Our Mission & Core Values

Our Mission is to develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of swimming in students of all ages, and to create a safe and fun environment in and around water.

All ASA instructors maintain Red Cross Lifeguard Certification while a member of our staff. As part of their orientation, instructors complete at least 40 hours of in the water training with seasoned instructors as they learn the ASA swim curriculum. Each instructor brings their own technique and approach to the classes, making our pools a fun and dynamic learning environment. We are proud of our staff and hope you have a chance to see each and every one of our instructors in action.

Meet the ASA Staff

My family began Atlanta Swim Academy 3 decades ago. Below you can meet my dedicated staff and read bio's on each of them, including me. Please stop by sometime and say hi. If you'd like to become part of a great team, fill out our application!

Brad Grzelka


Brad Grzelka | Owner

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Bio: Water has played an integral role in my life. As a child I was fortunate enough to have grown up with many opportunities to be in and around the water. My family began Atlanta Swim Academy over 3 decades ago.

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AdriaAdria Dennis | Lead Senior Group Coach

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Bio: I have always loved the water, and started swimming competitively at 10yrs old in my hometown Watertown, WI. I quickly developed a passion and talent for the sport, and joined an elite year-round club swim team at age 14, in which I had the opportunity to travel to multiple State Competitions, Zone-Regional Meets, Speedo Sectionals, as well as Junior Nationals.

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AmandaCAmanda Carlson | Swim Instructor

Bio: I've been swimming since I was 5 years old. I love being around the water and working with children. I have been year round swimming since I was 8 and swimming has always been a huge part of my life. I am an assistant swim coach of a summer league team in East Cobb. I am also a junior at Lassiter High School and participate on the Lassiter Varsity Swim and Dive Team.

amyFAmy Farrar | Administrative Manager

Bio: I love swim lessons because I believe swimming is one of the most fun and necessary skills a child can learn! I first learned to swim when my Grandpa would throw loose change at the bottom of the pool and tell me I could keep the money if I swam to get it. I started lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons in high school and kept at it throughout college where I worked at the Auburn University Aquatics Center. I've spent the last 4 years managing summer camps and year round outdoor recreation programs for children, which included swimming, boating and sailing lessons.

ArianeAriane Swain | Swim Instructor 

Bio: I grew up in a family who spent every possible moment in the water! Lakes, oceans, pools, it has always been a huge part of our lives! I practically swam before I walked! I began swimming competitively year round very young and continued on into high school. I became a Lifeguard in 2010. In 2011 I began teaching swim lessons and found it is a passion of mine. I’m so excited to be teaching such a wonderful skill, and I’m beyond blessed to be able to do it everyday! I look forward to working with the ASA family!

BenLBen Ladinsky | Swim Instructor

Bio: I used to coach gymnastics at a summer camp, and I really enjoyed working with the kids. I love how no matter how bad of a day you are having, the kids can cheer you up every single time. I came to Atlanta Swim Academy to work with kids in a different environment. I feel teaching swimming lessons is a great way to interact with kids and have a fun time learning new skills.

brian_boone.jpgBrian Boone | Swim Instructor/Facility Engineer

 Bio: I've been in and around pools since I was about 5 years old. Summer swim league was always an integral part of my summer breaks, and I even managed to make a few appearances at state meets throughout my swimming career. Even after I outgrew the summer league, I continued my swimming career as an assistant coach to my neighborhood team over the summer months and swam on my high school swim team during the school year. My love for swimming has extended to water polo over the years. I'm excited to be working at a facility where I can be a part of a staff that takes pride in passing on their love for the water to the next generation of swimmers.

CarolineSCaroline Swenson | Swim Instructor

Bio: I have grown up in Atlanta my whole life and started on swim team at a very young age and continued until middle school. I currently participate in small triathlons and love to be in the water whether I'm competing or just hanging out with friends. I believe all kids should learn to swim and teaching them is awesome. I love being able to see students improve tremendously while at ASA.

CaseyCasey Seeley | Swim Instructor / Swim Administrator

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Bio: I started swimming at 2 years old, and joined a year round swim team at 8. I continued swimming competitively in high school and became a lifeguard and swim instructor in 2012, and have loved every minute of it. I am very happy and excited to be a part of the Atlanta Swim Academy Family!

