MEET OUR ULTIMATE STAFF
Kristin Carpenter
Birth Place: Lansing, MI
Schooling​: Graduated from Western Michigan University with a major in community health education and a minor in coaching
Gymnastics experience: 12 years as a gymnast, competed for Great Lakes Gymnastics (now known as Twistars USA) and coached recreational gymnastics at Western Michigan University. 
Accomplishments: PACE I & II Coaching Certification
Years at Ultimate: 2012
Levels taught at Ultimate: Preschool, Girls Recreational, Member of Customer Service

Lori Christenson
Birth Place: Elgin, IL 
Schooling: Graduate of Warren Township High School Illinois State University (B.S. in graphic arts) 
Gymnastics experience: Lori began competing with the Gymnastics Factory until her freshman year of High School. 
Accomplishments: CPR & AED certified 
Year started at Ultimate2010
Levels taught at Ultimate:​ Flip Flop, Girls Recreational, Preschool, Trampoline and Tumbling.
Personal information: She loves spending time with her family and friends, camping, swimming, bonfires in the summer, and sledding and snowmobiling in the winter.
Karen McCue
Birth Place: Minneapolis, MN 
Schooling: Carmel High school & University of Minnesota (Sociology/Swedish) 
Gymnastics experience:10 years competitive gymnastics in Minnesota.  
AccomplishmentsCPR certified and AED trained 
Year started at Ultimate: 2006
Levels taught at Ultimate: Baby gym, Girls Recreational, Preschool, Member of Customer Service 
Personal information: Karen has 3 kids, her son plays and hockey and her youngest daughter is a competitive gymnast at Ultimate!
Steffi Heuer
Birth Place: Clarksville, TN
Schooling:  Middle College at APSU, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; BS in Psychology
Gymnastics Experience:  Steffi has coached for 8 years prior to coming to ULTIMATE.  She competed up to USAG level 10 and was a member of the gymnastics team at UW-Whitewater from 2012-2016.
Year started at Ultimate: 2016
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Preschool 

Tina Hoyer
AccomplishmentsCPR certified and AED trained, licensed personal trainer​ (certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine)  Over 12 years coaching experience.
Year started at Ultimate: 2004
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Girls Team

Steve Kams
Birth Place:  Livonia, Michigan
Gymnastics experience:  
Accomplishments:CPR certified, AED trained, USAG safety certified. 
Winner of the Tim Rand Award. Coached several State and Regional Champions & National Qualifiers.  
Year started at Ultimate: 1997
Levels taught at Ultimate: Boys Recreational, Flip Flop, Girls Recreational, Girls Team, Preschool
Personal  information:  Steve lives in Kenosha, Wi with his son Owen who is also a gymnast at Ulitmate.
Wendy Ambrose
Birth Place: Chicago, IL 
Accomplishments: CPR certified, AED trained, and USAG safety certified​.  Coach of many State Champions.
Year started at Ultimate: 1998  
Levels taught at Ultimate: Preschool, Girls Recreational, cheerleading, and girls team levels 3-7
Personal information: Wendy currently lives in Pleasant Prairie, WI with her husband. They have 3 children. Wendy's daughter, Kaylin, is a former athlete and current Ultimate coach. 
Birth Place: Waukegan, IL 
Schooling: Attending University of Wisconsin Parkside
Gymnastics experience: Started at Ultimate as a toddler and competed for 7 years. 
AccomplishmentsMultiple awards from competition. 
Year started at Ultimate: 2009
Levels taught at Ultimate: Preschool, Girls Recreational, Trampoline and Tumbling. Special Needs Coordinator. Member of Customer Service Team.
Personal information: Currently majoring in Psychology. Aly's mom is our very own Coach Debbi! 
Aly Ring
Birth Place: Waukegan, IL 
Schooling:  Warren Township High School 
Accomplishments: USAG safety certified, CPR certified, and AED trained. 
Year started at Ultimate: 1998
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Preschool, Member of Customer Service Team
Personal information:She has 2 amazing children who are very talented and are also employed here at Ultimate.
Debbi Ring
Delaney Jones
Birth Place: Gurnee, IL
Schooling: Warren Township High School
Gymnastics experience: Delaney was a competitive gymnast at ULTIMATE for 6 years and is currently a member of both the diving team and gymnastics team at Warren High School.
Accomplishments:  Level 5 State Vault Champion, Level 6 State Vault, Floor and Beam Champion.
Year started at Ultimate: 2016
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Preschool

