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Shaun Anderson

Shaun is the co-founder of International Water Safety day as well as a  faculty member in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science at Norfolk State University.

Shaun has also been a diversity consultant for USA Swimming since 2009. In that role, he has responsibility for developing programs for under-served communities throughout the country. He has become a global spokesperson on the issue of diversity in swimming and aquatic safety.

Anderson was a three-year member of Penn State’s varsity track team and a four-year member of its varsity swim team, which won the Big Ten Championship in 1999. In addition to his Penn State degree, he holds an M.B.A. from California State University – Long Beach and is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

Nate Tschohl

A lifelong swimmer and advocate for water safety, Nathan Tschohl has been around water his entire life.  The son of a retired United States Coast Guard Captain, he grew up with a keen sense of the importance of water safety while living near the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico.  His passion for swimming and drowning prevention led him to volunteering for the Virginia Special Olympics, the Josh Project, and ultimately toward raising water safety awareness via International Water Safety Day (IWSD).

Tschohl has reached thousands in his quest to teach water safety education.  Tschohl has led learn-to-swim projects in his local community and beyond.  Most recently he helped run a learn to swim program on the remote Maldivian island of Eydafushi which was captured and documented in Jon Bowermaster’s documentary, “Sink or Swim: Learning the Crawl in the Maldives”.

A graduate of Old Dominion University where he was a two time Captain and MVP for their Division I varsity swim team.  He went on to become Old Dominion’s Assistant Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach as well as the Senior Head Coach for Tidewater Aquatic Club for several years.  Tschohl is currently the CEO of swimnerd.  He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife Carly and their two beloved mutts, Tim & Fran.

Miriam Lynch

Miriam Lynch works with numerous programs involving education and drowning prevention, advocating for equitable opportunities for underrepresented populations.

She teaches full time the Accounting and Economics and Personal Finance courses at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Virginia where she is the curriculum team lead in the Economics and Personal Finance.  Due the successes of her students and collaborative team of educators, her team has been awarded by the organization Working in Support of Education a Gold Start Certificate which celebrates the achievement of having more than 90% of students at Lake Braddock pass the National W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test.

In addition to her work in the field of education, Miriam works in collaboration with various aquatic organizations to retain and create opportunities for swimmers, volunteers, and coaches. She is Senior Coach for Nations Capital Swim Club under National Team Coach Pete Morgan and is the Director of Operations for Diversity in Aquatics. She has been a board member for USA Swimming National Diversity Committee, the Eastern Zone and Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS).

Miriam is a graduate of Howard University where she swam all four years and broke 8 team records. She earned her degree in International Business concentrating in Information Systems and minor in German from Howard. She has a Masters from George Mason University and is currently working on her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy through Howard University.

Jayson Jackson