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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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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!

Carly Ames
Carly AmesXcel Program Manager
Paige Betts
Paige BettsJunior Olympic Program Manager and Optional Coach
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!

Caleb Garnham
Caleb GarnhamNINJAgility Program Manager
Caleb has been coaching ninja obstacles, gymnastics, and parkour for nearly a decade. Originally from New Mexico, Caleb grew up as the oldest of six siblings, spending childhood running, jumping, and climbing everything! He attended the University of New Mexico, taking courses in developmental psychology and exercise science. Before moving to Denver, he coached at the esteemed (and enormous!) NinjaForce obstacle course training gym in Albuquerque, NM.

In 2013, he was a top finalist for the Denver city qualifiers for NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, earning a spot in the Las Vegas finals for Season Five.

In 2019, Caleb decided to return to Colorado to be closer to the thriving movement community around Denver, where he discovered Momentum Athletic Center! He is excited to design and create a new “Ninja” themed program for Momentum that highlights the importance of human adaptability through movement. Overcoming obstacles (whether they be physical or mental) is the essence of NINJAgility, as well as learning to calculate risk, leading to students with strong self-reliance and self-awareness.

Benjamin Grado
Benjamin GradoDevelopment Program Manager & JO Optional Team Coach
Hi, My name is Benjamin Grado and I am so excited to be joining the Momentum Family. I have an extensive background as an Acrobat that encompasses Gymnastics, Diving, Hand Balancing as well as Performance work and I know my unique experiences can provide a fun and exciting environment for your kids to excel in!

I began as a Gymnast at the age of 8. I was definitely born to flip and twist and when my parents put me in Gymnastics, I excelled quite quickly achieving many awards and overcoming many obstacles. Gymnastics really set the frame work for what was to come for me and I know that without the sport, I would not have had the discipline, work ethic, motivation, etc. to push myself through the grit and experience the many opportunities that have been presented to me.

Moving forward, I ended up finding a new passion in Diving as my body was feeling the beating from Gymnastics. I knew I didn’t want to give up the “acrobatic” lifestyle but had to take a step back from what I was most passionate about. I found a whole different way of flipping and twisting with Diving. This is when my interest in not only being an athlete but also being a coach began to fester. I was able to use my Gymnastics foundation and build on it to help both my teammates and myself excel further in this sport. I dove for the University of Arizona and achieved many great accomplishments including the first National Title for the 10 Meter Platform Event at the D1 NCAA Championships. This was by far my highest accomplishment as an athlete and it lead me to a spot on the National Team as well as a spot to compete in the 2012 Olympic Trials. These experiences taught me 2 things. 1, hard work truly does pay off but 2; it takes a village of people who have helped guide and harness your skill set both as an athlete and person to get you to these high levels.

At this point, I moved on to work for Cirque Du Soleil as an Acrobat/Performer for the “O” Show at the Bellagio. Again, I knew I wasn’t ready to hang up my love for flipping and twisting so why not do it as a job? This experience truly shaped my passion for the discipline but also, it rounded my background as an athlete and gave me a better glimpse of how I would serve as a coach/mentor. As my body began to feel the years of competition and performances, I began to realize that I couldn’t leave this sport as it has done so much for me but also, I wanted to help those in my shoes accomplish goals and achieve great experiences for themselves. When the Head Diving Coach positioned opened up at DU, I knew this was my chance to do just that; help younger generations through their passion of Acrobatics and teach them discipline, hard work, dedication, etc. This also showed me what it entails to lead, plan, create and above all, do it while maintaining a fun and healthy environment that makes each individual want to come back for more.

I have loved every part of my life and know that through my experiences as an athlete and coach, I will do everything I can to make sure that I give each individual as much knowledge as I can to help them achieve their goals and expectations.

Jessica Rittenhouse
Jessica RittenhousePreschool Program Manager & Xcel Coach
Hi! My name is Jess. I was born and raised in Burlingame, California where I competed as a gymnast through USAG for 8 years, and then for my high school Varsity team for another 4 years. During my time on the Varsity team I began to explore coaching pre-school and recreational gymnastics, and occasionally helped coach our Junior Varsity team.

After graduating high school I moved to Boulder, Colorado to pursue a Bachelors degree in Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. I continued to coach gymnastics in California during Summer breaks for my first two years of college, however I soon began working as a Medical Scribe in the Emergency Department at St. Anthony Hospital and therefore stayed in Colorado during the Summer time. I worked in the Emergency Department for about 2 years, however after graduating from college I realized how much I missed working with children and specifically coaching gymnastics.

