Each instructor is a gymnastics professional & trained to safely bring out the best in each child by encouraging each child
All Instructors are USA Gymnastics Members and Safety Certified
The Berks East Team
Michael Vanim (Owner)
Michael Vanim has been coaching since 1991. He has coached many gymnasts from Parent-Tot's classes to National Champions. Mike graduated from Ursinus College where he was an assistant coach for the 1990-1992 seasons. Mike has also made 238 skydives, and believes it is something everyone should try.
He has been a clinician at several state and regional camps, clinics and congress
His favorite book is Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Harry Potter comes in a close second. Mike has been a level 8 judge. He is also a retired Drill Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve.
USAGymnastics National Coach
Berks East Coaches
Our coaches are USA Gymnastics Safety Certified and have completed and comply with the Safe Sport Policies
Eileen Wilson (Full Time Coach)
Eileen graduated with a BS in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University and has continued her gymnastic education through the USA Gymnastics University. She has taught in both public and private schools, but her true love has been to teach and coach the sport of gymnastics. Her favorite events are bars and beam. She also enjoys training the girls in the mental aspects of the sport. Over the years Eileen has had eight gymnasts qualify to attend the TOP National Camps. She finds training young gymnasts in the developmental areas of strength, flexibility and conditioning to prepare them for future competition very rewarding. Eileen has over 40 years of experience teaching gymnasts from 18 months to 18 years old and from the Beginner to Optional levels. She has established and directed gymnastic programs and trained gymnastic teachers.
Eileen has been involved in Community Bible Study for over 25 years. She and her husband, Bob like to hike, bike and go to the beach and spend time with their children and grandchildren.
Maggie has been part of the Berks East family since 1996. She started in the beginner program when the facility opened. Maggie quickly moved to the competitive team and was part of the 2004 Level 7 State Champion Team. After retiring from the sport while in high school, Maggie coached recreational classes and the compulsory levels. Upon graduating from Temple University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Recreational Management, Maggie moved to Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta, she was the Assistant Director of Gymnastics and Cheer and head coach of the competitive gymnastics teams at The Gym at Peachtree. After enjoying life in Atlanta, Maggie decided it was time to move home and rejoin her Berks East family in 2017. In her free time, Maggie enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, reading, and snuggling with her cat.
Hailee has been coaching at Berks East Gymnastics for four years now, and has been doing gymnastics for about nine years. She has been on the artistic competitive team for 7 years. One of her biggest challenges was coming back from a recent injury in her back. One of her favorite T.V. shows is Friends. She is currently a sophomore in high school, and taking all honors classes. She has two sisters and one brother and enjoys travelling with her family. Haileeis looking forward to competing in college on an Acro and Tumbling team.
Bridget has been coaching at Berks East Gymnastics for four years. She has been a competitive gymnast for 7 years. Bridget has been a member on both the artistic gymnastics and GFA teams at Berks East. Bridget also has one brother. In her spare time Bridget enjoys traveling and spending time with friends. Some of Bridget’s favorite gymnastics memories include team camp and fly away meets.
Bridget is looking forward to competing in college on an Acro and Tumbling team.
Makenna has been coaching at Berks East for three years. She was previously part of the GFA and Acro and Tumbling Teams at Berks East. Makenna is a sophomore and attends Pottsgrove High School, where she is on the varsity cheer team. She has been cheering since the age of 6 and hopes to cheer through the rest of high school. When Makenna is not working, at cheer, or in school she likes to hang out with her friends and travel.
Wayne has been a coach with us for a year. His coaching ranges from beginners classes, to Ninja Gym, to even our team practices. He has competed in gymnastics for 14 years. Although he was raised in Pennsylvania, he was actually born in Oregon! When Wayne is not coaching gymnastics, he is helping others or spending time with his son.
Luke coaches our Beginner, Intermediate, Into Tricking, and NinjaZone classes. He has 5 years’ experience with tumbling and is currently attending PSU Berks. When Luke is not coaching, he is a full time student and also loves to spend quality time with his son and fiancé.
Campbell has been doing gymnastics for the past seven years and is now on our Excel Platinum team. During classes, she is a helper for mostly Tumblebear Tots and M&M’s, but is always eager to help wherever she is needed. Campbell is an 8th grader at Owen J. Roberts. When she isn’t in school or helping us out at Berks East, she is spending time with her 5 siblings.
