Dawn Van Winkle has been with Buckeye Gymnastics from the very beginning of her gymnastics career. She started the year we opened and competed for us through class III-O. (Level 7). Dawn was a high school cheerleader and and semi-professional cheerleader. Since graduation she has taught for us off and on until permanently joining Buckeye in December of 2006. Dawn is currently the Program Director and Assistant Manager at our Westerville location..
Laura Montgomery competed in gymnastics for six years and has coached gymnastics at Buckeye for over a decade. She is a graduate of Capital University, graduating with a degree in Biology and Psychology. Laura attended a six-week internship at Rushmore Gymnastics in London, England, where she shared with our British sister club the details of running an American style gymnastics school.
Alan Lanzador has been a sports guy his entire life. He excelled in athletics in high school and went on to coach a generation of youngsters in his favorite sport, soccer. But when his daughter fell in love with gymnastics he did too. He turned his considerable enthusiasm and energy to his “new favorite sport” and soon found himself immersed in the life of the gym; so much so that he was volunteering to help teach the youngsters alongside our experienced gymnastics teachers. He is now a Program Director at Buckeye at the Powell Gym.
Ana Papworth: Anastasia recently graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in Theatre & Dance and she has been dancing for over 20 years. She was also a competition dancer for 10 years and was able to travel and learn from a variety of well-known teachers. She has also been a popular and accomplished teacher in her own right and she brings her talent, energy, and experience to Buckeye.
Scott Ryan is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Sports Promotions. While at West Virginia Scott was a scholarship gymnast on the Mountaineer’s Men’s Team. Scott has over 35 years of coaching experience ranging from coaching college at West Virginia University and UC-Berkeley to 9 years here at Buckeye Gymnastics and 15 years spent coaching in California. He was a member of the So Cal USAG Board of Directors for a number of years while in CA. He is currently coaching S&G and USAG Girls team, and is the Scarlet and Grey Team Director and Operations Manager at Buckeye Gymnastics.
Gabby Whitaker grew up at Buckeye Gymnastics starting at age 7 and “graduating” as a high school senior. She competed for Buckeye for 6 years through Level 8. She is currently studying to become a Physical Therapist and discovered that she has the gift of teaching after rejoining us as a gymnastics teacher and coach.
Jolene Harber has been teaching and coaching gymnastics for 15 years as a Preschool Gymnastics Program Director and as Head Coach for Girls Team at Capitol City Gymnastics where she developed many State Champions at levels 2-6. She joins Buckeye Gymnastics teaching all levels and coaching the level 1 and 2 gymnasts at Powell
Maggie Kusakova grew up in the Czech Republic where she competed in gymnastics through the advanced level. She is passionate about teaching and earned her MS in Education in 2000. At Buckeye Gymnastics, Maggie works with competitive Level 2 and recreational classes. When she is not busy coaching, Maggie enjoys cooking and all things outdoors. She is currently working towards a degree in Physical Therapy.
Jenna Swarzentruber grew up at Buckeye Gymnastics. She has developed into one of the most accomplished gymnasts ever to come out of our gym. She has competed in the Nastia Liukin Cup twice, has competed at Level 10 Nationals three times, is a National J.O Champion and has earned a full athletic scholarship and will attend The Ohio State University in the fall of 2017.
Marissa Mansfield has been cheering for most of her life including competing for All Star Teams where she advanced to U.S. Finals and to Worlds. As a cheerleader at McKinley Senior High School in Canton, Ohio she was named Most Valuable Cheerleader three times. Marissa is now attending Ohio State University.
Nikki Riachy is a graduate of Big Walnut High School and comes to Buckeye with a wealth of experience from several sources. She taught and coached gymnastics at Thomas Gymnastics, Myrtle Beach, SC; competed in private club soccer (Blast, WASA, Ambassadors) here in Central Ohio; worked at Kore 7 Fitness, and graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in Early and Middle Education.
Vicki Keller was a gymnast at Buckeye for many years before returning to us to teach and coach. Vicki brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the gym where she is a popular teacher in the Gym Stars programs. Vicki was the lead tumbling coach for the Buckeye Flyers TNT team for many years where she developed many state, regional and national champions.
Holly Babcock has been a standout cheerleader for Buckeye Cheer Elite for many years. Holly is an accomplished and powerful tumbler and has been part of many National Championship teams for BCE. She has also won top honors in individual cheer competitions. Holly attends Olentangy Liberty High School. Her favorite quote: “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others claim that you cannot do.”
Jen Monaghan Held has been cheering for most of her life. As a high school student at Somerset Area High School in Somerset, PA, Jen cheered for four years with her school and also cheered for an all-star team that placed at UCA Nationals and at Worlds. She then went on to cheer at Slippery Rock University. Jen has worked for several years as an instructor for UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) at various summer camps and competitions.
Megan O’Reilly has a very long history with Buckeye Gymnastics. She started gymnastics here when she was 6 years old. She was a member of our competitive teach for 12 years. Her personal experience with gymnastics and her love for making kids laugh and smile make Megan a great addition to the Buckeye coaching staff. She is currently coaching preschool, recreational and TNT classes at our Westerville location.
