InterActive Academy
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Kendra Brens, Executive Director (InterActive Academy Executive Director)
Kendra, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation from Indiana University, has been involved with gymnastics for 20 years. Kendra is a former college cheerleader from Indiana University, where she also taught summer camps for Universal Cheerleaders Association. She is CPR/First Aid Certified, KAT (Kinder Accreditation for Teachers Certification) and MELPD (Movement Education & Lesson Plan Development) certified. She has experience coaching gymnastics, cheerleading, and aerobics. She has directed the gymnastics programs at InterActive since June of 2002. Kendra lives in Plainfield with her husband, J.P., and two children. She loves working with the staff and families at InterActive and is excited to continue growing athletic programs for children and adults in this community.
Kendra Brens
Barb Weaver (InterActive Academy Executive Director/Cheer Director)
Barb has a BS in Elementary Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Indiana State University. She has taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd grade and has over 30 years experience teaching gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading. Barb joined the InterActive staff in 2005 and is currently the School Academy Director and Cheer Director. Barb has been married to her husband, Mike, for 17 years and has 3 children. Cameron, 10th grade and Nick, 9th grade at ZHS, and Chloe, is grade 6 at ZMS. Barb’s goal is to help each child achieve his/her academic and physical goals while having fun, building a strong foundation for the future. It is exciting and rewarding to watch each IA program grow and she looks forward to many years of success.
Barb Weaver
Beth Michalak (Preschool and Dance Director)
Beth has been Preschool Gymnastic Director for the past 4 years. After teaching 3 years of Physical Education at the academy, she was ready to put her leadership skills to use. Beth earned a a BA in Physical Education as well as Adapted Physical Education from Ball State University. During her years at Ball State, Beth was an AFAA certified aerobic instructor, Activities Coordinator for BSU Fit Kids, studied all forms of dance, and was awarded a scholarship director position for the Adapted Physical Education Leadership Program where she developed programs for students and adults with special needs as well as fundraisers on campus. Prior to her work at IA she taught physical education and dance at Harrison High School. She coached the Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance teams as a member of IHSDTA. Her competitive dance team claimed many victories even earning a national title. Beth is proud to be USAG safety certified as well as certified in First Aid and CPR. She attends conferences to continue her knowledge and feed her passion for teaching gymnastics and the importance of physical activity. Along with her enthusiasm for IA she is a member of Zionsville Methodist Church where she attends with her husband and 4 children.
Beth Michalak
Stephanie Fairbrother (Recreational Gymnastics Program Director)
Stephanie is the Recreational Gymnastics Program Director .Stephanie has been involved in gymnastics for over 20 years. She was a competitive gymnast for USAG for 10 years and was a high school varsity gymnast for 4 years. Stephanie has been coaching gymnastics for the past 14 years. She attended Ball State University and majored in Physical Education. While attending Ball State, she was the Head Gymnastics Coach at Muncie Southside High School for 4 years. She has taught at many Indiana gymnastics clubs throughout the years as well as working as the Competitive Team coach and Recreational Program Director at Orlando Gymnastics and Cheer, in Florida. Before joining the Interactive team she was the Competitive Team Coach and Gym Director at Top Flight Gymnastics in California. Stephanie is safety certified, CPR, and First Aid certified, and a USAG Professional Member. When Stephanie is not in the gym she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children at their Carmel home.
Stephanie Fairbrother
Lisa Ping (Gymnastics Instructor and Coach/Webmaster/Marketing)
Lisa holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Graphics Technology from Purdue University Calumet. Not only is she a Gymnastics Instructor and Team Coach but works on Interactive Academy’s Website and Marketing. Lisa started learning gymnastics at the age of 5 in her backyard where her mom taught her. She took lessons through the local parks department and eventually competed on the Lowell High School Varsity Gymnastics team all 4 years of high school. While in college Lisa taught gymnastics at the Southlake YMCA in Crown Point, IN. Lisa lives in Whitestown. After her beloved 13 year old Labrador Retrievers, Maggie and Maddie passed away in 2012 and 2013, Lisa began to foster for Love of Labs Indiana. She adopted 1 year old, Macy (a Whippet/Lab mix), and continues to foster other dogs to help find them homes as well. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys taking her dog for a walk, crafts, running, mountain biking, and Freelance Graphic Design. Lisa is a USAG Professional Member and is USAG Safety Certified.
Lisa Ping
Justin Wilson (PE Teacher/Camp Counselor/Fitness & Wellness Coach)
Justin has been at IA since 2010. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from Indiana State University. He is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. He has 6 years of personal training experience. He has always been involved in sports playing baseball, football, basketball and wrestling in high school. After high school he trained and competed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed material arts. He is also CPR, first aid, AED, lifeguard certified. Justin will be running our personal training sessions for adults, speed and agility classes for kids & boot camp fitness classes for adults.
