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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

Director of Competitive Swimming

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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

 

Marissa Vallejo

Head Age Group Coach

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Office:  815-782-0786

Cell: 815-710-0470

Marissa started swimming when she was 9 years old and swam for the JETS for 8 1/2 years.  She also swam varsity for Joliet Township High School all 4 years.  Since 2012, Marissa has been coaching a diverse range of swimmers from novice to top 10 finishers at the state level. Marissa has been coaching with JETS since 2015. She is currently an ASCA level 2 coach. She also has experience coaching the Central Zones Diversity meet for Team Illinois and is involved with the Illinois Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Marissa is very passionate about coaching, where her philosophy is to have fun and enjoy swimming, not only as a sport but to make lifelong friends.  In her spare time, Marissa loves swimming and exercising, listening to music, reading, photography and watching true crime shows.  Marissa has a daughter named Savannah, and is currently expecting another child.  She is currently studying psychology with a goal of completing a masters degree. 

Office Hours: Tues-Thur 12:00pm-4:30pm, Fri 8:30am-11:30am

Coach Marissa is the Lead Group Coach for the Stunt Pilots, Glider 1's, and the Co-Lead Coach for the Zeppelin 2's.

 


 

Heather Barry

Lead Site Coach-Morris

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Beth Senese

Assistant Swim Coach

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Beth swam on the JETS for 10 years, and continued to swim for Lewis University for 2 years. While on the JETS, she was a 4 time Y National team member in the breaststroke events. Beth has been coaching with the JETS since October of 2014. Her philosophy is to ensure that the kids are always having fun, all while having a huge focus on technical development and healthy habits. She is currently attending Lewis University in pursuit of a Bachelors in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. Besides coaching, Beth also is a research assistant for the Chemistry Department at her school. In addition to that, she is also the Team Manager for the Lewis University swim team. Beth also enjoys watching movies, sewing, and swimming. Beth also has 2 siblings who swim for the JETS.

Alyssa Vallejo

Lead Group Coach- Glider 2/ Stunt Pilot

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Alyssa swam for the JETS for 8 years and also swam all 4 years as a varsity level swimmer for her Joliet Township High School team.  She has been coaching with the JETS since 2015 where she strives to create a strong team environment while bringing out her goofy side to have some fun.  Alyssa graduated from Joliet Junior College with an Associate Degree in Arts, and is currently studying Fine Arts. She expresses her creativity through drawing, painting, crafting and many other artistic techniques. Additional hobbies include playing video games, swimming for fun, and eating!  Alyssa boasts a personal record for eating 52 pieces of sushi in one sitting (you'll have to ask her about that one). Coach Alyssa is the lead for our Glider 2 group and Co-Lead for our Stunt Pilots.

Jessica Crnich

Lead Group Coach-Zeppelin 1

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Jessie began competitively swimming at the age of 11 on the Joliet Jets. She continued swimming through high school at Lincoln-Way. She was the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay that placed 10th in state in the year 2000. After not swimming competitively in college, she returned to the pool to swim with the Naperville masters swimming club. She participated in Big Shoulders 5k swim race in Lake Michigan in 2009. Jessie also taught swim lessons at Lockport Township from the age of 15 to 24. She coached on numerous teams prior to kids-Plainfield High School Girl's JV Swim Team, assistant coach at Naperville YMCA and head coach for the Lemont Dolphins. Jessie believes that each child should have a fond and memorable swim experience while improving their technique, strength and endurance. Jessie graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a teacher's certification. Prior to her 3rd child, she was a high school math teacher. Currently, she is self employed as a math tutor. When Jessie can find the time, she enjoys hiking, camping, reading celebrity gossip and running. Jessie has 4 children, a 9, 7, 5 and 2 year old, all who she homeschools. Her older three swim for the Joliet Jets. Coach Jessie is our lead group coach for the Zeppelin 1s. 

Buffy Roach

Lead Group Coach-Mach 1

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Steven A Vallejo

Lead Group Coach-Zeppelin 2

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Coach Steven is a former JETS swimmer, having swam for about 8 years. He has been with the JETS swim team as a coach for about a year and half. He is a Junior coach for JETS and is currently a student at Yorkville High School.  Steven's coaching philosophy is to make sure the swimmers are having fun, working hard, and making lifelong friends in the sport. Coach Steven currently resides in Yorkville. When Steven is not coaching, his other passions include beat boxing, mixing music on his sound board, and riding his dirt bike and other off-road vehicles. Another fun fact about Steven is he likes the swimmers to call him Coach Stevo (that is his nickname). Coach Steven is currently the Lead Zeppelin 2 coach.

Miranda Ceballos

Co Lead Group Coach-Zeppelin 1

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Board of Directors

Rachel Mika

JPAC President

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Yesenia Barajas

JPAC Vice President

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Andrea Ferak

JPAC Council Member

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Corey DeMaria

JPAC Council Member

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Matt Carr

JPAC Council Member

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