I recently moved from Boulder to Denver and was thankful enough to hear about Momentum Athletic Center! I will be coaching pre-school and recreational classes at Momentum and am beyond excited to continue my passion for coaching gymnastics! I will be at the gym almost every day of the week, so if you ever have any questions or want to discuss your child, please don’t hesitate come talk to me!

Megan Wolf
Megan WolfAll-Star Cheer Program Manager
Megan joins Momentum as our All-Star Cheerleading Director. She was born and raised in Naperville, IL and began her athletic career at the age of three.

Megan initially began in gymnastics where she competed through level 4, but quickly switched rolls when was introduced to cheerleading. She fell in love with cheer and competed with the world-renowned ICE Athletics for many years. She helped bring home countless national championships during her time at ICE and traveled all over the country. In 2009, Megan made the tough decision to leave all-star cheer for her high school varsity squad. She helped them bring home three consecutive top five finishes at state.

In 2013, Megan moved west for college and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In Nebraska, the main aspects of cheerleading are actually illegal in the school systems. A blessing in disguise, Megan looked for other opportunities to stay involved in cheerleading and came across Cheer Xpress, Lincoln’s premier competitive program. She began coaching tumbling and prep classes, but quickly became the head coach for multiple competitive teams. Megan was also fortunate enough to aid in coaching Cheer Xpress’s world’s team, which consecutively places in the top 15 year after year.

She graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Marketing and moved a bit further west to be closer to family. She attempted the corporate world but quickly realized her heart belongs on the mat. Her passion is cheerleading and is so excited to share that with athletes here at Momentum.

Lily Rodriguez Aguirre
Lily Rodriguez AguirreClient Services
Hi my name Lily!

I am 26 years old and I have an 8 year old daughter who has been a part of Momentum for two years!

I’ve lived in Colorado most of my life and absolutely love it. I have always worked in customer service, being able to meet new people and little ones has always been something I have been drawn to!

Feel free to stop by the front desk and say hi!

Audrey Baxter
Audrey BaxterCoach
Hi my name is Audrey Baxter! I just recently moved to Colorado this past April. I am originally from Murfreesboro, TN where I competed gymnastics from age 4-15 at ETC Gymnastics. I competed all the way to Level 7. After I retired from gymnastics, I began coaching some classes at my home gym, ETC Gymnastics until I headed to college at Western Kentucky University and furthered my education. After College I moved to Daytona Beach, Florida and was the Program Director at The Little Gym of Port Orange.
Since I was little I have always been passionate about not only gymnastics but also children! I am currently working as a Pre-Team coach here at Momentum, I coach the JO Level 2 Team and assist Coach Lindsey with the JO Level 3’s. I am so blessed to be working here at Momentum Athletic Center and I am excited to see where this journey takes me!
Ashley Cadena
Ashley CadenaCoach
Hi, my name is Ashley. I am a Junior at Ponderosa High School and
originally from Spring, Texas. I began gymnastics when I was 3 years old and competed to level 7. I began cheering for Woodland’s Elite Cheer Company and my high school in Texas. I moved to Parker last year. I enjoy Cheer, of course, as well as snowboarding, soccer, and 4H. My ambition is to become a Veterinarian.
Cora Chen
Cora ChenCoach
Hi, I’m Cora! I am originally from Concord, MA, just outside of Boston. I started doing competitive gymnastics when I was 6 years old, and competed for 17 years! I grew up competing on an Xcel team, as well as doing competitive horse back riding and cheerleading. I lived in the UK for 2 years, where I competed in All Star Cheerleading in levels 4.2, 2.1, and 2! I transferred to the University of Denver in 2016. During my time at DU, I was President of Club Gymnastics for over 2 years, as well as a member of the Executive Council for all of Club Sports. I was also heavily involved in societies such as the Asian Student Alliance, and the Diversity Committee, working to make DU’s campus more inclusive. I graduated from DU in June of 2019, with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and minors in Gender & Women’s Studies, and Chinese.

I’ve been coaching gymnastics for 7 years, with levels ranging from preschool & beginner to a competitive Xcel team. I’m excited to bring my experience and knowledge to Momentum!

