Our staff is the backbone of Golden State Gymnastics.

Our coaches, teachers, and administrative staff provide a fun, supportive, and challenging atmosphere that allows young people to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and morally. Our entire staff is USAG background-checked, FBI finger-printed, USAG safety-certified, USOC Safe Sport trained for child sexual abuse awareness and prevention, and CPR/First Aid certified.


HEATHER OLSON
Preschool and Girls Recreational Program Director, Parties and Special Events Coordinator, and Camp Director

With over 20 years of experience working with children, Heather Olson knows the benefit that participating in gymnastics at a young age provides to children. Since 2005, Heather pursued her dream of positively influencing the lives of young children at Golden State Gymnastics. Along with being USA Gymnastics safety-certified, USA Gymnastics Instructor & Director Certified, as well as CPR, First-Aid and KAT (Kinder-gym Accreditation Training) and Preschool & School Age H.O.T (Hands On Training) certified, Heather has been a presenter at both Regional USA Gymnastics and National USA Gymnastics Congresses since 2013. Her skills, education and love for gymnastics have allowed her to wear many hats over the years, including coach, Summer Camp Director and Preschool Director. Heather is currently the Preschool and Girls’ Recreational Program Director, as well as Camp Director and Special Events coordinator at GSG and oversees hundreds of students and dozens of staff members. Her sensitivity to the individual needs of each child and her incredible sense of style and magical fun make her invaluable as a coach and Program Director.

 



COLDEN RAISHER
Competitive Program Director, Head Team Coach

Colden is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. His mother owns a dance studio and gymnastics facility. From an early age, Colden was calling the gym his second home. He went on to train competitively in the USAG Men’s program and was both a Regional and National medalist. Specializing in the still rings and floor exercise, Colden teaches a balance between technique and muscle control and body awareness. Colden began assistant coaching at the age of 13. He started teaching his own recreational classes at 16, attended the National Gymnastics Congress yearly, and finished up his high school career as a Class 2 Regional medalist and All State varsity cross country athlete, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. After high school, Colden moved to Savannah, GA to study film production and sound engineering at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Coaching at All American Gymnastics through out college, Colden served as both a compulsory team coach and recreational director. Graduation brought about another move and landed Colden here, in Los Angeles. He is very happy to call Golden State Gymnastics his new second home.


 Linda MuldoonLINDA MULDOON
Office Director

Linda joined GSG as a customer service/office assistant in March of 2011. Some of you may remember Linda’s oldest daughter, Mackenzie, as a GSG Summer Camp counselor and pre-school instructor here at GSG. Mackenzie went away to nursing school at Chico State University and graduated in May 2013. Mackenzie now works as a nurse in Northern California. Sadly for all of us, Linda’s younger daughter, Madee, lost her lifelong battle with CF in June of 2010. She is so deeply missed on a daily basis. The need continues to develop a cure for this devastating disease and Linda is still involved in making a difference for others. Please click on this link to learn more about how you can help or make a one-time donation: https://www.cff.org/GetInvolved/ManyWaysToGive/Donate/index.cfm


Amy FreyAMY FREY
Instructor/Gymnastics Coordinator

Amy has been involved in gymnastics from her earliest memories, spending her childhood and teen years in recreational classes, competing and even coaching for her local gymnastics club in Northeastern Nevada. She was transplanted to Southern California for college, earning a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Amy joined the Golden State Gymnastics staff in 2011 and currently coaches in the Preschool and Recreational programs as well as working in the front office.


Denise PearlmanDENISE CHESIRE PEARLMAN
Team Coach

Born and raised in Burbank, CA, Denise started her gymnastics career at 11 years old and quickly rose to become one of the USA’s top performers. In 1975 Denise was the vice champion at USA National Championships and in 1976 she became America’s #1 gymnast. Denise competed internationally for 5 years in countries such as Brazil, New Zealand, Great Britain, Spain, and Canada. Denise was a finalist at the 1976 Olympic Trials, but a broken foot kept her from a spot on the Olympic Team. Though disappointed, she gained strength from defeat as well as victory.

After retiring from gymnastics, she went on to become a very successful stuntwoman and suit performer, working on such films as Cocoon, Lassie, Gorillas in the Mist, Terminator 2, Mighty Joe Young, Jack Frost (yes, she was the snowman) and Men in Black 2 where she played two different aliens! The most important film Denise worked on was The Goonies where she met her husband Ron Pearlman (a current Burbank firefighter). Denise and Ron went on to have two beautiful children Max and Molly.

