Staff

Anissa Davis- Owner/ Manager

For the past 35 years I have been involved in gymnastics as either a competitor or coach.  My love for gymnastics all began at age 7 when I started competitive training at the original Green Mountain Gymnastics in Waterbury Center and performed exhibition routines at Harwood Union High School.  I moved on to train at Champlain Valley Gymnastics (originally Dunkley’s Gymnastics) in South Burlington in 1984.  Subsequently, I competed for Harwood on their junior high and varsity teams.

Wanting to continue my passion for the sport into adulthood, I turned to coaching the Harwood Union Middle School team and worked in recreational gymnastics programs.  Since 2002, I have taken on the role of head coach of the Harwood Union High School, Harwood Union Middle School and Crossett Brook Middle School teams.  I am currently the Director of Gymnastics Programs at Harwood and have been for the past 18 years.

In 2006, I started Anissa’s Acrobats with a mission toward making gymnastics instruction more accessible to children in the Central Vermont area by offering classes and open gym sessions to children ages 2-12 at Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waitsfield Elementary School and Harwood.  It is my hope that the future of gymnastics in Vermont will continue to grow and enhance the lives of children throughout the State.  In October 2010 I started Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy in the hopes that space would be found to call home to CVGA.  Doors to Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy opened June 19th, 2011.  This past spring we were able to realize another dream of mine, which was expansion of CVGA by 2000 square feet and a move into a newly designed space.

Certificates

USA Gymnastics University * Safety & Risk Management * USA Gymnastic University: Instructor * USA Gymnastics Fitness * School of Competitive Gymnastic: Women’s Artistic * Junior Olympic Development Coach * School of Recreational Gymnastics * Advanced Teacher * Development Teacher * School of Judging * School of Judging: Women’s 7/8 Rated * USOC Safe Sport

Sarah Grenier – Team & Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Sarah has been a gymnastics coach for over 6 years.  Her passion for gymnastics started as a youth where she competed for Green Mountain Gymnastics in Central Vermont.  Her involvement back into the world of gymnastics came after her daughter became a competitive gymnast.

Sarah has coached preschool, recreational boys and girls and, although she try’s to avoid coaching her daughter, team as well.  Her favorite thing about coaching is teaching kids not to give up, and the confidence that goes with struggle and achievement.

Sarah is a USGA member, received her safety certificate and has taken a variety of continuing education courses including attending regional congress in 2016.

Tanya Cheney – Team Coach

Tanya grew up in Barre, Vermont where she was part of the AAU basketball team. While in High School she was part of the competitive Flag Team which competed at a National Competition in Orlando, Fl.  She helped manage the Boys JV and Varsity Basketball Teams during her junior and senior year.

In 2006 Tanya’s daughter, Delana, started gymnastics with Anissa’s Acrobats, by the next year Tanya started helping her with Anissa’s Acrobats…this was how her gymnastic career started.  Starting as a parent helper, then in 2011 when CVGA opened it’s doors, she took on a role of coach sub. In 2012, she became a USAG Professional Member and took a active role with the CVGA competitive gymnastic team at meets. Tanya currently holds her USAG Safety Certificate, First Aid CPR Certification along with U101 certificate and Professional Membership.  Tanya also coaches soccer and has recently been a Girl Scout Leader.  During the summer months, she is the events planner at a New Hampshire campground and currently resides in Moretown with her husband Shawn, and their two children, Delana and Owen.

Jessica Sherman – Team Coach

Jessica grew up in Waterbury, VT and currently resides in Moretown, VT. She began swimming competitively at a young age and continued into her Freshman year at the University of Vermont.  Jessica coached the Waterbury Rapids Swim Team throughout high school and college and also participated in Harwood Union’s MS/HS field hockey & softball programs.

Jessica began her journey with gymnastics when her daughter, Ella, joined CVGA in beginner classes in 2011, progressing to pre-team and team in 2012. During the summer of 2016, she took a more active role and joined CVGA as a parent helper has since moved into her coaching role.

Jessica graduated from the University of Vermont in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing. In 2011, she earned a Master’s of Science with a focus in nursing education, in 2014 earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in clinical leadership. Jessica works at the Central Vermont Medical Center as the Nurse Manager, Medical-Surgical.

Professional Membership Certificates

USA Gymnastics University * Safety & Risk Management * USA Gymnastics University: JO Development Coach*School of Competitive Gymnastics: Women’s Artistic * Hands on Training Development Coach Course

Other

Basic Life Support (BLS) * Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) * Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification (American Nurses Credentialing Center)

Laura Kaiser – Team Coach

Laura found her passion for gymnastics at the age of 2 and has spent the last 36 years in the sport as an athlete, coach and judge.  She’s taught beginners through level 10, and has worked at gyms in NY, CT, PA, NJ, HI, and VT. Having spent summers at International Gymnastics camp growing up, she went on to become Master Staff there, helping to manage and train their large coaching staff. She’s attended many national congresses and completed numerous gymnastics business courses.  She lives in Wolcott with her partner, Todd, and their young son, Blaine.

Kristin Babic – Office Manager

Kristin grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley California! After 20 years in California, she moved to Virginia & took her first trip to Vermont during a particularly snowy college spring break, where she instantly fell in love with the Mad River Valley.  After earning her degree, she spent the next 15 years working in the field of Information Technology. It was seven years after that initial trip that she packed her belongings & headed north for a new adventure…that was 17 years ago.  Kristin still resides in the Mad River Valley!

