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Swim Safe Program - July 23-August 1, 2024, 7:35 PM, Tues/Weds/Thurs


Swim Safe Program - July 23-August 1, 2024, 6:45 PM, Tues/Weds/Thurs


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2023 Officers

Carol Boehnke


"I serve with FWDPC because I experienced first-hand the need for water safety training for our kids. Being a part of the healthcare community, I want to do all that I can to educate children and parents so they can stay safe in and around water.”

Julie Jackson

Vice President of Programs

"I have been on the board for about 12 years and by serving I have been given the opportunity teach drowning prevention skills to so many. Drowning is preventable and one step at a time FWDPC can prevent drownings. That is why I volunteer!"

Meg Plank

Vice President of Operations

FWDPC is an organization near and dear to my heart! I grew up swimming competitively and am thankful for the opportunity to use my skills to give back to the Fort Worth community.

Joanie Ruppel

Vice President of Marketing

"Serving the community in a volunteer capacity has always been part of my adult life.  When I discovered FWDPC as a volunteer water trainer, I realized it was a perfect fit for my talent and passion for water safety.  This is the third year I will have served with FWDPC."

Carol Hauck


"I serve with FWDPC because I believe in our mission to prevent drownings in the Fort Worth area and beyond. I am certain lives can be saved by the work that we do."

Tad Hauck


"I have an uncle I never knew because he drowned as a child. I want to help other families learn about water safety.”

Cory Stuhmer

Immediate Past President

“I have been a part of the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition for around 12 years now. Being in the aquatics industry, water safety is very important to me and the Coalition provides an opportunity for me to get involved on a personal level. It is a great organization filled with many dedicated volunteers from our community that work as a team to combat drowning through unique and innovative means. I am proud to be a member of the Coalition and will be as long as I can.”

Tara Reed, Ph.D.

Executive Director

"I love the FWDPC because the work we do in the community to provide no-to-low cost in water and dry land education to families in the Fort Worth and beyond. I serve because of the commitment FWDPC has to educating and empowering communities on how to prevent drowning. Together we can break cycles and save lives."

2023 Directors

Tim Atchison

Aquatics Chair and Lead Volunteer Trainer

"Let's go, I am excited to be a part of an organization that is helping the Ft. Worth community."

Bryant Carruth

Community Volunteer

“Growing up in Arizona, I spent every summer swimming in backyard pools without thinking much about it. I didn’t realize until much later that swimming lessons weren’t a universal rite of passage but rather a socio-economic privilege. As I learned more about the connection between swimming and social justice, I felt obligated to use my swimming skills to serve my community. I am incredibly proud of what FWDPC has and continues to accomplish. Volunteering has been one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever done in my life.”

Amanda Houdashell


“I serve on the board of FWDPC because I loved swimming when I was younger. I think the FWDPC has a great mission of trying to help FW residents with water safety and reduce the number of drownings that happen every year.”

Starrett Keele

Fort Worth Fire Department

“I serve with the FWDPC so I can help make the world a safer place”

Olivia Kersh

Student Member

Alfredo Salcedo

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

"Children’s health has been my priority and advocating now for swim lessons and exposure to water spaces allows to advocate for a holistic health approach for the youth who reside in the DFW area. FWDPC allows for community leaders like myself to align our personal commitment to youth and create meaningful work."

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