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Meet the Team

At Swimtastic + SwimLabs, we are dedicated professionals who are as passionate about competing and excelling in the sport we love as we are about passing on our knowledge to others. We are innovative and forward-thinking, using the latest in technology to push our sport forward, helping make swimmers of all levels more proficient and speeding up the learning curve.

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Kathryn (Katie) Brothen
Owner/GM

Katie fully believes that swimming is a life skill! She began swim team at the age of 6 and the love for the pool hasn’t stopped. As a mother of 4 daughters she knows it is critical to ensure their safety and joy in and around water. After trying to find accessible classes with great instructors and curriculum, she learned that there is a true market need in the Kenosha area. Seeing that need – she took a leap from her successful 17 year medical device marketing career to bring Swimtastic SwimLabs to the Kenosha market. The best-in-class learn to swim curriculum coupled with the differentiated elite stroke analysis in the flow tanks solidified her passion to bring this to life locally!

 

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Chuck Vena
Assistant Operations Director

Chuck married Katie Brothen in July of 2018 and loved the idea of opening a local swim school as soon as he heard of the concept. As a lifelong Kenosha resident he’s excited to bring this innovative school to the area for both kids and the competitive athlete. Hosting friends in their backyard pool, they have seen how quickly children who are being actively supervised can end up in the water unexpectedly. From birthday pool parties, Spring Break family vacations, to supporting community triathletes - he has seen how entire families can benefit from this facility.

 

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Whitney Stoner
Assistant General Manager

Whitney is a high energy, details and system loving guru. Her keen attention to details make the customer experience one of the best. She brings over 5 years of customer service experience to Swimtastic and SwimLabs.

She is a mom to two amazing little girls and knows what a vital life skill teaching swimming is to them. She began swimming at the age of 7 and swam breaststroke and backstroke and can’t wait to see if her daughters follow in her footsteps.

 

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Jenny Holtzen
Aquatics Director

Jenny has spent almost her entire life in and around a pool. She began her competitive swimming career at age 4, swimming for the Razorback Aquatic Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After a successful age group career, Jenny began her collegiate swimming career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied Social Welfare. During Jenny’s time with the Badgers, she earned NCAA All-American recognition and competed at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. After the conclusion of her collegiate career, Jenny immediately started coaching, working with teams in Madison, Chicago, and Milwaukee as well as competing in U.S. Masters Swimming. Jenny is excited to bring her swimming and coaching experience to SwimLabs. She hopes to help kids learn to love the water and reach their highest potential.

 

Jada Myers- Instructor

Jada Myers
Instructor

Jada has been swimming for almost her whole life, beginning swim lessons at the age of 3. Beginning at age 12, her teachers began to use her as an aid, and she’s been teaching and lifeguarding ever since. This gives her around 7 years of experience, even though she’s only 19. Jada also teaches at an afterschool program at a local elementary school, coaches swimming through the Kenosha branch of Special Olympics, and has experience teaching special needs and private lessons to people of all ages. Jada loves building connections, and believes that having a good time and learning are complimentary. She understands the importance of water safety, and is excited to bring her passion, knowledge, and experience to SwimLabs to help others grow and learn the same way she did!

 

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Michael Steplyk
Instructor

Michael is a very active person who always enjoyed being in the water and believes that swimming is a skill that everyone should have. Michael was part of his varsity high school swim team swimming freestyle and backstroke also a 2-time state competitor for diving as well as experience on a collegiate dive team. Michael is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater studying to become an exercise physiologist. He is a very patient and compassionate person who is always willing to help to the best of his abilities. Michael is very excited to start teaching and helping kids learn an important life skill.

 

Kaytlin Jolicoeur

Kaytlin Jolicoeur
Instructor

Kaytlin has been swimming for most of her life. When she was younger, she took swimming lessons and immediately fell in love with the pool. She continued to swim throughout her childhood, and once she hit high school she knew she had to compete. She swam on her High School’s competitive team for two years and loved every minute of it. She is currently preparing for her freshman year at Carthage College, and is planning on swimming for their competitive team as well. Working at Swimtastic she hopes to help kids find the same love for swimming that she had when she was younger, and to teach kids the importance of learning how to swim.

 

Maren Hoferitza-Palermo

Maren Hoferitza-Palmero
Instructor

Maren has been competitively swimming since around 10 years old. Even at a young age she spent time teaching her younger siblings to love the water. She was the captain of her high school swim team and swam at state with her team 3 years in a row. Currently, Maren is studying to become a nurse at Herzing University. She hopes to give children a positive experience in the pool, teach them skills they can use throughout their lives, and inspire them to keep with their new hobby!

 

Sarah Hirschmann

Sarah Hirschmann
Instructor

Sarah started swimming lessons when she was 4 years old and continued swim lessons or teams switching off until the age of 14. Swimming has always been a huge aspect of her life and she believes it is a valuable skill. Sarah has a history of working with kids with special needs, including playing on a baseball team and being in after school clubs to hangout with kids with disabilities. She is always the babysitter in her family and has many years of experience handling kids. She enjoys being around kids just as much as they enjoy being around her! Sarah has been very interested in sports her entire life, but softball and swimming have always been her main sports. She's very reliable, determined and passionate in everything she does. Being 17 years old, she knows swimming has a place in her life going forward. Whatever her future holds, she’s positive water will be involved!

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