About Diversity In Aquatics


Dedicated professionals committed to success


Senior Leadership



Miriam Lynch

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Angela Beale-Tawfeeq

Education and Research

Thaddeus Gamory

Community Outreach and Program Development


Rhonda Marable

Branding and Communications

Dr. Asherah Allen

Social Media and Web Content

Dr. Knolan Rawlings

Historically Black and Hispanic Serving Colleges and Universities


Dr. Shaun Anderson

Dr. Anderson is the co-founder, former Executive Director of Diversity In Aquatics and current Chairman of the Board for Diversity In Aquatics and International Water Safety Foundation. During his undergraduate studies at Penn State University, Anderson was a four-year member of the swim team and three-year member of the track team. He was also a member of Penn State's first Swimming & Diving Big Ten Championship Team. After attaining his B.S. in Kinesiology from Penn State University, Anderson continued his education at California State University, Long Beach where he received his MBA in finance, and completed a Doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership.


Jayson Jackson

Jason Jackson is co-founder and former Chief Technical Officer of Diversity In Aquatics.

Jason is currently the Associate Director of Online Communications at his alma mater, Penn State University. Jason attained is B.S. in Math Psychology and Computer Science at Penn State. 

Governing Board


Jim Ellis

Educator, Speaker, and Swim Coach

Lee Pitts

Producer, Broadcaster Swim Instructor

Maritza McClendon

2004 Olympic Silver Medalist


Arthur A. Lopez Esq.

Attorney, Professor, Swim Coach

Ken Roland

Adjunct Professor, Water Safety Instructor



Focused on A Clear Purpose



Every one of us on the Diversity in Aquatics team has been profoundly influenced by our experiences in the aquatic community that we can scarcely imagine our lives without this skill and this community.

There is so much history, empowerment, and excellence in this community that needs to be shared and grown. We are educators, athletes, researchers, coaches, students, and lovers of aquatics driven by our love and respect of water and the life-saving skill of swimming.

Our planet is mostly water, our bodies are mostly water, and all people unequivocally must know how to be one with it.

We hope you join us in our quest to see that all members of society are educated about water safety and engaged in healthy aquatic activities.


To increase the knowledge and awareness of water safety and drowning prevention, and aquatic physical activities in historically underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations.

To provide educational programming and collaborative relationships in traditionally underrepresented communities in order to equip historically underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations with the skills needed to be safe and participate in aquatic physical activities and environments.

To increase sustainability in water safety and drowning prevention efforts and involvement in a variety of aquatic physical activities in historically underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations.

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Miriam, Angela, Tiffany, Thaddeus, John, and Ronnie

The Diversity In Aquatics Team



Strategic, measurable goals to evaluate our impact. 


Our board and team have identified specific, measurable goals to help us prioritize and structure the work we do with partners and communities in the US and internationally.  It's our hope that we'll be able to point to specific Diversity in Aquatics initiatives and efforts to show the impact our organization has made towards these global concerns to attract partners, earn funding, and prove that our strategies and networks can achieve our vision.

At our convention in 2017, we unveiled to a room of community, enterprise, and program leaders the specific goals we hope to achieve by 2020. 

The goals we've selected speak to a practical way to make a change in the safety, engagement, and education in aquatic safety and lifestyles. With the help of people all over the world, we hope to not only meet but exceed our objectives. 

International Water Safety Day is a perfect time of year to mobilize our Impact and Community partners to see that children learn water safety and basic swim skills. 

Through our partnership with American Red Cross during our Diversity in Aquatics conventions, we hope to actively certify the next generations of instructors and educators to expand the network of professionals able to pass on swim and lifesaving skills. 

We want to expand our year-round Diversity in Aquatics youth and adult learn-to-swim programs to two dedicated locations in the US or abroad. 

To spread the word, we plan on developing a two-part diversity-based series of public announcements on water safety 



Million kids educated on water safety 


Red Cross Instructors and Trainers

Published diversity-based research papers