Joe McHaney

Executive Director
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Birthplace: Reno, NV

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business and English from Eastern Oregon University.
Background: Joe comes to the MAC with 15 years of youth related experience, from an award-winning sports journalist to several years as the Executive Director for Jefferson County Kids Club, which he still serves as the Executive Director part time. He has lived in Madras since 2007 and his family moved to Madras in 1997. When asked about the MACRD, he said, “I’m so excited for the opportunity to help create long-term sustainable recreation programs for Jefferson County. I care a great deal about the youth of our community, and I want to help create a healthier lifestyle for all ages.”
Favorite thing about working at the MAC: Working with our staff is amazing and the opportunity to work with community members, and get to know them is fantastic.
Interesting fact: I attended 12 different schools during my k-12 time. I lived as far north as Chugiak, Alaska and as far south as Peachtree City, Georgia.

Gregg Markwardt

Director of Recreation
and Aquatics
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Birthplace: Gladstone, OR

Education: B.S. in Health and Human Kinetics, from Warner Pacific College.
M.Ed. from the University of Oregon. Go Ducks!
Background: Gregg comes to us with 20 years of experience in Aquatic and Recreation in various roles in the Portland Metro area. He is very excited to be in Madras and working at the Madras Aquatic Center and Recreation District. When asked, He said, “I am blessed to work at, in my opinion, the best swimming pool in Central Oregon, and great outdoor recreational areas including Juniper Hills Park. The MAC is an incredible gift the community has given to us and future generations to come. The MACRD has a tremendous opportunity and  potential to impact and improve the quality of life for all of the Madras community and outlying regions through aquatics and recreation”. Gregg recently was married to his wife Kathryn.
How long have you been lifeguard? 19 years as a lifeguard and 12 years as a Lifeguard Instructor. 
Favorite thing about working at the MAC: First an foremost we are in the aquatic and recreation business, so creating great experiences and having fun in a safe environment is what we do. Who wouldn’t love to come to work everyday, when that is your mission?  I love the people I work with and the community we serve. I am most excited about the potential to have a top notch aquatic and recreation district, that our community can be proud of. offering a multitude of health activities, classes, and leagues for all ages.
Interesting fact: I worked on McMenamins Old St. Francis School pouring concrete for a summer during college.
Why should people come to the MAC? Help us advance the good life for you and your family. We have a great facility that has something for everyone. The MAC also has the best panoramic view in Central Oregon. 

Michelle Camphouse

Office Manager
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Marty Goodson

Facilities Manager & MACRD Photographer
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Favorite thing about working at the MAC: Being around a great group of people who want to keep improving the MAC, and you got to love the view.

Interesting fact: Enjoys fishing and photography 

Tim Nelson

Aquatic Manager & Madras Swim Team Head Coach
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Favorite thing about working at the MAC:The quality of the facility and the dedication of the staff.

Interesting fact: I am in the 41st year of competitive swimming.

Why should people come to the MAC? People should visit the MAC and discover and enjoy a top-notch aquatic facility in a rural, picturesque location.

Lauren Simmons

Community Relations Coordinator

Favorite thing about working at the MAC: Every employee strives to make the MAC a better place.


Interesting fact: I was an exterior painter for two summers.


Why should people come to the MAC? It’s a great way to be active and ADVANCE THE GOOD LIFE!

Colton Carson

Recreation and Aquatic Assistant


How long have you been a lifeguard? 7 years

Favorite thing about working at the MAC: I love how great my supervisors are and how organized the MAC has become.

Interesting fact: I enjoy the outdoors and visiting with people.

Why should people come to the MAC? What other pool can you lift your head out of the water and see mountains? 

Steele Haugen

Youth Recreation Leader

Background: Steele has participated in sport for the majority of his life. As a leader Steele has been involved youth recreation for 3 years, and has been a certified lifeguard for 2.

Favorite thing about MACRD? teaching and coaching youth about different sports and activities. Watching them grow in a positive direction.

Interesting Fact: Grew up doing almost every sport you can think of and dabbled in small college football.

Sara Nelson

Personal Trainer / Aquatic Aerobics Instructor / Madras Swim Team Coach

Coach Sara grew up in Portland swimming for The Multnomah Athletic Club and Lincoln High School. She went on to swim at The University of Washington where she majored in Anthropology. At “UW”, Sara finished her 1994 season as the Pac-10 runner-up in the 1650 freestyle (16:32, school record 1994-2007), earning her a trip NCAA Division I Championships in Indianapolis.

