Our Team

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    Michael Mastropasqua General Manager
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    Michael Mastropasqua General Manager

    Michael joined the Goldfish team in January of 2015 at our Reston location. He is from Chesapeake Virginia where he learned to love the water at a young age. Moving to northern Virginia for college he graduated from George Mason University with a bachelors in Communication. He loves to travel and has been all over Europe! His favorite animal is an elephant and he loves the color orange. Michael loves his team at Falls Church and treasures seeing the impact Goldfish has on the families of Falls Church, Arlington and the D.C. area! michael.mastropasqua@goldfishss.com

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    Tommy Hamilton Regional Manager
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    Tommy Hamilton Regional Manager

    Tommy was born and raised in the great state of Michigan, so you can sure bet your two cents that he is a die hard Lions, Wings, and Tigers fan. He moved to Northern Virginia in September of 2014 to help open Goldfish Swim School of Reston. Tommy graduated from Grand Valley State Univeristy with a bachelors in Marketing. When he is not at Goldfish you can find him on the ice playing hockey or on the golf course working on his game. Tommy enjoys seeing the excitement on the children's faces as they learn a life changing skill. Tommy is looking forward to delivering a Golden experience to the families of Falls Church, Alexandria, Arlington and the D.C. area. tommy.hamilton@goldfishss.com

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    Lucas Rifenberg Sales and Service Manager
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    Lucas Rifenberg Sales and Service Manager

    Talofa! Lucas is Samoan and was born in California where he was raised by Norwegians with a pack of dogs at home. He loves a good story, everything from comic books to classic novels, TV shows to movies. He especially loves to create stories. Lucas likes to draw, write, and play music, especially his tenor saxophone. You can usually find Lucas doing one of the above if he's not working hard at Goldfish. lucas.rifenberg@goldfishss.com

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    Cesia Hamilton Pool Operations Manager
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    Cesia Hamilton Pool Operations Manager

    Cesia has worked at Goldfish since November 2014 and currently attends Northern Virginia Community College. Cesia loves eating fish tacos, cycling, and watching movies in her free time. She plays the flute. Cesia speaks Spanish and studied French for six years! She’s been to Alaska and has swam with dolphins in the Bahamas. She loves making kids laugh and enjoys working at Goldfish Swim School. Cesia’s favorite Disney movie is Oliver and Company. cesia.villanueva@goldfishss.com

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    Alisha J. Swim Instructor
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    Alisha J. Swim Instructor

    Alisha’s favorite color is Purple. She loves to play with puppies and dogs, and thinks they are the best thing ever. She likes kids and spending time playing with them! She loves reading books and hanging out with friends. Alisha goes to Falls Church High School and is working towards getting into dream colleges like Virginia Tech, or UVA and majoring in criminal justice. Alisha wants to study criminal justice because she is very passionate about doing the right thing!

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    Anaiah M. Swim Instructor
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    Anaiah M. Swim Instructor

    This is Anaiah! She studies at George Mason University and she wants to work as an Orthopedic Surgeon when she graduates. She loves to swim and loves the beach. Her favorite animal is a black panther and her favorite color is pink.

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    Ashley S. Swim Instructor
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    Ashley S. Swim Instructor

    Ashley's favorite color is purple and she loves dogs! She also loves to watch movies, especially Disney movies! Her favorite Disney movie is The Princess and the Frog! Ashley speaks Spanish fluently and she plays soccer. Ashley can't wait to make new friends at Goldfish!

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    Brendan V. Swim Instructor
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    Brendan V. Swim Instructor

    Brendan is 20 years old and has been playing soccer his whole life. Playing through high school, soccer is now his favorite sport! On Mondays and Tuesdays he teaches kids how to play soccer. When he’s not coaching soccer you can find him at Goldfish either behind the front desk or teaching kids how to swim and be safer in and around the water. He currently attends NOVA where he’s studying criminology and criminal justice. Brendan’s favorite Disney movie is Toy Story!

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    Druw A. Swim Instructor
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    Druw A. Swim Instructor

    Hey this is Druw! His favorite color is purple and his favorite movie is The Incredibles. When he's not teaching at Goldfish he is typically playing instruments or listening to music. Druw is currently studying to be a middle school teacher!

