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Our coaches and staff ARE Momentum Athletic Center

Our coaches are what separates Momentum Athletic Center from any other gym in Colorado. We take extraordinary care in choosing not only exceptional coaches, but also exceptional people! Coaches spend a lot of time speaking into the lives of our children, and it is so important that the message they send is inspiring, encouraging, while helping our youngsters to reach their fullest potential as athletes and as people.

Long history in Parker Colorado

Our owners and many of our coaches have deep connections in the Parker community. Many of our coaches have been born and raised here. This provides us with an appreciation of the kids and the families that live here. We are not only work here but we live and are deeply committed to providing our Parker friends and neighbors with the very best gymnastics and tumbling opportunities available in all of Colorado.

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Jennifer Barkenhagen
Jennifer BarkenhagenClient Services
Hello, welcome to Momentum Gymnastics! My position here is to greet every customer at the front desk, answer the phones, take payments and help you with any questions you may have in regards to your child. I have been married to my husband Andy for 21 years and we have 4 children. I know and understand gymnastics because 3 out of my 4 children did competitive gymnastics for many years. I love to see the kids compete and do well as individuals and as a member of the team in this sport. So, I understand the long hours these gymnasts put in and the blood, sweat and tears that go with it too!

If you need an experienced mom to talk with, stop by the front desk and say hi!

Paige Betts
Paige BettsCoach
Hi! My name is Paige. I was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. I was a gymnast for 14 years, and competed within the USAG organization for 8 years. Ever since my last year of gymnastics I have been coaching. I have coached preschool, recreational, XCEL, and Junior Olympic (JO) levels 3-10, over the course of the past 11 years.

Throughout high school I coached preschool and recreational gymnastics at my home gym, Siouxland Gymnastics Academy. I then went on to the University of Iowa to study psychology. While away at college I couldn’t give up my passion for the sport, so I landed a coaching position. I coached team XCEL (levels bronze through diamond) for Iowa GymNest, in Coralville, Iowa. After living in Iowa City for 5.5 years, I decided to transfer to the University of South Dakota. I graduated from USD with my Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Child & Adolescent Development. I continued to coach working with developmental team kids, as well as levels 3-10 back at my home gym.

I recently moved to Colroado. I am so excited to be coaching for Momentum Athletic Center. I am specializing in the Mojo Stars right now, and I cannot wait to prepare these talented kiddos for competitive gymnastics! My heart will always be with the sport of gymnastics and I am just not ready to give up my passion for coaching young athletes to be their best versions of themselves, physically and mentally.

If you see me around the gym make sure to stop and introduce yourself! I love meeting new people and making connections! I cannot wait to make an impact in your child’s life!

Anastasia Buzalsky
Anastasia BuzalskyCoach
We are so proud of Anastasia. She is a former Momentum athlete and competitor in our JO program. In 2017, as a junior Anastasia led her Elizabeth High School team to a 4A State Title. She won the all-around title with a score of 37.125. She also won individual titles on Vault and Floor.

“A little bit about myself. I was a gymnast for 12 years, and a former gymnast here at Momentum Athletic Center. I competed in CARA, USAG and high school gymnastics. While injuries have ended my competitive career, that doesn’t stop me from coaching! I am still in love with the sport, and want to be as involved as possible. At Momentum I coach beginner, intermediate and advanced recreation classes I have an enormous love for each and everyone of my girls. I treat them with true value and respect, and hope to be the best coach I can be for them. All I want is to pass my love, and knowledge for the sport I know onto my girls.”

Baylee Collins
Baylee CollinsCoach
Hello! My name is Baylee Collins. I am a Senior in college studying Child Psychology/Psychiatry through UNLV. After recently moving here from Las Vegas, my passion for tumbling and cheer never left, so Momentum was a gym I had to be apart of. I have been around the gym since I can remember. Both my grandma and mom were competitive gymnasts, so when I was born they expected nothing less. Starting with gymnastics, I loved the sport. I specifically remember at 4, my mom teaching me the body structure for a back handspring. After I was in gymnastics for a couple of years, I decided competitive cheerleading was the direction I wanted to go. I was a competitive cheerleader for 14 years. I competed throughout all levels of competitive cheer starting with Level 2 and ending in Level 5 Co-Ed. I also was apart of school cheer all 4 years of high schooI. I obtained the title and award of the All-American Cheerleader for 3 years. Along with awards like, Best Tumbler, Most Spirited, and Most Dedicated.

