Maria is an attorney and has a Masters in Counseling, which is the basis for her exceptional problem solving and communication skills. She has extensive experience in the operations and administration of the gymnastics business and frequently utilizes her law degree to create and implement legal documents and policies and procedures. Maria’s strength lies in her communication skills and human resources experience. She also has significant sales and marketing experience within the private gymnastics industry. Maria will be heading up the operational/administrative and human resources aspects of the business. Maria brings a wealth of business and direct gymnastics experience to the ownership team. She is also USAG and safety certified.
Samantha Baltierrez (“Sam”)
Samantha is an Arizona native and grew up in North Phoenix. Her love for gymnastics began at the age of 18 months when she began taking gymnastics classes. Samantha competed for a local gym up through Level 8. She has been a coach for 12 years and is a certified USAG Gymnastics Judge. Samantha’s passion for children is what makes her a successful coach and life trainer. She heads up the coaching aspect of the business and brings a tremendous amount if gymnastics experience to the gym. It is her unique perspective as both coach and gymnast that makes her an amazing coach. She is also USAG and safety certified.
GIRLS OPTIONAL TEAM DEPARTMENT LEADER & HEAD COACH
Nikos Kentimenos - Coach Nikos was born and raised in Greece. When he was a young boy he began his gymnastics training. He was very talented and eventually became a member of the Greek Men's National Team. He was the Greek National Champion many times over on various events but his specialty was pommel horse. He was a two time National ALL AROUND Champion for his country. After he finished his competitive career he began coaching women's gymnastics and excelled in that as well. He rose through the ranks and eventually became the Women's National Team coach for Greece. He has coached and competed all over the world and is truly a world class coach. We are blessed to have him leading our Girls Team program and as part of our Impact family. The Impact philosophy was designed with Coach Nikos in mind. Nikos is married and has two young daughters who are both in gymnastics and part of the competitive team at Impact.
GIRLS COMPULSORY TEAM DEPARTMENT LEADER
Debbie Sector - Coach Debbie was a competitive gymnast for 13 years and competed through Level 10. She was a TOPs team member and made it to Nationals as a Level 10 gymnast. She has been coaching for 14 years and her favorite event to coach is floor. She is a native Arizonian, is half Navajo and was born on a reservation in Northern Arizona. She has 2 daughters, both of whom are members of the Impact Team. Debbie is also a USA Gymnastics certified Judge through Level 9. She brings a wealth of experience to our coaching team and she will be coaching all levels at Impact.
HOSPITALITY DEPARTMENT LEADER
Michelle Fragala - Michelle is the best person to know at Impact as she is the keeper of ALL information and all things Impact! Michelle's background is in purchasing and finance and she also worked in the Emergency Room. Michelle is the mother of four children and two of them are members of the Impact Girls Team. She loves to spend her down time with her family and she enjoys crafts. Michelle's calming and patient demeanor make her the best person to lead our Hospitality Center. Michelle has been with Impact since its inception and she is a valued member of our team.
KINDER KIDS DEPARTMENT LEADER
Alissa Scott - Coach Alissa has over 12 years coaching kinder kids. She brings a wealth of experience to Impact and her daughter is a member of the Impact JO Team.
RECREATIONAL DEPARTMENT LEADER
Brooke Chaplin - Coach Brooke came to Impact from Seattle, Washington, where she was born and raised. She was a gymnast for 13 years and competed in the JO Program through Level 10. She has been coaching for 9 years and loves the sport of gymnastics. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Biology - Physiology. Brooke is engaged and her husband to be is studying to be a pilot.
DEVELOPMENTAL DEPARTMENT LEADER
Teri Hamilton - Coach Teri has been coaching for over 14 years. She has coached everything from team to trampoline. Teri heads up our developmental program, grooming kids for our team program. Teri has a BS in Criminal Justice and worked as a fraud investigator. She loves teaching gymnastics to special needs kids and her kind and patient demeanor make her a coach favorite. She is currently obtaining her Masters in Education and is a full-time substitute teacher. Teri is married and has 3 daughters, her youngest daughter is a member of the Impact JO Team.
CAMP AND SPECIALS DEPARTMENT LEADER
Morgan Parkinson - Coach Morgan has been at Impact since day one! She has been coaching for 5 years and used to participate in TNT. Morgan is a student at GCU and working towards a dual major in Special Education and Elementary Education with a certification in Math. Morgan heads up our Camps and the kids love her outgoing personality. Morgan loves all things gymnastics and has been skydiving and LOVED it.
BIRTHDAY PARTY DEPARTMENT LEADER & COACH
Abrianna Lawrence - Coach Bri, as she is referred to throughout the gym, has been doing gymnastics since she was sixteen months old. Bri was trained as a gymnast by Samantha Baltierrez from the age of four until she was 10 years old. She competed through Level 7 in the JO Program and retired at the age of 14 as the Regional Vault Champion. Bri has been coaching for 3 years and coaches Team, Recreational and Developmental gymnastics at Impact and on occasion helps at the Hospitality Center. Bri also heads up the birthday parties at Impact and is a valued member of our Impact family!
