Staff

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Caesar
  • Name: Caesar Riotus (Rye-a-tus)
  • Job: Public Relations
  • Certifications: Obedience Trained; doesn’t shed, hypo-allergenic, particularly good with children.
  • Personal Experience/Education: Beg. Int., and Adv. obedience, Beg. and Int. and Adv. agility, AKC Canine Good Citizen Award, Pjrep School, and Rally-O
  • Personal Info: Is a therapy dog at Texas Children’s Hospital and is in the Paw & Order, Special Dog Unit (SDU) at the D.A.’s Office and at the Children’s Assessment Center.
  • Favorite Color: Colorblind?
  • Favorite Movie: Cats & Dogs
  • Hobbies: Jumping over kids and running as fast as I can
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: All the space to play in and all the attention I get from kids and parents.

Senior Management

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  • Name: Carly Markesich
  • Job: Owner
  • Certifications: USAG Pro Member, USAG Safety Cert., CPR, First Aid, Meet Directors Certification
  • Personal Experience/Education: B.A. International Studies, University of St. Thomas; 29 years coaching experience.
  • Personal Info: Has traveled in over 30 countries, bi-lingual (Spanish)
  • Favorite Color: I love the color green
  • Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings
  • Hobbies: Training my dog Caesar, book club, travel
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: The daily challenges that make me a wiser and better person. Read Carly’s full bio here.
Travis S
  • Name: Travis S.
  • Job: General Manager
  • Certifications: B.S. in Business Administration–Management; CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, Emergency Oxygen, & Instructor Certification; Certified Parks & Recreation Professional; Texas DFPS Director Certificate; Commercial Drivers License w/ Passengers Endorsement.
  • Personal Experience: Eight years of experience as the GM of a Gymnastics Facility in College Station, 12+ years experience in Program Management, 4+ years of experience coaching.
  • Personal Information: Born in Killeen Texas and raised near Austin. The middle child of five with four sisters. Owner of Aggieland CPR.
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Movies: Apollo 13 & Top Gun
  • Hobbies: Golf, SCUBA, Live Music
  • What do you love most about Discover Gymnastics: The opportunity to lead such a wonderful group of people and the joy that comes from the kids having so much fun!
Francisco
  • Name: Francisco
  • Job: Sales Manager, Marketing, Coach
  • Certifications: USAG Safety, USAG Pro, CPR, First Aid, Fundamentals Certification
  • Personal Experience/Education: Instituto Regiomontano, Business Administration, Coaching at Discover Gymnastics,Jeff Metzger’s Small Business Boot Camp
  • Personal Info: Born and raised in Mexico, now an American Citizen
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Movie: Ghost
  • Hobbies: Working out, swimming, scuba
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: Kids learning at a fun pace! Also being able to work with special needs kids.
Vicki D
  • Name: Vicki D.
  • Job: Administrative Manager
  • Certifications: CPR
  • Personal Experience: Office manager for an orthodontic office.
  • Personal Information: Native Texan. Loves being active and outdoors, spending time with family and friends.
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Hobbies: Tennic, Golf, Art, and Travel
  • What do you love most about Discover Gymnastics: The dynamic atmosphere.

