Executive Director, East Coast - Lee Berman


From around the age of 5, when Lee decided it was okay to get his head wet, he has loved being in the pool. Entire summers in Rockville, Maryland were spent at Old Farm Swim Club. From there he began swimming year round with the national championship club Rockville Montgomery Swim Club and later swam from the former Curl-Burke Swim Club.  Swimming provided confidence and focus, culminating in making nationals and swimming varsity for The University of Miami. Since graduating, he has spent 10 years at ESPN the Magazine as a project manager and served as the volunteer manager for Trident Swim Foundation at the Prospect Heights location before formally joining the Trident team to oversee all operations. He resides in Brooklyn and is thinking about getting a dog.

Executive Director, West Coast - Patrick Bridges


Since childhood summer league in South Carolina, Patrick has enjoyed a lifetime of competitive and recreational swimming. In high school, he swam year-round for the Paladin Aquatic Club. He followed his passion for swimming in college and trained alongside a three-time Olympic champion at Furman University. While at Furman, he also coached several summer league teams of 50-100 swimmers. After completing a master’s degree in international business and starting his career in Germany, Patrick was transferred to New York, where he swam for the West Side YMCA and Red Tide Masters. Patrick served on Red Tide’s Board and competed in regional and national swim meets and triathlons. Not long after meeting his future husband, he moved west to Hermosa Beach, California, where he now lives with Scott and their chocolate labradoodle, Riley. Today, Patrick swims for the Southern California Aquatic Club (SCAQ) and enjoys the community camaraderie of the annual Pier-to-Pier ocean swim just steps from his home. In addition to Trident, Patrick is very active in his local parish, St. Cross Episcopal Church.

Executive Committee


The Executive Committee runs the daily operations of the Foundation and its members are part of the general Board of Directors:

Jeremy Fain (Founder)
Jeremy began his swimming career as part of a summer swim team in Montgomery County, Maryland at the age of six, and at the age of twelve began swimming year-round for the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC) as part of USA Swimming. Jeremy qualified for nationals at the age of sixteen and swam for four years in college. He began coaching and swimming on the Red Tide Masters swim team after a five year hiatus from the sport. His career as a coach began at fifteen and he has taught swimmers from the ages of four to sixty-four. Jeremy is currently CEO and Co-Founder of Cognitiv Corp. Jeremy Fain holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Kristin Gary (Founder)
Kristin Gary has been a competitive swimmer since the age of six, swimming for the Wilton Wahoos in Connecticut. She attended Duke University where she swam for four years, was team captain, held a school record and was awarded the swimmer of the year in 1989. After graduating with a BA in Art History, she received her Masters in Art History from the University of Art and Restoration in Florence, Italy, where she specialized in Italian art. After an eleven-year break from the sport, Kristin re-entered swimming as a Masters swimmer in 2000 and has since won over 100 United States Masters National titles, and also won World Championship titles in Perth, Australia in 2008 and Riccione, Italy in 2012. She swims for both the New York Athletic Club and Red Tide Masters Swim Club.   She was president of the Red Tide Masters from 2005 - 2013 and serves on the swimming committee for the NYAC. Ms. Gary runs a private art gallery specializing in European paintings, sculpture and drawings from the Old Masters through the 20th century and is a certified appraiser in this field.   She has been working in the art world since 1993, dealing privately since 1999, and has extensive experience with both American and European private clients, museums and institutions.

 

Board of Directors


Jim Bolster

Jim Bolster has been the head coach of the Columbia men's swimming team for over 20 years. In that time he has captured an Eastern Swimming League title and had his swimmers break over 30 school records. A native of Princeton, New Jersey, and one of 14 children, Jim graduated from Ohio’s Denison University in 1977 and was one of the finest athletes in the school’s history. Twice named the school's Most Valuable Swimmer, he won an NCAA Championship in the 200 butterfly in 1976, five conference titles in the 100 and 200 butterfly, and was a six-time NCAA Division III All-American. He also starred in soccer and lacrosse, earning four letters in each of the three sports. Selected in the first round of the 1977 North American Soccer League draft by the Connecticut Bicentennials, he played two years with Connecticut and Washington. He then utilized an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan. Bolster lives in Manhattan with his wife, Sharon Rose Kelly, and three sons, Jake Thomas, Luke Charles, and Clay Murdoch.

