Meet the Staff

Cheryl – Owner/Instructor

Cheryl2Cheryl started Illinois Elite in 2012. She has training and degrees in USA Gymnastics Training and Certification (1987-1990), Massage Therapy Certification (2010), and Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP) 2014. She has been coaching tumbling and gymnastics for 30 years. She started her experience in ballet, tap, and jazz for 12 years, and 4 years gymnastics. She started tumbling when she was 4 years old and competed in USTA for 6 years, traveling throughout the nation in National Competitions. Cheryl is certified in CPR, First Aid, USA Gymnastics Safety, Kinder Accreditation for Teachers, USAG Level 1 and 2 coaching.

Favorite Quote: “The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens!  Never give UP!!”

Tony -Coach

TonyTony graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelors in Physical Education. He learned gymnastics through his daughter Cheryl. He coached tumbling and gymnastics for 40 years.  In 1976 he took over a gym in Peru and coached tumbling which turned into gymnastics. He was the President of USTA (United States Tumbling Association) 1978-1983. He is certified in USA Gymnastics Safety, Level 1 – 3 Coaching, CPR, and First aid. He coached many sports, but has found that Gymnastics is the most challenging to coach and the learning capacity is endless!

Morgan – USAG Safety Certified Instructor

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Morgan joined the Illinois Elite Gymnastics family in July 2016. She is one of IEG’s USGA Safety Certified coaches. Morgan is a graduate of LP High School. She has multiple years of experience in cheer, gymnastics, and dance.

Favorite Quote: “You only fail when you stop trying” -Albert Einstein

Alyssa – USAG Safety Certified Instructor

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Alyssa has been with Illinois Elite since 2014 and is USGA Safety Certified. She has years of experience with coaching along with competitive and high school cheerleading. She is currently attending ISU for a degree in Community Health Promotion and a minor in Spanish.

Favorite Quote: “I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become” – Carl Gustav Jung

Hannah – Office/Media Manager

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Hannah is a graduate of Illinois State University with a major in Ag-business. She has worked for Illinois Elite Gymnastics since August 2013, bringing years of dance and tumbling skills with her as well as office and graphic design.

Favorite Quote: “I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one” -Calamity Jane

Tanisha “T” –USAG Safety Certified Instructor

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Tanisha has been a coach at IEG since August of 2017. She brings with her many years competitive hip-hop dance, and competitive gymnastics as well as cheer experience. While in gymnastics, Tanisha competed up to level 7.

Favorite Quote: “The best things in life are placed on the other side of fear” – Will Smith

Laken – Instructor

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Laken is a CNA and has certification in CPR. She works at Big Lots as well as coaching at IEG to save money to go towards college where, she plans to go to school for Medical Coding/Billing. She has several years of experience in dance including as a Cavalette and has a few years of gymnastics experience. She began working with Illinois Elite Gymnastics in July of 2017

Favorite Quote: “Just keep swimming” – Finding Nemo

Lexi – Instructor

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Lexi is a student and cheerleader at LaSalle-Peru High School. With 10 years of tumbling and cheer experience, Lexi is a valued member of the Illinois Elite Gymnastics family. She is trained and certified in CPR and first-aid.

Favorite Quote: “Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen” -Unknown

Eva– Instructor

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Eva is a college student currently majoring in psychology. She joined the Elite team in February 2017. Eva has experience in dance, gymnastics and cheer. She loves working with kids and enjoys bike riding and hiking.

Favorite Quote: “Do something today that your future self will thank you for” –Sean Patrick Flanery

Mackenzie – Instructor

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Mackenzie is the senior Student Body President at Saint Bede Academy. She is in basketball, volleyball, softball, student government, and ambassadors. She has over ten years of tumbling experience and three years of gymnastics. She has been with IEG, as an instructor, since August 2017.

Favorite Quote: “Normal people are easily forgotten.” -Unknown

Diamond – Instructor

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Diamond joined the IEG team in September 2017. She has many years of experience in dance including competition. She also has multiple years of experience in cheer and tumbling.

Favorite Quote: “Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breathe away”  – Vicki Corona

Kassidy – Instructor

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Kassidy has competitive experience in tumbling, in addition to cheer and gymnastics. She is CRP certified and very active in sports/clubs at school including volleyball, basketball, student government, and interact club just to name a few. Attending IEG for multiple years as a student, Kassidy joined the staff in August 2017.

Favorite Quote: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you” – Fred DeVito

Mallory – Instructor

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Originally a student at Illinois Elite, Mallory joined the staff in August of 2016. She has multiple years of training in dance, gymnastics, and cheer. In addition to gymnastics, Mallory plays basketball, softball, and volleyball.

Favorite Quote: “The best view comes after the hardest climb” -Anonymous

Kora – Instructor

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Kora is currently a student at Hall High School. She has many years of cheerleading experience and also has several years of tumbling experience. Kora has worked with Illinois Elite Gymnastics since January 2017.

Bella, Jaci, & Olivia – Instructors

Bio soon to come