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 a MBA 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, working out and driving his Mini Cooper, and 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 30 years. He has worked in every aspect of the gym and currently works with the Level 4 and Optional Teams. Kenny is married to Beth and they have two children, Jon, a soccer player at Hargrave Military Academy and Page, who attends Calvary Day School. Kenny and Beth are Co-owners of Salem, along with Beth’s father, Frank Minter.
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Beth-Anne Brown, Front Office 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 currently dances for Regan High School. Her daughter, Dani, was on Salem’s Gymnastics Team and now is a Reagan Varsity Cheerleader. Beth-Anne has been married to David Brown for almost 25 years and currently lives in Pfafftown.
Tana Wooten, Owner’s Assistant
Tana works as an Office Assistant at Salem. Her three children have all been Salem kids, participating in Tumbleweeds, Boy’s gymnastics, beginner girls, Level 1-4 girls, Fit-nastics, Karate and tumbling. Tana met her husband, Tim, while he was in the Navy. They have been married over two decades! Tana said “I have felt very welcomed and am very grateful to be here. Salem has been very good to us over the years. It offers a great way to build confidence in my children and help them achieve all their goals.”
Jennifer Poplawski – Front Office
Jennifer has a long history with Salem! In her high school days, Jennifer was a tumbler when Salem Gymnastics was at its old location off S. Stratford Rd. After Salem moved to its current location, Jennifer joined the teaching staff, assisting in beginner gymnastics classes. She was an integral part of Salem’s teaching staff for years, working with tumbleweeds, parent/tots, and school aged boys and girls in addition to the Birthday Party and Camp programs. She eventually stopped coaching, taking a job with the WS/FCS school system where she worked until she was married with children – both of whom now take classes at Salem! After a few years as a stay at home Mom, Jennifer wanted to work part time to get out of the house and have some people interaction. Having her in our Front Office is a great fit. “I am so excited to be back at Salem Gymnastics – it just feels like home here.” Jennifer and her family are members of Pinedale church, and they love to camp, hike, boat, and attend play dates.
Geneva Diaz – Front Office
Originally from Swansboro, NC, Geneva graduated from Swansboro High School where she was Varsity Captain of the cheer squad. After her husband spent eleven years in the Navy, they moved to Mocksville and bought their first home. In addition to working in the Front Office, Geneva is currently pursuing a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Management at Liberty University, with graduation set for next year. She has a golden retriever named Ryleigh and two boys, Carson and Logan, who will both be taking classes here at Salem. Says Geneva “Salem Gym has been a welcome part of the transition to this part of the state. I love the atmosphere and everyone I have met thus far!”
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 including Salem Celebrations and Parent’s Night Out 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.
Madison Bartholomew – Salem Gymnastics
Madison began dance lessons when she was four, and began competitive dancing when she was six. She competed on a tap team for seven years and competed lyrical solos for four years. As a teenager, she assisted in teaching classes to young children and discovered that her true love was not for dance, but for teaching children. By the time she was eighteen she began traveling around the Raleigh and Cleveland area of North Carolina giving dance lessons to children whose parents could not afford to enroll them in professional classes. She later enrolled in education classes in order to become a teacher. Her goal is to become an elementary teacher, then a principal, and eventually to be a Dean of Education at a college in order to help train teachers to lovingly instruct children. Her passion, however, will always be to teach dance. Says Madison “I love to teach children the beauty of the art of dance that I came to love as a child.”
Dani Brown – Salem Gymnastics
Dani has been involved at Salem most of her life. She started at age 3 in the Little Dragon program at Salem. After achieving the rank of Green Belt at age 7, she switched to gymnastics where she moved up the ranks, joining the USAG team and competing through Level 5. At Reagan High School she was a Varsity Cheerleader and Captain. She began volunteer coaching at Salem when she was 14 and now works in our school age program, Tumbleweed program, and Totally Kids Camps. Dani is a student at Forsyth Tech.
Grace Burton – Salem Gymnastics
Grace has a long history in gymnastics and cheerleading. She began gymnastics at Salem as a four year old tumbleweed. Grace competed gymnastics for six years and then moved on to become a cheerleader on the varsity cheerleading team at Reagan High School. Grace’s passion for gymnastics is continued as she begins working Totally Kids Camps at Salem. Says Grace, “Working with children has always been a dream of mine and I am so glad I get to share my love of the sport with them.”
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!”
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.” Emily is a rising senior and plans to continue fostering her love for children through Salem until she graduates.
Sidney Fredrick – Salem Gymnastics
Sidney has been part of Salem since the age of 6 when she began gymnastics and has been teaching for years. She loves working with kids as well as helping them in gymnastics. Sidney is a Team Leader with Salem Celebrations birthday parties as well as helping out with school age classes and Totally Kids Camps. She says, “I love doing this job. Not only am I around the people that I love to work with, but I get to be at the gym and work with kids all at once!” Sidney is a Reagan High School graduate and attends UNC-Greensboro.
