We are proud that Dr. Dave Ziegler, the co-founder of Jasper Mountain, and Ms. Marissa Fortier, the Managing Director of the Michael Phelps Foundation, have both agreed to provide unique support and advice to our growing Program.
Our incredible group of Directors have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they bring to our Program.
We know the Eugene community is full of wonderful people who want to help others. We look forward to meeting those interested in donating their time through lifeguarding, peer mentoring, and other opportunities.
Alix Jordan swam for Jerry Adams at the Schenectady Swim Club (SSC), where she learned mental well-being and character are just as important as physical fitness. She swam year-round from age six through the end of her collegiate career, setting numerous records for SSC, several of which still stand. At Niskayuna High School, she was voted co-captain of her swim team senior year, went to states, and set the school record as the backstroker in the 200 medley relay. Alix attended Swarthmore College, where she was named a Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Star 2006-2008 and was on the Conference Academic Honor Roll 2006-2008. She was voted co-captain of the Swarthmore swim team twice and broke the school’s records in the 400 medley relay, 100 backstroke, 50 backstroke, as well as the pool record in the 50 backstroke. Alix graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education. After college, Alix continued to pursue her interest in helping youth by providing one-on-one assistance to children with special needs in numerous classrooms throughout the country. She honed her skills as a Behavior Therapist and Program Manager before completing her graduate studies at West Virginia University, where she was selected to be a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Alix received her M.A. in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education and earned an additional Certificate. Currently, Alix teaches a composite K/1 class called Green Pea Pod Academy in Eugene. She approaches all educational moments with the knowledge that children who feel supported, loved, and confident will thrive in life.
Scott Kerr is a native Oregonian who has a long history of successful swimming and coaching. He graduated from South Salem High School, where he held numerous school swimming records, and was inducted into the school Hall of Fame in 2011. After graduating from high school, Scott competed for the Florida State Seminoles, and in 1987 he received his B.S. in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. Scott’s coaching history includes 4 years at the Pinecrest School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 24 years coaching Sheldon high school swimming, 15 years as Head Coach with the Eugene City Swim Club (ECSC), and 9 years as Head Coach with Team Eugene Aquatics after ECSC and the Eugene Y swim team merged in 2009. Scott is an ASCA Level 5 coach and has been part of the USA National Team coaching staff. Throughout his long career, Scott has qualified athletes for the Olympic Festival, World Championships (short course and long course), Goodwill Games, and Olympic Trials. He has coached 13 Senior National Qualifiers and over 60 Junior National Qualifiers. Scott has been married for 20 years to his wife, Toni. They have 2 sons, a dog, a cat, a bearded dragon, fish if the herons don’t feast, a rabbit, and 3 chickens. Scott and Toni are not currently looking to rescue more pets.
Tia Nordstrand’s passion for swimming started at a young age. She grew up in Sisters, Oregon where she began swimming for the Bend Swim Club at the age of seven. She continued swimming competitively through high school and for two years on the club team at the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a degree in Family and Human Services and a minor in Non-Profit Administration and Management. Tia retired her cap and goggles in 2013 when she took to the deck instead of the pool and began coaching swimming for a local Eugene high school, as well as a club team a year later. She has been coaching ever since, is ASCA certified, and has enjoyed coaching all levels of swimmers including youth and adults. Not only is Tia passionate about swimming, but she also has a love for serving others. This led to her earning her degree in human services and working in residential as well as school settings with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. When Tia is not on the pool deck you can find her drinking coffee and playing board games, at an Oregon sporting event with her husband, or volunteering with Kindred Matters, a nonprofit dedicated to reuniting siblings who live separately in the foster care system.