Board

Hayley Friedman

Hayley Friedman / President

My swim career started at age 5 on my local summer team, and I was actually a pretty fast kid (I have a shoebox full of ribbons from summer swim meets – many blue, red and white – to prove it!) Becoming a teenager slowed me down for some reason, though I had stamina that many high schoolers did not, and so I became a bit of a 500-freestyle legend on my high school team. It was probably all those Friday nights of swimming that drove me to leave the sport behind for a while (12 years).

Eventually I found triathlon and so I joined Red Tide in 2010 to stay in shape for the swim portion. I started out just swimming at Chinatown on Thursday mornings, but over the years I came to favor swimming over running and cycling. Now you can find me in the pool nearly every day, as long as you’re willing to be up and moving by 6:30am. I love being part of the Red Tide community – I have met so many amazing people that I love spending time with both in and out of the pool.

When I’m not swimming, I work in human resources in a global role that sometimes send me traveling, mostly to London (where I recently lived for 1.5 years and got to experience their amazing outdoor long-course meters pools scattered throughout the city!)

Kacey Koeppel / Vice President & Coaching Co-ordinator

Kacey Koeppel has been a member of Red Tide since 2011. She started swimming in Upstate NY, at age 10 for the Town of Colonie summer league.  In high school she swam for the Albany Starfish, where she retired after her coach refused to accept that she wasn’t a breast stroker.  After a 15-year hiatus she came out of retirement to swim for Red Tide, where she’s still not a breast stroker.

When Kacey isn’t swimming, she manages marketing and events for The New York Stem Cell Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to curing the major diseases of our time through stem cell research.  She practices yoga regularly and takes the occasional hip-hop dance class.

Kacey loves being a part of Red Tide and values the friendships of her teammates outside of the pool as much as she values the coaching and mentorship in the pool.

Kacey Koeppel
Kyle Jones

Kyle Jones / Treasurer

I grew up in North Carolina and started swimming for the Winston-Salem YMCA team when I was five. I quickly developed a love for the water and swimming has been an important part of my life ever since. I continued my swimming career at Tufts University where I swam distance free and IM.

I joined Red Tide in 2011 and I have been thoroughly impressed with the organization.  I’ve always enjoyed the competitive side of the sport and continue to challenge myself by competing in swim races as well as triathlons. However, more importantly I value the friendships and camaraderie that Red Tide and the sport of swimming fosters.

Barbara Charles / Pool Liason

I wish I could say I swam competitively since childhood but in fact I joined Red Tide in 2001 or 2002 as a fitness lap swimmer. I had much to learn. Since I am the oldest member of the team, I had to relearn 3 of the 4 strokes.

They were all done differently "before the flood". The 4th stroke,Butterfly, was something I wanted to learn before I died but I figured I would die first. In the last 9 or 10 years I actually learned to fly.

I love Red Tide and am proud to be a board member. I feel very maternal toward the team. We all work hard in the water but have a lot of fun at the same time. I'm thrilled to keep the team buzzing and am happiest in the water.

Barbara Charles
Margaret Tato

Margaret Tato /Board Member

Margaret joined Red Tide in 2013 after her younger sister convinced her to end her post-college hiatus from the water. Margaret grew up swimming summer league in New Jersey, and for the Summit YMCA. She competed for 4 years at Amherst College, swimming some combination of butterfly, breaststroke and IM events.

Outside of the pool, Margaret works for American Express in their commercial payments division – really putting her college History major to use! She also enjoys running, and has completed 4 marathons over the past few years. Triathlons are a no-go though!

Margaret is a regular at the John Jay and Baruch morning workouts - you can find her getting excited for any IM or pull sets!

Jonathan Wells / Board Member

I grew up in Rhode Island and spent five summers at camp in Maine. There I could have attempted a swim to and from an island in the middle of the camp’s lake. I never did it. Forty years , forty triathlons and 30 open water swims later, I not only completed the island swim but brought back the fifty year old tradition that was dormant for nearly a decade (I even designed a patch to commemorate the swim).

I have been a member of Red Tide since 2013 and can usually be found at the Baruch and Chinatown workouts. Besides the great coaching, I really enjoy the camaraderie the team has to offer. I recently joined Red Tide for two open water swims and what I am sure comes as no surprise, a good time was had by all. When not in the pool, I manage an international photo agency.

Jonathan Wells
Malia Cone

Malia Cone /Board Member

I am a Minnesota native, where I started swimming at the ripe age of 10 years old. After my parents forced me to prove my love for swimming through swim lessons, I joined my local club team at the age of 12 and continued my swimming career through high school and into college where I swam for the St. Thomas Swim team in Minnesota.

I joined Red Tide in 2016 after a 4-year hiatus from the pool. I’m happy to admit that the Summer Olympics motivated me to rekindle my love for the pool, and Red Tide has fueled it. This is a group of dedicated swimmers and amazing people, and I am happy to be a part of it!

When I am not at the pool, you can find me biking all over the city or day jobbing as an Advertising Executive.

Natalie Pummill / Board Member

I grew up in Iowa where swimming is practically a religion, second only to wrestling, so, naturally, I’ve been swimming since my parents could toss me in a pool (circa 1991). I remember dreading AM outdoor summer workouts as a kid, the cold deck and the even colder water a rude awakening before even the sun dared shine, but always deeply enjoying my time in the water, punishing though it may be, with a brilliant sunrise to both delight and blind me.

I swam all the way through high school and college. After graduation, decided to sneak in a brief seven-year hiatus from the chlorine. I attempted “land sports” and eventually realized I missed that chlorine and so decided to come back to the sport in 2014. I joined Red Tide and found that my old friends—cold deck, cold water, and punishing practices were waiting for me along with the new friends who would become my Red Tide family.

At the pool, you’ll find me kicking around at morning practices, probably talking about how hungry I am. Otherwise in the summer months, I love to take on open water challenges in lakes, rivers and oceans both near and far. Outside of the water I work in clinical research and drug development, and have a deep and enduring love of cats.

Natalie Pummill
Marty Munson

Marty Munson /Board Member

I'm a health and wellness writer and editor by day, swimmer by any other moment I have! I wasn't always an active person, but gradually, throughout my adult life, I did a little cycling there, a little jogging here, and the next thing you know, I had a full-blown case of Late-Onset Athleticism and found myself with a half-ironman triathlon habit. Since then, I've become a USA Triathlon coach and a US Master's Swim coach.

When injury made me give triathlon a rest in 2013, I joined Red Tide. That year, I did the Manhattan Island Marathon swim as a relay, and it was the gateway drug for a new addiction to marathon swimming. I’ve since swum around Manhattan solo, and have completed the Swim Around Charleston, Swim Around Key West, the 17-mile Rose Pitonof Swim from Manhattan to Coney Island, and many more. Basically, I’ll swim around nearly anything they’ll let me.

I’m a founding editor of Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine, and write and edit for all kinds of publications including O, the Oprah magazine, Triathlete, Marie Claire, Esquire, and Women’s Running.