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
General Manager, Preschool & Camps Director & Special Events Coordinator

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.


EDWARD “EDDIE” ZUBIA
Girls Competitive Director, Head Girls 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.


BRIAN LOVELESS
Boys Competitive & Boys Recreational Director

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.


SKYLER WRAY
Girls Recreational Director

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.


ALEXA JO ZUBIA
Preschool Program Director

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.


STEPHANIE CHANTLAND
Customer Service Manager

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.


LORI ROTH
Business & Team Administrator

Lori was born and raised in southern California. She moved to Burbank in 2004, and quickly became involved in the community thanks to her kids. Lori has three sons and one daughter. Some of her accomplishments or titles within Burbank have been: Team Mom, Girl Scout Leader, President of BHS Football Boosters, Vice President (over membership) of PTSA at BHS, and President of PTSA at BHS. She has received Volunteer of the year from Burbank Vikings and the Honorary Service Award from PTA. Lori’s favorite title is Grandma. She has three granddaughters, Iziella, Jayden & Melanie. She enjoys spending her days off at Disneyland and other vacation spots with her grandbabies and kids.

Lori came to GSG in March of 2012. She has done a little bit of everything; ranging from ordering supplies to helping cover the front office, or learning how to become a meet director for GSG’s annual meet. Lori’s knack for organization and being a team player makes it possible for her to keep track of our competitive teams’ uniform needs, athlete and meet registrations, and all else encompassing team. She also assists in projects where needed. Lori loves being part of the Golden State Gymnastics family and helping kids get the best possible gymnastics experience.


 Linda MuldoonLINDA MULDOON
Office Administrator

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


ANTHONY PAREDES
Office Assistant

Anthony grew up in North Hollywood, CA. He attended Bowman High School in Valencia, CA. After high school he attended Los Angeles Valley College. After 2 years of a Community College, decided to pursue a Culinary Degree at Le Cordon Bleu. After many years of cooking in bars and restaurants, he then decided what would be best for his future would be to go back to school to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree and become an Accountant. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, riding his skateboard, and attending concerts. He hopes to also one day compete in a weightlifting competition.


ALEXANDER BOFILL
Instructor, Team Coach

Alexander was born and raised in Olney, Maryland where he lived for 18 years. He started competitive gymnastics at the age of 7 years. Having his sister motivate him to pursue the sport at the age of 4, he also competed in martial arts, specifically Tae Kwon Do. At the age of 14, he acquired his black belt and soon after he began working in other styles of martial art.
At the age of 18, Alexander made it to nationals, placing 2nd on Parallel Bars and 4th on Vault in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Long Beach California, 2014.

Alexander started assisting his coach in teaching gymnastics at the age of 12 and soon after it became a job he loved and respected. Over the years he would develop a team of his own, taking his students to competition in North Miami, Florida, where he began to pursue his life-long dream to become an actor.

Alexander’s hobbies have evolved from Gymnastics and eventually brought him back to Los Angeles, Ca. They include Dance, Horse Back Riding, Piano, and DJing.


ADRIANA LAGUNAS
Instructor

Adriana was raised in Burbank, CA. She is attending John Burroughs High School and will graduate in 2019. Adriana grew up with a strong passion for gymnastics, starting when she attended a YMCA gymnastics class at the young age of 3. She then moved on to Golden State Gymnastics, working her way up through the levels and eventually to PALS. Throughout her passionate years of being a gymnast, she has now decided to help and coach others, hoping to inspire them to love gymnastics as much as she does.

