Georgia Gym Dog Alumni -- Where are they now?

Are you a Gym Dog Alum, and not on this list? Send your bio information and pictures to:
UGA Gymnastics Office, Suzanne Yoculan Center , Athens, Georgia 30602. 706.542.7948 OR email:


Jamie Ackerman - graduated from UGA in '07 with a Health Promotion and Behavior

degree. She received her Masters of Medical Science in Physical Assistant from Nova Southeastern University in 2009.

Lisa Alecia Collins --- and her husband Donnie live in Knoxville, Tenn with their two children, Joshua and Madeline. She is a director of Preschool Ministries at their church.

Brooke Andersen Wiersma - graduated from Terry College of Business with a degree in accounting in 2000 and received her Masters of Accountancy from Tull School of Accounting in 2001. Brooke is a CPA working part-time at Bennett Thrasher in Atlanta. Brooke and her husband still live in Marietta. They have two daughter, Addison and Chloe Rashelle.


Leslie Angeles-Saintonge --married to Eric Saintonge. They live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and have a son Noah. Leslie is performing as a trapeze artist again after a long break. (pictured left)



Kim Arnold Arenas --- She and her husband Pete live in Watkinsville, GA. They have two girls, Isabel and Elena (pictured right). Kim graduated in May 2006 with her Masters Degree in Education and has just begun her teaching career. In addition, Kim and Pete own and operate Georgia Elite Gymnastics in Athens.

Melinda Baimbridge --- graduated in May 2005 with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with emphasis in family financial management. She is currently living in Houston, TX working for Post Oak Bank. She is also enjoying her love for gymnastics, by coaching the girl's team program at Gymnast Factory.



Cassie Bair Malone -- graduated in 2004 with a degree in Speech Communications. She currently resides in Athens, GA and is married to Barrett Malone. After working for several years in the field of medical equipment sales, Cassie now am now working for Wachovia Securities in Athens. They have a three-year old Westie named Dexter.


Julie Ballard Clark -- is an Assistant Coach at UGA. She and her husband, Jay, have a daughter, Kinsey Grace, and son, Cole. Kinsey loves the gym and Cole is a green belt in Tae Kwon Do. (pictured left). Jay is the head gym coach at UGA.




Gina Banales Bourdeaux -- and her family (right) live in California. She and her husband, Tony, have four children: Emilia, Amanda, Aaron and




Jenni Beathard Hudgens -- and her husband, Scott, live in Augusta , Georgia . She obtained her MD from the Medical College of Georgia in 2005. She is currently completing her residency in Dermatology at MCG and plans to practice in Athens in 2009. Jenni and Scott added Ridge Lee Hudgens, who was born on Sept. 8, 2008, to their family.


Christy Bedelle Morrell --ives in Watkinsville, is a 4th grade teacher at Oconee County Elementary School. For fun, she coaches the Oconee County High School Gymnastics team and basic tumbling at the Oconee Youth School of Performance. Christy has two children, Justin who is 12 and Caylee who is 10. She and her family enjoy hanging out at the lake on their boat, relaxing at the beach and camping.

Martha Benner Hokayem - lives in Gainesville, Georgia with her husband George, owner of Sperry Van Ness Hokayem Commercial Real Estate. They have four children. Janna (age 21) and Jessa (age 19) are students at UGA. Louis (age 18) is a senior in high school and hopes to be at UGA next year. David (age 11) is in fifth grade. Martha directed and coached the gymnastics program at Athens Park and Rec. for many years and then developed her own fitness/tumbling program called the Sonshine Room. Currently she is a stay at home mom.

Coleman Birgel Whittier --- lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with her family. She and her husband Brian have three children, Eric, Crispin, and Lili. After her time as a Gym Dog, Coleman received her M.A. in English from UAB and her certificate to teach English as a second language in San Francisco. Currently Coleman is a substitute teacher, part- time parent and gymnastics teacher.

Kristi Bluett Morton ---lives in Roswell, is a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband have 3 daughters. Stephanie is 8, Emily is 6 and Kimberli is 3. She and the family enjoy skiing, hiking, and camping.

Audrey Bowers - graduated in December 2008. She is currently teaching elementary school.

