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Team NDPA

Team NDPA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NDPA

ADAM KATCHMARCHI, PH.D.

Dr. Adam Katchmarchi (Ph.D.) is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Sciences (KHSS) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Adam is also Executive Director of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

Adam completed his Ph.D. in Coaching and Teaching Studies with a cognate specialization in Sport Management from West Virginia University. He received his M.S. in Sport Management from IUP and completed his B.S.Ed. in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Aquatics from Slippery Rock University. Adam carries a very active research agenda all surrounding his passion for aquatics. His research interests focus on aquatic education, swimming and water safety, drowning prevention education, lifeguard training, and sport facility risk management.

Adam holds provider, instructor, and trainer certifications from multiple safety and aquatic organizations and is a licensed teacher in the state of Pennsylvania for grades K-12 in Health and Physical Education. He received a National Swimming Pool Foundation Fellowship Award in 2014 and has been recognized twice by Aquatic International as a Power Award recipient, first in 2012 as a “Next Generation Leader in the Field of Aquatics” and again in 2017 as one of the “Most Influential People in the Aquatic Industry.” He has also received a letter of commendation from the National Water Safety Congress in 2011. Most recently, Katchmarchi received a Recent Alumni Award from Slippery Rock University in 2019.

Adam is a steering committee member for the U.S. National Water Safety Action Plan, serves as an organizational representative to Water Safety USA and the Aquatics Coalition, represents NDPA in the planning for National Water Safety Month, and serves on numerous industry committees and councils.

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ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST, NDPA

ALISON PETRI, ED.D.

Dr. Alison Petri (Ed.D.) was always the child at school who had her name written on the board as punishment for talking out in class.  As the years have passed her energy, enthusiasm and talkativeness have not dwindled but have been focused.  With her background in education and advocacy Alison has worked to use ‘her big voice to make the world better for its smallest people.’  With drowning being a preventable tragedy Alison is eager to use her energy and talents to make a difference.

Alison’s formal education includes a double major in education and public relations from the University of St. Thomas, and a master’s and educational doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Dayton. Alison has taught children from toddlers to middle school and worked in educational public policy for nearly 2 decades.  Alison currently is also the Program Manager for Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation in Minnesota.  Alison loves the mission of Abbey’s Hope: “Safer Pools. Safer Kids.” and is honored to work with the NDPA to further prevent childhood drownings.  In 2020 Alison received the NDPA President’s Award with the virtual conference team for their excellent pivot to present a virtual conference. In 2021 Alison received the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Distinguished Service Award for her partnership efforts to promote water safety in the Minneapolis area.

Outside of work Alison is married to John, a Marine Corps veteran, and they have three lively boys. As a family their favorite things are snorkeling, Disney, and telling cringeworthy jokes.

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Phone: 1-800-757-9270 ext 2

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