Full-Time Staff

Michaela Chelberg

Michaela Chelberg

Executive Director

Michaela grew up in Norfolk, NE and received a Biology degree with a minor in coaching from UW-River Falls. She was hired at Mini Hops in 1999 and is currently the Executive Director and Adaptive Program Director. She enjoys gardening, biking, and hiking. Michaela coaches because she wants to make a lasting impact.

James Letzring

James Letzring

Facilities Manager & Coach

James grew up in Grand Forks, ND and has a B.A. in biology from Metro State University. He is currently the Facility Manager and coach, he started coaching in 1996, but came to MHG in 2002. He has a daughter and two sons, all who are gymnasts at Mini Hops.

David Ward

David Ward

Lead Team Director

David began coaching in 1991 and came to Mini Hops in 2015. He is currently our Competitive Team Director but has worked in our Mini-Hoppers and progressive programs previously. David coaches because he loves to help athletes realize their potential. Fun fact: He loves to fish!

Dani Anderson

Dani Anderson

Adaptive Director

Coach Dani is from Waterloo, Iowa and received a degree in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services at the University of Northern Iowa. She is the oldest of six siblings and grew up playing lots of sports. She works in almost every program at Mini-Hops, but she mostly loves working as the Adaptive Director, promoting inclusive gymnastics to all individuals with differing abilities. Her favorite food is grilled cheese.

Stefny Kolesnikov

Stefny Kolesnikov

Mini-Hoppers Director & HR Generalist

She has been at Mini Hops since 2009 and coaching since 1991. She speaks Russian and has two amazing kids (both were MHG gymnasts). Stefny says that teaching is her calling. Serving others and sharing what she knows to enhance others’ lives is her mission.

Aaron Vanderwall

Aaron Vanderwall

Tramp & Tumbling Director

Aaron is an Exercise Expert to say the least.  If you have a question about the human body, exercise, fitness, or physiology, he could rival Google!   He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology & Masters of Education in Applied Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Science).  He has been a personal trainer and soccer coach for several decades, so we feel we won the lottery when he joined us in 2016!  Aaron joined us when his daughter, Aubrey, started tumbling here as a baby, now she is a member of our girls competitive team.

Aaron is currently the Director of both the recreational and competitive Trampoline and Tumbling programs and he is the Director of the Mini-Hoppers program as well!  Aaron loves coaching because as says, “I enjoy sharing my love of sport and movement with my students and watching them reach their goals as they figure out new skills and competencies.”

Aaron’s family, including his wonderful wife, Kelly, enjoy getting out in nature and/or the community, as well as traveling to new Micro-breweries whenever they have time.

Ricia Weber

Ricia Weber

Girls & Boys Upper Level Progressive Director and Pre-Competitive Coordinator

Coach Ricia has an extensive history in gymnastics as both an athlete and a coach. In addition, she earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She moved to Minnesota in August of 2022 after a successful directorship at the YMCA in Eau Claire where she increased the enrollment from practically zero after covid shutdowns up to several hundred students!  She loves to coach all ages and levels, from parents and babies up to level 8 gymnasts, because she understands and is passionate about the sport of gymnastics and using it to develop amazing humans. Because of her innate ability and expertise in bridging the gap between beginner and intermediate gymnastics programming, Ricia was promoted in 2023 to our Upper Level Progressive Program Director!

Julien Lang

Julien Lang

Girls, Boys, and Adult Progressive Director

We were very fortunate when Julien Lang moved here from France and joined our team in 2016.  He is passionate about fitness, gymnastics, and teaching children all about exercise as well as all the life lessons that come with working hard to be their best.  Julien is extremely creative and has a knack for solving all sorts of problems in innovative ways.  He and his wife are wonderful parents to three amazing sons who are all athletic, smart and talented in so many ways.

Raye Kennedy

Raye Kennedy

Camp and Performing Arts Director

Rayesha has done a lot since she began her coaching career here at MHG in 2018!  She created and transformed both the Performing Arts Program, Performance Team and the Camp Program into amazingly inclusive, innovative vessels for students to grow, learn and blossom into their best selves.  She is extremely creative, caring and hardworking; an amazing teacher to all!  Outside the gym, she enjoys spending time with family and Taco bell!