 


ALINA LIRIANO
Instructor

Alina was born and raised in San Diego, California and recently moved to Los Angeles! Graduating in 2017 from Southwestern College with an Associate’s degree in Communication and Behavioral Studies, Alina knew she wanted to continue her education in Los Angeles. She is currently in pursuit of a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies at Cal State Northridge. While residing in ‘Sunny San Diego’, Alina had always had a passion for community development and enriching the lives of others. During high school, Alina was very involved in her community; from Associated Students to varsity soccer, Alina was always able to make an impact regardless of the playing field. In 2011, Alina graduated from San Diego High School with Honors from her school’s business program. Being involved with clubs and Associated Students in high school allowed Alina the opportunity to work with an even bigger organization, the YMCA of San Diego County. Working for after school programs and various elementary schools throughout the district, Alina quickly fell in love with what these programs stood for: opportunity. Meeting families from different backgrounds was especially meaningful to Alina. The sense of opportunity she was able to give her students is what motivated her through simultaneously working and going to school. After holding an Assistant Supervisor position with the YMCA for 2 years, Alina said goodbye to San Diego and is now able to call GSG her home! You can find Alina’s smiling face and welcoming demeanor at the GSG front desk.


ALLYSON JESSEN
Instructor

Allyson was born and raised in Burbank, California and graduated from Burroughs High School in 2015. She now attends the University of California, Davis seeking a B.S. in Human Development, with hopes to later become a Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine. Ally started gymnastics at a very young age, and at the age of 8 started competing for Golden State Gymnastics’ USAG competitive program. She found her love for gymnastics here at Golden State through the support of her amazing coaches, which in part contributed to her own passion for coaching. Ally competed with GSG for 6 years and retired as a level 8 gymnast. With retirement her love for gymnastics did not end. She continued to volunteer and work for Golden State Gymnastics’ Summer Camp, since 2011! She also coaches preschool and recreational classes during the school year at a gym in Davis, CA. Ally believes working with children and helping them become overall amazing humans is truly her calling and hopes to always bring this into her coaching here at GSG!


AMELIA ARCE
Office Assistant

Amelia grew up right here in Burbank, CA attending GSG’s recreation program as a kid and volunteering as an assistant coach during her middle school years.  After graduating from Burbank High School in 2012 she studied at California State University Fullerton, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration.  Although many years had passed, Amelia never forgot the amazing memories and friendships she made while attending GSG’s classes, summer camps, and meets.  She’s now excited to return to Golden State Gymnastics as a Customer Service Assistant!


ANDREW CARLISI
Instructor

Andrew joined the boys’ competitive gymnastics team at age fourteen. Upon graduating high school with an all-around level 7 he moved from Arizona to California to pursue his dream of filmmaking. While attending film school in northern San Diego, Andrew choreographed and performed in many action short films, as well as taught fellow students in local action workshops. Upon graduating, Andrew moved up the coast to LA to continue the pursuit of movement and his passion for filmmaking.  Andrew is happy to be a part of the GSG family and is excited about teaching the next generation of gymnasts!


ARIANA ROTH
Instructor

Ariana was raised in Burbank, California. She began volunteering for Golden State Gymnastics during Summer Camp when she was just 13 years old. Ariana loved volunteering so much that once she turned 16, she began paid work at GSG for Summer Camp, Special Events and Birthday Parties and has been working ever since. Throughout her childhood, Ariana played Softball for 7 years and Cheer for 2. For all four years of high school, she was involved with Theater and Dance classes. Ariana graduated from Burbank High School in May of 2017. Ariana’s love for children comes from having a huge family. She often spends her free time with her family or watching one of her many nieces and nephews! Ariana currently attends community college and plans to major in Psychology, hoping to become a Psychologist.


ASHLEIGH MARTINEZ
Instructor

Ashleigh attends John Burroughs High school and is in Varsity Cheer. She grew up playing basketball since she was 4 years old, joined cheer when she was 6 years old, and started gymnastics when she was ten years old. Ashleigh chose to work her first job at Golden State Gymnastics to teach younger kids all the fundamentals and values she was taught through sports. After she graduates high school, Ashleigh plans to join the military to start a career in nursing.


BAILEY OLEKSY
Instructor

Bailey was born and raised in a small town in Indiana. She began competitive gymnastics at the age of 5 and trained through level 10. She was a regional beam and floor champion as well as a national qualifier, and she went on to college to compete at division 1 Ball State University. In 2014, due to an injury, Bailey retired from competition. During her junior year of high school, she started coaching recreational classes, and as a sophomore in college, she began coaching team and found a passion for mixing floor music. She continues to create songs for gymnasts and teams. In 2017, Bailey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in video production. Since then she has moved to California to pursue her career and started working at Golden State Gymnastics in March of 2018 as a team coach and marketing and social media coordinator. She is excited to bring her experiences and love for the sport to help further the growth and abilities of new gymnasts.


Bianey MendozaBIANEY MENDOZA
Office Assistant

Bianey was raised in Burbank, CA. She attends John Burroughs High School where she played water polo during her sophomore year. Bianey practiced gymnastics for 2 years at Golden State Gym and is excited to now work in the office. She wants to attend University of Hawaii and major in medical science.

 

 

 


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.

 


CECILIA WIGGINS
Instructor, Team Coach

Cecilia was born in California but her ultimate goal is to travel and experience the different cultures of the world. As a child, she was fearless and would often climb on anything and everything; however, she was notoriously clumsy so her parents enrolled her into the gymnastics class at the park recreation center in an attempt to teach her how to fall without getting injured. Cecilia took to gymnastics immediately and, within the year, she was a member of a competitive team. Cecilia competed for 12 years reaching level 10. She then began coaching as a rec and IGC coach, as well as assisting with the girls USAG team, working with ages 2-14. Cecilia is a goal-driven individual determined to always do her best in all aspects of her life.


CHLOE CANEDAY
Instructor

Chloe is a student at John Burroughs High School where she participates in Water Polo and Swim. She became interested in gymnastics at the age of 5 years old and participated in recreational gymnastics until she was 12 years old. Although she never competed, gymnastics was a fun sport that was constantly on her mind. She would like to give kids a chance to become passionate about such an amazing sport and help them to succeed in their gymnastics journey. Chloe wants to provide a fun and safe place for kids to be themselves.


CONNOR HOLT
Instructor, Team Coach

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.


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.

 

 


EMILY GOYANES
Instructor

Emily started recreational gymnastics at the age of 2 alongside her sister, Grace, at Fun & Fit. Around the age of 7, she began competing at Gymnastics Olympica as a level 4 gymnast. She competed until level 6 when her and her sister switched gyms. Even though she was no longer competing, she still had a love for the sport. In 2012, Emily decided to join the Trampoline & Tumbling team at Wallers’ Gym Jam Academy. She won 1st place at the State Championships and 3rd place at Nationals in tumbling. Unfortunately, practice times conflicted with soccer and she was no longer able to compete. Along with soccer, Emily participates in the Vocal Music Association at John Burroughs High School. Emily is very excited to be apart of Golden State Gymnastics, and she hopes to help her students achieve their gymnastics goals!


ELIZABETH SWITZER
Instructor, Team Coach

Elizabeth started gymnastics at the age of 7 years old in the recreational program at Golden State Gymnastics. Eventually she was invited onto Hotshots and later invited to the USAG team. Elizabeth spent 8 years in the competitive program and reached Level 10. During her freshman year of high school, she competed in the National Invitational Tournament in Iowa and won the balance beam. After her freshman year she decided to go out for Track and Field at John Burroughs High School, which led her to the California State Meet her senior year to compete in the pole vault. She is attending Glendale Community College, hoping to further her athletic endeavors in the pole vault and working towards finishing her general education.


EMMA O’MARA
Instructor

Emma grew up in Burbank, California and started gymnastics at Golden State Gymnastics when she was 6 years old. She was on the competitive gymnastics team for almost ten years and trained up to Level 10. In order to continue being involved with Golden State Gymnastics after her retirement, she became a Summer Camp Counselor. She graduated from John Burroughs High School in 2018 and has strong interests in math and art. Emma attends UC Berkeley and is majoring in architecture and hopes to stay involved in gymnastics throughout college.


