Co-Founder and President of Operations of Sertified, LLC
Owen is an undergraduate at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland pursing a Bachelor’s of Art’s in Psychology with a concentration in Gerontology. Simultaneously, Owen is working towards a Master’s of Science in Gerontology. In addition to his studies, Owen has been serving as a Lifeguard since age 15, and has been teaching for the American Red Cross since December of 2015. He has lifeguarded in a variety of settings (e.g., pools, lakes, waterparks, beaches, etc.), and currently is the Head Lifeguard and instructor on the Beach Patrol at Assateague State Park in Berlin, Maryland. In addition to being a certified lifeguard and lifeguard instructor. Owen is also a Certified Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Responder Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Certified Pool Operator, Certified Lifeguard Manager, CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor, Babysitting Instructor, Bloodborne Pathogens and Emergency Oxygen Instructor, Swim Coach Safety Training Instructor, Aquatic Attractions Safety Course, Waterpark, and Waterfront Lifeguarding Instructor, Lifeguard Management Instructor, Comprehensive First Aid and CPR and CPR for the Professional Rescuer Instructor, Small Craft Safety Instructor, and most-recently a Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Basic Life Support Instructor Trainer and CPR Instructor Trainer for the American Red Cross. Owen grounds himself in his faith and enjoys swimming, serving as a first responder, and spending time with his family, friends, girlfriend, and Golden Retriever, Bandit and Basset Hound/Black Lab, Lola! Owen’s extensive teaching experience is nothing less than impressive, and his well-established rapport with the American Red Cross speaks for itself. He looks forward to working with you, and is ready for you to be #Sertified.
Co-Founder and President of Human Resources of Sertified., LLC
Justin is an undergraduate at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland pursing a Bachelor’s of Art’s in Economics with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Justin was first certified as a lifeguard at age 15, and has since lifeguarded at pools across Maryland. After discovering his passion for first response, Justin pursued his lifeguard instructor certification in December 2016. Additionally, Justin is a Certified Pool Operator, Certified Water Safety Instructor, CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor, Bloodborne Pathogens and Emergency Oxygen Instructor, Comprehensive First Aid and CPR and CPR for the Professional Rescuer Instructor. Justin enjoys playing tennis, spending time with friends, and tutoring high school students in SAT prep materials. You will not be let down by Justin’s extensive knowledge of the first response curriculums and his miraculous teaching abilities! He is excited to help you get #Sertifed, and looks forward to seeing you in his classes!
Sertified. Registration Coordinator
Kathy has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University. She has also earned a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from Western Maryland College (McDaniel College). Kathy is currently a 4th grade teacher in the Conewago Valley School District, in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, and has been teaching for 28 years. She is married to her husband, Chris and has three children – Owen, Kaelyn and Brayden. Kathy very much enjoys spending time with her family (and Golden Retriever, Bandit), running, landscaping and doing Pinterest crafts. She looks forward to coordinating your registration with Sertified. LLC, to help you: “Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Sertified!”
Sertified. Instructor and Swim Lesson Specialist
Emma Perdue is currently a graduate student studying Physician Assistant Studies at High Point University in North Carolina. Emma has been a certified lifeguard for 4 years and has been teaching lifeguarding for just over 2 years. In addition to her lifeguarding experience, she is also a Certified Pool Operator and Certified CPR Instructor. Emma has written the swim lesson instructor curriculum, used by Sertified., LLC, while also teaching swim lesson instructors how to best implement the curriculum for highest quality swim instruction. Emma enjoys swimming, as well as coaching, and is excited to return to aquatics after pursuing a career in medicine.
Sertified. Instructor and Aquatic Course Specialist
Austin is currently studying Environmental Science at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. In addition to his role at Sertified., LLC and being a full-time student, he is a member of the Army ROTC program at the College. Austin has previously worked as a lifeguard for Lighthouse Pools Inc., in Cecil County, Maryland, and is now a lead lifeguard for the Department of the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground! As a Sertified., LLC instructor, Austin heads coordination of aquatic certification classes, while simultaneously striving to further his range of instructor certifications. As it currently stands, he is certified as a lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, and CPR/First Aid/AED instructor. When you have Austin in class, please thank him for his service, as he is now entering the Maryland National Guard!
Alison has earned a Bachelor’s of Art’s degree in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University and a Nursing degree from Frederick Community College. Alison previously worked as a Veterinary Technician, but since moving to Ocean City, Maryland, she has pursued ocean lifeguarding. She is currently Assistant Beach Manger and officer on the Beach Patrol at Assateague State Park, in Berlin, Maryland, during the summers and a lifeguard and lifeguard instructor at Ocean Pines Sports Core Pool for the winter months. In addition to being a certified lifeguard she has recently completed her Lifeguard Instructor certification. Alison is also a Certified Emergency Medical Responder, Certified Lifeguard Manager, and CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor. Alison enjoys swimming, spending time with her family and caring for her many pets! She looks forward to helping you get #Sertified!