CassidyRaeCassidy Jodesty | Swim Instructor

Bio: I am a current student at Kennesaw State University majoring in International Business. I was born and raised in Georgia and I adore the state. Swimming and I have been in love since I was 3 years old. I have been on swim team for 10 years but have been swimming for 14 years. I am a huge fan of reading and being outside where I can lay in the sun. Fun Fact: I have a T-shirt collection with somewhere near 35 shirts.

WebChristinaChristina Hill | Swim Administrator 

Bio: I was born in Savannah, GA where I got to grow up near the ocean. My dad lived in California so my love for water only grew as we always went deep-sea fishing and tried out many different water sports. Swimming is one of my earliest memories as a child. My older brothers were lifeguards in our neighborhood, so my sister and I would run out to the pool with our friends every chance we could! I believe swimming is both fun and useful, whether it is recreational or competitive. I have experience in both retail and child care. I enjoy meeting new people and watching children grow in their skills! I am very excited to be apart of the ASA staff!

ColeCole Shearer | Swim Instructor

Bio: I started swimming when I was 7 and took swim lessons at Atlanta Swim Academy when I was 12, when I focused on my skills in Sea Lions and Manta Rays. Swimming and enjoying time in the water is one of my favorite pass times. After finishing my lessons at ASA, I began swimming competitively in 2014. I hope to meet you and your swimmers soon!

collin_odonnell.jpgCollin ODonnell | Swim Instructor/Facility Engineer

Bio: I have always spent a great deal of time in the water swimming; I usually get in a few laps every morning before coming to Atlanta Swim Academy. I swam competitively in high school until I injured my shoulder, but I continued spending time in the water as an assistant coach to my neighborhood swim team. In 2009, I obtained my WSI, lifeguarding, and CPR/AED certifications right here at ASA, and I've been teaching here ever since! When I'm not here, playing Airsoft with friends, and building model ships.

DavidMDavid Milley | Swim Instructor

Bio: I have been swimming as long as I can remember. I first joined a competitive summer swim team when I was 4 years old and swam with them for years. I later joined ASA's swim team and continued swimming for several seasons. When I am not swimming I play drums in the schools marching band, and participate Boy Scouts..

DebiDebi Trelease | Swim Administrator

Bio: Swimming is a fabulous form of exercise to build endurance and skill set. My love of the water began at a young age with annual family vacation trips to the beach. I am excited to be part of the amazing team at ASA.

DwightMPDwight Michael Price | Swim Instructor

Bio: I've been swimming for as long as I can remember. I started swimming competitively when I was 8 years old and during the summers. I played baseball for a long time and had to stop swimming, but started again in high school and have done it ever since. Swimming is an important skill to learn because it's fun and is a great way to stay active.

ElizTElizabeth Turner | Swim Instructor

Bio: I have been swimming for 13yrs and began coaching my summer league swim team 3 years ago; 2yrs as an assistant coach and 1yr as a head coach. I spend most of my summer teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding. In the past 2 years I have picked up the sport of Water Polo and play on 3 different teams around the area. I am a senior at Lassiter High and will attend UGA in fall 2015.

webEricEric Lieberman | Swim Coach 

Bio: I am a senior at the Weber school, and this is my 9th season at ASA.  I originally started in Red Group (SwimFit Red). I am now in senior group, as well as the Team Captain. Through ASA, I reached the state and sectional levels for my breaststroke and placed very well at the high school level.  ASA has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, whether it is learning how to swim better at age 7, or creating some of my best friendships.  I am very excited to start sharing some of my knowledge and love of swimming with the younger generation of athletes.

GigiGigi McGaughey | Swim Instructor

Bio: I have been swimming for as long as I can remember and have always had a passion for aquatic sports. I have swam for three different competitive teams including Stingrays and Campbell High School's team. I also have played on two different water polo teams, both coed and girls. I am excited to share my enthusiasm for swimming at ASA.