Denise officially joined the Golden State staff in 2011 and is thrilled to be a part of the team.


Maria_CanapinoMARIA CANAPINO
Instructor

Maria comes to Golden State from Oahu, Hawaii. She grew up doing USAG competitive gymnastics up to level 8. She started coaching at the age of sixteen, teaching preschool to competitive level 7. She moved to the mainland to pursue a career in the entertainment industry world, mainly focusing on stunts. She was recently a stunt performer at Legoland California where she was a part of the Big Test. She has also been kicked through a wall and fallen off a balcony. Even through all her other pursuits gymnastics has never left her heart. Gymnastics has made a big impact on her life and hopes to share that same joy and love for the sport that she has experienced. She also hopes to one day open her own gymnastics program in Hawaii.


Taylor LettsTAYLOR LETTS
Summer Camp Counselor and Special Events

Taylor started volunteering with kids at his church his freshman year of high school, giving him many years of experience working with children. He started working at the GSG summer camp in 2009 and has worked to become a knowledgeable gymnastics coach. He has taken multiple Child Development classes at Los Angeles Valley College and is CPR/First Aid certified. He has also been on mission trips with his church to Kenya to work with the Machao Orphanage. Taylor has a true passion for working with children and he couldn’t be happier to be a part of Golden State Gymnastics.


KATIE CONNOR
Instructor

Katie was born and raised in Burbank, CA and began her gymnastics career at the age of 3. Once she realized she was in love with the sport of gymnastics, at the age of 5, she moved to Golden State and started out as a Hotshot. At the age of 7 she was on the USAG team and competed around the nation. At 11 Katie moved to the USAIGC program, where she competed at multiple national competitions and won State Bars, Beam, Vault, and All Around titles. At 16 Katie decided to no longer compete, but her passion for gymnastics was still strong. Thinking of Golden State as her second home, and having fond memories of growing up there, she always knew she wanted to coach there. As her dream of coaching has become a reality, she hopes to continue learning and working to grow here at Golden State Gymnastics.


STEPHANIE CHANTLAND
Office Assistant

Stephanie Chantland was born and raised in Burbank, California and graduated from Burbank High School in 2008. In 2002, Stephanie joined the mother/daughter organization known as National Charity League. She was a member of this organization until graduating from high school in 2008. It was her participation in NCL that got her out and about in the community working with and helping those in need. In the Spring of 2012, Stephanie graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco.


WAYNE WHITLOCK
Facility and Maintenance

Wayne was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama. After he graduated he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where he met his wife Twila. They were blessed with three great kids; Austin, Tanner and Destiny Grace. Their family relocated to California because of their children’s acting talent. They were successful in the entertainment industry but their passion was to pursue their athletic dreams. Wayne joined GSG in September of 2012.


LEANA APARICIO
Instructor

Leana was born in Boston, Massachusetts but moved to Southern California as a toddler. She first ventured into the gym as a kindergartner and quickly came to love it. Spending the next ten years as a USAG competitive gymnast, she progressed to level 10, achieving 2nd place all-around at the 2012 level nine Western Nationals. Gymnastics helped Leana developed a great work ethic and gain many close friends. Through a friend Leana was introduced to GSG and their Summer Camp Program. Having worked with kids before, in volunteer programs such as Reading Partners and The Armory Center for the Arts, this seemed like an ideal opportunity to share her love of gymnastics with budding gymnasts. Leana started at Golden State as a camp counselor in 2014, and is currently coaching classes, encouraging young gymnasts and passing on her knowledge and love of the sport. Leana is currently a student at La Canada High School and plans to pursue her love of History and English in college. She also enjoys playing piano and loves creating art.


CONNOR HOLT
Team Coach, Instructor

Connor Holt was born in Burbank, California and got involved in gymnastics at the age of 12 when he started attending classes at Golden State Gymnastics. During his gymnastics career he also attended the Burbank YMCA and LA Valley College. Gymnastics gave him a great foundation for all sports, and Connor was on the Track and field team, for all four years, at John Burroughs High School. Gymnastics is a sport that Connor has always enjoyed because it is so unique and tests you both physically and mentally. Connor still likes to tumble because gymnastics skills are challenging, amazing, and fun and not just anyone can do them. Connor’s respect for the sport, its coaches and the efficiency of the way GSG runs its gymnastic programs brought him back to his gymnastics roots to continue his coaching career. Connor is grateful to be a part of such a cool place and believes that coaches should be just as dedicated as the students they teach.