Lauren is a full-time Wellness Specialist and active lifeguard at the Harvey S. Kline Wellness Center within Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community, located in New Oxford, Pennsylvania. She has been a certified and practicing lifeguard since 2013. In addition to being a certified lifeguard and lifeguard instructor, Lauren is also a Certified Lifeguard Manager, CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor, Babysitting Instructor, Comprehensive First Aid and CPR and CPR for the Professional Rescuer Instructor, all for the American Red Cross. She is a proud graduate of Liberty University (GO FLAMES!) and is currently studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer. Lauren enjoys encouraging older adults in their wellness journey, documentaries, and spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their cat, “Louie.”
Sertified. Instructor and York YWCA Site Coordinator
Jennifer is American Red Cross Instructor for Sertified., LLC. She graduated from Penn State University, and is a school-based occupational therapist. Jennifer has spent her entire life around the water, and plans to continue to do so! She was taught to swim at an early age because of her proximity to the Conewago Creek, just outside of York, Pennsylvania. Her daughter, Morgan, naturally learned to swim at an early age, as well, due to her mom’s lifelong career in aquatics!Jennifer has been a lifeguard for over 25 years and a Lifeguard Instructor since 2015. She looks forward to sharing her 25 years of lifeguarding experience with you in a #Sertified. class!
Sertified. CPR Instructor and Administrative Assistant
Jeremy Simon is a graduate from McDaniel College and a current a one-to-one Instructional Assistant and substitute teacher in the Carroll County Public School System, in Carroll County, Maryland. Jeremy has recently obtained his instructor certification from the American Red Cross to teach CPR, First Aid and AED classes. He is the lead lifeguard for all Sertified. aquatic classes, in addition to his role as a lifeguard at Pearlstone Center, in Reistertown, Maryland. Jeremy plans to begin teaching Babysitting and Emergency Oxygen Administration courses for Sertified. LLC, in the coming months In his free time, Jeremy enjoys assisting children with learning disabilities, and is an avid New York Yankees lover. When you see Jeremy in class, don’t forget to ask him about his “Color War Theory”! He looks forward to helping students become CPR #sertified.
Meet Nichole! She has been happily married for 15 years, and has three loving children. Nichole has been coaching swimming and teaching lifeguarding since 2005, when she started at the Hanover YMCA, in Hanover, Pennsylvania! As someone who has been around the water since she was 18months old, she knew that this was her calling! Nichole’s passion for teaching is evident, as she has certified hundreds of guards in her time! After a few years of lifeguarding, Nichole returned to graduate school and obtained her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Upon entering the full-time workforce, in 2011, she began working with children with disabilities as a behavior specialist. Nichole is excited to return to the world of #sertifications, and looks forward to seeing you in her classes!
Sheldon “Shelly” Dawson
Sertified. Instructor and EMS Specialist
Shelly has been a lifeguard since 1964, when he obtained his original lifeguard certification from the Boy Scouts of America. In 1967, Shelly transferred his certification to The American Red Cross, and has remained with the organization, ever since. From 1968 to 1975, he lead the Assateague State Park Beach Patrol by serving as their Chief Lifeguard. Shelly, an Eastern Shore native, graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1975. For decades, he owned and operated several construction companies, but, after years away from first responding, Shelly decided to return to Assateague State Park in 2015 to serve as the Beach Manager and Captain of the Beach Patrol. Currently, he is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician, a certified Lifeguard Instructor for the American Red Cross and the United States Lifesaving Association, an Emergency Medical Response Instructor, a CPR, First Aid and AED Instructor, and a Basic Life Support Instructor. This life-long beach goer and surfer looks forward to #sertifying you in any and all aspects of first response!
Sertified. CPR and BLS Instructor
Chris has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Chester University in Health and Physical Education. Additionally, he has also earned a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Western Maryland College (McDaniel College). Chris is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher in the Conewago Valley School District. He has been teaching for over 27 years. Chris has been a certified CPR, AED, and First-Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross for 15 years. He is also a certified instructor for the American Heart Association in CPR, AED, and First-Aid. Chris enjoys spending time with his family and watching a variety of sporting events. Let’s get you #Sertified., in one of Chris’s classes!
Anthony is a student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus on International Business. Anthony has been an American Red Cross lifeguard since he was a student at Easton High School; guarding both pools and waterfronts. In the summer months, Anthony is a member of the Beach Patrol at Assateague State Park, in Berlin, MD. Anthony is a certified American Red Cross waterfront lifeguard and lifeguard instructor and also holds a variety of scuba dive certifications. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys surfing, scuba diving, and doing CrossFit! Anthony looks forward to helping you #besertified in a variety of American Red Cross classes.
