Board of Directors

Upcoming Events

Swim Safe Programs

Swim Safe Program, July 27-28, Aug 3-5, 2021 7:30 PM, Tues/Wed/Thurs

Register

Swim Safe Program, July 27-28, Aug 3-5, 2021 6:45 PM, Tues/Wed/Thurs

Register

Swim Safe Program, July 6- July 15, 2020, 7:30 PM, Tues/Wed/Thurs

Register

Swim Safe Program, July 6- July 15, 2020, 6:45 PM, Tues/Wed/Thurs

Register

Swim Safe Program, June 8-17, 2021, 7:30 PM, Tues/Wed/Thurs

Register

Swim Safe Program - May 18-27, 2021, 6:45 PM, Tues/Wed/Thurs

Register

Swim Safe Program - May 18-27, 2021, 7:30 PM, Tues/Wed/Thurs

Register

Swim Safe At Home

Swim Safe at Home Summer Session 2

Register

Swim Safe at Home Summer Session 1

Register

2021 Officers

James Fike

President

"I serve because it's heart-breaking to see families lose loved ones to an accident that is so preventable. I have the experience and expertise to help end these tragedies so I had to step up and volunteer."

Kevin McMahon

Vice President of Programs

“As a triathlete and someone who enjoys spending time on the water, being able to give others the knowledge and skills to feel more comfortable and be more confident in and around the water is why I choose to serve with the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition.”

Hakan Atay

Vice President of Public Relations

"I am a former competitive swimmer and an active USA Master Swimming Member. My professional career allowed me to work and live in different countries and be involved in water safety efforts. I have been volunteering as a swim instructor for FWDPC in the last few years and very much impressed with the Coalition's successes. Therefore I chose to serve on the FWDPC board in order to maximize my involvement and contribution to water safety in the Fort Worth area and beyond."

Carol Boehnke

Vice President of Operations

"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.”

Moshira Lutes

Treasurer

"I serve because I believe that Drownings are 100% preventable. When my youngest was around 5 years old we went to the beach on vacation. We went out into the ocean where I stood in chest high water. He swam about 3 feet away from me and I told him to swim back. I waited as he turned around and then began to go under and then resurface. He did this a few times as I called for him to swim back. He made no sound, but I saw the fear in his eyes. It took me a few seconds but then I realized that my son was drowning right in front of me. Immediately I grabbed him and brought him back to shore. We both realized that had I not been there, this might have ended up tragically differently. He is now almost 17 and an excellent swimmer but that memory still haunts me to this day. I cannot imagine losing someone I love to drowning. I serve because I want my belief to be a fact and that no one loses their life due to drowning."

Tad Hauck

Secretary

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

Corey 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.”

Chelsea Miller

Executive Director

"I love the FWDPC because through raising awareness, educating families and collaboration with local organizations, we help strengthen communities and prevent unnecessary deaths."

2021 Directors

Jacquelyn Kotar

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

“I serve on the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition Board of Directors because preventing drowning in our community is a necessity. FWDPC doesn’t just talk about prevention drowning, we provide safe access to water, we take action to educate, we reverse the statistics, and we stop the generational cycle of drowning that exists in our community. I am proud to serve this important organization.”

Pam Cannell

Board Build

“I serve on the board of the FWDPC because there is no work more important than saving a life. Every drowning is preventable.”

Jenny Davis

Writer, Editor

“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

UTA

“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.”

Julie Jackson

Team Ridglea Masters Swim Team

Starrett Keele

Fort Worth Fire Department

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

Lisa Stallings

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Sarah Shelton

Community Volunteer

“I've been passionate about volunteer work since I was a little girl. I enjoy being able to connect with our most diverse community members and use my skills as a liaison to form connections and solve problems. I worked with children at the YMCA for more than 8 years, where I discovered that I had a talent for reaching at risk kids who were being lost in the shuffle. I also spent years of my own childhood refusing swim lessons because of a bad experience I had with a poor instructor when I was little. It gives me such joy when I can relate to a kid who is afraid to swim and help them to feel confident and excited. I am glad to bring my modest Spanish skills, too, so I can share that connection with our Hispanic participants, so they can gain that same confidence and excitement! ¡Sí Se Puede!”

Aubrey Kurz

TCU

“I choose to serve on the FWDPC board because who wouldn’t want a front row seat to the direct impact this coalition makes to preventing drownings?! I love seeing the progress from participants of all ages as they move through our curriculum. This is more than drowning prevention and awareness in Fort Worth, our efforts are far-reaching and have saved lives in, and around, aquatic environments around the country.”

HomeWho we areWhat we dotestimonialsOur directors
Get involved
volunteerdonatestay in touch
Join a class
FWDPC ResourcesGet CPR CertifiedSwim safeswim safe at homeNewsDonateContact us

Contact: swimsafefw@gmail.com

Copyright 2021: Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition