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 Div 1 swimmer for UMass, and has worked for both DC United and the Washington Redskins organizations. She is having a blast in her leadership role for Goldfish, engaging with little swimmers and setting a new standard for swim lessons in Maryland! Certifications include: NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator, Red Cross and Ellis Certified Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid gillian.salazar@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 breadth of experience in operation and facilities management. Certifications include: NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator, Shallow Water Attendant Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid suzannah.zachos@goldfishss.com

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    Ana Rivera Manager on Duty
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    Ana Rivera Manager on Duty

    Ana is joining the team with 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! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Kyle Williams Pool Operations Manager
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    Kyle Williams Pool Operations Manager

    Kyle is a fin-tabulous team player here at Goldfish! He loves the water and what’s more, he LOVES sharing that with the kids! He has been promoted to our Pool Operations Manager, so he’s in charge of keeping our pool clean and well-maintained for your little swimmers. But you can still occasionally find him on deck life-guarding or in the water teaching swim lessons. Be sure to give him a high-fin the next time you’re in! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED, CPO

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    Christopher Saroch Deck Supervisor
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    Christopher Saroch Deck Supervisor

    Chris has made a big impression on his swimmers with his kind smile and funny sense of humor! We’re grateful to have him as part of our Goldfish team! Be sure to keep an eye out for him on the pool deck and give him a hearty, “Hello!” Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Jayna Mendoza Deck Supervisor
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    Jayna Mendoza Deck Supervisor

    Jayna is not new to customer service! Her goal is always to provide WOW! customer service, whether it is helping with the registration process, scheduling a make-up lesson, or moving your swimmer into the next level after they graduate! Plus, Jayna is a deck supervisor! She uses her strong understanding of the curriculum and her love for swimming to coach our swim instructors and your little fishies! You’ll find her behind the front desk or on the pool deck with a big smile! Make sure to say hi the next time you’re in! Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Joseline Martinez Deck Supervisor
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    Joseline Martinez Deck Supervisor

    Joseline has a strong background in swim instruction and we’re excited for her to bring her experience to Goldfish! She may have been a little shy at first, but she’s really coming out of her shell! Look for a big, bright smile on the pool deck and you’ll know you’ve found Joseline! Certifications include: Shallow Water Attendant Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid

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    Kamall Gillespie Deck Supervisor
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    Kamall Gillespie Deck Supervisor

    Kamall loves working with children, swimming, and excels in customer service… with those skills Goldfish is the perfect place for this swimmer! Certifications include: Lifeguard certification, CPR/AED, and First Aid swimcolumbia@goldfishss.com

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    Nailah Shelton Deck Supervisor
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    Nailah Shelton Deck Supervisor

    Nailah has been a welcome addition to the Goldfish Team! She’s such a positive teacher, always giving high-fives and encouragement to her students! With a history of competitive swimming, she’s up to the challenge of teaching any level swimmer. Be sure to give say hello if you see her in the water! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Yanna Decastro Deck Supervisor
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    Yanna Decastro Deck Supervisor

    Yanna’s passion for swimming began at an early age, she maintains the perspective that if you can learn how to swim early it will be your go-to sport for life! She is mastering our Goldfish curriculum while also finishing her Undergraduate studies at HCC. Certifications include: NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator, Shallow Water Attendant Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid swimcolumbia@goldfishss.com

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    Brock Page Swim Instructor
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    Brock Page Swim Instructor

    While Brock is a new fish here at our school, he’s not new to the water! He’ll be sure to splash around and have a good time with the swimmers in all of his classes, all while learning to be safe while swimming! Plus, he’ll bring his musical ability to the water so he can rock out and sing songs with your little fishies to help reinforce some of their swim skills! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    David Trent Swim Instructor
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    David Trent Swim Instructor

    David has the best sense of humor. You might even call him a clownfish! He’s certainly a fun swim instructor and your swimmers are sure to love him! Make sure to give him a high-five or a wave the next time you’re on the pool deck! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Emily Velden Swim Instructor
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    Emily Velden Swim Instructor

    Emily loves splashing around in the water with your little swimmers! She’s sure to help your child feel learn water conditioning, breath control, and lots of safety skills! When you see Emily around, make sure to give her a splashin’ high-five! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Imani Fleming Swim Instructor
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    Imani Fleming Swim Instructor

