Anissa 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.
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
School of Judging
School of Judging: Women’s 7/8 Rated
USOC Safe Sport
Tanya Cheney – 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
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 1 1/2 year old Blaine.
Kristin 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!
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 – 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!