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 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 loves working with the public.
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 student, 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, Rec 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. Then, 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 two 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.
Arien Young, Girl’s Team Admin
Arien is originally from Beaufort, N.C. and has spent most of her life dedicated to the sport of gymnastics. She was coached by Mike Underwood through USAG Level 10 and was a member of the 2002 Region 8 JO National Team. Arien continued her gymnastics career at North Carolina State University where she specialized on balance beam. In her sophomore year she suffered an ankle injury that prevented her from competing for two seasons. It was during this time that she fell more in love with coaching and motivating her teammates. This time helped shaped her into the coach that she is today. Upon graduating from N.C. State with a Undergrad in Sports Management she decided to move to the Winston-Salem area where she got to work with and learn from her club gymnastics coach, Mike. Fast forward 12 years later, she has had coaching success at the State and Regional level and is eager and excited to create young and well-balanced gymnasts. Arien and her husband, Chris Young where married in June of 2013 and they have two young boys, Skylar (4) and Layton (2). They hope to continue to spread the joys of gymnastics and encourage the youth in our community!
Chris Young – Boy’s Gymnastics Director
Chris started gymnastics right here at Salem Gymnastics when he was 9½ years old. He trained at Salem with his longtime coach, Bob Kohut, through high school, becoming back-to-back National Vault Champion in 1991-1992. Chris attended the University of Minnesota, then came back to North Carolina to train again with Bob to chase his dream of becoming an Olympian. In 1997 Chris moved to the Olympic Training Center where he became a National Team member. He went on to compete for the USA Men’s National Team in the Pan-American Games where the team won the Silver Medal. Next, Chris earned a spot on the 1999 World Championship Team that took 6th in the world, helping the USA to qualify for the 2000 Olympic Games. An Achilles tear in January 2000 stopped his Olympic dream from coming to fruition, however he did compete at the 2000 Olympic Trails. Chris has coached boys gymnastics ever since then, and now he is back where it all started.
Chris’ dream is to help the boys that he coaches become strong men in their community. He is married to Salem coach Arien, and has four children: C.J, Christiana, Skylar & Layton.
Heather Stafford – School-age Gymnastics Director
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 for nearly a decade and teaches kindergarten. She has a passion for working with children and values the opportunity to teach life lessons through coaching gymnastics.
Sydney Andersen – Salem Gymnastics
Sydney graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro earning a Bachelor Degree in English Literature and a minor in American Sign Language. She was a competitive gymnast as well as a NCAA Cheerleader. She has coached gymnastics for over a decade, taking time off only to finish school and raise her now teenage son. Growing up in a missionary household has allowed her to travel to over ten countries. Occasionally she is asked to be a guest speaker on a local radio station to talk about music and other topics. Sydney’s hobbies include playing the guitar and volunteering for Red Dog Rescue. She is extremely excited to be coaching gymnastics again, especially here at Salem.
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.
Nic Brown – Salem Gymnastics
Bio coming soon!
Gracie Burris – Salem Gymnastics
Gracie began gymnastics at Salem 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 UNCG where she will be graduating in May with degrees in both Business Management and Marketing. Gracie works the Totally Kids Camps during the summer and enjoys coaching during college breaks. Says Gracie, “I have a passion for working with children and I love this sport!”
Grace Burton – Salem Gymnastics
Grace has been at Salem Gymnastics since she was 3 years old in Tumbleweeds. She continued with gymnastics and competed until she entered high school. Grace has always enjoyed being active and transitioned into cheerleading on her high school team. She has now been teaching gymnastics classes and summer camps at Salem for 3 years. “I have loved being able to grow up in this gym and it is an amazing experience getting to share my love of this sport” says Grace. She is currently attending North Carolina State University and is planning to get a degree in Nutrition Science.
Celeste Childs – Salem Gymnastics
Celeste “CC” has been doing gymnastics at Salem since she was 5 years old. She is now an optional level gymnast on the Salem Gymnastics competitive team. Her favorite event is the uneven bars. CC is currently a student at West Forsyth High School and hopes to attend Wake Forest University in the future. She is very excited to be able to share her passion for gymnastics with aspiring young gymnasts!