Kris Wilner

Kris Wilner

Academic Preschool Director

Kris is our Academic Preschool Director, but is trained to work in many other departments. Kris has been at Mini Hops since 2018, but has been coaching since 2010. Kris enjoys getting to teach the next generation as well as introducing them to the world of gymnastics early on.

Kostya Kolesnikov

Kostya Kolesnikov

Boy's Team Director

Konstantin “Kostya” Kolesnikov began gymnastics at the age of 7, earned the title of All-Around Champion at the Russian Cup, was a member of the USSR/Russian National Team, and has a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis on Physical Education as a Gymnastics Coach. He has coached all levels of gymnastics, including several Olympians. He was the University of Minnesota Men’s Gymnastics Teams Assistant coach and in 2021 he was recognized as a USA Senior Coach of the Year by USA Gymnastics.

Keyla Hughes

Keyla Hughes

Xcel Team Director

Keyla is our current Xcel Team Director, who has been coaching at Mini Hops since 2007. Fun fact: Keyla was a competitive JO gymnast with MHG. When she is not coaching, Keyla enjoys spending time at the cabin, traveling, and solving puzzles. Her favorite part of coaching is sharing her knowledge and passion for the sport with her gymnasts.

Kristin Wemm

Kristin Wemm

Girls Team Assistant Director

Coach Kristin was a gymnast for as long as she can remember; competing throughout her childhood and adolescence.  She had been coaching and judging gymnastics almost her entire adult life and has a true passion for teaching gymnastics in a way that is healthy both mentally and physically.  MHG welcomed Kristin in 2016 and have been amazed and thankful for her contribution to the Girls Competitive Programs ever since!  Outside of the gym, Kristin has a wonderful husband, Skylar, is a “pet-mom” to her sassy cats, rides her motorcycle and loves to exercise.

Kelly Blake

Kelly Blake

Girls Team Coach

In 2018, Kelly joined the Mini-Hops Girls Team coaching staff and quickly became the Pre-Team Coordinator, helping the youngest athletes to determine if gymnastics is the sport they want to pursue as they learn to work hard and stretch themselves to the limit.  She is amazing with the youngest of athletes and can give the incremental challenges that lead them to success.  Kelly was a gymnast growing up and was a strong competitor for Lakeville North High School and is happy to use the sport she loves to teach young athletes the value of sport in learning life lessons.  When Kelly is not at the gym, she is either being an amazing mom to her son, Caleb or spending time at another gym for her own workouts!  In the recent past, she was training and competing as a power lifter!

Paula Rawlings

Paula Rawlings

Xcel Team Coordinator & DP Girls Team Coach

Paula was a high school gymnast for 4 years and then started coaching in 1993 in Vancouver, Washington. When shes not coaching she loves the outdoors; hiking, trail running, kayaking, paddle boarding etc. She loves to use her creativity to help athletes achieve their skills.

Becky Schneider

Becky Schneider

Team Coach

Becky has been coaching at MHG since 2012 and she is truly passionate about gymnastics and teaching!  She has coached most levels from parent/child classes all the way up to competitive girls’ teams.  She is a “Jill of all Trades”, helping as a customer service member, preschool coach, academic preschool teacher, girls school age and upper level recreational and team coach.  We are grateful to have such a caring, hard-working, kid-expert among us!  In her spare time, Becky enjoys horseback riding, is a beautiful and talented singer and loves playing with her sweet and funny cats!

Doug Price

Doug Price

Boys Team Coach

Our proud and loud “East Coaster”, Coach Doug has been coaching gymnastics since the late 70s or early 80s.  He has coached EVERYTHING, from tots to teens, birthday parties to high level competitive gymnasts.  The majority of his experience is working with boys’ competitive teams, and he has guided many athletes to National Championships and had several gymnasts earn a spot on the US. Junior National Team.  Currently, he is coaching Solen Chiodi who competed to earn a spot on the US. Junior National Team in the summer of 2022.  In his spare time, Coach Doug enjoys playing guitar, is creative and talented wood worker and he is an amazing cook!

