Our Team

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    Matt Watson Owner & Manager
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    Matt Watson Owner & Manager

    Matt has been teaching swimming since 2003 and at Goldfish since 2006. He was a high school swim coach from 2003-2011. He loves swimming and helping kids have fun in the pool! He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003. matt.watson@goldfishss.com (616) 275-3086

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    Will Alberts Owner & Manager
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    Will Alberts Owner & Manager

    Will has been swimming since he was one year old. He has been teaching lessons at Goldfish Swim School since 2006. He also swam for Eastern Michigan University for four years. will.alberts@goldfishss.com (616) 275-3086

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    Brie Ricketts Assistant General Manager
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    Brie Ricketts Assistant General Manager

    Brie has lived in Michigan all of her life, except for the first two years, as she was born in England. She has been swimming and coaching since she was 10 years old and has always loved distance freestyle. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Degree in English Education. Her dog Tilly is her world and they do almost everything together.

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    Lauren Ledford Assistant General Manager
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    Lauren Ledford Assistant General Manager

    Lauren grew up in Royal Oak on the east side of the state, where she started working at the Birmingham Goldfish, in 2010. She joined our Grand Rapids team for our opening in 2012 and loves her job! Before Lauren worked at Goldfish she attended Cosmetology School. Now she cuts Mr. Matt and Mr. Will’s hair. Lauren has a dog named Barkley that she absolutely adores. She adopted him in 2013 and they have been soul mates ever since. lauren.ledford@goldfishss.com (616) 275-3086

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    Laura Boice J. Ellis Safety Coordinator
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    Laura Boice J. Ellis Safety Coordinator

    Laura graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Kinesiology. She swam in high school and started teaching swim lessons in 2011. She is a Big Ten Champion!

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    Amanda Spiller Deck Supervisor
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    Amanda Spiller Deck Supervisor

    Amanda graduated from Rockford High School. She is interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. She is currently attending Grand Rapids Community College and is planning on attending Grand Valley State University. She has swam her whole life and used to be on a competitive swim team. She has two cats named Zeus and Shadow and loves writing and craft projects.

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    Amber Schneider Deck Supervisor
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    Amber Schneider Deck Supervisor

    Amber is currently going into Sonography Ultrasound. She loves spending time her family and friends. She coaches 8th grade volleyball at Lowell Middle School. She also loves spending time with the kids at Goldfish Swim School.

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    Ashare McSwain Deck Supervisor
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    Ashare McSwain Deck Supervisor

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    Chase Cross Deck Supervisor
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    Chase Cross Deck Supervisor

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    Jordan Royce Deck Supervisor
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    Jordan Royce Deck Supervisor

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    Kaitlin Weaver Deck Supervisor
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    Kaitlin Weaver Deck Supervisor

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    Kaitlyn Weesies Deck Supervisor
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    Kaitlyn Weesies Deck Supervisor

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    Kelsey Kocher Deck Supervisor
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    Kelsey Kocher Deck Supervisor

    Kelsey is a student at GVSU, hoping to receive a spot in the Graduate Physical Therapy school at GVSU. She is from Dewitt, Michigan, and swam competitively for 12 years. During the summers in Dewitt, she would teach swim lessons.

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    Makayla Delaat Deck Supervisor
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    Makayla Delaat Deck Supervisor

    Ms. Makayla is a student at GRCC. When she was 12 she was diagnosed with diabetes. She has 2 cats named Ivy and Luna. Ms. Makayla loves being active and hiking in the mountains, she also loves to do crafts. She has played indoor volleyball for 12 years and started beach volleyball 5 years ago.

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    Nate Johnson Deck Supervisor
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    Nate Johnson Deck Supervisor

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    Samantha Kerkstra Deck Supervisor
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    Samantha Kerkstra Deck Supervisor

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    Tammy Zylstra Deck Supervisor
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    Tammy Zylstra Deck Supervisor

    Ms. Tammy grew up with a pool in her backyard and she loves to swim. She also loves working with kids. Ms. Tammy has 9 kids of her own, her youngest daughter is a senior in high school. One of Ms. Tammy's favorite things to do is watch her daughter play basketball. In 2018, she went to Florida to play and won the championship! Ms. Tammy also has a dog named Paisley.

