Meet Our Staff
Building Healthy, Confident Kids!
Frank Minter, President, Co-Owner
In 1980 Frank saw a need for high level gymnastics in Winston-Salem and as such was instrumental in starting Salem Gymnastics. Frank earned an engineering degree from NC State and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill. For most of his working career he was a representative for IBM located in Winston Salem. Frank is the business manager for Salem Gymnastics & Swim. He is well traveled, enjoys scuba diving, spending time with his grandchildren, and driving his Mini Cooper. He loves to see children enjoy exercising and going home sweating and smiling!
Beth Morphis, Director, Co-Owner
Beth has been flipping all her life, dancing, acting, and eventually making the first gymnastics team in Winston-Salem. Her love of the sport inspired her parents to open Salem Gymnastics Center in 1980 where she continued to teach and compete gymnastics, accepting a full gymnastics scholarship to Illinois State University. Fate dealt an interesting blow during the fall of her freshman year, when an uneven bar fall led to a torn ACL and reconstructive knee surgery. She spent the next four months in a full leg cast, six months on crutches and two years in rehab. She learned many things during this time, including both patience and a giant swing on bars, which she was the first ISU gymnast to compete. After college Beth came home and, along with her parents and husband, began running the family business. Beth has been a long time NC-USAG Board Member and a speaker at both USAG State and Regional Congresses, as well as an integral part of USAIGC Nationals from 1989-2001. Additionally, she is a founding member of Motion Evolution, serves in lay leadership at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and loves to travel and listen to Jackson Browne. Beth is married to Kenny Morphis and has two awesome children, Jon and Page. She loves working at Salem with her husband and father, and feels very fortunate to have a job she looks forward to going to every day. Her hope is that the lives she touches will take the lessons learned and continue on to greatness wherever they go.
Kenny Morphis, Head Coach, Co-Owner
Kenny has been active in sports all his life. A native of North Carolina, Kenny’s family moved to West Berlin, Germany in 1963 where he grew up. Kenny attended the Berlin Military School system, graduating in 1977 from Berlin American High School where he was a member of the soccer and football teams. Upon returning to the US, he attended Gardner Webb College where he was a Physical Education major with a Psychology minor. Kenny was a member of his college tennis team as well as an avid intramural participant. Kenny began working at Salem in 1984 and has been Head Coach of the girl’s competitive teams for over 35 years. Kenny is married to Beth and they have two children, Jon, who works in the family business, and Page, who attends Calvary Day School. Kenny and Beth are Co-owners of Salem, along with Beth’s father, Frank Minter.
Salem’s Customer Service
Beth-Anne Brown, Customer Service Manager
Beth-Anne started at Salem in 2002 as a manager and teacher for Karate International. She received her 1st Degree Black Belt in 1999 and is currently a 3rd degree Black Belt. She began working in the Salem office in 2006. Working for Salem was a natural transition considering she has had a child involved in every aspect of the Gym at one time or another. Her son, Dalton, got his Black Belt from Karate International and was on Cheer Extreme’s first Co-ed team at Salem. Her daughter, Devin, was on the Salem Dance Team and teaches dance-nastics and camps at Salem. Her daughter, Dani, was on Salem’s Gymnastics Team and now coaches preschool through Blue Team. Beth-Anne has been married to David Brown for over 25 years and currently lives in Pfafftown.
Kelsey Carter – Customer Service
Kelsey is a lifetime resident of Davie County. She currently attends Davidson County Community College where she is working towards a degree in Human Resource Management. She is happily married and has three boys: Bentley, Zander and Beckett. Her oldest two boys take classes at Salem and have loved it here! Says Kelsey: “The entire staff has been very welcoming to me from the very beginning. Everyone that I have met at Salem have been so nice and made the transition to working part-time a breeze!”
Devin King – Customer Service
Devin began at Salem as a six-year-old karate students, enjoying classes while her mother taught karate. When she was eight years old she started on the Salem Dance Team and discovered her passion. Devin continued dancing on the Reagan High School Dance Team and taught dance here at Salem. Devin taught many summers at Salem’s Princes Dance camps and other Totally Kids Camps. After high school, Devin attended East Carolina University where she earned a degree in Hospitality Management. She currently is a preschool teacher at Parkway Preschool and works part-time in our Front Office. Devin married her high school sweetheart in November 2017 and they live in Rural Hall.
