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About our Staff & Coaches

Traci Vogel | Founding President & Owner

Traci started The Children’s Gym because of her passion for teaching children in a positive environment. She felt there was a need to provide a place for a diverse group of students to gather and learn gymnastics non-competitively. She grew The Children’s Gym from a small preschool gymnastics program to a facility that caters to now over 1,000 students!

 

Andrea Lawrence | Chief Operating Officer

Andrea grew up here at TCG and is now running the company with her mom Traci. In her free time, she loves living an active lifestyle, whether she’s hiking or running. Her goal is to run all the major races in Portland and perhaps one day the Marathon. She enjoys traveling, has lived in Italy, and has done volunteer work in Ethiopia, Africa.

 

img_3234Tami Fitzgerald | Advanced Gymnastics Department Leader, Gymnastics Coach

Tami has been involved with gymnastics since the age of five, both recreationally and competitively, and has been coaching for over 30 years! Outside the world of gymnastics, Tami enjoys biking, hiking, rafting, hunting, camping and almost anything outdoors you can think of!

 

Kelsey Alderman | Educational Department Leader, Gymnastics Coach

I’ve been involved in sports since I could walk.  I played tennis, softball, volleyball and basketball throughout my childhood and continued to play basketball competitively through high school. A few of my hobbies are playing basketball, rock climbing and hiking with my dog.

 

 

Christina White | Irish Dance Department Leader, Gymnastics Coach

Miss Christina began Irish dancing when she was 9 years old.  She has trained both as a solo and team competitor and performer.  She has been competitively ranked as high as 7th in the Western US Region, and she has qualified for the World Championships seven times.  Irish dancing has taken her all over the Pacific Northwest as well as to New York, Tennessee, Boston, Florida, Canada, and Ireland.  She has performed with The Chieftains, the Trail Blazers, and the Oregon Symphony.  In addition to coaching gymnastics at The Children’s Gym, she has been teaching Irish dance for 9 years.  Irish dancing is her passion, whether it be competing, performing, or teaching!

Jacquie Henry | Training Coordinator, Gymnastics Coach

Jacquie has been coaching on and off for the last few years but her time at TCG started at age 3 as a student. It perpetuated a passion for fitness and education that she continues to pursue daily. In between her coaching time, Jacquie taught kindergarten at a private school, managed the events program at a daycare and in the spring of 2016 finished her second degree from Portland Bible College.

 

Patrick Henry |Birthday Party Coordinator, Gymnastics Coach

Patrick has been coaching gymnastics for 4 years. When he’s not coaching, he enjoys playing piano and likes outside activities such as hiking, swimming, snowboarding, and boating. Patrick is currently studying to receive his Bachelor in Theology at Portland Bible College. He loves working here at The Children’s Gym and hopes he can provide a fun experience for the children in his class.

 

Jenna Amundson | Hospitality Team

A bonafide original Oregonian, born-and-raised, Jenna comes to us with several years of working experience in a variety of settings.  She volunteered for SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) and then went on to administer the SMART program at Ardenwald Elementary School in Milwaukie from 2007-2010.  An avid reader, writer and traveler, Jenna is working on completing her first novel, with a few more in the works.  She has been to Norway, Sicily, England, and spent an entire month in Ireland, as well as taking road trips around the entire Western portion of the US.  She is aunt to two nephews, a niece and great-aunt to one little darling redhead.

 

Brittany Gentry | Gymnastics Coach, Head Support After School Care

Brittany has been working at TCG for 2 years now and hopes to work here many more years. She loves the family feel of TCG, for the students, for the coaches, and for the families. Brittany loves to read, swim, take road trips, listen to music, and enjoys going dancing.

 

Joey Ochoa | Gymnastics Coach, Performing Group Coach

Joey has a background in gymnastics and dance and has performed in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and even on the Las Vegas strip in the world famous Folies Bergere. He has coached gymnastics, tumbling, dance, and cheer in various gymnasiums and dance studios and is happy to be a part of The Children’s Gym family. In his free time, he likes to write lyrics and hopes one day to write professionally for big named stars!

