Volunteers

Tara Sutton
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Tara is a an attorney and partner with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi law firm in Minneapolis. She was named to the “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers,” Minnesota Super Lawyer (2010). She is a trial attorney and Chair of the Mass Tort Litigation Group.

Tara and her family are involved with, and a strong supporter of, swimming and working with inner-city children.


Anna Resele
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Anna Resele has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Anna has worked in education for over 10 years, focusing on issues of equal access and diversity. She has taught language arts, dance, and worked in special education in the Twin Cities, Washington, DC, and in Namibia, Africa. Anna is also a semi-professional dancer.

Never a strong swimmer, Anna decided to take swimming lessons again when she was 29. She loves being in the outdoors and has great passion for kids to experience activities in and around the water.


Carlyle Bowker
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Carlyle Bowker is a Lakota Sioux from the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Carlyle loves the outdoors and he has passed his knowledge of nature to his children and other children living on the reservation. Carlyle served in the US Army as a combat medic and paratrooper spending most of his time in the field.

Carlyle was raised in the traditional Native religion and knows the stories and ceremonies of his tribe. He makes traditional native artwork: dreamcatchers, necklaces, chocker, bracelets, God’s eyes, and drums.

Carlyle has been part of Minneapolis Swims from the beginning. Despite having to face ‘ancestral hardships’ Carlyle spent many days at the capitol lobbying for a bonding bill to help fund the renovation of the pool. He is currently helping with fundraisers and raising awareness of the need for the pool. Carlyle will work with the outdoor program teaching camping, making art from found objects, and sharing his culture by story-telling and drumming around the campfire.

Carlyle comes from a long line of horseshoe champions and can throw a mean game of horseshoes.


Marie Tinnes
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Marie grew up in Florida, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. She swam competitively from age 8 to age 21. She was a co-captain of her high school and college swim teams.

Marie has been a Water Safety Instructor with the American Red Cross and taught swimming for over 20 years. She has also coached age group, high school and college swimming.

Marie was the Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach at the Phillips Community Swimming Pool from 1994 to 1997 when the pool was managed by the Boys and Girls Club of Minneapolis.

Marie also has 10 years of experience in non-profit financial management and fundraising. Marie graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Psychology and Russian. Marie is currently a stay-at-home mother. She swims regularly with the YWCA Masters swim team.


Claire Forrest
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Claire Forrest is a recent graduate of Grinnell College with an English degree. She is currently based in Minneapolis working in public relations and freelance writing. She was involved in Minneapolis Swims’ early days as an intern in 2011 and 2012, and is happy to return as a copywriter!

Claire’s passion for supporting swimming equality and access in Minneapolis results from her involvement on several city club teams and her high school team, as well as her dependence on warm water physical therapy with Minneapolis Children’s Hospital as a child. Claire also participated in US Paralympic national meets and her college’s DIII team.


Vania Whitefeather
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Vania Whitefeather lived in south Minneapolis until her family relocated when she was 10 years old to Cambridge, MN. She decided to move back to Minneapolis after seeing the importance of raising her son Skylar in a city where people come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Vania is Mojave and Ojibway Native American. She works for MarketStar Corporation. She has volunteered for various non-profit organizations. Some of her previous volunteer activities have included: assistant coaching youth sports, leading Bible study, assisting immigrants in achieving high school diplomas, and assisting immigrants in gaining citizenship.

She swam under the guidance of coach Marie Tinnes, as a member of the Swordfish Swim Team from 1994-1996. The time she spent at the Boys and Girls Club was mostly in the pool. Vania believes it’s important to raise kids not to see color and encourage healthy living by staying active, which is something she learned as a child while living in the Phillips community and swimming at this very pool.