​Birth Place:
Schooling: Warren Township High School 
Experience: Grace is a varsity Devilette and has been dancing for 13 years.
Accomplishments:   Grace is currently on Warren Township High School's honor roll.
Year started at Ultimate: 2015   
Levels taught at Ultimate: Birthday Party Staff

Stacy Lynn Wall 
Birth Place: Birmingham, AL 
Schooling: Master's degree 
Gymnastics experience: Stacy coached for a combined 7 years at the Performance Academy and Anderson Gymnastics (levels 4-8)and was a USAG Compulsory judge.
AccomplishmentsCPR certified, AED trained, and USAG safety certified. Has coached many State Champions at Ultimate.
Year started at Ultimate: 2005 
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Girls Team
Personal information: Stacy currently lives in Park City.
 The employees of Ultimate Gymnastics are the backbone of our facility.    
  They provide a  fun and safe learning environment where all children, no matter what skill level, feel successful!  Our office staff is always there to make sure our customers' needs are met with a smile.  Our coaches are dedicated to your children and teaching them in the safest, most engaging environment we can provide. 
Kaylin Mathiesen
Danni Pietrzyk
Birth Place: Lake Villa, IL 
Schooling: Carmel Catholic High School & University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (B.A.) 
Gymnastics experience: Danni competed for Ultimate from age 8-13.  She then went on to compete for Carmel and after that UW-Whitewater. 
AccomplishmentsWIAC scholastic honor roll & All-American on Balance Beam at UW-Whitewater. 
Year started at Ultimate: 2012 
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Preschool

Birth Place: Winthrop Harbor, IL
Schooling:  Attending Carthage College
Gymnastics experience: Kaylin grew up coming to work with her mom, Coach Wendy.  Kaylin competed gymnastics from age 8 through 18. She competed for Ultimate and her high school gymnastics team. Kaylin also competed on an All-Star cheerleading team and competition dance team.   
Year started at Ultimate: 2012 
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Girls Team, Preschool.  Kaylin is also one of Ultimate's gym choreographers. 
Personal information: Kaylin is currently a sophomore at Carthage college. Kaylin loves to travel and to date has been to 13 countries.
Ben Merz
Birth Place: Hoffman Estates, IL 
SchoolingSome College 
Gymnastics experience:11 Years of club gymnastics as an athlete, 12+ years coaching all ages (preschool to team) 
AccomplishmentsUSAG Pro member​, Safety Certified, CPR & AED  Certified.
Year started at Ultimate: 2013 
Levels taught at Ultimate: Boys Team, Boys Recreational, Flip Flop, Girls Recreational 
Personal:  Ben comes from a gymnastics family with both his Mom and Sister being gymnastics coaches also.  Ben currently resides in Lake Villa, Il

Janelle Detina
Birth Place: Waukegan, IL
​Schooling: Attending California Lutheran
​Gymnastics experience:​ Tramp and Tumble Team at Ultimate for 7 years
Year started at Ultimate:​ 2013
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Trampoline and Tumbling
Personal information:  Currently lived in Gurnee, IL
Michael Orante
Birth Place: Libertyville, IL
​Schooling: Currently attends Warren Township High School
Gymnastics experience:​ Competed on ULTIMATE Gymnastics Boy's Team
Year started at Ultimate: 2014
Levels taught at Ultimate: Boys Recreational, Boys Team

Krystal Kofoed

Schooling: Currently attending Northern IL University
Gymnastics experience: Started at the Gymnastics Spot at the age of 2 then began at Ultimate at age 4.  Competitive gymnast at Ultimate from ages 7-18 and Warren High School for 3 years. 
Year started at Ultimate: 2013​ 
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Preschool
Alison Rossman
Birth Place: Lake Forest, IL
Schooling: Graduated from University of Wisconsin Parkside with a Bachelors of Psychology
Gymnastics experience: Was on Ultimate's girls team from the age of 5 up to level 7, started at Ultimate at the age of 3, competed 4 years of Varsity High School gymnastics, and coached for 3 years at another facility.
​Accomplishments: Honor roll all semesters in college 
Year started at Ultimate2013 
Levels taught at Ultimate: Flip Flop, Pre-School, Boys & Girls Recreational, XCEL Girls Team
Birth Place:  Waukegan, IL
Schooling: Zion Benton
Gymnastics Experience:  Taken classes from the ages of 4 years old and has 8 years of Cheerleading experience.
Year started at Ultimate:  2015
Levels Taught at Ultimate: Flip Flop, Girls Recreational, Preschool, Trampoline and Tumbling
Awards:  Won Worlds in 2008 with my Baton Team!
Lexi lives in Antioch, IL


