Meet Our Team

At Flippers Gym, our team of gymnastic instructors, administrators and support staff work hard to provide safe, engaging, fun, and beneficial gymnastic lessons to children in Avon, OH. Our staff has earned a number of accolades and qualifications, and is comprised of former competitive gymnasts, former competitive coaches,USA Gymnastic Safety Certified professionals, former professional cheerleaders, KAT Certified teachers, and Professional and Instructor USA Gymnastic Members.

Owner Kris Sharer at Flippers Gym Program in Avon, OH

Kris Sharer

Founder & Owner from 2001 – 2019

Kris was the fearless founder and owner of Flippers up until her passing in June, 2019 after an 8.5 year battle with cancer. She was an Ohio State University Cheerleader, teaching gymnastics and cheerleading for over 30 years. Words can’t express how much she will be missed as a coach, business owner, wife, mother, and friend.

Mark Rider 

Owner

I am so honored to have the opportunity to carry on the mission and legacy of Flippers Gym Program. I am grateful that the Sharer family has allowed me the privilege to carry the torch forward. We have gone to great lengths to make sure that your children will continue to use gymnastics and tumbling as a foundation to teach body control and awareness, strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and endurance, all while building self-esteem. I can assure you that I do not plan to change anything about what happens inside of the gym here at Flippers. We worked together to update the registration process to allow online registrations for our first fall session, and we will be updating the common areas inside of the building. Even though some of the spaces will look a little different, the heart of Flippers will remain.

I am the owner of Infinity Cheer & Tumbling located in Westlake. I have been coaching competitive cheerleading and tumbling classes for over 18 years. I cheered at West Virginia University and graduated with a degree in music performance in 2004. I have a passion to build confidence in children through cheer, tumbling, and now gymnastics. I am looking forward to meeting all of you!

 

Angela Lay

Angela comes with several years of experience coaching preschool/girls gymnastics.  She has a Business degree from Bowling Green State University with a focus on Human Resources.  Angela has a passion for working with children and helping them perform at their highest potential in a fun environment.  She is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with your child and motivate them to be a better Flippers gymnast!

Alessia Lloyd

Alessia is a mom of three, former teacher and resident of Avon Lake. Her family has been part of the Flippers Gym Program since 2015. She enjoys traveling, reading, crafting and spending time with her husband and children.

Lily Thompson

Lily has been a competitive gymnast for 13 years and loves the bars and beam. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to help others fall in love with gymnastics.

Ashley London

Ashley took gymnastics classes when she was little, then switched to competitive cheerleading and has been on an All-Star team with Infinity Cheer & Tumbling ever since. She cannot wait to share her passion with those at Flippers and help her students find their own love for the sport!

Claire Lay at Flippers Gym Program in Avon, OH

 

Claire Lay

Claire enjoys sharing her knowledge of gymnastics and tumbling with her Flippers students.  She is an Avon High School cheerleader and takes tumbling classes at Infinity Cheer & Tumbling.  Claire enjoys coaching and motivating her students to reach their goals and have fun.

Kassidy Koscinski at Flippers Gym Program in Avon, OHKassidy Koscinski

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Kassidy Koscinski at Flippers Gym Program in Avon, OH

Emma Foertch

Emma is a sophomore at Magnificat High School.  Emma is very active at Infinity, where she has competed for over six years. Before Infinity, she danced for nine years. Outside of cheer, Emma enjoys spending time with her family (including five pets!) and friends.

Maddie Jenkins

Maddie does competition cheer at Infinity Cheer and Tumbling. She is on the varsity cheer squad at Lutheran West and on the varsity Track and Field team. She is so excited to help kids experience how much fun tumbling can be.

Molly Ryan

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Emma Dean

Emma has been coming to Flippers since she was a child and is one of our instructors and party leads. She was a varsity cheerleader and a great tumbler!

 

Shannon Baker 

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Shannon is one of our front desk managers as well as our party coordinator.She lives in Avon with her husband, two kids and two dogs. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a double major in Communications and Psychology.