Our Team

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    Melissa Kraus General Manager
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    Melissa Kraus General Manager

    Melissa has been with Goldfish since October 2015! Not only is she an instructor but also a member here! Her oldest son, Kayden, is taking Mini 2 classes. Melissa’s favorite color is soft pink. She loves Mexican food and could eat it almost every day. She grew up in Delaware at the beach. Melissa graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in social work. She enjoys traveling but her favorite place to visit is San Francisco, California. melissa.kraus@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-Reston. Tommy graduated from Grand Valley State University 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.hamilton@goldfishss.com

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    Annemarie R. Sales and Service Manager
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    Annemarie R. Sales and Service Manager

    Annemarie joined our team at Goldfish in November 2015. She is a student at George Mason University studying Psychology. She loves dogs, cats, and anything lemon-flavored. Her favorite swim stroke is breaststroke! Miss Annemarie’s favorite Disney movie is Alice in Wonderland. annemarie.rundlett@goldfishss.com

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    Madi Cook Pool Operations Manager
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    Madi Cook Pool Operations Manager

    Madi had been working at Goldfish Reston since they first opened in November 2014, and she was promoted to Pool Operations Manager in September of 2017! She loves to eat tacos and ice cream. Her favorite color is green. Madi’s favorite movie is Toy Story. To infinity and beyond! madi.cook@goldfishss.com

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    Valentina G. Safety Coordinator
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    Valentina G. Safety Coordinator

    Valentina has been working with Goldfish Since March of 2015 and is attending Northern Virginia Community College. In her free time she loves to ride her bike or run through the trails of Reston. Did you know that Valentina was born in Bolivia? Yes, and she is fluent in Spanish! Valentina’s favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid so if you catch her under the sea be sure to ask her to sing you a tune from the movie!

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    Alex D. Swim Instructor
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    Alex D. Swim Instructor

    Alex is a high school senior who has experience working with children as a Spanish tutor. He is very patient and believes in the idea of actually learning different skills out of the desire to get better, rather than being forced or pressured into it. He provides a comfortable environment for children by connecting with them and showing that he genuinely cares. He is also a proud Hispanic who is fluent in Spanish. He loves giving back to people and the community through acts of service.

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    Anas F. Swim Instructor
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    Anas F. Swim Instructor

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    Andrea G. Swim Instructor
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    Andrea G. Swim Instructor

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    Anna Kate E. Swim Instructor
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    Anna Kate E. Swim Instructor

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    Arman R. Swim Instructor
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    Arman R. Swim Instructor

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    Carolan C. Swim Instructor
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    Carolan C. Swim Instructor

    Carolan loves Disney movies! Her current favorite is Moana. She does all things theater and loves to help with hair and makeup in productions!

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    Caroline R. Swim Instructor
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    Caroline R. Swim Instructor

    Caroline has been working at Goldfish Reston since January of 2016. Her favorite color is green like the rain forest. She was born in Peru and loves homemade Peruvian food the most. She loves to perform and teach colorguard as well. Her favorite Disney movie is Mulan.

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    Chris K. Swim Instructor
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    Chris K. Swim Instructor

    Chris attends George Mason University and is currently studying education and psychology. He has been involved in community theatre since 2010 and loves every second of it! His favorite superhero is Ironman. In his spare time Chris enjoys writing, video editing, and watching movies. His favorite Disney movie is Hercules, but Ratatouille is a very close second. Make sure to give Chris a big high-five next time you are at Goldfish Swim School!

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    Claire G. Swim Instructor
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    Claire G. Swim Instructor

    Claire goes to Northern Virginia Community College where she is majoring in International Affairs. She was born in Germany, but has lived in six countries including Australia, The Philippines, Morocco, and Mali! She loves to dance and play soccer. Her favorite superhero is Spider-man. In her free time she loves to go hiking and camping.

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    Diya M. Swim Instructor
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    Diya M. Swim Instructor

    Diya is a junior at South Lakes High School and has been swimming competitively since she was 7 years old. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite movie is Pirates of the Caribbean. Diya’s favorite food is pasta and her favorite candy is fun dip!

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    Doa O. Swim Instructor
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    Doa O. Swim Instructor

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    Elijah S. Swim Instructor
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    Elijah S. Swim Instructor

    Elijah is a sophomore in college and has three little brothers and they all love sports! Basketball is by far their favorite sport to play together. His favorite color is red and he loves to play fortnight on xbox in his free time. Elijah's favorite food is sushi and one day he wants to own a video game company.

