Our Team

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    Eric Thompson General Manager
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    Eric Thompson General Manager

    Hi! I'm Eric! I swam for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Go Hokies! I have been working in aquatics for 10 years. My favorite color is red. I love breakfast food at ANY time of day!

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    Christina Kinney Assistant General Manager
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    Christina Kinney Assistant General Manager

    Hi, I’m Christina! I have been working in aquatics for 13 years. I have been working with the Goldfish company for over a year at another location. I really love working and teaching kids how to swim!

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    Lainey Selby Assistant General Manager
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    Lainey Selby Assistant General Manager

    Aloha, swimmers! I’m Lainey and I’m the Sales & Service Manager. I live in Maryland. Old Bay all the way! I’ve worked in aquatics for over 7 years. I won a goldfish at the county fair when I was in middle school and he’s now 12 years old, 14 inches long, and lives in a 52 gallon tank! I love teaching swim lessons, promoting water safety and working in sales and marketing! Mahalo!

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    Tim Beasley Pool Operations Manager
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    Tim Beasley Pool Operations Manager

    Aloha! I’m Tim and I’m a manager here at Goldfish. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. I’ve been a lifeguard for over 10 years. I taught swim lessons at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD. My hobbies include making music, reading, hiking and traveling.

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    Amber Oliver Deck Supervisor
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    Amber Oliver Deck Supervisor

    Hi! I'm Amber! I attend James Madison Honors College. I used to play beach volleyball which got me interested in swimming! I love warm weather and Starbucks!

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    Tony Klepic Deck Supervisor
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    Tony Klepic Deck Supervisor

    Hi, I’m Tony! I love swimming and having fun in the water! My favorite sport is ice hockey and my favorite movie is The Lion King. Guess what my favorite food is?! PIZZA!!!

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    Alejandra Funes Party Supervisor
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    Alejandra Funes Party Supervisor

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    Anne Alcarese Swim Instructor
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    Anne Alcarese Swim Instructor

    Hi! My name is Anne. I have two brothers, two dogs and two cats. I have been swimming competitively for 6 years, and my favorite stroke is backstroke!

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    Ashlyn Sheasley Swim Instructor
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    Ashlyn Sheasley Swim Instructor

    Aloha! I am attending Penn State. I have a dog and a parrot. I am an avid swimmer. I love spending time outside or volunteering at my church.

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    Avery Knapp Swim Instructor
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    Avery Knapp Swim Instructor

    Hello, I’m Avery! I go to Heritage High School. I am the goalie for the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams. I swam for several summers for my neighborhood swim team, the Red Rock Rockets. I am excited to be working at Goldfish Swim School!

    Fun Facts:

    1. I have a dog named Toby

    2. I play recreational basketball

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    Becki Ortiz Swim Instructor
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    Becki Ortiz Swim Instructor

    Hi there! I'm Becki! I grew up in South Florida. I have a son names Skyler. I'm very patient with all of my students. I love sports, but my favorite to watch is WWE wrestling!

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    Bella Mills Swim Instructor
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    Bella Mills Swim Instructor

    Aloha, I’m Bella! I was born in Orlando, Florida and moved to Virginia in 2012. I am a competitive cheerleader. I’m also bilingual! According to my friends and family, I am very energetic, fun to be around and easy to get along with.

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    Brynn Kersey Swim Instructor
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    Brynn Kersey Swim Instructor

    Aloha! I’m Brynn! I was born and raised in Arkansas. I go to Riverside High School with a 4.0 GPA. I am the captain of the basketball and lacrosse teams. I am a nanny and babysitter and really love being around kids.

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    Caitlin Olsen Swim Instructor
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    Caitlin Olsen Swim Instructor

    Hi y’all! I’m Caitlin. I was born in DC and raised in Northern Virginia. I’ve been a swimmer my whole life and just wrapped up my 13th and final year on Lansdowne Lightning! I was a varsity swimmer all four years of high school and was a captain of the team my senior year. I’m currently in college. I love to travel, watch Netflix and cook/bake.

    Fun Facts:

    1. I am a massive Virginia Tech fan! GOKIES!

    2. I know the entire Frozen soundtrack by heart!

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    Campbell Osborne Swim Instructor
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    Campbell Osborne Swim Instructor

    Aloha! I’m Campbell and go to Stone Ridge High School. I enjoy being around kids and animals. I babysit most weekends and take an early childhood class at my school. In my free time, I stay at home and play video games.