Anna George – Salem Gymnastics
Anna grew up in Greensboro, starting gymnastics at the age of three and competing through the Optional Levels. She is an outdoor enthusiast, graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in Recreation Management. She has led outdoor adventure trips all over the US including California, Oregon, and Washington State, plus Canada. She enjoys rock climbing and snow boarding and has had several years experience teaching both sports. When she was, 25 Anna started coaching gymnastics at all Levels, and has been the owner/ general manager of New River Gymnastics in Boone, NC for over 10 years. She moved to Winston-Salem to pursue a Masters Degree in Theology. Says Anna, “I love working with kids of all ages in any kind of athletic environment. To see students excel and reach their full potential not only gymnastics, but in life, is my greatest desire.”
Bree Hassler – Salem Gymnastics
Bree loves working with children and sharing her passion for this sport with others. Bree has always enjoyed gymnastics at a recreational level. She started dance at age 2 and began cheerleading at age 4. Eventually she did choose to just focus on cheerleading and tumbling. She cheered at her high school as well as on an all star cheerleading team. She has always enjoyed learning new tumbling skills and fell in love with Salem when she began taking tumbling lessons here. Bree is currently a student at Forsyth Tech.
Jade Jotcham – Salem Gymnastics
Jade first became involved at Salem at age 2 as a toddler in Mr. Jeff’s Parent/Tot class. Whether in weekly rec classes, summer camps, pre-team or team; gymnastics has always been her passion. She competed in USAG gymnastics for ten years, most recently at Level 8. Floor was her favorite event. Jade attends Mount Tabor High School where she is still tumbling and flying as a Varsity Cheerleader. When her feet finally touch the ground, she loves spending time doing art. Jade is excited about the opportunity to work with children and help them feel more confident about their athletic abilities.
Nikole Kennerly – Salem Gymnastics
Nikole currently lives in North Davidson County and grew up in South Florida where she was a competitive gymnast for many years. She moved to the Charlotte, NC area after high school and got her first taste of coaching while attending college. During that time she coached pre-school through Level 6/7 at two well known gyms in the Charlotte area. Once receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Civil Engineering she decided to pursue a career in engineering. Nikole has been busy as an engineer and raising a family including two daughters and a son. Although she left coaching to pursue a career in engineering her love for gymnastics & coaching was never far from her mind. She hopes to continue coaching as she raises her family in the Triad.
Sammy Lucas – Salem Gymnastics
Sammy is originally from Winston-Salem and he grew up at Salem Gymnastics. His father Tim Lucas, was a long time Salem coach, and his sister, Monica, was a competitive gymnast at Salem. Sammy never competed as a gymnast, but played baseball, basketball, football and soccer with great success. He played in both the Pop Warner Super Bowl with the Lewisville Titans and the Little League World Series with Southwest Forsyth Little League. Additionally, he competed in the Pan Am Maccabiah Games in basketball. While studying as a Health Fitness Specialist at East Carolina University, he coached the Tumbling and Trampoline team at Rose’s Gymnastics in Greenville, NC and worked with their recreational classes. Sammy is currently doing a split internship at Wake Forest University in Strength and Conditioning along with Baptist Hospital in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab. Sammy is certified with USA Weightlifting as a Strength and Performance Coach, along with having CPR and First Aid. Sammy is a Hall of Fame “gym rat” from Salem Gymnastics and looks to pass on the enthusiasm and fun to his students. Sammy works with all Levels from preschool through Advanced Team and coaches the Wake Forest Club Gymnastics Team.
Kacey Milligan – Salem Gymnastics
Kacey started doing gymnastics at ten years old at Step Ahead Gymnastics in Jacksonville, NC. She quickly moved to the Level 4 Team before moving to Okinawa, Japan with her military family. She continued to do gymnastics and joined her high school’s varsity cheer team. After living three years in Japan, Kacey moved to Winston-Salem and joined Salem’s Level 7 Team. She competed for Salem Gymnastics through high school. Kacey now attends Kent State University where she is pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Coaching, and where she competes for the club gymnastics team. We are pleased to have Kacey working Totally Kids Camps and gymnastics classes while she is home for summer break.
Sarah Monday – Salem Gymnastics
Sarah started gymnastics in third grade at Central Carolina Gymnastics in Lexington NC. She tumbled all the way through high school in the advanced level where she developed a love for the floor. Attending college at Barton and Lees-McRae college she competed in track and field as a sprinter and pole vaulter and decided to give cheerleading a try. She quickly fell in love with cheerleading and went on to become captain of her team. Sarah joined the awesome team at the YMCA in Avery and taught a small tumbling class. The job helped her realize how much she loved children and wanted to continue teaching them the great sport that is gymnastics!
Emily Muchukot – Salem Gymnastics
Emily participated in gymnastics as a young girl in Michigan and loved every part of it. She graduated from Davie High School and is attending UNC-Wilmington to major in nursing. Emily works in Totally Kids Camps and Salem Celebrations. She says, “I love working with children of all ages and helping them succeed at something they love to do!”