Lt. Leah Brown --recently promoted to Lieutenant Commander and is finishing up her residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. She has decided to pursue a fellowship in Spine Surgery. (Fellowships are subspecialty training periods) In a little over 2 years she will be an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon. She is single and enjoying all the nice outdoor activities San Diego has to offer. (pictured left)

Sharon Brown Foster � got married last February to Greg Foster and they live in East Point, now. She was on the team in 73-75. She still teach K-5 Physical Education at River's Edge Elementary in Clayton County, Ga. At River's Edge, she has a tumbling and jump rope team. She also still judges gymnastics.

Shelley Brown Thomas --- is living in Blairsville, GA. She is married to Nelson and they have three children: Patrick, Caroline and Vincent. She owns Mountain Gymnastics Center in Blairsville.

Paige Burns - Graduated in UGA in 2009, Pre-Med, Biology.

Chelsa Byrd --- graduated from GA in May 2005 where she majored in Health Promotion and Behavior. She is attending nursing school at Kennesaw State University. She will graduate in Spring of 2009.

Jennifer Carbone Zuccaro-- married Richard (Rick) Zuccaro. They have two little girls, Danielle Marie and Sienna Rose. They are both in gymnastics already although Danielle seems to prefer ballet. Dr. Zuccaro is working at Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse NY in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Emily Chell --- is still in school at UGA and is working at Michael’s.

Jackie Clifton Estes--- and her husband Rick have two children (right), Clifton and Lane Parker. The Estes family lives in Atlanta where Jackie enjoys being a mom. She is now coaching Pre- School at Buckhead Gymnastics.

Nikki Childs - graduates in May of 2009.

Stacy Cook Lacy --- now works out of her home for the NCR Corporation in project management. She and her two sons, Austin and Steven live in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Stacy is an avid tennis player who also loves to play golf.

Carol Cotton Phillips --- Carol is married to Mike Cotton, and currently resides in Athens, GA. She has two children, Kendra and Kyle. After receiving a BSEd in 1977, she went on to get a MEd in 1978 and PhD all at UGA. She is a faculty member in the UGA Department of Health Promotion and Behavior. She teaches Women’s Health, International Health, Program Development, and a study abroad in Croatia. She is also the current President of the Ten-O Club.

Amanda Curry Smith (left)-- is married to Donlee Smith and they live in Houston, Texas. Donlee was Amanda's high school sweetheart and they dated all through college. Amanda completed PA school at Baylor College of Medicine and is now working in Family Practice. Donlee is in his final year of law school and they had their first child, Brenlee (left) in April 2008.
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Dr. Melissa DePaoli Johnson -- is married to Mark Johnson, and has 2 children, a daughter Alexandra, son Hayden and resides in Morrisville, NC. She has been a PharmD specialist in Infectious Diseases, Associate in the Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at Campbell University for the past 8 years.

Andrea Dewey Gunter --- and her husband, Chris, have three children, Christian, Matthew, and Taylor. She is working for her husband’s company, Venture Technology Group and also for Prudential Georgia Realty.

Eileen Diaz --- graduated with second degree in fashion merchandising is now working at 301 models in south beach, fashion division; also manages a tattoo shop in southbeach "salvation tattoo lounge.”

Adrienne Dishman- graduated in 2007 from UGA. She lives in Augusta and is in PA school at the Medical College of Georgia. She will graduate in 2010.

Megan Dowlen - graduated in December 08 and moved back home to Dallas, TX. She is a sales rep for HydroWorx, selling aquatic therapy pools. She has a territory of 9 states, so stays quite busy! Megan loves her work and is enjoying being back in my hometown with her family.

Kathy Dwyer---is living in Destin Florida. owns three gyms in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Crestview, FL named U.S. Gold Gymnastics and Cheerleading. She is married to Greg Sultuska.
She has a daughter, Harly. (pictured left)

Terri Eckert Smith --- is living in Alpharetta, Georgia and is married to Greg Smith. They have three children, Ryan (17), Hunter (13), and Ashley (9). Terri has her own software company and coaches at NorthWind Gymnastics in the evenings. Her daughter is involved in gymnastics while her sons play hockey, and run cross country.

Michelle Emmons Bagley (right) --- graduated in May 2005 with a degree in MIS and is currently residing in Atlanta where she works for Fresnius Medical Care as a Field Systems Administrator. She is a regular volunteer at an equestrian center where she helps with special needs children, plus has taken up kickball and loves to go to many concerts in Atlanta. She is married (April 19, 2008) to Maverek Bagley, a 2004 UGA graduate, who is currently serving our country as a pilot in the Air Force.

Kelsey Ericksen- graduated with a degree in animal science in December '07. She is attending Vet School at UGA.