 

 

Victoria White | Dance Instructor, Gymnastics Coach

Miss Victoria first Irish danced when she was 7 years old. She excelled competitively, reaching the highest level of competition in a mere year and a half. She has qualified for the World Championship five times, and she is currently ranked 1st in the Western US Region. She has also been ranked as high as 20th in North America and 24th in the world. She has traveled all the way to England and Ireland, and she has performed with many world-renowned Irish musicians. She has been teaching for six years and loves passing on her love for Irish dance.

 

Austin Blount | Gymnastics Coach

Austin has been a gymnast and coach for seven years. Austin is also a performance acrobat with stunting and cheerleading as his chosen discipline, as well as a Hip Hop and modern dance performer. He loves hiking, swimming, mixed martial arts, and rock climbing. He is currently going to school for his Community Health Degree and is also working on his Coordination Strength Conditioning Specialist certification.

 

 

Nik Boyd | Gymnastics Coach

Nik started taking gymnastics when he was three and eventually spent seven years competing for the Multnomah Athletic Club through level 10, where he placed 2nd at Nationals! Some of Nik’s hobbies include making music, painting, and traveling. He has traveled through Canada, the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, and Peru, and he plans to go to Africa next!

 

 

Austin Marshall | Gymnastics Coach

Bio Coming Soon

 

 

Lindsey Rightmire | After school care staff, Gymnastics Coach

Lindsey grew up in Central Washington doing dance, and performing in shows throughout high-school. Since teaching here, she has developed a love for gymnastics and helping kids being able to be successful and confident. Lindsey loves music, hiking, and dancing. She moved to Portland in the summer of 2015 to attend Portland Bible College, where she is studying to receive a Bachelor in Theology.

 

 

Shay Malican | Gymnastics Coach

A lover of soul music and kundalini yoga, Shay moved to Portland in October ’16 on a cross-country train from upstate NY! After competing through level 6 in gymnastics, Shay transferred her acrobatics to the pool and became a competitive diver for five years! She was the head camp counselor of Tennessee Diving Camp for three summers and also lead outdoor adventure & ropes course programs throughout college! Her eternal wanderlust was sparked after volunteering in Tanzania, Africa teaching English in local villages, implementing sustainable building out of recycled water bottles and summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro! Shay is passionate about working with kids and individual’s with special needs and is thankful to be a part of the TCG family.

 

 

Zoe Donnell | Gymnastics Coach

Zoe started gymnastics at the age 3 and fell in love. At 13 she continued on to practice Arial Dance and partner acrobatics. She is also an avid yogi and is a 200hr RYT certified instructor and working on the completion of her 500hr teacher training here in Portland. Off of her mat and outside of the gym she loves to sing, dance and laugh. Zoe has a passion for movement and the joy it brings to her students.

 

 

Lucinda Drake | Gymnastics Coach

Before beginning teaching in the fall of 2016 Lucinda was a student at TCG for three years. She did circus arts along side gymnastics since 2012. She is a people person and is very outgoing. Her hobbies include drawing, painting, and making music.

 

 

Hannah Pilant | Gymnastics Coach

Hanna was a gymnast for 7 years, and then did competitive cheerleading where she competed at the Cheerleading worlds in Orlando. She currently competes in the Miss America Organization, paints, and love reading. Hanna is in school for secondary education, and wants to be a middle school math teacher. Hannah is fluent in Spanish and loves working with kids from different backgrounds. She hopes to someday teach in Ecuador.

 

UnknownMaia Kallen-Orr | Gymnastics Coach

Maia began gymnastics when she was four and competed until the age of 13. After gymnastics, she studied dance intensively at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She has been coaching and teaching children for the past four years. Maia is currently studying to receive her master’s degree in environmental science and policy. In her free time, she enjoys taking ballet classes, bouldering, yoga, and chess. Maia is very happy to share her passion for gymnastics and movement with the kids at TCG!

 

 

To apply to be part of the TCG staff: Click here to download our application and send it to hirethecharacter@childrensgym.com.