St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 23, 2017) – During its 66th annual meeting, held in St. Petersburg, Fla., the National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) elected Keith Christopher, National Council Services Department Manager and National Director, Sea Scouts BSA, as president of the nonprofit organization for the 2017-18 term. He succeeds Lt. Mark Brown, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Marine Enforcement Section.
Christopher has served the Boy Scouts of America professionally in various capacities for more than 40 years. Christopher is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
Among his duties, he oversees and coordinates support for: Council Services Department; Outdoor Programs/Properties Team; National Director, Sea Scout program for young adults; Aquatics and Boating Representative for Boy Scouts of America; Facilities and Administration Operations and Support Services Team; Local Council Governance; and National High Adventure Base Assessment coordination.
In addition to being NWSC president, Christopher is president of the National Boating Federation; co-chair, Youth in Boating Committee, Recreational Boating Leadership Council; and Advisory Council of the United States Power Squadrons.
Prior to being elected president, Christopher served as vice president and member-at-large of the National Water Safety Congress.
Other officers of the association serving with Christopher include:
· Vice President – Alan Bland, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
· Treasurer – Zac Campbell, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
· Secretary – Anna Stewart, Drowning Prevention Coalition Of Palm Beach County
· Past President – Mark Brown, Oklahoma Highway Patrol
· Member-at-Large – Kelli Toth, Alaska Office of Boating Safety
· Member-at-Large – Bob Ogoreuc, Slippery Rock University
The National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting recreational water and boating safety. Organized in 1951 the NWSC was one of the first water safety organizations, and today is noted for its International Boating and Water Safety Summit and Cold Water Boot Camp USA. To learn more about how NWSC works to increase water safety, visit http://www.watersafetycongress.org.