Our Team

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    RJ Meade Owner
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    RJ Meade Owner

    Richard (RJ) Meade is the owner of the Goldfish Swim School in Omaha, Nebraska, the first Goldfish Swim School in the state! Originally from Northfield, Illinois - a suburb of Chicago - RJ attended Loyola University, focusing on political science and sociology. After graduation, RJ became a Certified Public Accountant, managing risk on the US Government debt at the Chicago Board of Trade. He also became a licensed real estate agent and investor. It was after a terrifying first-hand experience that involved his child in a hotel pool and his wife doing a fully-clothed water rescue, followed by little success with the swim lesson options available to his family, that RJ started looking into investing into his own swim school. The life skill of water safety had become a major focus for RJ and his family, and he was thrilled when a Goldfish Swim School opened in his neighborhood. The tried-and-true play-based curriculum, the confidence building culture, and the warm and inviting facility made it clear to RJ that Goldfish was the perfect fit for his swim school investment. With the help and mentorship of a colleague of his that had also opened a Goldfish Swim School, RJ chose to bring the Golden Experience to the people of Omaha, Nebraska. RJ and wife wife Michelle have two sons – Nate and Evan, and a daughter named Jane, who are all major Chicago Cubs fans. RJ also has a passion for coaching children’s sports – baseball, soccer, basketball – so it’s a natural fit for him to move into coaching and teaching swimming as well!

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    Mike Francis General Manager
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    Mike Francis General Manager

    I have over 20 years experience in recreation. Married with one son. I love working with children and providing a safe and positive customer experience. I am an avid NASCAR and Cornhusker fan! I am super excited to coach our growing staff and working with our wonderful members.

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    Eliana Seidner Pool Operations Manager
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    Eliana Seidner Pool Operations Manager

    I am a sophomore at UNO majoring in Exercise Science and Athletic training. I hail from Lawrence, KS and excited about Goldfish in Omaha. I love doing Crossfit, reading, and working with kids. I love seeing the children's progress each week during their lessons!