EMMA REITER
Instructor

Emma was born and raised in Burbank, California. She started gymnastics at the age of one with strong influence from her older sister who was already in gymnastics at the time. She started in Hotshots and Level 4 at Golden State Gymnastics. She then trained at Waller’s Gym Jam Academy under former Olympian Chris Waller. Emma has been able to do a back handspring since she was 4 years old! After retiring from gymnastics, Emma moved on to utilize her gymnastics background in cheerleading. She cheered for three years at Luther Burbank Middle School, winning two national titles, and for four years at John Burroughs High School, where she was voted Most Valuable and Best Overall by her teammates and her coaches. Emma graduated high school in 2018 and now attends Oregon State University majoring in Sociology in Crime and Law and minor in Statistics. Emma found her love for teaching others, and the skills that shaped her life, starting with her younger sister. She is so excited to join the Golden State family once again.


FAYE BOSCO
Dance Instructor

Faye has been dancing since 2000. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Rockette-style and Hip-Hop. This training has helped her be able to participate in multiple summer intensives including: The Rockette Summer Intensive in New York City, ABT Young Dancers Program in Orange County, ABT Summer Intensive in Alabama, and the Maple Conservatory Summer Intensive in Orange County. In addition, she was on the John Burroughs High School Dance Team for 2 years and was their Head Captain. Faye is now an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is excited to share her love of dance and the importance of technique with her students at Golden State Gymnastics!


FRANK SOPAPUNTA
Instructor, Team Coach

Coach Frank Sopapunta has been involved with gymnastics for 13 years.  He has worked at the Gymnastics Academy of Boston, Orlando Metro Gymnastics, ViKtory Gymnastics, Gymnastics Olympica, and Paramount Elite Gymnastics, where he taught ages 12 months to adults, from beginners to National Team Members (notably Derek Helsby, Seung Tai Lee, Sean Melton, Jake Martin, and Mycal Ross).  He has taught in every aspect of the gym, and even went on to co-own ViKtory Gymnastics in Orlando, Florida. His mission in gymnastics is to teach every gymnast at their individual pace to help them excel, and help motivate them to be their best in and out of the gym. He is the father of three girls, and is an accomplished film director and cinematographer.


HANA TANAKA
Instructor, Team Coach

Hana was raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Eagle Rock High School in 2015 and is currently pursuing a degree at UCLA. She was introduced to gymnastics at 6 years old, before joining the USAG competitive team at the age of 8. Hana competed until the age of 16 in USAG, before transitioning to USAIGC for her final year. She competed up to Level 9 in USAG and the Gold Level in USAIGC. Hana moved to GSG in 2010 to continue her gymnastics career and has continued to coach both recreational and competitive gymnastics after her gymnastics retirement in 2014. She has worked with all levels of recreational gymnastics from Pre-school to PALS and has also worked as a coach for the competitive USAIGC and Xcel team for 4 years. As a coach, she strives to teach proper technique, skill, and form, while also making gymnastics both an enjoyable and rewarding sport. She wants to share her passion for the sport and help young gymnasts achieve their gymnastics goals. Besides gymnastics, Hana enjoys art, photography, learning languages, and traveling around the world.


GRACE GOYANES
Instructor

Grace Goyanes has been a competitive gymnast since she was 8 years old. She fell in love with the hard work, discipline, and structure of the sport, as well as the competitions and the many friends she made over the years. Grace was the 2013 Level 7 All-Around State Champion and also qualified for Level 9 Western Nationals twice. Right before her Level 10 season, she decided that it was time to give her body a rest. Grace then joined the John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association. Now, she’s excited to bring her love of the sport to a new level as a coach and is so happy to be able to share that love with her students!


