About Us

We believe that a citywide advocacy group for aquatics is best suited to work with the City to build a public-private partnership to create a better Alexandria by creating a new aquatics infrastructure. New pools, new approaches, and new energy will allow us to realize an aquatics system that will rival others in our area. However this can only be done if the entire aquatics community, both public and private, makes a collective effort to work towards a solution. Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics (AAA) has been formed to provide the link between the private sector and the public sector. The concept is to replicate the success of the Miracle Field project, except on a larger scale to cover multiple facilities.

We at AAA expect to raise $2.5 million dollars in private sector funding to help offset some of the costs of these new facilities. In order to do so, we need to show prospective donors that the City is serious about taking action for new facilities by including funds in the City’s proposed budget.

AAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


William Rivers, Chairman

Bill retired in 2004 after more than 33 years of Federal Government service. He spent his entire career at the General Services Administration, mostly in Motor Vehicle Operations and Management and in Travel Management. He also has over 20 years of coaching youth sports in Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities. In retirement, he spends most of his time with his family and takes particular pleasure in playing with his grandchildren.

Bill also serves as Chair of the Miracle League of Alexandria and Chair of the Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics, helping out the special needs community and the aquatics community.

Melynda Dovel Wilcox, Vice Chair

As the mom of two former T.C. Williams High School Swim and Dive team members who began swimming competitively at age eight with the Potomac Marlins, Melynda is involved with AAA because she would like for future Titan swimmers and divers to be able to host their home meets at a 50-meter pool at Chinquapin rather than at rented pools in Fairfax County, as they do currently. Having been closely involved with PTAs in the city, she is also interested in expanding learn-to-swim programs for our city’s youth.

Bob Ludke, Treasurer

Bob has lived in Alexandria since 2005, and enjoys both indoor and open water swimming. Bob’s wife, Sabrina Corlette, also enjoys swimming and their two children (Norah and Katie) both participate in year around swim programs. Bob looks forward to the day when Alexandria is known for its best in class aquatics facilities and attracts some of the best swimmers in the world for competitions and trainings.

Bill Blackburn

Dennis Burstein

Dennis is a professional educator with the Alexandria City Public Schools and holds an MA in early childhood education, an MA in physical education, and a Ph.D in physical education. Dennis has been highly involved in aquatics for many years, having coached swimming and been a WSIT/LGIT for more than 30 years. Dr. B has coached in the U.S. and internationally from age-group to national level and collegiate swimmers.

Kelly Carmichael Booz

Laura Fries

Laura was a competitive and synchronized swimmer in high school and a club swimmer in college. She has been active in Alexandria community as the team representative for the city’s public swim team and looks forward to seeing the Wahoos sweep the division in a new, state of the art pool soon.

Jeanne Gardner

Jeanne is retired and has lived in Alexandria for over 11 years. She started swimming at Chinquapin during the day, swimming laps and taking deep water aerobics classes for exercise and health in order to lose weight. She also plays tennis and swimming helps her to continue to exercise. She has noticed the ongoing deterioration of the pools and the aquatic services in Alexandria. She supports building and maintaining new, competition and recreational pools in order that our citizens, particularly the youth, can learn to swim at an early age and continue a healthy lifestyle.

Carolyn Griglione

My life long enjoyment of swimming led me to the teaching and coaching of swimming, managing pools, lifeguarding and participation in master’s swimming groups. Through my participation in AAA I hope to help bring the love of swimming to adults and children in our community through quality pools and swimming instruction for those who need to learn this important life long skill.

 Dr. Roger J. Sullivan

Roger is a part-time physicist/engineer at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria. He enjoys swimming for exercise and recreation, and hopes that Alexandria’s aquatic facilities will soon become among the country’s best. Since semi-retiring in 2007, Roger has written an autobiography, produced a video autobiography, and prepared a summary of his family history. He also does some volunteer work in Alexandria.

Amanda Wall

A competitive swimmer since the age of eight and a former lifeguard, swim instructor and founder of her own USA Swimming team, Amanda is involved with AAA because she wants to swim throughout her lifetime and see the city pools and aquatics programs thrive. As a new mom, she also wants her son to have the opportunity to enjoy the water too.