A competitive dancer for 18 years (and a brief stint cheerleading) she learned basic tumbling skills, but her real introduction to gymnastics was when her then 6 year old daughter begged her for gymnastics lessons at CVGA!  She was invited to the competitive team that summer, and Kristin retired from her professional career in IT to “taxi” Warner to team practice as many days as she could possibly attend. From there it was a natural fit to focus her time & energies on helping out at CVGA as office manager.

Judith Witke Mele – Recreational Class Coach

Judith has been a competitive gymnast for the last 4 years and has been taking classes at CVGA for 5 years. She’s been coaching for 1 year and has been working with kids for the past three years as a counselor at summer art camp in Montpelier.

Throughout this year, she’s taken many educational courses through USAG and recently attended the USAG Regional congress this summer to improve her coaching ability and knowledge.  She’s very excited to continue learning and growing with the kids here at CVGA, and we are thrilled to have her as both a gymnast and coach!

Riley Gallagher – Recreational Class Coach & After School Counselor

Riley has been involved in gymnastics with Anissa for ten years now, ranging from recreational classes, club team, and now currently high school gymnastics.  She has always loved, and been devoted to the sport. Other than being a gymnast, she is also quite a runner.  Working with kids is also a passion of hers, and she has fortified that love by babysitting for the past three years.

This summer, we were fortunate to have her working at our summer camp here at CVGA, and last winter she worked with pre-school level gymnastics.  She has been trained in spotting gymnastics skills and is very excited to be working with the recreational classes and the after school program.  She’s looking forward to growing her knowledge, skills and experience.

Lindsay Goulet – After School Coordinator & Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Lindsay grew up in Rhode Island, graduating from high school in 2011. During that time she both trained in and taught American Kenpo Martial Arts. After graduation, she studied Hospitality and Tourism at Johnson State College. While at Johnson she had lots of fun dancing and choreographing in the JSC Dance Club. During those college years, she also made the fantastic choice to travel the Atlantic with Semester at Sea and visited Cuba.  Shortly after her college graduation, Lindsay decided that Vermont was now home and settled down with her boyfriend here!

Lindsay has been with us at CVGA since the fall of 2016 and has proven herself to be an outstanding coach and has made an amazing difference in our growing after school program!

Mei Dwyer – Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Mei has been involved in the world of gymnastics since age 5 and has enjoyed all levels from compulsory all the way up to the optional level that she currently is.  She has also participated an intensive compulsory level dance training with Tom Koll in Maine.  Additionally, she has been an active orchestra member improving musicality with GYMS since she was 8 years old.

In the summer of 2017 she attended the annual USAG Regional Congress in Rhode Island where she underwent comprehensive training in various elements in the sport of gymnastics.  Mei has proven to be a fantastic resource and we are excited to have her as part of our team.

Delana Cheney – Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Delana’s gymnastic career started when she was 4 years old with Anissa’s Acrobats. She currently competes for CVGA as a Level 6 gymnast. In addition to being a competitive gymnast she also competes for her high school team.

Delana has been helping at summer camp for the last 3 years and has coached recreational classes the last few years.  She currently holds a USAG Athlete and a USAG Instructor membership and in August attended Regional Congress in Providence, RI.

Zoey Dubois – Recreational Gymnastics Coach

Zoey has been a CVGA instructor for the last year and a competitive gymnast for the past 7 years.  She loves to share her passion for the sport while coaching, helping to instill confidence and the rewards of hard work.  She currently competes for both CVGA and Montpelier High School.

Zoey attended USAG Regional Congress in Rhode Island in 2017 for 4 days of classes and hands on training covering a variety of topics including pre-school, recreational classes and tumbling (among others).  CVGA is excited to have her as a part of both the CVGA Team and as a coach!

Taryn Noelle – Team Gymnastics Coach

Taryn works throughout northern Vermont as a dance teacher, choreographer, stage director, actor and vocalist.  She trained in the ballroom and latin dances in Manhattan while also training as an actor at the Circle in The Square Theatre School.  She was born and raised in Toronto and trained as a competitive rhythmic gymnast.  She is thrilled to be working with the amazingly talented kids and staff at CVGA.

Kit Little – Marketing & Pre-School Coach

When Kit’s daughter was very young watching the Olympic gymnastics competition, she turned to Kit and asked, “Can you teach me that?”  They began that day with headstands and splits.  Thus, Kit’s involvement with gymnastics began…

Kit has a degree in Education Through the Arts and has worked with Shakespeare and Company, performed on stage and directed children in the theater.  Her dance and choreography spans many styles, but her favorites are lyrical and African.  Her teaching experience spans over fifteen years and students of all ages. She has assistant coached soccer and track teams, as well as managing marching band.  Additionally, working with animal rescue and rehab has been, and remains a passion of hers.  She has worked closely with people of all ages and varied professions.  Her skill sets were a natural fit become a part of the CVGA Team.

After 26 moves through 5 states, Kit now resides in Barre Town with her husband Allen, their children Xander and Ariyana – both CVGA gymnasts, 2 cats, 2 ferrets, 9 chickens and 2 fish…so far.

Haley Joslyn – Team Coach & Summer Camp Counselor

Haley grew up in Middlesex, Vermont where she attended U-32 and competed on their gymnastics team all through Middle School and High School. She went on to attend at Lyndon State College where she received her bachelors degree in Exercise Science, as well as Springfield College where she completed her masters degree in Exercise Physiology. Currently Haley is working on her doctorate in Exercise Physiology at Springfield College.

Haley rejoined the gymnastics world after 6 years away by working at our summer camp and coaching the Level 3 team and wherever else she was needed. She plans to continue to coach during school breaks, in the summer, as well as traveling to meets that are close to where she is currently living.

Certifications:

Certified Personal Trainer via the National Strength and Conditioning Association

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist via the National Strength and Conditioning Association