Meet Our Staff
Owner & Executive Director
A former University of Texas gymnast and cheerleader, Gretchen founded Champions Westlake in 1996, bringing 10 years of gymnastics and cheer experience to the west Austin community. Prior to that time, she worked as a counselor at both Friday Mountain Camp and Kanakuk Kamps, was a Young Life leader at The Kinkaid School in Houston, and taught preschool at Circle C Child Development Center. Her enjoyment of working with students of all ages and her passion for helping them achieve a greater awareness of their strengths and capabilities have given her the opportunity to reach the hearts of kids all over Westlake, creating true champions.
Her extensive gymnastics and cheerleading history includes: Town Lake YMCA Gymnastics Team, 1972-1974; Crockett High School Gymnastics Team, 1974-1978; State Balance Beam Champion, 2 years; Crockett High School Cheerleader, 1974-1978; UCA All-American Award Winner, 3 years; University of Texas Gymnastics Team, 1978-1981; Regional Qualifier, 2 years; University of Texas Cheerleader, 1980-1982; NCA Camp Champions, 2 years; Instructor and/or director of Friday Mountain Girls Camp, Austin, TX, Summer 1977; West Texas Theatre Arts, Sweetwater, TX, Summer 1978; Granada Hills Gymnastics, Austin, TX, Summer 1979; Kanakuk Kamps, Branson, MO, Summer 1980; Georgetown Community Center, Georgetown, TX, 1980-1981; Circle C Child Development Center, Austin, TX, 1995-1996; Champions Westlake, Austin, TX, 1996-Present, Champions 1826, Austin, TX, 2017-Present.
Gym Manager/HR Director
Margo got to Austin, TX as fast as she could by way of Arkansas, Tennessee and California. She was a cheerleader and involved in tumbling all through middle school and high school. She was full time mom for most of her children’s school life. She was very involved in her daughter and son’s school and sports activities which included supporting her daughter in All-Star cheer in California and son in multiple sports. She worked with their school extensively in leadership roles and working with the children. She attended University of Arkansas and is a huge “Hog” fan. Margo came to us by way of a financial and management background and the love of gymnastics and cheer. “I love Champions - all the people I work with, the positive energy and what it stands for”.
Team Accounts Manager
Laura, originally from Lake Highlands, Dallas, joined the Champions staff in 2015. She is a 2012 graduate of The University of Texas (Hook ‘Em Horns!) with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She has been actively involved with Young Life throughout middle school, high school, as well as throughout her time at The University of Texas. With a background that includes gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance experience, Laura lends her enthusiastic talent to lead our camp pep-rallies during both summer and winter camps. Her greatest Champions achievement to date would be teaching the “Tootsie Roll” to hundreds of kids during the summer camps of 2015 & 2016.
Front Desk Manager
Natalie joined the Champions staff in 2016 after moving to Austin in 2014. As a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art, Natalie previously worked as an administrative assistant for the non-profit program, Young Life, where she still remains active on the UT campus. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys riding bikes and drinking black coffee with her husband, Jordan and their dog, Steve.
Director, Programming & Atomic Trampoline & Tumbling
Born and raised in Houston, Michael trained as artistic gymnast for the better part of 12 years. He competed as a level 10 gymnast during his final years of high school, and upon graduation moved to Austin to attend The University of Texas. Here at Champions, Michael discovered his passion for working with kids of all ages and for teaching gymnastics. Since his arrival, he has helped to found our newest competitive team, Atomic T&T, and led them through very successful seasons of competition. We are thrilled to have Michael as a member of our Champions staff!
Director, Nitro Competitive Gymnastics
Originally from Fallbrook, CA, where she started gymnastics at age 7, Rachel participated in the 2000 Olympic Trials and was a Bronze medalist for the 2001 World Championships. She’s a three-time International Elite Team Member and attended The University of Utah on full scholarship, where she was a three-time All American. She has coached recreational gymnastics up to International Elite level for over ten years and has had the privilege of working alongside the USA National staff. We are proud to have Rachel leading our Nitro Competitive Teams Program.
Assistant Director, Nitro Competitive Gymnastics
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Micah started training in martial arts at age 12. By age 16, he was training in martial arts competitively, as well as coaching. He coached through Rec Level 7, leading three teams to place at State tournaments. Micah was the first of 10 international WFPF coaches to gain certification and is the only one in Texas certified by the WFPF.
Director, Crush Cheer All Stars & Turbo Tumbling
Jeff was born in Austin, Texas and moved to Ft Lauderdale, Florida when he was 4. Jeff started cheering when he was a junior in high school for a small all-star gym in south Florida called CheerTime Bulldogs. He then cheered 3 years for Tallahassee Community College and 3 years for the Florida State Seminoles where he graduated with a Bachelors in Economics, a minor in psychology, and a minor in business management. Jeff began coaching in 2000 at CheerTime and at Capital Cheer in Austin in 2002. He then coached, in 2003, at Cheer Tech in Tallahassee, Florida and Gym Force from 2004-2010. In 2011 Jeff coached at Austin Cheer Factory at Cheer Athletics Austin in 2013. His cheer accomplishments include 8 national titles while coaching at Austin Cheer Factory in 2011 and the 2012 Mini 1 and Youth 2 NCA & UCA national championship titles. Jeff’s favorite cheer related memories are cheering on game days for college football. When he’s not coaching he enjoys football, basketball, hockey, mountain biking, fishing, and camping. Jeff’s ultimate goal in life is to be truly content, happy and travel around the world spreading joy and happiness with others. His favorite thing about being a coach at Champions is sharing a common vision with the coaches and athletes around him and knowing that he is working with the best of the best!
Director, Kaleidoscope Early Learning
Born and raised in Austin, Krystal took part in tumbling, cheerleading and dance throughout her middle and high school years, but it was through her time at Champions, that she realized her passion for coaching and teaching. While attending Texas State University, she coached gymnastics, taught preschool and also worked as a counselor at Camp Mystic. Upon graduating, she earned a degree in education and became certified through the state of Texas to teach both Early Child Education and English as Second Language. She started a gymnastics program in Round Rock with her best friend where she developed a curriculum that combined fun, meaningful reinforcement of basic preschool concepts with developmentally appropriate gymnastics instruction. After taking a break to start her family, Krystal is thrilled to once again be part of the Champions Team.
Head Instructor, Urban Motion Corps
As a kid, Levi could always be seen jumping and climbing his way through the world around him. Whether a stone wall, a playscape structure or a tree, no obstacle was too challenging for creative mover. Then, in 2007, Levi discovered a new movement that was right up his alley called “parkour.” This sport which is sometimes described as military-style obstacle course training has gained popularity in recent years. While working with youth in the AISD After School Program, Levi also became involved with the Austin parkour scene through Team Traverse and has trained with prominent members of the worldwide community including the original founders of the sport. We are fortunate to have Coach Levi as the head instructor for our Urban Motion Program where kids are learning to climb, jump, and move through obstacles safely and efficiently.