Competitor Aquatics Professional of the Month is a recurring AOAP feature shedding light on an Aquatics Professional who has risen above the competition. As with any item of recognition, Competitor Aquatics Professional of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one director whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a manager who was clearly in the limelight, or one whose work fell through the cracks a bit more among other stories. If your favorite aquatics director wasn’t selected, feel free to submit their name and information below for future consideration (they must be a member of AOAP to be considered).
July 2019 Competitor Aquatic Professional of the Month
Ann Moeller, CPRP, AFO, Recreation Supervisor, Green Bay Park and Recreation, Wisconsin
Ann has been in and around the water since birth. Starting with Parent & Me swim lessons as an infant, to starting competitive swimming at the age of 5, it was natural for her first job at 15 years old to work as a locker room attendant at her neighborhood pool with the Green Bay Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department. That same summer, she became lifeguard certified and worked with that department seasonally, until she graduated from college. Due to an interesting series of events, that included moving across county and back home, and completely changing careers, Ann was hired as the Recreation Supervisor in 2006 for the same department she grew up with, Green Bay Parks & Recreation.
Ann has been with the department full-time for 13 years. Within her first year on the job, she helped design and open a brand new 13,000 square foot aquatic center. This would be the second aquatic center for the community but the first new facility since 1996. This new aquatic center replaced an aging box pool and was met with a lot of community support and excitement. This was a year of huge personal and professional growth where a lot of quick decisions had to be made and even more reflection as the summer went on. It has been extremely rewarding to continue to work for this department and to walk through that facility every day during the summer and know that it remains one of the most popular summer destinations for our community.
Throughout her time with Green Bay Parks & Recreation, Ann has been extremely active in the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association. She has served on the Aquatics Section since 2006. She has served as Region Representative, Section Chair and is currently serving as the WPRA Board Liaison for Aquatic Section. Being involved at the board of directors level has been a rewarding experience and she hopes to continue in this position in the future. Ann has also served on multiple WPRA Conference Committees, has been a part of planning aquatic seminars, technician workshops and other networking and educational opportunities for her Wisconsin colleagues.
Ann has been awarded both the Young Professional and Professional of the Year awards through WPRA. Her programs have won the Wisconsin Silver Star Awards multiple times and the Resch Aquatic Center was awarded the Outstanding Facility Design Award in 2007.
Ann has revamped the lifeguard in-service training schedule over the past few years to ensure that our guests are always receiving the best from our lifeguard team. Currently, she is working on marketing the lifeguard position to re-elevate the status of the lifeguard role. Her goal is to make the lifeguarding job a desired one again. This current summer started off with being short 20 full time lifeguards (out of 50 full time positions). After creating a marketing and incentive plan, Ann got the attention of the local media and spoke about the importance of lifeguarded facilities. We were able to offer free lifeguard training to qualified candidates and the word spread quickly. Within one week of opening, not only were the facilities full staffed, but the department had to close the job posting.
The world of aquatics is constantly changing and evolving. No two summers look alike. That is why it is such a valuable and worthwhile profession. Ann has had a passion for water safety and swimming her entire life. She is proud to call this her career.
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