Jessica Coan – Salem Gymnastics
Jessica practiced in several sports before she found gymnastics. At age 11 she started at Salem, and is now on the Excel Team. Her favorite events are vaulting and floor. She is a student at Reagan High School, and when she is not at school or in the gym she likes to hang with friends. Jessica aspires one day to be a lawyer or competitive gymnastics coach. Says Jessica, “I love working with kids to help improve their skills”
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 college student, hoping to earn her Masters in Nutrition. Says Morgan, “Teaching children to learn gymnastics safely and grow stronger everyday is why I love coming to work!”
Sidney Gurley – Salem Gymnastics
Sidney has lived in Winston Salem all her life. She started gymnastics at Salem when she was seven years old, and competed on Salem’s competitive team. Sidney finished her gymnastics career as a level nine gymnast at KPAC gymnastics. After a career ending injury, her desire was to still be part of this sport she loves. She is currently a student at West Forsyth High School, and has taken up the sport of lacrosse. Sidney’s goals for the future are to pursue a career in medicine. She is very excited to work with children and help share her love for gymnastics with them.
Andrea Roa Henley – 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”
Annel Jones – Salem Gymnastics
Annel grew up in Mexico where she was a gymnast for five years. She was on the competitive team and traveled a lot. An injury stopped her gymnastics career and she turned to all kinds of other sports such as basketball, volleyball, dance, ballet, and weightlifting where she learned that being a gymnast gives you the foundation to be good in any sport! In college Annel returned to gymnastics, this time as both an athlete and a coach. After graduating from college she moved to the USA and has been looking forward to the chance to share her passion and knowledge about gymnastics with the children here.
Corrie Knapp – Salem Gymnastics
Bio coming soon!
Miranda LaValley – Salem Gymnastics
Miranda LaValley was born in Tampa, Florida. She was a gymnast at World Class Gymnastics and Aerial East gymnastics until she was ten. She has been a gymnastics coach for over a year. When she graduates high school she wants to go to Appalachian State University and major in architecture. She loves working at Salem Gymnastics and Swim!
Edwin Maffiold – Salem Gymnastics
Edwin is a native of Colombia, South America where he was a competitive gymnast for ten years. He attended the Universidad del Atlántico where he earned a degree in Physical Education and played college tennis. Edwin then worked as a PE teacher for seven years in Barranquilla-Colombia. In addition, he coached gymnastics in Colombia for eight years and ran a cheerleading club for five years. In 2013, Edwin moved to the US and began working as a Boys Team coach. “Gymnastics is my passion and I always enjoy working with kids and helping to develop them by teaching them valuable lessons in the gym and in life”.
Jon Morphis – Salem Gymnastics & Swim
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.
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!”
Laken Steelman – Salem Gymnastics
Bio coming soon!
Josie Sullivan – Salem Gymnastics
Josie was born in North Carolina and lived in Winston-Salem her whole life with her two parents and big brother. Josie has competed in gymnastics for many years and loved meets and her coaches and team during the experience. She has been around Salem Gymnastics since she was a baby and has always been in the Salem environment. Josie currently goes to Atkins high school studying bio med, and she hopes to be a teacher or therapist after school. “I love being on staff at Salem and I’ve always loved volunteering. I just love being a part of it all.”
Melia Tinnin – Salem Gymnastics
A student at Appalachian State University, Melia has lived in Winston-Salem all her life. Melia started at Salem Gymnastics in Tumbleweeds classes at the early age of four. She then moved on to becoming a cheerleader during her middle and high school years. Melia loves participating in anything dealing with kids. After college, she would love to pursue a career with the equipment department of athletics. Melia can be seen during the Totally Kids Camps in the summer and continues to coach during college breaks. Says Melia, “Being able to work with kids is a dream come true, I love the ability to teach them skills as well as life lessons they can carry with them.”
