Swim Instructors

Learn more about the highly-qualified Swim Instructors at the Marshall University Recreation Center.

Kaitlin Slayton


Swim lnstructor and Lifeguard- American Red Cross CPR/AED, First Aid and Lifeguard certified. Kaitlin has been teaching swim lessons for 5 years for all ages. She was also apart of a competitive swim team for 6 years. She first decided to become an instructor because she wanted to be able to teach others something she felt was an important skill to know in life. The relationship with her clients drew her into being passionate about teaching others the skills of swimming. “I love being able to be interactive with the swimmers and also teach something I love myself.”

Morgan Karnell

Morgan Karnell

Morgan is a Junior at Marshall University studying Biology to become a doctor. She has been swimming as long as she can remember and started life-guarding when she was 16 years old. Morgan loves teaching because “it is awesome to see people get better each lesson and have fun while doing it.” A versatile instructor, Morgan teaches preschool to advanced level classes. She is a positive and effective instructor loved by her students.

Vince Murphy

Vince Murphy

Vince is first year Marshall University Student studying to be a Nurse. He has been swimming for the past 5 years, became certified as a Lifeguard 4 years ago and began teaching swimming 3 years ago. Vince started working at Marshall Recreation this past fall. He has quickly become a favorite in our group lessons. Vince feels everyone should learn to swim, as it is such an important life skill. A compassionate teacher who enjoys teaching all ages and abilities Vince’s favorite students are the Level 1 students who are just beginning their swimming adventures.

Marissa Miluk

Marissa Miluk

Marissa Miluk is a junior at Marshall University. She is passionate about nutrition and health, leading her to Dietetics as her major. Marissa began swimming she she was 6 years old and has been an avid swimmer ever since. She obtainer her Lifeguard certification in 2009 and began working here at Marshall Recreation Center in the summer of 2017. Her favorite part of working at the Rec Center is all the wonderful friends she has made. She loves to watch the students she teaches progress from struggling in the water to doing skills they never thought they could. Marissa is a patient teacher who finds teaching individuals at a Level 2 and up to be the most rewarding.

Mikayla Miller

Marissa Miluk

Mikayla Miller is a Senior at Marshall University studying Health Sciences with a minor in psychology. She has been swimming for the past 20 years as her mother began teaching her when she was 2 years old. She is passionate about the sport as she comes from a family of swim instructors and swim coaches. She began working at the Recreation Center this past fall and has become a valuable swim teacher working with all abilities from Adult Swim Training, to the parent and child classes. She is an enthusiastic teacher who loves seeing children accomplish skills they doubted they ever could. Her favorite memory here is having a student in her Adult Basic class who had never gone underwater before who learned to submerge underwater, float on her own, and move through the water with basic kicking in 3 weeks. Mikayla teaches all ages and abilities, and loves every minute of it!

Kathryn Staats

Kathryn Staats

Kathryn is in her 3rd year at Marshall University studying business. She has been swimming for 12 years. She became a certified Lifeguard at age 15 and has been Lifeguarding and teaching swimming since then. Kathryn spent this past summer in California as a Pool Supervisor for a community pool managing lifeguards and overseeing pool operations. Her favorite memory from her teaching experience has been watching a child with no experience who progressed quickly through the program. She love to share her knowledge of swimming and helping children to learn important life safety skills. Kathryn is an experienced teacher of all ages and abilities. Her favorite age to teach is 10 – 12 year old who want to be better swimmers.

Madeleine “Maddie” Veilleux

Maddie Veilleux

Maddie is a sophomore at Marshall University studying finance and business management. She swam competitively for 12 years and has been a certified Lifeguard for 4 years. She started working at the Recreation Center the spring of her freshman year. She loves to help children develop confidence as their skills improve. She was thrilled when one of the children she was teaching went from not wanting to go underwater to asking to swim the length of the pool after 5 weeks of lessons. She is a competent teacher of all ages and finds the most satisfaction teaching Levels 2 – 4.

Isaac Meadows

Isaac Meadows

Isaac is a senior in High School and is taking classes at Marshall University. He will continue his education here at Marshall University studying Healthcare Administration. He has been swimming for the past 4 years competitively. He obtained his Lifeguard certification a year ago and started working at Marshall Recreation Center in the summer of 2017. Isaac likes teaching swimming and watching the transformation of the children and watch how they progress in their swim careers. He cherishes the friendships he makes with the kids in his classes. Isaac is an amazing teacher with the preschool children and beginning swimmers. His favorite students are those working to be competitive swimmers.

Alyssa Chapman

Alyssa Chapman

Alyssa is a sophomore at Marshall University studying Exercise Science. She has been a certified Lifeguard for the past 4 years and has been working at the Recreation Center for the past two years. Alyssa did not have the opportunity to be a competitive swimmer but she enjoys sharing her love of swimming with the children in her classes. Alyssa is always smiling and thoroughly enjoys being with her students, hearing all of their crazy, funny stories they tell her during lessons. She specializes in working with the beginning students in Preschool, Level 1, Level 2 and Adult Basic.