Our Team

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    Dan Yonko General Manager
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    Dan Yonko General Manager

    Dan was born and raised in Pennsylvania near Lake Erie and water has always been a major part of his life. He began swimming competitively at age 5 and continues to enjoy competing, doing triathlons, playing water polo and scuba diving and snorkeling. He has over 32 years of management, customer service, and leadership development and training experience and is incredibly excited to improve the quality of life in the community through Goldfish Swim School. When not at Goldfish, he can be found at the movies with his two daughters, volunteering, or hanging with friends and family.

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    Jesse Stigsell Assistant General Manager
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    Jesse Stigsell Assistant General Manager

    Jesse was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  He moved to Florida with his wife and daughter in 2018.  Jesse has over 10 years of experience in the Aquatics industry and has a passion for swim safety and drowning prevention. Jesse is excited to help improve community safety through swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School.

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    Miss Gina Front Desk Representative
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    Miss Gina Front Desk Representative

    Gina recently moved to Florida from New Jersey to continue her career in Elementary Education. Gina loves going to Disney World, the beach and playing tennis. Everyday is a great day for Gina when she gets to work with children. Nothing but Smiles!

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    Miss Kaylee Front Desk Representative
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    Miss Kaylee Front Desk Representative

    Kaylee is from Indiana. She moved to Florida two years ago to live closer to the beach. Kaylee enjoys going to Disney, spending time with her friends and family, and traveling to new places. Her favorite Disney movie is Up.

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    Miss Toby Front Desk Representative
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    Miss Toby Front Desk Representative

    Toby is a native of Sarasota, Florida. She and her family moved back to the area 5 years ago from Michigan. Toby’s favorite thing about Goldfish is meeting new friends and seeing the excitement in all the kids faces when they arrive for swim lessons. As part of the ownership group Toby and her husband George and their partners Bret and Anne Edwards are thrilled to bring Goldfish Swim School to the Lakewood Ranch area. We are committed to providing our members a Golden Experience every time they walk through our door!

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    Miss Vicki Front Desk Representative
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    Miss Vicki Front Desk Representative

    Vicki was born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Vicki, her husband, and two dogs (Mattie and Henry) moved to Florida in 2016, to enjoy the warm weather. Since moving to Florida, Vicki has been able to enjoy her hobbies of dog sitting and spending time at home with her husband and pups. Vicki also enjoys greeting you every week when you come for your swim lessons. Each week is a new swim adventure!!!

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    Miss Kennady Deck Supervisor
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    Miss Kennady Deck Supervisor

    Kennady is originally from South Bend Indiana. She moved here to get away from all that snow and to continue her education in early childhood education. In her spare time, Kennady and her dog Winston like to spend their days in the sun at the beach or napping the day away.

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    Miss Emily Swim Instructor
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    Miss Emily Swim Instructor

    Emily is a college student studying Exercise Science at Keiser University. She was born in China, but being in a military family, has lived in many different places. Emily enjoys playing sports and working out in her free time. She plans on either joining the military or opening her own gym in the future.

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    Miss Jenelle Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Miss Jenelle Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Jenelle was born in Minnesota but has lived in Bradenton since she was 4 years old. Jenelle likes to go to the beach, play with her dog, and swim. Her favorite cartoon is Scooby Doo and favorite ice cream is vanilla. Jenelle has a twin brother and is the only person in her family with red hair!

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    Miss Jessie Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Miss Jessie Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Jessie is originally from Uxbridge, Massachusetts and is a freshman this year at State College of Florida. Her hobbies include swimming competitively, teaching swim lessons, watching Netflix, baking, and shopping. Jessie's favorite childhood movies include Finding Nemo and High School Musical.

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    Miss Julia Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Miss Julia Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Aloha! Julia is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, but has grown up right here in Lakewood Ranch, Florida! Julia has been a competitive swimmer for the past 7 years and has found a joy in teaching others the sport and water safety. Julia loves Japanese food, animals, Star Wars, traveling, and her family! Julia is also an academically accomplished student at her high school. Julia is so excited to see what the future has to offer for our students and herself!

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    Miss Reva Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Miss Reva Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Reva is a student at Lakewood Ranch High School. She is from Chicago, but moved to Arizona when she was 8 then to Florida in 2018. Reva loves to swim and has been swimming for the past 10 years. In Arizona, Reva competed in a regional championship meet. Reva been playing the piano since she was 8. Her favorite songs to play are Piano Man by Billy Joel and Fur Elise by Beethoven. Reva enjoys teaching and meeting new people. Her hobbies include baking, reading, kayaking, snorkeling, and of course, trying new foods.

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    Mr Alex Lifeguard
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    Mr Alex Lifeguard

    Alexander is one of our Goldfish Lifeguards. He is an active Eagle Scout, where he has learned many aquatic skills. Alexander is an Atlanta, GA native and the son of Greek Parents. Alexander spends his time coaching scouts and serving his church as an acolyte. Alexander enjoys nature, video games and spending time in Nashville and Mobile.

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    Mr Dylan Lifeguard
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    Mr Dylan Lifeguard

    Dylan and was born in Pennsylvania. In his free time Dylan likes to spend time with friends and family. Dylan's favorite food is steak and potatoes. Dylan's favorite movie is Avengers and my favorite TV show is avatar the last air bender.

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    Mr Jake Lifeguard
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    Mr Jake Lifeguard

    Jake is a Florida native and loves spending his free time fishing, swimming and scuba diving. Jake's favorite movie is The Incredibles!

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