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Joseph Stefanyak
Biography: 
Joe Stefanyak is Senior Director with Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. Joe has been involved in the Theme Park/Waterpark industry for over 30 years. Joe’s current responsibilities with E&A include working closely with over 620 municipalities, corporate and private waterparks, and water resorts throughout the US 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 International Lifeguard Training Program™ (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. Joe has led or assisted with conducting and administering countless ILTP courses and instructor courses throughout his career. He has lead the development of vanGUARD, an Aquatic Supervisor Training Program designed to increase the industries bench-strength and provide Client’s with a resource for developing their staff. Joe also helps oversee Ellis Education Services and the development, implementation and oversight of E&A’s learning initiatives and IACET accreditation. He has contributed to textbooks published by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. and has provided articles for a variety of industry publications and conducted many webinars on a wide range of topics. He is also an active participant in IAAPA, WWA, AOAP, CDPC, NDPA, PAPA and various state and regional committees, and is a participating member of ASTM. Joe was a part of the original MAHC Operator Training Technical Committee, and is currently a member of both the CMAHC Technical Review Committee and the CMAHC Annex Review Committee. He has done numerous presentation on the Model Aquatic Health Code, Industry Trends, Aquatic Safety, Lifeguarding Issues, Leadership, and a variety of other topics. Joe was recognized as the 2014 World Waterpark Association’s – Kelly Ogle Memorial Safety Award Recipient; “Awarded to an individual or organization for significant contributions to guest and employee safety in the water attractions industry.” Joe has been married to his wife Robyn for 24 years and is the very proud father of his 20-year-old twins Joey and Becky.