Meet Our Staff

Over 35 Years of Experience

Building Healthy, Confident Kids!

Frank MinterFrank 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 Sports Center. 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 Sports Center. 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!

Beth MorphisBeth 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 MorphisKenny 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 Team. 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.

Beth Anne BrownBeth-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 WootenTana Wooten, Front Office, 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.”

Jeff DeVitoJeff 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 Level program, Tumbleweed teacher, 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 Clinician at various 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 DeVitoCharlene 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 in the upstate New York area 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 in 1995. Both in New York and at Salem she has coached numerous State, Regional and National Gymnasts and Dancers. She currently teaches parent-tot through team gymnasts, as well as the Dance Team. She is the Director of Camps & Special Events including Salem Celebrations and Parent’s Night Out as well as Co-Director of the Dance Program. Charlene lives in Clemmons with her husband Jeff and two children, Coby and Gracie.

Mike WoodMike 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!!”

Beau DavisBeau 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 rep. (Montreal).  He views his greatest achievement by far to be playing a role in getting aspiring athletes onto high school and college teams.  Beau will work in all areas of the company.

Jason BraunJason Braun

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, and has coached numerous state, regional, and national champions and has been instrumental in assisting over 10 gymnasts to obtain college scholarships.

Dani BrownDani Brown

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.

Emily CreechEmily Creech

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 FredrickSidney Fredrick

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 GeorgeAnna George

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 the last 10 years. She recently 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.”

Brittany IzerBrittany Izer

Brittany has been involved in gymnastics since she was 4 years old. She competed as a Level 10 gymnast at International Gymnastics in Charlotte, and was a seven time USAG Regional Qualifier. During her senior year of high school, she switched roles from gymnast to coach, and continued coaching through college in all levels from preschool through team. Brittany graduated with honors from Appalachian with a BS in Child Development. She recently moved to town where she will attend Winston-Salem State University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program. Brittany has a continuing love for gymnastics. She says “I enjoy getting to share experiences with children as they show progress from week to week and continue to fall in love with the sport just as I did!”

Jade JotchamJade Jotcham

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.

Nicole KennerlyNikole Kennerly

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 LewisSammy Lucas

Sammy is originally from Winston-Salem where he basically 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 and now coaches here. 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.

Kayla McCannKayla McCann

Kayla’s passion for gymnastics began at a young age when she made her grand debut taking Tumbleweed classes from Mr. Jason here at Salem. Kayla grew up in the gym, competing in a Salem leo for many years. She was an integral part of Salem’s team that won 1st place at the 2002 Level 6 State Championships and 2nd at the 2003 Level 7 State Championships. Later that year Kayla’s family relocated to Clearwater, Florida where she continued competing gymnastics at Levels 8 and 9 for LaFleur’s Gymnastics Club of Largo. She then went on to compete in Power Tumbling, where she placed 10th in her age group at Power Tumbling Nationals. Kayla was also on the track and field team for her high school where she broke the school record for Pole Vault, jumping 10 feet! After graduation, Kayla attended Liberty University where she was a member of both their Track and Field and Club Gymnastics Teams. She graduated from Massage Therapy School and worked for the Wellness Center/Physical Therapy Department at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater while coaching gymnastics on the side. She returned to LaFleur’s gymnastics, this time as a member of their competitive team coaching staff. Pulling from her past successes, Kayla helped coach their Level 4 & 5 Teams to win the Florida State Meet three years in a row. In 2015 Kayla returned to Winston-Salem and Salem Gymnastics to coach at her home gym in her hometown, where she works with children of all ages and all abilities.

Courntney MullisCourtney Mullis

Courtney began taking gymnastics at age 4 after being amazed by the college gymnasts she saw on TV. She trained and competed in compulsory gymnastics in North Carolina for 7 years, and one year she even attended competitive camp at Salem Gymnastics! Courtney retired from gymnastics and was a cheerleader throughout high school. When she was attending college at Coastal Carolina University, she took a part-time job coaching recreational gymnastics and fell back in love with the sport. Courtney is excited to share the multitude of skills gymnastics taught her with our young gymnasts while she’s in Winston-Salem, pursuing a Master’s degree at Wake Forest University.

Salem Website FaviconMegan Nigro

Megan is a pre-law student at Wake Forest University where she is also Vice President for Club Gymnastics. Megan is also a member of the Wake Forest Dance Company and Mock Trial team. She started gymnastics at college but has been dancing since the age of 3. Megan loved to teach dance throughout high school, and she is so excited to be teaching gymnastics now for the rec gymnastics classes and tumbleweeds. Her favorite part of teaching is watching students improve and seeing how proud they are of themselves when they learn a new skill!

Haliegh PattersonHaleigh Patterson

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.

Jennifer PoplawskiJennifer Poplawski

Jennifer is Salem’s newest office assistant, but is not new to 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.

Heather StaffordHeather Stafford

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.

Deanndra WatkinsDeanndra Watkins

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 plans to major 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.”

Kadijah WardKadijah Ward

Dance has been part of Kadijah’s life starting at the age of 3. She received her training at Spirit Wings Dance Company and Studio based out of Laurel, Maryland where she also began teaching dance. Kadijah is currently a senior at Salem College where she is a Teaching, Schools, and Society Advocacy major with a minor in Spanish. She will be receiving her elementary education license in North Carolina as part of her education. Kadijah is also a member of the Salem College Dance Company, where she has had the opportunity to participate in dance residencies with esteemed artists such as Bill T. Jones and Twyla Tharp. She spent this past summer as a day camp counselor with Headfirst Summer Camps on the campus of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. where she got a lot of experience with kids! Kadijah loves dance and is very passionate about working with children. She is very excited about teaching Dance-nastics at Salem!

Rob JoinerRob 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.