GraceGrace Caruso | Swim Instructor

Bio: I've always loved the water and have loved to swim for as long as I can remember. I started swimming competitively on a summer league when I was 5 and continued for 8 years. I love working with kids and have helped coach my neighborhood swim team in the past. I'm so excited to be working at ASA!

GraceMGrace Motahari | Swim Instructor

Bio: Having grown up in Sandy Springs, I started swimming at a very young age. I’ve always loved being in the water and swam competitively in both summer leagues and year round teams, even making it to State a few times. I’m a proud alumna of Atlanta Swim Academy and look forward to passing on the knowledge and skills I acquired to my students.


HaileyBHailey Brower | Swim Instructor

Bio: I grew up in Florida and have been in and around the water my entire life. I started swimming competitively when I was 11 and have not stopped. I think swimming is one of the most important skills a person can have and I am very excited to be teaching it. I am also studying Mechanical Engineering at Kennesaw State University.

HannahHannah Drilling | Camp Counselor

Bio: I've loved to swim ever since I can remember. I'm currently in the senior group of the ASA swim team and compete year round. I tried many sports before swimming and swimming was the one I enjoyed the most. I'm also on my highschool team that went to state this last year where the girls placed 4th. I look forward to a future in swimming and a lot more memories with ASA.

wIsabelleIsabelle Witteveen | Assistant Swim Instructor  

Bio: I've been in and around water for as long as I can remember! I love swimming and working with kids. I took swimming lessons at Atlanta Swim Academy, then started competitively swimming with my Summer league, and I now swim for Walton High School. I believe that swimming essential for all, especially children.  See you soon!

wIsraelIsrael Lelis | Swim Instructor

Bio: I've always been in love with the water, every summer I would spend most of my time either swimming in the pool or in the ocean. I would spend so much time in the water that my mom would call me her little fish. I've been swimming since I was 3 and couldn't see myself doing anything else, I would swim for fun but it wasn't until I got into high school that I joined the swim and dive team at my high school. That's when I knew that swimming was my passion, and now to get to pass that onto the younger generation and I couldn't be more excited.

jack jonesCPOJack Jones | Facility Engineer Manager/Swim Instructor/Coach

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Bio: I have enjoyed being in the water for as long as I can remember. I began swimming competitively with my neighborhood summer league when I was 12. I still compete in a Masters swim program and have been doing so for the last 2 years. I love the challenge that swimming offers, both mentally and physically.

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JennyKordonJenny Kordon | Team Admin / Lead Red & Blue Group Coach

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Bio: I can still remember the swim meet that I broke a minute in the 100 free over 35 years ago. A big milestone in a swimmer’s career. I never dreamed then that I would have the opportunity to be helping young swimmers achieve those same dreams. I come to ASA and the state of Georgia from Minneapolis, MN.

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JCherokJohn Cherok | Lead Gold Group Coach

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Bio: Raised in Columbus, Ohio, I started swimming as soon as my parents threw me in the pool at age 6. I swam competitively up to college swimming summer league and age group short course and long course. My best strokes were to 100 breast and the 400 IM. Swimming Masters off and on and now raising a 9yr old girl who is actively into swimming, I've found new desire to pursue coaching as a way to continue the passion of swimming.

wJuliaJulia Amos | Swim Instructor / Swim Coach

Bio: I have always loved the water and have been swimming as long as I can remember. I joined my first competitive team at the age of 12 and quickly fell in love with the sport. I swam at college at Life University. and began life guarding and teaching lessons at the age of 15. I coached age group swim teams for the past 3 years.  My hobbies outside of swimming include sailing, camping and trail running.

wKaraKara Dees | Swim Administrator  

Bio: I began swimming when I was very young. I took to the water like a fish and competed in swim meets through middle school. Even outside of a competitive setting, I have loved the water. I remember visiting my grandfather's house on the lake every summer. We'd go out on the boat and swim for hours. Learning to swim is one of the most enriching skills a kid can learn! ASA is a great place. I'm so excited to be here.

KathyLSKathy Lim Sang | Head Coach / Lead Silver & Bronze Group Coach

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Bio: Kathy hails from the sunny Island of Jamaica. Her husband and two daughters migrated to Marietta in 2008. Both her daughters have been integrally involved in swimming, the younger, at State level, the older, a senior at college.

