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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    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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    Gabby Smith Deck Supervisor
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    Gabby Smith Deck Supervisor

    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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    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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    Nate Johnson Deck Supervisor
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    Nate Johnson Deck Supervisor

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    Olivia Nichols Deck Supervisor
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    Olivia Nichols Deck Supervisor

    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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    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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    Alec Williams Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Alec Williams Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Caitlin Hannan Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Caitlin Hannan Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Caitlin Mendels Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Caitlin Mendels Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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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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    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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    Dana Kistler Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Dana Kistler Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Dana is a diver and a rower. She was born in Orange County, California!

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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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    Hailey Hernandez Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Hailey Hernandez Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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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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    Ivana Webb Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ivana Webb Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms Ivana has been swimming since she was 8 years old! she is fluent in Spanish!

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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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    Katherine Phillips Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Katherine Phillips Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Katie Smith Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Katie Smith Swim Instructor/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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    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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    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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    Mike Gombos Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Mike Gombos Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Mitchell Goorhouse Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Mitchell Goorhouse Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Mitch is super excited to be a swim instructor! He graduated from Wayland High School in 2015 and has attended Calvin College for the last 4 years. He will be graduating in the spring with a degree in interior design. Rock climbing, kayaking ans wake boarding are some of Mitch's favorite things to do in the summer! In the winter, he likes to snowboard as often as possible. Mitch has an AMAZING Irish Golden Retriever (same as normal but she has white fur) named Lily and she is crazy! He also has a purple Beta fish named Your Highness.

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    Noel White Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Noel White Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Noel is a student at GRCC, majoring in psychology. She loves sports and is a big time college basketball fan Her favorite color is red and she loves the movie Pride and Prejudice!

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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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    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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    Sydney Martin Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Sydney Martin Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Sydney swam on the RAYS swim team and in high school for a couple of years. She has been playing the violin for 7 years. At Forest Hills Northern High School, Sydney is in the Chinese Immersion program!

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    Taylor Koetsier Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Taylor Koetsier Swim Instructor/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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    Cade Rogers Lifeguard
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    Cade Rogers Lifeguard

    Mr Cade has been swimming for 12 years! He enjoys sports and is on a lacrosse team. Biking, disc golf and video games are some things he does for fun. Mr Cade can sing! He has been in recitals and musicals. There are 5 kids in his family and he is the oldest!

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    Hannah Bergman Lifeguard
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    Hannah Bergman Lifeguard

    Ms Hannah is a student at Forest Hills Central High School. She has two dogs named Heidi and Holly and she loves chocolate!

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    Kyle Faulds Lifeguard
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    Kyle Faulds Lifeguard

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    Libby Carter Lifeguard
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    Libby Carter Lifeguard

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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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    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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    Olivia Marinelli Front Desk Representative
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    Olivia Marinelli Front Desk Representative

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    Riley Reagan Front Desk Representative
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    Riley Reagan Front Desk Representative

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    Zach Spiller Front Desk Representative
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    Zach Spiller Front Desk Representative

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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!