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Flips Gymnastics North Shore
27825 Irma Lee Circle
Lake Forest, IL 60045
CARI MILLER - OWNER/TEAM DIRECTOR & COACH/BEAM & FLOOR CHOREOGRAPHER
I started gymnastics, tumbling, and dance at the age of 8. I competed in gymnastics for 4 years (2 years as co-captain) at Libertyville High School, and practiced off season at the Gymnastics Factory of Lake Forest (currently Flips!). By my senior year of high school, I was coaching recreational gymnastics, and working with floor choreography along side my own coach. Upon high school graduation, I officially came on board part time at the Gymnastics Factory.
I continued to coach tumbling and gymnastics while attending college at Northern Illinois University, followed by Roosevelt University, where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Journalism, with a focus in Advertising. During this time, Gymnastics Factory became North Shore Gymnastics.
In 2000, I accepted a full time job with North Shore Gymnastics coaching the women's team, choreographing floor and beam, and instructing recreational gymnastics.
In 2007, I took a 1 year leave to be with my second child, Austin (my oldest is Caden who helped me coach from a backpack at 3 months old!) I returned to the gym to coach team in 2008.
In February 2010, I had the opportunity to purchase the business from my mentors, at which time I renamed it FLIPS, and took pride in making it my own journey, along with many original staff members who still work along side me today.
As the Flips leader, I hope to offer a rewarding gymnastics experience to all students who enter the Flips' gym, whether learning for fun and exercise, or striving for success through our women's team.
LINDA WOOD - OFFICE MANAGER
Linda's gymnastics experience began in 1982, at the Gymnastics Factory of Lake Forest. In 1986, Linda became pregnant with her second son, and left to be a full time mom.
In 1994, Linda came back to work. Within 5 years, along with her two partners, she became the Owner/Manager of North Shore Gymnastics. Linda managed the office as well as she coached countless preschool classes, managed birthday parties, camps, field trips, Reach For The Stars, and more.
As one partner moved on to another adventure, and the other became ill, the time had come to pass the gym along.
19 months later, Linda came on board at Flips!
What Linda loves the most about working in Gymnastics, is being part of children's lives and watching them grow from toddlers to great gymnasts!
Linda is a proud mother of 2 boys (Michael and Brian), and blessed to be a Grandmother of five!
LEAH ROMAN - RECREATIONAL COACH/ XCEL PRE TEAM & TEAM COACH/SAFETY DIRECTOR
Leah competed gymnastics for several years at the Chicago Park District, and competed in power tumbling in Las Vegas and California. In high school, Leah began coaching preschool gymnastics, followed by a full time coaching position beginning in 1994.
Leah came to North Shore Gymnastics to coach in 1997, and has since been coaching boys and girls programs of all levels and ages. She is currently responsible for coaching our XCEL pre-team and team, as well as our Jr. High/High School program.
In addition to gymnastics, Leah has studied Martial Arts,yoga, and many forms of dance including ballet and ballroom. Leah loves to crochet, knit, play guitar, and spend time with her husband Randy, and daughter Miriam.
HALEY SPOLARICH - ASSISTANT TEAM DIRECTOR/WOMEN'S COMPULSORY & OPTIONAL TEAM COACH/DEVELOPMENTAL TEAM COACH/TEAM TRAINER/ BEAM & FLOOR CHOREOGRAPHER
Haley's love for gymnastics began as a competitor when she was 8 years old. An injury caused her need for attention from a physical therapist who quickly got her back in the gym. The experience inspired her to begin her education in becoming a physical therapist. Her love for gymnastics led her to begin coaching at 16, and by the time she was 20, she became a head coach (levels 2-7) for a growing competitive program. During her undergraduate work at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, she discovered that she could use her exercise science education to be a more proactive coach, by developing and implementing injury prevention into workouts to keep gymnasts practicing and healthy.
In December 2015, Haley became a level 4/5 rated judge for USA Gymnastics. She will have achieved a level 7/8 judge rating by the summer of 2016, and will be qualified to judge USAG sanctioned events for these levels. She has also completed the coursework requirements by USAG to be a certified Junior Olympic Developmental Coach.
In May 2016, Haley graduated cum laude with her Bachelor's in Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy. Soon after, she joined the Flip's staff and continues her love of coaching and inspiring each young gymnast to be the best athlete and person they can be!
PAT DAVY - RECREATIONAL COACH/BOYS PRE TEAM & TEAM COACH
Pat started gymnastics in high school at New Trier where his initial competitive events were in tumbling and trampoline. By his senior year he was competing in all-around with rings and parallel bars being his strongest events. After high school, he moved on to Iowa State University and pursued a degree in physical education, while competing four years for the team on still rings (3rd at the Big 8 Conference) and parallel bars during the regular season; and in the all-around in pre-season invitational meets(1st AA Central Suburban League). During those years Iowa State captured one 1st place team NCAA title, two 2nd’s, and a 3rd while also capturing 4 straight Big 8 titles (Now the Big 12 Conference). During the summers, Pat worked for the Evanston Recreation Department and camps teaching trampoline. Also while at ISU, he had opportunities to teach in a club situation and judge club meets.
While at Iowa State, Pat met and married his wife Jenny. They have two grown children who were gymnasts at Gymnastics Factory, now Flips. Pat currently works full time for the Vogue Tyre & Rubber Company in Mt. Prospect as Director of Operations.
