Our Team

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    The Bewersdorf Family Owner
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    The Bewersdorf Family Owner

    Gina, a radiologist, and Ryan, a lawyer, are former Goldfish parents and current owners of three Goldfish locations. Like most Goldfish stories this one begins in Michigan, where the Bewersdorfs currently reside, in 2009 when Gina signed their son up for swim lessons. Prior to attending Goldfish lessons, he did not want to learn how to swim and refused to participate in any of the community swim classes Gina took him to. However, when they went to Goldfish Farmington (which had just opened), he took the plunge and started splashing his way to the swimmer he is today. Their son made quick progress in the pool due to the fun atmosphere at Goldfish and the one-on-one attention he received from his instructors. Their daughter began swimming at 6 months and is now a state competitor. Seeing this transformation in her own kids Gina was inspired to learn to swim. After months of training, she was comfortable enough in the water to finish the Ironman triathlon (comprised of a 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 mile bike and full marathon) multiple times, one of the most iconic long course triathlons in the world. They just couldn’t stop there, so Gina and Ryan decided to open Goldfish Swim School - Reston in November of 2014 and Goldfish Swim School - Falls Church in September 2017. Goldfish Swim School - Alexandria followed in January 2019!

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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! 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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    Moses Gregorio Safety Coordinator
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    Moses Gregorio Safety Coordinator

    Meet Mr. Moses! Moses loves the movie Finding Nemo! He is a student at NOVA pursuing a degree in 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! Moses is one of our safety coordinators and is instrumental in training our team. moses.gregorio@goldfishss.com

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    Alice H. Swim Instructor
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    Alice H. Swim Instructor

    This is Alice! Her favorite color is pink and her favorite animal is a unicorn. Alice loves to swim and in her spare time she likes reading.

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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 her 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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    Allie Q. Swim Instructor
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    Allie Q. Swim Instructor

    Hello! This is is Allie! When she gets older she would love to be a nurse. She really like animals and she has a puppy named Jack and her favorite animal is an Orca. Her favorite color is lilac. She loves Disney movies and her favorite ones are Peter Pan, Lion king and Beauty and the Beast!

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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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    Andres A. Swim Instructor
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    Andres A. Swim Instructor

    Hello! This is Andres! His favorite color is blue and his favorite movie is superman. He likes watermelon and turtles. Some of his favorite things are reading comic books and drawing.

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    Angel H. Swim Instructor
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    Angel H. Swim Instructor

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    Annie D. Swim Instructor
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    Annie D. Swim Instructor

    This is Annie! She goes to Yorktown high school and she loves to play field hockey and draw. Her favorite food is pasta and she loves orange juice. Her favorite color is blue and she loves sea otters! She loved watching Barbie movies with her younger sister when she was little and her favorite Disney movie is Lilo and Stitch!

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    Audrey A. Swim Instructor
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    Audrey A. Swim Instructor

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    Brendan V. Swim Instructor
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    Brendan V. Swim Instructor

    Brendan 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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    Catherine S. Swim Instructor
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    Catherine S. Swim Instructor

    Catherine is currently a student at George Mason High School. When she is not teaching she is probably cheerleading at a football or baseball game. Her favorite color is green and she loves musicals!

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    Daniel G. Swim Instructor
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    Daniel G. Swim Instructor

    This is Daniel! He is a student at George Mason University and he loves everything from cars, burgers and anything to do with french fries. He has always enjoyed swimming at both the pool and the beach because he finds it relaxing and fun at the same time. He is always excited to teach swimming because he loves people! His favorite color is red and his favorite fruits are pineapple and mango.

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    Emily H. Swim Instructor
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    Emily H. Swim Instructor

    Aloha is this Ms. Emily! Her favorite color is bright neon green and her favorite animals are cats and pandas. When she isn't at Goldfish you can find her spending time with her two fur children, her black cat Nugget and her golden retriever Jojo.

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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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    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 T. Swim Instructor
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    Hannah T. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Hannah! She goes to Annandale High School and will be graduating this Spring! Hannah enjoys playing volleyball. She has a passion for art and loves to share her painting and drawings with her friends. She loves home cooked meals, they are all so good she can't pick a favorite! Hannah loves the color white, it has a sense of purity. Mulan is her favorite Disney movie and Hannah loves the ocean because she grew up exploring many islands from her home country.

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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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    Ingrid B. Swim Instructor
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    Ingrid B. Swim Instructor

    Hello! This is Ingrid! As your swimmers teacher Ingrid promises to make every class a fun and learning experience. She can not wait to meet all her super swimmers in the water!

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    Iuel L. Swim Instructor
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    Iuel L. Swim Instructor

    This is Iuel! His name is pronounced like the letters "U" and "L" together (U.L.). His favorite Disney moves are Cars and The Lion King. His all time favorite superhero is the Black Panther!

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    Jacquie H. Swim Instructor
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    Jacquie H. Swim Instructor

    Jacquie has been with Goldfish since July 2015 starting at our Reston location. 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 the importance of water safety. When Jacquie is not 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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    Jasmine P. Swim Instructor
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    Jasmine P. Swim Instructor

    Hello! This is Jasmine! Her favorite color is green and she loves rollercoasters. When she is not at Goldfish she is at school studying away. Jasmine loves dogs and going to concerts too!

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    Jason G. Swim Instructor
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    Jason G. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Jason! When he is not at Goldfish he is usually swimming or practicing shot put or discuss. He is a student at Falls Church high school. His favorite color is blue and his best friends are his three dogs Frankie, Andy and Lucky.

