Meet our everyday superhero staff! We’re more than instructors, we’re a family. The DG Family!
Founder & Owner
Kelli Cook is the owner of Downriver Gymnastics. She has over 34yrs gymnastics experience as a coach, judge and competitive gymnast. Kelli is safety certified by USA Gymnastics and a professional member of USA Gymnastics. She has worked with some of the top gyms and coaches in Michigan and have spent 3 ½ years in Germany where she studied with German coaches and developed the largest gymnastics program in the U.S. Army Europe. She is very proud to own this gym and loves working with all the children.
Competitive Coach & Team Director
Stephanie Barry is one of the competitive coaches as well as the team coordinator for the gym. She is a USA Gymnastics professional member, safety certified by USA Gymnastics, CPR certified and also a certified Level 1-4 skill evaluator. Stephanie has been involved in gymnastics for over 25 years. She was a competitive gymnast as a pre-teen and also a cheerleader in high school and college. While completing college and earning a law degree, Stephanie coached competitive varsity cheerleading for four years. She has worked at Downriver Gymnastics for eight years and have coached all levels of gymnastics and tumbling.
Hi my name is Katy Tata! Since 2005 I have been a proud member of the Downriver Gymnastics staff. I was a level 9 competitive gymnast and I was coached & trained by Olympic Bulgarian gymnasts. I currently work with all programs here at Downriver Gymnastics – competitive, recreational, preschool & cheer. I am currently the front desk office administrator. I love passing on my love and passion for the sport of gymnastics. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.
Birthday Party Director & Super Coach
Hello everyone my name is Miss Lisa and I love to play gymnastics every day. I’ve been at DG for 9 wonderful years. I love making new friends and have a special part in my heart for silly boys, because I have two at home. Issac, who is 10 and Weston who is 7. I hope you’ll love this gym as much as I do. I’m always here if you ever have any questions or concerns. Just Ask!
Stars Program Leader & Super Coach
Hello I’m Stephanie Crisi. Downriver Gymnastics has been my 2nd home for the past 18 years. I graduated from Lincoln Park High School with nearly a 4.0 GPA in 2005 as well as Henry Ford Community College with an Associate's Degree in Science. I competed through my senior year of high school and practice gymnastics in my free time. I look forward to working with the pre team, team kids & all the gymnasts here at DG. I hope they have the fabulous experience in gymnastics that I had & still have. If I can help you in any way please feel free to ask - I’d love to help.
Boys Program Leader & Super Coach
Hello my name is Michael LaFever. I am known as coach Mike to your kids. I have been employed with Downriver Gymnastics for six years. I am a USAG Professional Member and amd USAG Safety Certified. Being employed with DG has made me develop into a well rounded coach over the years. At this time I currently coach a wide variety of both gymnastics and cheer classes. I recently developed a new Parkour class that consists of more than sixteen children. I also coach all levels of gymnastics from recreational through team. For cheer I coach cheer tumbling to multiple cheer teams around the entire Wayne county area. I also coach cheer tumbling to all levels of our totally tumbling class that we offer, from beginner Level 1 through advanced skills such as cross tumbling layouts to layout full twists.
Preschool/Rec Director & Super Coach
HI, my name is Emily Reif. Welcome to Downriver Gymnastics! I go to Carlson High School and am in the class of 2013. I was a gymnast for 8 years and had to retire due to a recurring ankle injury. I am a member of USAG. I maintain at least a 3.8 GPA in school and I rowed crew my freshman and sophomore years. I've been part of the DG family since 2006 and this is my 2nd home! I believe gymnastics teaches discipline, perseverance and confidence. I really enjoy coaching and am looking forward to working with your child! If you have any questions, feel free to let me know.
Hi! I’m Haley Haywood and I’ve been coaching at Downriver Gymnastics since 2011. I am also a member of USAG. I’ve been with DG since I was about 4, which is when I started gymnastics. I just graduated from high school and am now attending college to become a Physical Therapist Assistant . I am looking forward to the upcoming years at Downriver Gymnastics and working with your children! If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Hi there and welcome to the FABULOUS Downriver Gymnastics! My name is Cassidy Cadieux. I have been a coach here at DG since 2009 and I must say that I love it! I love working with children, they teach me just as much as I teach them. I am a grqduate of Lincoln Park High School student, class of 2012. I have been cheering for a total of 12 years and was a sideline and compeititve cheerleader for my high school. I am a diligent student as well as a hard working person. Iam attending HFCC this fall to pursue a degree in nursing. I am CPR and AED certified and I also have my Concussion certification. I hope you and your wonderful children fall in love with this gym, just as I did. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. I am here to help you and your children.
Hey, my name is Rachel Karazcon. I am a 2012 high school graduate from Baptist Park High School where I finished 2nd in my class with a 4.0 GPA. I am now attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where I am studying Chemistry. I hope to be a Pharmacist. My love for gymnastics began when I was very young. When I was 10, I won my first all-around state championship. At a young age, I put in many hours at the gym. Due to how young I was and the skills I was doing, my body couldn't handle it. As a result, I ended up with multiple stress fractures in my spine and had to take a year off. When I came back to the gym the next year, I won my second all-around state championship. However, shortly after states, my my back was reinjured. The doctor told me that I had to quit gymnastics or my back would never heal properly and the injury would continue to reoccur. So, I retired from gymnastics. When I was a gymnast, my coaches had a huge influence on me. They didn't only teach me gymnastics, they taught me things that will help me throughout my life. They taught me to never give up, overcome my fears, and push myself even when I didn't think I could. I hope as a coach here at Downriver Gymnastics, I will be able to have the same influence on my students as my coaches had on me.
Hi! My name is Besa Ziberi. I am a 2011 graduate of Grosse Ile High School and now attend the University of Michigan majoring in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. I plan to study Law. Growing up, gymnastics was always and still is one of my favorite sports. I have been a part of the DG family since I was 7 years old. I competed as a Level 7 gymnast here. I retired once I turned 13 because I decided to dedicate my time to high school sports. I played basketball, soccer and volleyball. In the fall of 2011, I came back to my DG family when I began coaching. I absolutely LOVE it! I am looking forward to working with your child. Please let me know if you have any questions, I’d love to help!