Our Team

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    Gillian Salazar General Manager
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    Gillian Salazar General Manager

    Gillian comes to Goldfish rich with athletic experience. She was a D1 swimmer for UMass, and has worked for both DC United and the Washington Football Team. She loves engaging with little swimmers and setting a new standard for swim lessons in Maryland! You can find Gillian welcoming you with a bright smile for your lesson!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Gillian?

    • Color - purple
    • Food - chicken wings
    • Candy - Take 5
    • Animal - giraffe

    Certifications include: NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator, Ellis Certified Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid

    gillian.salazar@goldfishss.com

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    Ana Rivera Assistant General Manager
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    Ana Rivera Assistant General Manager

    Ana has a love of working with children and a great deal of customer service experience! She is eager to spread her positive energy throughout the crew and wants to make sure your swimmer has an amazing time each day during their lesson!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Ana?

    • Color - pink
    • Food - popcorn
    • Candy - Rolos
    • Animal - wolf

    Certifications include: NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator, Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

    ana.rivera@goldfishss.com

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    Samantha Colein Assistant General Manager
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    Samantha Colein Assistant General Manager

    Sam most recently comes to us from the Bowie Baysox offices and is focused to keep Goldfish at it's best! She has years of experience in athletic environments including the back office and as a team-player. As one of the Assistant General Managers, she makes sure your customer experiences are the best that Goldfish has to offer!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Sam?

    • Color - orange
    • Food - Maryland blue crabs
    • Candy - Reese's
    • Animal - elephant

    Certifications include: NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator, Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

    samantha.colein@goldfishss.com

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    Suzannah Zachos Regional Manager
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    Suzannah Zachos Regional Manager

    Suzannah comes from a 17 year career in the world of high end retail management and corporate shenanigans. She traded in her high heels and cashmere sweaters for flip flops and deck shorts. What a wonderful leap off the corporate hamster wheel this has been for a mom of three swimmers (2028 Summer Olympic hopefuls!). She brings to the table a love of swimming, children, teaching, and a breath of experience in operation and facilities management.

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Suzannah?

    • Color - purple
    • Food - chips & salsa
    • Candy - Twizzlers
    • Animal - seahorse

    Certifications include: NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator, Shallow Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid

    suzannah.zachos@goldfishss.com

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    Thomas B. Pool Operations Manager
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    Thomas B. Pool Operations Manager

    Thomas has extensive experience in the pool environment and enjoys every minute of it! He is great at helping your little one adapt to the water and master their skills at every level.

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Thomas?

    • Color - purple
    • Food - mac & cheese
    • Candy - gummy worms
    • Animal - tiger

    Certifications include: NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator, Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED, and Lifeguard Instructor

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    Kyle S. Front Desk Representative
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    Kyle S. Front Desk Representative

    Kyle's genuine positivity is hard to miss! He aims to provide a seamless experience for all members and swimmers at the Front Desk. 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Kyle?

    • Color - red
    • Food - steak
    • Candy - Reese's
    • Animal - snake

    Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Morgan A. Front Desk Representative
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    Morgan A. Front Desk Representative

    Morgan's number one goal is to make each person smile when they enter our facility. She provides amazing Customer Service through attention to detail and creativity. Ms. Morgan loves to celebrate graduations, so be sure to stop by and celebrate your swimmer's graduation with her! 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Morgan?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - pizza
    • Candy - Kit-Kat
    • Animal - giraffe

    Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Rick P. Front Desk Representative
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    Rick P. Front Desk Representative

    Rick has been making a splash at the front desk with his bubbly personality and big smile! He loves to greet everyone as they come in the door and make sure they grab their weekly prize on their way out after lessons! Make sure you give Rick a big air high five next time you’re in for lessons.

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Rick ?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - seafood
    • Candy - Oreos
    • Animal - my dog, Champ

    Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Justin W. Deck Supervisor
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    Justin W. Deck Supervisor

    Justin's biggest focus is providing children the tools to succeed! There is nothing more that Justin loves more than to be able to graduate a swimmer to the next level. You can find Mr. Justin on the deck providing guidance and encouragement to all swimmers!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Justin?

    • Color - red
    • Food - pizza
    • Candy - Reese's
    • Animal - dog

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Khalil S. Deck Supervisor
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    Khalil S. Deck Supervisor

    We did not know teddy bears could swim until we met Khalil! He has a heart of gold and an especially kind way with youth. He loves to share his passion for swimming with children while watching them improve week over week. But be warned, don’t attempt to swim butterfly drills with him in the same lane… his wingspan is 78 inches!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Khalil?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - pizza
    • Candy - Starburst
    • Animal - ape

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid

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    Portia B. Deck Supervisor
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    Portia B. Deck Supervisor

    Portia is full of happiness and positivity. She puts all of her focus on making each lesson fun and working on your little swimmer improving their skills!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Portia?

    • Color - purple
    • Food - cucumber kimchi
    • Candy - Twix
    • Animal - elephant

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Sonal P. Deck Supervisor
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    Sonal P. Deck Supervisor

    Sonal has a contagious smile that she brings to every lesson that she teaches. She brings tons of experience lifeguarding and working with children of every level!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Sonal?

    • Color - teal
    • Food - tacos
    • Candy - warheads
    • Animal - fox

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Chloe W Swim Instructor
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    Chloe W Swim Instructor

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    Maria L. Swim Instructor
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    Maria L. Swim Instructor

    Maria is completely full of cheer! She is a ray of sunshine every time she is in the facility. She also is sure to show compassion towards everyone she meets! 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Maria?

