Staff Bios

Alan Herron - Owner

Owner

  • Education: B.S. & B.A. from Purdue University
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 30+
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Tumbling and Bars
  • Interests: Arts & Tech!
  • Family: Wife, Chris, is the Operations Officer for an Association Management Firm, Son, TJ, graduated from Purdue University in Nuclear Engineering and is working in the D.C. Area, and daughter, Riley, impacted our lives and others (12.21.99 – 12.8.11)
  • Personal Mantra(s): “Excellence IS the Standard”…”Life is a competition – Play to Win”…and “Dream-Believe-Achieve”, of course!
  • Words of Wisdom: Identify what you are passionate about and then spend your life following your passion, finding your strengths, and sharing your gifts with others. You CAN change the world.
Chris Herron - Owner

Owner

  • Education: B.S. Purdue University in Hospitality/Business Management
  • Interests: Cooking, Reading, and Traveling
  • Family: Husband, Alan (thanks for the encouragement!), son, TJ, graduated from Purdue University and is working in the D.C. Area, and our beautiful and inspirational daughter, Riley (12.21.99 – 12.8.11)
  • Personal Mantra: Hospitality and caring for others is important, one never knows when you might be entertaining angels. Heb. 13.2
  • Words of Wisdom: Relax. Have Faith. Be Yourself. ~ J. Dudley Herron
Lisa Sparrow - Program Director
  • Program Director, Coach & Instructor

    Education: B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from CSU and M.S. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: Over 20 years
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: NOT Vault
  • Interests: Running & Reading
  • Family: Husband, Cody, is a senior estimator for a Construction company, Daughter, Faith, and son, Carson.
  • Personal Mantra: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle    “She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Edwards.
  • Words of Wisdom: Control what you have power over, live without regrets, never stop learning, be tough, responsible, respectful & confident and work hard to have a positive impact on others.
Jenna Kroll - Assistant Program Director
  • Assistant Program Director

    Education: University of Nebraska Lincoln, EMT-B certified
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 13
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Bars…which is funny because it was my worst event!
  • Interests: Outdoors and History
  • Family: Husband, Brandon Kroll, and son, Cooper.
  • Personal Mantra: “You must do things you feel you cannot do!”
  • Words of Wisdom: Gymnastics has been a part of my life for so long it is hard to imagine at one point in my life I had lost touch with this sport. I was devastated when that happened but the lessons that I took from the loss have stuck with me. Gymnasts are unique in the fact that not everyone can do the sport or have the mental discipline to love it, even if at times you might hate it. My hope for all the girls in this sport is that each of them take away the self-motivation, dedication, confidence, and pure love for life as I did.
Marlene Nothstine - Office Manager
  • Office Manager

    Education: Accounting and Life
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: None! I have always been a fan of gymnastics though.
  • Interests: Broncos, Avalanche, Rockies, Nuggets, hiking, family, spoiling my grandbabies
  • Family: My daughters, Kristen and Kayla, my grandbabies – Rian, Neil, Cody & Kiera
  • Personal Mantra(s): If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
  • Words of Wisdom: You were never promised a rose garden, there will be a little rain sometime. Meet it with a positive attitude and a smile.
Adia Huffman
  • Education: High School Junior
  • Years Coaching/Gymnastics Experience: gymnast for 10 years total, 5 years with Achieve
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Vault (always my favorite and best)
  • Interests: I love working with kids with special needs! Nascar is also an interest
  • Family: Mom, Michelle Huffman, dad, Robbie Huffman, sister, Emma Huffman
  • Pre Team & Rec Coach

    Personal Mantra: “Practice like you’ve never won, Perform like you’ve never lost” “Be the energy you want to attract”
  • Words of Wisdom: Don’t let the hard times set you back, instead allow them to help you push yourself forward.
Aimee St.Martin
  • Team Coach

    Education:Studying Pre-Physical Therapy at Baylor University
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 5
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Beam or vault because I like the power that comes with vault and I love seeing girls overcome their fears on beam.
  • Interests: Reading, hanging out with my friends, and doing gymnastics. I have done gymnastics since I was four and competed for Overland High School.
  • Family: Mom, Dad, and sister, Noelle, who is a college student at Metro University
  • Personal Mantra: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
  • Words of Wisdom: Enjoy everything. Enjoy your teammates, your coaches, the competition, but mostly importantly enjoy the sport of gymnastics.
Alli Olson

Team & Rec Coach

  • Education: Attends Metropolitan State University
  • Years Coaching: One
  • Favorite Event to Coach: Beam
  • Interests: Photography
  • Family: Mom, dad, sister, and two dogs
  • Personal Mantra: Don’t change yourself in order to impress others
  • Words of Wisdom: Cherish your family and friends
Amy Sobolik-Brown
  • Education: BS in Psychology & Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University
  • Years Coaching: 23