Nong Quang

Nong Quang

Boys Team Coach

Coach Nong was born in Nanning, China and trained his entire life as a gymnast, ultimately becoming a member of the Chinese National Team; earning the highest ranking as an international and national competitor.  He earned the prestigious title of Junior Asian floor, pommel horse, and rings champion and his team earned the second place title of that competition as well!  He coached for six years before immigrating to the US, where Coach Nong worked at Chow’s Gymnastics in Iowa for over a decade before joining the MHG Boys Team Staff in 2015.  He is wonderful coach of ages 4 and up, from beginners to the highest level of competitive gymnastics.  He recently helped a long-time Mini-Hops gymnast, Mark Fu, to be recruited to compete for William and Mary!

An interesting fact is that Coach Nong is a soccer fanatic; he has loved that sport since he was a child.   When he is not at work, he enjoys time with his beautiful wife, LiYing, daughter, Lisa and son, Derek.

Reuven Anderson

Reuven Anderson

Boys Team Coach

Reuven was a college gymnast at the University of Iowa until the program was closed after the 202-21 season.  He then joined the Iowa Gym Act Program as he continued to obtain a degree in Engineering from the University of Iowa.  You may recognize him because he has been training here at MHG in the summers and school breaks for a couple of years now.  He has been coaching many levels of gymnasts for the past 5 years and is well versed in strength training, especially on rings!  We are very excited to have Reuven join our team of talented coaches!

Bridgit Abuzzahab

Bridgit Abuzzahab

Coach

Coach Bridgit began at Mini-Hops as a Mini-Gym Assistant Coach in 2015.  Since then, she has continued to learn and grow as a teacher throughout the years and now she coaches ages 5 months to 12 years; she LOVES kids, and it truly shows!  Her smile is contagious, and the kids are instantly drawn to her loving and caring personality.  Bridgit is a huge K-Pop fan and her cat, “Ember” is so sweet that she waits by the door for Bridgit to get home every day!

Olivia Frisch

Olivia Frisch

Coach

Meet Olivia Frisch, a dedicated and dynamic member of our coaching team at Mini-Hops. Olivia will be in the role of a full-time coach in the Mini-Hoppers, Girls Progressive, Upper-level Progressive, and Adaptive programs, contributing her expertise and passion for gymnastics. With a rich background in gymnastics, coaching and theater teaching spanning over 9 years, Olivia brings a wealth of experience to our gym. Her commitment to nurturing young talents and creating engaging experiences shines through her dual roles as a coach and theater teacher. Olivia is an alumna of the University of Northern Iowa, holding a bachelor’s degree in Theater with a Double Emphasis in Performance and Drama for Youth. Her academic background reflects her dedication to both movement and youth development. Outside the gym, Olivia has a passion for rock climbing, she is a talented musician, playing the oboe, flute, and piccolo, and she is a dog lover at heart, Olivia’s affection for our four-legged friends adds a warm and welcoming touch to our gym.

Joey Ray

Joey Ray

Coach

Joey is an incredible person who cares deeply for others and is passionate about dance of all sorts and gymnastics for all.  He was a gymnast at the University of Minnesota and then went on to hold a career in dentistry for 30 years, and he has recently decided to follow his passions of ministry and teaching dance and gymnastics.  Joey is an extremely open, honest and caring person and has a pure love of helping others by “mining the gold” of each person.  Coach Joey is an excellent addition to our teaching team!

Abbie Wells

Abbie Wells

Marketing & Customer Service Director

Originally from Iowa, Abbie decided to call Minnesota home just over a year ago. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership HR before finding herself in the Marketing world. During work, you’ll find her behind the desk, talking with parents, and designing behind the scenes. Outside of Mini Hops, Abbie loves to read, write, and participate in her guilty pleasure of watching way too much reality TV. We’re so happy that Abbie has joined our team!

Anne Trosvig

Anne Trosvig

Customer Service Manager

Anne, our new Customer Service Manager, embodies positivity, diligence, and business acumen. With an impressive background encompassing over 15 years of Customer Service Leadership, she brings a wealth of experience to her role. Anne is enthusiastic about applying her expertise to elevate the customer service standards at Mini Hops. Her track record of cultivating prosperous relationships over the years reflects her commitment to excellence. Joining our team is not just an opportunity for Anne; it’s a privilege she eagerly embraces. Beyond her professional pursuits, Anne finds fulfillment in exploring new destinations and embracing the journey of continuous learning.

