PIEDMONT -- For Rebecca Toussaint, running a pool runs in the family. As a child, Toussaint watched her own mother run aquatic programs and wanted to follow in her footsteps.
On June 17, Toussaint began as the new Piedmont aquatics director and Community Pool manager. Previously, Toussaint worked as the UC Berkeley aquatics director and the City of Newark's recreation coordinator. After Newark, Toussaint traveled the world as a recreation manager and open deck manager with Royal Caribbean International. Toussaint then returned to the Bay Area to work as the aquatic and youth program director for Western Athletic Clubs.
"She has such great experience and personality," said recreation supervisor David Weisgerber. "We thought she would fit really well with the staff and community."
As aquatics director and Community Pool manager, Toussaint's responsibilities include managing the pool, lifeguard staff and swim lesson program.
"I am absolutely in love with my new job and the Piedmont community," Toussaint said. "I have been managing aquatic programs for over 15 years and this is a good group of kids and the staff is really on their game. They are fantastic."
Toussaint is originally from Hayward and wanted to return to the Bay Area after her time with Royal Caribbean. Toussaint was raised around the pool, watching her own mother run swim programs.
"I came to Piedmont because I wanted to build a foundation like my mom did," Toussaint said. "I can do that in Piedmont."
Although Toussaint has only held her new position for just more than a month, she has already been able to get to know some of the community members.
"One of my favorite parts of the job so far is meeting the families that are beginning to become regulars," Toussaint said.
Weisgerber believes that the Piedmont Community Pool will definitely benefit from having Toussaint on board.
"I think we've already seen it with her great management and skills," Weisgerber said.
Toussaint said that her past work experience has helped her to prepare for this new job and allowed her to become a better manager.
"I can definitely take what I've learned and utilize it here," Toussaint said.
Zane Faraola, current assistant pool manager, served as the interim pool manager before Toussaint was hired. He said that the transition between pool managers has been more than smooth.
"She's been awesome coming in," Faraola said. "She's been great in sharing her experience with me and the rest of the staff. She made it easy for me to transition to interim pool manager and then back to assistant pool manager."
On July 12, the Piedmont Community Pool hosted a very successful midsummer pool party. Another is expected to be held on Aug. 16. Toussaint said that she hopes to hold more special events to bring the community together.
"It's a great opportunity for people to come see the pool, play games and just hang out," Toussaint said.
Faraola agrees that the pool parties are a great way for the community to meet the lifeguards.
"Rebecca really just wants to try to create a fun atmosphere here," Faraola said.