About Us

In 1989, representatives from: Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fire departments, and hospital personnel met and formed what is now known as the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona (DPCA).

Today, DPCA is comprised of parents, health and safety professionals, business leaders, and concerned citizens. The group exists to provide a forum for drowning prevention efforts through the promotion of education, legislative action, awareness, and enhanced product safety.

As a community-based organization, DPCA attracts members from many different areas. We are able to bring together individuals from different cities, industries, and backgrounds to work toward a common cause that significantly benefits the entire community.

The Coalition promotes the following three core principles of drowning prevention: ABC's of Water Safety 

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona strives to meet the following objectives through Advocacy, Education, Support & Outreach:

Reduce Water Related Incidents 

Expand the Drowning Surveillance System

Support and Connect Families Impacted by Drowning


Meghan Chute

Mesa Fire & Medical Department2023/2024

Jay Arthur, Vice President

Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)


Tracey Fejt, Secretary

Banner Children's at Banner Desert


Tracy Herbst, Treasurer

Arcadia Swim for Kids


Lori Stauffer, Immediate Past President

Scottsdale Fire Department2022/2023

BOARD MEMBERS 2022 & 2023 Term

Jessica Chamberlain

City of Chandler2022/2023

Jodi Layton

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation 2022/2023

Tina Gerola

Superstition Fire and Medical District2020/2021

BOARD MEMBERS 2023 & 2024 Term

Maria Hechanova

Former Television Reporter2023/2024

Alison Tummond

Scottsdale Aquatic Safety2023/2024

Traci Tenkely

City of Chandler2023/2024


Stacy Beadle

Michael Phelps Foundation

Drake Belt

University of Arizona Campus Recreation

Angela Clark

Lizard Pools2019/2020

Kevin Goodrich

Marana Parks & Recreation 

Josh Hoffman

Arizona Game and Fish

Ed Huntsman

Retired U.S. Coast Guard, BoatCapted.com2020/2021 

Kim Jackson

Arizona Game and Fish

Megan Johnson

Michael Phelps Foundation

Michele Long

Mesa Fire Medical & Health2020/2021

Christian Peck

City of Peoria

Ed Swift

Swift Office Solutions & Children's Safety Zone

Melissa Zukowski

Banner Health & Diamond Children's Hospital

Valley of the Sun  


Advisory Council Requirements

Attend at least one Board Meeting a year (either by phone or in person) AND at least one General Meeting a year. Participation on at least one committee and in email discussion, when relevant.  Staffing a DPCA booth for at least 2 special events in a year. Assistance in special projects and fundraising, as needed. 
The Board usually meets the second Thursday of each month from 11 am- 1 pm.  Our General Meetings are scheduled after the Board meetings every 2-3 months. All Board and Advisory Council members must have a current membership to the DPCA.  


The DPCA relies on subject matter experts to provide critical information and guide decisions. These individuals make an impact with their knowledge and information provided to the coalition. 

Cody Thomson

Canal Safety Advocate

Druann Letter

Water Safety Is for You Curriculum Developer & Mom of Weston

Dr. Tim Flood

AZDHS Medical Director

Ed Huntsman

Boating Related Casualties

Shannon Liebrock

The Ryan Thomas Foundation

Shelly Jamison

Phoenix Fire Department


Founding Member & Founding President, Dad of Rex

Founding Member & Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)