Kathy is a certified Physical Education Teacher, also having taught English Lang and Lit at High School Level.


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keeganKeegan Ford | Camp Lifeguard

Bio: I have been swimming ever since I can remember. I joined ASA's Swim Team when I was 9 years old and am now in the Senior group. You can always find me in the wait, and I can't wait to be an awesome camp counselor and lifeguard.

wLaurenLauren Huston | Swim Instructor

Bio: I have always had a passion for sports, with Swimming being the top of the list. I started swimming as early as the age of 2. By the age of 10, I was swimming competitively with the Fulton County Swordfish Team. I have participated in Scuba Diving summer camps and continued swimming for various swim teams during my middle and high school years. My passion for swimming and safety lead me to earning certifications for teaching swimming and lifeguarding in 2011. I earned an Associates Degree in Biology and I am continuing my academic career in the Public Health program at KSU. I look forward to working with the Atlanta Swim Academy family!

wLiaLia Gonzalez | Assistant Swim Instructor 

Bio: Hey! I'm Lia and I have been swimming since I was 3 years old. I love the pool and look forward to having fun-tastic time with the swimmers at Atlanta Swim Academy.

LindyLindy Kidd | Swim Instructor

Bio: I grew up in the East Cobb area swimming every year on the Somerset Sharks swim team and started coaching when I was 17. Currently I'm majoring in Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State. Atlanta Swim Academy allows me to combine both my love for swimming and children.

LisaSandlerLisa Sandler | Swim Program Manager

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Bio: I am honored to be a part of this dynamic and experienced swim staff. I started swimming as an infant and continue to love the water – pool, lake, river, ocean and sea! Growing up I continued to learn to swim at camp, started teaching swimming in 1993, and was a member of Arcadia University’s DIII NCAA swim team from 1995-1999. Teaching kids and individuals of all ages and abilities to swim is so exciting for me and I hope to meet you soon.

LydiaLydia Knight | Swim Instructor

Bio: As a very young child, I began taking swimming lessons and have loved swimming ever since. My family took annual trips to Florida where I put this passion to use, and lived in the tropics overseas later in my childhood where I was able to go swimming all year round- even in the middle of winter! I also greatly enjoy being around kids of all ages and they always brighten my day!

MaddyMaddy Vandiver | Swim Instructor

Bio: I have been in water since I was a month old and have loved it ever since. I started lifeguarding in 2014 at White Water as a Wave Pool Guard and swam through high school. I look forward to sharing my love for swimming with everyone.

MasonMason Sell | Swim Instructor

Bio: I was born in raised in the Marietta area. I have been swimming since the age of 4 when I actually took lessons here to learn how to swim! Since then, I couldn’t get enough of it and even went on to scuba diving, free diving, and swim team from elementary school through part of high school.

wNandiNandi Brown | Swim Instructor

Bio: Hi My name is Nandi. I am an aspiring midwife with a BS in biology from the University of New Orleans. I have worked as a lifeguard for 9 years and a swim instructor for 6 years. I have taught students from 4 months old to elders in there late 70's as well as students with special needs. I also have experience as a kindergarten teacher and nanny. With a passion for teaching and experience as a competitive swimmer, I strive to make sure that students meet and surpass all goals.

NunaNuna Bamatraf | Swim Instructor

Bio: I started taking lessons at ASA when I was 2 and loved swimming so much, that I joined a competitive team when I was 5. Later, I joined the Lassiter HS swim team as a Freshman, and now have the role of captain as a Senior. I hope to continue my love for swimming in college by studying exercise science and swim at the collegiate level. ASA helped me start on an amazing journey in the pool, and I look forward to sharing this passion with your little swimmers.

shelly_gerding.jpgShelly Gerding | Swim Administrator

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Bio: I have lived most of my life in Georgia.  I graduated from Berry College in 2005.  I have experience working in both retail and customer service for over 10 years now and I really enjoy it!  I love meeting and getting to know new people who love the excitement of learning.  Watching children learn how to swim always brightens my day. I am very happy to be a part of the staff at ASA.

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