Staff

Courtney Starks

Head Recreational Instructor

Courtney started gymnastics at the age of 3 through 13 and was a competitive gymnast for the Pikes. After her gymnastics career she became a cheerleader at Canyon High School and was an All-American Cheerleader her senior year. Courtney has taught team, pre-team, recreational, & cheer for the last 13 years. After high school she received an AS in Math/Science at COC& BS in Kinesiology at CSUN. She is Safety Certified, CPR/First Aid, & KAT certified. Courtney has been a preschool teacher, volunteered for handicapped children, worked at a chiropractic office, taught at the Air Force Academy Sports Camp, taught at Fun & Fit Gymnastics Center, & at Gleason's Gymnastic School in Minnesota. Courtney is also a USAG Certified Meet Director.

Jeff Vamvas

Team Coach, Instructor

Jeff has been coaching gymnastics since 1978. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University earning a degree in elementary education. He owned and was the head coach of Clarksville Gymnastics in Tennessee for 20 years. He has coached numerous State Champions in levels 4 through 9. He has attended many coaching and judging clinics held by the USAG and the NAWGJ.  Jeff is also a NAWGJ member and Judge.

Shelby Eichman

Social Media Director/Shelyco namesake

Shelby has been part of the GU family since 2005 and was a former gymnast since the age of 18 months thru age 10. She has been dancing competitively for over 10 years. She is a UC Davis graduate with a BS in Genetics with a minor in Psychology. Many of you may know her from her time as a GU Summer Camp Counselor, Open Gym Coach or Birthday Party Coach.

Tricia Curran

Instructor

Tricia was born in Poland and come to the United States in 3rd grade. This is when she had the first opportunity to join gymnastics and has participated in recreational gymnastics since. Her love for this sport and coaching can be seen through her dedication to her students as well as her classroom teaching skills. Tricia has been a part of the GU family since 2002, is a Credentialed Teacher, and a Reading Curriculum Specialist for the Newhall School District. She has also volunteered in coaching Special Olympics as she has many years of experience working with Special Needs students and is a Behavior Technician for the Behavioral Learning Center. When Tricia is not busy working, she loves spending time with her daughter and husband enjoying family time.

Louise Plouffe

Office Staff

Louise has been in the Office at GU for over 6 years and is the happy face who greets our students and parents every day. She is also a former Pikes Mom.

Anne Davidson

Gym Maintenance/Sanitation Specialist

Anne and her husband Carl have faithfully been cleaning both GU facilities for many years. She gained her position when her daughter became part of the competitive team and has been keeping GU sparkly clean ever since. GU boasts one of the cleanest facilities in Los Angeles County.

Carissa Stuursma

Instructor/ Office Staff

Carissa has been coaching at Gymnastics Unlimited for 2 1/2 years.  She took gymnastics on and off when she was younger.  It became her passion at age 13 when she made the Valencia High School Cheer Squad.  She loves coaching and continues to tumble in her spare time.  She is a graduate of Valencia High School and is attending College of the Canyons working toward a degree in American Sign Language Interpreting.

Lexie Antimisaris

Instructor

Lexie is a former tumbling and trampoline competitor and competitive gymnast.  She has been with the GU family since she was fifteen.  Lexie is attending California State University Northridge in pursuit of a business degree.  She hopes to coach throughout her college career.

Elizabeth Benz

Assistant Recreational Coach

My name is Elizabeth Benz I have had 6 years of gymnastics training before I employed at Gymnastics Unlimited. I started lessons at Gymnastics Unlimited at around the age of 8 and reached level 6 before entering into High School. I love teaching kids new skills and helping them to the best of my ability. Gymnastics is my passion and I intend to never let it go.

Danielle Deglauve

Office Staff

Danielle has always admired gymnastics and the athletes that have committed themselves to it. Even though she was never a gymnast, she enjoys the office environment and being able to build relationships with all of our GU families.