Monica Flammer Carmichael --- married to Kevin Carmichael reside in Spring, Tx. Monica is an Investigative First Responder for the Houston Police Department and Kevin is a small business owner specializing in machining. Monica and Kevin are going on 5 years of married and have just been blessed with the beautiful son, Kenneth, in November of 2008.


Marie Fjordholm Willcoxon- got married on August 23, 2008 to Matthew Willcoxon. They live in Savannah, GA and she is coaching for former Gymdog, Sam Muhleman Brown at All American Gymnastics. They have a son, Easton.




2004 Seniors (left)


Cory Fritzinger --- graduated in May 05 with a major in speech communication. She is currently living in Athens and work for Alpha Factor.

Stacey Galloway
Dewachter --- married Michael De Wachter on July 21, 2006 in Toronto, Canada. Stacey is now a stay at home Mom raising their son, she is loving every minute of it. Michael works in his fathers software company. In Aug 2007 Stacey donated her hair to Locks of Love. They have two sons (right), Ty and Max.

Anna Gingrich --- graduated from the Terry College of Business in December 2003, and then immediately moved to Prague, Czech Republic where she worked, lived, and traveled for nearly 5 years. While working as the International Sales and Marketing Manager for, she was able to also explore most of Western and Eastern Europe, Turkey and Egypt for work and pleasure. She has now moved back to her hometown of Austin, Texas to be with her family and begin the next chapter of her life.

Debbie Greco Meyerhoff -- and her husband, Scott, live in Atlanta with their three children, Alex, Rocco, and Gabriella. She received her Masters in Education and taught elementary school for 10 years. She is now a stay at home mom.

Kathy Hamdy-Swink --- Kathy is married to Mike Swink, a former GA TECH Cheerleader. After retiring from a 20+yr career in high tech marketing, Kathy is an entrepreneur, photographer, artist, and writer. She owns Pineapple Homes & Properties and Feather-Tales, LLC.

Terri Haynes Denson --- is married to Bruce and they have two daughters: Chelsea and Cameron. Terri teaches Physical Education at Salem HS in Conyers, where she also coaches competetive cheerleading.

Sennie Harrell Clark --- She lives in Marietta, GA with her youngest daughter Kayleigh Clark who is six. Her oldest daughter Kristin is 19 and a sophomore at UGA accepted to the Terry College of Business. She is still involved with gymnastics as a coach at the Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta.



Caroline Harris Ward -- continued her education at UGA and received her Masters Degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kelly Ward is still working as a Physicians Assistant at Athens Orthopedic Clinic. He currently is the Team Clinician for the gymnastics team. They have a daughter, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Ward, born on August 22, 2004 and a son, Benjamin Porter Ward, who was born in January 23, 06. They had their 3rd child in January, 2009.


Katie Heenan Dodson- graduates in May 2009. She married Stephen Dodson in November of 2008, who is also a graduate of UGA. He signed with the Colorado Rockies. Katie and Stephen are the proud parents of their first child, Charlie.

April Hoellman Lizett --- a member of the 1999 championship team, is a law student in New York City. She will be interning with New York Supreme Court Judge Zweibel. She will be graduating in 2007.

Jana Jackson Hunter --- is living in Atlanta with her husband Doug. She currently is a Vice President with Merrill Lynch responsible for Southeastern sales in Alternative Investments.

Judi Jones Schmidt --- Judi Schmidt is currently residing in Marietta, Georgia. She is married to Mike Schmidt. She has two children, Tommy Sprague, and Kevin Sprague. After graduating from UGA, she continued her education at Georgia State University where she earned her Masters Degree. Judi is currently teaching Social Studies at Sprayberry High School. She is also the Girls’ Tennis Coach for SHS and an avid ALTA tennis player.

Laurie Jones Fisher --- and her family live in Grayson, Georgia. She and her husband have three children, Clarke, Claire and Buck. She runs her father's landscape supply business, A. A. "Buck" Jones & Associates.

Ashley Kupets- graduated in August 2008 with a degree graphic design. She is looking to pursue a career in entertainment, mainly acting. She is currently in Las Vegas, NV in the Cirque Du Soleil show Le Reve.

Courtney Kupets - graduated in 2009. She is working as a manager for the UGA gymnastics team.

Lisa Kurc Billew -- lives in Charleston, South Carolina and is married to Jeremy. She is working at The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (near Charleston, SC).

