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.

General Manager

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 and roles 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.

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 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.

Girls Recreational Director | Social Media Marketing Coordinator | Instructor | Team Coach

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.

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.

Customer Service Manager

Stephanie Duquette 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.



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.

Customer Service 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.

Instructor, Customer Service Assistant

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 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.

Customer Service 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.



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.[/vc_column_text]

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 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 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!

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 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 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.

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!

Boys Team Coach | Instructor

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.

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 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!

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 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.

Boys Team Coach

Julius has coached gymnastics, swimming, skiing and snowboarding over the past 20 years. Julius was very fortunate early in his sports career, having had the opportunities to train with U.S. Olympic and National Gymnastics Team members and coaches. Even his swim coach in college was an Olympic gold medalist; and he has recently been training with National Ski and Snowboard Team members and trainers.

Julius has coached all levels of gymnastics from parent-tot up to elite (including National Team members) and Fast-Track gymnasts (now called T.O.P.S) for women’s and men’s gymnastics. In addition to his USAG certifications, Julius holds certifications with the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) and coaching children and special needs.

Lilit Nersisyan
Customer Service Assistant

Lilit is currently attending California State University Northridge, majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. She plans to pursue either teaching or children’s social work. Lilit believes childhood is a special time in the human life cycle and plans to promote that through her position at Golden State Gymnastics. When Lilit is not at school or working, she enjoys hiking, trying out new cafes, and spending time with her two dogs at home.

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.

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.


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.

Customer Service Assistant, HR 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.

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.

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!



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.