Kea Early was a gymnast for 8 years at the YMCA in Newark and finished her competitive career as a level 8. After retiring her leotard Kea stayed in the gym as a teacher and a coach for three years before coming to Buckeye. Kea enjoys teaching all ages and abilities but she seems to particularly like working with girls from the 5th to the 8th grade. They like her too and Kea is a very effective and popular teacher at Buckeye.
Sarah Blubaugh started as a Buckeye student at age 6 and went on to be a competitive gymnast with us for several years. Sarah competed in Worthington at McCord and Graduated from OU with a degree in Applied Business Management. Sarah teaches extensively within our Gym Star. Sarah is also an important part of Kidsport (formerly Kidnetic Energy). Kidsport is a non-profit organization offered at Buckeye that offers gymnastics to students with special needs.
Ariane Filkins was a gymnast for 11 years and competed at level 9 at Olympic Academy in Newark before heading to Ohio State where she graduated with a degree in Women’s Studies. She has taught gymnastics for four years in Central Ohio and coached to level 4. What she loves best about teaching gymnastics are the smiles on the kid’s faces
Angela Wiegand is a graduate of Big Walnut High School and she has been teaching preschool for almost nine years including three years at the YMCA. She is certified in CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease, and Child Abuse by the State of Ohio. Angie has been teaching at Buckeye for a decade.
Charity Rae Ellzey: Charity all but grew up at Buckeye Gymnastics. She competed for us for many years and traveled all over the USA with her favorite competitions held in Florida, Texas, Chicago and Philadelphia. Charity was good on every event but she absolutely rocked on vaulting and was a many time State Champion on that event. Charity now coaches the sport that she loves and is a popular teacher at Buckeye.
Lauren Roggenkamp was a student and competitive gymnast at Buckeye from the time she was in Kindergarten until 12 years old. She competed for Buckeye through Level 8 and then did gymnastics at Thomas Worthington High School. Lauren went on to get a degree in Early Childhood Development from CSCC. After getting her degree she worked as a preschool teacher for a number of years before returning to Buckeye to coach.
Chelsea Cline started gymnastics when she 2 years old and spent 11 years at Buckeye gymnastics before switching to cheerleading. Chelsea has been teaching at Buckeye for several years and is a popular teacher at all levels.
Jim Mattox, commonly referred to as, “Mr. Gym” or “Mr. Gymnastics”, has been at Buckeye Gymnastics since 2001. Jim participated in gymnastics at the YMCA and the Columbus Recreation and Parks, Sports Aerobatics and Spring Board Diving RPAC. He was also an instructor under Jim Sweeney and Peter Kormann, the US Olympic Teach Coach.
John Tanner learned his gymnastics at Queen City Gymnastics in Cincinnati where he reached Level 10 and competed at J.O. Nationals several times. John won numerous state and regional titles on rings and placed 3rd at Nationals on this event. He competed for Ohio State for one year before making the decision to devote more time to the study of Economics. John started teaching gymnastics at Kids First Sports Center and Queen City Gymnastics and has been teaching at Buckeye since 2014.
Rachel Osmena began her initial training as a ballerina with Dayton Ballet School in Dayton, Ohio. She received additional training at San Francisco Ballet, Marin Ballet, Palo Alto Ballet, Jacksonville Ballet and Wright State University and became a professional ballet dancer in 1992 joining Dayton Ballet. Rachel has teaching experience of 20 years in all types of movement. She was Director of Dayton Ballet Junior Company, Dayton Ballet Outreach Program and has staged multiple works for choreographers she worked with while she was a professional dancer. After taking a short break to start a family, Rachel started working for Momentum where she is now Residency Program Manager and Senior Teacher. Momentum is a non-profit organization that teaches students the life skills of self-discipline, teamwork and striving for excellence. She joined Buckeye Gymnastics first as a parent following both of her daughter’s dreams and now as a teacher that loves working with children.
Christina Valente has been active in gymnastics and cheerleading for over a decade. As a gymnast she competed through level 8 and also cheered for Centerburg High School. Christina has also coached and taught gymnastics for many years. Christina is a student at Otterbein University where she is an Art/Graphic and Design/Media Communications major.
Erica Roggenkamp trained at Buckeye for several years and then went to compete gymnastics in Middle School and on the Thomas Worthington High School team. Erica currently attends Mount Carmel College of Nursing.
Emily Rodgers has been teaching at Buckeye Gymnastics and Graceful Steps Dance Studio since 2013. She was trained in classical, lyrical, and modern ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theatre at Jennifer Deckelman Performing Arts Studio in Tarpon Springs, FL and competed for Gemini Gymnastics in Oldsmar, FL. She is currently studying English Literature at Capital University and wants to be a high school teacher.
Missy Sidick has been a teacher at Buckeye for many years. She stays busy as a mom so we cannot have her in the gym as much as we want to but her students are quite happy to have such a wonderful teacher. Missy is also an important part of Kidsport (formerly Kidnetic Energy). Kidsport is a non-profit organization offered at Buckeye that offers gymnastics to students with special needs.