Program Managers

Costela_M
  • Name: Costela M
  • Job: Girls Team Head Coach
  • Certifications: Graduated Magna Cum Laudae from the Romanian National Institute for Physical Education and Sports with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physical Education and Gymnastics- Bucharest, Romania. Judge certification from the Romanian International Gymnastics Federation.
  • Personal Experience/Education: Produced top champions from the ground up in 3 countries: Romania, France, and U.S.A.
  • Personal Info: Born in Baia-Mare, Romania. I love my son Alex very much.
  • Favorite Color: Navy Blue
  • Favorite Movies: The Secret, A Chorus Line, Center Stage,The Tales of Hoffmann
  • Hobbies: Music: Andrea Bocelli, Yanni, Santana, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Scorpions.
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: Very impressed with how the recreational gymnastics program is run. The facility is excellent- very safe with great coaches.
Ricky D
  • Name: Ricky D.
  • Job: Gym Coordinator, Xcel Team Coach
  • Certifications: USAG Member, USAG Safety & Background Certified, CPR, and First Aid
  • Personal Experience/Education: Coached since 2004, experience hosting birthday parties, camp counselor, and choreography.
  • Personal Info: Fan of all sports. Ultimate goal is to work with any of the major US pro sports teams.
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Movie: Toy Story
  • Hobbies: Golf and video games.
  • What do you love most about Discover Gymnastics: The fun atmosphere!
Elia_R
  • Name: Elia R.
  • Job: Front Desk Manager
  • Certifications:CPR, First Aid
  • Personal Experience/Education: Success Institute of Business
  • Personal Info: I was born in Houston. I have 2 daughters and I love animals.
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Movie: Wizard of Oz, Lion King
  • Hobbies: Reading, Working on Puzzles
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: I love how the happiness of the kids make the environment a pleasant place to work.
Layla_H
  • Name: Layla H.
  • Job: Front Desk Manager
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid
  • Personal Experience: Completed the Dental Hygienist program at Texas Woman’s University
  • Personal Information: I have three children: 10, 4, and 1! I was born in El Campo, Texas.
  • Favorite Color: Pink
  • Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast
  • Hobbies: Gardening
  • What do you love most about Discover Gymnastics: Being around all the personalities that our gymnasts have, and Emily L.!
Juan_J
  • Name: Juan J.
  • Job: TNT Program Manager, Recreational Instructor
  • Personal Experience/Education: Studying Photography and Dance at the University of Houston
  • Personal Info: I am a professional dancer and a circus artist.
  • Hobbies: Making Music
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: The environment.
Juan_M
  • Name: Juan M.
  • Job: PNO Program Manager, Marketing Designer
  • Personal Experience/Education: High School
  • Personal Info: I am a Pisces, I have 2 dogs and 2 cats, I play the piano, and I speak Spanish
  • Favorite Colors: Blue, Black and Yellow
  • Favorite Movie:Avatar, 2012, The Social Network, X-Men
  • Hobbies: Running, Drawing
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: It’s an amazing place to have fun and have a great time.
  • Name: Kristen F.
  • Job: Rhythmic Gymnastics Program Manager, Hope Team Coach, Recreational and Dance Instructor, Front Desk Associate
  • Certifications: CPR & First Aid
  • Personal Experience/Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, Competitive Level 10 USAG Rhythmic Gymnast, Contemporary Dance Master Class teacher at Rice University and Sam Houston State, Valedictorian and Varsity Captain Cheerleader in High School.
  • Personal Info: I am a professional contemporary dancer and choreographer. Originally from Houston, I am one of six kids and I have a twin sister.
  • Favorite Color: Blues and Greens
  • Favorite Movie: Hobbies: Going to music festivals, concerts, art and history museums.
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: It’s a wonderful place to work with motivated, talented, & positive gymnasts and staff.
Luba_M
  • Name: Luba M.
  • Job: Head Xcel Team Coach
  • Personal Experience/Education: 42 years of experience in Gymnastics. Master’s degree in Physical Education and Gymnastics.
  • Personal Info: I have lived in Houston for 15 years. I was born in Bulgaria. I have 2 daughters, 2 grandsons and 2 rescue dogs.
  • Favorite Color: White
  • Favorite Movie: The Godfather
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my family
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: The atmosphere, people and organization!
KyleJ
  • Name: Kyle J.
  • Job: Information Technology and Marketing
  • Personal Experience/Education: Studying Computer Science, a member of the Honors College, and active in the Student Government Association at the University of Houston.
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Movie: The Hobbit Trilogy
  • Name: Rajiv A.
  • Job: Information Technology
  • Personal Experience/Education: Sophomore Computer Science major and Leadership Studies Minor at the University of Houston, and member of the Honors College. Also a Honors Ambassador and Honors Freshman Mentor.
  • Personal Information: I was born and raised in Houston and I absolutely love it here. I am also an Eagle Scout.
  • Hobbies: Attending UH football games, relaxing with friends, and mountain biking.
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Movie: The Italian Job