Jennifer Poplawski – Customer Service
Jennifer has spent many years at Salem, first as a student, then an instructor, a gym parent, and now an office assistant. She is happily married to Donny Poplawski and they we have two children; Olivia and Nicolas who both attend classes here. Jennifer has an associate degree in early childhood special education and has worked in the WS/FCS and Davie School systems. She is very involved with her children, very outgoing and adventurous, loves to camp, hike, boat, attend play dates, and is a member at Pinedale Church. Says Jen “I am so excited to work at Salem. It just feels like home here!”
Jeff DeVito, Gymnastics Director
Jeff is from upstate New York and moved to North Carolina for college and golf. If someone had told Jeff when he was growing up that he would end up being a gymnastics coach, he would have told them that they were crazy. In 1991 Jeff took a summer job at Salem “flipping kids” and has never looked back. “I’m very happy that I took that job because I love coaching and I look forward to going to work everyday.” Jeff does a little of everything at the gym, serving as Department Leader for the Gymnastics program, Tumbleweed teacher, Team Coach, and anything else that is needed. He is also in charge of staff training – “its fun to pass on what I have learned to new staff members.” Over the years Jeff has been a speaker at NC State clinics and always draws a crowd. Jeff is married to Ms Charlene who also works at Salem and has 2 children, Coby and Gracie.
Charlene DeVito, Program Coordinator & Special Events Director
Originally from upstate New York, Charlene was a competitive gymnast under the direction of former Russian National Gold Medalist Yury Tsykun, and studied dance at numerous dance studios for most of her childhood. After college she was the gymnastics and dance director for the Albany YMCA for ten years before moving to North Carolina and her current home at Salem Gymnastics. Over the years Charlene has coached numerous State, Regional and National Gymnasts and Dancers. She currently teaches parent-tot through team gymnasts, is the Director of Camps & Special Events and is the overall Program Coordinator at Salem. Charlene lives in Clemmons with her husband Jeff and two children, Coby and Gracie.
Beau Davis, Tumbling Department Leader
Beau has been involved in gymnastics his whole life. He started preschool classes at 3 years old in Greensboro where his coaches noticed his talent from the start. As a boy he also played baseball, basketball and soccer and was also involved in martial arts, but gymnastics was the one sport that he always loved and was devoted to. Beau joined the power tumbling and trampoline team at Tumblebees in Greensboro where he competed from the age of 8 up until he was 18 – and won 4 U.S. National Championship Titles! He started coaching at the age of 16 and it quickly became his new passion. In 2005 he started working for the world’s largest traveling camp company for tumbling and cheerleading, Spring Tumbling Camps. He coached in all parts of the U.S. as well as Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Paris, France! He has been on staff for major gymnastics and cheerleading camps including Lake Owen (Wisconsin) and Cheer/Gym (Montreal). He views his greatest achievement by far to be playing a role in getting aspiring athletes onto high school and college teams. Beau works in all areas of the company.
Jason Braun – Salem Gymnastics
Jason was born in Jacksonville Florida where he started gymnastics at the age of 8. He competed in artistic gymnastics until he was 15, then competed in power tumbling and trampoline. In 1987 Jason placed 3rd at World Age Group Games in power tumbling. He has been coaching gymnastics on and off for 30+ years, and had a brief career as a circus performer. Jason coaches everything from preschoolers through Level 10 gymnastics, has coached numerous state, regional, and national champions and has been instrumental in assisting over 10 gymnasts to obtain college scholarships.
Erin Barile – Salem Gymnastics
Erin is originally from Stuart, VA and has practically grown up in the gym. She began gymnastics at Salem as a parent/tot, and continued in gymnastics when her mother, Holly, opened her own gym. Erin was 6 years old she began competing in gymnastics and was 12 when she started teaching. She competed through her senior year of high school and then took a job coaching gymnastics in Asheville, NC where she coached several state and regional champions. Erin returned to Winston-Salem in 2017 and began coaching at Salem Gymnastics. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with so many different and talented children, and hopes to help teach them valuable lessons for both the gym and life.