​Emiley Chimner
Birth Place: Petoskey, MI 
Schooling:​ Warren Township High School--currently attending
Gymnastics experience: Recreational Classes and played soccer
Accomplishments:  Honor Roll student at Warren High School
Year started at Ultimate:​ 2014
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Preschool

Lexi Richardson
Grace Brezina
Justin Santander
Birth Place:  Chicago, IL
Schooling:  Currently enrolled at Warren Township High School
Certifications:  CPR/AED certified
Year Started at Ultimate: 2015
Teaching at ULTIMATE:  Boys Recreational, Flip Flop, Preschool 
​Becca Nachbin
Birth Place:  Gurnee, IL
Schooling: Currently attending Warren Township High School
Year started at Ultimate: 2015
Experience:  Was a recreational gymnast and dancer.  Currently on WHS Dance Team
Awards:  Honor Roll Student
Teaching at Ultimate:  Birthday Party Staff
Morgan Gudella
Birth Place: Evanston, IL
​Schooling: Grayslake North High School. Will attend the University of Minnesota
Gymnastics Experience: Was in gymnastics classes as a child. 
Year started at Ultimate: 2015
Levels taught at Ultimate: Preschool, Girls Recreational, Special Needs Aide

PRESCHOOL & BIRTHDAY PARTY DIRECTOR
TEAM DIRECTOR ASSISTANT
GYM MANAGER
GIRLS TEAM DIRECTOR ASSISTANT (Levels 3-6)
JR. Halek
Birth Place: Waukegan, Il
Gymnastics experience: Competed for Temper HSOver 30 years coaching experience including all Rec Levels, Team Levels 3-10 as well as Warren & Lake Forest HS.
Accomplishments:  He has coached High School State Champions.  He is USAG safety certified and CPR certified and AED trained. 
Year started at Ultimate: 1995 Ultimate's very 1st coach.
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Team
Personal information: JR is an officer and member of the Swat Team.  He resides with his family in Lake Villa
Michael Headley
Birth Place: Libertyville, IL
Schooling: Minnesota University
Gymnastics experience: 12 years as a  gymnast and our previous Boys Team Director and coach.
Accomplishments: USAG safety certified, AED trained, and CPR certified. 
Year started at Ultimate:  2010
Levels taught at Ultimate: Boys Recreational, Flip Flop, Girls Recreational
Personal Information:  Lives in Round Lake Beach with his beautiful wife and daughters.
RECREATIONAL & XCEL DIRECTOR
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Jennifer Angel
Jonathan Putman
Birth Place: Lake Forest, IL
​Schooling: Lakes Community High School
Year started at Ultimate:  2016 
Position at Ultimate:Birthday Party Staff
Activities & Accomplishments:  Volleyball at Lakes High School, Eagle Pride Award, Volleyball Sportsmanship Award, All-Academic Volleyball
Personal Information: 
Katie Zahn
Birth Place: 
Schooling:​ Warren HS.
Gymnastics/ Cheer experience: Warren HS Cheerleader
Year started at Ultimate: 2015
Levels taught at Ultimate:  Cheerleading, Girls Recreational, Flip Flop, Preschool
Gaby Inawat
Birth Place: Lake Forest, IL
​Schooling: Gaby is a sophomore at Warren Township High School
Gymnastics experience:​  Gaby competed for 10 years as a gymnast through level 7 and is currently a cheerleader at Warren Township High School
Year started at Ultimate201​6
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational
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Shelbi Whitlow
Birth Place: Chandler, AZ
​Schooling: currently a High School student
Gymnastics experience:​ Shelby has 6 years of tumbling and cheerleading experience as well as 2 years as a junior coach for Allstar Cheer
Year started at Ultimate: 2015
Levels taught at Ultimate: Cheerleading, Flip Flop, Girls Recreational, Preschool


