Staff – Schertz Gym

Heather Schnelzer

Owner and 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.

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.

Kaitlyn Tarjan

Gym Manager & Gymanstics Team Coach

Kaitlyn Tarjan has been passionately invovled in competitive gymnastics since she was 5 years old, as a gymnast, coach and judge. Unfortunately, she had to retire from competitive gymnastics at the Junior Elite level due to a knee injury, but remains dedicated to gymanstics. Kaitlyn graduated from Texas State University in 2009 with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science. She has coached for several gymnastics clubs around South Texas and she is now happy to call San Antonio home with her husband.

Bianca Ramirez

Team Coach

Bianca has been a coach of several sports for three years and has been with gymnastics for the past year and half. She is a Safety-Certified coach and a Professional member of USA Gymnastics. Bianca works well with children and she will bring her technical strength to your child. Bianca is currently attending school to become a nurse.

Cassie San Antonio

Recreational Coach

Cassie was a competitive gymnast under Heather Schnelzer. She was also an NCA All-American cheerleader and collegiate cheerleader. She has coached gymnastics and cheer for seven years. Cassie received her Bachelors in Education from Texas State in 2008, and has worked as a 1st grade teacher for the past five years.

Megan Arserio

Recreational & Cheer Coach

Megan has over a decade of tumbling experience and was both a junior and senior high cheerleader.

Jessika Langston

All-Star Cheerleading Team and Recreational Coach

Jessika spent a big part of her life as a cheerleader, and has been a cheerleading coach for over 5 years. She has been teaching creative movement (to include dance, tumbling, and yoga) in recreational programs for more than 10 years. She is an active member of the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is currently working toward becoming a Registered Dietician at the University of the Incarnate Word. Jessika is a credentialed and certified cheerleading coach through the National Cheerleaders Association and the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a professional member of USA Gymnastics. Her words of wisdom? “Keep the positive energy flowing, do yoga, and eat hydrated chia seeds!”