    Front Desk & Website

  • Interests: Football, Music, Dance, Gymnastics, Art, Crafting
  • Family: Husband, Dave, daughter, Ella, and son, Zachary
Brittany Carleton

Team & Rec Coach

  • Education: Ponderosa High School, B.A. in Psychology from CU Denver.
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: Six
  • Interests: Training my dog for agility competitions, reading, traveling, and being outside (except when it’s cold out!)
  • Family: Fiance, Ethan. We have three dogs, two horses, two goats, and five ducks!
  • Personal Mantra(s): This too shall pass. Let it be. Just keep swimming!
  • Words of Wisdom: Do everything at your own personal best. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else because we are all different. Give everything you do in life 100% and nothing less.
Cayla Bushman
  • Education: B.S. in Psychology from CSU-pueblo; M.A in Psychology from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: Two
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Bars!
  • Interests: Any and all sports! Plus an extreme love for the Denver Broncos.
  • Family: 2 younger sisters, they are my best friends!
  • Personal Mantra(s): Live the life you love. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
  • Words of Wisdom: Our mindset controls how we view life. Look for positives in every day, and always believe in yourself and your potential!
Chandra Armstrong
  • Pre Team & Rec Coach

    Education: BA in Broadcast Journalism
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 18
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Bars
  • Interests: Spending time with family, Shopping, and more shopping!
  • Family: I have a girly girl niece and 3 crazy nephews!
  • Personal Mantra: Never a failure always a lesson.
  • Words of Wisdom: Shine bright like a Diamond!
Christy Claycamp

Front Desk

  • Education: B.S. in Business Management from CU Boulder
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 14
  • Favorite event(s) to coach: Beam…it was my best event as a gymnast and always my favorite!
  • Interests: Spending time with my kids and hubby, scrapbooking, reading, exercising
  • Family: Husband, Micah, is a graphic designer; 4 kids, Josie, Jaden, Jeremy and Justin
  • Personal Mantra: “Each new day is a new beginning, to learn more about ourselves, to care more about others, to laugh more than we did, to accomplish more than we thought we could, and be more than we were before.”
Deedee Longo
  • Team Coach

    Education: B.S. in Business Marketing and Management from CSU
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: Six
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Bars
  • Interests: Skiing, Crafting, Spending time with family and friends
  • Family: Fiance, Cody, 9 amazing brothers and sisters, and a dog named Duck!
  • Personal Mantra: “I’m stronger than this challenge, and this challenge is making me even stronger”
  • Words of Wisdom: Don’t waste time trying to become something else or make someone else happy. You are the key to your own success, and you are also your only limit. Be strong and positive every day and it will become habit.
Devin Guttman
  • Team & Rec Coach

    Education: Currently enrolled at CU Denver
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: Three
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Floor and Vault
  • Interests: School, Spending time with friends and family
  • Family: Mom, Dad, and sister
  • Personal Mantra(s): As long as you can dream, dream.
  • Words of Wisdom: It’s ok to change, change is good, as long as you’re doing it for all the right reasons.
Elena Reiffin
  • Rec Coach

    Favorite Event(s) to Coach:  Beam
  • Interests:  Gymnastics, traveling & hiking
  • Family:  Mom, step dad, younger sister, younger brother, and dog.
  • Personal Mantra:  Always have confidence in yourself.  The biggest person who can believe in you is yourself.
  • Words of Wisdom:  Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction.
Gabriella Duran
  • Education: Studying Kinesiology at San Diego State University

    Coach

  • Years Coaching/Gymnastics Experience: 1 year coaching / 7 years gymnastics experience
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Bars and Beam
  • Interests: Gymnastics, photography, surfing
  • Family: Mom, dad, 3 sisters
  • Personal Mantra: “Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.”
  • Words of Wisdom: Anything that gets your heart racing is probably worth doing.
Josie Claycamp
  • Rec Coach

    Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Bars
  • Interests: Gymnastics & Piano
  • Family: Mom, Dad & 3 brothers
  • Personal Mantra: Make hard work your passion.
  • Words of Wisdom: Do what you love, and love what you do!
  • Years of Gymnastics Experience: Six
Karon Turpin

Horticulturist & Front Desk

  • Education: B.S & M.S. from Indiana University, Retired H.S. Teacher
  • Interests: Reading! (she is a walking encyclopedia and awesome trivia game partner!)
  • Family: 2 daughters & 3 grandsons…Alan’s Mother-In-Law (bless her!)
  • Personal Mantra: Carefully choose things that are important to you and do them well.
  • Words of Wisdom: Associate with the people who bring out the best in you!
Katie Seedroff
  • Education: B.S in Electrical Engineering from CU Denver
  • Gymnastics Experience: Two of my girls have been with Achieve for over 3 years
  • Interests: Broncos, baking, reading, card games & hiking
  • Family: 5 kids – 2 boys and 3 girls
  • Personal Mantra: Faith is not believing that God can.  It’s knowing that He will.
  • Words of Wisdom: The best way to get something done is to begin.