Karin Lichey Usry -- lives in Athens and is married to Mike Usry. She and her husband own a bar in downtown Athens...the Village Idiot. Karin was the volunteer coach for the 2008 National Champion Gymdogs.


Kristi Lichey Leebow-- currently works and lives in Atlanta . She manages a showroom call "Just Got 2 Have It", which is located in the Gift building of America’s Mart. She also works for another company called Lolly Lu, which manufactures edgey and trendy cosmetic bags, business cards, key chains, napkins, etc. Kristi is married to Josh Leebow.

Susie Lutz George - obtained another degree when she was 50...this time in nursing, became an RN. She moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to be close to her daughter and her family. Her son is in the Navy and is stationed in Honolulu, so she visits HI whenever she can.

Kelly Macy Roberson --Kelly, her husband Brad, and two daughters, Macy and Haile, make their home in Cumming, Georgia. Brad is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. Kelly is a veteran of the pharmaceutical industry and is enjoying a successful career with Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Macy and Haile continue to be heavily involved in gymnastics and aspire to be Gymdawgs one day. The family is expecting another little girl in early January 2009.

Paula Maheu Whitley -- and her family live in Cumming, GA. She and her husband Steve have four children; Brett, Alex, Brooks, and Marisa. Paula completed her MAcc (Masters of Accountancy) at UGA. Paula is a stay-at-home mom.

Donna Mathis -- teaches Spanish at Haynes Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta. Her husband, Milo, is the Athletic Director for Chattahoochee High School. They have two sons, Mark (in Denver, CO ) and Matthew, who just graduated from the US Naval Academy. Their daughter, Megan, graduated from UGA and is a special events coordinator living in Alpharetta.

Danielle Maurone --- is currently living in Atlanta and accepted a new position this summer (2006), as a senior marketing manager with the Abovo Group, a strategic marketing firm that specializes in B2B marketing. She got married in February 2009.

Sydney McAlister McGuire --- and her husband Patrick have two sons, Peyton and John Patrick . They live in Suwanee, Georgia where Sydney works as a Flight Attendant for Delta Airlines.

Kathy McMinn --- Dr. Kathy McMinn is head of pulmonology at St. Joseph's Hospital in

Sam Muhleman Brown ---and her husband Harry and I have 3 girls: Cassidy, Chloe, and Charlotte. She just opened a new gym in Savannah called All-American Gymnastics Academy. Sam teaches many of the kids at my daughters' school, Savannah Country Day. Her daughter, Cassdiy, is a Level 4 and just started competing. (pictured left)


Becky Oppenheimer--- lives in Atlanta and owns her own gym, Georgia All-Stars.

Susie Origer Ellis --- lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Tony and their two children, Ian Anthony Pierre and Kai Zeyah Joseph. She is currently a stay at home mom, but is a massage therapist and yoga instructor by trade.

Julie Ponstein Dixon -- and her husband Alex live in LaGrange, Georgia. They have three children: Aaron, Abby, and Ben.

Lauren Reiff Parker- is married to Michael Parker. They live in Marietta, Georgia and have two teenage boys, who are both actively involved in many sports. Their favorites are baseball, basketball, and football. Lauren has been teaching gymnastics to toddlers for the past 16 years at Peachtree Gymnastics and the YMCA.

Chris Rodis --- lives in California

Kinsey Rowe --- is in her third year of med school at UTSouthwestern in Dallas. She took her first (out of three) board exam over the summer and was relieved to get her score (She passed!). Kinsey is currently doing her Psychiatry rotation in the Psych ER and just finished her OB/Gyn rotation and got to deliver lots of babies! She will rotate through all the different specialties through the rest of this year, and then she will start interviewing for residency positions starting in her fourth year. She recently got engaged.

Sandy Rowlette Bent --She lives in Satellite Beach, FL with her husband Tim and their two boys, Christian and Timothy. (picutred right) Sandy teaches kindergarten.


Breanne Rutherford --- currently living in Wethersfield, Connecticut my boyfriend. They recently bought a house. Breanne works as a Young Mens clothing buyer for Bob's Stores in the Northeast.

Sierra Sapunar --- recently got a job with the new Cirque Du Soleil about Elvis.

Suzanne Sears Moreland --- graduated from the Terry School of Business in 2001. Suzanne and her husband Bert now live in Annapolis, Maryland. Bert is a Vice President Financial Advisor for Banc of America Investments and Suzanne is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Stiefel Laboratories. She also volunteers some time with the University of Maryland gymnastics team. Suzanne and Bert are the proud parents of a daughter, Kinsey.

