Metro Gymnastics Staff
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.
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.
Lynn is our Recreational Director and Pro-Shop Manager. She is also a National Level Judge and is Oregon’s State Judging Director and was awarded Oregon’s 2014 & 2015 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.
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.
Kevin grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to Portland in 2012. He has been involved in coaching youth sports that include football, baseball basketball, swimming and gymnastics since 2000, and prior to relocating to Portland Kevin worked as a full-time instructor at a gym in Michigan. Kevin is CPR and First Aid certified.
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.
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.
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.
Svetlo started the sport of gymnastics when he was 7 years old. From the ages of 13 to 18 he was a National team member of the Junior and Mens Bulgarian National teams. In 2006 he came to United States as a circus performer for the well know Ringling Brothers Circus. In 2008 Svetlo started his coaching career and was awarded the Compulsory Coach of the year in 2013 and 2018 for the State of Oregon. Svetlo has also been a certified judge for the OGJA since 2015.
Svetlo’s motto in life is to be positive and optimistic, to treat people with respect and he is always willing to learn. In his free time he likes to stay really active by playing soccer, tennis, volleyball, table tennis, skiing, weightlifting, traveling in the nature and spending time with family and friends. He is also a fan of the Oregon Ducks, Blazers, Lakers, Barcelona and Man United. The gymnast that has always inspired him is Alexy Nemov.
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!
Trish grew up in Buffalo, New York. She was a JV Basketball Cheerleader in Junior High School and went on to play recreational softball and volleyball. She attended college in both New York and Ohio where she studied Journalism and Social Sciences.
She relocated to Las Vegas, NV in 1992 to jumpstart her career in the field of communications and it wasn’t until she adopted her 3 children in 2009 (and later in 2015) that she became extremely passionate about child advocacy and welfare.
In 2011 she took a job with the Department of Family Services as a certified foster parent/foster parent facilitator and was actively involved within the agency in the areas of child advocacy, family resource development, behavioral modification as well as creating and managing multiple foster parent support groups. Trish is first aid and CPR certified and also holds a certification through the state of Nevada in PS MAPP (Partnership for Safety with a Model Approach to Parenting) and TIPPS MAPP which focuses on Trauma Informed Parenting. Trish has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of child development and behavior management through her own experience as well as her continuing education through the state of Oregon and Nevada. Trish and her husband Joe relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2015 and currently live in Tigard, OR with their children (Joseph, Emily & Anabella) and their beloved dog May. Trish loves to spend her spare time taking cycle classes and reading.
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).
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.
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.
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.
I started doing gymnastics around the age of 2 and became a competitive gymnast at age 6. I love the sport and hope to teach the next generation of gymnasts to the best of my ability and help other kids find a love for gymnastics just like I did. These days you can find me not only teaching but also dancing for Lakeridge High Schools dance team.
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.