Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Jarren Heiken Head Coach

Jarren was born in Chandler, Arizona. He grew up in San Tan Valley, Arizona as it was developing and graduated from Combs High School in 2016.

Jarren has been a life-long swimmer. His father was a swimmer and encouraged him from a young age to love competitive swimming. He spent his summers in the pool racing. His sophomore year Combs High School was finally able to get their own swim team. Jarren swam on the team for the rest of his high school years and was captain for his junior and senior year.

After taking a 2-year break Coach Jarren just couldn’t get away from the water. He started teaching lessons at SWIMKids in 2018 and started coaching in 2019. He is excited for the opportunity to grow a team and pass along his passion for swimming to younger generations. His goal is to develop each swimmer into the best version of themselves they can be.

Kalie Allen Coach & Team Admin

Kalie was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from Corona del Sol High School in 2018. She then went onto Grand Canyon University, where she is majoring in sports management with a minor in finance and economics. She hopes to work as a sports financial analyst for a major league sports team!

Kalie was an active member of Arizona Swimming for 10 years and made it to compete at sectionals during her club career. She also swam for her  high school team in which she was a captain both her junior and senior year.
After graduating Kalie separated from the world of swimming but that did not last long. She's excited to be back on deck and help give kids the same experience she received from swimming that shaped who she is today.
Brandon Whitehead Aquatic Director & Coach

Brandon has coached in USA swimming for over six years and has taught swim lessons for 30 years at SWIMkids USA. Brandon is currently the Aquatics Director and Head Deck Manager for SWIMkids.

Brandon has received many certifications and awards in the swimming profession, and enjoys working with children and sharing his love of swimming! Brandon has many hobbies but his favorites are ATV riding and playing most ball sports. If he had more time he would still scuba dive and wakeboard. Brandon’s wife, Kelle is a dental hygienist and he has two sons, Cade and Kel. Brandon enjoys family time and trying to keep a healthy balance between work, family time and enjoying life!

Shaunna Risinger General Manager & Coach

A former Firefighter and EMT, Shaunna has worked for SWIMkids USA since 2004, been a certified USA swimming coach since 2014, and has been a Board Member for the Blake’s Miracle Foundation since its inception in 2006.

Shaunna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from ASU in 2012, with Honors.

In her free time, Shaunna enjoys spending time with her family. She loves traveling all over the great state of Arizona and finding new adventures and cultural experiences. She is also very active in her daughters’ school, is a black belt in Taekwondo, and volunteers for many other organizations.


Board of Directors
Lana Whitehead Owner