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Our Staff

Our Mission:

“Positive Progress Through Simple Discipline

At Liberty Gymnastics Academy, our goal is to provide gymnastics instruction in a SAFE, FUN, and POSITIVE environment.  We offer gymnastics instruction to children ages 3-18 years of age. Classes are strategically divided by means of age and ability to provide the ultimate gymnastics experience for children of all ages and capabilities

Lauren Ginestra

USAG Competitive Team Director - Optional Head Coach - Gym Manager

                    • 6 year Level 10 Competitor
                    • 13 years of Competitive Gymnastics Experience
                    • Competed in numerous State, Regional, and National Gymnastics Qualifiers
                    • 3 year Missouri State Qualifier in MSHSAA High School Swimming and Diving
                    • Attended KU on Academic Scholarship studying Architecture
                    • Graduated with BA from UMKC in Business Administration
                    • Graduated with MBA from UMKC in Leadership and Organizational Change
                    • Coached Boys & Girls High School Diving from 2008-2010
                    • Worked in the Autism program in Park Hill School District from 2010-2012
                    • Started assistant coaching at age 16
                    • Began Competitive team coaching in 2006
                    • Started Coaching at Liberty Gymnastics Academy in 2008
                    • USAG Professional Member
                    • National Level Coach

“Coaching gymnastics began as a hobby, then became a job, and over the years has evolved into a passion that I have been given the opportunity to embrace and experience every day.  I truly love being able to contribute to the journey of life in these young athletes. The lessons learned in the gym will follow these athletes throughout life and will provide them with strength and determination, the ability to set and achieve goals, the value of discipline and focus, and so much more. My goal each day is to encourage each athlete to understand how to participate and excel in a healthy gymnastics career and shape a lifestyle that will promote leadership in all aspects of their life.” 


Samee Schram

Developmental Director - USAG Team Coach - Front Desk Manager

                    • 2 year Level 9 Competitor
                    • 7 years of Competitive Gymnastics Experience
                    • Competed in Numerous State and Regional Gymnastics Qualifiers
                    • 4 year All-Conference Missouri State High School Diver
                    • 2 year State Qualifier for MSHSAA Diving Championships
                    • Holds 4 years of Track and Field All-Conference Pole Vault Titles
                    • 2009 Missouri State Section 4 Pole Vault 1st Place Champion
                    • 2009 Missouri Track and Field State Qualifier in Pole Vault
                    • 2009 4A 1st team All-State Pole Vault
                    • Currently attends Park University on Track & Field Athletic Scholarship (Pole Vault)
                    • Studying Secondary Education and Adolescent Psychology at Park University
                    • Coached 2 Missouri State 1st Place All-Around Gymnastics Champions in 2013

“My passion for coaching gymnastics stems back to my years as a gymnast not so long ago. I remember exactly how rewarding, yet difficult the successes and failures of this particular sport can be as a child/adolescent. My goal each and every day is to guide the girls in a way that will prepare them to be strong, modest, and genuine young ladies, inside the gym and out.” 

    Marlon Smith

    USAG Team Coach - Operations Manager - Tumbling Coach

    Kyle Zak

    USAG Team Coach - Boys Team Director

                      • Achieved the Status of Elite Gymnast
                      • U.S. Jr. National Team Competitor
                      • Scholarship Athlete for the University of Illinois Men’s Gymnastics Team
                      • Graduated with a Degree in Communications
                      • Assistant Coach at University of Illinios from 2000-2001
                      • Assistant Coach at The University of Minnesota
                      • Began Working at Liberty Gymnastics Academy in 2011
                      • USAG & AAU Professional Member

    “I choose to enrich the lives of children by teaching what I know about the sport of gymnastics because the journey taught me about many life’s lessons, prepared me for many of life’s experiences and established a foundation for success. It is my wish and goal to give a bit of that back to our students, and hopefully foster their love for this sport and all that it instills in us! I aim to make great gymnasts and promote greatness in great people.” 

    Karyn O'Toole

    USAG Team Coach - Open Gym/Birthday Parties Director


                      • Began working for Liberty Gymnastics in 2007 in the Developmental Program
                      • Has worked in all levels of the Developmental Program over the last 7 years
                      • Began coaching Competitive Team in 2010
                      • Currently is the Lead Coach of the Level 3 Competitive Team
                      • Currently runs an In-Home Daycare (21 years of business)
                      • Mother of 5 children – One is currently an Optional Gymnast at Liberty Gymnastics
                      • Director of Birthday Parties & Open Gyms at Liberty Gymnastics for the past 5 years 

    “My goal is to prepare these young girls to be independent, strong, and respectful to whomever or whatever they should encounter in their lives.”

      Bailey Babcock

      USAG Team Coach - League Team Coach - Front Desk Staff

                        • USAG competitive gymnast at LGA for 5 years
                        • Started coaching at LGA in 2012
                        • Has experience coaching Recreational, League and USAG levels
                        • Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Eastern Kentucky University in 2017
                        • Currently working on a Masters degree in Sport Management from the University of Kansas

      “LGA has been a second home for me since I was four years old. The family environment and love of gymnastics have continued to pull me back to the gym over the years. I have a passion for helping kids set and achieve their goals and am honored to have the opportunity to help them develop into successful young ladies in and outside of the gym.”