Gracie Burris – Salem Gymnastics
Gracie began gymnastics in the Mini Mights program and quickly moved up to compete in USAG Levels 4 & 5. She was a cheerleader from third grade through eighth grade and was on the high school dive team during her senior year. A graduate of West Forsyth High School, Gracie attends Appalachian State University. Says Gracie, “I have a passion for working with children and I love this sport!”
Jessica Coan – Salem Gymnastics
bio coming soon!
Morgan Cobler – Salem Gymnastics
Morgan grew up at Salem Gymnastics, starting as a 3 year-old Tumbleweed in Mr. Jason’s class. She continued in gymnastics through her elementary and middle school years, competing on Salem’s Team as a Level 5 where her favorite event was uneven bars. Morgan has always loved being active, switching to dance after gymnastics. She currently is a student at West Forsyth High School where she is involved in the dance department. After high school she plans to continue her education, eventually earning her Masters in Nutrition. Says Morgan, “Teaching children to learn gymnastics safely and grow stronger everyday is why I love coming to work!”
Emily Creech – Salem Gymnastics
Emily has been involved at Salem since the age of 5 beginning in tumbleweeds and continuing on and off with tumbling classes. Faced with the decision between dance and gymnastics, she chose dance. She is now a full time dancer and is choreographer of the Dancing Boots at RJ Reynolds high school. Emily has always loved working with kids from the nursery at church to assisting with dance camps. Emily is currently working in Totally Kids Camps and plans to continue working regular classes through the school year. Emily says, “even though I was not able to pursue my interest in gymnastics, it brings me great joy to know that I can now help others pursue that interest, and hopefully help them acquire a love for the sport.”
Heather Douglas – Salem Gymnastics
Heather is a gymnastics coach from Kernersville, NC and has been involved in gymnastics since she was four years old. She is a former Level 8 competitive gymnast. After meeting some great goals of hers at the Southeast Regional Level 8 Championships in 1999, she transitioned into cheerleading which she continued to pursue for the next 10 years. She continued to use her foundational tumbling skills from gymnastics throughout her competitive and collegiate cheerleading years. Heather attended UNC Wilmington and Appalachian State University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2009. She has been coaching gymnastics over the past 5 years. She has a passion for working with children and values the opportunity to teach life lessons through coaching gymnastics.
Page Morphis – Salem Gymnastics
Bio coming soon!
Kimmy O’Rorke – Salem Gymnastics
Kimmy started at Salem as a member of the USAG team. She was a competitive gymnast for almost four years, when an injury caused her to have surgery. Although she was not able to return to competitive gymnastics, she is still at the gym regularly as an instructor! Says Kimmy, “I love being able to coach in a sport that I was so passionate about. Being able to help kids achieve in gymnastics is so fun!”
Sarah Petersen – Salem Gymnastics
As a child, Sarah was a Salem gymnast for eight years. She spent four years as a competitive gymnast and made it to Level 7 before her family moved to Boone. Sarah continued gymnastics New River Gymnastics where she achieved Level 9. Sarah taught gymnastics at New River for two years, and then opened her own little gym at her parent’s business, Deer Valley Racquet Club. In 2018 Sarah returned “home” to Salem where she returned to coaching, and loves it!
In her spare time Sarah enjoys being with her friends and family, hiking, swimming, hanging with her dog, and learning about turtles and dinosaurs. Her favorite quote comes from Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Tiffany Prohaska – Salem Gymnastics
Tiffany grew up outside Raleigh, and has done gymnastics as long as she can remember. She is the youngest of 5 girls in her family, all of who have been involved in gymnastics. Her oldest two sisters are coaches now as well! “I remember my older sisters spotting me on cool tricks when I was in preschool.” Says Tiffany. “That developed such a deep love for the sport which I now get to pass on to so many at Salem!” She competed off and on until the age of 16 and retired as Novice State Champion and 3rd Place All-Around for Level 6. She got back in the gym last year after bringing her 2 year old son Levi to the parent/tot class at Salem. “I have so much joy coming to work, knowing I get to do what I love again!” says Tiffany.
