Professional Management

An Experienced Team of Professional Managers

SwimSafe’s success can be attributed directly to the commitment and dedication of its staff of experienced pool management professionals.

Its staff features


Cary Belyea


Education: University of Cincinnati, BS in Management, Men’s Varsity Swim Team

Experience: Cary has over 30 years of experience in aquatics and management including as a lifeguard, pool manager, swimming coach, instructor and President/General Manager of a national pool management company.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
  • Certified Pool Operator Instructor (CPOI)
  • Aquatic Facility Technician (AFT)
  • Speaker at CAI swimming pool education program
  • American Red Cross safety committee
  • Center for Creative Leadership Graduate
  • Special Olympics Swimming coach
  • Member Professional Pool Operators of America
  • Member Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member Queen City Water Polo

Personal: Cary lives in West Chester with his wife Patricia and three children, Paul, Daniel and Maggie. He is an active runner, enjoys backpacking, reading and volunteer coaching for the Special Olympics.


Mike Clifford

General Manager of the Pool Maintenance Division

Education: University of Cincinnati – Associate of Science in Administrative Management

Experience: Mike joined SwimSafe in 2008 working in the field performing both seasonal and year round maintenance operations. As General Manager, Mike directs the day-to-day operations of our non-lifeguarded pools and year-round health clubs with responsibility for customer relations, quality assurance, staffing, supplier contracting and on-site chemical/supply logistics.

Prior to joining SwimSafe, Mike spent over 30 years with Cincinnati Bell, Convergys and Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions. Mike held several key positions including Manager of Purchasing and Contracting, and Manager of Fleet Management. He retired from Cincinnati Bell as the Managing Director-IT Enterprise Services where he was instrumental in building Cincinnati Bell’s internal corporate network.

Personal: Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mike moved to the Landen area and has been there with his wife, Laurie, and three children, Mike Jr., Stephanie, and Christine, since 1987. During the quarter century that has passed, he and Laurie have raised three very successful kids and are blessed with five grandchildren and their precious puppy, Charly.  Life has come full circle for Mike, now he’s enjoying his “second” career at Swimsafe with a smile!


Shane Wiggins

Director of Management Operations

Responsibilities: Shane oversees our team of regional managers and supervisors that operate all lifeguarded SwimSafe facilities.

Education: Covington Catholic High School, University of Kentucky, Certified Pool Operator (CPO)

Experience: Shane has managed Swimsafe facilities for over a decade.   His previous experience includes managing Summit Hills Country Club for three years, supervising Northern Kentucky for four years, and directing the Eastern and Southern Division for two years.

Personal: Shane’s interests include reading, bouldering, racquetball, backpacking, travel, motorcycles, progressive rock and his dog, Eugene.  Shane swam competitively with the Beechwood Barracudas, Northern Kentucky Clippers, and Covington Catholic Aqua Colonels.


Dan Guerin

General Manager, Construction & Repair

Experience: Dan has worked in all aspects of construction since he was 14 years old. He joined the Army at the age of 23 and served his country for four years including being deployed in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-06. Dan was awarded the Purple Heart in February of 2006.

Personal: Dan and his wife, Heather, have three children, Hannah, Jeremiah, and Eli. His hobbies include recreational target shooting, spending time with his kids four-wheeling and anything outdoors.


Feliz Hall

Human Resources Director

Education: Westminster College, BS in Business Administration

Experience: Feliz has 20 years of experience in aquatics in various roles including personnel management and training, program development, pump-room operations, lifeguard training and supervision, instructor training, swim-team management, high-school and masters coaching and instructing.  She began swimming at the age of ten and continued her career into college. Following college, she was a member of USMS and continues to coach high-school swimmers.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor (LGI)
  • StarGuard Instructor, 2 star (SGI)
  • Swim America Site Supervisor
  • ASCA Level 1 and Level 2 Certified Coach

Personal: Feliz resides in Cincinnati with her family.


John (J.P.) Hader

General Manager- SwimSafe Dayton Division

Education: Roger Bacon High School, Northern Kentucky University

Experience: J.P. started at SwimSafe in 2010. His prior experience includes lifeguarding at Clinton Hills Swim Club, and as Assistant Manager at Clinton Hills Swim Club and Clifton Meadows Swim Club. He is  CPO certified as well as an NSPF Instructor.  He was recently promoted from a Regional Director to the General Manager-SwimSafe’s Dayton Division.

Personal: J.P. has been married to his wife, Allison, for seven years and they have three children, Miles five-years old, Griffin three-years old, and Quinn, their newborn that take up the majority of his time outside of work. He is an avid Cincinnati sports fan, attending Bengals and Bearcats games in his spare time.


Heather Shooner

Aquatic Safety Director

Education: Xavier University, BSW

Experience: Heather joined SwimSafe in 2014 and brings with her over twenty years of experience in aquatics. Her primary responsibility is overseeing the lifeguard training programs for all employees

Professional Affiliations:

  • StarGuard Instructor Trainer (SGI-T)
  • ARC Lifeguard Instructor (LGI)
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
  • ASCA Certified Coach
  • Swim America Site Supervisor
  • YMCA Lifeguard Instructor

Personal: In her spare time, Heather enjoys cooking, road trips, music, entertaining, and reading.  She resides in Liberty Township with her husband Joe, and two children, Levi and Audrey.


Jessica Heron

Human Resources Recruiter

Education: Eastern Kentucky University, B.S.

Experience: Shortly after graduating from college, Jessica joined SwimSafe and has worked in many different roles in the company including Pool Manager, Office Assistant, Payroll Specialist, and Human Resources Recruiter. Her primary responsibility is hiring and on-boarding of all new employees.

Professional Affiliations:

  • StarGuard Instructor, 2 Star (SGI)
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO)

Personal: In her spare time, Jessica enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.