        Jessica Cordle

        USAG Team Coach - Developmental Coach

                          • 15 years of gymnastics experience
                          • 4 year Level 10 USAG competitor
                          • 13x USAG State qualifier
                          • 5x USAG Regional qualifier
                          • 2014 Western National Championships qualifier
                          • 2016 Junior Olympic National qualifier
                          • Graduated from Kearney High School in the top 10% of her class
                          • Currently attending UMKC and majoring in Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice
                          • Chi Omega at UMKC

          Maureen Mihelic

          USAG Team Coach - League Team Coach

                            • 15 years of Competitive Tumbling and Dance Experience
                            • 6 years of Competitive Gymnastics Experience
                            • Began coaching at 11 years old
                            • Started Coaching at Liberty Gymnastics in 2014
                            • Graduated from University of Missouri – Columbia with a Bachelors in Child Psychology
                            • Employed with the Missouri Board of Probation & Parole from 1989-2013
                            • Currently employed with the Clay County Juvenile Office as a Deputy Juvenile Officer

          “Growing up in the gym taught me the sport of gymnastics, but it also taught me many other life lessons as well.  My coaches instilled in me the importance of determination, self-discipline, respect, integrity, self-esteem, and perseverance.  These are the same principles that have made me the person I am today.  I want to pass on my knowledge and love of gymnastics, but overall life skills and character development are my main goals” 

            Ashley Smith

            USAG Team Coach

                              • Former competitive gymnast
                              • Started coaching gymnastics in 2007 (primarily USAG Compulsory levels)
                              • Started coaching at LGA in 2018
                              • USAG Professional Member
                              • Graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
                              • Obtained a Specialist in Blood Bank Technology from Rush University
                              • Certified MLS(ASCP)SBB
                              • Currently works at North Kansas City Hospital as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the Blood Bank
                              • Enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters

            “Gymnastics played an important role in my life while I was growing up. As a coach, my goal is not only to teach these girls proper technique, but to encourage positive attitudes, self-esteem and confidence.”

              Brian Holmes

              Boys Team Coach

                                • 3 Years of Competitive Gymnastics Experience
                                • Graduated from Liberty High School
                                • Began coaching at LGA in 2015

                Melissa Vermeer

                League Team Coach

                  Lisa Brock

                  Developmental Coach - League Team Coach

                                    • 6 years of Competitive Tumbling and Acro
                                    • Owner of “Children’s Academy of Tumbling & Dance (1989-1992)
                                    • Coached Pre-school gymnastics – League Level 3
                                    • Currently Coaches Middle School Volleyball at Faith Christian Academy
                                    • Assistant Athletic Director at Faith Christian Academy
                                    • Director of “Pass it Up! Youth Volleyball”
                                    • Home educated 9 children
                                    • Began working at Liberty Gymnastics in 2016

                    “I coach because I love to see young athletes grow in their skills and confidence.  I am a teacher at heart and receive great satisfaction in being a part of the learning process for my students.  Giving a gymnast a “high-five” for personal victory, whether great or small, reminds me why I coach!”

                    Eleanor Tune

                    Developmental Coach - League Team Coach

                                      • USAG competitive gymnast
                                      • Has 5 years of gymnastics coaching experience
                                      • Certified Personal Trainers Certificate
                                      • CPR Certified
                                      • Child Safety Certified

                      Tammy Monaco

                      Tramp & Tumble Coach

                        Faith Wilson

                        Tramp & Tumble Coach

                          Allison Dull

                          Developmental Coach

                                            • Has 10 years of gymnastics experience
                                            • Bachelor of Science in K-12 Physical Education
                                            • Masters Degree in Athletic Administration from Northwest Missouri State University
                                            • Has 16 years of experience working with kids
                                            • Has 7 years of coaching experience
                                            • Coached collegiate and middle school track and field

                            Rachel Marquardt

                            Developmental Coach

                                              • USAG competitive gymnast
                                              • Competed in numerous Missouri State Championships
                                              • USAG Professional Member
                                              • Graduated from Liberty High School with honors
                                              • 3x National Qualifier in club volleyball
                                              • Studied Health Science and Nursing at the University of Missouri
                                              • Participated in Mizzou’s Club Gymnastics program
                                              • Has coached gymnastics for 4 years
                                              • Has coaching experience with Pre-Competitive, Developmental, and Level 4
                                              • Currently a nurse tech at North Kansas City Hospital

                              Liz Warman

                              Developmental Coach

                                Kiera Anders

                                Developmental Coach

                                  Brianna Boehm

                                  Developmental Coach

                                    Summer Manley

                                    Developmental Coach

                                      Amanda Hoppert

                                      Developmental Coach

                                        Paige Ruehter

                                        Developmental Coach


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