Emily is theAquatics and Safety Coordinator for St. Louis University where she works with a Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor staff of over 30 people. She is involved with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and is dedicated to the elimination of drowning by helping to educate people about water safety. Emily was one of the founding members of the SWIM ON Foundation.
Kim is the father of Nicholas. A lifelong swimmer, he even did a stint as a Navy diver. He is now retired from the practice of law and devotes his time to SWIM ON Foundation as well as a number of other volunteer activities including as President of the Board of Affinia Health Care.
Cristy is a native St. Louisan and grew up spending weekends at her family “farm”, swimming with her brother and cousins. She attended Villa Duchesne and has a BA in Psychology from Smith College. She is a Broker/Manager with Laura McCarthy Real Estate and a member of the Board of Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Jaylan Butler is a member of the swim team at Eastern Illinois University In high school, he swam for Hazelwood East High School where he made All-Conference and All-State and was a two-time conference champion and two-time state finalist. He is committed to water safety and drowning prevention.
Stephané Rebeck McCormick has over 30 years of experience in aquatic supervision and management and has held several leadership roles in aquatics, education, and related fields. She is committed to water safety, drowning prevention, and aquatic education. In 2018, Stephe was named the National Drowning Prevention Alliance Lifesaver of the Year. She is the founder and owner of Backyard Lifeguards which provides contract lifeguard services.
Birch is the brother of Nicholas. He was five when Nicholas drowned and his brother’s death has had a lifelong impact. Birch practiced law for several years but, when the opportunity arose to buy a franchise of British Swim School, he acted. Providing kids with the chance to learn to swim and be safe in the water is his response to the death of Nicholas.
Over the years, Ayanna has held various instructor, supervisor and administrative roles in aquatic programs. She recently completed her doctoral dissertation on African American mothers and the swim competency of their children. As founder of HK Fit Club, she specializes in providing personalized aquatic fitness and swim regimens. She is passionate about raising awareness for the importance of swimming in communities across the African diaspora.
Dave owns and runs Kuhl/Swaine Advertising and has worked on brands like Coca-Cola, Budweiser, and Bass Pro Shops, to name a few. He is an avid outdoorsman and fisherman with tremendous respect for the water and believes that water is something everyone, everywhere can learn to respect and enjoy.
SWIM ON Foundation is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. EIN: 83-4306115