Competitive Cheer and School Cheer showed me how to be a great leader and overall shaped me into who I am today. My goal is to teach kids of any age, of any skill level that they are capable of ANYTHING they put their mind to. With good guidance and leadership comes skills, confidence, and spirit! It’s all about learning and gaining new skills while having fun!

Alyssa Dyer
Alyssa DyerCoach
Alyssa was born and raised in Colorado and is currently studying to get her license in Cosmetology and her Ph.D. in psychology. Although she is only entering her second year of coaching, gymnastics is no stranger to her. Alyssa started gymnastics at three years old and by the age of seven, she won her first competition. When she is not at the gym, Alyssa enjoys spending her free time doing anything that takes her outdoors and aerial acrobatics.

“There is no greater feeling than helping young athletes further develop their skills, determination, dedication, resilience and discipline; not only in gymnastics but also in everyday life. I am so excited to have the opportunity to love, support, and help guide your girls to success.”

Ariana De La Garza
Ariana De La GarzaCoach
Hi I’m Ariana! I was born and raised here in Colorado. I was a gymnast for 12 years, and competed in both the CARA and EAGLES programs here in Colorado. I could not give up my time in the gym so I began coaching soon after the last season I competed. I have coached a wide range of levels including preschool, recreational, XCEL, and Junior Olympic (JO) levels 3-5, over the past 7 years.
Throughout high school I competed for my school’s gymnastics team as well as coaching preschool and recreational gymnastics at Goodson Recreation Center. After graduation I moved to Manhattan, Kansas to attend Kansas State University where I studied Communications and Marketing. Shortly after moving to Kansas I knew something was missing and had to get back in the gym so I began working at Manhattan Gymnastics Academy. I coached recreational, Developmental team, team XCEL, and JO. I graduated from KSU this past spring with a Bachelor in Mass Communications and Marketing with a minor in Journalism.
I recently moved back to Colorado and am so blessed and excited to be able to continue my passion for gymnastics by coaching here at Momentum! I am so excited to help your kiddos achieve their goals and be apart of their gymnastics journey!
Hannah Fink
Hannah FinkCoach
I grew up in England doing gymnastics from age 4. The gym was like my second home and family which continued into my coaching career. I began coaching at age 16, with 3-6 year olds and gradually moved on to coaching all age recreational and advanced. My passion is working with children & building confidence which transferred over into my career in counseling and social work. I moved to America in October 2017 to live with my husband here in Colorado.
Kayla Gray
Kayla GrayHead Coach & Xcel Team Director
Kayla was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she began gymnastics at the age of 2 and became a Junior Olympic National Champion on balance beam by the age of 14. She went on to compete at JO Nationals 3 more times during her club career before heading to the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a full athletic scholarship and was crowned team captain her senior year. Kayla’s dedication to both athletics and academics earned her a spot on the EAGL Conference All-Academic Team 4 years in a row. After spending the past 23 years living on the East Coast, her and her boyfriend made the decision to move to the beautiful and adventurous Colorado!

Having spent 20 years as a gymnast and now entering her 3rd year coaching, Kayla has learned so many life lessons through the sport and is looking forward to spreading her passion, love, and knowledge of gymnastics to everyone she works with. No matter what age, level, or ability of an athlete, it is her goal to make gymnastics FUN while helping each gymnast reach her individual potential and achieve her goals!

Tamika Irvin
Tamika IrvinCoach
Denver native Tamika became an all state athlete in all three sports; gymnastics, cheerleading, and track & field at Denver East High School, where she graduated with honors near the top of her class. She accepted a track & field scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota, where she became an All-American in the 100 and 200 meter dashes!

Tamika’s background in athletics is pretty extensive: 13 years as a competitive gymnast, 10 years as a track and field athlete, 5 years as a cheerleader and lastly 4 years as a professional competitive bodybuilder!

When she isn’t working, she’s enjoying time with her husband enjoying; family, friends, movies and traveling!

