Meet Our Team

Metro Gymnastics Staff

David has been the President of Metro Gymnastics Center since its inception in 1990. He has been teaching gymnastics to children of all ages for the past 35 years. Even though he now spends most of the time as the business visionary, his love for children is evident in his caring approach towards them. David is currently the Men’s Region 2 Chairman, Chairman of the JOPC (Junior Olympic Program Committee), first aid/CPR certified, KAT Accredited, Safety Certified and Certified through USA Gymnastics University. David is the father of 3 children and enjoys most anything physical and outdoors. His favorite activities include, weight training, running and biking.

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David Klein
Metro Gymnastics Owner/President

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Svetlo Stanchev
Men’s Program Director/Boys Head Coach

Chacho has spent his life involved in a large variety of sports from soccer, boxing, basketball, gymnastics and more. He loves working with children and to see their excitement and enthusiasm as they strive to reach their personal goals during their classes. He is quick to give praise, and to cheer on a child’s success as they learn their skills.

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Chacho Torres
Staff Instructor

Jenny comes to us from the Annapolis, Maryland area. She is a former advanced level gymnast. After finishing her freshman year in college at the University of Maryland, the Calvert County Parks and Recreation Department asked her to take over the Head Coaching/Manager position for the Calvert Gymnastics Team. Then, once she graduated from college, she became a full-time Assistant Recreation Coordinator/Gymnastics Director for the same recreation department. She hired instructors and other supportive staff members for a large, growing gymnastics program, as well as assisted with the coordination of all other recreation classes and programs for that area. She eventually relocated to Oregon in order to attend graduate school.

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Jenny Price
Staff Instructor

Bethany participated in a variety of sports growing up, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, equestrian sports, cheerleading and gymnastics. She began coaching gymnastics when she was 14, and has a passion for teaching children about health and fitness. She enjoys competing in Crossfit, as well as spending time outdoors with her family. 

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Bethany Joseph
Staff Instructor

Annette has been office manager at Metro Gymnastics since 1992. Her son Ryan Dwyer was on the boy’s team when Metro first opened in 1990. She has 4 grandchildren and enjoys doing crafts. Annette is privileged to have met many wonderful customers through the years at Metro, who have brought their children to experience the fun sport of gymnastics. She has seen many children excel not only in this sport, but hear from many parents how gymnastics has built confidence and a sense of achievement in their children with other activities, thus fulfilling Metro Gymnastics Center’s Mission Statement.

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Annette McIsaac
Office Manager

Tania Palmer

Girls Team Compulsory Director/Coach

Tania began gymnastics at the age of 5 and started competing shortly after. She was a competitive gymnast for 13 years, finishing her last 3 seasons as a level 10. She had the privilege to compete for her region at Nationals twice. While she was still competing and finishing her senior year of high school, she began coaching pre-team and recreational classes. She continued coaching at the recreational level for a couple years before returning to competitive gymnastics coaching entry level Optionals. In total she has over 7 years coaching experience.

Tania believes that continuing to learn is essential to her teams success. Her goal is to create a positive and safe learning environment in which every athlete can reach their full potential. Teaching young women the skills they need to be successful in every avenue of life is one of her favorite things about coaching. As well as seeing her athletes become confident and empowered young women.

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Tania Palmer
Girls Team Compulsory Director/Coach

Adam started gymnastics at 5 years old and continues to train his skills to this day. He has been working with young athletes since he was 13 years old and takes great pride in his ability to share his enthusiasm for the sport with all of his students.

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Adam Siddiqui
Staff Instructor

My love for gymnastics began when I was 6 years old after taking my first class. Along with gymnastics I also took ballet and acrobat classes. Last summer I got my first job teaching gymnastics at THPRD at Cedar Hills which is when I found a passion for teaching. My passion for teaching has now carried over to my new job here at Metro!  My goal as a teacher is not only to teach gymnastics but to help kids believe in themselves, motivate them to always try their best and many other important life skills. After I graduate high school this year, I plan to study education in college.