Andrea Roa – Salem Gymnastics
Originally from Venezuela and fluent in Spanish, Andrea came to Salem Gymnastics when she was 11 years old. She started out in Level 2 and progressed into the USAG optional levels before joining the Salem Dance Team. Andrea has been a class instructor, party host, camp staff and team coach throughout her high school years and continuing on while a student at Salem College. Andrea graduated in 2015 with a degree in communications and minors in dance and Italian. Andrea is now employed by Wake Forest University, and we are thrilled that she continues to be part of the Salem Gymnastics family. She says, “ I have been lucky as a young adult to find a job that I love with all my heart and that I have a passion for. I am also lucky to work in an environment were I feel at home with people that I can see as family”
Emily Shields – Salem Gymnastics
Emily practically grew up Salem Gymnastics, starting as a beginner girl when her mother was a Salem instructor. She stayed in gymnastics through Level 5 where her favorite event was floor exercise. Emily joined the Salem Dance Team after her gymnastics career where she danced in two World Championships. After dance, Emily pursued cheerleading for 4 years, 2 years being on varsity. Now a student at Mount Tabor High School, she is dancing again, this time on Tabor’s Dance Team. Emily began on Salem’s staff when she was 12 years old, helping to clean mats, set up stations and making snacks for the Totally Kids Camps. Says Emily, “I love teaching kids gymnastics. It’s amazing to see how someone’s confidence can thrive when they’re able to do a skill by myself for the first time. I look forward to it every time I come to work!”
Riley Shore – Salem Gymnastics
Gymnastics has always been a large part of Riley’s life. She trained for 13 years and advanced to Level 9. She loved competing on the floor the most! Riley is a graduate of Reynolds High School and a student at UNC – Wilmington. She is a certified nursing assistant but plans on majoring in athletic training. Says Riley, “I love working with kids and helping them learn new skills and stay determined in such a great sport. I am excited to work and meet all of your kids!”
Grace Waters – Salem Gymnastics
Bio coming soon!
Dee Watkins – Salem Gymnastics
Deanndra has been involved with gymnastics classes at Salem since age nine, when she moved quickly through Levels 1-3 and joined the USAG team in her first year. She competed gymnastics through Level 8, and was on Salem’s Dance Team for two years. At Parkland High School, Deanndra was Captain of the Varsity Cheer Squad and graduated with honors. During her high school years she also worked at Salem in gymnastics, Dance-nastics, and Totally Kids Camps. She is currently enrolled at Salem College where she majors in Psychology. Says Deanndra “Teaching gymnastics always brings me joy because it reminds me of how, not too long ago, I was taking the same gymnastic classes as my students and how far I went as a gymnast. It makes me realize that all students have potential to be a higher level gymnast, and it excites me when I get to see them progress over the years.”
Jacob Wyatt – Salem Gymnastics
Jacob has worked with children of all ages in the strength and conditioning field since 2008. He grew up in Davie County, NC and attended UNC-Charlotte where he studied exercise physiology and biochemistry. Jacob is competitive weightlifter and gets to travel quite a bit with his sport. Says Jacob, “I love working with kids of all ages and feed off of their energy even though I myself am very energetic! I love gymnastics and did gymnastics till around age 9 or 10. I also love rolling, flipping and showing others the athletic and personal confidence that young children can learn from gymnastics!!! Fly high and stick the landing!”
Carrie Petersen, Salem Swim Director
Carrie has been involved in athletics her whole life. She grew up near Atlanta playing soccer, swimming, and playing tennis for both her high school and college. Carrie graduated from Queens College with a BSN, and worked as a high-risk neonatal nurse before starting a family. She is happily married to Aaron and has four children who are active as well, one who was a Salem gymnast through Level 8. While at Salem, Carrie was very actively involved in the Booster Club, serving in many capacities including BC President. In 2009 the Petersen’s moved to Boone where Carrie and Aaron ran Deer Valley Racquet Club. After nine years they have returned to Winston-Salem where Carrie is very excited to be back “home” on the team at Salem. One thing she has learned is that life is a journey and things happen for a reason. She is so happy to be Swim School Director where she can be actively involved in helping our staff and students become the best version of themselves they can be!
