About Us
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Meet our Team!

Stacy Carrero
Owner of Desert Gymcats

Stacy has been the owner and director of Desert Gymcats for the past 23 years. Stacy had a gymnastics center in Bronxville, New York called Gym Cats for 19 years. Her gym produced many NCAA full-ride scholarship athletes and even had the NCAA All-Around Champion. Stacy is the mother of Cassie Rice, who owns Gymcats in Henderson and has produced National and International champions including an Olympic bronze medalist.

Amanda Regas

Amanda comes to Desert Gymcats from Los Angeles, where she spent the last 16 years as a competitive and recreational coach, working at the same gym she competed for as a child. After finishing her gymnastics career she went on to coach state and regional champions in both the J.O. and Xcel programs. Her favorite part of coaching is helping kids set goals and achieve them.

Amy Dockery

Amy is a certified USAG trampoline and tumbling judge with extensive knowledge

Amy Anthenill

Amy has been coaching gymnastics for approximately 9 years primarily for Desert Gymcats. Amy also has extensive training as a preschool teacher and camp counselor. Amy loves coaching all levels including preschool, recreational gymnastics and competitive girls and boys.

Anna Cotton

Anna was a ballerina through college and competed as an Irish Dancer.  Anna has been very successful in coaching recreational gymnastics and has taught for over four years. Anna has great rapport with children of all ages and abilities.

Caitlin Soliwoda
Optional Head Coach

Caitlin was an outstanding Level 10 gymnast who earned a full-ride scholarship to Sacramento State University. She has coached all levels from pre-school through Competitive teams. Caitlin says that gymnastics coaching is her passion and feels fortunate to be able to share her love of this sport with future generations.

Cassie Rice
Owner of Gymcats

Cassie coached Olympic Medalist, Tasha Schwikert. Cassie has been named 2000 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year, 2000 USA Coach of the Year, 2001 International Elite Coach of the Year, 2001 USAG Coach of the Year, and Regional Coach of the Year six consecutive years from 2008-2013. She encourages all coaches to continue to listen to the athletes, learn from one another, and keep a positive mindset every day.

Chelsee Salzwedel


Coty McGowan


Dena Zewicky


Desi Trejo


Eli Skoczylas

Coach Eli was one of the top 10 in the world on Trampoline from 1987-1991. Eli holds a Master's Degree in Physical Education from Poland. Eli was a Cirque du Soleil artist for 25 years and has also served as a Cirque coach. Eli loves working with kids of all ages and has a reputation of making all his students smile.

Grace Fair

Grace has been a part of the DGC family since she was five years old. Grace is a favorite of the pre-school and recreational gymnastics program students. Grace says she gets so much excitement and joy from coaching students along their gymnastics journey.

Hannah Dockery

Hannah has been involved with artistic gymnastics and the TNT programs for most of her life. Hannah began as an assistant coach at Desert Gymcats but soon proved to be worthy of coaching her own programs! Hannah is a big favorite with her students.

Hans Nielsen
Trampoline & Tumbling Director


Kevin Dammers


Kim Snape

Kim was a competitive Power Tumbler and has been coaching at Gymcats for the last 25 years, switching to coach our online zoom classes in 2020. Her experience and creativity has made our Zoom classes a wild success!

Kyle Stokely

Kyle competed as a level 10 gymnast and trampolinist.  Kyle graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and received an MBA from Oklahoma State University. He is one of the managers of Desert Gymcats.

Lauren Rice

Lauren competed as a level 10 gymnast with Gymcats, Henderson.  Lauren earned a full-ride scholarship to Sacramento State University and was one of their star gymnasts for 4 seasons. Lauren possesses a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  She is one of the managers of Desert Gymcats.

Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson was a competitive gymnast for 8 years and taught recreational and competitive gymnastics in New Jersey and at Gymcats. Lisa loves working with children to help them learn and grow.

Madison Gribbin


Matt Wagner
Men's Gymnastics Director

Matt has taught men’s artistic gymnastics for 16 years. His background also includes trampoline and tumbling, parkour and dance. Matt has a Bachelor’s in Dance and has toured internationally with Diavolo!

Mieke De Vriendt
T&T Head Coach

Mieke hails from Belgium where she began gymnastics as a 4 year-old. Mieke did artistic and acrobatic gymnastics but switched to tumbling at age 12. Mieke was very successful and competed for Belgium on the international level. Mieke holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education.  Mieke was a Cirque du Soleil performer for 5 years. Mieke loves encouraging kids to work hard, give their best and enjoy the process as well as potential rewards.

Monica Deignan

Monica has been an integral part of Desert Gymcats for over 20 years. Both of Monica’s children were competitive Desert Gymcats athletes.  Monica is the main front desk administrator and has been so essential in making the business a great success! Monica’s customer service is outstanding!

Nuni Quinones

Nuni comes to us from Puerto Rico and has been an important part of the Desert Gymcats coaching staff since 2013. Nuni’s years of experience as a dancer has made his attention to detail  a valuable part of our program. His enthusiastic lessons make each student excited to learn and thrive in the sport of gymnastics.

Sarah Gersting

Sarah has been coaching gymnastics and cheerleading for the past 7 years and has been involved with the sport for 14+ years. Working with kids and helping them grow both as athletes and great people is her passion.

Silvana Hill
Women's Gymnastics Director

Silvana has been coaching gymnastics for 38 years and 20 of those with Desert Gymcats. Silvana has been a Professional USA Gymnastics Member since 2001 and has served on the Nevada State Board for 9 years. Silvana loves coaching and watching gymnasts develop into the most amazing people.

Stephanie Brede
Xcel Gymnastics Director

Stephanie is a former competitive gymnast. Stephanie has been a pre school teacher for the last 12 years.  Stephanie’s love of the sport of gymnastics has led to her coaching career. She is excited to help each gymnast achieve their goals while enjoying the process.

Trish Slesser
Preschool Gymnastics Director

Trish has been with Desert Gymcats the longest of all staff members. Trish began teaching gymnastics after college graduation in the mid 1980’s.  Trish started teaching in Long Island, NY and has continued since 1996 in Las Vegas. Trish is the preschool and birthday party director and has coached competitive teams. Trish’s classes are very popular and rarely have openings!

Zora Nettingham
Xcel Head Coach

Zora graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology. She was a competitive gymnast for eight seasons and then switched to competitive dance. Zora is one of our expert Xcel and Compulsory coaches.