Emily is originally from Pennsylvania where her first job in aquatics began as a Lifeguard at a local YMCA in high school. She soon started teaching swimming lessons there as well before attending Slippery Rock University (SRU). Emily continued to be a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor during her time at SRU. She also continued to learn more about aquatics and earned multiple certifications including American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) and Lifeguard Instructor (LGI), FEMA Incident Command 100, 200, and 700 level certifications. While at SRU, Emily began coaching a local swim team - Slippery Rock Swim Team (SRST) from 2013-2016 earning her Level 2 USA Swimming Coaches certification. In 2016 Emily earned a Bachelor of Science in Education for Early Childhood and Special Education with a minor in Aquatics.
Emily then went on to earn her Master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Sports Management in 2017. Wanting to remain in the higher education realm while still serving in the aquatics field, she accepted the position of Aquatics and Safety Coordinator for Saint Louis University in the Campus Recreation and Wellness department. She currently oversees a Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor staff of about 35 people. She also works with all student workers in the building to keep up with staff training and ensure staff certifications remain current.
Emily is dedicated to eliminating drownings by helping to educate people on water safety. Currently, Emily is the Vice President of the SWIM ON Foundation to help spread awareness. She remains involved with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) which is helping to share the same message.