The People Behind the NJSSA
Chuck Warner is the owner of the Little Dolphins Swim Academy and ARETE Aquatic Services. He was head coach of Rutgers Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving from 1997 to 2010, three-times was named a USA National Team coach and has served as President of the 11,000 member American Swimming Coaches Association. Coach Warner served on the Executive Board for the International Swimming Hall of Fame and has authored three highly acclaimed books on swimming.
Nancy Curtis Pegues
Board Vice President
Nancy Curtis, known to most as Coach Nancy, is a lifelong swimmer and has been coaching swimming for over 30 years. Coach Nancy started as a tri-county coach in 1981 and has continued coaching in summer league, high school, and USA Swimming ever since. As an integral part of the South Jersey Swimming Community, Coach Nancy has experience on all levels of swimming, including 7 years as the MA Zone Coach and has been running inclusion swim teams for over 20 years. Nancy is the owner of Tide Water Aquatics Club, a swim team and swim lesson program emphasizing inclusion. Coach Nancy earned a bachelors degree in Physical and Health Education from West Chester University, and a Masters of Science in Nutrition from Immaculata University. She currently teaches Nutrition at Rowan College of South Jersey. Nancy also lends her expertise to the board of TideWater Adaptive Aquatics Center.
Jon has coached in the Northern NJ area for the last 25 Plus years. Jon is an ASCA Level 5 Swim Coach, is YMCA Of The USA Swim Coach Faculty and serves on the New Jersey YMCA Swim League Executive Committee. He has sat on the New Jersey Swimming Board of Directors as both Junior and Senior Coaches Represpetative and on the USA Swimming National Communications Committee. Jon has been the Head Coach of the NJ Swimming All Star Zone Team in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2008 and has been an assistant coach at Zones in 2000 and 2003. Jon also coached USA Swimming's Eastern Zone Select Camp in 2006. Jon has coached athletes to Olympic Trials and an alumni to the olympics.
Sangeetha is an entrepreneur with a vision to enhance the quality of life for every individual. Originally from Chennai, India, she brougth her entrepreneurial spirit to the US in 90's and finally settled in Hackettstown, NJ where she currently resides. Sangeeth's believes that swimming is a life skill and should be taught to every child and individual. She noticied a lack of swim schools in her immediate area and opened a British Swim School so she could teach swim lessons to her community.
Judith Leblein Josephs
Judith Leblein Josephs is President of JLJ Enterprises, a New Jersey based aquatic consulting firm serving private, public, and commercial aquatic venues. She is an award-winning speaker, author, and trainer. A member of the World Waterpark Hall of Fame and Aquatics International’s Power 25, her work has been recognized on an international level. Judith’s 40 year career in the leisure services industry has included a passionate commitment to drowning prevention and equity in aquatics.
Joe is the Founder and Owner of Njswim (New Jersey Swim Schools, Inc) which is the largest privately owned swim school in New Jersey. At 18 he was introduced to Pierre Gruneberg of France, whose innovative swim breathe training and fear-reducing techniques provided a new approach for swim instruction. By incorporating these techniques into his own style, he was able to create an innovative instruction which allows students to overcome their fear of water and attain personal liberation.
In addition to the NJSSA, Mr. Oehme is on the Board of Directors of the non-profit STOP DROWNING NOW, a global nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to save lives through water safety education. He is an active member of the United States Swim School Association, and an advocate for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Recently, he has been working with Assemblyman SEAN T. KEAN, to provide insight on Water Safety curriculum to be introduced in NJ public schools. Joe enjoys sharing his methods with others while enjoying his time in and around the water with his family.
Kristen Holcroft, along with her husband Pete, are the owners of the NL Aquatic Center in Voorhees, NJ and also run the South Jersey Aquatic Club (SJAC) Swim Team and Swim School that run out of the facility. Kristen spent the first part of her career in the entertainment industry, producing reality tv shows and coordinating logistics in film and television. However, when the opportunity presented itself to help her husband, a longtime swim coach, build a business and make a difference in the South Jersey Community, she jumped at the chance! She believes everyone should learn to swim and wants to help make that happen!
Robin started her career in swimming as an instructor, coach, and volunteer for special needs swimmers at what is now the Ocean County YMCA. In 2000, she set out to build an aquatic center and opened Brigantine Aquatic Center in 2001. Since opening, the BAC has taught more than 5000 children how to swim and has an established swim team, Special Olympics swim team, and a Master’s Team. In 2017 she started the non-profit, Green Whales INC, whose fundraising efforts, through the non profit fund the Whelan's Whales a swim and water saftey program for the undeserved youth and special needs community in Atlantic County. I am also lucky enough to work with my husband, my daughter, and my niece!!
Colin Kostyak is currently the Director of Competitive Aquatics and Head Coach at the West Essex YMCA in Livingston NJ. He started his competitive career in High School has been coaching in northern NJ for over 15 years. When not on the pool deck, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren, son AJ, and three dogs. He believes that water safety is a necessity to swimmers of all age.
Red Cross Representative
Cait Waxler has been a change agent within the non-profit sector for over a decade. For the past five years, she has been an aquatics and public safety specialist serving the Philadelphia Metro Area and New Jersey for the American Red Cross. Highlights of her tenure at the Red Cross include: serving as the liaison between Diversity in Aquatics and the American Red Cross and lead for Recognition Events for top Aquatics Providers. Prior to being at the Red Cross, Cait worked at numerous non-profits specializing in aquatics safety and training and development and implementation of programmingfor individuals with extra needs. Cait is a graduate of Penn State and while not working enjoys serving on the board of a YMCA in North Philadelphia, going to the beach, and spending time with her spoiled dog.