Our Staff 

Waterfront director

David Trant

David holds three lifeguard certifications: Waterfront Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor. His duties at Valley Pond include all aspects of lifeguard staffing, as well as overseeing maintenance of the facilities. He is also a science teacher at the Lincoln School. He attended UMass–Amherst, the University of Delaware and Seattle University.

2020 Lifeguards

Kyle Burke

 

School: Westfield State University

 

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: The community surrounding VP, both the other lifeguards and the visitors. Everyone makes you feel welcomed.

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Always having to be on alert because you never know when you might be needed.

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: During my first couple weeks, I was still very new to the pond but those days I had so many visitors asking about how I was doing so far. They made me feel very welcomed even though I was a new member.

 

Jackson Champey

Years of lifeguard experience: 1

 

School: American University

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: Nothing beats the view from the high chair on the beach!

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: It never ends! We're in the water weeks before we open and we practically never get out. Whether it's empty or there's a few patrons soaking up the sun, doing laps, practice saves, and protocols are all expected.

A good memory of Valley Pond: The barbecue for opening weekend last year. Even though I wasn't guarding quite yet, David encouraged me to stop by. I remember biking down and making myself a sloppy burger — it was the first time I saw a piece of the Valley Pond community.

 

Lucy Chatfield

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 4

 

School: Georgetown University

Helena Darnall

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 0

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love swimming, being outside, and interacting with people. I also grew up going to the pond, so it feels like a summer home for me. 

A good memory of Valley Pond: Coming when I was nine and swimming with my friends and family when it was hot. I love the sense of community and having a place to swim when it's warm.

 

Sofie DeChristofaro

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 1

 

School: Concord Academy

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I enjoy spending time in nature and outdoors, and I love interacting with staff members and the Valley Pond community. 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Practicing our ability to assess a complex situation using critical thinking skills. 

A good memory of Valley Pond: A warm and quiet afternoon when the other staff and I were able to guard from the water, and look for tadpoles with kids.

 

Anya Elder

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 4

 

School: Lafayette College

 

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love being able to be outside all the time and the atmosphere that valley employees and membership pride ourselves on.

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Not getting too comfortable. Because David has us constantly practicing and training our skills, it’s hard not to get too comfortable knowing how much you’re doing to stay as best fit to be as safe as possible. The challenge is also very rewarding.

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: On one extremely hot day last summer, somehow there were very few members at the pond, but there was one little girl playing in the shallow end, and because it was just her, I was able to be in the water playing with her while guarding. It was nice being able to do my job well while also interacting with membership because of the tight community. 

Keith Hylton

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 3

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

 

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love the Valley Pond community, and of course it's always fun to be outside.

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Doing saves on David in the rain and cold.

A good memory of Valley Pond: One of my best memories is from when I was very young, coming and trying to find turtles in the swimming pond (unfortunately, I never found any).

 

Prerna Karmacharya

Years of lifeguard experience: 1

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

 

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love being outdoors by the water, and being able to talk and play with all the young children and other people who come to the pond.

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Learning the circumstances of emergencies that could happen all around the property.

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: Playing on the beach with some kids, and building sandcastles with them.

 

Jessica Lewis

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 2

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love the Valley Pond community and getting to spend my summer with my fellow coworkers. We all have a great bond and it makes me look forward to every shift. 

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Practicing how to apply our training to the unique environment that VP offers.

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: Closing day last summer. When it came time to bring the floating dock out of the water, all of the kids jumped into the freezing cold water with us and helped us to push the floating dock in, even though it was pouring rain.

 

Kyle Mortiner

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 1

 

School: Weston High School

 

Jordan Otten

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 2

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love interacting with the people at the pond and hanging out with the staff and kids.

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Making sure you’re prepared for any emergency that could occur, as there are lots of unique emergencies that could present themselves at the pond.

A good memory of Valley Pond: The Fourth of July, when there were seven guards on and David barbequed. I also love guarding from the pond when it's really hot. it's really fun and very relaxing.

 

Mallory Otten

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

 

Xan Ottenburg

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 5

 

School: Middlebury College

 

Eliana Weissmann

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 0

 

School: Newton South HS

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: Going there after school on the last day of school. My friends and I would go swimming and then go boating in the pond and then have a picnic eating watermelon and cookies. 

 

Hunter Whitbeck

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 1

 

School: NYU

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I like interacting with the clientele and being outside all summer.

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: The challenging trainings that David requires staff to complete so our lifeguarding skills are kept up to date. 

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: Guarding from the water when it's hot and not too busy.

Jayne Kimber White

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 0

 

School: Vanderbilt University

 

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love being outdoors by the water. I haven’t been able to experience Valley Pond during the season but I’m excited to see what it will be like.

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: When I went to visit with Jess, seeing the nature made me feel at home. I have an inkling that when the kids arrive, I will love Valley Pond even more.

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