Ms Jessica


I became a lifeguard at our local pool in Gothenburg, NE and began teaching Red Cross swim lessons. I quickly realized I had a passion to get children comfortable in the water and started offering private swim lessons to local families.

After high school I moved to Milwaukee, WI for college. I was introduced to Swimtastic Swim School and was so intrigued by their teaching style and passion for children and how their mission was to get each child or adult comfortable in the water. I became a swim instructor there and later became a deck manager, assistant facility manager and facility manager. Through my training I was able to refine my teaching style and become nationally certified in teaching infants.

I moved back to NE and brought back with me a STRONG desire and passion for offering professional lifesaving swim lessons to families using the knowledge that I was given. I started teaching swim lessons at the Racquet Club and realized that my dream of giving professional lifesaving swim lessons to families was far beyond anything that I had seen offered to the community of Lincoln. I was introduced to Blake Collingsworth who is the founder of Josh the Otter project after he and his family experience the death of their 2 1/2 son, Josh, to drowning. It was then that I was able to start the journey of offering my skills and passion to Lincoln.

Through the connection with Josh the Otter foundation I was able to start teaching 30 swim students after work 2 nights a week from a local hotel. From there my clientele grew and my husband and I decided to purchase a home with a pool in the backyard to teach from during the summer months. Soon the demand was more than what I was able to meet on my own and I hired my first swim instructor, Miss. Jana!! We then taught from hotels in the winter months and my home pool during the summer months for two years. After the second summer teaching from our home pool it was very clear we needed a swim facility to call home. It was then in the Spring of 2012 that we moved to the 16th and Old Cheney location and have never looked back since!! We quickly outgrew that facility, so we moved across the street and expanded to accommodate our ever growing needs!! In the Fall of 2015 we unveiled our new 6,400 sq ft swim facility to all our swim families, Lincoln and surrounding communities.

I have been continually blessed by our AMAZING swim families and their support of my passion for offering LIFEsaving swim skills to Lincoln and the surrounding communities!! Without the support of God, my husband, family, staff and community this dream would never have been able to become reality!! I would love to introduce myself and amazing staff to you and show the awesome possibilities that you or your child have in the water!!

meet our LifeSTROKES family


Jana Jo Joseph

Off-Site Facilitator

| grateful gardner |

| travel + food obsessed |

| compassionate | 

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Jean Moseman

front desk 

| grandma of 13 |

| birding + photography |

| faith |


Jessica Schmidt

front desk | instructor

| married with 3 kiddos |

| ocean + beach |

| loyal |


Cammi Howard

front desk | instructor

| early childhood education |

| disney lover |

| vibrant | 

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Jill Nelson

front desk 

| gardener + sports fan |

| previous New Zealand resident |

| motivated | 

| lincoln southwest |

| dance |

| easy going | 


Kendall Bolte



Miranda Horner


| nebraska wesleyan university |

| singing & chemistry |

| attentive | 


Mikayla Kiefel


| nebraska wesleyan university |

| coloring |

| caring |


Katelyn Oathout


| bryan college of health and science – nursing |
| french fries & ice cream |

| patient |  


Courtney Edelmaier


| pre-school teacher |

| chicken nuggets |

| gentle | 


Riley Johnson


| culvers dd burger basket lover |

| pit-bull/lab mix rescuer |

| adaptable | 


Zahria Johnson


| lincoln high |

| track |

| compassionate | 


Amiyah Crisler


| lincoln east |

| cheerleading|

| outgoing| 


Ava Lavene


| lincoln southwest |

| loves to read |

| artistic | 

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Hailey DeWitt


| southeast community college |

| 80's music |

| driven |


Ashley Svik


| elementary education/ special education |

| shoot trap |

 | passionate | 

Rebecca Barnes


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Audrey Schnaou


| leadership + management |

| music & books |

| knowledge sponge | 


| jesus |

| kids + coffee |

| loyal | 

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Kat Hookman


| N Wesleyan |

| musician |

| joyful | 


Hayley Hogan

deck assistant

| lincoln southwest |

| 3D printing |

| sweet |


Jenneca Sonder

deck assistant

| lincoln southeast |

| piano and dance |

| friendly | 


| lover of audiobooks and pizza |

| favorite color is green |

 | kind | 


Chloe Hogan

deck assistant

| lincoln southwest |

| rubik's cube solver |

| honest | 

Beth Losey

deck assistant

Brooklyn Conroy

deck assistant

| believer |

| volleyball |

 | respectful | 


Reagan Winter

deck assistant

| 12yr dancer |

| avid traveler |

| joyful | 

Anastasia Baker

deck assistant

| camping & lake life |

| lover of chicken tenders |

| caring | 


Julia Hyten

deck assistant

| southwest golf team |

| sushi & shopping |

| compassionate |