About Us


Marty Brown, Founder and President of Max Aquatics

Marty Brown

  • Management

Marty is the Founder and President of Max Aquatics

Marty, his wife Mary and three sons (Michael – 22, Andrew – 22, and Martin – 13) are 20 year residents of Western Springs.  After growing up in Evergreen Park, Marty attended Brother Rice High School and Indiana University as an Evans Scholar.  Marty earned his MBA from DePaul University and has been in the investment business for 20+ years.  Locally, he has served on the Western Springs District 101 School Board and has been on several committees at the First Congregational Church of Western Springs.  

"Our older sons started swimming with Western Springs Waves when they were about 7 years old.  They continued swimming and played water polo through high school at Lyons Township.  Andrew continued his water polo career at Brown University.  So many of our family photos have water in the background. Knowing that our children are comfortable and confident in the water is a huge plus.  Swimming and water polo have been instrumental in my sons' development, not only the sport itself but the coaches and friends that have influenced them along the way." 

Janet Schoneman, Board of Advisors, Management

Janet Schoneman

  • Board of Advisors, Management

Janet has dedicated her life to working with children.  For over 25 years at the YMCA she has taught area participants, 6 months-Adult, how to swim and to enjoy the water.  While Janet’s swimming instruction promotes water safety and develops stroke technique, many of her students have continued to swim competitively at the High School level.  Janet reconnects with students at local swim meets and takes pride knowing she contributed to their success in swimming and their love of the water.  Janet became the Greater LaGrange YMCA Aquatic Coordinator in 2011. She believes swimming is a lifelong sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Janet helps area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts achieve their aquatic pins and badges.  She contributes to over 100 Boy Scouts earning their Swimming Merit Badge, a badge required for the rank of Eagle Scout.

Janet earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and was a classroom teacher for 10 years.  Recently she worked as a substitute teacher and a teaching assistant in Western Springs District 101.  She is certified in Child Abuse Prevention, CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Training, Swim Instructor Training, and Bloodborne Pathegons.

Janet resides in Western Springs with her husband and 4 children.  In her free time, Janet enjoys swimming, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Christy Vitek, Board of Advisors, Management

Christy Vitek

  • Board of Advisors, Management

Christy began her competitive swimming career at 7 years old, and ever since then has been involved with the sport. She was an All-American swimmer with Lyons Township High School. She also was an All-State First team Water Polo player for LT, and continued her playing at the University of Illinois where she graduated with a B.S. in Secondary Education/English. Christy began Coaching Swimming at the age of 16 and has coached High School, summer teams, winter clubs, college swim camps, and everything else in-between. She has been a Head Coach, an Assistant Coach, and even a YMCA swim instructor, and has worked with every ability of swimmers imaginable. Currently she is Head Swim Coach at LaGrange Country Club, and an assistant coach at Westmont Swim Club.

 Christy is a mom to four, residing in Western Springs, and teaching Preschool at her local church.