Meet Our Staff
Building Healthy, Confident Kids!
Beth Morphis, Co-Owner, President
Beth has been flipping all her life, dancing, acting, and eventually landing a spot on 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, SwimConsultant seminars, and was an integral part of USAIGC Nationals from 1989-2001. Additionally, she has founded a business called GymStart, 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, father and son, 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, Co-Owner, Head Coach
Kenny has been active in sports all his life. A native of North Carolina, Kenny’s family moved to West Berlin, Germany in 1963 where he grew up. Kenny attended the Berlin Military School system, graduating in 1977 from Berlin American High School where he was a member of the soccer and football teams. Upon returning to the US, he attended Gardner Webb College where he was a Physical Education major with a Psychology minor. Kenny was a member of his college tennis team as well as an avid intramural participant. Kenny began working at Salem in 1984 and has been Head Coach of the girl’s competitive teams for over 35 years. Kenny has coached numerous National Champions and NCAA scholarship recipients. He is a member of the 2011 Region 8 Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Kenny is married to Beth and they have two children, Jon and Page, who both work in the family business.
Frank Minter, Co-Owner, President Emeritus
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 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!
Salem’s Administration & Customer Service
Adrienne Beauchamp, Director of Operations
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Adrienne was a competitive swimmer and diver from childhood into high-school. After high-school she attended St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, and completed her college education at Appalachian State University. Following her college years, Adrienne immediately entered the world of business where she worked for Republic Mortgage Insurance Company until she decided to stay at home with her children. After some time at home, she worked with Monkee’s Franchising, LLC where she was the Vice President of Operations. Between careers, when Salem opened the swim school, Adrienne re-connected with her love of the water and taught swim lessons at Salem! She also has her own company, Encore Retail Consulting. Adrienne remains involved in her church and enjoys spending time at the lake with her husband William and children Will and Maggie. She is very active in mentoring local business owners through the Forsyth Technical Community College Small Business Center. Adrienne is very passionate about business success, customer service, relationships and youth sports and fitness!
Charlene DeVito, Executive Administrator; Camps & Special Events Coordinator
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 is the Executive Administrator of Salem, and is the Director of Camps, Parties & Special Events. Charlene lives in Clemmons with her husband Jeff and is the mom of Coby and Gracie.
Beth-Anne Brown, Business 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 at Salem and was on Salem’s Cheer Extreme Co-ed team. Her daughter, Devin, was on the Salem Dance Team and has worked in the office as well as teaching dance and camps at Salem. Her daughter, Dani, was on Salem’s Gymnastics Team and is currently a gymnastics instructor. Beth-Anne has been married to David Brown for over 30 years and loves working with the public.
Geneva Diaz, Customer Service
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!”
Hannah Houston, Customer Service
Hannah is from Boonville, NC and has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She attended Salem College where she received a B.A. in Dance Studies and Business Administration. Hannah has been teaching at her hometown studio since 2017, and has received multiple choreography awards, entertainment awards, and overall awards at seasonal dance competitions. Although Hannah does not have any kids of her own, she does has a wild Labrador Retriever named Sawyer, and two amazing Godchildren. Hannah loves working with children and seeing how much they grow through the years, and she is excited to bring her prior experience and bubbly personality to Salem Gymnastics & Swim.
Phillipa Tappouni, Customer Service
Susan Loper, Education Specialist
Susan is the sister of Beth Morphis, co-owner of Salem Gymnastics & Swim where she works as the Education Specialist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood education, and has taught pre-K and kindergarten for 23 years, in many different schools in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. She is the mother of 3 young adults and has been married for 30 years. She has recently moved back to Winston-Salem and is currently leading seminars at Salem and around the community to help our children and their families be the best they can be.
Arianna Long, Lobby Greeter
Arianna is from Clemmons, NC and graduated from West Forsyth High School in 2020 where she participated in her school’s cheer team her freshman year. She has had a passion for school and helping others for as long as she can remember. Arianna will attend Forsyth Tech this fall for Early Childhood Education. Arianna says “ She enjoys working with children and watching them achieve all of their goals no matter how big or small.”
