20UNDER40: Christine Greenfield

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Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation’s Aquatics Coordinator, Christine Greenfield, epitomizes the spirit of aquatics – not only with respect to Gwinnett County and its citizens, but also in all of Georgia. She is a true product of the Gwinnett County system and has become the heart of its Aquatics Section. Christine became a certified lifeguard in 1996, and over the course of her career, she has served as a lifeguard, assistant pool manager, pool manager, recreation leader, and now serves in her current role of Aquatics Coordinator.

Christine serves outside her duties with Gwinnett County as well. She is an active Instructor Trainer with the American Red Cross, and has been personally responsible for the training of countless lifeguards and water safety instructors. She is also active in the Aquatics Section of the Georgia Recreation & Parks Association (GRPA)  (of which she has been a member for over ten years), and is active each year in its annual lifeguard competition. She is in charge of the GRPA Lifeguarding Team, which includes playing an active role in the selection of team members.

Christine played a key role in the development of Gwinnett Aquatics Section’s “Guard of the Week” program, which recognizes staff members going above and beyond the call of duty. She is also responsible for the Aquatic Section’s job/recruitment fair, which Gwinnett County holds annually to ensure it provides the best lifeguards available for those who use Gwinnett’s aquatics facilities.

Aquatic sports and recreation (and participants at its Gwinnett facilities) are in good hands under Christine. Says Christine, “I truly enjoy my work and the challenges it brings to me each day. The people I work with are an amazing team, and together we make a huge impact on the quality of recreation provided to the citizens of Gwinnett County.”

Photography by Jeannine Smith, www.PortraitSnap.com

Reg L. Carver
Reg is a freelance writer and photographer from Johns Creek, Georgia. He is the author of Jazz Profiles: The Spirit of the Nineties (Billboard Books 1998), which was nominated for the Ralph J. Gleason Award for excellence in music writing. He is also the author of Walking Up Lombard:My Long Journey Home (AuthorHouse 2012), a memoir of his journey through major depression and healing. You can find him at www.reglcarver.com and www.500px.com/RegLCarver.

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