Our Staff

Our Coaches are the backbone of Vegas Valley Gymnastics Center. They provide a challenging yet fun atmosphere for all ages. This allows the opportunity for growth: mentally, physically and emotionally. VVGC’s coaches consists of trained professionals who have previous competitive experience in gymnastics, cheer, dance and/or teaching, so your child is ensured of the most knowledgeable and caring instruction.

 

Jerry Byrkit – Owner/Gym Director

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Owner, Jerry Byrkit is from Colorado Springs, Colorado and competed in high school and college gymnastics. He was a state top 3 competitor on the parallel bars and also competed on rings and pommel horse. He attended college on a gymnastics scholarship to New Mexico Jr College placing in the top ten on p-bars two years consecutively and member of the national 3rd place team at NJCAA’s. After shoulder injuries forced an early exit, while finishing his diploma, Jerry became director of gymnastics and after school youth programs at the family YMCA in Albuquerque and at the downtown YMCA in Colorado Springs. Afterwards he became assistant boys team coach under Mark Nelson at National Gymnastics Village producing many state and regional champions and helped create Pikes Peak Gymnastics Camp attended by world champion Tong Fei and Kurt Thomas.

Akina Allen – Office Manager & XCel Team Head Coach 

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Akina began gymnastics at the age of 3 in Georgia, where gymnastics became her life!  She continued training and competing in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Gold Cup Gymnastics until her freshman year of high school. She became a Varsity Cheerleader, where she lettered both freshman and sophomore year. Akina graduated high school 2 years early in 2007, where she continued her education at Central New Mexico Community College and obtained her Degree in Business and Payroll.  She has and will continue to have a passion and love of gymnastics, as she still trains when she can.

 

 Greg Rubino – Girls Team Head Coach 

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Greg graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and later earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology along with an E-RYT 500 hour Yoga Instructor Certification. For many years, he worked as a Therapeutic Counselor for Troubled Teens in North Carolina.

Realizing the need to provide a positive outlet for kids, Greg and his wife started a gymnastics school in which they owned and operated for 15 years. During that time, he helped kids overcome obstacles in order to achieve their gymnastics dreams. But, behind the titles they earned as state and national championships, more importantly, he taught them how to be healthy and successful adults.

After selling the gym, he followed his children to Southern California, where he helped various gyms rebuild and/or start competitive gymnastics programs.  In addition, he worked as the Stunt Coordinator for Legoland and also taught yoga and meditation at various locations.

For about two years, Greg retired from coaching and spent his time hiking and biking the California coast. But once again, his passion for coaching gymnastics led him back into the gym—and the story continues…

 

Adria Tomlinson – Girls Team Assistant Coach

Adria began Dance and Cheer at age 8, and quickly showed a natural aptitude and strength, winning various awards at competitions and cheer camps. At age 10, she began Gymnastics and Contortion training, at Blake’s Gymnastics Academy, competing Level 6 & training 7. This was meant to aid with dance and cheer, but she quickly fell in love with the sport and dedicated herself to training. At age 14, her family moved to Las Vegas, NV where she began tumbling & coaching at Desert Gymcats until age 16. From 16 to 21 she led a gymnastics program for Merluzzi’s, Go For It, and the Community Schools program.  Adria was fortunate to also work with the amazing children of The Rock Center for Dance, to help out Coach Moses and his wife Quinn. This included teaching multiple competitive, recreational, and dance acro programs all while attending college for dance studies.  Her mid twenties were spent coordinating programs for at-risk youth and teaching a variety a yoga, pilates, health, and fitness classes.

As an adult she developed a fondness for Aerial Arts, Rock Climbing, and Slacklining, which have a great deal of overlap with yoga and Gymnastics. Years of athletics, dance, and acrobatics had caused multiple injuries, and thanks to Yoga and Fascial Stretch Therapy, Adria can still do many things she enjoyed as a child and teenager.  Always eager to learn new techniques, and constantly updating CEUs have resulted multiple wide ranging certifications. Teaching Gymnastics is again a huge part of her life, but her passion leans, for young and old alike, towards the healing power of yoga, stretch, and body weight resistance movement to aid injury prevention and post injury rehabilitation!