Part-Time Staff

Jean Juneski

Jean Juneski

Bookkeeper

Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson

Girls Team Coach

Ahkirrah Collier

Ahkirrah Collier

Coach

Leah Ray

Leah Ray

Coach

Cyndi Boyd

Cyndi Boyd

Academic Preschool

Quinten Kolness

Quinten Kolness

Coach

Landon Essig

Landon Essig

Coach

Rachel Hencke

Rachel Hencke

Coach

 Za’Kiyah Thomas

Za’Kiyah Thomas

Coach

Hyde Rocha-Morgan

Hyde Rocha-Morgan

Coach

Ella Schisler

Ella Schisler

Coach

Megan Kluck

Megan Kluck

Front Desk and Marketing Staff

Peter Sterling

Peter Sterling

Sterling Karate Coach

David Alvarado

David Alvarado

Sterling Karate Coach

Elliott Lang

Elliott Lang

Coach

Ella Camp

Ella Camp

Coach

Erica Hyde

Erica Hyde

Seasonal Coach

Fia Haley

Fia Haley

Coach

Ben Devolve

Ben Devolve

Coach

Goldina Lee

Goldina Lee

Coach

Laura Hyde

Laura Hyde

Seasonal Coach

Maddie Michaels

Maddie Michaels

Coach

Jacquelin Downs

Jacquelin Downs

Coach

Maddie Hovis

Maddie Hovis

Coach

Kaia Meyer

Kaia Meyer

Seasonal Coach

Katie Bowe

Katie Bowe

Seasonal Coach

Michaela Diamond

Michaela Diamond

Coach

Lisa Nong

Lisa Nong

Coach

Chaltu Kedir

Chaltu Kedir

Coach

Meela Kolesnikov

Meela Kolesnikov

Coach

Tim Starook

Tim Starook

Coach

MacKenzie Irene

MacKenzie Irene

Coach

Krista Pickett

Krista Pickett

Coach

Josie Klimmek

Josie Klimmek

Seasonal Coach

Nicole Nelson

Nicole Nelson

Adaptive Coach

Maddie Woodford

Maddie Woodford

Coach

Miranda Wolf

Miranda Wolf

Assistant

Ava Anderson

Ava Anderson

Coach

Kylah Carrington

Kylah Carrington

Assistant Coach

Miia Barrack

Miia Barrack

Coach

Alieshia Frink

Alieshia Frink

Coach

Norah Madson

Norah Madson

Seasonal Coach

Scott Lasota

Scott Lasota

Coach

Nina Miller

Nina Miller

Coach

Alexis Schoenberg

Alexis Schoenberg

Coach

Cass Hanson

Cass Hanson

Coach

Amanda VanTwuyver

Amanda VanTwuyver

Coach

Brendan Finnegan

Brendan Finnegan

Assistant Coach

Reagan McCarthy

Reagan McCarthy

Coach

Harlow Ganz

Harlow Ganz

Coach

Ella Millo

Ella Millo

Assistant Coach

Emory Milete Robles

Emory Milete Robles

Coach

Ashley Turner

Ashley Turner

Coach and Customer Service Staff

Shairica Sledge

Shairica Sledge

Customer Service Staff

Nomi Adams

Nomi Adams

Assistant Coach

Tessa Thurlow

Tessa Thurlow

Coach

Nikki Vanecek

Nikki Vanecek

Coach

Ava Emery

Ava Emery

Assistant Coach

Grace Emerson

Grace Emerson

Assistant Coach

Makar Kakurin

Makar Kakurin

Assistant Coach

Londyn Ewell

Londyn Ewell

Assistant Coach

Liam Frink

Liam Frink

Coach

Levi Boluyt

Levi Boluyt

Coach

Tatiyana Blount

Tatiyana Blount

Assistant Coach

Kiyan Young

Kiyan Young

Assistant Coach

Volunteers

  • Adriana Stoltman
  • Amy Gillespie
  • Gabriela Garcia
  • Hannah Walker
  • Jennifer Bocklund
  • Morgan Masiak
  • Samantha Howard
  • Sarah Klobe
  • Shannon Torgerson
  • Sonia Bendjemil
  • Sophia Silva