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    Emilie F. Swim Instructor
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    Emilie F. Swim Instructor

    Miss Emilie’s favorite color is Navy blue, not to be confused with Royal Blue because they are very different!! Emilie is a rising sophomore at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. Her favorite movie is Lilo and stitch because she loves the adventure and the sassiness of LILO. Her favorite things are teaching, napping, and shopping. When she’s not at Goldfish she is driving around in her car, Bertha. She loves to splash around in the water and laugh with her kids in class!

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    Emily L. Swim Instructor
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    Emily L. Swim Instructor

    This is Emily! She is a senior at George Mason University studying Information Systems and Operations Management. She swam competitively from 5th-12th grade and some throughout college. She remembers how hard it was learning all four strokes when she was young and gets very excited when a swimmer masters a new skill! Her favorite color is red, and her favorite Disney movie is Hercules.

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    Emily R. Swim Instructor
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    Emily R. Swim Instructor

    Emily has been working at goldfish since November 2015! She goes to college at University of Louisiana at Monroe and is currently studying psychology. Her favorite movie is probably Peter Pan or Alice in Wonderland, or maybe monsters inc! (she can't choose!). She loves being in the water and her favorite color is yellow.

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    Evetra L. Swim Instructor
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    Evetra L. Swim Instructor

    This is Evetra you can call her Evey. She is 19 years old and her favorite colors are red and blue. Her all time favorite Disney movie is Princess and the Frog. After college Evey want's to work as a Doctor.

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    Gavin E. Swim Instructor
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    Gavin E. Swim Instructor

    Ahoy Mateys! This is Gavin or you can call him Captain Gav! Gavin wants all his new swimmers to know that he’s secretly a goldfish who loooves the water. Gavin loves pirates and his favorite movie is Finding Nemo.

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    Grace H. Swim Instructor
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    Grace H. Swim Instructor

    Grace has always loved to swim! She's been swimming since she was five years old. Her favorite movie is Disney's The Little Mermaid! Some of her hobbies besides swimming include playing the violin, running, and photography. Her favorite animal is a sea otter, so she loves teaching her swimmers the sea otter float!

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    Hannah W. Swim Instructor
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    Hannah W. Swim Instructor

    This is Hannah! She currently attends George Mason High School and loves animals! When Hannah isn't hanging out with her friends she loves going to the pool and swimming.

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    Jacquie H. Swim Instructor
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    Jacquie H. Swim Instructor

    Jacquie has been with Goldfish since July 2015. Her favorite color is Purple and her favorite disney movie is Toy Story, you may even notice her “To Infinity And Beyond” tattoo on her right forearm. Jacquie loves working at Goldfish because she loves teaching and being able to teach children about the importance of water safety. When Jacquie isn’t at goldfish which is rare, you can catch her hanging out with her friends or her younger siblings Graham and Virginia

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    Jayoung C. Swim Instructor
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    Jayoung C. Swim Instructor

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    Josh G. Swim Instructor
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    Josh G. Swim Instructor

    This is Mr. Josh! His favorite color is Grey and when he has the time he loves riding his bike. His favorite movie quote is, "Long live the king!" He loves swimming in real life, in games, and in his dreams! He's practically a fish!

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    Kalaya M. Swim Instructor
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    Kalaya M. Swim Instructor

    Ever since Kalaya was younger she has always been involved with many sports including: basketball, soccer, golf, dance and swimming but her favorite sports are soccer and swimming! She loves food, taking pictures, eating and hanging out with her friends. Kalaya's favorite color is blue and she can't wait to meet all her swimmers in the water!

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    Kamila G. Swim Instructor
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    Kamila G. Swim Instructor

    This is Kamila! Her favorite animal is a panda and she loves to travel and read. Kamila has a little brother and sister and loves to spend time with them outside of Goldfish. The next time you are at Goldfish make sure to give Kamila a big high five!

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    Katherine R. Swim Instructor
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    Katherine R. Swim Instructor

    Katherine currently goes to George Mason High School, and graduates this year! She has been swimming since she was 5 years old and says that teaching kids to enjoy the water is one of her favorite things to do! She loves tropical places and has lived in India in the past. Make sure to give Katherine a high five the next time you are in!

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    Kiyoshi S. Swim Instructor
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    Kiyoshi S. Swim Instructor

    This is Kiyoshi! He wants all his swimmers to know he loves the color blue and water. He is currently a senior in high school. When he isn’t at Goldfish Kiyoshi loves playing with his two dogs at home.

