Staff – San Antonio Gym

Heather Schnelzer

Owner & Head Coach

Heather's passion for gymnastics comes from growing up as a competitive gymnast, where she competed at the Junior Elite level. She was recruited by the College of William and Mary before transferring to Trinity University, here in San Antonio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Trinity University. After eight years of serving as Head Coach for several gymnastics clubs, Heather opened Aerial Athletics. In 2007, she received the award for Texas Coach of the Year and Region III Coach of the Year. She is currently a member of the Texas Gymnastics State Board and is the coordinator for Region III camps and clinics. Heather has one son, Jackson.

heather@aerialathletics.com

Valerie Oates & Gracie

Business Manager & Buddy

Val brings over twenty-five years of business marketing experience to Aerial Athletics. Since 2006, Val has not only managed our busy office, but it has been with a friendly welcome and smile to every customer. On her shoulder is our gym buddy, Gracie, who loves to “motivate” the girls with a spirited chase and bark in the mornings. Val has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks and Recreation from Texas A&M University and is a professional member of USA Gymnastics.

valerie@aerialathletics.com

Heidi Reetz

Gym Manager & Team Coach

Heidi is a native to South Texas where she competed in gymnastics through Level 9. She has been involved in gymnastics throughout her life as a Team Coach, Program Developer, and Manager for the past 17 years. She has a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Texas San Antonio. When she is not at the gym, she spends her time with her four beautiful children.

heidi@aerialathletics.com

Jennifer Banowsky

Acro Team Head Coach

Jennifer built on her prior experience as a team and recreational gymnastics coach when she began the acrobatic gymnastics program at Aerial Athletics in 2007. A graduate of Trinity University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, she has also taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten in both public and private schools. She is an acrobatic gymnastics judge and serves as Regional Judges Coordinator. In 2008, she was named Region 3 Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach of the Year.

Anna Pawlak

Team Coach

Anna has been involved with gymnastics her whole life. After representing the Polish National Team she received an athletic scholarship to Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. After graduating from college, she started her coaching career first in Illinois and later in Arizona where she coached for almost 10 years. Anna joined the Aerial Athletics staff in 2009 and she is really excited about being part of the amazing program here in San Antonio.

anna@aerialathletics.com

Denise King

Academy Teacher

Denise brings fifteen years of teaching experience to The Academy at Aerial Athletics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTSA, a Master’s from Our Lady of the Lake University in Curriculum and Instruction for Science Integration and a Master’s from Texas A&M in Curriculum and Instruction. She holds Texas teaching certificates in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Science grades 4-8. Denise has taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, elementary physical education and has been science lab facilitator and teacher. She has a compassion for athletes balancing their sport and education. Denise believes in the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical.

denise@aerialathletics.com

Deborah Stewart

Academy Teacher

Deborah is the primary teacher for the Academy at Aerial Athletics. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in education. Deborah retired from thirty-four years of teaching in the public school system and spent the last twenty-four working as a fifth grade teacher. Deborah has lived in San Antonio for the past twenty-seven years. She has six beautiful grandchildren. She loves teaching at the Academy and her dream is to work with these athletes until she reaches the "true" retirement age.

deborah@aerialathletics.com

Zsolt "Kenobi" Bense

Team Coach

Erine Harley

Team Coach

Erine is a native to San Antonio and has been involved in gymnastics throughout her life. She competed through Level 9 under Heather Schnelzer and has been coaching for six years. She is a patient coach who focuses on the fundamentals, providing all of the gymnasts a great foundation. She is currently going to school to become a Physical Therapy Assistant. Between coaching and school, Erine spends her time being a mother to two beautiful girls.

erine@aerialathletics.com

Ashley "George" Reighlin

Team Coach

Arthur "Mann" Redrick

Recreational Coach

Mann has been a recreational class coach for almost seven years. He has served as Senior Counselor at various Spring Break, Summer, and Winter Adventure programs with Aerial Athletics. He has also specialized in Special Events direction and staffing at birthday parties and Parent Night Out events. He in very energetic, enthusiastic, motivated and inspirational for his "class athletes." Mann also has helped the last several years with the Acrobatic Gymnastics program with their tumbling training.

