Lee is from Manassas, VA where he grew up around a pool doing swim teams, teaching lessons and lifeguarding. He continued to associate with aquatics in college where he swam for East Carolina University while getting his degree in Psychology.
For the past 16 years he has been working with competitive swim teams in teaching proper technique, improving endurance, promoting water safety and making sure each one of his swimmers had a safe and fun environment while in the pool.
He has passion and energy for everything aquatics and is excited to create an environment where all members can learn something new in the water while having fun and being safe at the J. Lee moved to Houston six years ago and is married to Megan Hutchens. Megan is a middle school PE teacher in Fort Bend County and they have a son, Cooper.
Janet Strimel has over 38 years experience working in Aquatics and Sports & Fitness. She earned a B.S. in Leisure Services & Studies from (F.S.U.) Florida State University. Her certifications include ARC Lifeguard, CPR, WSI and Adapted Aquatics.
Janet currently facilitates the Adapted Aquatics Program which offer children with disabilities the opportunity to learn how to swim. Her motto is "There is no excuse for not knowing how to swim!"
Melanie Rosen is new to the Aquatics Department, but certainly not new to the J. She grew up just a block away and has been swimming in our pools since age 2. In recent years, Melanie has been on the Houston Coogs Masters Swim Team and has competed in swim meets as well as triathlons. She has a passion for fitness and competing in meets and races, and she is married with three teenage sons.
Melanie currently teaches swim lessons and coaches the young kids swim team. She is certified in Red Cross Water Safety, Red Cross Lifeguard & U.S. Masters Adult Learn to Swim program. Melanie believes that swimming is the best sport around and loves teaching it to others!
Karla Stoll comes to us from the J in Cleveland, OH where she taught Red Cross swim lessons and was the aquatics supervisor for their summer camp. Karla brings a high level of energy to our Learn to Swim classes, private lessons and summer camp as she loves to work with children helping them become better swimmers or becoming water safe. She is a teacher outside of the pool during the day, and that experience has helped her become a better teacher in the pool.
She also brings experience working with children with special needs in the water helping them become water safe and stronger swimmers. Karla is certified as a Water Safety Instructor, a Lifeguard and certified to teach lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid and babysitting for American Red Cross. Karla is also bilingual as she is fluent in Spanish and English.