EDDIE ZUBIA
Head Xcel Team Coach

Eddie Zubia has over 20 years experience in the Gymnastics Community, 2 years with the LA Parks and Recreation, 18-years in Club Gymnastics, in many areas from Kinder Gym – mommy me classes and Gyms on Wheels, recreational coach, camp director, to recreational program director to USAG girls competitive gymnastics team coach from beginning levels of competing through elite Gymnasts.
6 of those years were as a Head Coach in the Santa Clarita area at Santa Clarita School of Gymnastics now known as Gym Jam, where he ran a very successful program. He also spent 2 plus years as owner/head coach/Athlete director in the Simi Valley area at Cali Dreams Gymnastics now know as Platinum where he once again ran another successful program.
And a sum of 4 years as Head coach Athlete director in the San Fernando Valley area at Le club Gymnastics.
Eddie was also a Recreational coach, Director and team coach at Gymnastics Olympica USA for 8 years.
Eddie has coached several Sectional, State, and Regional Champions including National Qualifiers. Eddie has also trained with several ELITE Gymnasts at gyms for other head coaches.
Eddie hopes to help achieve producing quality gymnastics and Elite gymnasts here at Golden State Gymnastics.
Eddie has been nominated for coach of the year for Southern California USAG Gymnastics in 2001, 2002, and 2003. He also was invited to be an instructor for Southern California State Mini Congress in 2003 at Cal State Fullerton.
Eddie has a daughter Alexa Jo Zubia 17 and a son Ron 34 with a grand son and grand daughter.


Alexa_ZubiaALEXA JO ZUBIA
Instructor

Alexa Zubia was raised all over the valley from her childhood home in Chatsworth, to her father’s gym. Gymnastics has long been a part of her life because of her father’s passion for the sport, even her very first birthday was celebrated in a gym. With both parents being such active people, with activities like horseback riding, gymnastics, hiking, skiing, and overall adventuring, it was inevitable she would begin gymnastics at the young age of 3. The strength and confidence from those classes instilled in her a passion for the sport and a passion in an active and outgoing lifestyle.
She continued progressing in the sport, even having her own father as her coach at one time, until she finally “retired” from her training successfully making it to, and competing level 4 by age 9. She then moved on to playing baseball and performing on any stage she could get on. After playing the violin in her middle school orchestra and singing in the choir most of her life, she finally reached high school and discovered a strong passion for the theatre.
She auditioned for her first production and landed the female lead in “Bye Bye Birdie” as a freshman. Using the dedication and focus she learned from gymnastics, she continued to work hard, learn the craft, and audition until she finished high school having received a leading role in every production she helped put on. Not only did she receive a Musical Theatre award her Senior year for this reason and others, she graduated with High Honors from the Valley Academy of the Arts and Sciences as the 2015 ASB President.
While accomplishing all of this, she also had been working since she was 12. Going back to the gym she first started her preschool classes in, she began as an assistant coach, helping with recreational classes and the Summer Camp program. She found that teaching children all the beneficial things gymnastics does for the body and mind not only helped her students, but even herself. After 5 years, she worked all the way up from just assisting, to leading the Seasonal Camp programs and special events, and subbing when she was in school.
Now that she’s off to college at CSULA, she had to make a move away from her gym family, and onto another chapter of her life. She has plans to double major and minor in Psychology, Criminology, and Theatre, in hopes to become either a Criminal Profiler for the FBI or a Forensic Psychologist for the Police Department. She knows she has a lot to learn and respects every person working at Golden State Gymnastics.
While she believes she has a lot to offer, she can only hope to become as dedicated and talented as the people she has the amazing opportunity to work with.


BRIAN LOVELESS
Boys Recreational Director and Head Boys Team Coach

Brian was born and raised outside of Milwaukee Wisconsin and began competitive gymnastics at the age of 6. He trained through level 10 and was a 3 time regional champion. He retired from the USAG Men’s program and competed for NAIGC all 4 years of college out of Buffalo NY and was a National medalist. He started teaching freshman year of college where he built a boys program from scratch and by the time he graduated, he was the boy’s competitive program director and head coach for a thriving team. After graduating with a degree in Psychology, Brian relocated to Florida where he took on the role as the girl’s compulsory team head coach and had 2 undefeated seasons and a perfect 10.0. Las Vegas was his next stop where he coached under 6 time Olympic Gold Medalist Vitaly Scherbo, and was the recreational director. After spending some time traveling the world he found himself in Los Angeles where he is now putting smiles on faces daily here at Golden State Gymnastics.