    Fun Facts:

    1. I have a pet snake.

    2. There’s a 14 year gap between me and my oldest brother.

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    Craig Maller Swim Instructor
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    Craig Maller Swim Instructor

    Hi, I’m Craig! I’ve been swimming all of my life and I’m excited to transfer my skills to young swimmers. I swim for my high school and club team. My best stroke is breaststroke. I would like to continue swimming in college. I love DC sports and I play the piano!

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    Eve Harding Swim Instructor
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    Eve Harding Swim Instructor

    Aloha! I’m Eve. I go to the University of Alabama. I played softball my whole life and lacrosse in high school. I am the lacrosse goalie for my high school’s girls lacrosse team. I also know how to ride horses!

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    Gaith Orfaly Swim Instructor
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    Gaith Orfaly Swim Instructor

    Hi, I’m Gaith. I always find interest in teaching kids whether it’s swimming or math. I get along well with anyone, which has been very handy when I babysit. I was part of a club swim team in middle school.

    Fun Facts:

    1. I speak fluent Arabic

    2. I am very interested in cars

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    Hunter Herdman Swim Instructor
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    Hunter Herdman Swim Instructor

    Hi, I'm Hunter! I have been cheering and dancing since I was 7. Currently, I am a competitive dancer and student. I am so lucky to get to do what I love and work with children.

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    Jaade Gillespie Swim Instructor
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    Jaade Gillespie Swim Instructor

    Aloha! I’m Jaade. I’ve played lacrosse for about 3 years. I play lacrosse as an attacker. My favorite show is Gossip Girl and I love to travel.

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    Jack Gessaman Swim Instructor
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    Jack Gessaman Swim Instructor

    Hi, my name is Jack! I enjoy playing golf. I play college-gate golf at Christopher Newport University. I also swam in High School. I love cars and my 3 dogs!

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    Janelis Pantoja Swim Instructor
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    Janelis Pantoja Swim Instructor

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    Kiley Taylor Swim Instructor
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    Kiley Taylor Swim Instructor

    Hi! My name is Kiley. I love theater and love to sing. My favorite thing to do outside of work is hangout with my friends.

    Fun Fact:

    I love black licorice!

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    Lauren LaTour Swim Instructor
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    Lauren LaTour Swim Instructor

    Aloha, I'm Lauren! I'm was on the cheer team in high school. I attend the University of South Carolina. I enjoy working at Goldfish Swim School and can't wait to see what the future holds! I love being around children because it brings out the best in me!

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    Lauren Mckinnon Swim Instructor
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    Lauren Mckinnon Swim Instructor

    Hi, my name is Lauren! My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is a lion. My favorite sports to watch are baseball and football. I love Disney movies; my favorite is Beauty and the Beast!

    Fun Facts:

    1. I am a black belt in taekwondoe

    2. I like to sing

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    Logan Duffle Swim Instructor
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    Logan Duffle Swim Instructor

    Hey, I'm Logan! I have been working at Goldfish since we opened in March of 2018. I was adopted from Lithuania with 3 other sisters. I have been swimming since I was 2. In addition to being a swim instructor, I work at an accounting firm, which I love. My favorite food is pizza!

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    Megan Zahedi Swim Instructor
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    Megan Zahedi Swim Instructor

    Aloha! My name is Megan. My favorite thing to do outside of work is hang out with my friends. My favorite color is gray!

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    Nick Sousa Swim Instructor
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    Nick Sousa Swim Instructor

    Aloha! I’m Nick! I have lived in Virginia for about 5 years. Before that I lived in Texas for most of my life. My favorite football team is the Patriots, my favorite place to visit is Boston, my favorite movie is Toy Story, and my favorite animal is a pangolin!

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    Nura Aladghan Swim Instructor
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    Nura Aladghan Swim Instructor

    Aloha! I’m Nura. I moved from New Jersey almost a month ago. I’m bilingual; I can speak both Arabic and English fluently. I go to school with a 3.96 GPA. My favorite subject in school is math. I want to study to become a nurse (RN).

    Fun Facts:

    1. My favorite food is pasta.

    2. I can roll my tongue.

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    Peyton Coleman Swim Instructor
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    Peyton Coleman Swim Instructor

    Hi! I’m Peyton. I love to spend time shopping and hanging out with my friends. I love skiing in the winter and going to the beach in the summer!

