Staff

Dima Raynova

Silvia Topalova

Omar Egas

Brad Eisele

Michelle Mecca

Mia DeAntonio

Colleen Cammerota

Emilia Raynova

Kim Huegel

Kate Healey

Erik Elliot

Gianna Muracco

Staci Gibson

Matt Pelucacci

Kristin Sabatini

DIMA Raynova is the owner of United Sports Academy and has been involved in gymnastics since 1972. As a Bulgarian National Team member she competed in the 1980 Olympics. Dima holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education. For the past 16 years, Dima has coached beginner gymnasts through level 10. With her expertise and help she has developed over 200 state champions, regional medalists, national qualifiers and scholarship recipients Her reputation and love of the sport brought together a strong team of coaches and staff at United Sports Academy. Their combined national and international experience far exceeds any local gymnastics club and is comparable only with the very best in the industry around the world. Dima prides herself on developing a nurturing relationship with each individual gymnast, from when they first step in to the gym, to when they select their college. In 2013, in effort to give back to the community, she and her daughter structured a new non-profit organization called Athletes Caring Together, Inc. The main goal of ACT is to enrich the lives of less fortunate children through sports.

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Silvia Topalova is a seasoned veteran in the sport of gymnastics. Aside from being a 2 time Olympian for Bulgeria, Silvia spent many years competing on an International Level appearing numerous times at the World Championships (1978,1979, 1981,1983), Balkan Championships (1981,1982,1985), European Championships (1981,1985) and many other International Competitions. Silvia also received a Silver Medal on Uneven Bars at the 1984 American Cup and finished that competition 5th in the All Around.Since retiring from active competition Silvia has had an equally successful career as a coach. For the past several years Silvia has been coaching in Puerto Rico and in the 2012 London Olympic Games one of Silvia’s gymnasts Lorena Quinones Moreno competed for her home country of Puerto Rico.

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Omar Egas is a Competitive Team Coach at USA. He is a former Ecuadorian National and South American Champion. Omar has coached beginner to elite gymnastics for over 20 years. Omar is one of the original team coaches of Keystone Gymnastics, which later became United Sports Academy. He has contributed to the success of several Junior Olympic National qualifiers and Medalists as well as gymnasts who received athletic scholarships to universities such as Rutgers, Michigan St, Temple, Kentucky and Northern Illinois. Omar is also the Meet Director of the Janet Rothenberg Memorial, the largest gymnastics meet in our area boasting almost 1,000 gymnasts in 2014. When not in the gym you might find Omar on the Golf course, perfecting his swing.

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Brad Eisele is the Program Manager at United Sports Academy. For the past 12 years Brad has been involved in every aspect of the gym. He is a Pre-School, Developmental and Tumbling Class Instructor as well as a Team Coach, Choreographer and Birthday Party Coordinator. Brad coaches the Copper-Gold gymnasts on our IGC Team as well as works with the Level 3-7’s on the Junior Olympic Team. In his time with United Sports Academy Brad has coached numerous gymnasts to State and Regional Championships as well as several National Qualifiers. Outside of the gymnastics world Brad spent 15 years dancing ballet, performing musical theatre and singing Opera as well as spending 9 seasons coaching All-Star Cheerleading.

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Michelle Mecca is the Office Manager at United Sports Academy. Michelle was involved in gymnastics from a young age through her teenage years. Her love of the sport never faded and she has been with working at United Sports Academy since 2003. She also coaches pre-school, recreational gymnastics, tumbling, and coordinates birthday parties. Currently you can find her behind the desk taking care of scheduling, payments or answering questions. Prior to becoming the Office Manager, Michelle was a 911 Operator for Lackawanna County. She resides in Dunmore with her two children, Gabriella and Ryan.

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Mia DeAntonio has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for over 25 years. She has played the role of a successful competitive gymnast, class instructor, team coach, program director, and gym manager. Mia has coached a multitude of levels including J.O levels 3-9 and IGC levels copper-gold, culminating in numerous State and Regional Champions as well as a number of National Qualifiers. Currently, Mia coaches J.O compulsory groups, IGC groups, and a few recreational classes. Mia graduated from Marywood University with a master’s degree in Psychology and also holds a School Psychology certification. Outside of the gym, Mia enjoys yoga, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Colleen Cammerota is the Employee Relations Manager and class instructor here at United Sports Academy. Originally from Long Island, New York, Colleen was a competitive gymnast as a child, which led to her involvement in many other sports including competitive cheer.   Because of her gymnastics background, she became a 2 time UCA All Star. In 2004, she graduated Marywood University with a degree in Communications, specializing in Advertising and Public Relations. That same year her passion for gymnastics led her back to the gym and United Sports Academy. For the past 10 years, Colleen has worked at USA in various positions ranging from Office Manager to Team Coach. She, her husband Nick and sons Jude and Carter currently reside in North Pocono.

