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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    Moses Gregorio Safety Coordinator
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    Moses Gregorio Safety Coordinator

    Meet Mr. Moses! His favorite movie is Finding Nemo! He is a student at NVCC pursuing a degree in Psychology. In his spare time, he loves fishing the local ponds and exploring the great lakes of Northern Virginia. He enjoys playing sports like basketball and tennis. He isn’t too shabby on the guitar and has some epic ukulele skills. The next time you see him, make sure to ask how you can catch your first fish! Moses is one of our Safety Coordinators and is instrumental in training our staff. moses.gregorio@goldfishss.com

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    Alexsis T. Swim Instructor
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    Alexsis T. Swim Instructor

    This is Alexsis! Her favorite color is green, her favorite Disney movie is Up! She enjoys cooking on the weekends- specifically breakfast foods! She also love to read and write during her downtime. Alexsis attend George Mason and wishes to persue teaching or editing!

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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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    Amanda C. Swim Instructor
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    Amanda C. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Amanda! She loves the color blue. She loves all foods so much she can't pick a favorite. When she isn't at Goldfish you can find Amanda playing soccer or reading a great book. Amanda loves kids and can't wait to meet all her swimmers in the pool!

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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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    Deja S. Swim Instructor
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    Deja S. Swim Instructor

    Miss Deja is a student at Germanna Community College and is studying to be a physical therapist! Her favorite color is purple and loves to sing in her free time! Her favorite meal to eat is spaghetti, and loves alpacas! Miss Deja's favorite Disney movie is Cinderella. Give Miss Deja a high five next time you're in!

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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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    Graham H. Swim Instructor
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    Graham H. Swim Instructor

    Mr.Graham AKA Mr. Graham Cracker is a student at NOVA. When you first see Mr. Graham, you will notice his big smile and goofy personality. He loves working at Goldfish because it is the only place that will pay him to be as silly as he wants. In his free time, you can find him watching his favorite Disney movie, Cars, or hanging out with his 2 sisters, Jacquie and Virginia.

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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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    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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    Kyler D. Swim Instructor
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    Kyler D. Swim Instructor

    Hello! This is Kyler! His favorite color is blue and his favorite food is pizza. When he isn't at Goldfish you can find Kyler playing his favorite video games at home. His favorite animal is a cat and fun fact about him, he's from the West Coast!

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    Lily B. Swim Instructor
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    Lily B. Swim Instructor

    This is Lily! She is originally from Pennsylvania and she is the youngest of five children. Her favorite color is purple and her goal is to be a NICU nurse. In her free time she likes to hang out with her friends and relax by watching YouTube or Netflix!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Walaa G. Swim Instructor
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    Walaa G. Swim Instructor

    Hello this is Walaa! Her favorite color is green and her favorite movie is the Avengers! When is isn't at Goldfish you can find her making friendship bracelets. She loves to play softball and cheer!

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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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    E.J. G. Front Desk Representative
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    E.J. G. Front Desk Representative

    EJ LOVES the color burgundy, chocolate pretzels, and enjoys creating art with watercolor and calligraphy. She attends Liberty University and is pursuing her MBA. Riding a hot air balloon is #1 on her bucketlist of things to do! She hopes to one day be a professor and inspire people to take on hard challenges!

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    Maya B. Front Desk Representative
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    Maya B. Front Desk Representative

    Aloha this is Maya! She loves to draw and make art. She studied animation and video art in school. Her favorite Disney movies are The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lady and the Tramp.

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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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    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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    Chris Knarr Operations Manager
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    Chris Knarr Operations Manager

    Mr. Chris is a student at George Mason University. GO PATRIOTS! He is studying the brain. His favorite color is cyan and his favorite Disney movie is Hercules. Mr. Chris also enjoys studying squids and octopuses, exploring nature, and collecting bugs. He loves swimming because it makes him feel like a fish and it’s great for exercise and motor development! Chris.knarr@goldfishss.com

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