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    Jordan Q. Swim Instructor
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    Jordan Q. Swim Instructor

    This is Jordan! He is a big nerd and he loves it! He loves climbing trees and walking through the forest. In high school he was a member of his marching band and played clarinet. His favorite subjects are math and physics and he also loves statistics. He loves paper and pencil games and his favorite Disney movie is Robin Hood.

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    Kaia G. Swim Instructor
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    Kaia G. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Kaia! She is a student at Marshall High School and her favorite colors are lavender and white. Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough! In five years she would love to be enrolled at the Univeristy of Southern California!

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    Kamani P. Swim Instructor
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    Kamani P. Swim Instructor

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    Kiyoshi S. Swim Instructor
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    Kiyoshi S. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Mr. Kiyoshi! He wants all his swimmers to know he loves the color blue and water. He is currently attending college in Richmond, Virginia during the school year. 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 where she started working at our Reston location. She is a recent graduate of George Mason University 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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    Lucie T. Swim Instructor
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    Lucie T. Swim Instructor

    Hello! This is Lucie! She is a junior at George Mason High School and her favorite color is green and she loves apple juice. Lucie's favorite Disney movie is Tangled. When she is not at Goldfish she loves to run and swim.

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    Melissa B. Swim Instructor
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    Melissa B. Swim Instructor

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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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    Mia V. Swim Instructor
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    Mia V. Swim Instructor

    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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    Michael W. Swim Instructor
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    Michael W. Swim Instructor

    Michael has studied at James Madison Univeristy and is currently studying at Northern Virginia Community College. He is hoping to get a degree in Geospatial Information Systems and work as a Geospatial Analyst in the future. When he's not working at Goldfish, he loves to golf and play lacrosse with his friends. His favorite color is blue. Some of his favorite movies are Mulan, Marmaduke and Shark Tale. Michael is a diehard DC sports fan. If you're ever looking for someone to go to a caps game with he's your guy, ALL CAPS!!!

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    Michelle Z. Swim Instructor
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    Michelle Z. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Ms. Michelle! Her favorite color is orange and she loves hanging out with her friends when she is not at Goldfish. She also loves spending time with kids! Make sure to give her a HUGE high five!

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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 started 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 sing! She can play the piano, guitar and ukulele. Her favorite movie to watch and sing to is Moana. Give Rachel a big high five the next time you see her!

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    Rose T. Swim Instructor
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    Rose T. Swim Instructor

    Rose is a 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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    Sara G. Swim Instructor
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    Sara G. Swim Instructor

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    Sarah W. Swim Instructor
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    Sarah W. Swim Instructor

    This is Sarah! She may be a teacher, but she's definitely one of the kids. At parties and events you can find her playing with all the kids or finding some way to keep them all laughing. It is just how she is. She loves swimming and all things water. There is a reason for that, though she is secretly a mermaid! Make sure to give Ms. Sarah a huge high five the next time you are at Goldfish.

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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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    Susana W. Swim Instructor
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    Susana W. Swim Instructor

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    Taija M. Swim Instructor
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    Taija M. Swim Instructor

    Hello! This is Taija! She is currently a senior at George Mason Univeristy studying Criminology and Forensic Psychology. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite Disney movie is Princess and the Frog. She loves spending time with her family and her two dogs. If she could be any animal, she would be an elephant!

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    Tony K. Swim Instructor
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    Tony K. Swim Instructor

    This is Anthony but you can call him Mr. 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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    Yafit D. Swim Instructor
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    Yafit D. Swim Instructor

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    Zach R. Swim Instructor
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    Zach R. Swim Instructor

    Zach is currently a student at NOVA. 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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    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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    E.J. G. Front Desk Representative
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    E.J. G. Front Desk Representative

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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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    Niya W. Front Desk Representative
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    Niya W. Front Desk Representative

    This is Niya! She loves her niece and nephew so much she hangs out with them every weekend. Her favorite Disney movie is The Princess and the Frog, of course! She loves making music and the color blue. Her mom tells her she is destined for greatness and she knows you are too!

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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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    Sierra Y. Front Desk Representative
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    Sierra Y. Front Desk Representative

    This is Sierra! Her favorite colors are blue and green and her favorite animal is a whale! She loves watching Disney movies and playing the guitar in the her free time. She is currently going to George Mason Univeristy, where she studies Psychology. If you see Sierra at the front desk make sure to give her a big high five!

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    Zakyra W. Front Desk Representative
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    Zakyra W. Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Zakyra is currently a student at Northern Virginia Community College. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite hobbies are babysitting, watching movies, and being spontaneous! Her favorite Disney movie is Moana. Ms. Zakyra has loved working with children; it’s been a passion of hers since she was 12 years old. She loves the energetic environment that Goldfish offers and she always feels delighted when she walks in. Welcome Ms. Zakyra to the team!

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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 from her home state of Texas. Jessica is a #MomOfThree; she has a son, Donovan, and two daughters, Alex and Annabelle, who have all taken swim lessons at Goldfish. Jessica’s favorite place to travel is Disney World, because she is a Disney fanatic and her favorite Disney movie is Mulan. Jessica’s favorite color is green. Fun fact - she has never eaten a hot dog or a hamburger! When she’s not at Goldfish, you can find her hopping on her pogo stick, as she jumps rope at the same time, or spending time with her kids at the park. jessica.mummert@goldfishss.com

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    Michael Suggs Operations Manager
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    Michael Suggs Operations Manager

    Aloha this Mr. Michael! Before working at Goldfish he was a Flight Mechanic in the Coast Guard for 6 years. Michael went to Gordon State University and graduated in 2018 with his bachelors in History and has dreams of becoming a History Professor. He has a beautiful young daughter named Maddie who loves swimming and Goldfish! He is also a swimmer and swam competitively for 11 years focusing on his favorite stroke, breaststroke. Michael.suggs@goldfishss.com

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