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

Terrie Powell-Reilly

Kristin Sabatini

Liz Hobbie

Heather Woloszyn

Joe Hartnett

Nikki McCarthy

Marc Seid

Shannon Hartnett

Clover Martinez

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 Class Program Manager at United Sports Academy. For more then 15 years Brad has been involved in every aspect of the gym. Coach Brad is a Pre-school, Developmental and Tumbling Class Instructor as well Team Coach, Choreographer and Birthday Party Coordinator. Brad coaches the USAIGC Team where he has lead dozens of athletes to numerous PA State Championships, Regional Championships and even USAIGC World Championships. Outside of the gymnastics world Brad spent over 20 years dancing ballet, performing musical theatre as well as Opera. In his off time you can catch Coach Brad singing at weddings, funerals or at area nursing homes. Did you know Coach Brad holds the Disney record for most consecutive times on Rock ‘N’ Rollercoaster (121), or has served as Grand Marshall for Disney Parades and also appeared in Disney’s Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue? As Coach Brad is famous for saying, Have A Magical Day!

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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 whose mission is providing life-changing opportunities to children and empowering athletes to make a difference through the sports they love. When she is not in the gym, she likes to spend her spare time volunteering abroad, traveling, hiking, kayaking, exploring, 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 9 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, adjunct professor at Johnson College and a board member of Athletes Caring Together, a non-profit organization whose mission is providing life-changing opportunities to children and empowering athletes to make a difference through the sports they love. When she is not teaching, she is usually instructing many Zumba and Spin 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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Terrie Powell-Reilly is a recreational class instructor at USA as well as the Tumble Team coach. She began taking gymnastics at the age of 5 and went on to compete as a high school varsity member in her freshman year, helping earn her team a Michigan H.S. State Championship. Miss Terrie went onto compete for the University of Wisconsin on a scholarship for four years. She retired her competitive career after making collegiate nationals, twice! Terrie missed competition and found MS. FITNESS, a wonderful organization that celebrated strength, talent and intelligence in women. She went on to become Ms. Fitness Eastern States and Ms. Fitness New Jersey. She also went to Ms. Fitness Nationals where she placed 7th in the top ten in the nation in Las Vegas! As a gymnastics coach, Miss Terrie has had many excellent teams throughout the years, with several state champions. She was the Varsity coach for Cherokee H.S. that boasts record scores to win unprecedented titles. Miss Terrie also love’s the fun and imagination of teaching Pre-school, the joy of classes, and the challenge of Ninja! She truly enjoys being a well rounded instructor capable of making gymnastics fun and challenging for all ages and levels.

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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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Liz Hobbie is a recreational class instructor who works with gymnasts, tumblers and ninjas of all ages!  Her love for gymnastics began over 10 years ago as a competitive team gymnast.  She is currently attending the University of Scranton working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.  Miss Liz is a certified EMT and a volunteer firefighter.  If she’s not working, you can find her in the gym lifting weights or spending some quality time with her dogs.

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Heather Woloszyn is a recreational gymnastics, preschool and ninja instructor who comes to united sports academy with 12 years Gymnastics teaching experience. She hold a bachelors degree in health and physical education from Marywood university. Outside of the gym she enjoys sewing, painting, being outdoors and spending time with her family.

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Joe Hartnett is a ninja instructor at USA who is happily married to Marge and has two grown children, Shannon and Caleb.  Mr Joe earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Scranton and recently retired as a public school teacher – where  he developed hundreds of wonderful relationships and thousands of fun memories – especially with his 4th graders.  Aside from family and working with kids, Joe loves playing basketball, riding his mountain bike and singing to himself on any of his many long walks in and around his beloved Scranton, Pa.  He also teaches Sunday School at City Lights Church and although he’s only dabbled in competitive springboard diving, he could have made one heck of a gymnast.

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Nikki McCarthy is one of the IGC coaches as well as a class instructor at United Sports Academy with over 7 years of teaching experience in both. She has been involved in gymnastics for 20 years. Miss Nikki was a competitive JO gymnast for 10 years and earned Level 8 state and regional championship titles in 2010. She recently graduated from Johnson College with an associates degree in Science and is currently working at Regional Hospital of Scranton as a radiologic technologist. Miss Nikki is a recent newlywed. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, music and relaxing with friends.

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Marc Seid helps coach the competitive team gymnasts. He competed as a NCAA division I
gymnast for 4 years for Brigham Young University and then spent a fifth year as an assistant
coach for BYU. He has coached beginner level to collegiate gymnasts. Mr Marc completed graduate
school at Boston University. He is currently a professor at the University of Scranton and has a
passion for science. In addition to his love of gymnastics and science, Marc also enjoys playing
soccer, hiking and just spending time with his kids, two of which are on our competitive team.

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Shannon Hartnett is a Pre-school Gymnastics and Jr Ninja instructor at United Sports Academy. She has worked with children for nine years, including the past 2 years teaching third grade in Savannah, Georgia. Before that she worked in a daycare with ages 3 to 13. When she is not at U.S.A. teaching gymnastics she is substitute teaching in nearby school districts.

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Clover Martinez is a recreational gymnastics and preschool instructor at United Sports Academy.  She has been a fitness instructor for four years teaching yoga, aerobics, water aerobics and belly dance classes. Miss Clover has three children that she was able to home school. She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and enjoys interpreting for the Deaf. She also enjoys drawing and reading.

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