Leadership Team

TIERNAN MURPHY

First Wave Maker!

In 1994 I started teaching swimming lessons to neighbourhood kids out of my parents backyard pool in Brampton. I couldn’t have realized then what Making Waves would grow to become. Our success as a company is a tribute to the motivated, creative, talented and caring staff that have fuelled Making Waves today and all along the way. I am really excited about the mentorship that happens every day at Making Waves and I am really passionate about the life skills we are teaching both our students and our staff.  I like to live by the mantra “if it’s not fun, make it fun!” and outside of the business you may find me biking, cooking something spicy, baking bread or spending some quality time with my 3 amazing kids!

STEPHANIE OREFICE

Corporate Brand Officer (CBO)

Making Waves is truly a part of our lives and very much a family business that has evolved over time. Tiernan and I love meeting new parents enrolled in our program and hearing how pleased they are with their child’s progress. I am involved from behind the scenes at Making Waves these days, helping with strategic planning for the company and assisting with facility building and design. As a mom trying to balance life with 3 active kids I can also really relate to our families at Making Waves. I have a passion for the creative and love visiting art galleries, taking pictures and eating delicious food from all over the world!

ANGEL MASSEY-SINGH

Corporate Operating Officer (COO)

My relationship with Making Waves started as a parent with a child in lessons. I believed in the program so much, I came to work here in 2017! I help to rally our teams, build up our communities and creating diverse and inclusive company culture. Passion for the cause matters and that is so easy to have at Making Waves > Kids have fun and Parents see progress! I’m also a 25 year long volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel | York and currently the Chair of the Board of Directors.

CARRIE MENDLOW

Director, Programs

I have been working at Making Waves since 1999 and can officially say I’ve done every job there is to do in Operations. Fun fact: I was the first official Head Coach, Customer Service Representative, Manager and Director of Operations. My passion and purpose over the years has been working closely with the owners to develop systems that have allowed us to grow and have allowed our talented teams to develop and work within. My role now is to continue to develop our programs and training systems to be the best they can be and still maintain the ‘family-run business’ feel within our operations. Making Waves has had a huge impact on my life and I enjoy seeing how our work impacts the lives of our families, staff and swimmers. When I am not at the pool, you’ll find me cooking, gardening, meditating or spending time with the people who matter most to me. Hope to see you at the pool!

SHELLEY THOMAS

Director, Human Resources

My youngest son started swimming lessons at Making Waves a little over 2-years ago. As a proud parent, I watched my son progress quickly and develop confidence in his abilities. I credit part of his success to the exceptional Coaches who diligently work with him. As a professional, I’m thrilled to be part of the Making Waves family and my passion is to work intimately with all leaders and employees to cultivate a culture of engagement, growth, and fun! In my spare time, you can find me spending time near water, motorcycling with my husband, cooking, and spending time with my two terrific boys.

DEBBIE PERCY

Financial Controller

I have spent the last 10 years consulting with a broad range of businesses in their growth phase and loved Making Waves as a client so much that I decided to join full-time! I contribute a unique entrepreneurial and small business perspective, specializing in human resources and financial roles. Fun fact: I actually worked as an RN early in my career! When I’m not crunching numbers, I love crunching snow while downhill skiing and crunching mulch when gardening.

JEN STONE

Senior Manager, ESG

My journey in aquatics began after a near-drowning incident at the age of 3. With the help of great coaches and mentors, I developed a passion for swimming that would open the door to many incredible opportunities, including representing Canada on the National team for over a decade. My greatest accomplishment has been learning to be safe in the water; a skill set that I have since dedicated my career to.

LAURA O’DRISCOLL

Senior Manager, Business Operations

Hello! I originally started with Making Waves in 2013, managing the Brampton location. Aquatics has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy teaching advanced leadership courses and love to continue taking courses myself! When I am not at the pool, you are most likely to find me spending family time with my husband and three children. We love going to the park and going for hikes with our dog.

SYDNEY SPEARING

Training Coordinator

Hey! I’m Sydney! I chose aquatics as a career as I love everything about water! I was a competitive swimmer, I studied Marine and Freshwater Biology and I have been involved in aquatics my whole life. I have worked at all four of Making Wave’s locations and been in almost all of the Roles including Coach, Customer Service Representative, Head Coach, Supervisor, and Facility Manager. Now I am taking on a new role in Training, Development and Onboarding at Making Waves. Getting to see the swimmers and staff I have taught grow and improve is the best feeling in the world and I am excited to continue to help grow our company in my new role.