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    Abigail Stritzinger Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Abigail Stritzinger Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Audrey Sleder Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Audrey Sleder Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Ben Gunnett Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ben Gunnett Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Mr. Ben is a student at Western Michigan University studying biology. He hopes to become a Marine Biologist! At WMU he is a member of the drumline. Mr. Ben loves to swim, run, play drums and spend time with his friends and family. He has swam in the ocean with whales, dolphins, sting rays and jellyfish! Mr. Ben us surely an animal lover; he has 5 cats a leopard gecko and a bearded dragon!

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    Carrie Steffen Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Carrie Steffen Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Carrie grew up in Grand Rapids with 2 younger brothers! She teaches piano lessons and loves music. Last summer she got to visit Ireland! The best part, when she grows up she wants to be a pirate!

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    Catie Sattler Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Catie Sattler Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Catie loves swimming! She swam for 4 years at Forest Hils Central and 1 year in college at Campbellsville University in Kentucky. She can't wait to teach kids to swim and be safe in the water! Ms Catie lived in London, England for a year and a half. She also hiked 100 miles in ONE day!

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    Charlee Hamming Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Charlee Hamming Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Colin Hanberry Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Colin Hanberry Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Mr Colin is 19 years old and not in college even though all of his friends are. He hopes to be a famous singer one day! It should come as no surprise then, that music is his favorite thing in the whole world! Mr Colin's favorite animal is a coral snake!

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    Elena Folkert Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Elena Folkert Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Elena is a Junior at Forest Hills Central High School. She has swam competitively for 6 years. She loves to draw and paint. She would like to go to Hope College.

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    Emma McDonald Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Emma McDonald Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Emma has been swimming for 8 years and has three little siblings that also love to swim! She has a dog named Lucky.

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    Emmy Reed Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Emmy Reed Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Emmy is a student at Michigan State University, pursuing a career in nursing! In high school, Ms Emmy played soccer, volleyball and a little basketball. She has 2 sisters, 2 brothers, 2 dogs and 1 cat! One of her favorite things to do is spend time on her boat or at the beach.

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    Gabby Smith Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Gabby Smith Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Gabby is a sophomore at Cornerstone University and is studying Communications. In her free time, she sings, dances, or watches musicals. Her favorite color is purple!

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    Gabrielle Dunn Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Gabrielle Dunn Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Gabby loves cooking, drawing, and nature walks. She is usually hanging out with friends or shopping online! She LOVES swimming! Her favorite animal is a snake.

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    Hannah Clark Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Hannah Clark Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Hannah Wolford Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Hannah Wolford Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Jasmine Dawson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Jasmine Dawson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Jasmine is a student at Forest Hills Central High School! She enjoys hanging out with her friends and swimming! Ms Jasmine has a carapoo puppy names Charlie who is 6 months old! Her favorite type of candy is chocolate. If you add caramel to it, it's even better!

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    Jayla Williams Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Jayla Williams Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Katie Clay Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Katie Clay Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Katie is a student at Michigan State University. She loves to spend time with friends and at the beach! In high school, Ms Katie took a class where she learned to surf and even got to build her own surf board. One time, she took a 3 week road trip out west!

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    Kennedy Dietz Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Kennedy Dietz Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Kennedy is a pre-med student at Grand Valley State University. She wants to be a pediatrician to make sure kids grow up safe and healthy! Ms. Kennedy says all 6 of her siblings are pretty cool. She also really likes cats, especially the three super fluffy ones she has at home!

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    Kenzie Stephens Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Kenzie Stephens Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Kenzie is currently a student at Grand Valley State University! She can speak Spanish and loves french fries!

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    Leah Meehan Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Leah Meehan Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Leah has lived in Michigan her whole life! She is a student at Grand Rapids Community College and has always loved being in the water. Her favorite water activity is tubing with friends! Ms Leah has a dog named Fredrick; he is a German Shepard/Doberman and LOVES car rides. She is super scared of moths, birds and butterflies.

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    Maddie Brown Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Maddie Brown Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Maddie loves swimming and graduates from high school this year! She has a pet turtle named Lenny and two birds named Leo and Blue. Her favorite color is blue like the ocean!

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    Makenna Schoolman Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Makenna Schoolman Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Makenna grew up in the Chicago suburbs. She now goes to Grand Valley State University where she plays on the women's soccer team. Ms Makenna has two dogs named Addie and Chewie and has a lake house where she enjoys water skiing and tubing.

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    Molly McBride Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Molly McBride Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Olivia Nichols Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Olivia Nichols Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Olivia is a student at Aquinas College. She is studying to become a child life specialist. She swam competitively until she started college and loves working with kids. In her free time, she enjoys vegetarian cooking, traveling and going to concerts. She has a BIG dog, a fluffy cat, and TWO goats!

