Susan joined Red Tide in 1994 when she was Creative Director of Publications at Sesame Street and could walk to work after a morning workout. Early on she competed in pool competitions — nothing longer than a 200 IM or better yet a 50 backstroke — then moved on to triathlons for 15 years competing primarily in Olympic distance and an occasional half-Ironman and now enjoys the challenge of long-distance open water swimming. Over the almost 30 years Susan has been a member of Red Tide she has served on the board twice before and has made a lifetime of friends.
Leslie moved to NYC in 2016 and joined Red Tide in 2019. After swimming competitively through college, she took a break before finding Red Tide and falling in love with the sport all over again. She’s amassed an impressive open water swimming resume while training with the team. Among others, she's completed the 21 mile length of Lake Tahoe, the 25 mile length of Lake Memphremagog, and holds the course record for the local 17 mile Rose Pitonof Swim. When she's not swimming, Leslie works in Private Equity as a Fund Controller and enjoys crocheting, being outdoors, and spending time with her fiance and their 3 cats.
David built his entire career, creating fully integrated technology and business intelligence solutions to drive company planning, development, operations, global expansion, and long-term profitability.
Most significantly, he has recruited, trained, and led both the technical and analytic talent who have transformed organizations – Yieldmo, Shutterstock and TheLadders.com – into data-driven cultures and dominant global business players.
David's teams have delivered tens of millions of dollars in new revenues, cost savings, and productivity improvements, along with information-rich reporting as the essential foundation for business growth and transformation.
Deb grew up as a New York City kid who took some swim lessons in junior high school PE, and at the YMCA. She barely swam and was scared of deep water, but she always wanted to be a swimmer. Much later in life, Deb signed up for adult swim lessons to “swim better” and the instructor told me to practice swimming laps and join a master’s team instead. Ever since then, she swam with masters teams as she relocated to various cities. Red Tide is the best!
Deb began swimming with Red Tide in 2008. A year later she left for school in Vancouver, but Red Tide welcomed me whenever she was back for break. Deb returned in 2012. The team has given her so much opportunity for growth, she swam her first race and her first open water events with Red Tide. She is so grateful for the top notch coaching, the camaraderie, the pools, and the inspiring swimmers. On dry land, Deb works as a child and family psychotherapist/art therapist and a mental health consultant with a specialty in early childhood and trauma informed care. She also keep up her studio practice in painting. Visit her website
Amanda joined Red Tide in 2015 after moving to New York and New Jersey for a teaching opportunity. Amanda is an Associate Professor and Medical Illustrator/Animator at Rowan University, where she teaches Biomedical Art and Visualization (Medical and Scientific Illustration) and serves as the Program Coordinator for the BFA Program. Early on Amanda swam on the middle and high school swim teams. Since joining Red Tide, her teammates encouraged her to swim more distance in open water swim events. She now enjoys exotic swim vacations and events around the world, most notable locations include Croatia, Italy, and Greece. Her favorite body of water is the Mediterranean sea and any body of water that is not too cold.
Jen joined Masters Swimming in 2000 when she lived in London, then Los Angeles, Sydney and now New York. It has not only developed her fitness, but allowed her to meet so many wonderful people and make lifelong friends along the way. Jen has been a member of Red Tide since 2015 and also loves open water swimming with her latest hobby of SwimRuns, a combination of trail running and open water swimming. By day, Jen is an Event Producer making people look good on stage for corporate conferences throughout the US.
Joni joined Red Tide in spring 2023 after relocating to New York in 2022. Prior to Red Tide she was a masters swimmer in Hong Kong. Outside of the pool, Joni works in higher education as an MBA career advisor. Joni enjoys Red Tide’s camaraderie, excellent coaching, and lane mates who manage the clock and count distances over 100
I’ve been swimming with Red Tide for over a decade. I joined with no prior experience with team
swimming and was appreciative of the warm welcome from team members and the thoughtful,
attentive coaching. I still am.
Outside of the pool, I’m an urban planner and an entrepreneur.
I also serve on the boards of the Center for an Urban Future and the Center for Justice Innovation (I
promise to vote against any proposals to rename our team the Center for Swimming Excellence!)
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