OUR TEAM 

OWNERS

Misty Carpenter

Owner

Athletic Director

JO Optional Levels 7-10 & Xcel Diamond Team Coach

Misty has more than 22 years of gymnastics coaching experience at every level from Pre-K through Level 10. Several of her former gymnasts have gone on to compete at the college level. Misty oversees all coaching, conducts regular coach training and develops team training plans and drills. She works with all team athletes, and she serves as Head Coach for our gymnasts at levels 7-10 and Xcel Diamond.

Misty is married and has two wonderful daughters, both of whom are MEKS gymnasts. Her oldest, Madi, is a high school junior, who also plays volleyball and softball in addition to competing as a high school gymnast. Her youngest, Myleigh, is in 8th grade, plays volleyball and sings in the show choir in addition to competing as an Xcel Diamond gymnast. When not coaching, Misty enjoys watching her girls compete in their other sports and activities, spending time at the lake, and vacationing on the beach.

 

misty@meksgym.com

Jennifer Hollems

Owner

Business Director

USAG Judge

Jennifer has an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She worked in brand management previously, and she and her husband co-own a rental property company.  Jennifer is responsible for running the business side of MEKS and you will often find her handling overflow at the front desk or answering calls. She has experience coaching preschool and recreational gymnastics and can step in to help as needed.  Jennifer is a USAG Level 9 rated judge, and she often helps the team at practice and meets in this capacity. 

 

Jennifer is married and a parent to two wonderful children. Her oldest, Carter, is a high school junior who plays soccer, competes in fencing, and volunteers at Conner Prairie and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.  Her youngest, Kendall, is an 8th grader who competes as an Xcel Diamond and plays ukelele. When not working, Jennifer loves to travel and to plan educational trips for her family. She also serves as a volunteer treasurer for her church.

 

jhollems@meksgym.com

Monica Willhoite

Owner

Recreational Director

Head Coach - Purple Pre-Team, Tiny Royals, Mini Royals

Monica has more than four years of experience as a recreational and Pre-K gymnastics coach, and 18 years of experience with children as a preschool teacher and curriculum director.  Monica oversees our recreational program and coaches our Pre-teams. She develops lesson plans that ensure our gymnasts are learning and growing while having fun! She hires and trains new recreational staff and creates new recreational programming. 

 

Monica is married and has two amazing children. Her oldest, Elijah, is a senior in high school who plans to attend college and become a police officer after graduation. He is a former competitive gymnast and a coach at MEKS. Her youngest, Sadie, is an 8th grader who recently made the transition from competitive gymnastics to competitive cheer where she competes at the highest level. When not coaching, Monica enjoys spending time with her husband, watching her daughter’s cheer competitions, and relaxing with friends and family.

 

monica@meksgym.com

Jennifer Timmons

Owner

Marketing Director

Jennifer has 25 years of marketing and communications experience including graphic design, production, public relations and corporate communications.  She currently focuses on the promotional marketing and identity branding of the gym and Stubby's Pro Shop. You will often find her upstairs in the "cage" creating custom MEKS wearables and fulfilling outside business orders for Stubby's.

Jennifer and her husband are raising one incredible daughter. Elizabeth is an 8th grader who competes as an Xcel Silver at MEKS in addition to playing French Horn. Jennifer has boundless creativity and talent who enjoys creating beautiful cakes, crafting projects and artwork when not at the gym.

jtimmons@meksgym.com

MEET OUR COACHING STAFF

At MEKS, we are extremely proud to have recruited some of the area’s best coaches and staff. Each member of our team is passionate about his or her job, and dedicated to providing the best for our athletes and their families. Our coaches have extensive training in gymnastics and in working with children, and most are former gymnasts themselves.  They come from a variety of backgrounds, share a love of children and a commitment to helping each child grow through the sport of gymnastics. 

 In addition, all our staff meet the USAG Safe Sport guidelines, have been thoroughly background checked and undergo regular training in coaching and spotting techniques, safety and first aid procedures. We are committed to their ongoing continuing education and constantly look for opportunities to enhance our programs and develop our coaching resources.

To learn more about our coaches, please follow their links!

TEAM COACHES

Sammantha (Samm) Cassiday

Assistant Athletic Director

Head Coach

Level 6 & Xcel Gold

Molly Downey

Team Coach

Tumbling Coach

Front Desk

Melissa Graham

Head Coach

Xcel Bronze & Silver

Alana Loera

Team Coach

Recreational Coach

 

Kristen Noland

Team Coach

Xcel Bronze & Silver

Caitlin Plummer

Team Coach

Lindsey Trinkle

Team Coach

RECREATIONAL & PRESCHOOL COACHES

Rachel Bowman

Recreational Coach

Tumbling Coach

Pre-K Coach

Anna Bowman

Recreational Coach

Tumbling Coach

Joshlyn Burton

Recreational Coach

Gage Downey

Flip & Flex Coach

Tumbling Coach

Front Desk

Julie Duncan

Pre-School Coach

Recreational Coach

 

Olivia Elder

Recreational Coach

Tumbling Coach

 

Kelsi Hirschy

Pre-K Coach

Deb Loera

Recreational Coach

Tumbling Coach

Front Desk

 

Madisyn Looper

Recreational Coach

Tumbling Coach

 

Devyn Palmer

Recreational Coach

Pre-Team Coach

Tumbling Coach

 

Laci Phillips

Pre-School Coach

Recreational Coach

Tumbling Coach

Nickella Reid

Recreational Coach

 

Morgan Remington

Pre-School Coach

Joey Stern

Flip & Flex Coach

Jessi Vandiver

Recreational Coach

Joleena Votaw

Recreational Coach

Brittney Walsh

Recreational Coach

Tumbling Coach

Hannah Wilson

Recreational Coach

Pre-Team Coach

MEKS STAFF

Lori Browning

Front Desk

Kendra DiRuzza

Cleaning 

Becky Lundstrom

Cleaning

Kerry Lundstrom

Cleaning 

Greta the Cleaning Cart

Jimmy Rothell

Maintenance

1735 West 53rd Street, Building 6

Anderson, IN 46011

info@meksgym.com

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