February 16, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Every three years, the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) invites members of the aquatics, public health, and environmental health sectors to attend the Vote on the Code conference to participate in the update of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). During this webinar, participants will hear about the code revisions that resulted from the 2020 Vote on the Code virtual conference, and a summary of the forthcoming updates to the MAHC.
- Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH
Chief, Healthy Swimming Program @ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH, is chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program. Her areas of expertise include recreational water–associated illness, particularly when caused by Cryptosporidium. She has worked on a number of outbreak investigations of recreational water–associated illness and collaborates with U.S. and international public health authorities and the aquatics sector to develop science-based prevention and control measures. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in public health/epidemiology from Emory University. Michele was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC prior to joining the Healthy Swimming Program.
- Kristie Riester
Executive Director, Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code
Kristie Riester joined the CMAHC as Executive Director in June 2019 after spending 20 years in public service working her way up from Lifeguard to Community Services Director where she oversaw Parks, Recreation, Aquatics, Libraries and Special Events. Kristie discovered her passion for community services would lead to a career while at the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology. She has a Master of Administration Degree with an emphasis in Public Management from Northern Arizona University. Kristie has been a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) since March 2008 and is currently serving the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association as President.
- Dewey Case
Technical Director, Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code
Dewey Case serves as the Technical Director for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code. Working in the aquatics industry for over 20 years, he has served the YMCA of the USA as well as the local and state chapters of the American Red Cross by providing expertise in aquatics. Prior to his current role with CMAHC, he served on the 1st and 3rd editions of the MAHC in a volunteer role. He was recognized as a self-proclaimed “aquatics lifer” by Aquatics International in the 2018 Power Issue. Holding multiple Instructor Trainer certifications from the American Red Cross, as well as instructor credentials with the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance, he enjoys helping other aquatic facilities improve operations, and helping young aquatics professionals hone and develop their craft. In addition to his service with CMAHC, he also serves as the Association Aquatics Director for The Family YMCA of Southeast Mississippi. Dewey resides with his wife Lisa in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.