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 who 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 Travel
  • Family: Wife of Alan (thanks for the encouragement!) Mother of TJ who is at Purdue University studying Nuclear Engineering, and Riley our beautiful inspirational daughter (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

Gymnastics 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 and 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

Gymnastics Program Assistant, Coach & Instructor

  • 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. My family is spread out, Mom Lisa is in KS, Sister Jessie and Husband are in NC, the rest split between NE and CO.
  • 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.
Aimee St.Martin
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    Coach & Instructor

    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 for Achieve Gymnastics and also 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

Instructor

  • Education: Attends Northern Arizona University
  • Years Coaching: 1 year
  • 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, Children – Ella & Zachary
Anais Torres
  • Education: Bachelors degree from Metro in Hospitality Tourism and Events
  • Interests:I love attending concerts and being with family
  • Family: I’m an only child
  • Personal Mantra: never give up your dreams will always come true if you continue to believe
  • Words of Wisdom: never give up try and try again you will accomplish what you want to accomplish
Brittany Carleton

Front Desk, Coach & Instructor

  • Education: Diploma from Ponderosa High School and a B.A. in Psychology from CU Denver.
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 6 years.
  • Interests: Training my dog for agility competitions, reading, traveling, and being outside (except when it’s cold out!).
  • Family: My mom lives in Parker, dad and stepmom are in St. Augustine, Florida, and I’m an only child! I have an amazing dog, Finn, who is an Australian Shepard.  I also have pet ducks, Daisy, Rosy & Daffy, and a Goose named Gigi.
  • 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.
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Cayla Bushman
  • Education: B.S in psychology from CSU-pueblo; M.A in psychology from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 2
  • 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

Instructor

  • Education: BA in Broadcast Journalism
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 17
  • 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.”
Dee Dee Longo
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree from CSU in Business Marketing and Management
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 5
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Floor
  • Interests: Skiing, Crafting, Spending time with family and friends
  • Family: 9 amazing brothers and sisters
  • 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
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    Instructor & Coach

    Education: Currently Enrolled at CU Denver
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 3
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Floor and Vault
  • Interests: School, Spending time with friends and family
  • Family: My mom is Michele Guttman, my dad is Philip Guttman and my sister, Shawna Guttman
  • 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
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach:  Beam
  • Interests:  Gymnastics, traveling & hiking
  • Family:  Mom, step dad, younger sister, younger brother & 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.
Emily Gray
  • Education: Currently I attend the University of Northern Colorado and study Chemistry Pre-Health.
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    Instructor

  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 1.5 years
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Beam
  • Interests: Baking, watching movies, working out
  • Family: I’m an only child so I just live with my parents
  • Personal Mantra(s): Be someone you want to be around
  • Words of Wisdom: Enjoy every moment of life, it will either be a blessing or a lesson
Josie Claycamp
  • 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: 6
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 Sells
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  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 13
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Beam & Bars
  • Interests: my pets, reading, math, and designing!
  • Family: Husband Mike and daughter Mia.  Parents switch between IN & CO, sister in California.  Pets Tobi (dog), Taco (dog), & Jolene (kitty)
  • Personal Mantra: Failing in life is inevitable – staying down is optional.
  • Words of Wisdom: The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.
Kelly Malm
  • Favorite events to coach: vault
  • Interests:  I love watching movies, hanging out with friends, and doing gymnastics.
  • Family: Mom is Elizabeth Malm, Dad is Michael Malm. I have 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
Kendyl Sommer

Coach & Instructor

  • Education: Currently 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 your will be unstoppable!
Lauren Solano
  • 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
Mackenzie French
  • Favorite Events to Coach: Bars and vault
  • Family:  Dad, Mom, and stepdad. I am the youngest of 3. I have an older sister Katey, and an older brother Patrick.
  • Interests: anything outdoors and art.
  • 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:  1
  • 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.
Megan Kling
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    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!
Natalie Wilson
  • 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.
Nicki Gladfelter

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 to myself, my older sister Gabie, and my younger sister Michenzie. My mom and step-dad have now 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.
Rachael Hullett
  • Years of Gymnastics Experience: 9
  • Favorite Event to Coach: Vault & Beam
  • Family: Youngest of 3, born and raised in Colorado
  • Personal Mantra: “But first, coffee!
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Coach

  • Education: 2 years at University of New Mexico
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 14
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Vault & Floor
  • Interests: My Kids & Fire Fighting
  • 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!
Sara Liberatore
  • Favorite Event(s) to Coach: Vault and Bars
  • Interests: Horseback Riding
  • Family: My mom is Leia Liberatore, my dad is Dan Liberatore and my sister is
    Anna Liberatore.
  • 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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    Instructor & 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
  • Education: I graduated high school from Cherokee Trail High School, and I am getting a bachelors degree in athletic training at MSU.
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    Front Desk, Instructor & Coach

  • 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
  • Years Coaching Gymnastics: 1
  • 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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