    • Color - green
    • Food - Ramen
    • Candy - Nerds
    • Animal - chameleon 

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    Amelia K. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Amelia K. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    It's hard to see Amelia without a smile on her face! Amelia is a perfect example of providing each swimmer with a GOLDEN experience! 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Amelia?

    • Color - yellow
    • Food - sushi
    • Candy - Reese's
    • Animal - dog

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Anthony P. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Anthony P. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Anthony's bubbly personality truly shows in his lessons and while guarding! He focuses on safety while still making sure all of his swimmers leave with a smile on their face!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Anthony?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - seafood
    • Candy - wafer cookies
    • Animal - dog

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Arianaz D. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Arianaz D. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Arianaz is very thoughtful and caring to her swimmers. But she is a huge motivator to not just her swimmers but her coworkers! 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Arianaz?

    • Color - white
    • Food - rice and chicken
    • Candy - Lindt chocolate
    • Animal - panda

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Ashley J. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ashley J. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ashley is full of enthusiasm and energy! She is very observant to the small details to lead her swimmer's to success. Her key focus is for everyone to continue to improve!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Ashley?

    • Color - purple
    • Food - pasta
    • Candy - Swedish Fish
    • Animal - elephant

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Chad B. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Chad B. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Chad came to Goldfish already with a love of not only the water but lessons! Mr. Chad himself swims competitively and loves everything about swimming! He is great on instruction through example and focusing on each stroke.

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Chad ?

    • Color - red
    • Food - pizza
    • Candy - Snickers
    • Animal - cat

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Charlee M. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Charlee M. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Charlee is a kind, caring and empathetic instructor. She listens to the needs and desires to her swimmers. She strives for swimmers to leave each lesson a little better than when they came that day.

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Charlee?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - pizza
    • Candy - Twix
    • Animal - panda

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Cissy W. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Cissy W. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Cissy is energetic and upbeat! She will find a way to bring positivity into every day and every lesson while encouraging your swimmer! 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Cissy?

    • Color - purple
    • Food - noodles
    • Candy - Kit-Kat
    • Animal - Corgi

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Esme G. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Esme G. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Esme has a very rich background of swimming throughout her life! She swam in college and has put her focus in life to teach kids! Whether thats in gym class or the pool, Ms. Esme is sure to provide a great lesson full of encouragement and positivty.  

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Esme?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - cheese
    • Candy - anything with chocolate! 
    • Animal - sea otter

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Jalen F. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Jalen F. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    You can find Jalen making a splash around the pool, encouraging smiles and fun during his lessons. But he also puts a lot of focus into the skills of each stroke! You get a fun and great instruction in his classes!

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Jalen?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - sushi
    • Candy - sour gummy worms
    • Animal - liger

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Janice L. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Janice L. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Is it possible to stop smiling? Janice is proof that you can always have a smile on your face! Janice puts safety first both during her lessons and while guarding. Janice hopes to inspire all swimmers to work their hardest and be proud of themselves! 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Janice?

    • Color - yellow
    • Food - dino chicken nuggets
    • Candy - Sour Patch Kids
    • Animal - giraffe

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Kristen P. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Kristen P. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Kristen is very outgoing! She will do almost anything to put a smile on her swimmer's face! She also is determined to provide an amazing lesson while keeping safety as a top priority.  

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Kristen?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - cava
    • Candy - Crunch bar 
    • Animal - lemur 

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Lindsey M. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Lindsey M. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Lindsey has the most bubbly and kind personality! Her experience as an instructor has made her very thorough in teaching the different strokes and getting creative to help every swimmer flourish.

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Lindsey?

    • Color - light blue
    • Food - chocolate chip pancakes
    • Candy -Reese's
    • Animal - elephant

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Madison W. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Madison W. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Madison is full of energy and positivity! She loves helping swimmer accomplish their goals or conquer their fears through encouragement and repetition. 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Madison?

    • Color - purple
    • Food - pasta
    • Candy - Watermelon Sour Patch Kids
    • Animal - lion

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Patrick F. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Patrick F. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Patrick is definitely a kid at heart! He puts smiles and laughter into his lessons by his silly demeanor. However, Patrick also has a strong focus on the safety of his swimmers.

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Patrick?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - pho
    • Candy - Snickers
    • Animal - red panda

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Riana B. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Riana B. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Riana comes to us from a background of teaching lessons both for swimming and dance! Be sure to let your swimmer to show their favorite dance move next time you see her! 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Riana?

    • Color - coral
    • Food - chocolate challah 
    • Candy - cotton candy
    • Animal - my dog, Missy

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Ruka A. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ruka A. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ruka is courteous to her swimmers opinions and fears. She works on conquering fears and making waves! She is focused on celebrating accomplishments! 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Ruka?

    • Color - blue
    • Food - cheese pizza
    • Candy - Twix
    • Animal - dolphin

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Sherelle K. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Sherelle K. Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Sherelle brings a bright light into our facility and is extremely loyal to her swimmers. She is an advocate for her swimmers to succeed and continue learning to become the best they can be.

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Ms. Sherelle?

    • Color - yellow
    • Food - pizza
    • Candy - Reese's
    • Animal - koala

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Christopher M. Lifeguard
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    Christopher M. Lifeguard

    Christopher's number one priority in our building is safety in and around the water! He exceeds all safety expectations to ensure a safe pool, where your swimmer can focus on the lesson and see extraordinary results. 

    Does your swimmer have any of the same favorites as Mr. Christopher?

    • Color - orange
    • Food - ice cream
    • Candy - Hershey's dark chocolate
    • Animal - turtle

    Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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