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Jenna Parks

Girls' Team Head Coach

Jenna first discovered her love for gymnastics at the age of two. She competed gymnastics for 10 years at I-Power School of Gymnastics in Champaign, Illinois.  During that time, Jenna earned two Level 8 State Titles, was a four time Regional Qualifier, and competed as a Level 10 gymnast.

After graduating high school, Jenna went on to attend Illinois State University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Secondary Mathematics Education. While attending ISU, Jenna coached at I-Power for four years. She coached Levels 3-10 producing many state titles and regional qualifiers.

Jenna then began her co-head coaching career at River City Gymnastics with Fred.  During this time, Fred and Jenna produced 10 state titles in two years. Along with coaching at River City, Jenna teaches mathematics full time at Washington Community High School.

Jenna has a passion for coaching polished and high quality gymnastics. Her goal as a coach is to help gymnasts reach their own goals and potential in the sport. She truly enjoys sharing her passion and love for gymnastics with the girls she coaches. Jenna has a detailed orientated and hands-on coaching style in the gym.

On a personal note, Jenna was a member of the Gamma Phi Circus at ISU for three years. She performed in tumbling, wall trampoline, Russian Swing, and Teeterboard. Each year the Gamma Phi Circus puts on an annual show in Redbird Arena bringing in tens of thousands of people from all over Illinois to watch.

Jenna is a USAG Professional Member, USAG Safety Certified, SAFESPORT Certified, and CPR Certified.

Alyson Mackesy

Boy's Team Coach and Program Director

I started gymnastics at the age of 4. I also have a background in ballet and tap dance. I competed at Roseville Area High School Gymnastics for 4 years. My first year I won the JV state Championship title. After moving to the Varsity team, I earned the All State and All American title 3 years in a row.

I started my coaching career in 2001 instructing both boys and girls competitive teams at Flyaway’s Gymnastics Center in Minnesota. The competitive girls team garnered several Regional Champions in my tenure, several level 10 gymnasts and a Training Elite Gymnast. I have also instructed pre-school and rec classes since 2001. I currently coach pre-school, rec classes and Boys Competitive Team.

I retired from the Army as a full-time civilian employee in Jan 2020 and the Army Reserves in 2021. I have a lot of first aid knowledge as part of my Army background. I have 3 children and coach at PEGA with my husband Chris. Our youngest child, Conner is a competitive gymnast and trains at PEGA.

Alyson is a USAG Professional Member in Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Safe Sport Trained and Safety and Risk Management trained.

Maia L.

Girls' Team Coach

Maia grew up in Glen Ellyn. She started gymnastics at around 10 years old as a Level 5 gymnast. She was a state vault champion in Level 5.  Maia competed up to Level 10 at Gymnasti Gymnastics in Carol Stream, IL..  She qualified for state as a Level 8, 9, and 10.  Also she was a Level 8 and Level 9 regional qualifier. At Level 9 she qualified for Nationals and placed 9th All Around. After competing Level 10, she needed surgery for an ACL reconstruction. That is when she decided to join her high school gymnastics team for her Junior and Senior years of high school.  During the two years that she competed as a varsity high school gymnast, her team won the school’s first two IL state titles for women’s gymnastics.

Maia is currently a full time student at Bradley University studying nursing and hoping to become an ER nurse in the future.  She also started a tumbling club during her freshman year and is the current president for the club.

For three years, Maia coached swimming lessons, teaching students from 12 months old to 12 years old. She coached gymnastics classes at a gym in the Chicago suburbs for a little under a year. She started coaching at PEGA about a 9 months ago. She helps coach the Level 3, 4, and 5 team girls.

Mais is a USAG Professional Member, USAG Safety Certified, SAFESPORT Certified and CPR Certified.

Alicia V.

Team Coach and Special Events Coordinator

My name is Alicia.  I am a cosmetologist, I have a husband and 3 children.  Family means everything to me.  I have a background of cheering and tumbling, and trampoline.  I love the outdoors, and most sports!! I love coaching and teaching children!!

Kendra K.

Recreational Instructor

I started tumbling when I was 4 and was a cheerleader at my school for 7 years.  At my previous job I babysat children at a fitness gym.  I have always loved tumbling and cheer and teaching kids skills makes me happy!

Olivia R.

Recreational Instructor

A former competitive gymnast for PEGA.  Now Olivia enjoys sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with the younger students.

Chris M.

Boy's Recreational Instructor

Chris was introduced to the world of gymnastics in 2002 when he met his future wife Alyson who was coaching gymnastics at the time.

He has always respected male gymnasts as the top athletes in the world for their strength, flexibility and discipline even though he is an avid fan of football and soccer.

Chris retired from the US Army in 2014 after serving 23 years.

All three of his children have been involved with gymnastics since an early age.  His youngest son has been a competitive gymnast since the age of six.

With an admiration, passion and enthusiasm for the sport he became a USAG professional member in 2017 with the intent of becoming a coach.

Chris began coaching in 2018 as an assistant boy’s team coach and maintains USAG professional certification in men’s discipline and is USAG Safety Certified and SAFESPORT Certified.

Miranda H.

Recreational Instrutor

Miranda is a former all around state champion as a competitor on the PEGA team.  Now she is finally able to share her gymnastics experiences as a coach.

Tara G.

Recreational Instructor

Celeste P.

Recreational Instructor

Kyleigh C.

Recreational Instructor

Shelby W.

Preschool Instructor

Cole N.

Special Events Staff

I have worked at Peoria Elite for over 2 years. Over the past 2 years, I have taught tumbling and trampoline classes, ninja classes and am part of the Special Events Team and lead Birthday Parties, Kids Night Out and Open Gym.   I love being a part of the Peoria Elite family!

Paige K.

Special Events Staff

Aryanah V.

Special Events Staff

Donald (DJ) H.

Ninja Instructor

Kathleen M.

Recreational Instructor

Jasmine S.

Team Coach

Liam M.

Special Events Staff

Lily K.

Special Events Staff
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