Susan Casey
Susan Casey is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks,” (published June 2005 by Henry Holt & Company) and "The Wave: In Pursuit of Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean". She is currently Editor-in-Chief of O, the Oprah Magazine. Previously she has held the positions of Development Editor of Time Inc, Editor of Sports Illustrated Women and an Editor at Large for Time Inc.’s magazine titles. Under her editorship, Sports Illustrated Women was nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. She also served as the creative director of Outside magazine, which during her tenure won three consecutive, history-making National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. At Outside she was part of the editorial team that developed the stories behind the bestselling books “Into Thin Air,” and “The Perfect Storm,” as well as the movie “Blue Crush.” In 2006, her story “The Oceans Are Turning to Plastic…Are You?” received a National Magazine Award nomination in the Public Interest category. She is frequently published in magazines in the United States, Canada and Asia, including Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Time, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Outside, and National Geographic.

Alan Fishman
Alan began his swimming career at the age of six and started swimming year-round at age nine. A graduate of JEB Stuart High School in Falls Church, VA, Alan was Captain, a school-record holder, and a Virginia High School State Champion. Recruited to swim in college, during his senior year Alan captained the team to both the 2006 EISL Conference and Dual Meet Championships. Today, he is an Associate Attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in London, England.  Alan has coached and given private swim lessons since the age of fifteen and was a Founder of the Trident Swim Foundation. Alan Fishman holds an A.B. in Public Policy and Finance from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Jane Kelsey
Jane Kelsey is a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and is responsible for unsecured funding and capital management in the Corporate Treasury department. She joined Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking division in 1998, and has worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group, as chief of staff to the chief administrative officer, and most recently as head of Firmwide Strategy and chief of staff for Asia Pacific. Jane has been swimming competitively since the age of six and continues to compete today. She has won seven Masters World Championship titles, multiple US Masters titles, holds three Masters World Records for relays, and 39 individual Hong Kong National records.  Jane attended Stanford University, where she was a member of the three-time national champion women’s swim team and received a BA with distinction in Economics and a Masters of Arts in International Policy Studies. In addition to her banking career, she is a published author of two educational textbooks.

Thayer Thompson
Thayer Thompson is the General Counsel and VP, Commercial for Virgin Hotels. Prior to joining Virgin, Thayer was a senior associate in the Corporate Department of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC and an associate in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Thayer is a graduate of Duke University (BA, 1996), where he was a member of the Duke University Varsity Swim Team, and the University of Minnesota Law School (JD, magna cum laude, 1999), where he was elected to Order of the Coif and served as a Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review.

Rev. Dr. Bernard R. Wilson
Bernard R. Wilson became the 35th Senior Minister of Norfield Congregational Church in September 2004. Dr. Wilson has previously served as Executive Minister at The Riverside Church in the City of New York, Interim Senior Minister at Briarcliff Manor Congregational Church and as a Chaplain in the US Navy. He is an ordained minister of the Churches of God in Christ and holds full standing with the United Church of Christ. revbrwilson@norfield.org As a Navy Chaplain he served as The Assistant Chaplain of the Marine Corps and has received numerous awards, medals and citations for his stellar military career. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the David and Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization he started with his eight brothers and sisters. www.WilsonFund.org The Fund has awarded nine scholarship annually since its inception in 1990. The Wilson Family was named one of the “Families of the Year” by USA Today, “Heroes for America” by Reader’s Digest and featured in the NBC/AT&T special “Images and Realities the African-American Family.” Four of his siblings are in full-time ministry and his sister Ruby, Pastors the Safe Haven United Church of Christ in Brooklyn. Dr. Wilson holds advanced degrees from Morehouse College and The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, Union Theological Seminary and New York Theological Seminary in New York City, Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Dr. Wilson is married to the former Nereida Torres whom he met while they both were serving in the United States Navy. They have two Children, Michael Bernard Wilson, an officer in the United States Navy, Daniel Bernard Wilson, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a beautiful granddaughter, Mia Jean.