Ellis & Associates Names 15 Year Company Director, Joe Stefanyak, Vice President of Ellis Education

Ellis & Associates Names 15 Year Company Director, Joe Stefanyak, Vice President of Ellis Education

Stefanyak to lead all aspects of education and training while continuing to serve as an active leader and volunteer in the aquatics industry

April 2, 2024

Ellis & Associates (E&A), the world leader in aquatic safety since 1983, has named Joe Stefanyak Vice President of Ellis Education. Stefanyak has served E&A as a Client Director for 15 years and is very active in the aquatics industry holding volunteer positions with dozens of organizations and committees dedicated to safety. In this new role, Stefanyak will oversee all Ellis Education content and team members, manage Ellis Aquatic Innovations client relationships, and lead training for new installations of the Ellis Aquatic Vigilance System.

Since joining Kennywood Park in 1985 as a high school senior, Stefanyak has dedicated his career to safety, operations, maintenance and leadership. Stefanyak was part of the team that built and operated Sandcastle Waterpark and served as the Director of Operations at Idlewild & SoakZone, all Kennywood Entertainment properties. Since joining E&A in 2009, Stefanyak has contributed his vast knowledge of the aquatics industry to the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code, ASTM, National Drowning Prevention Alliance, US National Water Safety Action Pan Committee, Children’s Drowning Council, World Aquatic Health Conference and dozens more.

Stefanyak is a regular speaker at local, state and international conferences, frequently contributing to scholarly articles and publications. His work has resulted in recognition by the World Waterpark Association where he received both the Kelly Ogle Memorial Safety Award and the Al Turner Memorial Safety Award. In 2020, Stefanyak was named to the POWER 10 by Aquatics International Magazine.

“Joe Stefanyak’s contributions to the aquatics industry are immeasurable,” said Ellis & Associates Founder and CEO, Jeff Ellis. “E&A clients around the globe have benefited from his expertise and dedication. I’ve never seen anyone with a more powerful drive to continually improve aquatic safety. I am thrilled that Joe has accepted this new role within Ellis & Associates.”