FACILITIES DEPARTMENT LEADER & Team COACH
Joey Bailey - Coach Joey has been coaching gymnastics for 15 years and has been with Impact since its inception. His specialty is vault and tumbling. Joey's passion for gymnastics and his outgoing personality make him a dedicated and fun coach to have on staff. On most days you can hear Joey singing in the gym (he actually has a nice voice as he lettered in Choir in High School!). Joey is also very handy and is in charge of the Impact facility. Joey is an integral part of our Impact team and is newly married.
Matt Hensler - Matt is an elementary school teacher who enjoys working with children. He works the evening shifts at the Hospitality Center.
Giota Kladau - Giota was born and raised in Greece and came to America almost 5 years ago. She is married to Nikos and they have 2 daughters. Her oldest daughter is a member of our JO Team.
Your IMPACT Gymnastics Academy training begins with and is built on World-class coaches.
Amy Anderson - Coach Amy has been with Impact since the beginning and coaches Kinder Kids classes. She is studying to be a special education teacher at GCU and is a coach favorite at Impact.
Allison Bretzman - Coach Allison is a student at GCU and coaches Kinder Kids. She is majoring in communication with a minor in dance. Allison has a tremendous background in dance and her effervescent personality make her an amazing coach.
Katie Chapin - Coach Katie coaches the Xcel and Developmental Team. She grew up in the gym her parents owned and began gymnastics at 15 months old. She competed in the JO program up through Level 7. She has been coaching for 12 years and has her Masters in Healthcare Administration and is currently working on her Doctorate. Coach Katie also masquerades as Punky Bruizer for her Roller Derby team.
Jules Charles - Coach Jules was a member of our Impact JO Team and competed up through Level 8. She coaches the Xcel Team and Recreational gymnastics. Her perspective as a former gymnast makes her a great coach.
Rachel Goettl - Coach Rachel is a former gymnast and was coached by Coach Sam. She is currently a college student and primarily coaches Recreational gymnastics. The kids love Coach Rachel.
Tiffani Hamilton - Coach Tiffani has been involved with gymnastics most of her life. She coaches kinder and rec classes.
Megan Kennedy - Coach Megan was a former gymnast and competed in the JO program through Level 8. She currently attends GCU and is studying Early Childhood Development.
Kortney Kroner - Coach Kortney loves coaching the little and is a coach favorite in the Kinder Kids Program.
Bella Lawrence - Coach Bella is currently a member of the JO Team at Impact. She has been doing gymnastics since she was a baby and has been coaching for 2 years. She primarily coaches Summer Camps and Birthday Parties. Bella is a total goof ball and the kids love her!
Jordyn Malley - Coach Jordyn was a competitive gymnast for Coach Sam. She competed through Level 6 in the JO Program and has been coaching for 2 years. Jordyn's little sister is following in her footsteps and is a member of the Impact JO Team.
LaShawn Benson Malvido - Coach LaShawn was a former JO gymnast and competed through Level 9. She loves to dance and has been featured on "So You Think You Can Dance," "Soul Train" and has opened for various artist at their concerts. Her main focus is coaching beam and floor and creating unique music and routines. Coach La Shawn has been coaching for 15 years and combines her passion for dance with her passion for gymnastics. She is married and is the mother of two beautiful children.
Emily Martin - Coach Emily was a competitive gymnast under Coach Sam. She competed in the JO program through Level 8. She has been coaching for 3 years and loves the sport of gymnastics.
Brianna Pickett - Coach Brianna has a background in Cheer and Tumbling and loves coaching gymnastics. She is a kinder kids favorite.
Cara Redding - Coach Cara coaches in our Kinder Kids program and loves the little ones! She has a wealth of experience with kids and has taught children for several years in Vacation Bible Schools. Her fun personality and the fact that she is also small, make her a big hit with the kiddos.
Amara Roseborrough Coach Amara was a competitive gymnast and competed through Level 10. She hails from Texas and has an awesome southern drawal! She is USAG certified and brings a wealth of experience to our coaching team. Coach Amara will be coaching all levels at Impact.
Madison Vaupell - Coach Madison was a former JO gymnast under Coach Sam. She primarily coaches Recreational gymnastics and she loves the kids. She has a very funny personality and the kids love her.
Alexis Varner - Coack Alex joins our Xcel Coaching Team. She has been coaching gymnastics for 8 years and is excited to be part of Impact. She is very detail oriented and very positive when she coaches. During the school year she is also a full-time High School teacher. Coach Alex loves to run and spend time outdoors.
Rachel Wuertz - Coach Rachel was born and raised in South Dakota where she participated in gymnastics. She is currently a Middle School math teacher and one of our Xcel Team Coaches. She has been coaching for 7 years. Rachel is very passionate about gymnastics and loves coaching.
Jordan Zeller - Coach Jordan was a gymnast for 10 years and competed in the JO program through Level 8. Her favorite event was bars. She is currently attending college where she is studying Exercise & Health Sciences and hopes to enter the Corporate Wellness field after graduation.