GIA PASTORELLI
Instructor

Gia Pastorelli is a student at John Burroughs High School. Gia began taking gymnastics at age five at a local YMCA. It became clear very quickly that Gia was destined for more than just a recreational class because Gia began to learn more difficult skills and attempt to engage the other gymnasts in pullover competitions. It was suggested to her mother that Gia should try competitive gymnastics and GSG was the place to go. Gia joined the USAIGC team at GSG and competed until the age of 14. Gia also enjoys singing, playing piano, and dancing, especially tap and Irish dance. As a coach, Gia wants to help other athletes learn skills just like she did as a gymnast. Gia knows hard work, determination, responsibility, confidence, and teamwork, are important for gymnasts to learn, all while having a lot of fun. You can look for Gia’s 2010 Regionals Copper Floor Championship banner above the GSG gym floor.


HENRY COBBS
Instructor, Team Coach

Henry grew up in Bowie, Maryland. He began his gymnastics training at the age of 7 years old and started competing that same year. Henry continued to train and move up in ranking. Henry reached the elite level of gymnastics, where he won medals on floor, high bar, and all around. At the age of 14, Henry began coaching recreational gymnastics, and then eventually began coaching cheerleading, as well. With a background in theatre, he provides a fun and positive learning experience for both kids and parents.


ISABEL BALL
Instructor

Isabel grew up in Pasadena, California and started gymnastics at the age of 4 years old. She continued in the sport for 7 years, yet stopped to make time for other sports in her life. After watching her sister compete through her senior year of high school at Golden State Gymnastics, Isabel followed in her footsteps, as she soon began coaching young gymnasts. Isabel currently attends college in Maine, studying Biology and plans to attend medical school. She loves working with kids and their energy and excitement continue to inspire her as she coaches them at Golden State Gymnastics.


ISABELLE CANELO
Instructor

Isabelle was born and raised in Burbank, California. She is currently attending John Burroughs High School and will graduate in 2019. At the age of 3, Isabelle started taking gymnastic classes at the YMCA. She completed all the levels offered and continued practicing until the age of 12 years old. While she was there, she also took swimming lessons and continued all the way to high school varsity swim team. Through coaching to children, Isabelle hopes they will love it as much as she does.


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.


LEANN BERMUDEZ
Instructor

LeAnn was born and raised in Burbank, California. She is a senior at John Burroughs High School, where she is on the Varsity Girls Water Polo Team and Dance Team. When LeAnn is not in class, playing water polo, or dancing, she can be found working hard at the front desk at Golden State Gymnastics. LeAnn loves meeting new people. She enjoys working with kids on a daily basis because of their unique ability to always put a smile on her face and let loose her goofy side. After she graduates from high school, LeAnn plans to join the military to start a career in nursing.


LINNEA HODSON
Dance Instructor

Originally from Michigan, Linnea moved to LA about almost 2 years ago to pursue a career as a professional dancer.  She began her training at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, where she studied classical ballet, modern, and jazz for 14 years. After high school, she attended Michigan State University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.  During her time at MSU, she joined the Ballroom Dance Team and served as the Vice-President, as well as competing for 4.5 years in Smooth, Rhythm, and Latin.  After graduating, she moved to LA and began training in hip-hop, jazz funk, and heels.  Since the move, Linnea has been performing around LA and Las Vegas for various music festivals and artists! She is very excited to be working with Golden State Gymnastics and bringing ballet back into her weekly dance routine.


 

Maria_CanapinoMARIA CANAPINO
Instructor, Team Coach

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.


MARISSA ROHAN
Instructor, Team Coach

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.


MEGAN NG
Instructor

Megan discovered her passion for gymnastics at the young age of 5 years old at Burbank’s Parks and Rec program. She took classes every week and would perform a routine with the rest of the class in the annual Spring Fling for several years. In middle school, Megan began volunteering for the program’s gymnastics classes. For about a year after, she took a break from the sport but soon realized she wanted to get back in the gym. She found herself at GSG beginning to take classes from level 3 through PALS. Again, she started volunteering at the gym instructing recreational classes, which eventually turned into a paid job at GSG. Megan is currently a student at John Burroughs High School and will graduate in 2019. She hopes to pursue her passion for art by becoming a graphic designer or visual effects artist, but in the meantime, she spends her spare time coaching gymnastics at summer camp or the occasional recreational class. Megan is happy to be a part of such a great gymnastics experience for children.