Jeff DeVito, Recreational Gymnastics Head Coach
“Mr. Jeff” is from upstate New York and moved to North Carolina for college, golf, and his love for the Tarheels. 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. However, 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 Head Coach for the Gymnastics program, Tumbleweed teacher, Team Coach, head of Buildings & Grounds, 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 (a UNC-CH grad!) and Gracie.
Heather Stafford – Recreational Gymnastics Director
“Ms. Heather” is 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 has taught kindergarten as well. She has a passion for working with children and values the opportunity to teach life lessons through coaching gymnastics.
Arien Young, Girl’s Team Asst. Head Coach & Administrator
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 and Layton. They hope to continue to spread the joys of gymnastics and encourage the youth in our community!
Chris Young – Boy’s Team Head Coach
Chris started gymnastics right here at Salem Gymnastics when he was 9½ years old. He trained at Salem with his longtime coach and mentor, 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.
Dani Brown – Tumbleweeds Curriculum Coordinator
Dani has been involved at Salem most of her life. She started at age 3 in the Little Dragon martial arts program at Salem. After achieving the rank of Green Belt at age 7, she switched to gymnastics where she quickly 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 worked throughout high school and into college. She moved to Charlotte where she continued to coach gymnastics, and then returned home to the Salem staff with more than 10 years’ coaching experience.
Trey has competed in and loved the sport of Men’s Gymnastics since the age of 9 but began his journey at the old age of 4 ½. He attained a letter in High school as well as the Academic All-American award and studied various aspects of Psychology at UNCG. This combined with 13+ years of coaching experience in a variety of tumbling disciplines (gymnastics, dance, cheer, stunting, tricking). He hopes to share the joy of the sport with his students, plus an attention to detail/technique.
He’s been known to arm wrestle bears in his free time and high five every awesome kid he sees. His teaching style mixes high energy and humor to ensure the determined attention of his students. This approach is coupled with acknowledging the serious effort needed to succeed, not just at sports but school and life.
And loves telling his kids, “There’s nothing wrong with being scared. Just T-R-Y.”
Rachel got her start in gymnastics at the age of 4 at Salem Gymnastics. Since then, she has competed on both the Flip Force and the Salem competitive teams. There’s barely a day that goes by where she isn’t in the gym, whether it’s coaching the young athletes or continuing to train with her teammates. After graduating from the Early College of Forsyth, she intends to major in Exercise Science and pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Rachel loves having the opportunity to work with kids each day in such a welcoming environment.
Sam was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to Winston-Salem Salem when he was young. At age 5 he began gymnastics at Salem and competed all the way up through high school. He was on both the Salem and Flip Force competition teams where he earned many accomplishments including Academic All-American Awards, qualifying for Regionals, Nationals, and the North Carolina Elite team. Sam is currently a student at UNCG where he plans to major in business administration. And most importantly he love being able to coach kids at the sport he loves most. Says Sam, “Don’t be afraid to love even the smallest of things.”
Olivia has been involved in gymnastics at Salem since she was two years old. A student at Calvary Day School, she has a great love and compassion for gymnastics and wants to share that with the kids at Salem Gymnastics & Swim. Says Olivia, “I love gymnastics and hope that, by teaching kids, I will help them learn to love it just as much as I do.”
A’leah Gunthrope, Staff Childcare Team
Born and raised in Winston-Salem NC, A’leah is 22 years of age and a student of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in Speech Pathology and minoring in American Sign Language in hopes to one day become a Speech Language Pathologist and work with children’s speech and development. Aleah is in her 4th year of school and plans to apply to graduate school in May. A’leah loves to sew children’s clothing for her small business: Bella’s Boutique; and stay active with her two dogs Lexi and Bella. Aleah holds a first degree black belt in taekwondo and was a competitive gymnast for 12 years and a cheerleader for 10 , becoming her middle and high schools cheer captain. Aleah has recently relocated back to Winston-Salem with her family and is very excited about bringing her prior experience and loving personality to Salem Gymnastics & Swim.