Donna Jackson
Donna JacksonCoach
Donna started recreational gymnastics at the age of 5 and quickly fell in love with the sport. She has two young children Alex and Alyssa with her boyfriend Jeremy. Donna moved to Colorado from Austin Texas where she coached a wide range of classes, levels and events mainly working with Pre-K and kindergarten. She attended​ the past four years of GAT( Gymnastics Association of Texas) where she obtained her certification for the instructor training program. ” I have learned a wide range of exercises games and activities to help give your kiddo the best experience while learning gymnastics and having fun.” ” You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
Aubrey Jessop
Aubrey JessopCoach
Brenda Jula
Brenda JulaBusiness Manager
My name is Brenda Jula and I work as the Business Manager at Momentum Athletic Center and have since we opened. I am married to my husband Mike of 19 years. We have 2 children, Lindsey, almost 17 and Garrett 15. Lindsey is the reason I became so involved and know so much about gymnastics. We have been in the gymnastics world since she was 3 years old, with many gyms, competitions and coaches. When she was training for level 8, she decided to do High School gymnastics and cheer instead of USAG JO. This has been a wonderful transition for her and the confidence she has gained through Gymnastics has been an awesome tool for life.

Prior to this, I was a preschool assistant teacher for about 7 years, after being a stay at home mom during my kiddos elementary years. I love being around children and watching them grow in their knowledge through education as well as the everyday skills they learn through activities like Gymnastics.

I look forward to seeing you all around Momentum Athletic Center, it’s a wonderful place!

Celeste Kline
Celeste KlineCoach
Celeste was raised in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Being a high energy kid with many broken limbs from romping around, directed her parents to give gymnastics a try. At the age of four, she stepped into the gym for the first time. From that moment, she became dedicated to the sport of gymnastics. She competed all through her childhood until her junior year in high school reaching level nine. Due to injury, she decided to give the performing arts a try. Her foundation in gymnastics allowed her to excel quickly in all disciplines of dance and acrobatics. She toured the United States performing and taking instruction from top artists and choreographers.
She decided to take a break and shocked her parents with going into the Army. Her background came in handy once again given her competitive background. Her talent as an artist was not missed and she was asked to perform for many military functions. With her first son, she decided to leave the military. She missed gymnastics and dance which led her to teach/coach for a prestigious school of dance connected to a gymnastics school in North Carolina. Celeste was then hired to start a gymnastics and dance program for the YMCA’s of Colorado Springs. In 2016, Celeste remarried and moved to Castle Rock where she became the Choreography Director and coached the Xcel teams. Her goals as a coach include performance that incorporates fun, safety, and applying her full potential to all levels of gymnastics.
Julia Lantz
Julia LantzCoach
My name is Julia Lantz and I am a senior in high school. I have always lived in Colorado. I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old, and I was a competitive cheerleader for 5 years after. I have a passion for tumbling and love the sport. I work with the preschoolers and love teaching them new skills! Gymnastics and cheer taught me so much and I’m exited to be a part of the sport again!
Maya Layton
Maya LaytonCoach
Hi I’m Maya Born in Colorado but, raised on California. I am in high school and I am a platinum level here at momentum. My love for gymnastics began 4 years ago and since then it has only grown. I hope to inspire many little gymnasts and see their love for the sport grow as well.
Emily Marchitti
Emily MarchittiClient Services
Emily was born in Oklahoma City, grew up in Kansas City and Las Vegas. She has been in Colorado for 18 years now as her husband is a Colorado native. Emily has been married to Joey for 15 years and they have two kids, daughter Molly Jo (Mojo) who is 11 and son Chase who is 8. Molly Jo is on the Xcel Gold team and has a love for gymnastics.

Emily really enjoys working with the kids and parents at Momentum. Swing by the front desk and introduce yourself when you get a chance. She loves meeting new people!

Ashlee Perkins
Ashlee PerkinsCoach
I have been a gymnast all of my life. I was a level 10 gymnast at Gymstars located in Collierville, TN. I was a regional qualifier from level 7-10 and a national qualifier from levels 9-10 for the state of TN.

I was then was recruited by the University of Whitewater Wisconsin to be on the collegiate gymnastics team. I competed for a year and a half. Unfortunately had to quit due to my college education.