LUCAS BIEBER
Instructor

At a young age Lucas began his interest in gymnastics by joining a jungle gym bus program in pre-school. He continued his skills in Colombia, South America, where he began third grade and joined his school’s gymnastics team. In High School, he was chosen as team captain for 4 straight years and competed nationally at level 6.
Being an only child, Lucas has always been a helping hand when a child is in need and loves to see them succeed in his favorite sport.


LUCY BRIMER
Team Coach, Instructor

Lucy Brimer grew up in Washington State with a love for gymnastics. Working hard gaining strength and flexibility, she competed for four years. The decision to coach gymnastics came like second nature. She began coaching in 2007, and continues to gain understanding and a deeper love for the sport. Lucy has been with Golden State Gymnastics since 2015, and loves the relationship that’s being built with this phenomenal team.


Emma_BaileyEMMA BAILEY
Instructor

Emma Bailey is a student at John Burroughs High School. She started gymnastics at GSG when she was 4 years old! Emma competed on the Golden State USAG team for 8 years and finished her career at Level 9. She is very dedicated to the sport and hopes to help others achieve their goals in gymnastics.


MARISSA ROHAN
Instructor

Marissa was born and raised in Burbank, California and was introduced to gymnastics at the age of 3. She graduated from John Burroughs High School and is currently attending Cal State Los Angeles pursuing a nursing career in pediatrics. She realized that gymnastics was her passion at a young age and continued training up until High School. She paused for Show Choir where she then focused more on dance, sports and choreography. She began coaching at GSG 3 years ago by being a counselor for the Summer Camp. She now coaches during the school year to continue her love for teaching future gymnasts. Marissa looks forward to being a part of such an amazing organization and believes that the most important part of teaching is being a positive role model in the student’s lives to ensure they continue their love of gymnastics.


CADIE SEXTON
Office Assistant

Cadie Sexton was born and raised in Torrance, California and graduated from Torrance High in 2008. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. When her parents moved to New Jersey in 2014, she decided to move closer to Los Angeles and has been at Golden State ever since. When she’s not in the office, she is still auditioning and pursuing her acting career.


DANI WILKIN
Instructor

Dani Wilkin began participating in gymnastics at the age of 5 in the Chicago area.  After competing on the floor exercise in the 2003 Illinois State Championship her sophomore year of high school, Dani decided to retire from competitive gymnastics for her new found love of coaching.  She coached recreational gymnastics for 6 years while completing her high school career and attending Columbia College Chicago.  Dani moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to explore her degree in Fine Arts and Acting where she currently works as a Business Manager for a group of orthopedic surgeons in Burbank.  Thrilled to reconnect with coaching, Dani is excited to be a part of the Golden State Gymnastics team.


GIGI MARGARINO
Instructor

Gabriella Margarino, known around the gym as Gigi, is an outgoing, hardworking student at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz. She began her gymnastics career at age 3, taking classes at local gyms until she found a home in Golden State’s rec program at age 5. Filled with energy and athletism, Gigi tried her hand at other sports, but when she was doing cartwheels on the tennis court more often than swinging her racquet, it was clear gymnastics was her passion. At 8 years old, Gigi joined the USAIGC competitive team at GSG and excelled through the program for the next 6 years. Her name can be found on banners hanging from the gym’s ceiling in many different places and some of her most outstanding achievements include being a 2013 State Champion on Bars, 2012 State Champion on Vault, 2011 National All-Around, Beam, and Floor Champion, and a 2010 National Floor Champion and Regional Beam Champion. Gigi also received the Artistic Excellence Award from the judges at GSG’s Jewel City Meet in 2013 and was the first Copper level gymnast to EVER perform a floor routine at Nationals! After reaching the Platinum level (equivalent to level 8 in USAG) by age 14, she retired as a competitive gymnast. But as it turns out, you can take a gymnast out of gymnastics, but you can never take gymnastics out of a gymnast. Ever since leaving team, Gigi has been active at Golden State as a volunteer, summer camp counselor, and was thrilled to begin coaching at the recreational level.