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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.
Nikole currently lives in North Davidson County and grew up in South Florida where she was a competitive gymnast under the legendary Tim Rand 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 team 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, a son, and a German Shepard. She enjoys watching her children play their favorite sports and activities, as well as sewing and reading when she can find time!
Abbie grew up participating in gymnastics here at Salem and competed for Salem’s first Prep-Op team (now called XCEL). She switched to cheerleading when she got to Mt. Tabor High School in order to follow her dreams of becoming a D1 athlete in college. Her hard work paid off when she made the Small Co-Ed cheer team at N.C. State University her freshman year. Abbie’s love for the sport of gymnastics has never left and she has been coaching preschool, recreational, and XCEL teams in Raleigh for the last four years. After living in Raleigh for 10 years, Abbie says, “It feels great to come home to Salem!”
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 has been part of Salem Gymnastics for his entire life. Son of the owners, he has participated in gymnastics, martial arts, camps, Parent Nights Out, and had many birthday parties here. As he grew, Jon helped in many areas of the company while also playing Varsity soccer all four years of high school. Jon works as boy’s gymnastics coach and girl’s recreational gymnastics instructor.
Lauren is a student at UNC Greensboro studying Kinesiology with a plan to go to Physical Therapy school. A resident of Charlotte, she spent almost 15 years at Perfect Balance Training Center (Formerly International Gymnastics). For 4 years she was in recreational classes, 6 years were spent competing on the USAG team, and for almost 5 years she was on coaching staff. Her favorite events to compete in were floor and beam, while her favorite events to coach are floor and bars. Says Lauren, “I am more than excited to be coaching at Salem, as coaching the sport that taught me most of my major life lessons is something I don’t think I will ever stop being incredibly passionate about.”
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Brittany is a long time member of the Salem family. Growing up, she was a member of the Salem Gymnastics competitive team. Upon graduation from West Forsyth High School she entered into the United States Army. After serving ten years in the army including two tours overseas, Brittany was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. She attributes her military success to the athleticism and discipline that she learned from gymnastics. Brittany completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Winston Salem State University where she was a collegiate softball player, and is currently earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Human Performance from Liberty University. Brittany is married and has a daughter who is currently a Salem gymnast, just like her mom.
Bella started gymnastics when she was 5 years old, and competed until she graduated high school! She’s competed at multiple USAIGC State, Regional and World Championships, and has earned first place medals at all of them! Originally from Short Hills, New Jersey, Bella traveled down to North Carolina for school at Wake Forest University where she is studying biology and economics. She hopes to get started on a club team there, and share her own experiences and love of the sport with others at Salem gymnastics. Says Bella, “I’m excited to help kids do the things they thought they could never do and share my love of the sport with them”.
Jasmine (Jazzy) Jason-Torain
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.
Alexis Demmitt – Swim School Director
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.
Amber Wooten – Aquatics Director
Amber was raised in East Bend where she spent most of her summers at the local pool, enjoying the water. She started her career in aquatics at the age of 16 as a lifeguard and swim instructor. After high school she attend Pfeiffer University to play volleyball at the collegiate level but during her freshman year she experienced a career ending injury. At that time she started water therapy and really developed a passion for what the water can offer to all people. Amber really focused on starting a successful career in aquatics once she became a mom to her daughter, Blakeleigh. Amber’s favorite hobby is traveling and plans to travel to all 50 states during her lifetime.
Amber loves teaching people of all ages the life-saving skill of swimming. She is excited for this opportunity to teach more people this important life skill.
Swimming has been a huge part of Caleb’s life ever since he learned to swim at the age of 3. He is a graduate of FTCC with a certification in collision repair. When he is not in the pool, he enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to music. Says Caleb “I’ve always enjoyed being around kids and love to see them progress and become great swimmers.”