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    Ever A. Swim Instructor
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    Ever A. Swim Instructor

    Ever loves video games and reading books. Ever is excited to be a part of Goldfish. He is very friendly and enjoys working both our front desk and in water as an instructor. Welcome to our team, Mr. Ever!

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    Gabriella D. Swim Instructor
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    Gabriella D. Swim Instructor

    Gabriella plays field hockey for South Lakes High School. One of her favorite things to do is to hang out with family and friends and have a movie night with ice cream and popcorn. If she could have a super power, she would want the ability to fly like in one of her favorite Disney movies Aladdin. One of her favorite places to go is the beach because she loves the sun and swimming!

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    Graham H. Swim Instructor
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    Graham H. Swim Instructor

    Graham aka Graham Cracker has been with Goldfish since March 2016! If it isn’t his big smile that you notice first, it’s definitely his goofy personality that follows. He is Miss Jacquie’s little brother but he claims he’s way ‘cooler’. His favorite color is blue, and he loves to eat steaks. Mr. Graham enjoys hanging out with his friends during his free time. He also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do- KA POW! Some of the places that Graham has traveled to are Haiti and Jamaica. He hopes to become a youth pastor one day. His favorite Disney movie is Cars.

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    Hunter H. Swim Instructor
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    Hunter H. Swim Instructor

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    Jack D. Swim Instructor
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    Jack D. Swim Instructor

    Jack is 19 years old and is very excited to be a part of your child’s development into a proficient swimmer. He has been a swim team coach, and he is currently working toward a degree in education. Jack wants everyone to know that he looks forward to helping your child achieve their goals in the water!

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    Jackie D. Swim Instructor
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    Jackie D. Swim Instructor

    Jackie joined the Goldfish team in September 2016. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Elementary Education. She and her husband have lived in Herndon for 22 years and are the parents of three adults, all who are pursuing their own careers. She loves the water and spent most of her childhood in a pool as a competitive swimmer. Her favorite color is green and her favorite Disney movie is Mary Poppins.

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    Jacquie H. Swim Instructor
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    Jacquie H. Swim Instructor

    Jacquie has been with Goldfish since July 2015. Jacquie loves to travel! She has been to Belize, Mexico, Costa Rico, Jamaica, Haiti, California, and New Orleans! In her free time she enjoys singing and taking photos. One day Jacquie would like to become a music teacher. Her favorite Disney movie is Toy Story.

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    Jalen R. Swim Instructor
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    Jalen R. Swim Instructor

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    Joanne M. Swim Instructor
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    Joanne M. Swim Instructor

    This is Joanne! Her favorite Disney princess is Mulan and she likes to sing and play instruments. Joanne's favorite color is gold.

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    Justo E. Swim Instructor
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    Justo E. Swim Instructor

    This is Justo! His favorite color is blue and he loves pizza. Justo loves spending time with friends and family and his favorite sports are basketball and football. He was born in Argentina and can't wait to make new friends in the water!

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    Kateelynn G. Swim Instructor
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    Kateelynn G. Swim Instructor

    Katelynn’s favorite color is yellow. She loves elephants. Her favorite Disney movie is Finding Dory. Once she graduates from high school, Katelynn wants to study to be a pediatrician and help kids. If Katelynn is not at school or work, she is cheering at a football games for South Lakes!

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    Kati I. Swim Instructor
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    Kati I. Swim Instructor

    Kati started with Goldfish in September of 2015 and has grown up swimming in Reston Association. She spends her summers in the mountains of Oregon in hopes that one day she will find the ever elusive Big Foot! Her favorite Disney character is Tinkerbell but she is a close second to Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

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    Katie B. Swim Instructor
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    Katie B. Swim Instructor

    Katie is 17 years old, and she is a senior at South Lakes High School. Katie loves field hockey and is a huge Caps fan. She has been on swim team for 10 years, and she is the director of the Be Amyazing Reston Triathlon.

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    Katie R. Swim Instructor
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    Katie R. Swim Instructor

    Katie loves playing field hockey, soccer, and swimming in the summer. She loves traveling and watching movies. She loves the movie Toy Story and plans on seeing Toy Story 4 the day it comes out. Her favorite color is aquamarine. She plans to attend the University of Mary Washington with hopes of becoming a teacher.

