Meet Our Team

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Harriet Adams

PTA, BA, Owner

Harriet is the owner of Aquatic Consultants of Georgia, Inc. She attended Saint Mary's College in Raleigh, N.C. and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, she completed the physical therapist assistant program at Gwinnett Technical Institute and studied aquatic physical therapy techniques in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.

 

Harriet co-authored Aquatic Exercise Toolbox, which is published by Human Kinetics. She is an active member of the Aquatic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and served on their board for seven years. The Physical Therapy Association of Georgia awarded Harriet the "Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant" award in 2004. She also served on the Board of the Junior League of Atlanta and was the recipient of the 2003 Fidelity award from the American Red Cross.

 

Harriet was also honored with the 2005 "Women to Watch" where she was honored by her Junior League peers. Currently, Harriet serves on the Board of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, Georgia. She is also the owner of Aquatic Integrated Therapy, LLC, an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Harriet is married with two kids and lives in Buckhead.

Toni Stalking

Assistant Aquatic Manager

Toni grew up in Stone Mountain, Ga., where her love for swimming began.  She learned how to swim at a very young age, and then joined her first competitive swim team at the age of 10.  During high school, Toni received her lifeguard, CPR, and First-Aid certification; and became one of the head coaches for Dekalb County Parks and Recreation Swim League, working as a senior lifeguard while teaching swim lessons to the youth of the community.

 

In 2007, Toni graduated from high school and went on to pursue her degree in education at Georgia Southwestern State University.  Toni worked as the senior lifeguard and head swim instructor during college.  There she gained her experience with teaching and coaching young and old adults how to swim. Toni received her degree in Middle Grades Education with the concentrations of Social Studies and English Language Arts. She connects her passion for teaching in everything she does. “Education goes far beyond any textbook…it’s all around us in every aspect of life.” -Unknown.

 

In 2007, Toni became a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and serves on the Swim1922 campaign committee for the Eta Sigma chapter of Atlanta.  Today, she is the head coach for The Southland summer league swim team and now a swim instructor and Asst. Manager  for ACOG.

Rachel Falgout

WSI Swim Instructor

Rachel’s parents could not swim, so they enrolled all five of their children in the American Red Cross (ARC) swimming program… Rachel progressed quickly in the ARC program, where she was the youngest swimmer ever to pass Advanced Swimmers at the age of 12.

Rachel has worked with children in adults in many different capacities. She was the aquatics manager for the Iberia Parish Parks and Rec and later at Red Lerille’s Health & Racquet Club while attending college at the University of Louisiana (ULL).

Rachel graduated from ULL in 1996 and began her career with a local Boys & Girls Club. She eventually was recruited by Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Headquarters which is the reason she moved to Atlanta.  While there she served on a committee to rewrite the Water Safety Instructor & Lifeguard Curriculums.

In 2020, Rachel’s career came to an end due to the pandemic. She is grateful to her parents for enrolling her in swimming because it has come full circle for her.

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Janae Thornton

WSI Swim Instructor

Janae was born in Cheverly Maryland. She moved to Riverdale, Georgia 7 years ago. She feels that swimming is one trait that every person should have. So to make that change she began teaching people of all ages since she was 15. Swimming is her passion. Janae currently holds an American Red Cross WSI Certification.

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Richard (Buckey) Duke

WSI Swim Instructor

Buckey started swimming competitively in middle school and in his senior year of high school he was 2nd in state of Florida in the 100yd butterfly. He then went on to college on swimming scholarship and in 1982 became the NCAA national record holder for the 100 yd butterfly.

After college, Buckey attended the US Navy Dive school and was a Diver in the US Coast Guard for 3 years and is  EMT Certified. He has also worked at the Walt Disney World Resorts for 7 years training the lifeguards in Lifeguarding, BLS, CPR, & Firstaid and was the assistant swim coach for Stingrays swimming.
Buckey's oldest son was on SEAL TEAM 1 for 7 years and his daughter was a trainer at Sea World in the Whale & Dolphin Show.

Buckey is passionate in swim instruction and is proud to have taught swim lessons and water safety to all ages

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Ablavi Koudonou

Aquatic Director

Ablavi was born in West Africa, Togo and currently resides in Stonecrest, Ga.  She graduated from Herzing University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Ablavi has been a lifeguard for six years and taught swim lessons for more than 10 years and counting.  She is currently certified as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Babysitter Instructor and holds an adult and pediatric CPR/AED certification. Ablavi has experience in teaching swim lessons to children with special needs as well as adults swim lessons. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends.

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Taj Omari

WSI Swim Instructor

Taj was born in Atlanta, Ga and was raised in Decatur, Ga.  Taj joined the South Dekalb YMCA swim team and remained apart of the team until she was 15.  She was then certified as a Lifeguard and worked at South Dekalb YMCA for as a lifeguard and swim instructor 6 years. Taj graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Special Education.  During her sophomore year, she was certified as a lifeguard instructor and was hired as a Safety class Instructor at the Georgia State Recreation Center.  Taj's dream is to open her own aquatic facility offering swim lessons to special needs children. Her love for swimming and teaching fuels her desire to be the best swim instructor she can be!

Tracey Anthony

WSI Swim Instructor

Coach Tracey has been teaching for 10 + years.  She specialized in instructing ages starting at 6 months, preschool, swim teams, adults, and adult master levels.  Tracey is currently certified as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, CPR/AED, and LGI lifeguard instructor. 

"Coaching swimming is my passion and my promise is to help students excel pass their goals and help make swimming a part of the student lifestyle."

Paulette Douse

WSI Swim Instructor

Paulette loves working with children of all ages and adults.  Teaching others how to swim is a passion of hers, and like any passion, she is always researching and looking up different ways she can teach swim techniques. Paulette has been teaching swim lessons for over 10 years and currently holds a certificate for teaching special need children and adults, Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid.  Her hobbies include reading paranormal/fantasy genre and she also has a dog who loves long walks and chew toys.

Anna Kimbrough

WSI Swim Instructor

Anna is a graduated Georgia State University student who loves the water. She swam competitively and recreationally for most of her life.  She is currently certified as a lifeguard, CPR- First-Aid, and Water Safety Instructor. Anna has been teaching swim lessons for over 10 years and is passionate that she is teaching a survival skill that will last a lifetime. Her most rewarding part of teaching lessons is watching a beginner progress and knowing that they will never forget what they have learned. 

Shawndreca Robinson

WSI Swim Instructor

Shawndreca is originally from Buffalo, NY.  Her passion for swimming started at a young age of 4 years old. Shawndreca has been teaching swim for about 5 years and loves to instruct all ages, infants, children, preteens, and adult how to swim. She is adept at demonstrating proper stroke techniques, correcting faults, and implementing important safety standards. "Since the day I touch the water I knew this was something I would love to show others how to do."