Our Team

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    Phil Tan Owner & Manager
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    Phil Tan Owner & Manager

    Phil was born in Seoul, Korea. He moved to Houston at the age of 6, where he currently resides with his wife, Ann and better half for almost 20 years along with their daughter, Addison (7). Finance major from the University of Houston found his calling not from his intended career path but from a summer job as a personal trainer. He has always enjoyed helping others achieve their goals. After 16 years of helping various people from all walks of life achieve their fitness goals, he has decided to re-direct that passion and desire. As a father, he has decided to help teach other children along with his daughter how to swim while still incorporating fitness into the lessons. He is proud to open up Texas’ very first Goldfish Swim School. -Phil- “I traded in my business suits for sneakers and shorts to flip flops and swim trunks, can’t get any more casual!” Certified Ellis Lifeguard Instructor phil.tan@goldfishss.com

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    Desiree Ruiz Assistant General Manager
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    Desiree Ruiz Assistant General Manager

    Hi I’m Desiree! I’m a junior at Houston Community College. I am a Criminal Justice and Psychology double major. I love outdoor activities and am getting certified to teach yoga. I have 6 years of working experience with kids from 6 weeks old to 12 years old. I’m super excited to be part of the Goldfish family and can’t wait to get to know all of you! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Thomas Balgairies Assistant General Manager
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    Thomas Balgairies Assistant General Manager

    Hi, my name is Thomas. Originally from France, my family moved here almost 20 years ago. I am fluent in both French and English and love sports. I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and love to teach that to kids as well. I have a degree in biology from the University of Texas. I taught science and coached swimming in Katy ISD for three years. I hope to use my experience to help your child learn and have fun with swimming . Ellis Certified Lifeguard thomas.balgairies@goldfishss.com

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    Laura Hernandez Marketing Coordinator
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    Laura Hernandez Marketing Coordinator

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    Circe Michel Garcia Deck Supervisor
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    Circe Michel Garcia Deck Supervisor

    Hello everyone my names is Circe Garcia Michel, I’m 19 years old and originally from La Havana, Cuba. I have been living in Houston for about six years now. Recently I graduated from high school in 2016, I was also a member of Houston Swim Club for about 3 years in swimming competitions. now planning on to attending college to study and one day become a Physical Therapist with the help of my family and loved ones. I truly enjoy swimming and instructing children on learning and improving their swimming skills, but most importantly teaching them the right safety skills when being at a swimming pool. I feel very excited to be part of this team and cant wait to have fun with all of you.

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    David Keahey Deck Supervisor
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    David Keahey Deck Supervisor

    Hello! My name is David Keahey. I currently go to HCC to complete my core classes. After that, I will be headed to TSTC to join their Automotive and Diesel program. I am very excited to join the Goldfish crew and be back in the water. I used to be a swimmer and lifeguard. My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is turtles! I am also a proud Eagle Scout and now a proud swim teacher! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Mefleh Abu-Ein Deck Supervisor
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    Mefleh Abu-Ein Deck Supervisor

    Greeting and salutations, My name is Mefleh, I am a Senior at Alief Early College High School. I am originally from Jordan, where I was an active member in a competitive swim team. I have served as a lifeguard for the past two summers. I am very excited about sharing my passion of swimming with others! We will do lot of learning together and have some fun while at it! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Amy Garcia Swim Instructor
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    Amy Garcia Swim Instructor

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    Anna Guidry Swim Instructor
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    Anna Guidry Swim Instructor

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    Ashley Vizuet Swim Instructor
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    Ashley Vizuet Swim Instructor

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    Jesse Martinez Swim Instructor
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    Jesse Martinez Swim Instructor

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    Jessica Robertson Swim Instructor
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    Jessica Robertson Swim Instructor

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    Luis Reyes Swim Instructor
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    Luis Reyes Swim Instructor

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    Santiago Salazar Swim Instructor
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    Santiago Salazar Swim Instructor

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    Monica Tejeda Teacher
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    Monica Tejeda Teacher

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    Deena Mortada Golden Teacher
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    Deena Mortada Golden Teacher

    My name is Deena, and I work at Goldfish Swim School because I love having fun with kids and teaching them new things. I like playing basketball, soccer, and volleyball. My favorite thing to do is play with makeup! I am from Houston, Texas and I am a senior at Alief Early College High School. My personal mission is for each and every one of my students to learn the swim safety skills they need, and to excel at their swimming while having fun at the same time! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Eva Maxcy Golden Teacher
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    Eva Maxcy Golden Teacher

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    Karen Garcia Golden Teacher
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    Karen Garcia Golden Teacher

    Hello I am Karen Garcia and I am 16 years old. I am currently a Junior at Westside High School where I play lacrosse and take pictures for my photography class. My favorite animal is a shark because they are beautiful misunderstood creatures. And one of my favorite things to do is teach your kid how to swim because I love seeing that smile on their face when they have finally achieved their goals ?? Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Vanessa Villanueva Golden Teacher
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    Vanessa Villanueva Golden Teacher

    Hey there! My name is Vanessa, my friends call me ness. I’m a student at Spring Woods High School. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I love soccer and traveling. I love my job because I love working with kids which means I’m looking forward to meeting you, we will have fun in the water while also being safe! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Avin Pasalar Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Avin Pasalar Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    I was raised in Dubai U.A.E and I moved to Houston my freshman year in high school. I started swimming at the age of 2 years old. Growing up I was exposed to various sports but to this day, swimming has remained my favorite sport. Aside from swimming and studying, I enjoy traveling. Fun fact: I have traveled to 4 continents so far and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the world, but for now I look forward to teaching children at Goldfish Swim School. Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Diana Moscot Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Diana Moscot Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hello! My name is Diana Moscot. I was born in Orlando,Florida. I am currently a Junior in Spring Woods High School. I enjoy playing sports for my school such as cross country, basketball and track. I am so excited to join Goldfish Swim School. I am really looking forward to teaching children how to swim and be safe in and around water! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Frank Gibbons Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Frank Gibbons Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hello there. My name is Frank Gibbons and I am currently a senior in high school. I have been competitively swimming since I was six, primarily swimming for Dad's Club. Currently, I swim for Westside High School. With my experience, I hope to teach better technique to our future swimmers. Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Nailea Jaimes Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Nailea Jaimes Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Certified Ellis Lifeguard

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    Xochitnil Hernandez Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Xochitnil Hernandez Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Zoe Samuel Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Zoe Samuel Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Alexis White Lifeguard
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    Alexis White Lifeguard

    Hi I'm Alexis! I am a dance major at HSPVA as well as a brown belt in Taekwondo. I love dancing, swimming, baking, and long walks on the beach. I'm excited to be part of the Goldfish team and help your child grow as a swimmer in a safe environment!

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    Cheyenne Reyes Front Desk Representative
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    Cheyenne Reyes Front Desk Representative

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    Emma Maxcy Front Desk Representative
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    Emma Maxcy Front Desk Representative

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    Karla Hernandez Front Desk Representative
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    Karla Hernandez Front Desk Representative

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    Marisol Villalba Front Desk Representative
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    Marisol Villalba Front Desk Representative

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    Rachel Mendez Front Desk Representative
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    Rachel Mendez Front Desk Representative

    Hi! My name is Rachel, I’m a senior in high school. I love running long distance and eating sushi. I’m Honduran but raised in Houston. I always look forward to giving a Golden Experience! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Selena Costa Front Desk Representative
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    Selena Costa Front Desk Representative

    Hi! My name is Selena. I love to swim and my favorite animal is the turtle! I’m excited to meet you and find out what your favorite animal is.

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