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Joe Stefanyak

Jeff Ellis and Associates, Inc.

Director of Operations

Joe Stefanyak is a Director with Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc.  Stefanyak has been in the theme park/waterpark industry for more than 25 years. Stefanyak’s current responsibilities with E&A include working closely with more than 100 municipalities, corporate and private waterparks and water resorts throughout the U.S. and in various countries abroad, in the evaluation and implementation of standard operating procedure relating to the Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program, and serving as Director of the Ron Rhinehart International Aquatic Safety School held annually by Ellis & Associates, overseeing curriculum for the school, and contributing to ILTP™ course curriculum. He has thousands of hours of contact time with E&A clients, which includes inspections, unannounced operational aquatic safety audits, evaluation of facility Emergency Action Plans and related services. Stefanyak has led or assisted with conducting and administering countless International Lifeguard Training Program™ (ILTP™) courses and instructor courses throughout his career.  He has contributed to textbooks published by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. and is leading the development of vanGUARD, a new Aquatic Supervisor Training Program designed to increase the industries bench-strength and provide client’s with a resource for developing their staff.  He has contributed to textbooks published by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. and has provided articles for a variety of industry publications.  He is also an active participant in IAAPA, WWA, AOAP, CDPC and various state and regional committees, and is a participating member of ASTM and CMAHC and has done numerous presentations on the Model Aquatic Health Code, industry trends, aquatic safety, lifeguarding issues, leadership and a variety of other topics. Stefanyak was recognized in 2014 with the World Waterpark Association’s Kelly Ogle Memorial Safety Award. Stefanyak has been married to his wife Robyn for 22 years and is the very proud father of his 18-year-old twins Joey and Becky.