Since retiring as a competitor I have coached all levels of gymnastics; from preschool to JO Team. I have also coached cheerleaders, tumbling, dancers, choreography, and boxing!

Being a gymnast has taught me a lot in life, it taught me how to be very disciplined, to learn quickly, motivation, and it taught me to be a very hard worker.

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family back home in TN and hangout with my fur baby Tyson on my days off!

Molly Sifers
Molly SifersCoach
Hi! My name is Molly Sifers. I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri and went to college at the University of Missouri, where I studied sociology. After college I moved to the beautiful state of Colorado to get my master’s degree in criminal justice. I’ve done gymnastics since I was 3 years old and have been coaching since 2006. I competed through USAG level 7 and have coached all ages and ability levels from two-year-olds, to team, cheer, boys, high school, college club, and everything in between. Through my time in the world of gymnastics, I understand the time, dedication, and stress the sport can bring but I also understand the passion and love it takes to be a serious gymnast. I truly have a passion for the sport of gymnastics and am excited to join the staff at Momentum!
Meghan Steineker
Meghan SteinekerCoach
Meghan moved to Colorado in 2016 and has loved every part of living here! She competed in acrobatic gymnastics for over 10 years, 7 of which led to national competitions. She cheered in high school and college and achieved All-American Cheerleader twice. Meghan danced for at least 15 years and has experience in musical theatre as an All-State Performer.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Webster University in St. Louis, MO and graduated with her Master’s in Public Administration in December 2017 from CU Denver. Meghan coached cheer, tumbling, and gymnastics for two years before going back to get her graduate degree.

“I love the progress that can be made in gymnastics and tumbling and the significance of working with others. My goal is to always foster inclusion and help individuals discover their own talents.”

Amanda Wheeler
Amanda WheelerCoach
My name is Amanda Wheeler. My passion for gymnastics started at age 6, doing it competitively for 4 years. I took a break and then competed in gymnastics again all 4 years of high school. I love the constant challenge of the sport from mentally conquering fears to gaining strength and flexibility. Gymnastics has been a BIG part of my life. And is still part of my life for many reasons. I believe in this sport so much.

I started coaching in 2006. I am so thankful for the opportunity to make a positive atmosphere and impact on the children and have them experience the greatness of the sport like I did.

Jennifer Zick
Jennifer ZickCoach
My name is Jennifer Zick. I grew up in Omaha Nebraska, and just recently graduated from Wayne State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science where I also played collegiate soccer. I grew up loving the sport of gymnastics. I began as a recreational gymnast for a year or so before deciding to join our competitive team. I ended my gymnastics career at level 7. I then joined the trampoline and tumbling team. I competed through a level 9 and made four national championship appearances. Growing up in the gym I always wanted to be a coach. I was given the opportunity to begin coaching around the age of 15. I began coaching our recreational classes and later began to coach our USAG competitive team.

With nearly 7 years of coaching experience I have found my home. I love to be in the gym and be interactive with all of my athletes. I am very excited to be a part of the team at Momentum, and I look forward to sharing my gymnastics knowledge with them, and building strong, confident athletes.

Michelle Zimmer
Michelle ZimmerCoach
I walked into the Auxillary Gym at University of Denver at the age of 10 and fell in love with a sport. I competed JO until high school. Then I competed for George Washington High School (G-DUB!!) for all 4 years. In college, I began my coaching career. I coached JO levels 5-7 at Fremont YMCA and Nebraska Gold. Moving back to Denver, I continued my career at All American Gymnastics and Dardano’s Gymnastics expanding to levels 5-10. I’ve had the honor to coach a Division I gymnast as well as at two international meets. I left coaching for a bit to get married and have a family. When my youngest daughter “caught the bug”, I took her to Gymnastics Plus where my old coach, Tim Frye, had set up shop. He offered me a job on the spot, but I deferred for a while. Upon his unexpected passing, I knew I had to be back on the floor where my heart was. Life is too short. I began coaching again at Gymnastics Plus shortly after his passing. It was a very hard decision to make to leave GP and move here to Momentum. But I haven’t regretted one second of it.

I graduated from Metro State with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Biology and Sports Medicine. In my spare time, I root for the Yankees and whatever team my son is playing for. I have an amazing husband and three children, Sidni, Ben and Riley.