USA Swimming adds two staff members
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming added two new staff members, including an athlete protection coordinator and Make a Splash program coordinator, it was announced today.
Liz Hoendervoogt Named Athlete Protection Coordinator
Liz Hoendervoogt joins the organization as athlete protection coordinator, where she will provide administrative and program support for USA Swimming’s industry-leading athlete protection program. Hoendervoogt joins the NGB from the El Paso County Department of Human Services where she served as a caseworker in the Child Welfare Division’s sexual abuse unit. Hoendervoogt also brings experience with Safe Passage, a child advocacy center in Colorado Springs and Harrison School District 2, also in Colorado Springs. Hoendervoogt will work alongside USA Swimming Athlete Protection Officer Susan Woessner to oversee and best execute the organization’s athlete protection programming. USA Swimming has a comprehensive athlete protection program which includes state-of-the-art background checking, mandatory pre-employment screening, a public listing of banned individuals and free athlete protection education for all non-athlete members (30,000) among other measures.
Harriett Navarre Named Make a Splash Program Coordinator
Harriett Navarre joins USA Swimming to support the incredibly successful Make a Splash initiative. The national, child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation has reached over a million children in four years. Navarre comes to USA Swimming from the YMCA of Greater Kansas City where she worked in aquatics and programming for the past five years. Navarre will focus on recruiting MAS Local partners and administering the grant program. The Make a Splash initiative currently boasts over 400 local partner organizations in 46 states. Through the Make a Splash grant program, the USA Swimming Foundation has granted over $1.8 million dollars to local partners to provide free or low cost swimming lessons.
In other staffing moves, Mary Illich will re-join USA Swimming’s member services division as Program Manager in January. Illich worked at USA Swimming for 12 years before temporarily relocating last year. Also, Mariejo Truex, who was serving as a Sport Development Consultant in the Club Development Division, has accepted the role of Program Operations Manager.