Shannon Springer

Substitute Recreational Coach

Graduated from Valencia High School, was a cheerleader all four years, did two years of competitive cheer & was a flyer. Gymnastics has always been my first love. Was a competitive gymnast for SCV Aerials, was training level 8. Did gymnastics from age 5-12. At 10 years old, I won California State Floor Champion. Taught trampoline, tumbling, and gymnastics at Anti-Gravity Sports Complex. Coached competitive cheer leading for 7 years at SCV All-Stars. Going to school at the University of La Verne-majoring in Child Development. Soon to be starting on my teaching credential for Special Education. Have been working with children for almost 9 years. I have been a substitute in the preschool environment. I have a strong love and passion for working with children.

Ally Negrosa

Recreational Coach

Ally has been part of the Gymnastics Unlimited family since the age of 4. She was a member of the Pikes Competitive team for 4 Years. She currently attends Hart High School. Ally is currently competing in equestrian show jumping. She finds the years of gymnastics has truly helped with her athleticism and balance. She has a great passion for children and enjoys coaching.

Danielle Zirbel

Recreational Coach

Danielle started tumbling when she was 7 years old and was a part of competitive cheer teams and than followed her passion. She was a cheerleader at Saugus High School for four years. Currently Danielle also works in a salon doing hair. She loves working with people and finds that her passion for gymnastics will go a long way!

Mallory Malham

Office Staff

Mallory did gymnastics when she was a child. Having always loved the sport, and enjoys working in an office atmosphere, she joined GU as an office staff.
Andrea Harvey

Andrea Harvey

Recreational Coach

Ever since I was 5 and started gymnastics I fell in love right away with the sport and everything it taught me. I trained and competed at SCV Aerials until level 5. Then I decided to try competitive cheerleading and trained at Flyers for one year, but as soon as I started high school I made the cheer squad. I was a freshman that competed varsity competition team all four years. I was also captain of my freshman and senior year. Cheer and gymnastics became who I was. When I graduated I started working U.S. Spirit Leaders camps for two summers. Now I am still coaching and tumbling while going to college to be a registered dietician. I believe that gymnastics is an amazing sport for anyone, nothing makes me more happy than being able to teach kids what I love to do.
Zach Fedalizo

Zach Fedalizo

Recreational

Hello, I am Coach Zach. I was born in a small town in Northern California called Gilroy. I have been in sports since I could walk. When I was nine years old I started gymnastics because I told my mom I could do it better than my sister. In my gymnastics career, I was a competitive gymnast for five seasons. One year level five, two years level seven, one year level nine, and one year as a level ten. My second year level seven, I was the state champion, and got second at regional championships. In level nine, I made the regional all star team, and went to nationals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I qualified for national championships for my level ten season, but while training I went out on an injury. I started coaching in 2010 and was a boy’s team coach. I was a level 4-7 team coach, which is considered a compulsory team coach. In 2013 I moved to Lake Tahoe and attended a fire academy. I graduated the fire academy in June of 2014, and moved to Santa Clarita in September for EMT and paramedic school. Gymnastics has shaped my life into what it is now, look back and smile at my accomplishments.
Courtney Martini

Courtney Martini

Recreational Coach

I started gymnastics at the age of 4 and continued along with tumbling until I was 14 years old. After gymnastics, I continued my tumbling and cheered at Canyon High for 4 years. I am currently at College of the Canyons in the nursing program and hope to be a pediatric nurse. I love working with kids and love being back in the world of gymnastics!
Jessica Hodges

Jessica Hodges

Recreational

I started gymnastics when I was about 5 years old and went to Gymnastics Unlimited, I've wanted to work at GU since I started there because my coaches made it so fun and I wanted to be just like them. I was a cheerleader for 5 years and was on cheer for three at Valencia high school. After high school I plan on going to a 4 year college and becoming a 6th grade teacher. I love kids and love my job as a gymnastics coach I love seeing them progress and grow.
Jennifer Giglio

Jennifer Giglio

Office Staff