Lia Cristadoro
Lia CristadoroCoach
My name is Lia Cristadoro and I’ve spent most of my life in Colorado. Growing up I was very passionate about skiing, hiking, diving, track & field, and especially gymnastics. I was a gymnast for 16 years and I competed in both the USAG JO and EAGLES programs up through level 9. I also competed in diving and pole vaulting for a few years throughout high school.

While I was still in high school I began coaching developmental gymnastics classes, advanced preschool, and pre-team. I also choreographed both floor and beam routines for the level 5 and 6 teams. I eventually quit gymnastics and took a break from coaching in order to put my focus on my education. I attended the University of Colorado Boulder where I studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and was a part of the Biology Club, the Hiking Club, and the Photography Club at CU. While I was in school I worked a variety of jobs, but spent most of my time as a freelance photography and also an assistant professor of Biology, Statistics, and Chemistry. I recently graduated in May of 2019 and began to realize how much I missed gymnastics and wanted to get back into it. Now, I am helping coach both the XCEl and JO programs here at Momentum.

When I’m not working, I spend most of my free time enjoying the outdoors. During the summer I climb and occasionally compete in sport climbing competitions, go on camping trips, and volunteer for ecological restoration projects. In the winter I’m almost always in the mountains skiing! If you ever see me around the gym feel free to say hello, I’d love to chat!

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.
Kelsey Heuneman
Kelsey HeunemanCoach
Hey there! I’m coach Kelsey. I was born in Virginia Beach, VA & grew up in Raleigh, NC. I have recently moved to Colorado to expand the opportunity to grow and thrive through my passion of health, wellness and movement in general. I started dance and gymnastics around age 3. At age 10, I shifted to competitive cheerleading and tumbling at my home gym, Premier Athletics. I have been completely in LOVE with the sport ever since. I competed as a USASF level 5 athlete from ages 13-18 and had the life changing opportunity to compete at the ESPN center in Orlando for the Cheerleading World Championship in 2012 and 2013. After my senior year of high school, I sustained a knee injury from tumbling which required surgery. Luckily, during that time I transitioned into coaching. Throughout my recovery, I recognized my passion for sports medicine and focused my collegiate studies on orthopedics. I have worked in orthopedic surgery and recovery ever since and absolutely love it. I am also a certified yoga instructor. My favorite part about yoga is the fact that it can be modified to be accessible to people of all ages, body types, and skill level. My philosophy is very core and alignment-based focusing on functional movement of the body. I like to incorporate yoga and meditation into our competitive cheerleading regimen, not only for the physical benefits but for the mental benefits as well. I am super excited to be a part of Momentum’s first ever all-star cheerleading program and can’t wait to see where it takes us!
Ryan Hughes
Ryan HughesCoach
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!

Teaghan Ortega
Teaghan OrtegaCoach
Hello! My name is Teaghan Ortega and I’m a coach here at Momentum. I’m from Dallas, Texas and taught gymnastics at my home gym (Achievers Gymnastics) and eventually started teaching at a gym called Excite before I moved to Colorado. I’ve always had a passion for teaching dance and gymnastics because of how it effected my life in a positive way growing up. I would love to share that passion with the next generation of gymnasts. When I got older I started dancing after I moved up to level 7 at my gym in Texas and haven’t stopped since. A fact about me is that I’m going to go to school for my message license and I own a Tegu Lizard! If you see me don’t hesitate to say hi! I’m very excited to grow with Momentum and learn more and more everyday about your kids and what I can teach them next!
Dakota Phillips
Dakota PhillipsCoach
Hi, I’m Dakota Phillips! I have been coaching gymnastics for 12 years now. I am a Colorado Native and just recently moved to the Denver area from Colorado Springs. Growing up, I participated in many different sports and activities. Ballet and tap for 13 years which first got my foot in the door with tumbling on the side; cheerleading throughout high school and college and for a few years after my college career. I started coaching gymnastics on Fort Carson as a private contractor right out of high school when I was attending college at CSU-Pueblo. I stuck with that position all throughout college and for the last 5 years. Gymnastics, tumbling, and cheer has always been a part of my life and a passion for me!
Calley Rademacher
Calley RademacherCoach
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Allison Shaw
Allison ShawClient Services
Hi I’m Alison! I was born and raised in Colorado and am a French-American dual citizen and absolutely love traveling! My family has always made traveling a priority and I have been to five different countries and over 20 states! I’m currently a freshman at the University of Colorado Denver, majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice with the intent of going into law.