Sara’s working career has mostly revolved around health and fitness. She has coached Nordic skiing; is a fitness instructor, masters swim coach, personal trainer, and Pilates instructor. In 2004, Sara received her AAS, Physical Therapist Assistant, and holds a current license.

Coach Sara has a knack to challenge swimmers to focus on stroke detail, physical/body awareness, and purpose. Away from the pool, Sara is the wife of Coach Tim and mother to Drew (5) and Sophie (10). Sara also enjoys the outdoor lifestyle Central Oregon has to offer- winter, spring, summer, and fall.

1994 NCAA Division I Qualifier 1650 Freestyle
1994 Pac 10 Championships, 2nd Place 1650 Freestyle (16:32)
School Record Holder, University of Washington, 1650 Freestyle (1994-2007)
US Masters Current Record Holder, 10K LCM Pool Swim Age 25-29 (since 2001), 2:14:58.59
16-Time US Masters All-American (2000-2016), Top Time for Pool or Open Water Swims
2008 #1 FINA LCM World Ranking 200m Breaststroke, 35-39
2008 #1 FINA SCM World Ranking 400m IM, 35-39
US Masters Top 10 Rankings- 60+
2001 Member English Channel Relay that included first ever Down’s Syndrome participant (Karen Gaffney) to cross Channel

Aurora Gerhardt

Head Lifeguard

How long have you been a lifeguard? 3 Years

Favorite thing about working at the MAC: Being a part of an organization that was influential in my childhood. building relationships with staff and patrons over the years has been amazing.

Interesting fact: In addition to being on the madras swim team since it began, my passion is singing. Which is pretty hard to do underwater, it turns out.

Why should people come to the MAC? We have the best view in central Oregon. Working out or playing, with the mountains as your backdrop is so much better than a TV.

Gregg Vineyard

Head Lifeguard

How long have you been a lifeguard? 2 years

Favorite thing about working at the MAC: I love working in an establishment where my main objective is to make sure people are having fun.

Interesting fact: I know how to juggle

Coral Reyes

Head Lifeguards

How long have you been a lifeguard? 1 year

Favorite thing about working at the MACThis is a very fun environment to work in, and has taught me great work ethic. 

Interesting fact: I have danced for over 10 years!

Why should people come to the MAC? It is a fun place to be at but also safe.

Vance Schierling

Lifeguard / Swim Instructor

How long have you been a lifeguard? 1 1/2 years

Favorite thing about working at the MAC: The positive and bright environment.

Interesting fact? I like bread.

Why should people come to the MAC? It is a safe and positive environment. Also one of our Lifeguards has a sweet mullet.

Leah Guliasi

Lifeguard / Swim Instructor

How long have you been a lifeguard? 9 years

Favorite thing about working at the MAC: It is a great group of people and community

Interesting fact: I started diving in college and was on a division III team for 4 years.

Why should people come to the MAC? It’s a lot of fun and a great place for families. 

Lifeguard / Swim Instructors

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Cruz Rico
Alex Benham
Gabby Smith

Eva Montee

Aquatic Healing Instructor

Background: With multiple certifications and more than 40 years experience in the fitness industry, Eva Montee shares with her participants both experience and a wealth of knowledge about all areas of fitness. She holds and B.A. Degree from Washington State College in Recreation. She is a certified as a Physical Fitness Specialist from the Kenneth Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research and is gold certified as a Fitness Instructor from the American Council on Exercise with a specialty in working with the senior population. In addition, she holds certifications from the American Institute of Fitness Educators., the YMCA as an Aerobics and Aquatic Instructor, an instructor for Rhythmic Aerobics and as instructor for Fitness Programs for Older Adults from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She assisted with the curriculum development and is a presenter for TESA (Training and Encouraging Senior Activity); presenter for a variety of fitness/wellness programs at many local, state and national conferences. In addition, she has produced 4 exercise videos

Aqua Aerobics Instructors

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Jennifer Kelly

Alice Rozell


How long have you worked at the MAC? 2 years.

Favorite thing about working at the MAC: Meeting everyone plus watching the kids having fun in pools.

Why should people come to the MAC? To have fun in a safe place. It’s also a great place to have a birthday party.

Shawntana Smith

Seasonal LIfeguard

How long have you been a lifeguard? 1 year

Favorite thing about working at the MAC: I can wear my aviators while I’m working.

Interesting fact: I have a goat named Rhonda.

Why should people come to the MAC? Its a safe environment.