Heather Barna
Head Coach

Heather's smile, warmth, fun-loving attitde mixed with her Can Do/You Will Do coaching style make her a perfect fit for the team and leuadership ranks. Since joining LANES in Spring 2013, Heather has made a (great!) lasting impact in the practice pool, during meets and from the coaching deck.Heather's first memories of swimming date back to swimming in a pond in North Carolina, then to the pool in her apartment complex when her family lived in Iran (yes, really!) and more concretely, to the swim instructor she had back in Indiana who ultimately encouraged her to join a swim team. When not coaching LANES or working as an operations manager for an online virtual tour company, Heather loves cooking and has taken up a strong interest in photography. Above all though, Heather enjoys dog time with Buzzard, cat time with Commando and human time with Ethan. If you have any doubt about how lucky we are to have Heather part of this crazy wonderful LANES family, here's her thoughts on swimming: "I'm a huge fan and believer in Masters swimming. I ended up taking their Coaching Certification Class last spring - they really foster the idea of it being a group for everyone- It doesn't matter if you are a lap swimmer looking for more, a former Div 1 college swimmer, a person looking for a social outlet, encouragement for a fitness program, a triathlete...Masters Swimming is there for every person."








Jason Wheatley

Jason grew up on a lake and has been swimming since before he can remember. He pretty much swam competitively for much of his entire life. If you ask him, he'd say that he thinks he was born to be in the water. Jason first joined LANES back in 2010 having moved from Michigan and wanted to meet new people with similar interests. When not in the pool or on deck coaching, Jason spends his days working at one of the nation's leading hospitals - Boston Children's - doing pre-award grant funding for medical research. For fun, Jason enjoys traveling, hiking and running, cooking and spending time with family and friends. In taking on his new role as a LANES coach, Jason notes, "I am excited to take on a coaching role with LANES and use my skills to help everyone reach the goals they have set for themselves."

Emily Sanders

In relocating back to Massachusetts, Emily was looking to take on some additional coaching hours and hadn't found the right fit. However, when not one but two close friends* suggested LANES, she had to try it out. (*These two individuals are among the current LANES coaching staff and alumni). Emily notes that she essentially grew up in the water and has been swimming her whole life. She clearly remembers the first time joining a swim team at the age of 5 at her family's summer pool club. The minimum age might have been 6 to join the team, but an interested mom and Emily made it work. When asked about her favorite stroke, Emily notes "definitely breakstoke. But I loved racing IM the most!" When not pursuing her Masters of Public Health in Healthcare Management at BU, Emily is coaching LANES, working as the graduate assistant to Operations at BU's pool and the assistant coach for the Shamrock Swim Club. And outside "work," Emily enjoys hiking around western MA, taking ("mediocre" - her word, not ours) pictures, and hunting around Boston for the best tacos.