CRA Lessons Staff

Jacqueline Poirier

Director of Operations | Director of Boys & Girls Club Location:
A native Medford resident, Jacqui started swimming competitively at the age of 9 for Magnus Aquatic Group. Jacqui swam all four years at Medford High School and was named team captain her senior year.  A graduate of Curry College with a B.S. in Biology, Jacqui taught swim lessons for seven years and began work at Charles River Aquatics as an instructor at our Summer Camp.  Her passion for teaching was evident and Jacqui came on staff full time in 2014. Outside of swimming, Jacqui enjoys running, music, and spending time with her family and friends.

Tom Wallace

Executive Director: 
Tom started swimming competitively at the age of three in CA. In 1976 he  competed at the Olympic Trials in the 1500 meter freestyle. Because of his love of the sport, Tom is actively competing for Cambridge Masters Swim Club. Tom graduated from Humboldt State University in CA with a BS in Resource Planning and a BA in Journalism. After graduating, he became an officer in the US Air Force. When Tom retired, he was named the Aquatics Coordinator of the Lohse Family YMCA in Tucson, AZ. In 2006, Tom moved to MA and became the Aquatics Director at Waltham YMCA, before joining CRA as Aquatics Director in 2007.

Alex Rosado

Facility Director:
Alex began swimming competitively at the age of 8 for the West Roxbury YMCA Gators. In high school, he swam for the BLA Dragons and captained the team in his junior and senior year. During college, Alex rowed crew and played water polo at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he studied Environmental Sciences and Policy. He taught lessons for the Boston Sports Club in Wellesley before coming to Charles River Aquatics.

Jason Kleckner

Director of Social Media: 
Born in Belmont, Massachusetts, Jason took to swimming at a young age. He started learning how to swim at his local Boys and Girls Club, and later taught lessons there as an assistant swim instructor and lifeguard. Jason also competed on the Belmont Dolphins swim team, where his passion for the sport developed even further. He continued swimming in high school at the varsity level, earning several personal bests and even placing first in his heat during the 50m freestyle event at the Middlesex League championship meet. After high school, Jason attended Suffolk University, where he recently graduated with an Honors BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Political Science. When he is not teaching lessons at CRA, Jason enjoys reading, collecting vinyl records, and taking walks.

Chris Tower

Director of Doubletree Location: 
Chris grew up in Norwalk, CT and swam competitively for his local YMCA. After falling away from the water for a bit, he rediscovered his love of aquatics and swimming through his heavy involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. For many summers, Chris has worked on camp staff at Yawgoog Scout Reservation serving as Waterfront Director for 5 years and Camp Director since. Before joining Charles River Aquatics, Chris taught swim lessons at the Danvers YMCA.  Chris earned his AA from Greenfield Community College and is currently finishing up his BA in Anthropology/Sociology at Roger Williams University.

Chris Schenck

Director of Masters Swim Team: 
Chris grew up in San Diego, CA and Chicago, IL and started swimming competitively at the age of 7. He made the YMCA Nationals team at the age of 13 and in 2004 became the YMCA National record holder in both the 800 and 1500 meter freestyle. Chris was an NCAA Division I athlete at North Carolina State University and Western Kentucky University, focusing on distance freestyle and butterfly events. He received his B.S. degree in Recreation Administration.  Chris began teaching lessons early on in his swim career and has coached age group teams in Illinois and Colorado. He moved to Boston to pursue a career in the sport he loves. When he is not at the pool, Chris enjoys outside adventures, volunteering for the Special Olympics, and playing the drums.

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