Justin Wilson
Melissa Wilkinson (Office Manager)
Melissa lives in Thorntown, IN with her husband and two sons. She grew up in Indianapolis, graduated from Lawrence North High School, and attended Ball State University where she majored in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in education, customer service, and as an administrative assistant. Melissa has worked at Interactive Academy since March of 2003 and is currently first aid and CPR certified. She manages the Front Office, team accounts, runs the online web registrations, and is the Director of Special Events at Interactive. In her spare time, she is the Youth Group leader with her husband at Zionsville Christian Church, and she enjoys camping with her family, exercising, reading, and spending time with her two boys. She also enjoys volunteering and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Hibben United Methodist Relief Center, the old Savannah Mission, and more.
Melissa Wilkinson
Cheri Gibson (Girls Xcel Program Director and Coach/MDO Instructor)
Cheri received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education K-12 from Ball State University.  She competed for 4 years at Ball State with a gymnastic scholarship.  Cheri has been teaching pre-school, recreational, and competitive teams since 1982. Cheri is KAT certified (Kinder Accreditation for Teachers), member of USA Gymnastics, and is Safety Certified.  Cheri also judged competitive gymnastics for 15 years, and has coached competitive teams 4-10 with several State, Regional, and National champions through the years.  Cheri and her husband Steve, who was also a gymnast, have 4 children and 4 grandchildren and love to spend time with them and enjoy the outdoors.
David Revis (Taekwondo Instructor and Director)
Head Instructor David Revis started Taekwondo in 2001 and received his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2004 as well as his Instructor's Degree from the United States Chung Do Kwan Association. In 2009 he received his 3rd Degree Black Belt and Became the Senior Instructor of Interactive TKD. He is now the student of Sr. Grand Master Sell, 9th degree black belt and CEO of the United States Chung Do Kwan Association. He teaches all of our Chung Do Kids and Taekwondo classes. Instructor Revis loves to see students learning and growing in character while having fun.
David Revis
Gen Speitel (Special Events Coordinator)
Gen received her B.A. in Psychology from Butler University. In addition to having been a competitive gymnast, she has taught gymnastics at several gymnastics schools. She has worked with children at the preschool level as well as athletes at various team levels. Gen has also given some gymnastics workshops in the area. Gen is KAT certified (Kinder Accreditation for Teachers) and MELPD certified (Movement Education and Lesson Plan Development). She has also completed the Patty Komara workshop.
Gen Speitel
Susan Barnes (Front Desk Staff)
Susan lives in Carmel with her husband and 2 daughters. Susan began working at the front desk back in August of 2006. Before that she had worked as an Executive Assistant for 10 years. Both of her girls have been in classes at IA. They've enjoyed Gymnastics, TKD and Dance. Susan likes getting to know the many families that come to IA and she likes knowing her children as well as others are getting quality teaching from the instructors.
Jenn Naspinski (Front Desk Staff)
Jenn started working at Interactive Academy in August of 2007 part-time and has gone full-time since then. She loves working at the front desk. Her children, Jake 10, Alli 9, and Bri 7 enjoy taking classes and attending camps in the summer. Her daughters are on the competitive cheer team and love to cheer for the IA Stars. All the smiling faces and the excitement for a child’s first gymnastics or dance class are among one of her favorite things about working the front desk. Jenn and her family live in Zionsville.
Jenn Naspinski
Shelby Challandes (IA Swim Director/IA Teacher/Cheer Coach)
Shelby studied Elementary Education at the University of Southern Indiana. She joined the InterActive staff in 2007 and is currently the Swim School Director, Jr Kindergarten/PreK Teacher, and Cheer Coach. Shelby has taught the 3’s class, 4’s class and currently the Jr Kindergarten/PreK class. She has over 15 years of experience teaching swim, gymnastics, tumbling, and cheerleading. Shelby is Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid and AED certified.
Shelby Challandes
Jennifer North (IA Teacher/Cheer Coach)
Jennifer has a BS in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University. She has taught reading intervention programs from grades kindergarten to fourth in public schools. Jennifer also volunteered at the housing authority and helped children with homework, projects and being a positive role model. In 2009 she came to Interactive and taught preschool, several tumbling classes in the gym and coached cheerleading. She is a Louisville native but moved to Zionsville with her husband Nick in 2007. Jennifer is CPR certified and has completed training in First Aid. This year she will be teaching kindergarten/ first grade. She treasures watching the growth of her students throughout the year. They bring so many smiles to her face with all of the fantastic stories they have. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys being outdoors, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.
