Co-Owner & Head Coach
Maureen is owner of both locations for Gymnastics Express. She has a BA in Education from SUNY at Cortland, and has been involved with teaching and coaching gymnasts for over 28 years. Maureen opened New England Gymnastics Express with co-owner Laurie Scanlon in 1988, followed by Gymnastics Express Too in 2008. She is head coach for our Competetive Team. Besides coaching gymnastics at the Elite level, Maureen is an Elite rated judge and an USA Gymnastics Safety Certified instructor. Her passion is teaching pre-school. Last year Maureen was nominated 2011 Region 6 Junior Olympic Coach of the Year along with Blane Jefferson.
Assistant Head Coach
Blane is Assistant Head Coach and has been with our program for 18 years. He has helped develop some of the best gymnasts in the country and enjoys teaching pre-school levels as well. Blane was a gymnast himself growing up. He is quite the character and the kids love him. Last year Blane and Maureen were nominated 2011 Region 6 Junior Olympic Coaches of the Year.
Hether Whittier, Newington's Office Manager, wears many hats at NEGX. A former gymnast herself, she teaches classes, coaches team and manages the Newington gym. Hether graduated from Springfield College and has been with NEGX for 11 years.
Brenda is our Preschool Director for both gyms. She has been teaching gymnastics for over 25 years and helped to open the Glastonbury Facility in 2008. Brenda grew up doing gymnastics and competed through high schoool. She resides with her husband and 3 boys in Newington.
Camp Director, Instructor, Front Desk
Julie Cartier wears many hats at Gymnastics Express Too. You will find her teaching Preschool and Kindergarten classes, behind the front desk, teaching dance and fitness, or running your child's birthday party. She is also our Camp Director for summer and theme parties. Julie has a BA in Child and Family Development from UNC Charlotte, with a strong focus on birth to 5 and several years of experience working with children with special needs. Julie has over 10 years of experience in dance, acro, and fitness. She is a 200-hr registered yoga instructor as well as a licensed Zumba and Zumbatomic instructor.