Matt Nelson – Salem Gymnastics
Matt was born in Washington, DC, but spent most of his formative years in California where he began tumbling at age 5 and was also involved in football, basketball, and collegiate track & field. Prior to moving to Winston-Salem he logged 10 years of gymnastics coaching experience at Champion Gym in Pasadena, CA, so naturally his first stop after relocating to NC was to come here to Salem Gymnastics! Matt’s primary focus was on school aged tumbling, but he also coached all ages and managed Special Events along with summer and winter Camps. In addition to gymnastics, Matt has coached track and field, soccer, and volunteered with his church youth group. He enjoys shaping tomorrows leaders. Matt says, “Working with children is one of the most rewarding experience anyone could have. I look forward to insuring that confidence soars in my students!”
Haleigh Patterson – Salem Gymnastics
Haleigh started gymnastics at Salem in Mr. Jeff’s Tumbleweed class when she was 4 years old. The skills she learned helped her become a successful cheerleader, which was a huge part of her life for 12 years. She graduated from West Forsyth High School and currently attends Forsyth Tech where she is working towards her Dental Assistant diploma. Says Haleigh, “I enjoy working with children of all ages. I love my job and I also love being someone the students can look up to!” Haleigh teaches gymnastics, Dance-nastics, and is on the Salem Celebration staff.
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”
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.
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!”
Heather Stafford – 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.
Melia Tinnin – Salem Gymnastics
Melia attends Reagan High School and has lived in Winston-Salem all her life. She started at Salem Gymnastics in the Tumbleweeds class at the early age of four and took gymnastics for several years, then moved on to cheerleading during her middle and high school years. Melia loves participating in anything dealing with kids! Her passion shows when she is the first to volunteer to assist Mr. Jason with his Tumbleweeds class. Melia can be seen during the Totally Kids Camps in the summer and coaching classes in the fall semester.
Deanndra 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!”
Mike Wood, Salem Swim Director
Mike comes to Winston-Salem from Minnesota and has been involved in swimming all his life. The oldest of five kids in an aquatic family, Mike learned to swim at a young age and began swimming competitively when he was 8 years old. He swam for a private club, for his high school, and for St. Cloud State University where he was voted Most Improved his junior year and earned a B.S. in Marketing. While in college Mike taught swim lessons at Foss Swim School, one of the premier swim schools in the country. After college he worked in sales and coached both club and college swimming. Realizing that his passion was for water and kids, Mike took a job at Lifetime Fitness where he was Assistant Aquatics Director, and has now moved to Winston-Salem to pursue his aquatic career. Mike married his long time sweetheart in 2011. He likes all sports, but has a passion for swimming, basketball, adventure racing, and all things outdoors. “The reason I like teaching and coaching swimming, besides a love for the sport, is that it’s an important skill for everyone to learn. I also like watching the kids grow and get faster as they progress through the sport. Kids also brighten up your day because they are always smiling. I am also very excited to be part of the first swim school in Winston!!”
Adrienne Beauchamp – Salem Swim
Adrienne’s passion for swimming began at the age of 10 when she starting swimming and diving with the local summer league. She continued with swimming and diving in high-school. Her excitement for the sport remains today as her children Will and Maggie both enjoy competitive swimming. Adrienne is a Winston-Salem native who believes in the importance of youth sports and fitness. She attended Saint Mary’s College and Appalachian State University. Adrienne, her husband William, Will and Maggie enjoy spending time together at church, working in the garden, days on the lake and supporting one another in various activities that keep them busy!
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!”
Samantha Glenn – Salem Swim
Samantha has been involved in swimming all her life, having learned and taught in S. Florida swim schools as well as swimming competitively. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at Winston Salem State University and holds a BS in Exercise Science from UNC Charlotte. When she is not in the classroom or pool she enjoys fitness and nutrition, reading, writing poetry, listening to live music, shopping, cooking, outdoor activities and travel. Says Samantha “Never say never, just put your mind to it and you will achieve it.”
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!”
Anabella Lutz – Salem Swim
Born and raised in Winston Salem, Anabella has been a swimmer since the age of five when she began swim team in the summers for fun. She has been in love with the water ever since then, whether it is in the pool swimming freestyle or splashing in the waves at the beach. Anabella is currently pursuing a degree in Biochemistry at Salem College. She is also a dancer and a horseback rider, and loves the great outdoors. She can often be found with her face in a book or saving opossum babies from busy roads. Anabella has a great passion for working with children and enjoys watching them grow as individuals. She says “I am excited to watch the kids become better and more comfortable with swimming at Salem.”
Micah Lutz – Salem Swim
Micah has been swimming since he was very young and has been on summer and year around swim teams his whole life. He has experience in coaching kids of all ages, from young children to upper teens. Micah is currently pursuing a degree in Biology at Appalachian State. Says Micah, “I love to teach people how to swim and enjoy themselves while doing so. One of my favorite things to see is a child developing new skills and experiencing the happiness a person can receive from accomplishing goals they’ve set out to attain, knowing that all things done with good hearted intent gives us a gateway to true joy.”
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!”
Reilly Meagher – Salem Swim
Reilly is a senior at West Forsyth High School and plans to attend UNCG next year. She has been swimming competitively since she was 5 and is an assistant coach at Waterford Pool. She loves swimming and coaching, and a few of her other hobbies include painting, drawing, writing poetry and hiking. She is excited to teach swimming lessons at Salem Swim!
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.”
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.
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.