Coaches and Staff Bios

Robyn Ross

Robyn has a strong background in gymnastics as an athlete and wanted to “Pass it Forward” and became a coach at a YMCA in South Pasadena. She coached through her college years and when she had children, her oldest JJ Ross was introduced to the sport of gymnastics at a young age and started the whole ball of wax all over again! He never looked back. He competed from age 7 to 18 and started coaching at the age of 16. At age 21, JJ and Robyn opened their own club, Champion Gymnastics & Cheer together in June 2008. We started with 30 athletes and have grown by leaps and bounds. My goal is to motivate and inspire each athlete by instilling strong values and self-respect and to show them how to strive for even more. Teaching our coaches to “Lead by Example” and treat each athlete as if they were their own. The moment you walk through our doors you will see and feel what CGC is known for….FAMILY!

JJ has been in the gymnastics world since age 7. He competed for 12 years throughout the Junior Olympic Qualifiers and Regional Invitationals. JJ's heart was in love with the sport as well as coaching it. He knows the hard work and countless attempts to achieve the skills in this sport. To be able to share that with others, is something that he has wanted for a long time.  JJ coaches just about everything. Currently, JJ is the Head Coach for our Level 4 to Elite Boys Compulsory/Optionals Competitive Team. If it has to do with gymnastics....JJ coaches it! 

JJ Ross

Savannah Ross

My name is Savannah Ross and I have been involved in the sport of gymnastics for about 20 years. I started doing gymnastics at the age of 6 and competed through the age of 18. I began coaching at 18 and have had the chance to work with such amazing athletes ever since. I love being able to coach these gymnasts through their struggles, provide them with a confidence that they didn't even know they had, and watch them grow not only as an athlete but as a person in general. I love to watch the joy spread across their face as they achieve new skills or move up into the next level. Gymnastics has been such a positive thing in my life and I want to share that with everyone that I get the pleasure of working with.

Amy Ferraris

Gymnastics has been in my life for over 20 years. I participated in the sport from age 7-18, competing in the Junior Olympic Program, qualifying for multiple state and regional competitions up to level 9. I also competed in Track & Field as a sprinter and jumper. After high school I began Weightlifting and earned a spot on the US National Weightlifting team and won multiple national championship titles while competing professionally for 8 years. I attended Western Oregon University where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science with a minor in Spanish. During my undergrad I worked as an intern with the Oregon State Gymnastics Team and helped to develop their strength and conditioning program. After graduating I continued coaching Gymnastics at a club in Oregon where I coached levels 3-10 and multiple level 9 regional and national champions. I coach gymnastics because I love the sport, but also because I want to make sure that every one of my athletes is given an experience that is positive, supportive, safe, empowering, and meaningful. My personal coaching mantra is, “If they have not learned, you have not taught” and I believe that every child deserves my very best effort as their coach. I am so honored and humbled to be a part of each of my athletes’ gymnastics experiences. 

Andrea Chance

My name is Andrea Chance, and I am one vocal (some would say loud), positive, and high energy coach that loves the sport of gymnastics. Gymnastics is my passion, and getting to share my passion is truly a gift. I have been involved in the sport of gymnastics for over 20 years. I studied business and marketing at Lewis Clark State College in Idaho. I started as a gymnast at the age of two and soon went on to compete at an optional level in the state of Montana. I was a competitive dancer, and trained in ballet, jazz, and tap. I have been coaching gymnastics for over 13 years. I have coached all levels from just walking to optional level competitive gymnasts. I have been USAG certified the entire duration of my coaching career as well as attended National Congresses and completed USAG courses and training. The best part of coaching for me is seeing a child's face light up when they achieve something that they have worked so hard for! My goal is to help every child achieve confidence, discipline, overcome obstacles, teamwork, and above all else have fun!

Sarah Brown

Sherri McCullen

Sherri’s love of gymnastics began when she was an elite gymnast way back in the 80’s (before

most of the coaches at CGC were born!). Since then she has been a coach, choreographer, gym

owner, judge, Ironman finisher, world traveler, CrossFit competitor, and mom! Sherri always

has a positive attitude and teaches her gymnasts life skills as well as gymnastics skills: be kind,

be healthy, and always give 100% effort!

Brittany Pharis

Hi there, I am Brittany Pharis and I have an extensive background in Gymnastics, Dance, and Competitive Cheerleading. My gymnastics career started at the age of three and lasted for the next 12 years. I have been coaching competitive USAG compulsory and XCEL teams for the past thirteen years. I am a rated USAG and NFHS Gymnastics Judge and have been judging for the past 10 years. I have been a dancer all my life competing, showcasing, and participating in semi-pro and professional dance teams throughout the state of California. I believe Dance, gymnastics, and cheer are sports that can change your life for the better. I possess three bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Choreography, American Sign Language, and Criminal Justice and Criminology. I have recently been awarded my Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education with an added authorization in Dance and my Master’s in Education with Applied Best Practices. I want to teach our athletes not only the art of gymnastics and dance but life lessons that will help develop their abilities to learn, gain strength, confidence, charisma, and know what it is like to have an added support system. I want them to understand that with hard work, motivation, and dedication they can do anything their hearts desire.

Laura Canton

Hannah Hickox

Hannah has been a gymnast for 28 years. She last competed in Level 8 when she was 14 years old. Hannah was in a car accident that ultimately ended her career in gymnastics. She did dance. Track and field, basketball and cheerleading but nothing could fill the void of gymnastics. She continued tumbling around her house at whatever capacity she was able to do. She realized that gymnastics left a hole in her life that was unable to be filled so she decided to start coaching.