NATALIE JIMENEZ
Office Assistant

Natalie was born and raised in Burbank, CA. She attended Golden State Gymnastics as a child and has always had an admiration for the sport. She previously worked GSG as an Office Assistant and Pre-school Coach about 4 years ago, but had to leave to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at UC Santa Cruz. She recently graduated from UCSC in 2018 and is excited to be back on the GSG team! Natalie is also in the process of receiving her EMT Certification and plans on applying to a Physician’s Assistant school in the future.


NINA AGARONIAN
Instructor

Nina was born in Granada Hills, California and spent her early childhood living in Glendale, California. At age 5, when she moved to Burbank, California her mom enrolled her into the gymnastics classes at YMCA, and she instantly fell in love with the sport. As years went by, Nina transferred to Fun & Fit Gymnastics. She went there for about 3 years until she realized it was too easy for her and she wanted to further challenge herself, so she made the decision to switch to Golden State Gymnastics. At first, Nina started off in the recreational program as a level 2 gymnast but then chose to join the USAIGC team. She was on the USAIGC team for 5 years and even won 2012 State Championships for Uneven Bars. You can catch her name up on one of the banners at the gym! After retiring as a competitive gymnast, she still could not give up on her passion so she joined PALS. After being in PALS for 3 years, Nina decided to retire as a gymnast at age 14, due to practice times conflicting with school. She’s currently a student at Burbank High School and aspires to pursue a career in the medical field. Nina is very excited to be back at Golden State Gymnastics as a coach and hopes to help her students achieve their gymnastics goals!


OBDULIA LARIOS
Instructor

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Obi Larios has recently moved to California after completing her B.S.W in Social Work. She started gymnastics at the age of 6 at a Chicago Park District. The coach wanted her to further advance her skills so she went to train for 4 years with Dianne Durham, a former 1983 US National Champion.  She then trained at Skyline Gymnastics and competed as a level 8 gymnast then further pursued her love for dance in many styles including; Ballroom, Dance Team, and Salsa. Over the years she’s been involved in many International Salsa Competitions/Congresses. She also found herself doing many workshops and performances for school children and youth. Teaching has always been a fun and exciting activity and after many years, in 2016 she joined IK Gymnastics and coached Preschool and recreational classes. Gymnastics is a place where she can continue her love of teaching future generations of gymnasts.


STEPHANIE FALLON
Instructor

Stephanie was born and raised in Burbank, California and learned to cartwheel and tumble at an early age due to her mother’s background in gymnastics. Stephanie graduated from John Burroughs High School in 2014 and graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies and a minor in Psychology from California Lutheran University. Stephanie is in her final year of school, pursuing her teaching credential. Stephanie’s past experience with gymnastics and her love for working with children influenced her decision to become a Summer Camp Counselor for GSG starting in 2012, and she has returned almost every summer since. Stephanie loves her role as Head Summer Camp Counselor – working with new campers and gymnasts every single week and watching their enthusiasm for gymnastics grow brings her great joy and she looks forward to returning to camp every summer.


Sydney_QuonSYDNEY QUON
Office Assistant

Sydney was born in Rancho Cucamonga and moved to Burbank in 2006. She graduated from John Burroughs High School in 2016 and is currently in college working towards her nursing degree. She has always loved working with kids from a very young age and strives to help them in the future, in the medical field. She joined Golden State Gymnastics in 2015 after her younger sister was involved in the program for many years. She loved the atmosphere and wanted to be a part of the team that helps make every child’s gymnastics experience one to remember.

 


TJ WEAVER
Instructor, Team Coach

TJ started his career coaching gymnastics in 1984 after performing in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. In 1988, he was invited as a coach to a development camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. After returning from Colorado, he worked for a gym in Southern California coaching USA Gymnastics levels 4-10, before opening two gyms of his own in Pasadena (1990) and Palm Desert. (2000). As a gym owner and head coach, TJ produced dozens of State and Regional Champions and several Western National qualifiers. Over the years he has also had the opportunity to coach at several high-profile gymnastics camps, including UCLA.  After owning two successful gyms for 20 years, TJ found his way out to the Central Valley. Since then he has produced several more State and Regional qualifiers, including a level 8 Regional Vault Champion, two level 9 State Champions on Vault and Bars, as well as a Western National qualifier and a Western National alternate.