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    Rebecca Guth Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Rebecca Guth Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Becky has been in the water almost her entire life, you could say it's in her blood! She loves to surf and scuba dive and in her free time she is an actress!

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    Reid Healey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Reid Healey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Mr. Reid is going to school to become a Psychiatric Nurse. His favorite animal is a jellyfish and he enjoys concerts and music festivals.

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    Sabrina Constantine Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Sabrina Constantine Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Sarah Bloem Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Sarah Bloem Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Saskia Guikema Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Saskia Guikema Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Saskia has 2 puppies, 1 fish, and 4 chickens! She loves the outdoors, traveling and going on mission trips! She currently attends North Pointe High School. Her favorite thing to do is sing and she loves snakes because of how cool they are.

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    Taylor Johnson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Taylor Johnson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Taylor loves music and cuddling with her two cats Toby and Benji! She loves Pokemon and has collected almost every movie and all of the cards. She is also left-handed!

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    Bella Devries Lifeguard
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    Bella Devries Lifeguard

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    Jewel Richardson Lifeguard
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    Jewel Richardson Lifeguard

    Ms. Jewel is a student at Byron Center High School. She is a part of the National Honors Society as well as many other clubs and programs. She is an extremely optimistic person and enjoys helping whenever she can. In 2018, she went to the State Championship swim meet as an alternate for her favorite stroke - breaststroke! She loves art and anything to do with a creative outlet. In fact, she sells custom made popsockets that she hand-paints.

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    Katie Smith Lifeguard
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    Katie Smith Lifeguard

    Katie has been dancing since she was little and she enjoys theater and drawing. One day she hopes to be an animator. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite animal is a monkey.

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    Kyle Faulds Lifeguard
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    Kyle Faulds Lifeguard

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    Taylor Koetsier Lifeguard
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    Taylor Koetsier Lifeguard

    Ms Taylor is a student at Forest Hills Central High School. She loves spending time with her friends and family and has enjoyed making new friends at Goldfish Swim School! Ms Taylor has two dogs, a 7-year-old Maltese poodle, and a 1-year-old great Pyrenees. She loves to run and participate in Cross Country at school!

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    Veronica Wagner Lifeguard
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    Veronica Wagner Lifeguard

    Ms Veronica was a gymnast for 12 years and loves to workout! She loves all animals but her favorite are pigs. Ms Veronica is still in high school but she would like to study fitness in college. She currently competes in Olympic Weightlifting and she is vegan!

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    Adrianna Stone Front Desk Representative
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    Adrianna Stone Front Desk Representative

    Ms Adrianna is a Junior at GVSU, studying Communication Sciences and Disorders for Pre-Speech and Language. She would love to work in an elementary school. Her favorite color is pink and she loves riding her bike when she can. A special talent she has is the ability to lick her elbow!

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    Clarissa Howell Front Desk Representative
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    Clarissa Howell Front Desk Representative

    Clarissa love to swim with her son at Goldfish. She graduated from the University of Michigan. Clarissa favorite color is sea foam green and she love bearded dragons. Clarissa has a cat named Acorn and one named Squash.

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    Haley Mattson Front Desk Representative
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    Haley Mattson Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Haley is from the Upper Peninsula. She is studying Business Administration at Ferris State University. She has three cats named Comet, Jasper and Stella and a dog named Rusty! The Little Mermaid is her favorite Disney movie.

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    Jordyn Dubrock Front Desk Representative
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    Jordyn Dubrock Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Jordyn is from Marinette (a very small town in Northeastern Wisconsin). She moved to Grand Rapids so she could attend GVSU and pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Her favorite animal is a corgi! In her free time, Ms. Jordyn loves to draw and paint.

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    Justine Lindquist Front Desk Representative
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    Justine Lindquist Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Justine is a student at Calvin College where she studies K-12 Spanish Education. She loves going to the beach, reading, and drinking tea. Ms. Justine lived in Spain for 5 months and has been swimming with dolphins!

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    Shelly Parkhurst Front Desk Representative
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    Shelly Parkhurst Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Shelly is a graphic designer and is learning how to play the guitar! Her son owns a store in Kalamazoo that specializes in tabletop games and her husband's name is Kerry. In her free time, Ms. Shelly loves to run long distances, like 26.2 miles! She loves all animals, but especially cats!

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    Carianne Okopski Front Desk Supervisor
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    Carianne Okopski Front Desk Supervisor

    Carianne recently graduated for GVSU. She is originally from Canton, on the east side of the state. She has an identical twin and her biggest fear is birds!

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