Staff

 

securedownloadAnissa Davis- Owner/ Manager

For the past 32 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 last 12 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.

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

FullSizeRenderTanya 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, and by the next year Tanya started helping Anissa…and this was how her gymnastic career started.  Starting as a parent helper with Anissa’s Acrobats, then in 2011 when CVGA, opened she took on a more active role as a coach sub. In 2012 she became a USA Gymnastics Professional Member and took a active role with the CVGA Competitive Gymnastic Team at meets. Tanya currently holds her USA Gymnastic Safety Certificate, her 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 two children, Delana and Owen.
facebook_1472654734669-1Jessica 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. She also participated in Harwood Union’s MS/HS field hockey and softball programs.

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

Jessica graduated from the University of Vermont in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing. In 2011 she earned a Master’s of Science degree with a focus in nursing education, and in 2014 earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in clinical leadership. Jessica works at the University of Vermont as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the nursing program and as a Registered Nurse at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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)


img_9282Laura 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 1 1/2 year old Blaine.

 

Babic2Kristin Babic – Office Manager

Kristin grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley California! After 20 years in California she moved east to Virginia where she attended George Mason University & took her first trip to Vermont during a particularly snowy spring break!  After earning her degree she spent the next 15 years working in the field of Information Technology.

Her move to Vermont was a long time coming after that first trip to Vermont where she instantly fell in love with the Mad River Valley. Seven years later, she packed her belongings & headed north for a new adventure…that was 16 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 the sport of gymnastics was when her then, 6 year old daughter, begged her for gymnastics lessons at CVGA!  Her daughter was invited to the competitive team that summer and Kristin retired from her 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.

Kit Little – Marketing & Pre-School Coach

When Kit’s daughter was 1 year old and 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 specialized degree in Education Through the Arts.  She 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.

Kit also has more than seventeen years of retail management, mentoring, and marketing experience. Her specialties include public relations, networking, and social outreach. She has worked closely with people of all ages and varied professions. In addition to being our Marketing Director, Kit owns her own business, Little Extra LLC, and works in corporate consulting, training, and outreach, as well as subcontracting to assist small businesses.  Her skill sets were a natural fit become a part of the CVGA Team.

After 26 moves through 5 states, including PA/MA/HI/TX, Kit now lives in Barre Town with her husband Allen, their children Xander and Ariyana – both CVGA team members and CITs, 2 cats, 2 ferrets, 9 chickens and 2 fish…so far.

Reliance Touchette, Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy

Reliance Touchette – Recreational Coach

Reliance Touchette – Substitute Recreational Coach

Reliance has had a long history with gymnastics. She attended her first gym show when she was just four days old; her first crawl was on a TumblTrak; her first steps were on a balance beam!  Reliance began Mom, Pop and Tot classes when she was two and continued her gymnastics training through middle and high school at Harwood Union.  She competed floor and beam.

When Reliance was ten in 2006, she started traveling to the local schools with her mom, Anissa, and assisted running small setups for Anissa’s Acrobats.  Ever since, she has been helping Anissa coach. Reliance loves teaching gymnastics and being in a space with people who share her interest in the sport!

 

 

 

 

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!