Michelle Sessions McGregor --- and her husband Rob have two children, Wyatt and Wren. They live in Forth Worth, Texas where Michelle is a stay at home mom.

Kathleen Shrieves Moore --- igraduated in 2001 with a Finance Degree. She received my Masters Degree in Sports Management in 2002. Kathleen is currently working as the Human Resources Manager at Georgia Crown Distributing Co. She resides in Hampton, Georgia with husband Casey Moore and dog Major. [Engagement and wedding pictures].


Agina Simpkins --- has two children, Archibald and Anthony. Agina currently coaches at Southern Elite Gymnastics Academy.

Loren Simpson Ross
married Peter Ross, a UGA graduate on July 8th, 2006. They are currently living in their first home in Atlanta, Georgia. Peter is a custom home builder and Loren works for a technology solutions firm out of Norcross called Corus Group. They have 2 chihuahua's named Tinkerbell and Wilson.

Brittany Smith- graduated in 2006 and is currently living in Atlanta. She is the account executive for Lethal Rhythms Inc. She is married to Mike Smith of Martinez, GA who is a Doctor of Pharmacy.



Courtney Marit Snyder-
was recently on the CBS reality show "Survivor Panama Exile Island."

Hope Spivey - has one daughter, Kristina Hope Coburn. Hope owns and operates a gym in Winder called, Spivey’s Gymnastics.

Abbey Stack Puckett - graduated in 2009 and married Mitchell in June, 2009.

Marline Stephens --- recently moved to Los Angeles, CA and now works for a company named Employers Compensation Insurance Company as a Training Consultant. She also is a judge for gymnastics competitions. She also plays on a kickball team and plays golf for fun.

Heather Stepp McCormick --- received a master’s degree in sport administration after graduating from UGA. Currently, Heather is a SR counsultant for All-American Resources which is a niche recruiting company that assists student-athletes and former athletes in job placement. Heather is married to former football letterwinner, Matt McCormick, and they have two boys, Wade and Shane (pictured left)

Lori Strong Ballard --- is married to Steve Ballard, and they have two girls, Sierra and Sydney. Lori is doing color commentary for gymnastics for CBC, Fox, and is working part-time in the gym. Lori helps husband, Steve with the franchising of a new line of restaurants called WOW--World Of Wings. They have two children (pictured right)

Blair Sullivan --- is a CPA living in Atlanta. She spent 3 years in Deloitte's tax practice, before taking a position as the firm's campus recruiter. For the past 2 years she has been heading up Deloitte's recruiting efforts at UGA and other campuses in the Southeast

Keri Lee Sullivan --- is living in Macon with her two children.

Traci Tilton Clifton ---has been happily married for almost 15 years with 3 children (Morgan, Emily, and Reid). Morgan and Emily love horseback riding, take a tumbling class, are cheerleaders and play tennis. Reid is 3 and is going to play t-ball this spring.

Brittany Thome � is currently in Savannah, Ga working in real estate. She works for a local builder in the area, Genesis Designer Homes. Brittany am seriously dating a guy named Beau Hopkins who is from Augusta, GA. She love Savannah and all the opportunities that this city might have for her in the near future. Brittany is engaged to be married to Beau Hopkins in Spring, 2010.

Megan Tolbert Alman --- married Tripp Alman. They resided in Newnan and had a daughter in March of 2006. Tripp coaches at Newnan School of Gymnastics and Megan in graduate school.

Tiffany Tolnay - graduated in 2009

Talya Vexler (left) --- is moving back to Georgia. She recently got engaged to Keith Nesbitt and will be living in midtown (Atlanta). Talya is a cancer survivor and has been cancer free for over five years
Read Talya's story.

Gladys Ware Phillips -- is married to Steve Phillips and they live in Loganville, Georgia. They have two children, Britt and Brad Phillips. She continued her education at Georgia State University to earn her Masters in Physical Education. She currently works for Atlanta School of Gymnastics as the Office Manager, where her duties are secretary, receptionist, teacher, and part owner.

Courtney Whittle Phillips (left) -- marrried Cory Phillips on July 22 in Atlanta. Cory was a quarterback at Ga. and now works for Forge, a financial consulting firm. Courtney sells medical equipment to surgeons. They have one daughter,

Corrinne Wright -- is currently living in Smithville, NJ and she is the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, NJ.