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Aquatics Staff

Lee HutchensLee Hutchens
Aquatics Director

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
Janet StrimelSwim Instructor

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 RosenMelanie Rosen
Swim Instructor

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!

Emily SchwartzEmily Schwartz
Swim Instructor

Emily joined the J in 2016 and has taught swim lessons at our summer camp and our Sunday learn to swim classes. Her favorite sport is soccer; her favorite color is blue.

She loves helping kids learn how to swim because she grew up at the pool and enjoys passing on a life skill that will give kids some of the same opportunities in life that she's enjoyed. Emily's career goal is to become a Physical/Occupational Therapist. 


Colleen O'NeilColleen O’Neil
Swim Instructor 

Colleen is starting her first year at the J and comes to us from LSU where she was a four-year collegiate swimmer with the Tigers. Now she's putting her skills and knowledge to work helping our little swimmers learn to swim and become water safe.

She enjoys knowing that she's making a positive impact on her students, both in and out of the pool. "Seeing the kids get excited about learning how to swim and knowing that they will have these skills for life is very rewarding for me," she stated.

Colleen would describe herself as determined, and her favorite food is steak. She teaches classes Monday-Thursday. 


Katie FlatoKatie Flato
Swim Instructor 

Katie has been working at the J since 2015. Her first year she was a lifeguard, and the last two summers she has been working as a learn-to-swim instructor during camp and in our learn-to-swim classes this past summer. After two summers Katie has decided to continue to keep teaching the kids how to swim during our Monday and Tuesday classes. 

For Katie, the best part about working at the J is getting to know everyone that comes to the pool. Her favorite vacation was in San Diego, her favorite restaurant is Chipotle and her favorite movie is The Little Mermaid.
 

Andy LopezAndy Lopez
Swim Instructor 

Andy has been an instructor at the J for the past two summers helping our campers learn to be safe and in the water and learn how to swim. This year he has decided to continue to help kids during the school year as he is one of our instructors for our Wednesday classes. 

Outside of being in the pool, Andy’s favorite professional sports team is the Houston Astros, and his favorite college is Stephen F. Austin where is big brother Nathan attends. His favorite movie is Spiderman Homecoming, and the best part for Andy in working at the J is the camaraderie of the staff.