Growing up, I was a clumsy kid so my parents put me in gymnastics to hopefully improve my balance skills. I fell in love with the sport and competed in the JO program at Adrenaline and Castle Rock School of Gymnastics for a few years. However as high school was approaching, I aged out of the program. I decided it would be best to focus on my school work, but I always felt like that part of me was missing and was ecstatic to find Momentum and their incredible team of coaches and other staff.

Abby Sheets
Abby SheetsCoach
Abby Sheets has a long history of cheerleading, gymnastics, and dance. Abby’s family moved to Parker when she was 9 years old so she says she’s “Colorado native-ish.” She is a graduate of Ponderosa High School where she was on the gymnastics team and cheerleading team. During her senior year, the varsity cheer team, of which she was a member, placed third at the CheerSport national competition. Abby cheered for the University of Northern Colorado as well. During her time at UNC, she was a part of the first team to compete nationally at the Universal Cheerleading Association national championship in Daytona Beach, Florida. The team continued to compete nationally, including a six place finish while Abby was a member. Abby was in various types of dance (ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz) for most of her childhood. She took gymnastics classes for five years as well.

While in college, Abby coached all-star cheerleading. After college, Abby was briefly the assistant cheer coach at the University of Northern Colorado.

Abby earned her Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She works as a paralegal for a small Centennial law firm. Abby and her husband have one daughter who loves her gymnastics classes she takes here at Momentum.

Abby has had a lifelong love of all things cheer, gymnastics, and dance and is thrilled to be a part of the Momentum family! She looks forward to working with your children to provide a fun, safe environment to grow their cheer and gymnastics skills.

Ashley Skinner
Ashley SkinnerCoach
Hi, I’m Ashley! I was born and raised in Colorado. I was a gymnast for 8 years and competed in the CARA program. Although I stopped competing, my love for gymnastics only continued to grow. At age 17, I accepted a head coaching position for a recreational program called Keep Kids Active. I’m excited to be back coaching and very happy to be a part of the Momentum family. I strive to help my students build confidence and learn skills that are not only applicable to gymnastics, but life as well.

I will graduate in early 2021 from Metro State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. In my free time, I enjoy anything fitness related. My passion for fitness led me to certify as a personal trainer in 2017. I have a wonderful fiancé and son.

If you see me around Momentum, please feel free to say hi! I’d love to talk!

Gabriella Toy
Gabriella ToyCoach
Hi, my name is Gabriella Toy.
I just recently got married and moved to Colorado. I was a gymnast for 8 years and competed through level 6. During high school I coached beginner gymnastics until I graduated. I took a break from coaching in pursuit of other goals. But when I arrived in Colorado and heard about Momentum I got so excited to be apart of a gym family again. I have always had a love for teaching children. Whether it was babysitting, volunteering at my church or helping out at the preschool I have always been around kids. I love helping them learn and grow, not just in the gym but in their life. When I was growing up, my gym was a second home and I hope to make that true for my students.
Michelle Zimmer
Michelle ZimmerCoach
Michelle began coaching right after high school after competing since she was 10. She started with a small program at the YMCA in Fremont, Nebraska coaching levels 5-7. Here she specialized in beam and bars. While in Nebraska, she also coached at Nebraska Gold Gymnastics in Millard. Moving home from college, she began her tenure at Dardano’s Gymnastics in Park Hill. There she specialized in Floor with levels 5-10. She choreographed routines for levels 8-10 as well as built in difficulty within their dance and acro. She was a member of the coaching staff which competed internationally against teams from Amsterdam, Belgium and South Africa. She is most proud that one of her level 10’s from Dardano’s continued her career as a Division I gymnast at the University of Utah. During her tenure at Dardano’s, she also studied athletic training at Metro State College on Denver.

She took some time off to grow her family and came back into the sport after the sudden death of her mentor, Tim Frye. She joined the coaching team at Gymnastics Plus working with level 3-9 gymnasts. She left GP to come over to Momentum in April of 2018. She began here filling in with the level 5’s and eventually found a place with the Advanced 2 class, which was built with the idea that the girls who test out of Advanced have a place to go to prepare to try out for one of our teams. Since building the class, she’s had 3 girls move to JO and 8 girls move to Excel.

She loves every girl she’s helped. She has high expectations for every girl she encounters, both in gymnastics and in life. She hopes that every girl she works with will remember her as their biggest cheerleader.