As a coach, Gigi is committed to providing her classes with an energetic, positive environment where children are encouraged to grow as athletes and young individuals! She believes strong technique is at the core of strong gymnastics, but that above all gymnastics should be fun! As a former gymnast, she understands how influential gymnastics can be to a child’s self-confidence, work ethic, and ability to overcome obstacles and aspires to help build these traits in every gymnast she encounters. Gigi’s favorite part of coaching is establishing relationships with kids and watching their success over time. She absolutely loves working with children and is very passionate about the education and development of youth, even considering Child Development and Education as her college major. Gigi has been part of the GSG family for over a decade and cannot wait to see what else the future holds!


NICOLE CICERO
Team Coach

Nicole is originally from New Jersey, and grew up surrounded by nature in the Sourland Mountain Preserve. She was introduced to gymnastics at the age of 6 and it quickly took over her life. She began competing as a USAG gymnast for Paramount Gymnastics, and it stuck until she had to leave as a Level 8 during her sophomore year of high school. Although she left her club gymnastics, she continued as a 4-year varsity gymnast for Hillsborough High School. At the age of 16, before she could even drive, she was getting dropped off at another local gym called DC Gymnastics to begin working as a recreational gymnastics coach. After graduating high school and moving on to college at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, she began to coach competitive teams full time. She was the JOGA (Jersey Optional Gymnastics Association) pre-team, level 6, and 5 head coach; and was assistant coach for Levels 4, 3, 2, and 1. After graduating college and wrapping up life in New Jersey, she moved to LA in the summer of 2015. She is now pursuing her love of travel, a career in fine art education, as well as sticking with her everlasting passion for gymnastics as a coach at GSG.


SKYLER WRAY
Instructor

Skyler is from the small town of Johnstown, Colorado. At the age of ten, she was introduced to competitive cheer. The team Skyler cheered for was, at the time, co-partnered with the gymnastics program. Skyler remembers being in awe while watching her younger sister train in gymnastics. As time went on Skyler became more and more involved in gymnastics. She trained and competed for 4 years before she found her greatest passion, dance. Skyler continued her training as a gymnast and as a gymnastics coach while competing in dance. It was not long after she found dance that Skyler’s mom, who also had a burning passion for dance, created a dance studio of her own that co-partnered with the gym Skyler trained at. Before Skyler knew it she was coaching gymnastics and teaching dance, while still competing in dance. As you can imagine Skyler lived at the gym from after school to 10:00pm sometimes; Skyler was always there. Skyler’s mother and her gymnastics coach went on to build a competitive cheer team. So, during Skyler’s last year of high school she was coaching gymnastics, competing dance, teaching dance, coaching cheer, and competing in cheer.
In 2015, Skyler came to California to pursue her dreams of being in the entertainment industry. She came to GSG looking for a new gym home where she could be surrounded by amazing people, and continue her life long passion of teaching and inspiring children. She’s so glad that she has found Golden State Gymnastics, a gym that cares as much about little ones as she does.


Sydney_QuonSYDNEY QUON
Office Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Garrett_GoodenoughGARRETT GOODENOUGH
Office Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Camille GoldbergCAMILLE GOLDBERG
Director of Business Operations; President

Camille has been involved with Golden State Gymnastics, a 501(c)(3) non-profit gymnastics center, since 1998 when her daughter, Jordan, joined the team. In the process of being her daughter’s biggest fan, she became a fan of gymnastics, as well. In 2000, she began serving Golden State Gymnastics as a volunteer parent, which eventually evolved into the position of gym manager. Camille currently serves as President and Executive Director of Golden State Gymnastics. In her previous life b.g. (before gymnastics!), she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from U.C. Davis and worked as a Legal Administrator. She earned a Master’s degree in business management from the University Of Redlands School Of Business. Camille is the mother of two terrific kids, Jordan (27), who is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Pepperdine law school, and David (23), who is a graduate of Brandeis University.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Golden State Gymnastics is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is governed by a Board of Directors. Board Members are Camille Goldberg, President; Whitney Wallace, Treasurer; Jordan Goldberg, Secretary; Ron Dahlia, Alan Goldberg, Janee Tomlinson and Gianna Dahlia, members. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns about any aspect of the Golden State Gymnastics program, please feel free to contact any of the Board Members.