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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 BarkenhagenCustomer Service
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
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!

Ariana De La GarzaCoach
Hannah Fink
Hannah FinkCoach
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!

Jade Hernandez
Jade HernandezCoach
I was born and raised in Texas. I competed for Actrotex Gymnastics in Georgetown, TX. My competitive gymnastics career ended as a level 7. I tried to play school sports, but nothing grabbed my heart like gymnastics. My senior year I began coaching as a rec coach. I moved away to Lake Charles, LA to attend McNeese State University. For the six years I lived in Louisiana I coached rec and team at Gymnastics ETC. I worked my way up as the head coach of our xcel silver team, and the assistant optional coach. I ended up receiving my BS in Health Promotion, and shortly after earned my MS in Exercise Physiology. My future plans are to obtain my CSCS to become a strength and conditioning coach and specialize in strength and conditioning for gymnastics. During my college career I became a competitive weightlifter. Olympic style weightlifting is essentially gymnastics with a barbell, so naturally it grabbed my heart. It requires the same physical strength and flexibility as gymnastics and demands the same mental toughness and mindset. Within a year and a half, I had competed in a handful of USAW sanctioned meets, as well as qualified for and competed at University Nationals in 2016.I also did an internship in California withhall of fame weightlifting coach Bob Takano, where I had the opportunity to help coach and develop not only other weightlifters, but other athletes such as track runners, boxers, volleyball players, rowers, etc. In my experience as a competitive athlete I’ve learned to never settle and to always strive for growth. With these philosophies that I’ve kept close to my heart, I am now here with the Momentum family seeking out opportunity to grow and expand my knowledge and skills as a coach.
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.”
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!

Haley Karre
Haley KarreCoach
Hi my name is Haley! I’ve been coaching tumbling, and cheerleading for 8 years. I have been cheerleader for most of my life. I was born in Wisconsin then lived in Arizona most of my life. I moved with my husband to Colorado in December.

I strive to help all my students master the skills they want in a safe and fun manner!

Maya LaytonCoach
Emily MarchittiCoach
Justine McPherson
Justine McPhersonCoach
Justine was a competitive gymnast for 9 years; competing in State and Regional competitions through Level 8. She began coaching while still training in high school and has been coaching for 13 years. Her coaching ranges from the beginning recreational classes through the JO compulsory and optional competition levels. Justine has coached many state and regional champions throughout her career and has had the opportunity to take an athlete to their first Level 9 Westerns competition.

Justine is from Dallas, Texas and began gymnastics when she was 9 years old in an after school program. After just a short time, she realized her passion for the sport and found a gym to help her learn and grow. As a coach her focus is helping her athletes to find their passion in the sport as well as to develop into well rounded and dedicated human beings in everything they do. Justine is excited to join Momentum Athletic Center and is happy to make the move to Colorado with her son, Owen and husband, Christopher.

Keshia Powell-Ramirez
Keshia Powell-RamirezHead Compulsory Coach - JO Team
Keshia’s current coaching assignment is as lead of our Level 3 & 4 teams.

Keshia is originally from Troy, NY. She was gymnast throughout high school and began coaching in the USAG JO program at age 13. She has now been coaching for just under 20 years. She has experience coaching parent and me classes through Level 9 and Xcel. She has experience coaching in USA Gymnastics Regions 6 (New York) and 8 (Georgia and Florida), as well as AAU, and USAIGC programs. Keshia attended undergrad at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She has an undergraduate degree in Education as well as a Masters of Divinity in Chaplaincy.

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 WheelerCoach
Maria YanagidaCoach
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.