(Front Desk)

Kaylee Sharon
  • Rec Coach

    Education:  Home-schooled and an incoming sophomore
  • Interests: Playing guitar and spending time with friends
  • Family: Dad, Mom, older brother, younger sister
  • Personal Mantra: Faith does not make things easy; but makes it possible.
  • Words of wisdom: Buy experiences, not lots of things
Kelly Malm
  • Rec Coach

    Favorite event to coach: Vault
  • Interests:  I love watching movies, hanging out with friends, and doing gymnastics.
  • Family: Mom, Dad, 6 siblings: Jonathan, Megan, Patrick, Adam, Mary, and Kenny.
  • Personal Mantra: I am what I choose to become.
  • Words of wisdom: If you are confident and positive, there is nothing you cannot achieve
  • Years of Gymnastics Experience: 7
Kelsey Cunningham
  • Education: Augustana College, Rock Island. Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies and Journalism
  • Years Coaching/Gymnastics Experience: 9 years doing gymnastics, new to coaching
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Beam and Bars
  • Interests: Photography, New Movies and Shows, Junk Food
  • Family: Mom, Dad, and a ton of family on the East Coast.
  • Personal Mantra: “For a valiant heart, nothing is impossible.” – Jacques Coeur
  • Words of Wisdom: “It’s not the end of the world.”
Kendyl Sommer

Coach

  • Education: Studying Child Development at MSU
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 6
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Beam and Floor!
  • Interests: Country Music, and spending time with friends and family!
  • Family: Fiancé, Ryan, United States Marine
  • Personal Mantra: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms”
  • Words of Wisdom: Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable!
Lauren Solano
  • Rec Coach

    Years of Gymnastics Experience: 15
  • Favorite event to coach: Beam and Vault
  • Family: Mom, Dad, Sister, and Turtle
  • Personal Mantra: “Is what you are doing today getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?”
  • Words of Wisdom: Take time from your day to relax and take a breath.
  • Interests: Choir, Theater, and Psychology
Lindsey Somers
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University
  • Front Desk & Coach

    Years Coaching/Gymnastics Experience: First year coaching, but have taught dance for 5 years
  • Interests: Dance, Working out, Singing, spending time with my family
  • Family: Youngest of 3 girls (middle sister used to be a gymnast with Achieve) and most of my family lives here in Colorado now
  • Personal Mantra: “Sometimes you just have to throw on a crown and show them who they’re dealing with”-Marilyn Monroe
  • Words of Wisdom: Fake it ’til you make it! Nobody else is gonna know you are doing something different or wrong but you so don’t let it show!
Mackenzie French
  • Pre Team & Rec Coach

    Favorite Events to Coach: Bars and vault
  • Family:  Dad, Mom, and stepdad. I am the youngest of 3
  • Interests: Art and anything outdoors
  • Personal Mantra: “I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness”
  • Words of Wisdom: “Reach for it. Work for it. Fight for it.”
  • Years of Gymnastics Experience: 13
Makayla Rusk
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: One
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Beam
  • Interests: Gymnastics
  • Family: 2 little brothers, Mom & Dad
  • Personal Mantra: Do everything with a purpose.
  • Words of Wisdom: Your mentality determines your capability.
McKenna Turbyne
  • Education: University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Years of coaching/gymnastics experience: 15 years as a gymnast; first year coaching!
  • Favorite events to coach: Bars
  • Interests: Anything outdoors, and traveling
  • Family: One older sister and two older brothers, my amazing mom and stepdad
  • Personal Mantra: Be the light Words of wisdom: you need a little bit of insanity to do great things
Megan Ferguson
  • Education: Currently studying elementary education and University of Northern Colorado
  • Interests: reading, spending time outside, hang with my family
  • Family: Husband: Curtis siblings: Jonathan Patrick, Kelly, Adam, Mary and Kenny Malm
  • Words of Wisdom: When you set a goal and work towards it you will succeed.