PAO DELA CRUZ

Marketing Coordinator

I am a creative who enjoys design, photography and videography. I am so glad to be a part of the team to capture the joy of learning how to swim in a aquatic space that promotes being your best self! Outside of work, you may find me trying new restaurants with with family and friends, or just hanging out with my fur babies.

LOVEPREET RANDHAWA

Human Resources Coordinator

Hello! I’m excited to be part of the Making Waves team and contribute as a HR professional. I enjoy conducting interviews and meeting young adults who are ready to enter the aquatics industry. My goal in HR is to promote a healthy, positive and diverse environment where everyone has fun! In my spare time, I love to go to the gym, watch movies, and trying new food!

CHRIS PORTER

Senior Manager, Brampton

I am thrilled to be joining Making Waves and to help provide you and your kiddos an amazing experience with their ‘learn to swim’ journey. I’ve been in the Aquatics and Hospitality industry for almost 2 decades and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the team. My passion lies with the growth and development of swimmers and coaches while creating a fun and friendly environment for all. I love spending time with family and friends and going on hikes with my 2 lovely dogs. 

MARCY SINGH (On Parental Leave)

Manager, Mississauga & Vaughan

Hi, I’m Marcy! My love for swimming began when I was just 6 months old and only grew from there. I spent years involved in swim teams, diving, synchronized swimming and then onto instructing and lifeguarding throughout high school and college. I am passionate about creating great experiences and building meaningful relationships with everyone I interact with. I am very happy to be a part of the Making Waves team. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, nieces and nephew. I love going to the lake, reading and I love to travel!

JOSH D’ SOUZA

Manager, Mississauga

Hey everyone, I’m Josh! I’ve been in aquatics since I was a kid. I started out as a competitive swimmer and then became a lifeguard. I went to school for Political Science at UTM and recently finished my firefighting program. When I’m not at work, you can probably find me doing something active, watching sports, or spending time with my family and friends. Hope to see you at the pool soon!

MATTHEW DMYTRENKO

Manager, Milton & Vaughan

My journey in aquatics began at a young age when I was fortunate to have passionate coaches and leaders that made a lasting impact on me as I began my competitive swimming career and instilled a lifelong passion for creating safe, fun & educational aquatic environments for all communities. I believe in empowering communities to learn the fundamental skill of swimming & to reap the physical & mental health benefits that come with learning a lifesaving skill. I enjoy sharing my passion for swimming with our staff and families and want to ensure our students are always safe, learning & always having fun!

DAVID MEIKLE

Manager, Guelph

As a lover of all things aquatics, I also have a great passion for human relations. With a background in education, of all ages, my dedication to mentoring and guiding others has helped me create successful teams that support each other. My goal here at MWSS is to create a fun and progressive learning environment for all students and staff. Please feel welcome to come and see me at the pool as I look forward to a brand new journey with you and your family here at Making Waves……….. Oh ya, my dog Khloe is a great swimmer too!

JOAN GROSH

Assistant Manager, Vaughan

Hi, my name is Joan, I have worked in aquatics for as long as I can remember. I love swimming and wanted to spread the joy so I became an instructor/lifeguard. There is nothing like the look on the face of a student who finally masters the skill that they have been struggling with! After a few years, I wanted more. I love taking courses and learning new things so it wasn’t long before I stepped into teaching Leadership and Aquafit and I haven’t looked back. There isn’t a level I don’t enjoy teaching and even as a supervisor you will often see me in the water helping out. When I am not in the pool I am working out at home, going for walks, reading, or playing solitaire on my computer. I look forward to meeting you all!

KEVIN SINGH

Assistant Manager, Mississauga

Hey, I’m Kevin! I joined the Making Waves team in 2019 as a Customer Service Representative. From there, I was inspired by all of the amazing Coaches to receive my Lifesaving and Coaching qualifications. Over the past few years, Making Waves has become my second home and is where I have met some of my lifelong friends. Fun Fact: I have Supervised at every location! I am super excited for this new journey as Interim-Assistant Manager! Outside of Making Waves, you can find me spending time with family and friends, traveling, listening to music and trying new foods. Don’t be afraid to come and say hi the next time you are at the pool! Hope to see you soon!

RAMYA VYAS

Assistant Manager, Guelph

Hi I’m Ramya! I started my experience with Making Waves as a student when I was ten years old. From there I progressed through all the levels and completed my lifesaving certifications. Since then, I joined the Making Waves team and have now been here for four years. My favourite skill to both teach and do is breaststroke. When I am not swimming, I love to watch movies and dance. If you see me at the pool come say hi! I cannot wait to see everyone!

