Fun & Fitness For All Ages

CLASSES TAUGHT BY HIGHLY TRAINED INSTRUCTORS ​​

​North County Gymnastics and The Gyminny Kids was formed out of our enthusiasm for working with children and our desire to encourage students of all ages to lead a healthier and happier existence through physical activity. ​

As a whole our vision is to aid in the development of your child. From pre school readiness, playground readiness, and much more. Studies show active children focus better in school and learn life leasons earlier on when participating in sports. Gymnastics offers a unique opportunity of introducing instruction from coaches, personal challenges, goal setting, as well as encompassing body mechanics that can relate to all sports later in life. Having a foundation of gymnastics offers a fundamental love of fitness for all ages and abilities.

Our highly trained staff of instructors take pride in running classes that are fun and exciting while also giving children tools such as self-discipline. After all, we learn much more quickly and have better retention when we are having a good time!

Gyminny Kids offers a full range of boys and girls gymnastics equipment and classes. Our free, no-obligation evaluation helps us determine the class that will be the best fit for your child’s age and ability. From 15-months to adult, we truly believe in fun and fitness for all ages!


STAFF BIOS

Liz Mullarkey, Owner 

Background

BS in Physical Education
MS in Sports Management
Head Coach, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse (5 yrs)
Assistant Coach, Ohio State University (2 yrs)
Prairie du Chien High School Coach (7 yrs)

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids 

​I wanted to work for myself as well as pursue an area I was very knowledgeable in.

Hobbies

Packers fan, the arts including theatre and musicals, the outdoors and traveling.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 1987

Rob Bryson, Owner 

Background

​Associate Degree from Milwaukee School of Broadcasting
Retired Collegiate & High School Basketball Official
Avid Golfer

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids

We saw a niche in the market to fulfill the needs of an active community

Hobbies

​Going to the movies, golf, working out, an immense sports fan and refereeing

With Gyminny Kids Since… 1987

Dave Moser, Instructor 

Background

4 years competitive gymnast
20 plus years of coaching experience
Poway High School Gymnastics Head Coach
Winner 2012 California State Gymnastics Coach of the Year
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids

​It’s great to work with kids of all ages and to teach them a sport that means so much to me.

Hobbies

Computers, cars and spending time with my family

With Gyminny Kids Since… 1989

Gary Johnson, Safety Director 

Background

20 plus years of coaching experience
4 years competitive gymnast
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids

I work at Gyminny Kids for the smiling faces. I enjoy the pure joy each day I come to work.

Hobbies

Hang gliding, watching movies, building things, time with friends and family

​With Gyminny Kids Since… 1993

Scott Zimmerman, ESS & Demo Director 

Background

BA in Psychobiology
20 plus years coaching experience
4 years Acro Power Tumbling
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids

​I work at Gyminny Kids because of the great kids I get to work with everyday. I also enjoy teaching the kids in a non-competitive, fun atmosphere. Most of all, I work here because I enjoy the people I work with.

Hobbies

​Music, hiking, snowboarding and reading

With Gyminny Kids Since… 1995

Daniel Gundert, Director of Operations, Head Team Coach

Background

Open Optional Gymnast
Involved in Gymnastics for over 20 years
15 plus years coaching experience
USAG Certified Junior Olympic Coach
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified
Certified Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics Judge with the National Gymnastics Judges Assoc. (NGJA)

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids

I love gymnastics, I love kids and, out of the eight facilities I have taught within, this is the cleanest, most well run gym of them all.

Hobbies

Learning about business and finance, hiking, working out, started a small business with my wife- D&M leotards, and spending time with my kids

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2003

Emily Gee, General Manager

Background:

BA in Chinese Language & Literature
Level 9 competitive gymnast
2 time National High School competitor
10+ years coaching experience
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love gymnastics! More importantly I love supporting a company that allows so many kids to come in and learn it. NCG/GK is a company that continues to grow and offer so many great opportunities. I am grateful to help be a part of it.

Hobbies:

Rowing, yoga, trying new restaurants, visiting coffee shops, being outside and reading.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2004

Karen McGuire, Program Director

Background:

12 plus years of coaching experience
USAG “Director” certification / 15 different courses through USAG university
National Trampoline Champion
Competed and coached Trampoline & Tumbling on the national level
Studied Early Childhood Development and spectrum disorders at Palomar College
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

Of all the children’s programs I have worked with, this one is one I really believe in. I enjoy the philosophy the program runs by and love the sport of gymnastics.

