Congratulations to the New or Returning In-coming AOAP Board of Directors Team Members!

The following individuals will be joining the AOAP Board of Directors Team as of February 2022!

Courtney Clay Courtney Clay is the Aquatics Supervisor for the City of Mesa Parks and Recreation Department. She has been in the Aquatics industry for 15 years and is a current member of the AOAP board. This is her 5th AOAP Convention. I feel that my past and current work experience and my passion for aquatics will be an asset to the AOAP team. I am an innovative thinker who is not afraid to try something new or different and learn from my peers. I enjoy learning and offering my perspective and engaging others to think outside the box.

Bob Kappel is the Director of Sales- Aquatics for Prominent Fluid Controls. His background consists of 26 years’ experience in the design, manufacture, installation, operation, and service of commercial and industrial water treatment, filtration, and disinfection systems. Other activities include past member of the WQA Regional and State Regulatory Affairs committees, member of the NSF AOP, Ozone and Operational Protection Task Groups, past co-chair of the Wisconsin HFS 172 Code Revision Committee, AFO Instructor Trainer, and past Executive Board Chairperson for the PPOA.

Bob resides near Wisconsin Dells, WI with his wife and five children and spends his free time as a USSF and WIAA soccer referee and playing guitar in a rock cover band. Bob is proud to be named to the AOAP Board of Directors and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with the Aquatics Industry.

Joey LaNeve

City of Mesa, Aquatics Programmer

Joey has 10+ years of experience in the aquatics field working his way up from lifeguard to program administration. He is also an IT with the American Red Cross. He has a diverse range of experience in both collegiate and municipal recreation and loves to utilize his background in education and leadership to develop his staff as lifeguards and young adults. Outside of work you can probably find Joey somewhere in the mountains of Arizona, hiking and camping.

I wanted to join the AOAP board to give back to an organization that has helped me so much as an aquatics professional. As a board member I want to help encourage other young professionals to get involved and would love to develop the partnership AOAP has with NIRSA and the collegiate recreation world.

Sue Nelson (Current and In-coming AOAP Board Member)

Total Aquatic Programming LLC

Co-Founder & Aquatic Program Design Specialist

I learned to swim at 6 years old, the swim teacher turned out to be my mother-in-law 13 years later. This started my career in aquatics. My husband and I built our aquatic center and operated it for 35+ years along with raising 3 kids. The experience I gained from operating the pools and the programs have been my foundation for sharing information with others who have a dream of building and even owning their own aquatic center.  I believe AOAP is the one stop shop for all aquatic education and training. We are the Aquatic Advocates for facilities and the aquatic professionals who operate and manage pools. I am honored to be on the BOD’s, who are all very passionate about making sure all pools are functional and sustainable for their community.

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Juliene Hefter

Juliene is the Executive Director/CEO of AOAP. She has a background in running and operating diverse aquatic facilities and venues and is a national and international speaker on a variety of topics. She is also an expert witness/consultant.

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