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

Instructor

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 currently attends UC Davis and is majoring 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. Shelby also now coaches girl's gymnastics and will be attending her first USAG Regional Congress Summer 2009. Shelby was also a volunteer coach for our Special Olympics Rhythmic & Artistic Gymnastics Team.

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 - "The Queen"

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.

Jill Hurley

Instructor

Jillian has been involved with gymnastics since she was 6 years old. She has been coaching for almost 4 years and believes that gymnastics positively affects a person in all aspects of their lives. She wants to continue to spread this awareness through positively encouraging the children she coaches. Jillian graduated from Canyon High, where she cheered for three years then found her true passion in pole vaulting. She continues to pole vault for COC’s track team while being a full time student getting her AS in Physical Science. She is well on her way to obtaining her PhD in Physical Therapy to specialize in young athlete’s rehabilitation.

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.

Emilee Green

Recreational & Team Coach

Emilee has always enjoyed tumbling and hanging upside down from the time she was a baby. When Emilee was 10 years old, she started in gymnastics at GU. Soon she realized 5 hours of gymnastics was not enough for her and moved up to team. She quickly moved up the different levels within team. In 2011, she won a state championship on the floor in level 7. She competed with the team for about 4 years. Emilee attends West Ranch High School. She has a great passion for gymnastics and she loves children and coaching.

Taryn Perez

Office Staff

Taryn was a gymnast as a child and wanted to continue to be in a gymnastics environment so she decided to join the GU family as an office staff. Currently she is attending college in Los Angeles and pursuing degrees in Political Science and Healthcare policy. After she graduates she has plans to attend law school.

Shannon Springer

Assistant Head Coach/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.

Mikayla Nicholls

Assistant Coach

I love gymnastics and I have done it since the first grade. Teaching it has been even more fun! Its such an interesting sport! I have made a lot of great friends within the sport as well as from teaching. And I love Gymnastics Unlimited!!

Ally Negrosa

Assistant 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

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.

Jake Leach

Recreational Coach & Head Maintenance

 

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Zach Fedalizo

Recreational Coach

 

Melinda Stevenson

Assistant Coach