Coaches and Directors

Coaching Staff
Anna Yesipova Head Coach
Anna grew up in Ukraine were she started synchronized swimming at Odessa State Synchronized Swimming Team. At the age of 14 Anna became a member of the Ukrainian National Synchronized Swimming Team. During her 5 years with the Ukraine National Team, Anna won multiple Ukrainian National Championships, became the Silver medalist at the 2012 FINA Junior World Championship in Volos, Greece and the 2013 Junior European Championship in Poland, Poznan.  Anna continued her success by winning 4th place at the 2014 FINA Junior World Championship in Finland, Helsinki and becoming a two-time bronze medalist at the 2015 European Olympic Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Anna also earned the bronze medal (at the 11th FINA Synchronized Swimming World Trophy in Yangzhou, China.
Anna’s coaching experience includes Odessa State Synchronized Swimming Junior Team and “SynchroLatvia” Synchronized Swimming Club in Latvia. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and is currently getting her Bachelors of Sports Degree.
This year, in 2018, Anna took part in the FINA Synchronized Swimming School For Judges and became a FINA Judge level G. In May, Anna judged at the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2018 in Samorin, Slovakia.
Liz Derr Coach
Liz began her own competitive synchro career at age 10 with the St. Paul Stars in Minnesota. She continued on to swim for The Ohio State University, contributing to two collegiate national championships and a U.S. senior national championship. Upon returning to Minnesota for graduate school, Liz coached synchro with St. Paul Stars, Edina High School, Twin Cities Synchro, and University of Minnesota. After returning to Columbus once again, Liz was fortunate to volunteer coach back at her alma mater OSU, who picked up their 29th collegiate national championship in 2014. Liz is excited to now be coaching alongside several former teammates with the Merionettes. 
When she's not at the pool, Liz manages curriculum development and instructional design for nonprofit Upwardly Global.
Morgan Fuller Kolsrud Coach

Morgan grew up in Sunnyvale, CA swimming for the Santa Clara Aquamaids. She then went on to swim for Stanford University, helping the team claim the 2013 National Championship, placing 1st in team and trio, and 2nd in duet.

During her time at Stanford, Morgan took a two year leave of absence to compete on the US National Team. She was a member of the silver medal winning 2011 Pan American Team, the 2012 Olympic Training Squad, and the bronze medal winning 2013 World University Games Team.

This is Morgan's fourth year coaching with the Merionettes.



Cameron Hempstead Coach

Cameron is a Bay Area native and swam for the Santa Clara Aquamaids for eight years. Cameron’s levels of competition include Age Group Nationals, US Open, Peru Aquatica Cup, Junior Nationals, and Senior Nationals.

Cameron studied architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is currently working to become a licensed architect. In her free time, she does flying trapeze at Circus Center in San Francisco. 

Cameron is coaching the Intermediate 13-14 B team this season.

Stephanie Lee Coach

Stephanie spent 10 years competing with the Walnut Creek Aquanuts during which time she was a medalist at Junior and Senior Nationals, as well as a US Open and Age Group National champion. She went on to play four years of Varsity Water Polo as an undergraduate at Harvard, and was a starting member of the Oxford Water Polo Club during graduate school. Currently, she works as an investment manager at Blackrock.

Stephanie has been coaching the Merionettes since 2013.

Crista Osio Coach

Crista was born and raised in California. She has been an active swimmer her entire life, beginning year-round swimming by 8 years of age and continuing with competitive swimming through high school. Crista moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 for Physical Therapy School at UCSF.  She has earned various post-graduate certifications in Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy and continues to practice in San Francisco.  Crista enjoys working with patients who have suffered sports injuries and hopes to share her knowledge with the San Francisco Merionettes to expand the club's current training concepts, emphasizing injury prevention.

Emily Terwelp Coach
Olivia Fabri Coach

Olivia is a Dallas native who swam for the Pirouettes of Texas and Santa Clara Aquamaids.  Olivia's levels of competition include Age Group Nationals, US Open, Junior Nationals, and Senior Nationals. She studied Biology at University of California San Diego and during her time there, she coached age group and masters teams with San Dieguitto Sychro. Olivia now lives in the East Bay where she's studying to become a Case Management Nurse.

Although unable to coach weekly, we are fortunate to have Olivia as a substitue coach when her busy schedule allows.

Monica Finnigan Coach

Monica grew up in Cincinnati Ohio where she swam for 10 years with the Cincinnati Synchrogators.  Upon graduation from high school, she attended Ohio State where she completed 4 seasons with the Buckeyes and stuck around to coach a fifth season.  In college she swam a duet with one of our other coaches, Liz Derr. 

After graduating from Ohio State, she moved to Chicago Illinois to work with an international organization called Athletes in Action.  With Athletes in Action, Monica worked at Northwestern Univeristy, DePaul, Loyola Chicago, and the University of Illinois in Chicago.  
Chicago was fun, but TOO cold ---- so in September of 2015 she requested a location transfer and moved to Palo Alto where she now works with Athletes in Action at Stanford University and several collegiate athletic departments in the city, including CCSF. 

Monica feels sport has a profound impact in athletes' lives, and she loves coaching because as a coach, she not only helps young people develop their athletic skills, but also their athletic sportsmanship and character.  

Monica is currently a substitute coach.

Heidi Homma Coach
Heidi grew up in the East Bay and swam for the Walnut Creek Aquanuts for 8 years. She also swam for Norcal Synchro for a year and trained and competed on the National Team in 2011. She was on a competitive hip hop dance team at University of Southern California while studying Mechanical Engineering and performed with the Aqualillies.
Heidi is now back in the bay area working in construction management and excited to get back into competitive synchro.
Heidi's career took her south to Mountain View.  We miss seeing Heidi at the pool weekly, but hope to see her as a substitute coach.
Alie Kelley Coach

Alie coached weekly during our 2017/2018 season.  Her demanding career required that she take a break from weekly coaching, but we are thrilled to have her continue as a substitute coach.

Sherrie Kane Coach
Board of Directors
Barb Harris Chang President