Destinee Adams – Salem Swim
Destinee is very familiar with Salem, having done gymnastics here when she was younger. In addition, she has ben dancing at In Motion studio since she was five years old and has been a swimmer since a very young age. Destinee loves kids, having volunteered at VBS every year since she was twelve. She is a student at West Forsyth High School where she is in the National Dance Honor Society.
Hannah Caviness – Salem Swim
Hannah has always lived an active life and has a true passion for the water. In high school she was captain of the basketball, volleyball, softball, and cheerleading teams, and was on a synchronized swimming team for 7 years. After graduating, Hannah headed to Clemson University where she earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Graphic Communications. Being incapable to separate from the water, she earned a seat on Clemson’s NCAA Rowing Team and was selected Clemson University’s 2011 Homecoming Queen. Throughout college she taught swimming lessons, and was elected the children’s summer ministry leader at her church in Union, SC. Says Hannah, “I love swimming, and working with kids will brighten anyone’s day! My goal is to help everyone experience the same fun and excitement in the water as I do!”
Meghan Coats – Salem Gymnastics
Meghan is a student at West Forsyth High School where she is a cross country and track and field runner and also a soccer player. She swam for her neighborhood team all through her childhood and has always loved being in the water. She has volunteered for 2 years at the YMCA for the Big Brother Big Sister Organization and spends one on one time with her little, so she has experience with young children. Meghan also has four siblings, so she has experience with children of all ages. Says Meghan “I hope to create relationships with these kids and be a positive role model.”
Alexis Demmitt – Salem Gymnastics
Alexis began swimming as a young child when her family became members of the local pool. She loved it, and quickly became one of their most frequent attendees. She continued to swim through the years, and with her high school in Provo, Utah. In college, at Utah Valley University, she pursued her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher, and spent a year working in a kindergarten classroom, loving every minute. Her school career was put in hold when she had a baby girl of her own. She now has two beautiful girls who have attended both gymnastics and swim at Salem Gym. Alexis’ love of teaching and children has kept her in the classroom-working in local preschools. She is excited for this opportunity to broaden her teaching horizons and work more with kids.
Rebecca Gordon – Salem Swim
Rebecca graduated from UNC Asheville in the spring of 2014 and joined the Episcopal Service Corps, living a year of service, working as the Youth Programs Coordinator for Habitat Forsyth. She has also worked as the Director of Youth Ministries for Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, GA. Rebecca came back to Winston-Salem, loving our town and loving to work with kids! “Having always loved swimming, I’m excited to be a swim instructor for Salem Swim!”
Parker Hunt – Salem Swim
Because his mother was a lifeguard at the local pool, Parker began swimming when he was just a few days old and has loved the water ever since! He grew up in suburb of Houston, Texas, where there was an abundance of neighborhood pools and where he spent his sunny summer days swimming. He loves being in the water, whether oceans, lakes, rivers, creaks, or pools, and feels most comfortable in the water.
Parker graduated college in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in English. He loves being with kids, and has been working for the past year here in Winston-Salem with the Centers for Exceptional Children. Besides swimming and teaching children, Parker enjoys poetry, the color green, and baking bread.
Says Parker, “I am so excited to help my students master the ability to swim so that they can enjoy all the fun and healthful benefits water activities provide!”
Jack Joram – Salem Swim
Jack has always loved the water, and learned to swim when he was 4 years old. A year later he joined Jonestown’s Swim Team here in Winston-Salem and swam on their team every summer until he was 12, when he joined TYDE. Once in high school, Jack joined the West Forsyth Diving Team where he was voted Team Captain. In addition, Jack enjoys diving for the Tumblebees Dive Club, and he has always enjoyed working with children, volunteering each week in children’s liturgy at his church and serving as a camp counselor during VBS. Says Jack; “I am so excited to teach kids my knowledge and skills in the water, and to see them excel in confidence, athletics, and of course have fun!
Zeke Lutz – Salem Swim
Zeke learned to swim when he was 3 years old, and started swimming competitively at the age of 9. He swam for Shallowford Lakes, in high school with the Forsyth Hawks, and in college at both High Point University and Appalachian State. Zeke has extensive experience with coaching swimming, having spent 6 years coaching at Shallowford Lakes during the summers, and coaching the 6th-9th grade swim team at Summit School. He is currently finishing his undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Appalachian State University and has plans to continue on to Law School.
