Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
John Burke, Jr Head Coach
John Burke joined the Pearland Aquatics staff in March of 2008. An ASCA level 4 USA Swimming and Age Group coach, John is the primary coach of the Gold group, but helps out with most aspects of the program. Previously, John was an age group coach in Maryland with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and age group coach and founder of the Annapolis Swim Club. In Maryland, he coached swimmers who placed in the top eight and won events at the Maryland All Star and the Eastern Zone meets. His swimmers have also been ranked in the USA Swimming top 16, and top 10 lists. He also served on the Maryland Swimming Board of Directors as the Age Group Chair.
 
John moved to Texas in August 2006 to be the Head Assistant Coach with Aquastar where he also helped out in most aspects of the club.  Since being in Texas, John has coached swimmers who have qualified for Sectionals, NCSA Junior Nationals, Winter Juniors, Long Course Juniors, Olympic Trials, won TAGS, have been finalists at the Southern Zone Age Group and Senior meets, and have been ranked in the USA Swimming top 16, and top 10 lists. John coached Adriel Sanes who represented the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, and the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungry. 
 
John is a at large member on the Gulf Swimming board of directors, and is on the Club Development committee. 
 
John met his wife Ann while they were coaching at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.  The Burkes reside in Pearland with their children Emma, Klara, Anna and Jack.
Ann Burke Lead Site Coach - Emerald Bay

Coach Ann brings a lifetime of experience and education to the pool deck.  She has been passionate about the sport since she was a young girl and has experienced  it as an athlete, coach, and parent. She originally started coaching with a summer league team during her college swimming days and has worked with swimmers at all levels for over 30 years.  In addition to her time with competitive swimming, Coach Ann also spent 17 years in the classroom teaching English at the junior high level. She is a certified personal trainter and Surge Strength Certified dryland coach who works with athletes and teams across the country. 

Coach Ann is passionate about empowering athletes to find joy in the challenge of pushing their personal limits and believes in leading by example through her own athletic endeavors. 

Natalie Melenric Lead Site Coach - Pearland Natatorium

Coach Natalie began her swimming journey with Alvin Aquatic Club at the age of seven. She later joined Angleton Aquatic Club's USA Swimming year round program and swam for honors such as Sectionals finalist, Junior Nationals qualifier and Texas Age Group (TAGS) Champion. She swam for Alvin High School for four years and continued her swimming career at Texas Christian University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications. She worked for Pearland Swim Academy while in college and was the head coach of Alvin Aquatic Club for three summers prior to joining PEAK. Now in her 11th year at PEAK, Coach Natalie continues to enjoy working with athletes to reach their potential and learn valuable life lessons through the sport of swimming. She is currently the Lead Site Coach at the Pearland Natatorium, and works with the NAT 4-5x/wk HS athletes as well as age group athletes in the 2-5x/wk groups at the Pearland NAT.

Charyl Teal Assistant Coach

Coach Charyl joined PEAK in 2012 as a 12 and under development coach.  From nervous and crying 6-year-olds to TAGS finalist 10-year-olds, coach Charyl puts the FUN in fundamentals while she prepares development swimmers for competitive swimming.

 

Coach Charyl has been swimming since the age of 3, and along with 4 siblings, swam competitively. At 16, Charyl started her professional career in aquatics as a  lifeguard, summer league swim coach, and Water Safety Instructor.  Founder and owner of The Aquatic Academy, LLC Coach Charyl teaches Pearland how to swim.  Coach Charyl has worked for the City of Columbus, Easter Seals of Ohio, The Ohio State University, Heritage Park Wahoos, and the YWCA of Columbus. She coached several Swimming and Diving teams, certified numerous lifeguards, and has taught well over 1000 people how to swim.

 

In addition to swimming, Coach Charyl is an avid Star Wars enthusiast and enjoys the role of "cool" mom to her teenage kids.  Her son Alex also teaches lessons at The Aquatic Academy, LLC, and her daughter Leia swims and Jr. Coaches with PEAK.

Thuc Nguyen Assistant Coach

Coach Thuc started swimming at the age of 4 when he lived in Vietnam. He swam through high school at high levels of competition (somewhat equal to state level here). At the age of 20 he moved to the United States with his family. Prior to coaching with PEAK, he was employed as a head lifeguard at Pearland Natatorium. While working as a lifeguard during PEAK practices, Thuc realized he wanted to share his passion for swimming with PEAK swimmers.