 

Gabby Mercer – Recreational Program Director and Coach 

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        Gabby started gymnastics when she was 5 years old in Oklahoma. She continued to compete in BC, Canada until she completed high school. She placed first in BC provincial gymnastics in 2006, although she began coaching at the age of 15, and volunteered as a head coach for rhythmic gymnastics for the Special Olympics Of British Columbia. She studied massage therapy and became a spa practitioner in 2010, and in 2015 she found herself inspiring to get back into the gym life, she successfully completed her certification in personal training. Gabby enjoys coaching, training, and assisting others to reach their goals, whether it is from physical wellness, and specific athletic training to recovery and therapeutic modalities.

 

Renee Perkins – Recreational Coach 

Reneé is a native to Las Vegas, NV. She studied gymnastics, jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary dance at Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts starting when she was six years old. She competed at many competitions and performed at many different events/places including Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Miss America, and for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada. Reneé was also a cheerleader in middle school and a varsity dance team member throughout her high-school career. After high-school, she moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where she attended Colorado State University for Human Development & Family Studies. While living in Colorado, she danced for the Eagles Chicks Dance Team for the ECHL Colorado Eagles.  Reneé still attends dance classes every now and then at The Rock and Backstage Dance. She thoroughly enjoys teaching gymnastics and dance.

Charity Nelson

Charity Started dance and cheer at the age of 10 in Las Vegas, and it quickly became her greatest passion. She was apart of the Advanced Dance study group in high school, and on the JV Cheer team. She performed year round for dance, and coached a Middle School cheer team at the age of 15. A Spring 2018 graduate, she is currently earning two Associate Degrees in Creative Writing and International Language(Spanish), and will earn her BA in English from UNLV. In December of 2016, she recruited, coached, and choreographed for a group of 10 African Refugee girls and performed with them at a local charity event for Lighthouse Charities with a crowd of over 1,000 people. She is an avid yogi, and loves to help others find their potential within.

Isaiah Turner – TNT Director and Coach 

Isaiah has many gymnastics achievements including Gold Medalist, Elite Challenge, Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center; Gold Medalist, State of Washington; Gold Medalist, Regions 3: Gold Medalist and Sr. Athletes Award, State of Arizona; Finalist for The World Games; US Elite Challenges and VISA Championships. He has completed his Safety and Risk Management through USAG, and has coaching experience as a Team Coach at Seattle Gymnastics in Seattle, WA, TNT Team Coach at Trampoline World in Colorado Springs, CO; North Valley Gymnastics in Phoenix, AZ; Scottsdale Gymnastics in Scottsdale, AZ, he was an Assistant Coach at Oasis Gymnastics in Peoria, AZ; as well as, a Trampoline Coach, Program Director and a Trampoline, Circus and Trapeze Performer at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle, WA.

 Moses Dungca – Adult Fitness 

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Originally from San Diego, CA, Moses began intense gymnastics training in Tucson, Arizona under the direction of Yoichi Tomita in 1982.

In 1984 Moses accepted an athletic scholarship to Arizona State University. He was an integral part of the success of the 1986 NCAA National Team Championship, and later that year Moses won the silver medal in the Floor Exercise in the 1986 USA National Gymnastics Championships. Plagued with shoulder injuries throughout his career Moses retired from competitive gymnastics in 1992.

Upon retirement, Moses began performing in the entertainment industry for Family Entertainment shows at amusement parks such as Sea World of San Diego, Legoland, MGM Grand Theaters Amusement Park, Harrah’s, and also performed in specialty acts for the Ice Capades.

Moses moved to Las Vegas in 1997 and began working in the Golf Industry while teaching tumbling and gymnastics for local dance schools and gymnastics gyms.

Moses now serves as an AKC (American Kettlebell Club) Coach and WKC (World Kettlebell Club) Fitness Instructor.

Moses is married to Quinn Callahan of The Rock Center for Dance.

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