Hobbies:

Playing with my three dogs, going to the beach, surfing and spending time with my daughter and family.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2005

Greg Lane, Character Counts Director

Background:

40 plus years coaching experience
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified
13 years competitive gymnast

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love teaching the most amazing sport in the world.

Hobbies:

Kiteboarding

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2008

Joy Palmer, Team Admin & Girls Team Coach

Background:

7 yrs of competitive gymnastics through Level 8
13 years of coaching experience
BA in Government & International Relations
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

Because I love gymnastics and I love working with kids.

Hobbies:

Watching movies, dancing in my kitchen and eating cupcakes

​With Gyminny Kids Since… 2011

Matt Baits, Continued Education Director & Boys Team Coach

Background:​​​​

8 years as a competitive gymnast
11 plus years coaching experience
USAG professional member for 9 plus years
From a family of gymnastics coaches
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

Because of the atmosphere. In 11 years of coaching, I have yet to find a gym as experienced and fun as Gyminny Kids. Every member of the staff coaches for the kids and makes everyday as enjoyable as possible.

Hobbies:

Spending time with my two wonderful children, coaching and doing sports and BBQs

​With Gyminny Kids Since… 2012

Ronna Swink, Office Staff Instructor

Background:​​​​​

15 years ballet (3 yrs pointe)
15 years tap
15 years jazz

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love being around young people and working with gymnastics and dance! **Miss. Ronna is also our in house artist who helps with all of our posters and designs!

Hobbies:

Singing karaoke, dancing, doing tattoos and portraits

​With Gyminny Kids Since… 2015

Mocte Villalobos, Instructor & Team Coach

Background:​​​​​

20 years coaching experience
15 years competitive team experience
PE Teacher for 5 years
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified
10 years as a Gymnastics judge

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

Because I love to work with children and teaching gymnastics is my passion

Hobbies:

Lifting weights, running, reading, window shopping, and traveling

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2014

Anna Slocum, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

16 Years of artistic and power tumbling
3 Gold National Titles
4 Years as a professional Power Tumbling judge
6 Years coaching gymnastics, cheer, and swim
Attaining a BA in Psychology and English
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

When I was a little kid, I went to a birthday party at Gyminny Kids and it looked like so much fun! I begged my mom to sign me up, 20 years later, I’ve finally made it!

Hobbies:

Roller skating, going to concerts, hiking, reading books, and relaxing with friends at the beach!

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2016

Wes Randall, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

Over 20 years coaching gymnastics
UCLA Men’s assistant coach
Coached youth services high school
Member of highest scoring high bar team with UCLA Nationally
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

Hopeful to help design and implement drills and progressions that significantly enhance skill development and build enjoyment and self confidence

Hobbies:

I enjoy designing and building custom homes I enjoy exotic, classic, and muscle cars. I enjoy the challenge of designing new technology.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2016

Earl Vargas, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

Speed training athletic coach
Major in Kinesiology
Camp coach
Personal trainer
Kids church leader
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love working with kids. I love the energy and investing my time in developing kids in athletics

Hobbies:

Playing guitar, working out and playing sports – soccer, football, basketball. I also enjoy travel.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2015

David Hott, Social Media Director & Instructor

Background:​​​​​

10+ years of musical theatre- singing, acting and dancing
Worked as a performer at Lego Land
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

There is nothing more fun than working with kids. I am a big kid at heart so I couldn’t be working any where more perfect!

Hobbies:

Watching movies, making films, food, coffee, reading.. and FOOD!

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2015

Krishele Nelson, Birthday Director & Instructor

Background:​​​​​

Competitive gymnast for 8 years – level 8
5 years coaching experience
Degree from the Fashion Institute
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

Smiles! I love seeing a child’s face light up when they get a new skill. I also get to do what I love every day.

Hobbies:

Reading, movies, hiking, golfing

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017

Rodney VanReenan, Instructor & Circus Program Director

Background:​​​​​

30 years Acrobatic training, performing and teaching. Developed an after school program for acrobatics. Performed with Ringling Bros circus. USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

Combining my passion of performance and acrobatics with kids is a dream come true. I love watching them learn a new skill and get excited

Hobbies:

Spending time with my family and creating unique aerial acts with music.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2015

Kelsey Morgen, Instructor & Red Room Director

Background:​​​​​

Preschool teacher with credentials
Home childcare provider
Mother of a two year old
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love working with kids. The fact that I get to instill a love of fitness into a child’s life is the greatest job I could ask for. The staff here is incredibly encouraging! ​

Hobbies:

Aerial silks and pole fitness, going to the beach

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2015

Nathan Darrow, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

12 years of gymnastics experience
2 years of coaching gymnastics
6 years of cheerleading
2 years of high school cheerleading coaching
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I’m ready to have fun when I come to work and to teach kids about a sport in which I have knowledge and passion.