Jennifer North
Kody Arnold (Girls Xcel Coach)
Kody Arnold has been teaching and coaching gymnastics for three years and have recently become a safety certified member of USA Gymnastics. She is also certified in CPR and First Aid. Kody graduated from Zionsville Community High School in 2009, and is currently studying Business at the Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. She has been a member of many sports clubs including high school track and field, softball, competitive and high school cheer, and gymnastics. Kody has a love for gymnastics and hopes to share her passion. She believes that children learn self discipline through self-confidence, and excellence can be achieved with team work and constructive criticism. From firsthand experience Kody feels confident in saying that the structured atmosphere created by coaches can steer a child down a healthy and successful path in life.
Kody Arnold
Natasha Richards (Girls Gymnastics Team Coach)
Natasha Richards lives in Lafayette. She was born and raised in Voronezh, Russia and came to America four years ago, with her daughter Zhanna, and her husband Joshua. They also have a 3 year old son, Daniel. She did gymnastics for 11 years and then did acrobatic gymnastics for 4 years. Natasha has a gymnastics degree from the Moscow University in Voronezh, specializing in gymnastics, swimming, and soccer. She also can teach Physical Education. Natasha is very proud to say that she enjoys working with children and teaching them the benefits of gymnastics. Natasha says, “We will work hard, learn many moves, and most of all have fun while we work”.
Natasha Richards
Zhanna Makarova (Gymnastics and Dance Instructor/Girls Team Coach
Zhanna Makarova lives in Indianapolis. She was born in Voronezh, Russia and came to America 7 years ago. Zhanna is currently a college Sophmore and currently pursuing a degree in Accounting. She has participated in gymnastics and competitive rhythmic gymnastics since she was 3. Later she gained an interest in dancing and has been dancing ever since. Zhanna has taken many dance classes such as ballet, jazz, ballroom and hip hop. Zhanna competed for her high school gymnastics team. She has also been on her High School dance team since 7th grade. She is a four year varsity Track and Field runner and jumper. This year she was given the opportunity to become an Indiana Pacamate and cheer for the Pacers. Zhanna is excited to work with kids here at InterActive and pass on her knowledge about dance and gymnastics.
Zhanna Makarova
Jen Schilling (Gymnastics Instructor/Fitness Instructor)
Jen Schilling has been married to her husband, Mark, for 13 years. They have three children, 10 Year Old Thomas, 8 Year Old Mathew, and 3 Year Old Isabelle. She has a degree in Physical Education (K-12) from Indiana University. Jen started in gymnastics at the age of 5. She competed for various gyms through 8th grade. Jen taught and ran gymnastics program at Clinton County YMCA from 1994-1996, taught and coached classes at Indy Gymnastics, 1995-96, and taught preschool gymnastics for Childrens' Creative Expressions from 1994-1996. She has also taught fitness classes and personal trained since 1997. Jen loves running, listening to music and playing with her kids!
Jen Schilling
Angela Calliotte (Gymnastics Instructor)
Angela Calliotte hails from Springfield, MA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR. She and her husband moved to Indiana in 1989. She currently holds an Indiana Teaching License for Physical Education and Health Education. She has experience working with children in day care centers, YMCA's, camps and Girl Scouts. She has taught Elementary Physical Education for over ten years in a private school here in Indiana. She is also Co-director of Sunday School for the Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel.
Angela Calliotte
Andy Arnold (Gymnastics Instructor/Xcel Team Coach)
Andy Arnold was born and raised in Boone County then moved to Westfield after college. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Anderson University. Andy was a 2 year starter and 4 year lettermen on the Anderson football team. He graduated from Lebanon High School in 2007 where he played football and wrestled all four years. Andy is currently an assistant coach for the Lebanon High School football team. He has played multiple sports throughout his life including 18 years of football, 14 years of wrestling, and 8 years of baseball. Andy comes to Interactive Academy to work with his little sister Kody and to teach what he has learned about sport and fitness to those who want to better themselves physically.
Andy Arnold
Craig Christie (Boys Team Coach/Preschool and Recreational Gymnastics Instructor)
Craig started doing gymnastics when he was 5 years old. He was a gymnast on Gene Watson's first Indy School of Gymnastics team back in 1991 through 1993. He has coached youth sports for 8 years including tennis and basketball. Over the last 3 years he has coached boys gymnastics and enjoys the opportunity to coach our teams and teach classes here at InterActive Academy.
