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 two 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. Coming soon is Goldfish Swim School - Alexandria!

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Andres A. Swim Instructor
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    Andres A. Swim Instructor

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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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    Evey L. Swim Instructor
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    Evey 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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    Gigi H. Swim Instructor
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    Gigi H. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Gigi! Her favorite color is orange and she likes to paint and draw in her spare time. Gigi loves dogs and working at Goldfish! The next time you see her make sure to give her a BIG high five!

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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

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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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    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. 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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    Jorelle G. Swim Instructor
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    Jorelle G. Swim Instructor

    This is Jorelle! He was born on an island and he likes to play the guitar and ukulele. His favorite superhero is Superman and in his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and camping.

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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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    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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    Khang D. Swim Instructor
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    Khang D. Swim Instructor

    This is Khang! He is super excited to be working in the water at Goldfish. He just graduated from High School and is excited to join the Air Force in the future. When he isn't at Goldfish you can catch Khang riding around on his boosted board.

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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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    Lexy C. Swim Instructor
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    Lexy C. Swim Instructor

    Hey! This is Lexy! Her favorite color is pink and she loves spending time with her one year old car named Misty. She loves going to the beach and finding beautiful seashells to collect while she's there.

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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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    Norris J. Swim Instructor
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    Norris J. Swim Instructor

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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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    Sarah H. Swim Instructor
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    Sarah H. Swim Instructor

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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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    Vanessa S. Swim Instructor
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    Vanessa S. Swim Instructor

    This is Vanessa! She wants you to know she's so excited to work with your little swimmers. She is a mom of four. Two teenage girls (18&16) and 2 baby boys (1&3). Yes, that was not a typo. They are a military family. She has served for 4 active duty years in the Army and 5 years in the Army National Guard. Her husband is still currently serving on active duty army at the Pentagon. Her swim background includes: taught mommy and me for her girls for years in Texas, she was on the swim team growing up in Peru IN. And she currently swims at LA fitness in preparation training for her next Marathon. Vanessa is so excited about being on the Goldfish Swim School team!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Niya W. Front Desk Representative
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    Niya W. 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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