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    Kaylin S. Swim Instructor
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    Kaylin S. Swim Instructor

    Kaylin has had experience with teaching and life guarding for almost three years! She’s very passionate about helping children find a love for aquatics like she has. Kaylin’s favorite color is baby pink, and she loves tiny dogs even though she only owns cats. Her goal in life to to someday open her own swim lesson facility and to travel to other countries to help teach children. If not working, you can catch Kaylin eating sushi and hanging out with friends!

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    Kelly S. Swim Instructor
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    Kelly S. Swim Instructor

    Kelly goes to South Lakes High School and loves being a part of the Goldfish team! In her free time, she loves being outside, spending time with her family, friends and dog. Kelly loves the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals, and watches every game! Kelly has been a part of a swim team since she was six years old. Kelly’s favorite color is blue, and her favorite prince is Belle from Beauty and the Beast! Kelly would love to see you at Goldfish, so don’t be afraid to say hello!

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    Khatib A. Swim Instructor
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    Khatib A. Swim Instructor

    Khatib is 19 years old and currently attending George Mason University. His favorite TV shows are Grey’s Anatomy and Prison Break. Khatib likes to play football and volleyball.

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    Kyla S. Swim Instructor
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    Kyla S. Swim Instructor

    Kyla is a rising senior at Oakton High School and has been swimming and diving since she was 8 years old. She has three younger brothers and two dogs and she likes to hangout with friends in her spare time. Kyla is looking forward to being your child’s swim instructor!

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    Leia G. Swim Instructor
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    Leia G. Swim Instructor

    Leia loves Marvel and DC comics! Her favorite Disney movie is Mulan. She loves to sing and play guitar. Leia’s favorite color is blue and she can’t wait to meet all her swimmers.

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    Maddy A. Swim Instructor
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    Maddy A. Swim Instructor

    Maddy’s favorite color is blue and her favorite princess is Ariel! She loves dolphins and watching movies! Maddy’s favorite Disney movie is Monsters Inc.

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    Maddy S. Swim Instructor
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    Maddy S. Swim Instructor

    Maddy currently attends South Lakes High School, and loves being a teacher at Goldfish! She loves to sing, and most of her extra-curricular times goes towards chorus and her a capella group. She hopes that somehow signing can be a part of her career someday! She likes to be spontaneous and adventurous, and hopes to travel the world and experience new cultures. Her favorite color is pink and she loves dogs!

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    Mohammed H. Swim Instructor
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    Mohammed H. Swim Instructor

    Mohammed has two munchkin cats that stay kittens forever, and their names are Leo and Lily. He has a huge parrot named Toby who talks all day. Mohammed loves art and teaches art classes at area schools. He likes crafting and making cool stuff like baskets and sculptures. He also loves swimming. It’s one of his favorite activities!

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    Mustafa A. Swim Instructor
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    Mustafa A. Swim Instructor

    Mustafa attends Langley High School in McLean. He has been competitively swimming for over 9 years through club swim, and he is also on his high school’s varsity swim team. Being the oldest of over 15 cousins, Mustafa is constantly around young children. He enjoys the positive energy kids bring to the environment around him.

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    Myls B. Swim Instructor
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    Myls B. Swim Instructor

    Myls is currently a student at South Lakes High School. His favorite classes are Geo Systems and Chorus. Myls enjoys football, movies, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite football team is the Cowboys, and his favorite movie is The Incredibles.

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    Nivin J. Swim Instructor
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    Nivin J. Swim Instructor

    Nivin’s favorite color is red. He likes to play sports like basketball and volleyball. He really likes superheroes in fact his favorite superhero is The Flash! Nivin hopes you have a great time at Goldfish!

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    Norris G. Swim Instructor
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    Norris G. Swim Instructor

    Norris is a high school senior and an Eagle Scout. He was on drum line for his high school and has two dogs Max and Ginny. Norris is passionate about music and has been in band since 5th grade. He is also very focused on healthy lifestyles and exercise!

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    Rachel W. Swim Instructor
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    Rachel W. Swim Instructor

    Rachel started working with Goldfish in December 2016. She currently goes to Chantilly High School. Her favorite color is blue, loves her dog and music. Her favorite Disney movies are The Jungle Book and Monsters Inc.

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    Reagan W. Swim Instructor
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    Reagan W. Swim Instructor

    Reagan first joined the Goldfish team in November of 2014. She left to go to college in Cleveland Ohio but is now back and can't wait to teach! Her favorite food is eggplant and her favorite color is purple, eggplant purple to be specific. Next time you see her make sure to give her a big high five!