Craig Christie
Gene Watson (Boys Team Head Coach)
Gene is a current member of the Junior National Team Coaching Staff. He has served on numerous committees for USA Gymnastics including The Basic Skills Achievement Program, two of the past compulsory committees to design the competitive program for junior gymnasts, the Men’s Program Committee and the Junior Men’s Program Committee. As a representative of the Junior and the Senior Coaching staff, he has been assigned the head coach position of several international competitions. Receiving his Masters Degree in Education from Western Carolina University he believes that gymnastics also serves as a tool for the education and growth of young gymnasts. His personal mission is to make sure every gymnast reaches his or her maximum potential whether that is in the gym or life.
Gene Watson
Eric Phillabaum (Girls Team Coach/Head Girls Optional Coach)
Eric Phillebaum has an Elementary and Secondary Education degree from IUPUI. He is a professional member with USAG and affiliated with the USAIGC Elite Coaches association. He has 30 years of experience coaching gymnastics of all levels. His latest position was as Gymnastics Coordinator and Head Coach of the Indy School Program where he ran and coached their competitive team for 8 years. He is Safety Certified and First Aid CPR Certified. Eric brings years of knowledge and a passion for gymnastics to InterActive Academy’s girls Team Program and Recreational Program.
Eric Phillabaum
Ariel Rudd (Gymnastics and Swim Instructor)
Ariel has been teaching and coaching at InterActive going on five years. She recently graduated from Butler University, where she earned degrees in Physical and Health Education and Exercise Science. Ariel is now enrolled in graduate school, studying to become a nurse practitioner. Ariel has been involved in dance, cheer, gymnastics and swim since the age of three. She is CPR, first aid, water safety (WSI) and lifeguard certified and loves working with kids of all ages!
Ariel Rudd
Christy Larson (Gymnastics and Dance Instructor)
Christy is very excited to be working with the kids at Interactive Academy since coaching is her true passion. She graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Communications and currently works at an advertising agency in Indianapolis. While in college, she was part of the Purdue dance team where she competed and ranked 3rd nationally. Gymnastics and dance have been a part of her life since she was a little girl. Growing up, she was a competitive gymnast and dancer and always loved to perform in front of audiences. She has taught a variety of ages and classes that include jazz, hip hop, ballet, modern, tap, tumbling, and cheerleading. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and traveling.
Christy Larson
Claire Kaiser (Gymnastics Instructor)
Claire has worked at InterActive for 8 years, teaching cheerleading, preschool & recreation gymnastics, birthday parties, parents night out, and summer camps. She studied Elementary Education at Purdue University and student taught with a 4th grade class for one year. She graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in Spanish. In the past Claire has worked for Disney as a Youth Activities Counselor on board the Disney Dream Cruise Ship! She is CPR and First Aid Certified and excited to be back full time at InterActive.
Claire Kaiser
Katie Malott (Girls Team Program Director/Compulsory Head Coach/Preschool Instructor)
Katie Malott comes to Interactive Academy with a strong gymnastics background. Prior to her employment here, she was the head coach and program director for Olympic Warrior Gymnastics Academy in Hattiesburg, MS. She has also served as the graduate assistant coach for Ball State University’s gymnastics program while obtaining her master’s degree in Sports Psychology with a minor in Counseling. Before entering into a coaching career, Katie Malott (formerly Andrews) was a scholarship athlete at the University of Denver. Katie Malott is also a Realtor and resides in Zionsville, IN with her husband, Kelly, and her son, Brody.
Katie Malott
Sally Small (Gymnastics and Dance Instructor/Girls Team Coach)
Sally grew up in Bloomfield, Indiana. As a kid she took gymnastics, and was a cheerleader in middle school. In high school she was on the dance team for four years, and graduated in 2007. After graduation, Sally attended Purdue University where she majored in Organizational Leadership & Supervision. She was also involved in various dance groups such as the Purdue Golduster Dance Team, Higher Ground Dance Company, and the Purdue Repertory Dance Company. Sally graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in 2011. Sally has been a Colts Cheerleader for 3 years now. She is also very excited to start teaching with InterActive Academy.
Jessie Sondhi (Dance Director/Girls Team Coach)
Jessie came to Interactive Academy with a diverse background in Dance, Cheer and Gymnastics. She was born and raised in Mishawaka, Indiana, then moved to Muncie, Indiana to finish her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and News. While attending college Jessie felt honored to be an NFL cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts for four seasons! Along with performing and teaching dance, Jessie also travels worldwide to choreograph gymnastics, cheer, and dance routines. She has taught various tap, modern, jazz, pom, and hip hop dances throughout Indiana. Jessie has had the honor to be choreographer and head dance teacher for Olympic Gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi for six straight years. She started at Interactive as a Preschool, Rec, Gymnastics and Dance teacher, but is now excited to take on the director roll in our Dance Program . She hopes to use her extensive background in dance to continue to grow this amazing program.
Jessie Sondhi
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