    Imani has one of the most positive attitudes we’ve ever seen! She always has a smile, a high-five, or a kind word ready to go! Her students love having her as a swim instructor and we love having her as part of our Goldfish team! In fact, she’s so incredible, she’s our Head Guard! We trust her to help keep all of our instructors and deck teachers up to scratch on their safety skills! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Jonna Schoditsch Swim Instructor
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    Jonna Schoditsch Swim Instructor

    Jonna has dived into her swim instructor role (but not into our pool, because it’s too shallow)! She loves working with swimmers of all abilities, from water babies to the faster fish! She is committed to providing all of her students a GOLDEN experience here at Goldfish! Don’t get her confused with her twin, Jaymee, who is also a swim instructor here at Goldfish! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Justin Wovas Swim Instructor
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    Justin Wovas Swim Instructor

    While Justin is a new fish here at our school, he’s not new to the water! He’ll be sure to splash around and have a good time with the swimmers in her classes, all while learning to be safe while swimming! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Khalil Samateh Swim Instructor
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    Khalil Samateh Swim Instructor

    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! Certifications include: Shallow Water Attendant Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid

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    Prarharsh Jani Swim Instructor
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    Prarharsh Jani Swim Instructor

    PJ, as we call him, is known for his goofy sense of humor and his fun spirit! Kiddos love him! Having worked with kids before, he has a great passion for instruction. And did you know he’s quite the talented musician as well? Certifications include: Shallow Water Attendant Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid

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    Wade Keith Swim Instructor
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    Wade Keith Swim Instructor

    Wade is top-notch at helping our swimmers on the wet side or the dry side so they can make a splash in lessons! He is a hard-worker that is always willing to help, whether it’s teaching pulling paddles or just grabbing more coloring pages. He also does a great job keeping swimmers safe while guarding. We are happy to have him on our team! Certifications include: Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Bethany Abramson Front Desk Representative
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    Bethany Abramson Front Desk Representative

    Bethany is not new to customer service! Her goal is always to provide WOW! customer service, whether it is helping with the registration process, scheduling a make-up lesson, or moving your swimmer into the next level after they graduate. You’ll find her behind the front desk with a big smile! Make sure to say hi the next time you’re in! Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Christine Morris Front Desk Representative
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    Christine Morris Front Desk Representative

    Christine LOVES working with children! When she’s not helping sign your swimmers up for lessons or hanging out by the turtle tank, you can find her working at Howard County Public Schools. Christine brings a wealth of customer service experience to the Goldfish team and we’re so grateful to have her! Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Irene Cruz Front Desk Representative
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    Irene Cruz Front Desk Representative

    Irene is a rising star here at Goldfish…you might even call her a starfish! She always works hard to be helpful and make sure your swimmer has a FINSTASTIC time when they visit Goldfish for their lessons! Make sure to wave your fins “hello” and “goodbye” when you see her working the front desk! Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Maurita Russell Front Desk Representative
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    Maurita Russell Front Desk Representative

    Maurita has brought more spirit to the front desk! She’s ready and willing to help with all of your membership needs, from registration to facility tours to handing out coloring sheets! Be sure to wave hello as you swim into the building! Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Natalia Jesus Front Desk Representative
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    Natalia Jesus Front Desk Representative

    Natalia is a hard-worker with a bright smile and many talents. She’s even a poet! You’ll find her behind the front desk, ready to help with any questions you may have! She’ll make sure your swimmer has a splashing good time and if you’re lucky maybe she’ll share a rhyme!

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    Ramsey Washington Front Desk Representative
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    Ramsey Washington Front Desk Representative

    Ramsey is one of the happiest fish here at Goldfish Swim School. He’s bursting with smiles, high-fives, laughs, and dance moves! If you ever need cheering up, head to the front desk and see Mr. Ramsey! He is also full of know-how if you ever need to make or move a booking! Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Rick Proska Front Desk Representative
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    Rick Proska 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 high five next time you’re in for lessons. Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Samantha Bass Front Desk Representative
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    Samantha Bass Front Desk Representative

    Samantha is not new to hard-work! She balances her time here at Goldfish with theatre studies. Here at Goldfish, the front desk is her stage, and she’ll be ready to play the part whenever you walk through our door! Make sure to stop by and ask her about any questions you may have! Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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    Yasmin Sherrod-Singletary Front Desk Representative
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    Yasmin Sherrod-Singletary Front Desk Representative

    You won’t find a friendlier face at the front desk than Ms. Yasmin! She loves handing out the weekly celebration prizes and coloring pages to swimmers waiting for their lesson! Yasmin strives to bring Goldfish’s core values to life and wants to make sure everyone who walks through our doors has a Golden Experience! Certifications include: First Aid, CPR/AED

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