TORI HOGBERG
Instructor, Team Coach

Tori Hogberg comes from a small town in Southern Maryland. She started off in dance and stumbled upon gymnastics at a friend’s birthday party. Tori has loved gymnastics ever since she started competing competitively at 6 years old. She trained and competed state-wide and regionally until level 9. After leaving the sport, she started coaching. She coached pre-school and recreational classes, and competitive all the way up to level 8’s and 9’s. In 2017, Tori found herself moving to California for school and her sister’s acting career. Tori plans to attend Cal State LA majoring in communicative disorders and becoming a speech therapist for deaf children. She loves helping children and she has always loved gymnastics. Tori put her passions together and ended up at GSG in 2017, sharing her knowledge and love of the sport of gymnastics with children.


ZOYA YASEKA
Instructor, Team Coach

A native of Mocho Clarendon, Jamaica, Zoya became a gymnast almost as soon as she settled in America. She ended up taking classes at the very same gym her hero Dominique Dawes started out in and seven years later, at the age of 13, Zoya was invited into the Elite development program by Dominique’s coach, the world renowned Kelli Hill. Under Kelli’s mentorship Zoya became a nationally ranked athlete. Chronic injuries would prevent Zoya from pursuing her Olympic dreams but by the grace of God Zoya was afforded the opportunity to go to any D1 college of her choice. She chose UNC.

Zoya competed for the Tar Heels at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2008 to 2012. There she became a two time Conference Champion on Vault as well as one of the Tar Heels top ten best of all time on Bars and Vault. She was named as a leader of distinction in her senior year, the highest honor of Carolina’s Leadership Academy and graduated from UNC as an Exercise and Sport Science Major. Zoya would go on to work for the university as a Volunteer Assistant Coach as well as a writer, host and board member of athletic awards show.

Now with 12 years of experience as a coach, and 17 years of experience as a gymnast, Zoya is helping build the Olympic program at Golden State Gymnastics in Burbank, CA. She has made it her life’s work to use her lifestyle and fitness programming resource Prescription For Life to train athletes and coaches in positive, solution based mindset. The program fosters empowerment, enlightenment, and elevation of the mind body and soul which also creates efficacy and sustainability in all the programs it is applied to. Zoya is continually growing as a coach and fitness personality, and is excited to be cultivating the power of gymnastics in the youth.


MAXIMUS ROTH
Facility and Maintenance

Max is a student at Burbank High School where he is on the football team. He is the youngest of four siblings and the “fun” uncle to his nieces who adore him. Max is great with kids and has been volunteering at GSG for the last year and a half for Meets and Special Events. He is great with problem-solving and loves “fixing” things. Max is excited about working at Golden State Gymnastics where he can help make the gym a fun, safe, and healthy place to be!

 


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.

 


 Linda MuldoonGRETCHEN REXACH
HR Specialist

Gretchen was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but it wasn’t long before she and her family moved to warmer climates, including South Carolina, South Florida, South Texas, finally settling in Southern California in the Spring of 2010. Gretchen’s education and work experience have focused primarily on the training & professional development of employees in the workplace, and she is passionate about helping others create, meet and surpass their professional goals. Gretchen joined the Golden State Gymnastics family in February of 2017 as the Human Resource Generalist, a role she enjoys because it allows her to work closely with the gym’s most valuable resource — the wonderful GSG Staff!


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; Whitney Wallace, President; Camille Goldberg, Treasurer, Jordan Goldberg, Secretary; Ron Dahlia, Alan Goldberg, Janee Tomlinson, Debbie Lewis 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 through GSG’s front office.