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.

Ellie Rowland

Ellie Rowland

Marketing Director

Ellie is the Marketing Director, who started at Mini Hops in 2020. She has degree in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas. Ellie is a former colligate track athlete and she was a professional mascot for over 6 years.

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!

Stefny Kolesnikov

Stefny Kolesnikov

Lead Recreational Director

Stefny is currently Lead Recreational Director and 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.

Keyla Kraus

Keyla Kraus

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.

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.

Julien Lang

Julien Lang

Girls, Boys, and Adult Progressive Manager and Assistant Lead 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 & Dance Director

Raye 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 blossum into their best selves.  She is extremely creative, caring and hardworking; an amazing teacher to all!  Outside the gym, Raye enjoys time with her loving partner, Jason and their sweet dog.  She also enjoys traveling, sight-seeing and Mardi Gras!

Dani Anderson

Dani Anderson

Adaptive Coordinator

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 five 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 Coordinator, promoting inclusive gymnastics to all individuals with differing abilities. Her favorite food is grilled cheese.

Kostya Kolensnikov

Kostya Kolensnikov

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.

Aaron Vanderwall

Aaron Vanderwall

TNT Program Director/Coach

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.

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

Pre-Team Coordinator

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

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.

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.

Doug Price

Doug Price

Boys Team Coach

Bridgit Abuzzahab

Bridgit Abuzzahab

Mini Gym 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!

John Dickey

John Dickey

Boy's Team Coach

Joey Ray

Joey Ray

Big Gym 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!

Becky Schneider

Becky Schneider

Team Coach

Part-Time Staff

Jean Juneski

Jean Juneski

Bookkeeper

Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson

Girls Team Coach

Ahkirrah Collier

Ahkirrah Collier

Coach

Andrew Hyde

Andrew Hyde

Coach

Anna Jankowski

Anna Jankowski

Coach

Ava Anderson

Ava Anderson

Coach

Coral Assaraf

Coral Assaraf

Customer Service

Cristina Schonert

Cristina Schonert

Team Coach

Cris Lilligren

Cris Lilligren

Coach

Cyndi Boyd

Cyndi Boyd

Academic Preschool

David Alvarado

David Alvarado

Sterling Karate Coach

Ella Camp

Ella Camp

Coach

Erica Hyde

Erica Hyde

Coach

Fia Haley

Fia Haley

Coach

Gabi Gahlon

Gabi Gahlon

Coach

Goldina Lee

Goldina Lee

Coach

Hannah Rowland

Hannah Rowland

Customer Service

Hayden Loper

Hayden Loper

Coach

Hyde Rocha-Morgan

Hyde Rocha-Morgan

Coach

Isabel Albee

Isabel Albee

Coach

Josie Klimmek

Josie Klimmek

Coach

Kaia Meyer

Kaia Meyer

Coach

Katie Bowe

Katie Bowe

Coach

Kylie Godfredson

Kylie Godfredson

Coach

Landon Essig

Landon Essig

Coach

Laura Hyde

Laura Hyde

Coach

Lilly Cook

Lilly Cook

Coach

Lisa Nong

Lisa Nong

Coach

Maddie Michaels

Maddie Michaels

Coach

Madison Bryan

Madison Bryan

Coach

Marina de Albuquerque Marcon

Marina de Albuquerque Marcon

Coach

Meela Kolesnikov

Meela Kolesnikov

Coach

Michele DiPerno

Michele DiPerno

Coach

Miranda Wolf

Miranda Wolf

Assistant

Nasim Tajik

Nasim Tajik

Coach

Nikolai Kolesnikov

Nikolai Kolesnikov

Coach

Nina Miller

Nina Miller

Coach

Norah Madson

Norah Madson

Coach

Peter Sterling

Peter Sterling

Sterling Karate Coach

Quinten Kolness

Quinten Kolness

Coach

Quintin Bassett

Quintin Bassett

Coach

Reuven Anderson

Reuven Anderson

Boys Team Coach

Ricia Weber

Ricia Weber

Coach

Samantha Ajsenberg

Samantha Ajsenberg

Coach

Solen Chiodi

Solen Chiodi

Coach

Stella Olson

Stella Olson

Coach