Nicole Scherbarth
Program Director

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry Certified, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Swim Teacher (ARC trained), Certified Aqualot TM provider, Aquastretch TM provider, Ai Chi Certified, Chronic Pain in Aquatics Certified, Swim Teacher

Since 2000, Nicole has been using a combination of her skills as an aquatics fitness instructor, adaptive swim teacher, recreation therapist and aquatic therapist to help her clients recover from traumatic injuries and chronic pain.

She is the founder and owner of RAW Therapy, LLC, which provides Recreation, Aquatic and Wellness Therapy services for people who have barriers that keep them from fully integrating into community wellness programs safely.

In 2016, Nicole created the S3 Aquatics Program, which is an innovative and specialized total aquatics program utilizing Montessori methodology. S3 is a community aquatics outreach program that allows all children and adults, to experience swim lessons in the comfort of their peer group despite their ability in the most nurturing and adaptable environment. The S3 Aquatics Program, focuses on 3 pillars of programming: swim safety, swim skills and social play. The theory of this holistic approach to swim lessons will help children and adults truly master aquatics skills and safety competencies.

Joan Stauffer
Program Manager

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry Certified, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Swim Teacher, Adapted Kayak Instructor

Joan graduated April 2012 from EMU with a bachelors in Recreational Therapy. She is the Program Manager of S3 Aquatics program and is dual certified as an Recreation and Aquatic Therapist. She owns Joan of Art, LLC providing mindful Recreation and Aquatic Therapy for individuals with a variety of abilities. She interested in promoting and advocating Recreational Therapy in a variety of environments, especially through aquatics programming.

Kari Niethammer
Therapist / Lead Instructor

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapy, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry Certified, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Kari graduated from CMU in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Recreation Therapy. She is a Lead Teacher and Aquatic Therapist for the S3 Aquatics Program specializing in servicing students with special needs (babies to adult). She is currently employed with HCR Manor as a Recreation Therapist servicing the geriatric population

Certified Teacher, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Swim Teacher, Swim Coach

Nikki graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Nikki is part of the FCMA community and Lead Teacher of the Catalpa Room. She swam competitively year around from ages 5-18. In high school Nikki enjoyed teaching lessons for Rochester Community Education and Rochester Hills Tennis and Swim Club. After high school, Nikki coached for Utica Shelby Swim Club (USSC), Lifetime Fitness (Rochester), and Eisenhower Girls Varsity Swim Team. Nikki has worked with children and adults ages 4-50 with a variety of swimming abilities. She has taught private, small and large group lessons assisting in the education of water safety and proper stroke techniques. Nikki is excited to implement her Montessori knowledge to the S3 Aquatics Program. 

Melissa Lankin
Therapist / Lead Instructor

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Assistant Preschool Teacher

Melissa is a graduate from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

She is a Lead Teacher for the S3 Aquatics Program Pre-school. She also is an independent contractor with Home and Community Recreation Therapy providing Recreation Therapy to individuals overcoming catastrophic car accidents and is
an assistant preschool teacher at St. Mary's in Royal Oak.

Melissa is currently in the process of applying for the Occupational Therapy program at Baker College.

Rebecca Clark
Assistant Teacher / Lifeguard

Rebecca is a Junior at Royal Oak High School and is on the swim team.  She has been an assistant teacher and lifeguard for S3 Aquatics program since Summer 2016.  She is also a teacher and lifeguard for Royal Oak Community Services.

Assistant Teacher / Lifeguard

American Red Cross Lifeguard

Molly completed her sophomore year at Royal Oak High School and has been swimming competitively since she was nine years old.  She started swimming for YPAC at the South Oakland YMCA, then moved on to Pleasant Ridge Community Swim Club, Royal Oak Middle School Swim Team, and the Royal Oak High School Varsity team.  When she is not in the water, Molly enjoys playing tennis, her dog Rosie, and spending time with friends.  She has been an assistant teacher and lifeguard for S3 Aquatics program since Summer 2016.  She is also a swim instructor and lifeguard for Royal Oak Community Schools since September 2015.  During the 2017-2018 school year, Molly plans to swim at her new school in Nanjing, China where she will get to travel to Shanghai and Beijing to compete!  In the meantime, she is really looking forward to another great summer with S3!

Jay Harris
Assistant Teacher / Lead Lifeguard

American Red Cross Lifeguard

Jay is a very hard worker holding 3 different jobs as he is studying for his real estate license.  He has been working with the S3 Program since Summer 2016.  he is also a lifeguard for Lifetime Fitness.

Austin Cook
Assistant Teacher / Lead Lifeguard

American Red Cross Lifeguard

Austin is a senior at Oakland University studying English Literature.  He also hold three different jobs as he is pursuing his degree.  He is new to the S3 Aquatics program Spring 2017.  He is also a lifeguard at Warren Community Center.