(Front Desk)

Megan Kling
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    Team Coach

    Education: B.A. from UNC in Art Education
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 9
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Beam…although I hated it as a gymnast!
  • Interests: All forms of art, but especially photography
  • Family: Sister Brittany, step sister Brooklyn, two step brothers Brandon and Bryson, and my  Great Dane fur baby, Vega.
  • Personal Mantra: “Everything happens for a reason!”
  • Words of Wisdom: Don’t think too much. You’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Trust yourself that you are going to find a way to work through all of your struggles even if it is the smallest one. The lessons you learn from the struggle will make you the best you can be!
Mia Benthall
  • Years Coaching / Gymnastics Experience: 9 years of gymnastics, 13 years in dance arts

    Pre Team & Rec Coach

  • Favorite Events to Coach: I love the challenge that beam provides! It was always a favorite of mine as a gymnast.
  • Interests: Vintage clothing, I’ve been a vintage dealer for 7 years.
  • Family: Lovely fiancé at home, soon to add a puppy to the mix!
  • Words of Wisdom: Icing tastes better with a pinch a of salt.
  • Personal Mantra: “Everything around you that you call life, was made up people who were no smarter than you” – S.J.
Natalie Wilson
  • Rec Coach

    Years of Gymnastics Experience:  14
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach:  Everything except vault
  • Interests:  Gymnastics & Reading
  • Family:  Mom, Dad, younger sister and 2 dogs (Tyler & Jasper)
  • Personal Mantra:  Be the energy you want to attract.  After all, iron sharpens iron.
  • Words of Wisdom:  Dedicate yourself to something you love.
Nathan Cribari
  • Education: Pursuing an associate of arts at ACC. Graduating in 2019

    Video Specialist

  • Interests: street photography, filmmaking
  • Family: I’m the youngest of 5 children. I have one sister, three brothers, one sister in law, and one brother in law. I have three nephews and my brother and sister in law are expecting.
  • Personal Mantra: Don’t limit your potential to what you don’t do. Expand your capabilities to what you could do.
  • Words of Wisdom: If you don’t have a passion for the work you do then it will be evident in what your efforts produce.
Nicki Gladfelter

Team & Rec Coach

Education: Dual Associates in Arts/Gen, Ed
Years of Gymnastics Experience: 6
Favorite even to coach: Bars
Interests: Outdoor adventures with my dog and spending time with people.
Family: My amazing parents have been nothing but a blessing, my older sister Gabie, and my younger sister Michenzie. My mom and step-dad have taken on the opportunity to impact the lives of a few more people by adopting my three youngest siblings! I’ve learned so much from everyone in my family, even down to the littlest ones!
Personal Mantra: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” -Albert Einstein
Words of wisdom: If you focus more on what you can do for others and not what others do for you, you learn to appreciate the little things and find your joy in them.
Robbie Williams

Team Coach

  • Education: 2 years at University of New Mexico
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 14
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Vault & Floor
  • Interests: My Kids & Firefighting
  • Family: Married to my wife Amanda for 20 years, my son Bryce is 14 and my daughter Ashlyn is a 12 year old Optional on Achieve Gymnastics!
  • Personal Mantra: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again
  • Words of Wisdom: If you fall seven times, get up eight!
Sam Demoss
  • Rec Coach

    Education: High school
  • Years Coaching/Gymnastics Experience: 11 years
  • Favorite event to Coach: Bars
  • Interests: Going to my sister’s softball games and spending time with my Mom.
  • Family: Mom, Dad, and younger sister.
  • Personal Mantra: Success does not come from what you occasionally do. It comes from what you constantly do.
  • Words of Wisdom: Be the greatest you, you can be.
Sara Liberatore
  • Pre-Team Coach

    Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Vault and Bars
  • Interests: Horseback Riding
  • Family: Mom, Dad, and sister
  • Personal Mantra: Work until you never have to introduce yourself.
  • Words of Wisdom: It’s ok to have bad days because the good ones will always outweigh the bad ones.
Shayla Black
  • Education: Studying Exercise Science at MSU
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    Team & Rec Coach

  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 5
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Floor
  • Interests: Gymnastics, Diving Family: Mom, Dad, and younger Brother
  • Personal Mantra: Never give up on something you love
  • Words of Wisdom: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard
Taylor Schlekeway
  • Coach

    Education: I graduated high school from Cherokee Trail High School, and I am getting a bachelors degree in athletic training at MSU.
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 8 years
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: floor and beam
  • Interests: I love anything active: hiking, yoga, and working out. I also love going to school, drawing and painting.
  • Family: I have my parents, step parents, and 6 brothers and sisters!
  • Personal Mantra(s): “If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right. Your attitude determines your results.”
  • Words of Wisdom: “Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect, mirror what you admire.”
Trinity Ivester
  • Team & Rec Coach

    Years Coaching Gymnastics: One
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Bars
  • Interests: I love CrossFit and enjoy doing Dance
  • Family: 2 step siblings, step dad, Mom, 2 sisters & a dog named Chip
  • Personal Mantra:  Be independent and do everything to your fullest ability.
  • Words of Wisdom:  Be yourself, have fun & work hard!

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