Staff

 

Melanie Cuozzo

  • Owner APEX Gymnastics,  Inc. – 1997 – present
  • Full athletic scholarship to Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • NCAA 3 time All American
  • NCAA Academic All American
  • 35 years coaching experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
  • Masters Degree in Reading & Literacy
  • Former LCPS teacher
  • Member Virginia State Board of Gymnastics
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • USA Gymmnastics Professional Member: Junior Olympic Team Coach, Business Executive Member
  • USA Safety Certified, Safe Sport Certified
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Luda Shamenko  

  • Joined APEX in Fall 2000
  • General Manager
  • 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Unified National Team Member
  • Ukranian National Team Member
  • Ukranian School of Olympic Reserve
  • Degree from Ukranian State University of Phys. Ed. in Sport
  • USA Gymnastics Safety Certified
  • USA Gymnastics Professional Member, Safe Sport Certified
  • CPR & First Aid Certified
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Mark Mohr  

  • Hired, Fall 2011
  • Assistant Manager
  • Competitive Team Coach- Girls level 4 – 10
  • Recreational Coach
  • Former Level 10 National Champion, Former competitive diver
  • 17 years gymnastics experience
  • Former program director, Minnesota & Virginia Beach
  • Safety Certified,  U100 Certified, Safe Sport Certified
  • USA Gymnastics Professional Member – Junior Olympic Team Coach, Business Director
  • CPR & First Aid Certified
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Vladimir Shamenko  

  • Joined APEX in Fall 2000
  • Facilities Manager
  • 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • Ukranian National Team Member
  • Ukranian School of Olympic Reserve
  • Degree from Ukranian State University of Phys. Ed. and Sport
  • USA Gymnastics Safety Certified, Safe Sport Certified
  • USA Gymnastics Professional Member
  • CPR & First Aid Certified
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Zerell Welch  

  • Hired Summer, 2012
  • Competitive Team Coach
  • 15 years coaching experience
  • Coached 2012 Maryland State Championship team
  • USA Gymnastics Professional Member
  • Professional Member USA Gymnastics, Safe Sport Certified
  • Safety Certified, CPR & First Aid Certified
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Brandon Jordan  

  • Hired Summer, 2012
  • Competitive Team Coach Level 3 Girls, Xcel Team & Developmental Team Coach
  • Former competitive gymnast
  • Coached in Minnesota & Virginia Beach previously
  • USA Gymnastics Professional Member
  • Professional Member USA Gymnastics
  • Safety Certified, CPR & First Aid Certified, Safe Sport Certified
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Shannon Cain  

  • Former APEX gymnast since 1994 ( even before APEX!)
  • Developmental Team Coach
  • LCPS Elementary School Teacher
  • Graduate University of Bridgeport, Masters Degree in Education
  • Scholarship receipient – University of Bridgeport Gymnastics Team
  • Member National Championship Gymnastics Team, Division II                                                                                          
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Richard Yoder  

  • Joined APEX in Spring, 2011
  • Team Coach, Xcel Team Coach, Recreational & Tumbling Coach
  • Boys Team Program Director
  • Former competitive elite gymnast, JO National Qualifier
  • Former gymnast Arizona State
  • Former career as a culinary chef!
  • USA Gymnastics Professional member & Safety Certified
  • CPR & First Aid Certified, Safe Sport Certified
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Ashlie Clark 

  • Hired, Summer 2021
  • Recreational Coach
  • Former APEX Team gymnast
  • Former Elementary school teacher
  • BS Education Virginia Tech, Masters Education Radford University

Danielle Bonnamy

  • Hired, Winter 2022, Xcel Team Coach
  • Competed for Fairland Gymnastics in Laurel, MD, Level 10
  •  2 time Level 10 National Team member
  • Full Athletic Gymnastics Scholarship to University of Rhode Island
  • Bachelor Degree – Psychology and Anthropology from University of Rhode Island
  •  Master’s Degree – Physician Assistant from Stony Brook University, New York
  • Certified Physician Assistant

Rae Ammerman

  • Hired, Spring 2022
  • Recreational, Developmental, Xcel & TT Team coach
  • JO coaching experience
  • USA Gymnastics Safety Certified,  Safe Sport Certified, CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Mother of 3, including a competitive gymnast

David Aytes                    

  • Hired, Spring 2021
  • 17 years coaching experience, girls & boys
  • Former competitive gymnast
  • Developmental & Competitive Team Coach
  • Professional Member USA Gymnastics
  • Safety Certified, CPR & First Aid Certified, Safe Sport Certified

Kathrin Shamenko                                                    

  • Hired, Fall 2017
  • Former competitive gymnast, 10 years
  • Attending NVCC – student
  • Recreational & competitive team coach

Tim Ratliff

  • Hired, Summer 2021
  • Boys Team Coach
  •  IT Project Manager
  • Master’s degree from Georgetown in Applied Linguistics 
  • Competed at James Madison University 
  • VA state collegiate champion on high bar and pbars in 1984 and 1985
  • Currently competing as an NAIGC gymnast

     

Pedro Sanchez      

  • Hired, Spring 2019
  • Boys Team & Developmental Team Coach
  • BS Education
  • 17 years coaching experience – all levels and ages
  • Member technical commission for Federation of Venezuela
  • USA Gymnastics member
  • Safety Certified, U100 Certified, Safe Sport Certified

Adriana Gomez Romero                                                  

  • Hired, Summer 2019
  • Girls Recreational, Developmental & Xcel Team Coach
  • BS Education
  • 18 years coaching experience – Venezuela & United States
  • Member technical commission for Federation of Venezuela
  • USA Gymnastics member
  • Safety Certified, U100 Certified, Safe Sport Certified

Julia Ames                                                 

  • Hired, Spring 2022
  • Former APEX Level 9 gymnast, State & Regional Qualifier
  • Pursuing Masters Degree in Education, GMU
  • Xcel Team and Recreational Coach

Allie Shipe                                                   

  • Hired, Fall 2020
  • Former APEX gymnast
  • Student, Patrick Henry College
  • Recreational & GymKids coach

Kara Nordgren                                              

  • Hired, Summer 2021
  • Gymkids & Recreational Coach
  • Full time dog trainer!
  • Former APEX gymnast

Kristine Dulay                                              

  • Hired, Spring 2021
  • Graduate VCU,  Health Sciences Major
  • Gymkids & recreational coach

Marius Sodonis                                             

  • Hired, Spring 2021
  • Graduate, Patrick Henry College
  • Trampolinist
  • Recreational Coach
  • Xcel  and TT Team Coach
  • USA Gymnastics member
  • Safety Certified, U100 Certified, Safe Sport Certified

Lauren Miller         

  • Hired, Summer 2022
  • Graduate Virginia Tech
  • Former competitive APEX gymnast and coach
  • Former APEX Level 9 gymnast, State, Regional & National  Qualifier
  • JO, Xcel and Developmental Team coach

Junior Staff      

  • Back row – Addie Grinnell, Brynn Scherrer, Abbie Knox, Riley Klemm, Andreas Alexandrou
  • Front row – Lauren Greene, Mallory Smith, Paige Knox, Amanda Riggs, Guliana Bart, Helena Bart