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Our team mission is to develop individuals to their highest potential as athletes and leaders in life.

Coaching Staff

Ashleigh Thomas

Head Coach Dir of Competitive Aquatics


Coach Ashleigh has been professionally coaching since 2012 following her departure from her service to the United States Air Force.  Ashleigh grew up in Palos Park, Illinois, and swam competitively with Westmont Swim Club and Palos Orland Swim Association. She went on to letter in NCAA Division I Swimming at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences, Counseling and Human Development, and commissioning into the Air Force, Ashleigh served for over six years all over the world as a Force Support Officer (Food Service, Lodging, Fitness, Recreation, and Human Resources Officer). In the past, she has volunteered heavily with Special Olympics Alaska, the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation, and the Chicago Chapter of the USAFA Association of Graduates. 

Ashleigh's leadership philosophy, which has molded her coaching philosophy, is rooted in the tradition of Servant Leadership which she acquired from her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University in 2009.  Coach Ashleigh believes in coaching with mutual respect, precision, and compassion. 

Coach Ashleigh lives locally and is actively involved in caring for her Niece and two Nephews.  She has two dachshunds, Jack & Stella.

Office Hours:

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri - 12:00-3:30 pm @ Avery YMCA

Coaching Hours:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur - 4:30-8:30 pm @ Galowich YMCA

Sat - 6:00-8:00 am @ Smith YMCA


Alyssa Vallejo

Lead Site Coach


Heather Barry

Lead Site Coach


Board of Directors

Rachel Mika

JPAC President


Yesenia Barajas

JPAC Vice President


Corey DeMaria

JPAC Council Member