Hannah’s style of coaching is based on positivity so, can’t is not in her vocabulary. As well as being a gymnastics coach, she is a personal trainer, massage therapist, and is currently getting her doctorate in Acupuncture. She incorporates all of those attributes into her coaching style. On her free time, you can catch her with her son, daughter, and dog on a mountain, at the beach, roller skating, skate boarding, or fire dancing.

Gymnastics has taught her discipline, teamwork, and not to give up no matter how hard it gets. She is ready to help your child pave their way towards their goals in gymnastics which will ultimately transpire to their everyday life.

Lindsey Oliveira

I grew up in the central valley of California doing gymnastics from the age of 5 to 14. After a combination of injuries, I transitioned into High School Cheerleading and coaching Gymnastics. For the last 12 years, I have had the opportunity to coach preschool gymnastics to competitive gymnastics. I have over 10 years of competitive gymnastics coaching experience with both the JO and Xcel programs.


When not coaching, I attend college-level courses to obtain a degree in Physical Therapy. I am a wife and mom to two loving boys.

Dakota Hacker

My name is Dakota. I did competitive gymnastics for 12 years, 3 of those years I competed as a Level 10. I was given an athletic scholarship for Acrobatics and Tumbling at Arizona Christian University. I have been around little kids since a young age and have a lot of experience working with them. I am a Junior in college currently attending Grossmont Community College majoring in Graphic Design. I love being able to express my artistic abilities in gymnastics and art.

Brynnan Venters

Hi Everyone! My name is Brynnan. I have been doing gymnastics since I was two years old. I started competing when I was 11 years old and I haven't stopped. I am currently a college student, participating in club gymnastics at San Jose State. I love coaching the sport of gymnastics. I started coaching 3 years ago. I love watching the look on a kids face when they get a new skill or land something they have been working really hard on. This sport has had such a huge impact on my life and I hope to help other kids love it as much as I do. 

Heta Khatri

Diego Mercado

I was a gymnast for 21 years. I got to compete for Mexico’s Senior National Team and the University of Iowa, and I have now been coaching for 10 years. I like the fact that gymnastics is a very unique sport. Not everybody can do it at the highest level. My goal for my athletes is to make sure they are having fun, while working hard to be the best.

Daniel Bernal

Daniel Diaz

I began practicing the sport of gymnastics at age 5 in Mexico. Growing up in the sport I got to compete for gymnastics clubs in both the US and Mexico. Throughout my athletic career I was also fortunate enough to train and interact with many international coaches, judges, and gymnasts.

During the last 5 years of my competitive career I was lead by Diego Mercado, current coach at Champion Gymnastics. Now I'm back at the sport as a coach ready to learn from our team coaches and transfer my knowledge to every single member of our boys team.

AJ Robertson

My name is AJ and I have been at Champion Gymnastics for the last 10 years and I am currently a Level 10 on the Boys Gymnastics team. As an older team member, I assist coach our lower level classes. I also assist with Birthday Parties, insuring that all kiddos have a great time. I am thankful for all that Champion and Coach JJ has given me and I am looking forward to meeting my goal as a gymnast to go to the Olympics.

Austin Adams

What’s up, my name is Austin Adams I’m the tumbling, boys gymnastics, and parkour coach! I grew up in Austin, Texas where i spent most of the time playing sports like football, wrestling, track and lacrosse, and I work all through high school as a rec gymnastics, and as tumbling coach and then started practicing and teaching parkour my senior year. There is nothing I love more in this world then watching people accomplish their goals, and I get to be lucky enough to have a part in helping them here at Champion. 

Hey, athletes! My name is Justy Rice, and I am one of the instructors for CGC's Tumbling classes! A little bit about me: I have been -- for 13+ years -- a gymnast/tumbler, certified Taekwondo Black Belt, as well as a Master Class level dancer, thus exposing me to a variety of sports. As a takeaway from those activities, I believe that the basics are a crucial part of growth as an athlete for any sport, and therefore my tumbling class will always focus mainly on developing the students' understanding of important tumbling fundamentals. This solidity of technique allows for more success when eventually moving on to more advanced level tumbling classes; something I'd like to see in all of my students. My goal is that when you take my class, I can effectively spread the knowledge I've gained over the years, as well as evolve your skills so that over time you can be the best tumbler that you can be. That being said, always remember to keep working your hardest, and I hope to see you in class!

Justy Rice

Lindsey Billings

Hi My name is Lindsey, I am the aerial silks coach at CGC. I started leaning silks at the age of 12 along with other disciplines like Lyra, Cyr Wheel, Ballet, Modern dance, and Contortion. I previously did gymnastics at CGC for a number of years. I have competed internationally in Lyra and Cyr wheel and perform at various venues. I love to challenge my students to push themselves physically but also artistically to help them achieve all their potential.

Marissa Robertson

My name is Marissa and I am 13 years old. I have been a part of Champion for 10 years. I started out as a gymnast on Girls Team and I have been part of the Champion Cheer Team for the past 2 years. I help coach the Mini Cheer Team as well as fill in as an assistant coach on our younger recreational gymnastics classes.

Sally Steele

After having spent 30+ years working for corporate America in various sales and marketing management roles, I now have the most fulfilling position of all, that of Volunteer with Special Events, Marketing, and Social Media!  CGC is a place filled with children venturing into the world of gymnastics and cheer, enthusiastic athletes who have grit and determination in learning skills and reaching goals, dedicated coaches who show passion towards the athletes development, and parents who are invested in their kids’ future. The joy of being part of CGC and sharing my skills and talents to further advance all of these groups is immeasurable!

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