigator V
Bureau of Consumer Health, Swimming Pool Program Houston, Texas

George BotosGeorge Botos
Founder and CEO
Genemis Laboratories of America, Inc.

Terry BrannonTerry Brannon
Consultant, Ex-Officio
Brannon Corp

Lauren BroomLauren Broom
Space Coast Pool School, LLC


Dewey CaseDewey Case
Technical Director
Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code

Shanti CauseyShanti Causey
Environmental Investigator IV
Houston Health Department

Connie Sue CentrellaConnie Sue Centrella
International Education Consultant for Aquatic Facilities

Sung ChoeSung Choe
Technical Operations Manager
NSF International


Don CramerDon Cramer
Regional Operations Manager/Training Director
Collins Pool Management

James EganJames Egan
Vice President
LaMotte Company

Mordechai EliyahuMordechai Eliyahu
American Aquatics & Safety Training

Vance FiegelVance Fiegel
Co-Founder and Chief Science & Technology Officer
Creative Water Solutions, LLC


Rowdy GainesRowdy Gaines
Vice President, Partnerships & Development
Pool & Hot Tub Association

Lucy GarciaLucy Garcia
Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist
United States Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division

Robbie HazelbakerRobbie Hazelbaker
Project Director
Water Technology, Inc.

Vincent HillVincent Hill
Chief, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPHMichele Hlavsa, RN, MPH
U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Jennifer HuangJennifer Huang
Owner, Technical & Regulatory Director/Consultant
ApothaQuali Solutions LLC

Adam B. KatchmarchiAdam B. Katchmarchi, Ph.D., EMT-B
Executive Director
National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA)

Dr. Thomas KuechlerDr. Thomas Kuechler
ApothaQuali LLC


Joseph LacoJoseph Laco
Commander US Public Health Service
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jack ManillaJack Manilla
Director of Learning and Education
Pool Troopers/Portofino Pools, Inc./Portofino University

John MasonJohn Mason
Health Specialist
Deschuntes County Public Health

Troy McGintyTroy McGinty
Global Product Manager – Commercial Products


Lindsay MondickLindsay Mondick
Director of Innovative Priorities, Movement Services Team
YMCA of the USA

Kathleen MooreKathleen Moore
Compliance Officer
Texas Department of State Health Services

Jody O'GradyJody O'Grady
Director of Product Management & Customer Programs
Taylor Technologies

Randy RiessenRandy Riessen
National Sales Manager
Paddock Pools


Craig SearsCraig Sears
Sears Pool Management

Roy VoreRoy Vore
Senior Consultant
Vore & Associates

Douglass WhiteakerDouglass Whiteaker
Water Technology, Inc.

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