Like Owen and Justin, Darlene is also a small business owner! Darlene is a co-owner of Superfood Café & Market in Mount Airy, MD. In addition to being a Sertified., LLC Instructor, she is a Raw Food Chef. She studied Nutrition at Baltimore County Community College in Catonsville, MD and trained at the Graff Academy of Raw Food Education and Health Science. Darlene has previously worked in sales, death care industry, and home improvement and is very excited to begin her instructing career! Currently, she is married to Robert, has four amazing daughters, and two adorable grandchildren. In her spare time, Darlene enjoys preparing and creating Raw vegan recipes. Sign up for her classes now, so she can help you become #Sertified. in CPR and/or BLS!
Maddy, one of Sertified.’s newest instructors, currently studies Psychology and Business at Cecil County Community College. She has been a volleyball player for her entire life and has coached for the last five years. Maddy is ready to move from the court to the pool (and classroom), as she has just recently entered the world of aquatics and first response. She is passionate about helping students learn new skills that can ultimately save another person’s life. When you take one of Maddy’s classes, she will be sure to teach you how to be safe, be smart, and #BeSertifed.
Chloe is a dual-enrolled high school junior at Snow Hill High School and Wor-Wic Community College. For as long as she can remember, she has always loved the water. Chloe began her career in aquatics as a volunteer swim lesson instructor aid, before she was old enough to work as an Instructor. When she turned 15, she earned her lifeguard certification and has worked for the Maryland State Parks Service, as a pool lifeguard, for the past three summers. In the coming years, Chloe plans on becoming a member of the Assateague State Park Beach Patrol. Chloe is now a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and plans to continue her education so that she can certify others in CPR, First-Aid, and AED, as well. Chloe is working towards becoming a nationally registered EMT for her fire station in Snow Hill, MD. In addition to being a Sertified. Instructor, Chloe is a recipient of the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award, the most highly esteemed recognition that American Red Cross presents. As an instructor, Chloe is passionate about giving more people the opportunity to also be #Sertified in an area that they too can be passionate about!
Jordan, an Ocean Pines (Maryland) native, is a Computer Science Major at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. Jordan has worked as a Pool Lifeguard and Swim Lesson Instructor with Ocean Pines Aquatics, for five years, and recently decided to become a Beach Lifeguard at Assateague State Park. Jordan is currently certified as an American Red Cross lifeguard, waterfront lifeguard, and, most-recently, a lifeguard instructor. In his free time, Jordan loves swimming, lifeguarding, and teaching. Jordan says that, above all, his number-one goal is to help you #BeSertified.
Ann, a long-time American Red Cross Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor, is currently employed by UPMC Pinnacle Hanover and the Hanover YMCA. In addition to her American Red Cross certifications, Ann is a certified Aquatic Instructor, a certified Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist, and a Pre- and Post- Natal Yoga Instructor. Ann joins the Sertified. team with many years of instruction experience and will be teaching in the greater York, and Hanover, Pennsylvania area! In her free time, Ann enjoys spending time with her husband and her two children! Come learn how you can #BeSertified with Ann!
Drake has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Activity, Fitness, and Wellness from Indiana University Bloomington. While at IU, he also completed a Graduate Assistantship in Aquatics with the Department of Recreational Sports. Currently, Drake is serving as the Assistant Director of Operations and Aquatics at Loyola University Maryland Recreational Sports in Baltimore, Maryland. Drake holds a variety of pool related certifications including his Lifeguard Instructor Trainer with the American Red Cross and Certified Pool Operator License from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. He enjoys spending time with his fiancé, three dogs, log rolling, and exploring life on the East Coast.
Ken Mihalyov is currently a 6thgrade science teacher in Westminster, MD and resides in York, PA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. Ken first became a lifeguard and swim instructor at age 15, and he remind certified until circumstances led him to away from his local pool. Ken is now married with three water-loving sons. He loves hiking, all team sports, swimming, kayaking, skiing, seeing the world, and playing the ukulele while relaxing in a hammock. Recently, Ken took a Sertified. Lifeguarding course, hoping to land a summer job lifeguarding, and it awoke his passion for aquatic instruction, again. He received his lifeguard instructor certification (with Owen as his instructor trainer) in March and looks forward to helping train future lifeguards to be proactive and keep local pools #Sertified.!
Nick is currently studying at Carroll Community College, in Westminster Maryland. He plans to transfer to a four-year university, where he can pursue his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. In addition to being a lifeguard, Nick also loves to go to the beach and go on adventures! Nick has been lifeguarding since 2015, and became an assistant manager at the Westminster Riding Club Pool, in 2017. After years of Owen begging him to come on-board, Nick is looking forward to entering the world of training and, most-importantly, he is excited to be a part of the #Sertified Team!