DANIEL DA SILVA

Assistant Manager, Brampton

Hi, my name is Daniel and I’ve been working at Making Waves since 2016! My favourite sport to play is soccer and I love to watch hockey with my friends and family. I love to travel, I have been to places such as Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Los Angeles and Italy! When I am not at the pool you can find me outside going for walks with my dog or at the soccer field playing soccer with my friends. My favourite soccer team is Porto FC! My favourite thing about Making Waves is the amazing and welcoming environment that I get to experience coming in to work every day. Come visit me at the pool!

JOSEPH REMEDIOS

Maintenance Manager

Hi! I am Joseph Remedios. This is a truly exciting time in my career to be part of Making Waves Family and share my experiences, skills and knowledge. I spend my time around all of the locations. I enjoy travelling, giving my time to the community and with my loving family and grandsons.

RICHARD WEAVER

Maintenance Technician

Hi, my name is Richard. I have been working at Making Waves since 2003. You may have seen me at the pool teaching your little fish how to swim or helping you out behind the scenes as one of our Supervisors. I love being a part of the Maintenance Team and helping to ensure that our buildings and pools are operating at their best, so you can have the best experience possible here at Making Waves. If I am not at the pool, then you can catch me watching the Blue Jays win (or lose). If you see me around don’t be shy and say ‘Hi’, I love talking with everyone! See you at the pool!

GIDEON OSEI ACKOM

Maintenance Technician

Hi, my name is Gideon. I feel that my current position as well as my past position as a Building Operator and Facility Maintenance Coordinator prepared me to join the Making Waves family as a Maintenance Coordinator. I am eager to use the knowledge I have gained to expand my abilities to the next level. You can catch me at the soccer field or at a Toronto Raptors game during my free time. Can’t wait to see you at the pool.

SUPERVISORS

Our Supervisors are the people in charge of your overall customer experience. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, they can help you.

ABBY MURRAY

My name is Abby and I’ve been working at Making Waves Milton for just over a year now. I started as a Customer Service representative here and with my instructor experience from other swim schools I quickly became a supervisor! The staff here is truly exceptional and the swimmers make the job worth it when I come in and see kids progressing throughout the session. Aside from work I love to travel with my top destination being Croatia! I look forward to seeing you at the pool! 

ANDREW CHARLTON

Hey, my name is Andy! I have been with Making Waves since the end of 2021. Working here has been one of my greatest passions, as I love seeing progress from the swimmers I teach, as well as the interpersonal skills that I have gained. My favourite skill to teach is breaststroke, since it is one of the most difficult strokes to learn, but also the most rewarding to teach. Some of my hobbies include, travelling, writing music, and of course swimming. I hope one day to be able to motivate and change lives, just like I do here at Making Waves!”

ANDREW TRUONG

Hello Making Waves family! It is so nice to meet you, my name is Andrew! I have been at Making Waves Swim School since 2019, and every year continues to beat the last! My favourite stroke as a swimmer is breaststroke, but my favourite to teach is front crawl given the multitude of teaching methods and techniques used to perfect it. I love playing basketball and enjoy watching all sports with my friends and family. In my free time, I enjoy training my dog Leo, which is a Belgium Malinois and Siberian Husky mix breed. When I am not at the pool, I am furthering my career as an Electrician Apprentice. I also love seeing the world and travelling the globe! However, nothing tops watching our awesome swimmers progress along their swimming journeys and reach their aquatic dreams! Come and visit me at the pool!

ANTHONY DAWOD

Hi I’m Anthony! I’ve been working at Making Waves for over 3 years now, and I’ve enjoyed every moment. One of my favourite strokes to swim and teach is back crawl. One of my favourite things is when I see my swimmers progress in their swimming as they gain confidence in the water. When I’m not at the facility, I love to bake and watch Netflix. Whenever you’re at the pool, feel free to come say hi!

ARIANNA MOLINARO

Hey, my name is Arianna!  I have been part of the Making Waves family for about two years.  As an advocate for water safety, my favourite part of this role is watching swimmers learn vital skills while having so much fun.  My journey at Making Waves has allowed me to combine my love of swimming with my desire to boost swimmers’ confidence in the water.  Additional to being a supervisor, I would describe myself as a reader, foodie, and traveler.  I can’t wait to see you at the pool! 

ARYANA CASCIARO

Hi, I’m Aryana and I joined the Making Waves family in 2021! Making Waves has allowed me to combine my passion for working with children and my love for the water. One day, I hope to be a teacher and inspire more children in my community. At the pool, you will often see me cheering on both swimmers and coaches. When I’m not at the pool you can find me at the lake making memories with friends and family. I enjoy reading, water sports and playing with my dog. I can’t wait to see you at the pool!