Hobbies:

I like to read, go on hikes, work out, hang out with friends and more!

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2016

Samantha Oliva, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

8 Years of dance

4 Years on colorguard

Currently studying Child Development

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I am excited to teach children what I love to do and see them grow!

Hobbies:

I love to dance, spend time with my friends, and volunteer in preschools! 

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2016

Danielle Villalobos, Instructor & Office Staff

Background:​​​​​

Currently in Nursing School
Nanny for 8+ years
Youth mentor for 4 years
Camp coach
USAG member / First aid CPR Certified

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I’m excited to work at Gyminny Kids because I love working with children. Being able to help them achieve their goals while having fun is great!

Hobbies:

Going to Disneyland, the beach, and spending time with my friends.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2016

Olin Eaves, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

13 years competitive coaching experience 

5 years cheer leading 

Nationally certified men’s judge / 2013 Men’s JR Olympic nationals coach 

BS in Psychology, MA in Student Affairs Administration 

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I am thrilled to be at a gym where great gymnastics is created in a fun, dynamic environment 

Hobbies:

Reading, watching movies, playing iPad games 

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017

Kourtney Clark, Office Staff

Background:​​​​​

4 Years in cheer
9 Years in competitive basketball
Prior Pre-School teacher

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I have a passion for working with kids. To see a child succeed and realize you helped in the process is what I live for. I work at Gyminny Kids to be able to be apart of the positive change in your child’s life. Smile = success!

Hobbies:

I love Disneyland, sleeping, and going to the beach with my dog!

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2016

Jamie Parks, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

Compulsory competitive gymnast

Dance in High School

11 years coaching 

Level 4-8 rated USAG judge

5 years congress attendee

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love working with children and the sport of gymnastics. I also love the positive atmosphere here.

Hobbies:

I like to cook, hike, camp, color, playing with my RC rock crawler, disc golfing  and dancing

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017

Jennifer Jensen, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

10 Years as a competitive gymnast up to elite level

20 Years coaching experience

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love kids and teaching them the sport I love is very fulfilling.

Hobbies:

Cooking

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017

Daniella Figuera, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

Competitive gymnast for 7 years

Degree in Media and Cultural Studies from University California Riverside

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love to see student excel while developing a passion for the sport I love.

Hobbies:

Hiking with my dog, horseback riding and watching movies.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017

Bri Murphy, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

10 years gymnastics 

5 years as a spring board diver 

4 years in dance 

Studying childhood development & Social science

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love being around kids. This job gives me the opportunity to teach kids a sport that defined much of my childhood. 

Hobbies:

Hiking with my husband and brother, going to the beach, binge watching Netflix

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017

 Maria Ota, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

7 years of Gymnastics experience & former Gyminny Kid 

Bilingual in Spanish and English

BS in Childhood Development at Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I love gymnastics and working with kids! Watching them learn and grow is so rewarding!

Hobbies:

I love to surf/be at the beach, be outdoors, and paint. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017


Laryssa Johnson, Instructor 

Background:​​​​​

5 years of gymnastics experience
4 years of coaching
Studying nursing at CSUSM with a minor in Sociology

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I work at Gyminny Kids because I love kids and enjoy helping them learn gymnastics.

Hobbies:

Spending time with family and friends.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017

Erika Cox, Instructor & Office Staff

Background:​​​​​

10 Years of gymnastics up to Level 7
10 Years in dance and ballet
BA in Communication at CSUSM

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I’m excited to work here because I am passionate about the sport of gymnastics and dance. I love what I got from the sports and want to give back by teaching it to others.

Hobbies:

Traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with my husband.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2016


Macy Augustus, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

17 Years of cheerleading 
2 years of coaching experience
Studying Childhood Development

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I am excited to work at Gyminny kids because I enjoy being able to teach kids and watch them grow and progress.

Hobbies:

I love to go hiking, reading, and tumbling.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017


Alexis D’Souza, Instructor

Background:​​​​​

Gymnast for 13 years
Camp coach for 4 years
BA in Child and Adolescent Development, minor in Special Education

Why I Work at Gyminny Kids:

I grew up doing gymnastics, so I am excited to teach a sport that was such a big part of my life. I also love working with children.

Hobbies:

Baking, crafts, road trips, going to the beach.

With Gyminny Kids Since… 2017