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Jodi Hoag: Tumblekids Director, Staff Manager
Jodi is our TumbleKids Director and Staff Manager. She grew up in Connecticut where she got her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Sacred Heart. She has taught elementary school in several states, moving with her husband who was in the Army. Jodi has been at Kids Gym for 12 years and began working when her daughters started to show interest in the sport. Both girls went on to become competitive gymnasts here at KGI and now work beside Jodi as teachers, as well. Anyone who watches Jodi teach can see she has a clear love for children.
Ellie Smith: Tumblekids/Recreational Associate Director
Ellie graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in Child and Family Development. She was a gymnast for 10 years and then became a teacher for 11+ years. Her passion for teaching children shows through in her contagious upbeat and fun personality. In 2014 Ellie went to Tacloban, Philippines where she assisted in an orphanage. That experience solidified her passion for working with children. We are excited to have Ellie as our Tumblekids/Recreational Associate Director!
Christina Brown: Recreational Director, KGI Team Coach
Kerrie Visscher: KGI Team Director
Nancy Ballard: General Manager, Team Coach
Nancy has been involved in competitive gymnastics since the age of 7 when she became a part of the first club gymnastics team in Kalamazoo and competed until the age of 16. Nancy took a break from coaching for several years after the birth of her two daughters Kerrie and Tracey. During her 30 years working full-time at Upjohn/Pfizer, Nancy's passion for gymnastics continued and she began coaching part-time through a community program in Richland. When Kerrie was chosen for the competitive gymnastics team at GKWG, Nancy returned to coaching and accepted a coaching position at GKWG. In 2002 she was asked to join the amazing coaching staff at Kids Gym, KGI. In 2014, Nancy continued to follow her passion for gymnastics and in addition to coaching at Kids Gym she became the General Manager. Nancy now has the opportunity to share her love of gymnastics with her daughter, Kerrie, who is the Team Director for KGI.
Erin Smith: Gym Manager