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    Richard K. Swim Instructor
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    Richard K. Swim Instructor

    Richard has been working with us at Goldfish since August 2016! He generally splits his time between working at Goldfish, taking science classes at Nova, and reading! His favorite books are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy! Wall-E is Richard’s favorite Disney movie.

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    Rosemarie K. Swim Instructor
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    Rosemarie K. Swim Instructor

    Rose loves swimming and has been on Swim Team for 7 years. Her favorite color is blue, and her favorite food is ice cream (mint chocolate chip). She has two dogs that she loves very much (awwwww).

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    Shirin D. Swim Instructor
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    Shirin D. Swim Instructor

    Shirin currently attends Oakton High School and her favorite sea animal is a sea otter! Her favorite Disney movie is Monsters Inc. Shirin’s favorite colors are Pink and Grey.

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    Silvia B. Swim Instructor
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    Silvia B. Swim Instructor

    Silvia is from Romania. She loves traveling and trying new things. She likes swimming, teaching, listening to music, doing outdoor activities and watching movies!

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    Tiffany K. Swim Instructor
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    Tiffany K. Swim Instructor

    Tiffany is currently attending attending Oakton High School as a Junior, and she loves going on bike rides down trails with really nice views. Her favorite color is light blue, and she eats grape Smuckers Uncrustables religiously.

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    Trent P. Swim Instructor
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    Trent P. Swim Instructor

    Trent is a 19 year old college student from Herndon, Virginia. After finishing his first year at Virginia tech he decided to go to Northern Virginia Community College while he explored what he wanted to study. Trent swam throughout his childhood for Pinecrest and York Swim club as well as Westfield High School where he was team captain his senior year. He also enjoys musicals, music and video games. Moe’s is his favorite fast food restaurant, where he healthily eats multiple times a week.

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    Vanessa U. Swim Instructor
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    Vanessa U. Swim Instructor

    Vanessa has worked at Goldfish since August 2016. Her favorite color is white. She loves animals and her favorite is a lion! She even has a cat named Midnight, which she occasionally pretends is a lion. It’s a good thing Vanessa loves animals because one day she hopes to become a vet.

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    Vincent V. Swim Instructor
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    Vincent V. Swim Instructor

    Hello this is Vin! Some fun facts about him are that his favorite color is blue and superman is his favorite superhero! He looves to eat and his favorite restaurant to eat at is Chipotle.

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    Yenifer M. Swim Instructor
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    Yenifer M. Swim Instructor

    Her names is Yenifer, but her friends and family call her Yeni. She loves the color blue. Her favorite sport is soccer. She also enjoys the movie Moana. In her free time she likes to play soccer with her friends and for her team.

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    Zoe T. Swim Instructor
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    Zoe T. Swim Instructor

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    Virginia H. Lifeguard
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    Virginia H. Lifeguard

    Virginia has lived in the Northern Virginia area her whole life with her two older siblings, parents, and her dog Coco. She has been dancing since she was 2 and enjoys reading and playing piano. Her favorite color is red, and she loves to sing and eat chocolate.

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    Cydnee J. Front Desk Representative
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    Cydnee J. Front Desk Representative

    Cydnee was born and raised in the state of Virginia. Her favorite things to do are eat and sleep. Her favorite Disney movies are The Princess and the Frog and Mulan. Believe it or not, but Cydnee’s grandmother is from Japan. Cydnee is currently learning to speak Spanish!

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    Ethan R. Front Desk Representative
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    Ethan R. Front Desk Representative

    Ethan is a licensed High School Social Studies teacher. Here are some History jokes: Why do we call early European history the Dark Ages? -There were too many Knights What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? -Plymouth Rock Why did the American pioneers use covered wagons? -They didn’t want to wait for a train

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    Iliana S. Front Desk Representative
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    Iliana S. Front Desk Representative

    Iliana is currently in her last year of high school. She is a vegetarian and her favorite vegetable is carrots (yum!). She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and she loves spending time out doors. She hopes to attend college next year and study marketing.

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    Leah M. Front Desk Representative
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    Leah M. Front Desk Representative

    Leah started working at Goldfish in October 2017, just after moving from Florence, Kentucky! Leah likes to explore parks with her two dogs Venus and Vader. Her all time favorite color is olive green. Her go-to Disney movie and Beauty and the Beast.

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    Nathaniel K. Front Desk Representative
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    Nathaniel K. Front Desk Representative

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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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