Brenna Hernandez

Office Staff

Brenna was a gymnast for five years and danced at Earl Cobb Dance Studio for fourteen years. She was a high school varsity cheerleader, all-star cheerleader, NCA All American for four years and an NCA national champion. Her love of cheer and gymnastics led her to coaching positions in both sports. She is USAG certified and is now working as part of the Aerial Athletics Office Staff. She is attending Northwest Vista in the pursuit of becoming an Elementary school teacher.

brenna@aerialathletics.com

Cayla Sanchez

Recreational Coach

Cayla has been involved in dance for most of life, about eighteen years. She was Captain of the Clark High School Dance Team. She became involved with the sport of gymnastics about six years ago and has been coaching since that time. She is currently attending classes at Alamo Community College for education.

Mike Durante

Team Coach

Mike has over twenty-one years of experience coaching women’s artistic gymnastics levels 4-Elite. He comes to us from Chow’s Gymnastics in West Des Moines, Iowa, where he was the Optional Team Director and Head Optional Coach. Mike graduated from Arizona State University where he was a member of the men’s gymnastics team from 1991-1996, part of the 1995 and 1996 National Collegiate Club Championship team, and Co-Caption his final year. Mike has a great passion for and knowledge of gymnastics and developing confident, healthy and responsible gymnasts. Recently, he has spoken at both National and Regional Congresses. Mike brings with him Amy (his fiancé) and her two boys Jack and Charlie.

mike@aerialathletics.com

Carol Robuck-Williams

Team Coach

Carol brings over forty years gymnastics experience to the Aerial Athletics staff. She has been an athlete, coach, judge and gym owner. She was an All American High School bars champion. She has coached athletes from preschool through college. She has served as Secretary and President of the Gymnastics Association of Texas, on the State Gymnastics Board for many years as the District 4 Representative and is a National Rated Judge. She is currently the State Judging Director of Texas. Carol strongly feels: “Gymnastics has something for everyone. It helps to develop us physically, mentally, and spiritually into the best person we can be. I hope to give this gift to all my students.”

Amy Frisbie

Academy Teacher & Dance

Amy Frisbie attended Creighton University and the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and an additional certification in K-12 gifted education. Amy taught elementary grades in both public and private schools in Omaha and Phoenix, Arizona before having her two children. After staying home for a number of years with her boys, she returned to school to work on a master’s degree, and returned to work as a substitute teacher. She spent the last 4 years working at Millard public Montessori school in Omaha teaching preschool through fifth grade. In addition to teaching, Amy is also passionate about ballet. She was trained in the Royal Academy of Dance ballet at the Omaha Academy of Ballet and has performed with Omaha Academy of Ballet, Omaha Ballet, and Creighton University's Company. Amy has taught ballet both at dance studios and gymnastics centers in Omaha and South Carolina. She will be teaching ballet to team gymnasts in the afternoons.

amy@aerialathletics.com

Kylie McDonald

Acro Team Assistant Coach

Kylie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a competitive artistic gymnast for six years and has been involved in acrobatic gymnastics since 2008. She has been a professional member of USAG since 2008 and is also safety certified through USAG. She is a locally rated acrobatics judge and a freelance writer for the publication Inside Gymnastics magazine.

Eric Rodriguez

Recreational & Team Coach

Eric is currently working as both a recreational class coach as well as a team coach. He is a member of USAG and is safety certified. He has a natural passion for tumbling and a great interest in health and fitness. He has been a Certified Personal Trainer for four years.

Lee Ann Nevius

Recreational & Team Coach

Lee Ann is a military spouse who has lived all over the country. She has coached gymnastics in Nebraska, Utah and now the great state of Texas. She has a degree in graphic design from The Colorado Institute of Art, and has worked as a graphic designer and art director in Chicago and Boston. Lee Ann is an enthusiastic coach who embraces the positive, nurtures the individual, and respects the high ideals of gymnastics’ artistry and athleticism. Lee Ann has two daughters – one is a proud member of Aerial Athletics Optional Team, and the other, a former gymnast and aspiring coach.

Stephen Smith

Recreational & Team Coach

Stephen has been coaching for ten years. He has coached from the Parent and Tot class up through Optional Team competitive gymnastics, and really enjoys coaching the gamut of students. He is currently involved in both recreational and team programs at Aerial Athletics since joining the staff in January of 2014. Stephen likes to do gymnastics workouts and stay as active as possible. He also enjoys swimming, bicycling, throwing a football or Frisbee or any outdoor activity. Stephen is married and has two young children that keep him active and busy as well.