AYSHA DISSANAYAKE

Hi, I’m Aysha! I started working at Making Waves in October 2018 as a coach. The best part about coaching is teaching new swimmers different skills and strokes that will last them a lifetime. After coaching for a while, I became a Head Coach, and now I’m a Supervisor! Outside of Making Waves, I love to be outside with friends, and I’ve recently started to travel more. Hope to see you at the pool soon!

BOBBI KERR

Hello! My name is Bobbi and I love being in and around the water. I have been a part of the Making Waves family since I was two and started my swimming lessons. I have a passion for teaching and water safety. My favourite place to go in the summer is my cottage, where I get to spend lots of time in the lake! I am a very talkative person, next time you see me at the pool please come say hi!

CONNOR DIXON

Hi my name is Connor I grew up taking swimming lessons and kept taking swimming courses until I became an instructor/lifeguard myself. I joined Making Waves in the Fall of 2023. Before that, I was working at my local outdoor pool south of Ottawa and taught lessons for 3 years until I eventually became supervisor of that pool. I still carry my passion for aquatics and love hopping into the classes to help swimmers improve! When I’m not at work, you can probably find me rock climbing at one of the gyms around the area. Don’t forget to come say hi when you see me at the pool!

CYRUS DRABIK

Hi there! I’m Cyrus, a passionate individual with a profound love for swimming, backed by achievements as a competitive swimmer at the national level. I hold a McMaster undergraduate degree and am currently pursuing a Master’s degree. With a track record of coaching competitive swimmers, I’ve had the privilege to impart my enthusiasm for the sport and nurture emerging talent. My primary objective is to cultivate a profound appreciation for swimming in others while aiding them in realizing their maximum potential.

DANIEL MENEGON

Hey everyone, I’m Daniel! I have been a part of the Making Waves family since 2022. My favourite part about being at Making Waves is watching the swimmers progress throughout the sessions and seeing their smiley faces when they accomplish something new! I love teaching all levels, especially the Big Waves! When I’m not at the pool, I love to draw and create amazing memories with my friends and family! Next time you’re at the pool please feel free to come say hi!

EMMA MELARAGNO

Hi everybody, my name is Emma! I have been with Making Waves since 2019. My favourite part of Making Waves is seeing the joy in the swimmers once they accomplish something! One of my favourite strokes to teach is breaststroke, the happiness on the swimmers face once they do it makes my day. If I’m not at the pool you can catch me playing basketball or drawing. Hope to see you around the pool very soon!

EMMA ROUTHIER

Hi! My name is Emma and I’ve been teaching swim lessons since I was 16! I have always loved to teach and help swimmers learn new skills. Seeing their faces when they accomplish something they have been working on is an amazing feeling! Breaststroke is my favourite skill to do while swimming and I love teaching it our swimmers at Making Waves! The one thing I love besides swimming is learning new languages. I already have English and French under my belt so I’m trying to find a language that is completely different to learn!

ERICKA LIWANAG

Hi, my name is Ericka! Swimming has always been such a big part of my life which has led to the past 8 years and counting of instructing and lifeguarding. I love teaching and interacting with families and my favourite part is seeing students start to love swimming as much as I do. When I’m not in the pool, I love baking and travelling the world with my friends and family. 

GAVIN DA SILVA

My journey with Making Waves began in 2020. I am passionate about mentoring and coaching and my favorite swim stroke is Breastroke. Outside of Making Waves I enjoy being active, playing sports and video games. I look forward to meeting you at the pool!

ISABELLA OLIVEIRA

Hi everyone, my name is Isabella and I have been with Making Waves since 2020! Since I joined the team, it has felt like a second home! My favourite part about teaching is watching a student’s confidence boost after they master a new skill. When I’m not on the pool deck, you can find me listening to music, baking, or spending time with friends and family! I love to travel and have been to many places within Europe and South America. I hope to travel within Asia in the near future! Looking forward to meeting all the new fish who enter the facility. See you at the pool!

JENNA FALVO

Hi my name is Jenna! I have been teaching swimming lessons for 3 years now! My favourite skill to teach is back crawl. When i’m not at the pool, you can find me painting and spending time with friends and family! I love working at Making Waves because seeing our swimmers become better after each lesson really puts a smile on my face. Can’t wait to see you at the pool!

JENNIFER LECCE

I started my Making Waves journey as a parent with my 2 kids. I have been a stay at home mom for 8 years. I decided to see what I could do with my love for the water and swimming. I never could have imagined that I would find myself at Making Waves starting in 2022. I am enjoying teaching all types of students. I plan on continuing to get any and all qualifications I can get. I enjoy every minute I am here. I can’t wait to see you Making Waves!

