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Board Of Directors

Kari Bahour
Founder & President
Volunteer Executive Director

Chair of Executive Committee 

Kari Bahour has been a drowning prevention specialist for two decades after her son experienced a nonfatal drowning at only 16 months of age.  She began to research the various swim lesson methodologies to find a program that would cater to such a young age and provide actual aquatic problem solving skills.  She was then referred to Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) by her pediatrician. Amazed at the skills her son learned, she underwent her initial instructor training in 2000 with Infant Swimming Resource (ISR).  Areas of study included child psychology, behavioral modification, anatomy and physiology.  In 2008 Kari was selected among a select few to undergo the Master Instructor Training & Development program. 

Since 2000, Kari has trained over 20 new instructors in areas across the county.  She also served as a mentor for other instructors and building coach for ISR.  She has personally taught thousands of infants and young children these essential life saving skills.  


In 2014, after four (4) young children drowned in the Tampa Bay area, she founded Water Smart Tots Foundation to put an end to the tragic drowning epidemic and to ensure ALL children have access to specialized, one-on-one, self-rescue swimming skills. 


Kari is also a member of Safe Kids Greater Tampa, Hillsborough Water Safety Team, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and sits on the Florida Department of Children Child Abuse & Death Review committee.


For more information about Kari's story, please click here. 

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Briana Jones, MSN, CPNP-PC, APRN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Briana was born and raised in Tampa, Fl. After high school, she attend the University of Florida where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Health Education and Behavior in 2010. After graduating, she earned her Associates Degree in Nursing and a few years later she obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 2017.


Briana worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital on the pediatric medical surgical unit while attending graduate school. Briana also has prior experience working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Currently, Briana has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since March 2018 in the specialty area of pediatric neurology with a special interest in neurobehavioral disorders. She also works for the University of South Florida as an adjunct faculty for the College of Nursing Graduate Program.


Briana is an active member in the community and she is an deaconess at New Bethel Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. Briana is also apart of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.  Briana has been happily married to Arnold Jones III for more than 6 years and have two young sons.


During her spare time, Briana enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, volunteering in the community and going to church. 

Briana’s ultimate goal in life is to provide families with the education and support needed to live a healthy life.

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Liz White

Community Liason for the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Manatee Counties

Timothy White, CPA, CGMA
Chair of Financial Committee

Tim is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and a Chartered Global Management Accountant with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Corporate Accounting from Florida State University, having more than twelve years of experience working in finance, including more than five years with a 'Big Four' public accounting firm and over ten years working in industry for large and publicly traded companies in the United States and abroad. Timothy is also currently a member of the AICPA and FICPA in good standing.


Tim has extensive experience working in the area of nonprofit organizations including five years serving as independent financial statement auditor to one of Florida's largest not-for-profit healthcare companies, and seven years serving on the board of directors of Paint Your Heart Out Tampa, a voluntary health and welfare organization in the Tampa Bay area. 

Tim resides in Lakewood Ranch, Florida and enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Liz, and their three young children, Charlie, Oliver, and Caroline.

Arnold Jones, III
Firefighter / Paramedic

Arnold Jones III also known as “AJ” is a Tampa native. Upon graduating from high school, AJ had over 50 scholarship offers to play collegiate football. AJ graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences. He also played football for the University of Florida under Urban Myer during the years of 2006-2010 in which he helped his team obtain two national football championships. After college, AJ played briefly for the Denver Broncos. 


AJ is an active member in the community and he has served as a firefighter for the City of Tampa Fire Rescue Department for more than 5 years. He is also an ordained deacon at New Bethel Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. AJ especially loves to give back to the youth in the community through service. He firmly believes that the youth are our future and that if we teach them strong morals and values we can positively impact them. One of AJ’s favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 22:6 which says “teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." 


Arnold Jones III has been happily married to Briana Jones for more than 6 years and they have two young sons. During his spare time, AJ enjoys spending time with his family, attending sporting events, volunteering in the community and going to church.

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Glen Woo
Mortgage Broker
Social Media Content Creator
Parent / Survivor

Glen is a mortgage broker and social media content creator.  He is originally from Los Angeles but has been living in Tampa since 2004. 
Glen married his wife, Stephanie, in March 2015.  They have 3 children together, Ethan, Eva and Elise.  Glen and Stephanie lost their son Ethan in February 2021 to a drowning accident.  After the tragic passing of Ethan, Glen and Stephanie became dedicated to bring attention to drowning prevention and water safety awareness to help prevent another family from having to endure such a devastating loss.
When he is not working, you can find Glen playing poker or watching professional sports.  One of Glen’s favorite things to do is doing art/crafts projects with Eva and he can’t wait to do the same with Elise.  

Liz is a wife and mother to 3 young children. She has a bachelor's degree in accounting and a minor in music from Florida State University.

Liz has worked as an auditor and then a tax accountant during the day and played the French horn for the Sarasota Pops Orchestra  and Venice Symphony in the evening. 

After becoming a mom, she went back to school to obtain an elementary education and middle school math teaching certification and worked at her two older sons' preschool. Liz coordinated with the Sarasota Orchestra to have them visit the preschool and teach the children all about the orchestral instruments and music that she holds near and dear to her heart. The school still enjoys ties with the orchestra today. 

With all 3 of her children now in school, Liz donates her time to serving as the Water Smart Tots Foundation Liason to Sarasota and Manatee Counties. When Liz isn't diving into volunteering, work, or her family, she can be found writing short stories and is currently working on publishing her first illustrated story. 

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