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    Renee Faillace Swim Instructor
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    Renee Faillace Swim Instructor

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    Ryan Johnson Swim Instructor
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    Ryan Johnson Swim Instructor

    Aloha, I’m Ryan! I enjoy working with kids and helping them out. School is very important to me. I hope to attend Clemson University. My favorite class is math! My favorite food is sushi. I love to swim!

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    Santos Pantoja Swim Instructor
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    Santos Pantoja Swim Instructor

    Aloha, I’m Santos! I was born in Orlando, Florida. I moved to Virginia when I was in third grade. In my free time, I enjoy playing chess and computer programming. I come from a big family; have 6 siblings!

    Fun Facts:

    1. I’m Puerto-Rican!

    2. I ride a motorcycle!

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    Sarah Weinstein Swim Instructor
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    Sarah Weinstein Swim Instructor

    Hi, I’m Sarah! I’m from Fairfax, VA. I went to Manassas Park High and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University. My first job was as a lifeguard in 2014 where I was a swim instructor and head guard. I was also a member of my high school’s swim team. In 2018, I became an assistant preschool teacher and seasonal lifeguard/instructor. I have lots of fun while teaching!

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    Sydney Bednoski Swim Instructor
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    Sydney Bednoski Swim Instructor

    Aloha! I’m Sydney! I love to get outside and be active. I also spend most of my time playing with my dog and playing sports. I always spend my summers in and around the pool!!!

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    Alex Hayes Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Alex Hayes Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Aloha! I'm Alex! I am attending Duquesne University. When I'm not studying, you can find me teaching swim lessons or hanging out with my friends. I love drawing and playing volleyball!

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    Chris Myslenski Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Chris Myslenski Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Christian Sporre Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Christian Sporre Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Aloha! I’m Christian. I am a captain of the cross country team and track team. I love running, long boarding and hanging out with my friends.

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    Emily Olsen Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Emily Olsen Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Aloha, fishies! I'm Miss Emily! My favorite color is blue. I have 3 cats and a dog. My favorite Disney princess is Ariel and my favorite movie is Ratatouille!

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    Justin Torres Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Justin Torres Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Aloha! I’m Justin. I have four half-brothers. I’ve worked in aquatics for over 2 years. I love Inca Kola and dogs!

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    Katie Pearson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Katie Pearson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hi! My name is Katie. I go to Riverside High School. I am on the varsity cheer team. I love hanging out with friends!

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    Alex O'Brien Lifeguard
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    Alex O'Brien Lifeguard

    Hi, I’m Alex. I’m a huge dog-lover! My favorite food is pizza and my favorite movie is Big Hero 6. I love to hang out by the pool. When I’m not by the pool, I’m usually rowing in the Potomac!

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    Andres Duffy Lifeguard
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    Andres Duffy Lifeguard

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    Ethan Zelenke Lifeguard
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    Ethan Zelenke Lifeguard

    Hello, I’m Ethan! I’ll be attending University of Virginia in fall of 2020. I’ve been swimming competitively for almost 9 years. I’m very happy to bring my passion for the water to my work here at Goldfish!

    Fun Facts:

    1. My favorite stroke is freestyle

    2. I have lived in 4 states in the USA, and I swam competitively in 3 of them!

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    Josh Lovejoy Lifeguard
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    Josh Lovejoy Lifeguard

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    Morgan Greig Lifeguard
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    Morgan Greig Lifeguard

    Hello, my name is Morgan. I’m a swimmer! I swim for NCAP as well as my high school varsity team. I love being in and around the water. I also love helping others using my prior knowledge from swimming.

    Fun Facts:

    1. My favorite food is watermelon

    2. I’ve been to Hawaii twice

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    Nadia Pazekian Lifeguard
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    Nadia Pazekian Lifeguard

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    Walied Zahedi Lifeguard
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    Walied Zahedi Lifeguard

    Hi, I'm Walied! I have been a lifeguard for 2 years. My favorite color is blue and I like to play video games.

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    Allison Jenkins Front Desk Representative
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    Allison Jenkins Front Desk Representative

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    Anam Rana Front Desk Representative
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    Anam Rana Front Desk Representative

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    Iliana Mundo Front Desk Representative
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    Iliana Mundo Front Desk Representative

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    Reina Alvarez Front Desk Representative
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    Reina Alvarez Front Desk Representative

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    Sabrina Ellis Front Desk Representative
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    Sabrina Ellis Front Desk Representative

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    Walaa Abdelmonem Front Desk Representative
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    Walaa Abdelmonem Front Desk Representative

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    Ruby Khan Front Desk Supervisor
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    Ruby Khan Front Desk Supervisor

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