Karen is AquAbility’s Founder and Executive Director. Her days are filled with the business of AquAbility, grant writing, staff organization, and hands-on pool time. Karen trains and oversees staff and teaches courses and seminars around the country and internationally. She works with participants in the pool 3-4 days a week in Boise and Eagle and travels to oversee AquAbility programs in Ketchum and to the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind program at Miracle Hot Springs in Buhl. Karen created a certification course for Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities and is a course provider for Aquatic Therapy and Research Institute. Karen is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through Therapeutic Aquatics.
Jenn Childers found her passion for working with kids with special needs after a good friend introduced her to the Buddy Walk. She went on to adopt a teenager with special needs from China and heard about AquAbility through her friend. Jenn was overcome with passion for the program and needed to be involved. She especially loves connecting with each child in the moment, and being present with them to help them achieve independence in the water. Jenn has a Bachelors degree in Human Development with an emphasis in counseling from Hope International University in Southern California. She had a short stint in the LAPD as a Peace Officer before she began to teach group fitness classes including Aqua aerobics, Pilates, Yoga, Cycle and Older Adult Fitness. Jenn hopes to be a consistent presence with AquAbility, bringing fun, joy and hope to kids and families.