Abbey loves working with kids and has always enjoyed babysitting and volunteering for kids ministries. She started swimming at a young age and did swim team in the summers for a few years. She is a student at Calvary Day School where she also plays varsity tennis. Says Abbey “I just have always loved the pool and being in the water!”
Caroline is a student at Mount Tabor High school. She has loved the water since she was in elementary school and was on swim team for 7 years. From teaching dance classes to swim lessons she has always loved working with kids. “Watching the lightbulb go off in a kid’s eyes when learning is one of the best parts of my day.”
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!”
Olivia is a student at Mount Tabor High school, where she has played lacrosse for four years. After graduation, she plans to attend college. Says Olivia “I’m so glad I took this job. I love working with children and seeing their progress over time and the smiles on their faces.”
Originally from New Jersey Katie was raised in the water having taken swim classes around 5 years old and becoming an excellent swimmer. She is a senior in high school and spends her free time painting and listening to music. She has spent many years babysitting and taking care of kids with an interest in seeing them grow and learn!
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Brayden loves the water. He is currently enrolled at Reagan High School and hopes to be a pharmacist. In addition to swimming, Brayden is a black belt in taekwondo and placed 3rd in the nation for blue belt poomsae. He is happy to join his sister, Britten, as a swim instructor at Salem.
Britten is a senior at Reagan High School. She is attending Rowan Cabarrus Community College to become an occupational therapy assistant next fall. Britten has been swimming as long as she can remember. She also loves to work with kids. In the future she wants to work with special abilities kids as an occupational therapist assistant . Britten loves being around kids and interacting with them. She has babysat countless times. Britten says “I️ love seeing these kids each week and watching them make progress in swimming.”
Megan has been swimming ever since she was 2 years old, and her absolute favorite summer activity growing up was going to the pool. Currently, she is a student at FTCC studying criminal justice technology/forensic science. Says Megan “I love being around children and watching them make progress, as well as seeing the smiles on their faces when they enjoy the pool as much as I do!”
Hannah’s love of the water began when her father taught her to swim when she was 6. Ever since it has been her second home. Hannah enjoys hiking, singing, and spending time with her family and pets when not in the water. She worked at Great Wolf Lodge as a Life Guard and enjoyed working with children and keeping them safe. After moving home due to Covid, Hannah became a manager at Lewisville Vintage. She is ecstatic to in the water again and begin teaching what she loves most.
Ella Rose, a student at Mount Tabor High School, has always loved swimming. For as long as she can remember, she has loved going to the lake, beach and pool with her family and friends. She swam on the swim team at Westwood Club in elementary school, and over the years she has participated in tumbling, field hockey and cross country. Ella currently plays on the varsity tennis team at Mount Tabor. She is passionate about working with children, and she enjoys volunteering in the children’s ministry at her church. Ella says, “I love helping others because it always puts me in a good mood.”
I’m a senior at Mount Tabor High School. I have always loved the water and have made some of my favorite memories at the lake or the beach. I began swimming at a young age and was first introduced to the water when I was put into infant swim lessons. I have been a member at many neighborhood swim clubs over the years and still continue to spend my summer days at the pool. I am in early childhood education at the Career Center, and I have been doing internships at the Downtown school. After I Graduate from Mount Tabor I plan on continuing in the special education department.
I am a senior at Mount Tabor high school. I have been swimming since before I could remember. I have been a part of a summer swim team since I was five years old and love to be in the water. After I graduate, I plan on going to a four-year college and majoring in Nursing. Water has been a big part of my life and I love to be near or in it. I’m so happy I can help others experience the same love for water as I do.
Macy is a junior at Reagan High School. Along with teaching swim she plays field hockey and spends a lot of time with her studies. She’s loved to swim since she was little and has always been a big fan of the pool. She loves working with the kids and watching them grow as swimmers.
Keenan is a high school homeschool student who loves many sports. In addition to teaching swimming, he has also coached fencing. He has loved swimming as long as he can remember, and always finds time to swim.