Meghan Meyers – Salem Swim
A rising senior at West Forsyth High School, Meghan has been in the pool swimming competitively since she was seven years old. She currently swims for several local teams including TYDE, Waterford, and West Forsyth. Says Meghan, “I am very excited to share my love of swimming with the children at Salem Swim!”
Rachel Meyers – Salem Swim
Rachel began swimming for a summer league swim team in Raleigh when she was five years old. After moving to Clemmons she began to swim for Waterford’s swim team. A student at West Forsyth High School, she has been involved in several clubs including sand volleyball. She has also played club volleyball with Champion. Rachel has always enjoyed working with children of all ages, has volunteered in preschool classrooms, and has babysat for several years. Says Rachel “I look forward to seeing kids learn to love the water and get more confident after each lesson.”
Alexia Mutkus – Salem Swim
Since she was young, Alexia has loved the water. Growing up with a pool in her front yard and three energetic younger sisters, she has spent a lot of time in the pool! Alexia is currently a student at West Forsyth High School and she plans to further her education by earning a degree in Biology. She loves children, babysitting and volunteering whenever she can.
Brendan Noyes – Salem Swim
Brendon has been swimming for as long as he can remember. He is a junior at Campbell University studying Political Science Pre-Law and plans to attend law school, eventually becoming a sports agent. He loves sports, specifically baseball, football, hockey, basketball and MMA to name a few. He also enjoy hiking and camping. Brendon’s favorite quote is “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”.
Brie Noyes – Salem Swim
Brie has been swimming for as long as she remembers, having a pool in her back yard. She was inspired to help children learn to love and appreciate the water while attending a lifeguard camp at a Naval base, and so she came to Salem Swim. Brie is simultaneously enrolled at both West Forsyth and Forsyth Tech. She enjoys softball and pole-vaulting, is an assistant athletic trainer at her high school, and has volunteered for years at Camp Merriwood. Her favorite quote comes from Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times as long as one remembers to turn on the lights.”
Sarah Rivers – Salem Swim
Sarah is a student at Appalachian State University studying Health and Physical Education. She has been swimming since she was three and has loved the water ever since. Sarah was on her high school varsity team all four years along with being a part of ASU’s Club Swimming her freshman year. She is now on the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, which is ultimately her favorite sport.
Sarah has been a lifeguard for six years along with being a swimming instructor for young children. She loves to work with kids who are willing to learn and excited to get in the water! Her favorite animals are otters because of how cute they are and how well they glide through the water. She hopes to help children fall in love with swimming just as she did by providing a fun and safe environment to learn.
Sully Shore – Salem Swim
Sully has always loved water, getting his Lifeguard Certification at a young age. He attends Reynolds High School where he plays lacrosse, and will soon be starting his Eagle Scout project. Sully is Patrol Leader for his troop, and looks forward to working at Salem Swim.
Patrick Thomas – Salem Swim
Patrick grew up in Asheville, NC, where he taught lifeguarding and swim lessons through the American Red Cross for ten years. His early swim career culminated in a 3-mile swim at age 12. He attended Western Carolina University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and a Masters Degree in Teaching. Having taught math for nine years, Patrick now teaches at Mount Tabor High School. His hobbies include strength training, chess, tennis, and reading.
Mitchell Walsh – Salem Swim
Mitchell was born in Illinois, moved to Florida, and finally settled into Clemmons. A homeschool student who also attends Forsyth Tech, Mitchell is a recreational swimmer who loves sports, especially soccer and track. He also has enjoyed working in the church nursery and has a big interest in Mustang cars! Says Mitchell, “I am very excited to work at Salem Swim and meet new people!”
Capital Martial Arts
Rob Joiner, Capital Martial Arts
Rob is a 3rd degree black belt and has been chief instructor at Salem Gymnastics since 2008. He has a degree in commercial art and advertising design, and is currently employed doing computer graphics. In his spare time he enjoys biking, cooking and music. In addition to Sanshinkai, Rob has trained in Tae Kwon Do and Brazilian Jujitsu, and is currently training in Krav Maga.