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Jill Steinke

Jeff Ellis Management

Area Manager Hawaii

With more than 25 years of industry experience, Jill Steinke has worked around the world; however, her roots are in the “waterpark capital of the world,” Wisconsin Dells. She started at Noah’s Ark during university and moved on from there as time went by. Steinke holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in leisure studies. After university she moved to Hawaii to work at what was then Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park (now Wet’n Wild Hawaii). After about four years in Hawaii, she moved to Dubai and spent 10 years in the UAE; while there she served in various aquatic roles including Training Manager for Wild Wadi/Jumeriah Group; Park Manager at Abu Dhabi Municipality; Senior Manager at Meraas Holding and Director of Operations for Safety Skills Training. Through these roles, she has worked with luxury resort brands as a team member and has worked with them as her clients. Her experience ranges from operations, learning and development (Wild Wadi), consulting (SST) and the development of leisure and entertainment venues (Meraas Holding). Steinke moved back to Hawaii in the fall of 2019 to work with Jeff Ellis Management at the Disney Aulani Resort and Spa as their Area Manager where she oversees the operations and is involved in corporate projects. In addition to her world travels and extensive aquatic background, Steinke has a passion for the water outside of work as well. She surfs, swims and is an established paddler in the world of dragon boating. Since she has been back in Hawaii, she has picked up paddling outrigger canoe. She has high hopes for post pandemic paddling. While the one-man canoe fills the void for now, she misses the team environment and strenuous workouts and competition of the six-man canoe.