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Emilia Raynova is the Social Media Marketing Manager for United Sports Academy as well as the USA Ninja Challenge Director and recreational class instructor. She first began her career at the gym hosting birthday parties as well as a seasonal pre-school instructor while attending the Pennsylvania State University. After graduating from PSU, she continued working at the gym as the office assistant followed by a manager position. Emilia is also the founder of Athletes Caring Together, Inc., a non-profit organization specialized in providing children in need with the means to get involved with sports. When she is not in the gym, she likes to spend her spare time volunteering abroad, traveling, playing with her puppies and hanging out with her family and friends.

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Kim Huegel is primarily a pre-school gymnastics instructor at United Sports Academy. She has been involved in gymnastics for over 30 years. She began her gymnastics training in 1976 at the YMCA in Dunmore and competed on their team until 1983. Kim attended high school at Valley View and competed on their gymnastics team for all four years of her high school career. She was also the team captain in her senior year and led them to their fourth consecutive year at States. She is a mother of two college-age girls, who both previously attended classes and frequently can be seen volunteering at our events. In her spare time, Kim enjoys volunteering her time at animal shelters, watching Disney movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Kate Healey has been involved with gymnastics for 35 years. As a high school gymnast she competed at the state level for 4 consecutive years. After high school, Miss Kate cheered for the University of Delaware and coached level 4,5 and 6 gymnastics at the local YMCA. Miss Kate has been with United Sports Academy for 10 years; she has coached the rec. team and currently works with our class program. Miss Kate is a 7th grade reading teacher in the North Pocono School District where she resides with her husband and two daughters. She hopes that one day her daughters, Ireland and Kennedy, will share her lifelong passion for gymnastics.

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Erik Elliot is a Recreational Gymnastics Instructor. He has been enthusiastically teaching gymnastics for the past 20 years. Erik is one of the original coaches of Keystone Gymnastics, which later became United Sports Academy. He and his wife Carol have 4 daughters, 2 of which were competitive gymnasts. When not in the gym, you can find Erik swimming, skiing, hiking, or biking. Erik loves all outdoor activities and enjoys life to the fullest.

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Gianna Muracco has been a recreational gymnastics instructor at United Sports Academy for 6 years. She has been involved with gymnastics from a recreational aspect since she was eight and has continued in the sport in different capacities ever since. Gianna Graduated from Marywood University with a degree in Health and Physical Education and earned her masters of teaching degree at Marywood. Currently, she is a Health and Physical Education teacher in the Dunmore School District and adjunct professor at Johnson College. When she is not teaching, she is usually instructing many Zumba classes in the area, working out with her friends or doing various outdoor activities. Gianna also is a volunteer for many community events such as Race for the Cure, St. Josephs Festival, and the Annual summer festival at Sherwood Park in Dunmore.

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Staci Gibson is a recreational gymnastics instructor at United Sports Academy. She has an extensive background working with children at jobs such as daycare, small town library, and organizing a homeschooling co-op. She has also homeschooled both of her daughters in classical education. If she is not teaching gymnastics classes at U.S.A., you can find Miss Staci at a local hospital working as a cardiac monitor tech.

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Matt Pelucacci is one of our USA Ninja Instructor at United Sports Academy. After graduating from Saint Anselm College and attending the Air Force, Matt perused a master’s degree in teaching at Marywood University. When he’s not in class, teaching or coaching, you’ll most likely catch Matt doing some sort of physical activity such as mountain biking, hiking, running, skiing or just relaxing and reading a book. Not only is Matt a certified climbing instructor but he is also a CrossFit athlete, competitive obstacle racer, distance runner, track and field runner and alpine ski racer with over 10 years of experience under his belt.

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Kristin Sabatini is one of the USA Ninja Instructors at United Sports Academy. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University and played collegiate softball followed by a law degree at Widener University. Kristin and her husband, Carlo, opened up their own practice in Dunmore where she focuses on consumer law. They have three beautiful daughters who are a part of United Sports Academy’s competitive team program. In her spare time, when Kristin is not volunteering, spending time with her family or working, she enjoys training and attending CrossFit competitions. She is a certified CrossFit trainer and competitor. She has also coached and been involved with many softball clinics.

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