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    Krystal R. Swim Instructor
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    Krystal R. Swim Instructor

    Krystal has been with Goldfish since June 2015. She is a student at George Mason University studying biology and wants to be a neurologist one day! Her family is from Puerto Rico, so she is also fluent in Spanish. The Caribbean is her favorite place to travel and she has been to Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, St. Marten, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and Barbados. Her favorite animal is a giraffe. She loves to dance, draw, and knit during her free time. Her favorite colors are coral and glitter. Her favorite Disney movies are the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Tangled! If she isn’t at Goldfish, you’ll be able to find her at the beach soaking up the sun. Make sure you give Krystal a big high five next time that you are at Goldfish Swim School!

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    Maddie I. Swim Instructor
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    Maddie I. Swim Instructor

    Madeline currently attends Marshall High School and is a varsity swimmer. She has been swimming since she was two years old and has been teaching swimming for four years. She loves everything that has to do with water the ocean, water colors, and watermelon! Make sure to wave next time you see Miss. Maddie in the pool!

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    Madeline J. Swim Instructor
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    Madeline J. Swim Instructor

    Madeline has been swimming her entire life! She swam on the NATO Marlins swim team when she lived in Brussels, Belgium. Madeline loves mathematics and the colors blue and black. Her favorite subjects of study are math and latin. She can usually be found in her school's auditorium as she is a member of the theatre department and a huge fan of the theatre and film.

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    Marisa P. Swim Instructor
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    Marisa P. Swim Instructor

    Marisa is a Northern VA native and mom to two amazing, curious toddlers - both avid swimmers thanks to Goldfish! She loves spending time outdoors and practicing yoga. Her favorite color is purple and favorite Paw Patrol character is, obviously, Zuma!

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    Melissa C. Swim Instructor
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    Melissa C. Swim Instructor

    Melissa loves everything tropical from tropical fruit, to the Caribbean sun, ocean, and sand. In her free time she likes to play with her three dogs, jam out on her guitar, and explore new places with friends. Her favorite ocean animal is a sea turtle, like squirt from Finding Nemo. Melissa can't wait to meet all the smiling faces at Goldfish!

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    Moses G. Swim Instructor
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    Moses G. Swim Instructor

    Moses loves the movie Finding Nemo! Moses is a student a NOVA pursing a degree is Psychology. In his spare time Moses loves playing video games like Minecraft. When he’s not teaching swim lessons or babysitting, he enjoys playing basketball. The next time you see him make sure to ask him about his epic ukulele skills!

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    Ovando "Mr. O" B. Swim Instructor
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    Ovando "Mr. O" B. Swim Instructor

    Hello this is Ovando or Mr. O! His favorite superhero is Black Panther, because he is awesome! O has traveled to Niagara Falls, Canada, as a child and recently went to the Dominican Republic on vacation. He is from Jamaica a small island in the Caribbean surrounded by water. This caused his love for water and swimming, as he has been swimming since he was the size of a pea! He favorite color is purple, because why not?!

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    Rachel V. Swim Instructor
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    Rachel V. Swim Instructor

    Rachel is studying music education at Northern Virginia Community College. Rachel loves to sign! She can play the piano, guitar and ukulele. Her favorite movie to watch and sing to is Moana. Give Rachel a high five the next time you see her!

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    Rob P. Swim Instructor
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    Rob P. Swim Instructor

    This is Rob! Rob's favorite Disney movie is the Lion King and his favorite color is red. When Rob isn't at Goldfish he likes to run, play video games and eat! Rob is a senior at Lake Braddock High School and can't wait to meet all his swimmers in the pool.

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    Rose T. Swim Instructor
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    Rose T. Swim Instructor

    Rose is a current student at George Mason High School. Besides swimming, Rose likes to play softball, golf, and ice hockey. Her favorite color is pink and she wants to be a kindergarten teacher when she grows up!

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    Samson A. Swim Instructor
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    Samson A. Swim Instructor

    Samson is currently a student at NOVA and he loves basketball and football. Samson also loves listening to music and watching anime. Some other sports Samson enjoys are tennis and ping pong on his down time. His favorite movie is Batman The Dark Knight!

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    Sarah W. Swim Instructor
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    Sarah W. Swim Instructor

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    Sasha R. Swim Instructor
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    Sasha R. Swim Instructor

    Hello! This is Sasha! He loves watching and playing basketball with his friends. While he does enjoy watching the Wizards, he is a die hard Minnesota fan in any sport. If he's not playing sports then he's listening to the latest albums. His other hobbies include cooking, reading, and of course swimming! He loves the color purple, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and Hawaiian pizza.