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Year started at Ultimate:  2015
Levels taught at Ultimate: Boys Team
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George Clauser
GIRLS TEAM COACH AND PERSONAL TRAINER
Zachary Arzani
Birth Place: Gurnee, IL
School:  Warren Township High School
Gymnastics Experience:  Zachary took gymnastics and Tramp and Tumble classes at Ultimate.  
Year started at Ultimate:  2016
Levels Taught at Ultimate: Boys Recreational, Flip Flop, Preschool, Special Needs Aide
Birth Place: Lake Forest, IL
​Schooling: Junior at Lakes Community High School
Gymnastics experience:​  Austin was on the ULTIMATE boys team for 5 years
Year started at ULTIMATE: 2016
Levels teaching at ULTIMATE:  Boys Recreational, Cheerleading, Flip Flop
Personal:  Austin is a 3 time varsity cheerleader at Lakes High School

Birth Place:  Chicago Heights, IL
Schooling:  Studied Education at Joliet Junior College. Studied Marketing Management at Illinois State University 
Gymnastics experience:  Competed through Level 9. Has been a coach for 23 years. 
Awards, Scholarships, Certifications, etc:  Presented at IL State Congress as a Beam and Floor clinician in 2015,2016 & 2017. Coached several state, regional, and national qualifiers.  CPR, AED, and safety certified. 
Year started at ULTIMATE:  2016
Levels taught at Ultimate:  Girls Recreational, Girls Team, Preschool
Austin Wolfgram
Cheyne Clark
Birth Place: New Port, California
Schooling:​ Studied Mathematics at Seattle Central College and Systems Engineering Aeronautics at the United States Air Force Academy.
Gymnastics experience: Competed for 7 years finishing as a level 10 competing for the Region 2 men's team at Nationals.  Coached boys and girls teams for 9 years.  Competed on the Varsity Air Force Academy swim and diving team for 3 years. 
Year started at Ultimate:​  2016
Levels taught at Ultimate: Boys Recreational, Flip Flop, Girls Recreational, Girls Team, Preschool
BOYS TEAM DIRECTOR ASSISTANT
Birth Place: Evanston, IL
Schooling:​ Currently a sophomore at Warren Township High School 
Gymnastics experience: Started at Ultimate at 18 months old and has been on Ultimate's girls competitive team for 7 years. 
Awards, scholarships, certifications, etc.: Received most valuable gymnast in 2012 and 2014.​ Daniella received coaches award in 2013 and 2015.
Year started at Ultimate:​  2017
Levels taught at Ultimate: Flip Flop, Girls Recreational, Preschool

Daniella Strauss
Birth Place: Lake Forest, IL   
Schooling:​ Libertyville High School   
Gymnastics experience: Level 10 gymnast at Ultimate
​Awards, scholarships, certifications, etc.: Honor Roll, National Qualifier for gymnastics as a level 9. 
Year started at Ultimate:​  2017
Levels taught at Ultimate: Boys Recreational, Flip Flop, Preschool

Matthew Richardson
Birth Place: Libertyville, IL    
Schooling: Eastern Illinois University.  Lakes Community High School. 
Gymnastics experience:10 years competitive All Star Cheerleader and Power Tumbling
​Accomplishments
Year started at Ultimate2013 
Levels taught at Ultimate: Cheerleading, Flip Flop, Girls Recreational, Preschool
Personal information: Majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences 
Kieley Anderson
Bryce Ring
Birth Place: Waukegan, IL
Schooling: Currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  He will receive his BFA in percussion performance. 
Gymnastics experience: Bryce competed for Ultimate for 5 years. 
Year started at Ultimate: 2008
Levels taught at Ultimate: Boys Recreational, Flip Flop, Preschool
Personal information: Bryce loves to play the drums in his spare time.  He is currently in a band that places all over Lake County.  
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Year started at Ultimate:​  2017
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Preschool
Laken Ritzert
Birth Place: Rochester Hills, Michigan
Schooling:​ Sophomore at Warren Township High School    
Gymnastics experience: Recreational gymnastics from the age of 7 to 14.
​Awards, scholarships, certifications, etc.: Part of the Spanish National Honors Society, Honor Roll Student
Year started at Ultimate:​  2017
Levels taught at Ultimate: Girls Recreational, Preschool
Lauren Brezina
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Birth Place: Milwaukee, WI    
Schooling:​ West Allis High School; University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee 
Gymnastics experience: Junior Olympic National and Future Star Qualifying competitive gymnast from 1995-2011. Has been coaching since 2010. 
​Awards, scholarships, certifications, etc.: Junior Olympic Certified coach. Nationally ranked Junior Olympic Judge. 
Year started at Ultimate:​  2017
Levels taught at Ultimate: Boys Recreational and Boys Team

Drew Hufsey
BOYS TEAM DIRECTOR