KATE FLETCHER

Hey, my name is Kate! I started working with Making Waves as a coach in the summer of 2021. I have always said the water is my happy place. I grew up in the water doing swimming lessons and competing in triathlons, and now I get to compete on the water as a rower. See you at the pool!

KATHARINE MCLEOD

Hi my name is Katharine! I started working at Making Waves in January 2020 as a coach and have loved every minute since! I have been swimming my entire life and my favourite part about teaching would have to be when I see swimmers finally master a skill that they have been practicing and all their hard work pays off. In my free time I enjoy reading, working out, listening to music and I am currently studying health science with the goal of becoming a pharmacist one day! Please come and say hello if you see me at the pool:)

LAUREN MENDEL-MCLEOD

Hey my name is Lauren and I’ve been with Making Waves since Fall 2021! My favourite part about working here is getting to make friendships with staff members and build relationships with families! I absolutely love working with kids and I’m currently studying to become a teacher one day. When I’m not at the pool I like to read and see my friends. Say hi anytime you see me around the pool!

LORENZO ROBINSON

Hi everyone! My name is Lorenzo! I’ve been with Making Waves for 4 years. My favourite part of my job is coaching and mentoring the instructors! Ever since I was a kid, I was enrolled in day camps and swimming classes. Now that I’m a supervisor I aim to follow in the footsteps of the role models I had when I was younger. I’m currently in school for Recreation and Leisure Studies and my goal is to grow and develop myself while serving our amazing community! See you at the pool!

NICOLE PRUDENCIANO

Hi my name is Nicole! I have been working at Making Waves since 2016, but I’ve been swimming with Making Waves since I was 5 years old. I was inspired to work here after finishing the lifesaving courses because I love teaching and working with kids! You can always find me in the water and my favourite skill to teach is rocket ship rollovers. When I’m not in the swimming you can catch me playing soccer or reading a good book. Hope to see you at the pool!

NICO MORALES

Hello Everyone, my name is Nico. I have been a part of the Making Waves team for three years. I have been swimming for as long as I can remember. My favorite part of Making Waves is the smile we leave on children’s faces after every swimming lesson and the impact we leave on families. I love to teach all levels no matter the program. When I am not in the water I enjoy playing several sports like basketball and soccer. My favorite stroke to teach is front crawl because it can always be improved. Hope to see you around the pool very soon!

NOAH PAULEY

Hey guys, my name is Noah and I have been with Making Waves since 2018. I love the game of basketball, both watching and playing it. My favourite skill to teach is Breaststroke because it is so satisfying to see when a child learns a complex stroke. I hope to see you around the pool!

RACHEL LEE

Hi, I’m Rachel! I’ve been at Making Waves since 2021 and I can’t wait to continue meeting new swimmers. My favourite part of Making Waves is the excitement kids have when they learn a new skill for the first time. I love teaching all classes, especially the Little Waves program. When I’m not at the pool, I love dancing, biking, and traveling the world with my friends and family. My favourite places I’ve traveled to are Japan, Banff, and Los Angeles. See you at the pool!

RHIANNON PAULIONIS

I’ve been a part of Making Waves for over 5 years and have loved everything about it! The best part of working with Making Waves and teaching swimming lessons is seeing the children’s progress. I enjoy being outside and spending time with my dog Onyx. I can’t wait to welcome you to Making Waves and seeing you in the pool! 

SAMANTHA ROPOTAR

Hi, my name is Sam! I started coaching with Making Waves in 2017, but this is also where I learned to swim and completed all my lifesaving courses. I love knowing that I may have the same impact on a swimmer that all those Making Waves staff members had on me. Outside the pool, I love to read, spend time with friends and travel. Come say hi next time you’re at the pool!

SAMMAN ALI

Hey everyone, I’m Samman! Making Waves has made a big impact on my life, helping me improve my own swim strokes and making me a better teacher! I love being in the water and don’t mind if you refer to me as Aquaman. In my spare time, I love working out and going to the gym. If you ever have any questions about working out or about anything at all, come see me at the pool! Let’s make some splashes together!

SERENA CARREIRO

Hi, my name is Serena! I’ve been at Making Waves since I was a kid learning how to swim and then joined the team in 2019. My favourite skill to teach is Breathing Position 4 Arms because I love watching kids grasp their first complex skill. When I’m not swimming I love to hang out with my friends, play soccer, and go shopping. If you see me at the pool, be sure to come and say hi!

THOMAS KENDALL

Hi, I’m Thomas, and I have been with Making Waves since September 2021, where I started as a greeter. Since then, I’ve been working on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When I’m not at the pool, I’m practicing my kicks on the side of the bed or working on my bubbles in the bathtub.