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Ava Damis
Staff Instructor

Lynn is our Recreational, Preschool and Xcel Team Director as well as our Pro-shop Manager.  She is also a National Level Gymnastics Judge and was awarded Oregon’s 2014, 2015, & 2018 Judge of the year. Lynn has been coaching and judging gymnastics for 35 years. She was a high school gymnast and received a scholarship to compete at the University of Minnesota. She was Freshman of the Year at the University as well as Minnesota’s first Big Ten Champion. In 2008 Lynn was inducted into the University of Minnesota’s hall of Fame. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. Lynn has 4 sons and a few frisky-felines. She enjoys working out, riding her bike and gardening.

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Lynn McCaffrey
Girls Recreational Gymnastics and Mini Movers Gymnastics Director

Tasha Palmer

Girls Team Coach

Tasha began gymnastics when she was nine years old and was coached under Sara Halverson. She continued gymnastics until the age of 15. It was shortly after that she took an interest in coaching. She began coaching at the recreational level and within six months moved into the team arena. She has spent several years coaching at the compulsory and entry optional levels. She also spent two seasons coaching high school gymnastics in Washington, which included a mix of entry level and optional gymnastics. In total she has spent eight years coaching competitive teams. Tasha knows gymnastics is an ever-evolving sport and with that she feels as coaches we must continue to pursue opportunities to learn by attending congresses, continually researching drills, and reaching out to other coaches for their expertise. Her main goal is to teach young women how to become confident and successful not only as athletes, but in all avenues they pursue in life, through the sport of gymnastics.

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Tasha Palmer
Girls Team Coach

Teaching children has been a life long journey for John. The most important gift one can pass forward is the love of learning. John was a sixteen year competitive gymnast where he attended San Jose State on a full ride scholarship. He began teaching gymnastics 40 years ago and hopes to keep on teaching. His family includes his wife, two high school daughters and a cat. He likes to go to the beach, read, and travel and is a big LA sports fan. (Sorry blazers fans).

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John Sahlein
Staff Instructor

I am a proud mom of a 7 yr old girl and a 10 yr old boy who have been taking classes here at Metro on and off for about 6 years. I love working with kids and parents (and grandparents too!). Even though I have done more of my gymnastics while I was in school, now I teach exercise classes for adults, so it’s been a great addition to my life to have a sit-down job and help Annette in the office!

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Brenda Dascomb
Staff Instructor

As Metro’s Girls Team Head Coach and choreographer, Sara’s coaching experience dates back to 1996, and her love for gymnastics to her toddler years. Sara has also been a part of the Metro family since she joined and became one of the first members of Metro’s competitive girl’s team at the age of 10. She was involved in competitions until age 15, when she achieved Level 10 status. Athletics has always been a big part of Sara’s life. In high school she played volleyball and was on the dance team, and also taught tumbling and dance, as well as choreographing floor routines at a local gymnastics center. During her senior year in high school she began coaching level 5-8 girls and has been coaching ever since. Sara has been the Optional Head Coach since 2001 and holds several honors for her coaching work including the State of Oregon Compulsory Coach of the Year (2005) and the State of Oregon Optional Coach of the Year (2006 & 2009). Sara is committed to coaching and regularly attends state, regional and national congresses to further her education in the sport of gymnastics.

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Sara Halverson
Girls Team Head Coach

Started gymnastics at the age of 3 and continued to the competitive team at the age of 7 in California. He moved to Oregon and Metro Gymnastics center at the age of 10 and never left. In 2015 he started teaching for the Metro Gymnastics Center Boys recreational program.

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Jason Davis
Boys Compulsory Coordinator

Jessica has always loved doing handstands and cartwheels. Even as a child running around the house, her mother remembers seeing her feet more than her face! Jessica took 2 years of gymnastics in elementary school and loved it! She went on to compete in cheerleading in high school and an All-star cheerleading squad . Since the age of 19, Jessica has taught pre-school and recreational gymnastics. Her passion is working with children to teach not only gymnastics, but life skills.

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Jessica Day
Staff Instructor

Alena Pudilova

Staff Instructor

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Alena Pudilova
Staff Instructor

Call Metro Gymnastics today at 503-620-8939 to register
your child for the upcoming sessions!