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    Savannah O. Swim Instructor
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    Savannah O. Swim Instructor

    This is Savannah, her name rhymes with banana! Some fun facts about her are that she loves cats, pizza, farms and Disney! If she had to pick a favorite Disney movie it would have to be Beauty and the Beast.

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    Tatiana R. Swim Instructor
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    Tatiana R. Swim Instructor

    This is Tatiana! Her favorite color is purple. She loves to watch movies and likes to spend her free time with her friends and family. She loves working at Goldfish and teaching her swimmers to love and respect the water.

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    Tony K. Swim Instructor
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    Tony K. Swim Instructor

    This is Anthony but you can call him Tony. Tony’s favorite place to swim is the ocean because he can fish while he is there. His favorite color is blue. Tony’s favorite sports to play are Ice Hockey and Lacrosse.

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    Zach R. Swim Instructor
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    Zach R. Swim Instructor

    Zach is currently a senior at Falls Church High School. He loves all colors but his favorite color is blue! His favorite animal is a cheetah because they are so fast! When Zach isn’t at Goldfish he loves skating with his friends.

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    Christina T. Lifeguard
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    Christina T. Lifeguard

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    Mary T. Lifeguard
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    Mary T. Lifeguard

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    Mia V. Lifeguard
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    Mia V. Lifeguard

    This is Mia! She has been a swimmer since she was six years old and she is currently a student at Falls Church High School. Her favorite Disney movies are Hercules and Mulan. Mia's favorite colors are blue, purple and pink.

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    Anya M. Front Desk Representative
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    Anya M. Front Desk Representative

    Anya's favorite color is blue and she loves spending time with her daughter! Their favorite movie to watch together is Moana. Anya has two dogs at home and used to be on swim team when she was younger.

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    Cho J. Front Desk Representative
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    Cho J. Front Desk Representative

    Cho is currently studying math at George Mason University. She loves anything spicy and hot, like scalding hot, soup! Her favorite Disney movie is Mulan. She also loves home decor and enjoys decorating. Cho hopes to have her own coffee shop one day!

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    Juan G. Front Desk Representative
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    Juan G. Front Desk Representative

    Juan was a student athlete in high school where he ran track and played basketball. He has been playing basketball since he was a child. Before Goldfish Juan used to be a cook at a bunch of different restaurants! Juan loves reading and playing video games.

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    Kayla G. Front Desk Representative
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    Kayla G. Front Desk Representative

    Kayla currently goes to George Mason University, studying Forensic Science. She wants to work for the government and one day live in Hawaii! Miss Kayla loves sandy beaches and her favorite animal is a dog.

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    Kiara D. Front Desk Representative
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    Kiara D. Front Desk Representative

    Aloha this is Kiara! She joined the Goldfish team in September 2017 and her favorite color is baby pink and her favorite food is Chipotle. Her all time favorite Disney movie is Moana, but she also likes The Princess and the Frog and Storks. She is currently studying business at NOVA and wants to own a clothing store one day. Kiara loves dogs but is sadly allergic to them. Fun fact, she loves to dance and cheered for ten years.

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    Mary M. Front Desk Representative
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    Mary M. Front Desk Representative

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    Shannon W. Front Desk Representative
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    Shannon W. Front Desk Representative

    Shannon currently goes to Northern Virginia Community College, and has worked at Goldfish Falls Church since April of 2018. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite food is any kind of pasta. Shannon loves to sing and read. Give Shannon a high five next time you see her!

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    Winona Z. Front Desk Representative
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    Winona Z. Front Desk Representative

    Winona began working at Goldfish in June 2016. She loves to travel and has been to the Bahamas, Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan. Winona can speak fluent Spanish, Arabic, Indonesian and English. If Winona isn’t traveling the world or behind the front desk at Goldfish you can find her teaching piano or interning at the University of Maryland. Her favorite Disney movie is Ratatouille.

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    Jessica Mummert Regional Facility & Logistics Manager
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    Jessica Mummert Regional Facility & Logistics Manager

    Jessica has been with Goldfish since July 2015. She moved to Virginia earlier this year from Texas. Her favorite place to vacation is of course Disney World, as she is a huge Disney fan. She loves the color green. An interesting fact about Jessica is that she has never consumed a hot dog or hamburger! Jessica’s hidden talent is being able to jump rope and pogo stick at the same time! Jessica aspires to be the best mom she can to her three young kiddos. Her favorite Disney movie is Mulan. jessica.mummert@goldfishss.com

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