TABATHA JEFFERY-RECREATIONAL COACH/ XCEL COACH/DEVELOPMENTAL J.O. TEAM COACH
Tabatha began gymnastics at the age of 4, after attending a birthday party at North Shore Gymnastics (now Flips). She began learning gymnastics in a preschool class, and continued to master all levels.
Tabatha competed in Gymnastics all four years for Lake Forest High School team, including a Varsity Spot her senior year. She began working at Flips in August 2012. You will see Tabatha working with Preschool classes all the way through competitive team. She is currently attending the College of Lake County.
SARAH COX - RECREATIONAL COACH/FRONT DESK/BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Sarah began taking gymnastics at the age of 5, and within a few years began competing club gymnastics. Throughout high school, Sarah was a member of Libertyville High School Women's Gymnastics Team, and co-captain her senior year.
Sarah began coaching for North Shore Gymnastics in 2000, and continues to coach for Flips within the recreational program and as a supervisor for the open gym program.
Sarah has a Bachelor's of General Science in Human Development and a Master's of Art in School Counseling with a type 73 endorsement.
ASHLEY SMITH-RECREATIONAL COACH/TEAM COACH/SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR
2014 GRADUATE OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY, FORMER LEVEL 9 GYMNAST AND STAFF MEMBER SINCE 2011. Ashley is currently a Math teacher, and comes back to Flips in the summer months to share her love for gymnastics while coaching!
STEVE BELL-WOMEN'S TEAM COACH/Off Season High School Coach
Steve began gymnastics as a way to stay in shape for other sports and ended up really enjoying the sport of competitive gymnastics. He was a gymnast at Libertyville High School, and was a pommel horse specialist. Steve has been involved in competitive gymnastics in Illinois for 30 years, and has coached every level from preschool through Elite. He has been a participating coach in Region 5 clinics since 1990, and in 1997, Steve was named Region 5 Coach the year. He is also active in the Illinois High School Association, and was a part of the Carmel High School State winning seasons. His favorite events to coach are Vault and Tumbling.
GRACE HOGAN-RECREATIONAL COACH/SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR
Grace began sport of gymnastics at a young age and competed in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program. She began coaching at Flips in the spring of 2014. Grace enjoys working with the parent/tot and preschool children, as well as Girls Level 1 classes.
DARIA EHRENBERG-RECREATIONAL COACH/TEAM COACH/SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR
Daria is currently studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Michigan. She is a former Level 9 gymnast and Region 5 qualifier for the State of Illinois. Daria has been a Flips' gymnast since 2010, and currently competes for her college club team. When she is not training, you can find her coaching during her summer breaks!
JILL GOODMAN-Parent/Tot and Preschool Director
Jill's love of gymnastics began at age 8, when she was enrolled in a rec class at her local park district. She continued with the sport through high school where she competed on the varsity team.
Jill graduated from Indiana University in 1990 with a BA in Journalism, and worked in the communications field until she began her family in 1996. After her son was born, Jill had the opportunity to teach gymnastics at her local park district beginning in 1997. From the beginning, she knew it was the right decision. Her love for the sport and natural creativity make her an asset to coaching.
Jill has since continued Coached gymnastics on Chicago's North Shore. She loves seeing children of all levels progress on the apparatus, gaining both skills and confidence along the way. Jill brings to Flips her creative curriculum and innovative ways of teaching skills to gymnasts of all ages (and their parents). Her passion is coaching the youngest gymnasts, using boundless energy as well as creativity and her unique coaching style that tots and parents both enjoy!
Jill lives in Highland Park with her husband, "almost" grown children, and two standard poodles. In her spare time, she enjoys running, and has completed 3 Chicago marathons. Jill is a professional member of USA Gymnastics.
RACHEL SIEB- RECREATIONAL COACH/XCEL COACH
Rachel’s love for gymnastics started at the age of 3. She spent more time standing on her head then she did walking. She also did tap, dance and ballet, but her true love was gymnastics.
By the age of 8, Rachel was spending her summers at gymnastics camps like Woodward and International Gymnastics Camp, both in Pennsylvania. In 3rd grade she was on a competitive team in Lake Zurich at United States Gymnastics Training Center. She took a short break from gymnastics due to a family move, but once she was settled she found a place she called home at North Shore Gymnastics (now Flips). Rachel took several different classes and when High School began, she tried out for the Lake Forest Scouts team and made Varsity as a freshman. She completed four years of gymnastics at Lake Forest, and by senior year she was working at Flips coaching recreational and parent/tot classes.
After high school graduation, Rachel attended the University of Arizona and during the summer months, she continued to work at Flips. After college, she earned a spot as an XCEL competitive team coach.
After relocating to Arizona, Rachel had to search elsewhere for a new coaching job and landed at Gold Medal Gymnastics where she worked for Amanda Borden (Olympic Gold Medalist). She enjoyed her time at Gold Medal Gymnastics, but her real connection to the sport was back at Flips Gymnastics coaching her favorite gymnasts. Rachel is very excited to be back!
Amber Fitzgerald-Recreational Coach/Birthday Parties
Amber began gymnastics at the age of 8 after watching her sister go to practice every week. She started off as a level one at North Shore Gymnastics (now known as Flips).
Throughout high school, Amber competed gymnastics her freshman and sophomore year, as well as competitive cheerleading freshman through senior year. Amber is also a camp counselor through Lake Forest Park District. She began working at flips in August 2015. Amber works with parent/tot, preschool, tumbling and all Girls Recreational Levels. Amber is a member of the Class of 2017 at Lake Forest High School.