Coach Thuc joined PEAK in summer 2016 and works with year-round team, clinics and summer team programs. Coach Thuc also certified as Lifeguard Instructor Trainer and helped keep PEAK coaches up to date with their safety certifications.

Esther Kizito Assistant Coach

Coach Esther began competitive swimming at age 12 with PEAK for four years and continued on her swimming career at Dawson High school. She began coaching swimmers as a junior coach at age 15 for one summer with the Pearland Pirates and then continued onto coaching with PEAK. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Houston Baptist University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biblical Studies. Coach Esther loves to coach swimming because she wants to share her passion and knowledge of the sport as well as help kids to believe in themselves and be the best they can be overall. She would love to continue coaching as she grows and even have a coaching experience in Uganda. 

Jeannine Healy Assistant Coach

Coach Jeannine started her swimming career at the age of 7 swimming for the Michiana Marlins in her hometown of Mishawaka, Indiana. She was a state runner-up in the 200 and 500 Freestyles while swimming for Penn High School. She then traveled to West Virginia to swim at West Virginia University where she held the school record for the 500 Free for a couple of years. While at West Virginia University she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry. She worked with Dow chemical for 15 years in both Midland, Michigan and Freeport, Texas. She started coaching theAngleton Aquatic Club that was associated with TAAF in 2007. In 2015 the Angleton Aquatic Club was turned into the USA swim team, Angleton Pacesetters. Since 2007, Coach Jeannine has coached swimmers from ages 5 to 18. Coach Jeannine enjoys working with swimmers and helping them to reach their goals in both swimming and life skills.

Meg Garzaglass Assistant Coach

Coach Meg started swimming at the age 3 and competed back-stroke at age 4 on the Penguin swim team of Grass Valley, Ca., coached by her dad. At age 11 she began assisting with coaching lessons and by age 16, after becoming WSI and Lifeguard certified she began teaching private and group lessons. Further, while in Junior College she taught private and group lesson for her city and the neighboring city. At 18 she coached twelve and older swimmers for the Mt. Shasta Swim Club. When she moved to Texas, she completed her Master’s in counseling and obtained her License for Professional Counseling. In 2015, while in her doctoral program, Coach Meg opened Coach Meg’s Swim LCC and started offering private and semi-private lessons.

Coach Meg’s philosophy is safety and comfortability, being able to have fun and be safe. She teaches all ages and all abilities from 4 months to adult and swim team readiness and stroke development and refinement. She also works with all levels of disabilities and has coached several nonverbal special needs clients of varying ages and disabilities. Coach Meg is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S), Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), certified early childhood–12th grade special education teacher and certified school counselor. Her coaching approach encompasses this knowledge. With her having master’s degree in counseling and her PhD in counselor education and supervision she supports positive mental health and awareness for athletes and families. Coach Meg is the creator and founder of Aquatic Relational Experiential Therapy (ARET) and is published in Humanistic Psychology Journal introducing the concept. She believes everyone is capable of creating their own future and with the correct tools, support and commitment to self, anything is possible.

Kim Simon Assistant Coach

Coach Kim began her swimming career at the age of 12 swimming for the Deer Park Seals.  She began her coaching career in 2002 with the CCSL summer team the El Lago Dorados.  After graduating in 2006 from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics she began work as a teacher and high school coach at Deer Park H.S.  After earning her M.S. in Applied Mathematics, she took a break from high school coaching to teach at night as an adjunct professor at San Jacinto Community College and Alvin Community College. Coach Kim maintained her swim coaching presence through coaching her summer team.  In 2018, Coach Kim moved from coaching the Dorados (after 16 years) and began to coach the Shadow Creek Tsunamis.  She has also moved from Deer Park ISD into Alvin ISD to teach and served as a high school coach at Shadow Creek H.S. 

Coach Kim is passionate about instilling a love for swimming and developing life-long skills of dedication, teamwork and perseverance.

Board of Directors
Selva Mudaliar President
Brett Cash Vice President
Karen Hurst Treasurer
Jayvee Tamang Secretary
Sara Orsi Member at Large
Amy Bleyendaal Member at Large
Maria Sol Gomez Member at Large
Bonnie Rogers Team Manager