Samantha Thornton – Salem Gymnastics
Samantha was raised in Lexington, NC, and is a graduate of The University of Kentucky, and Wake Forest University School of Law. She has experience as both a college cheerleader and in all-star cheerleading, and she taught various age and skill levels of gymnastics for over five years at Central Carolina Gymnastics in Lexington, NC. Her favorite thing to teach is tumbling. Says Samantha, “I like teaching gymnastics because for me it has taught me a lot about myself and has made me a better, more effective communicator. I like working with students to achieve goals they set for themselves. There is nothing better.” Samantha’s interests include Tax Law, sports, and traveling.
Riley Walters – Salem Gymnastics
Riley Walters has lived in many places, such as Florida, Michigan, California, Kansas, Spain, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania. She was a competitive gymnast for eleven years, competing all the way to Level 10 before she tore her ACL and stopped gymnastics. Ironically, she tore her ACL on her favorite event; the balance beam.
Riley has always loved both kids and gymnastics, so she decided to start coaching. Just prior to moving to NC, she coached Level 3-5 girls in Michigan. Riley has three siblings, four dogs, and is a student at Reynolds High School. She is undecided about college plans, but is looking at art schools. Says Riley, “Life is about moments. Create them. Don’t wait for them.”
Grace Waters – Salem Gymnastics
A high school student at Calvary Day School, Grace has spent the majority of her life in gymnastics. She has so much passion for this sport, and loves doing the vault the most. Grace enjoys doing art and spending time with her family and friends. She plans to pursue engineering or architecture after college. Grace loves teaching gymnastics and being with little children.
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, Outgoing 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!
Michaela Burcham – New Salem Swim Director
Michaela, known as Micki by many, always makes sure that she brings positive and lighthearted energy everywhere she goes. She enjoys the simple things in life such as crocheting, a really good book, or a beautiful rainy day. She is currently in her last year of college at Liberty University, on a path to complete a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. She has a heart made for nurturing and caring for all things, which is why she enjoys working with kids so much. At a very young age, Michaela developed a love for swimming. She competed every year she swam and was always known as the dedicated, detailed-oriented swimmer of her team. This, in turn, has made her incredibly passionate about sharing her love for the amazing sport, as well as a great asset to Salem Swim!
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.”
Amanda Cole – Salem Gymnastics
Amanda started swimming at her neighbored swim club at a young age and fell in love with the water. She was a competitive swimmer till high school where she is now a senor at Mount Tabor High School. She is very involved in Best Buddies, Chick-Fil-A and serving through her church. After high school she hopes to attend Marshall University to be come a history and special needs educator. She believes that we should all take part in teaching the further generations and helping in our community.
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.
Kayla Doxtad – Salem Swim
When Kayla was younger she took gymnastics at Salem, which turned into a foundation for volleyball. She has played volleyball all four years at West Forsyth High School. Kayla plans to study nursing at East Carolina starting in the fall. Kayla loves to spend time with children, including her many younger cousins and her new baby brother.
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.”
Jon Morphis – Salem Gymnastics & Swim
Bio coming soon!
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.”
Leah Petersen – Salem Swim
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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.
Liza Rose – Salem Swim
Liza Rose has lived in Winston-Salem her whole life and attends Mount Tabor High School. She has always loved playing sports and staying active. At Mount Tabor she has played Varsity Volleyball, Varsity lacrosse and has run track. As a young child, she started swim lessons at the YMCA and swam for Westwood Waves Swim team. Liza loves children of all ages and easily connects with them through her fun and playful personality. She runs a pet sitting business and babysits frequently. “I love working with young children, they are always so optimistic and cheerful. I always leave work with a boosted mood and a smile on my face.”
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.
Sharon Spencer – Salem Swim
Sharon has always had a love for being in the water; she could swim before she could walk. She grew up in Florida and her earliest memories are of swimming, water skiing, boating and fishing. Sharon and her husband Rick and their two daughters, Ashley and Blaire, moved to Winston-Salem 17 years ago. Sharon recently retired from being the Director of Children’s Ministry at First Presbyterian church. Now that she has some free time, Sharon says: “I am excited to be an instructor at Salem swim which will allow me to combine my love for children and the water”.
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!”
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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.