Staff

 

Senior Management

Carly_M_BW
  • 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
  • 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: Tennis, Golf, 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!
Layla_H
  • Name: Layla H.
  • Job: Pro shop/Retail
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid
  • Personal Experience: Completed the Dental Hygienist program at Texas Woman’s University
  • Personal Information: I have four children. I was born in El Campo, Texas.
  • Favorite Color: Pink
  • Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast
  • Hobbies: Watching movies
  • 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: Girls Team coach
  • Personal Experience/Education: Studied 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: Watching these athletes push themselves to their limits and teaching them that they are capable of incredible things.
Juan_M
  • Name: Juan M.
  • Job:  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, Discovery coach, 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
  • 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!
  • Name: Karina G.
  • Job: Camp Manager
  • Personal Experience/Education: Volunteer work at burbank Middle Scool giving dance classes and at Chapelwood United Methodist Church.
  • Personal Information: I have taken PRe-AP and AP classes since Middle School, I’m experienced in Microsoft, I dance, play soccer and know some cheer leading.
  • Favorite Color: Pink
  • Favorite Movie: Toy Story
  • Hobbies: Soccer, dancing, and running.
  • What do you love the most about Discover Gymnastics: What I love about Discover Gymnastics is that everyone is friendly and the environment is good to work in.
  • Name: Brandi H.
  • Job: Customer Service and Sales Manager
  • Personal Experience/Education: Competed for 12 years and graduated from UND with my marketing degree. Studied in Costa Rica.
  • Personal Information: I am very involved with community outreach. I love being with my husband and baby.
  • Favorite Color: Gold
  • Hobbies: Going to church and spending time with my family.
  • What do you love most about Discover Gymnastics: I love that they love gymnastics.
  • 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
  • Name: Nicolas A.
  • Job: Information Technology
  • Personal Experience/Education: Computer Science major at the University of Houston, and a member of the Honors College.
  • Hobbies: Watching football, hanging out with my dogs, and exploring Houston.
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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, Discovery
  • 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.
Desiree G
  • Name: Desiree G.
  • Job: Camp
  • 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, Camp
  • Personal Info: I was born in Houston and am the oldest of four sisters.
  • Education: University of Houston. Go COOGS!
  • Favorite Color: Mint Green
  • Favorite Movie: UP!
  • Hobbies: Bike riding
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.
Juan_C
  • Name: Juan C.
  • Job: Girls Team 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!
 
  • 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 softball, 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.
  • Name: Nina
  • Job: Xcel Coach
  • Favorite Color: Black and Blue
  • Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast
  • Hobbies: Dancing
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: Big facility, lots of kids, good coaches
  • Name: Pentcho P.
  • Job: T&T Manager
  • Personal Experience/Education: 25 years of coaching experience in girls gymnastics, boys gymnastics, and T&T coach
  • Personal Info: Married and has a daughter
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Movie: The Replacements
  • Hobbies: Sports
  • What I love about working at Discover Gymnastics: Happy kids and nice coaches. It’s a good place to be.