Carlie mainly coaches our Beginners and Kindergym classes, but is always eager to help out wherever she is needed! She has been doing gymnastics for 14 years, coaching for 3 years, and competes on our optional level 9 team. Carlie is a senior and when she isn’t at school or practicing she enjoys drawing.
Catie coaches our Tumblebear Tots and Kindergym classes. She has been doing gymnastics for 13 years and has been coaching for 3 years. Catie is also a part of our optional team here at Berks East. She is a high school student that enjoys her AP art class and wishes to do art therapy in the future!
Valerie has been coaching our Parent & Tots, Tumblebear Tots, Kindergym, and M&M’s classes for 3 years. She not only coaches for us, but her daughter Aaliyah has attended Berks East for 11 years now! Valerie has a BA. in Political Science from West Virginia University and also works as a construction project coordinator. In her free time, she is a huge West Virginia Mountaineer fan, Cowboys fan, and enjoys attending any music or sporting events.
Grace coaches some of our TumbleBear Tots, Kindergym, and Beginners classes. She has attended Berks East since she was 6 Years old and is now competing on our Excel Platinum team. She is a junior at Spring-Ford High school. When grace is not competing or working, she is spending time with family and friends or shopping!
Reilly has been coaching since 2016 and stated doing gymnastics in 2006. She loves working with her Tumble Bear Tots. She is a senior at Spring-Ford Area High School and is a waitress at Forno Antico Pizza. She hopes to attend Temple University fall of 2022. Reilly retired as a level 8 gymnast due to an injury. Although she may not be able to compete she wants to continue to show her love for the sport by coaching and is now the compulsory coach. Her favorite T.V. show is Friends and her favorite movie is The Fault in Our Stars. She lives with her mom and has 3 sisters. Reilly enjoys taking naps, going to the beach, working out, and spending time with family/friends. A fun fact about Reilly is that she was born on Halloween.
Brianna started gymnastics as a toddler at Berks East Gymnastics and then she played softball for 5 years. She joined the Xcel team for 4 years and has been coaching since 2018. She goes to Owen J Roberts High School and she is in the club 'Best Buddies' and now is part of the volleyball team for OJRHS.
Jennifer had been coaching since 1996. While her coaching began with softball and field hockey, her love for gymnastics began when her daughter's passion for the sport became a part of their lives. Her daughter was a Berks East Gymnast for 11 years. Jennifer has been coaching gymnastics for Berks East since 2015. As a coach, "seeing the growth in confidence, strength, and skills in the kids from September to June is one of the best feelings you can have.....If you believe it, you can achieve it".
Peggy is a retired educator. She worked at Rose Tree Media School District as a Health and Physical Education teacher, at Neumann College as Athletic Director and Vice President for Student Affairs and at West Chester University as Director of Off Campus and Commuter Life.
She has been a coach for basketball, gymnastic, field hockey, lacrosse softball, tennis and volleyball teams. Peggy has also been an official in field hockey and lacrosse and a gymnastic judge.
She enjoys playing bridge, political novels, the Phillies and the Eagles, and enjoyed joining her son on his first sky dive.
Jenna has taught dancers for eight years and this is her first year working with gymnasts. Jenna graduated from Ursinus College and was a part of the Ursinus College Dance Company and Dance Team. She was also a four year member and captain of the Ursinus Women’s soccer team.
Jenna has worked with many professional and accomplished choreographers from the New York and Philadelphia areas. Last fall she was invited to train and perform with the professional hip hop company Hood Nation.
She is a fan of and is very proud of her extensive knowledge of all things Disney related.
Lori coaches our Beginners, Maxi’s, and M&M’s classes, she is always eager to help where needed, as well. She was a level 6 gymnast and has 7 years of coaching experience. Her two daughters attend Berks East, between her two daughters and step children Lori has five daughters total. Lori obtained an associate’s degree from Lansdale School of Business, is actively working towards a bachelor’s degree at Eastern University, and also works as a manager at a call center. Some of her hobbies include watching Hallmark Christmas movies, paddle boarding, hiking, and enjoying as much time as she can outdoors.
Ashley is our front desk receptionist. She was a part of gymnastics and cheerleading from age 8 to 14. She attended Rasmussen University for Early Childhood Education and was an Infant teacher before working with us. In her free time, Ashley is exploring nature, doing yoga, or snuggling on the couch with her cat watching Netflix.
Alyssa coaches our Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate, and Kindergym classes. She has been a part of gymnastics for 8 years and is in our GFA program. Alyssa has been coaching for two years, attends Owen J. Roberts high school, and enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix!