E&A adds new education and operations manager

Ellis & Associates (E&A) has added Darlene Reese-Sittig to its fulltime staff. While Reese-Sittig is no stranger to E&A, the newly created role of education and operations manager will leverage her extensive background, both inside and outside the industry, to further the organisation’s mission of zero drownings.

In 1997, Reese-Sittig became aquatics manager at Six Flags America. Her career expanded when Premier Parks acquired Six Flags, Inc in 1999, and re-branded the park in Largo, Maryland. Reese-Sittig saw Six Flags America through a successful re-brand, and then went on to lead the operations team at Six Flags New England through a similar transformation.

Under Reese-Sittig’s leadership, Six Flags New England developed system-wide best practices and standards that led to her acknowledgement as Director of the Year in 2005. Her team was recognised four consecutive years as the best operations team in the Six Flags system and earned best water park operations in 2007. Reese-Sittig’s career with Six Flags lasted 23 years as she advised the company’s water parks standards committee and piloted corporate Six Flags brand extension initiatives supervising construction, design, project management, contracts and budgeting.

In 2011, Reese-Sittig began working part-time for E&A helping to design and develop educational programming and lead the company’s IACET accreditation. She has led E&A through multiple IACET reviews, authored E&A’s vanGUARD: Aquatic Leadership Program and provided content for numerous aquatic safety courses. Reese-Sittig has also served the industry playing a key role in launching AIMS International’s digital learning platform, AIMS connectED.

E&A COO, Richard ‘RAC’ Carroll, said: “Darlene is an incredible addition to the E&A team.”

“Her support of our programs over the past decade has been invaluable. We are thrilled that she has joined our outstanding team on a full-time basis as we expand our products and services to be an even greater resource for our clients and the aquatics industry as a whole. E&A’s innovations in aquatic safety are something we are quite proud of, and Darlene has been part of that DNA for more than twenty years. Everything that we do, as a company, is for one purpose – to make an incredibly safe industry even safer.”

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