Coaches and Staff

 Amber P
  • Name: Amber P.
  • Job: Camp Instructor & Birthday Party Host
  • Certifications: CPR, AED
  • Personal Information: I am going to be a junior at Stephen F. Austin State University. My major is Early Childhood Education.
  • Favorite Color: Pink
  • Favorite Movie: I am Sam
  • Hobbies: Playing random games outside with friends.
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  • Name: Amber W.
  • Job: Recreational & Preschool Instructor
  • Certifications: CPR & First Aid
  • Personal Experience/Education: I’m 20 years old. I’m currently taking classes at HCC, majoring in radiology. I love to see the earth I live on and have traveled to over 22 states. I have three sisters, one brother, and a dog.
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Hobbies: I love traveling and live music festivals.
  • What do you love most about Discover Gymnastics: I love the atmosphere. Everyone is so kind, happy, and energetic. You can feel the strong potential in everyone.
  • Name: Brianna S.
  • Job: Recreational Instructor
  • Personal Experience: Started gymnastics when I was 2 and did competitive gymnastics throughout high school. I was also a cheerleader for Tulane University.
  • Personal Experience/Education: From New Jersey and moved to Houston to work in Environmental Science.
  • Favorite Color: Orange
  • Favorite Movie: Heavy Weights
  • Hobbies: Gymnastics, dance, hiking, and anything else outdoors
  • What do you love most about Discover Gymnastics: The positive environment in which kids can learn gymnastics in a fun and exciting way.
Courtney F
  • Name: Courtney F.
  • Job: Preschool, PNO, and Birthday Party Instructor
  • Personal Experience:  I have instructed kids in theater and dog training.
  • Personal Info: I have three children, four dogs, and 3 parrots.
  • Favorite Color: Orange
  • Hobbies: Competitive Obedience training for dogs.
Cristina_S
  • Name: Cristina M.
  • Job: Girls Team Coach
  • Certifications: Member, USAG
  • Personal Experience/Education: Bachelors in Physical Education and Athletics – Practiced Gymnastics 1991 – 2001 – Member of the National Team of Romania 1998-2001
  • Awards: 1996 Triple National Vicechampion (Vault, Bars and Floor) – 1998 National Champion (Floor) – 2000 European Vicechampion (Team) Paris Bercy
  • Personal Info: I was born in Romania
  • Favorite Color: Pink and Purple
  • Favorite Movies: Titanic, Top Gun
  • Hobbies: Music, Dance
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: The kids
Desiree G
  • Name: Desiree G.
  • Job: Camp & Birthday Party Instructor
  • Certifications: CPR, AED
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Movie: Mulan
  • Hobbies: Playing Board Games
  • What do you love most about Discover Gymnastics: Watching the kids do cool stunts!
Emily_L
  • Name: Emily L.
  • Job: Front Desk Associate, PNO Instructor
  • Personal Info: I was born in Houston and am the oldest of four sisters.
  • Favorite Color: Mint Green
  • Favorite Movie: Frozen
  • Hobbies: Photography
Gina_I
  • Name: Gina I.
  • Job: Preschool, Camp, PNO, and Birthday Parties Instructor
  • Personal Experience/Education: High School dance team for three years. High School cheer team for one year.
  • Personal Info: Currently attending HCC Southeast, former dance and cheerleader, the youngest of three children, I have been an aunt since I was 3
  • .Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Movie: Some Like it Hod, Funny Face, Chicago
  • Hobbies: Photography and spending time with family and friends.
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: The children and atmosphere.
Haifa_A
  • Name: Haifa A.
  • Job: Girls Team Coach
  • Certifications: CPR, Safety certification, and First Aid
  • Personal Experience/Education: Coaching Gymnastics since 1988. BA in Sport Education. Was the Jordanian National Gymnastics Team coach for girls under 12 from 2005-2008.
  • Personal Info: I was born in Iraq. I used to make hand made jewelry, acting, dancing and training in theater.
  • Favorite Color: Pink, White, Blue
  • Favorite Movie: Gone With the Wind
  • Hobbies: reading, writing and music
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: The family atmosphere that makes me feel like home again.
 
  • Name: Hannah D.
  • Job: Preschool and Summer Camp Instructor
  • Certifications: CPR, AED, and First Aid
  • Personal Experience/Education: I have 10 years of gymnastics experience, 6 years of competitive cheer leading,
    and three of high school cheer leading.
  • Personal Info: I am studying marketing at the University of Alabama.
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Movie: Zootopia
  • Hobbies: Tumbling, working out, and being with friends.
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: The energy that everyone has and I love how much fun the children have while building their skills.
Juan_C
  • Name: Juan C.
  • Job: Boys Team Head Coach
  • Certifications: National Colombian Team, Academy FIG 1 & 2, CPR/First Aid
  • Personal Experience/Education: Former trainer and judge for the National Colombian Team.
  • Personal Info: I was born in Colombia.
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Movie: Bad Boys 2
  • Hobbies: Reading and traveling
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: Its organization and how friendly the people are.
Juan_C
  • Name: Juan C.
  • Job: Boys Team Head Coach
  • Certifications: National Colombian Team, Academy FIG 1 & 2, CPR/First Aid
  • Personal Experience/Education: Former trainer and judge for the National Colombian Team.
  • Personal Info: I was born in Colombia.
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Movie: Bad Boys 2
  • Hobbies: Reading and traveling
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: Its organization and how friendly the people are.
 
  • Name: Juan Sebastian C.
  • Job: Tumbling and Recreational Coach
  • Certifications: CPR and First Aid
  • Personal Info: I’m a Columbian-American, a fun-loving guy who enjoys being outdoors, playful in nature but serious about gymnastic’s artistic disciplines.
  • Favorite Color: Orange
  • Hobbies: Going to public, parks, juggling, and dancing.
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: The dedication to customer service!
Michaela G
  • Name: Michaela G.
  • Job: Recreational Instructor
  • Certifications: USAG, NAWGJ
  • Personal Experience/Education: 15 years of gymnastics experience. Level 10 National Qualifier. Five years of experience as a Compulsory, Optional & H.S. Gymnastics coach.
  • Personal Information: B.S. in Movement Science from San Jose State University. Teaching certification from Houston Baptist University. I enjoy kids and love teaching the fundamentals of gymnastics.
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Movie: Ever After
  • Hobbies: Painting, working out, and anything crafty.
  • What do you love about Discover Gymnastics: The coaches’ willingness to ensure every athlete get the best out of their training.
 
  • Name: Rianna F.
  • Job: Recreational Gymnastics & Tumbling Coach
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid, AED, Teaching, Personal Training, and Tumbling
  • Personal Experience/Education: I have coached gymnastics and tumbling for two years in college, coached softbal, and been an elementary and middle school teacher.
  • Personal Info: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition from Stephen F. Austin University. I play softball in college and was an active member of the Tridelta sorority. I am current a teacher at St. Francis Episcopal Day School.
  • Favorite Color: Pink
  • Favorite Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
  • Hobbies: Working out, traveling, and cooking.
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: I fell like every decision made as a purpose. I like how motivated the kids are.