About Us
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Meet our Team!

Stacy Carrero
Owner of Desert Gymcats

Stacy has owned Desert Gymcats for over 25 years, since 1998 \
. Stacy began in Yonkers, New York as the owner of Gym Cats in 1976. Her gyms have produced many NCAA athletes, including an NCAA All-Around Champion.

Cassie Rice
Owner of Gymcats

Cassie is a regular consultant for our recreational and competitive programs and owns Gymcats in Henderson, NV. Cassie coached Olympic medalist, Tasha Schwikert, and was named 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.

Amanda Regas

Amanda comes to us from Los Angeles, where she spent the last 16 years as a competitive and recreational coach. After finishing her gymnastics career she went on to coach state and regional champions in the girls gymnastics program. Her favorite part of coaching is helping kids set goals and achieve them.

Ashlynn Tsuneta

Ashlynn has been a competitive trampoline and tumbling team member at Desert Gymcats for over 4 years. She loves to coach and assist our head coaches Hans and Mieke with all levels in our T&T program.

Caitlin Soliwoda

Caitlin earned a full-ride gymnastics scholarship to Sacramento State University. She has coached all levels in the gym, from preschool all the way up to competitive teams. Coaching gymnastics is her passion, and she feels fortunate to be able to share her love of this sport with future generations.

Cassidy Osborne-Butler

Cassidy has a strong background in tumbling. She coaches our beginner classes up to our competitive teams.

Cesar Soto

Cesar comes from California with a BA in Dance from San Francisco State University. He uses all of his professional and personal experiences to inspire his students to achieve their absolute best.

Coty McGowan

Coty comes to us from Seattle with over a decade of coaching experience. His diverse background in gymnastics, circus arts, and dance means he instructs a variety of programs, from preschool to boys and girls classes

Desi Trejo

Desi has coached at both Gymcats and Desert Gymcats for about a decade. All of her classes are high-energy, fun, and engaging, so it's no wonder why students are always requesting Coach Desi!

Eli Skoczylas

One of the top 10 trampolinists in the world from 1987 to 1991, Eli hails from Poland where he received a Master's Degree from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw. Eli was a Cirque du Soleil artist for 25 years and joined Desert Gymcats in 2020.

Grace Fair

Grace has been a part of the DGC family since she was five years-old. She is a favorite among our preschool and recreational gymnastics students, and enjoys helping kids learn and grow along their gymnastics journey.

Hannah Arch

Hannah has done gymnastics and tumbling for 12 years at a few different gyms. She's also trained in dance and circus outside of gym. Coaching makes her so happy, and she loves being able to teach kids and watch as they grow in the sport!

Hannah Dockery

Hannah has been a gymnast and trampolinist for most of her life. Hannah began as an assistant coach at Desert Gymcats and quickly became an integral part of our coaching staff. Hannah is a big favorite among her students, especially the preschoolers.

Hans Nielsen

Hans holds a number of coaching distinctions, including Region One Chair for Trampoline and Tumbling and USAG Master of Sport. He was a national team competitor and coached numerous national team members throughout his career.

Jasmine Zuppan

Jasmine has been coaching for 12 years with experience in artistic, acro, and T&T. The gym is a place where she feels free to authentically express herself. Jasmine's passion is creating an enviroment where all kids have a sense of belonging.

Juliette Taylor

Juliette has 5 years of experience in competitive cheerleading. She loves working with young athletes, particularly in tumbling!

McKenzie Gravo

McKenzie started her gymnastics career at Gymcats in Henderson, NV. After competing for 12 years, up to level 9, she got a scholarship for pole vaulting to Concordia University. She's been coaching with Desert Gymcats since 2020 and has coached our competitive teams to winning titles.

Mieke De Vriendt

A world-class tumbler from Belgium and former Cirque du Soleil performer, Mieke is one of our main trampoline and tumbling instructors. She loves encouraging kids to work hard, try their best, and enjoy the learning process.

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 high-energy classes help motivate kids to learn and excel through our programs.

Rachel Rappaport

Rachel has been at Desert Gymcats since 2014. She is highly trained in gymnastics up to Level 9. She loves to coach the preschoolers and be a part of the growth they get from gymnastics.

Schafer Peckman

Schafer was a competitive Xcel gymnast before becoming a coach with Desert Gymcats. She focuses on technique while creating an engaging class for kids starting from preschool up to our competitive teams.

Trish Slesser

Trish has been with Desert Gymcats the longest of all staff members. She began teaching gymnastics after graduating from college in the mid-1980’s and moved to Las Vegas in 1996. With decades of experience as an instructor, Trish sometimes coaches the kids of her former students!

Zora Nettingham

Zora competed in gymnastics and dance before joining the UNLV Cheer Team, where she recently graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. She coaches our recreational and competitive girls programs.

Lauren Rice

Lauren grew up in the gymnastics world, doing competitive gymnastics until earning a full-ride scholarship at Sacramento State University. Her goal is to create an environment where kids feel heard and safe to express their feelings.