Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaches and Board of Directors

Coaching Staff
Michael Lynch Head Coach

I could not be prouder to be the Head Coach of this phenomenal club. I look forward to helping your swimmer(s) reach their potential and their goals in the water. Our Core Values of Hard Working, Selfless, Resilient, Caring, and Positive are our team's backbone. You will not find a more dedicated coach or coaching staff that will be with you day in and day out, grinding it out to become a better athlete and swimmer. 

"Become a better swimmer today than you were yesterday." 

Ashley Porter Assistant Coach

I am so excited to be joining the GILLS coaching staff. I started swimming when I was 8 years old and swam until my swimming career ended in college, swimming Division I at Bradley University.  I have coached all levels of ability for MANY years and am so fortunate that swimming is a sport my entire family can be a part of together.  I have two children, and we are thrilled to be a part of this team!  I look forward to working with your swimmers and instilling in them the same passion and drive for the sport of swimming as I have had all of my life.

Brian Porter Assistant Coach

I have enjoyed getting to know your swimmers more and more and am proud to be a part of the GILLS coaching staff. I did not start swimming until high school, swimming for Carl Sandburg High School. However, my passion for the sport quickly extended into coaching. I have coached for MANY years at all different age and ability levels. I am BIG on technique and feel that it is one of the most important factors for success in the sport. My goals are to have fun, focus on technique, and help to instill values that make our athletes successful people both on and off the pool deck.

Colleen Palermo Assistant Coach
Hey Everyone!  My name is Colleen Palermo and I look forward to working with your swimmers this season.  To tell you a little something about myself...I come from a swimming family and grew up swimming for the Tinley Park Sharks since the age of 6 til the age of 17.   I have 3 amazing kids and I'm happy to say that 1 of them swims!  I have been coaching GILLS since 2017 and absolutely love it.  A few of my goals for the season are to have fun and to help your child become a better swimmer; and I am confident that we can achieve both of those goals!  
Kelsey Brittain Assistant Coach

Kelsey Brittain swam competitively for Lockport High School and played water polo all four years.   Kelsey has been swimming ever since she was very young.   S he was a breaststroker in high school.  Coach Kelsey began her coaching career with GILLS the summer of 2015. She is enthusiastic, energetic and loves in-water instruction.  She believes it is the key to a young swimmer’s success.

Anthony Bartolotta Assistant Coach

Biography coming soon!

Board of Directors
Aimee Schatz President
Lauren Hammerschmidt Vice President
Janell Ekdale Treasurer
Cynthia Yee Secretary
Nora Ocampo Publicity