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. Mike has also made over 200 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
Amie Fusco (Full Time Coach)
Amie started gymnastics at age 7 and has coached since age 15. She is from Rock Hill South Carolina.
Amie enjoys running, reading, babysitting, enjoying the outdoors, playing with her pet bunny and playing and watching sports. Amie is now a proud mom of her daughter Ally and son Nicolas.
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 Semetti (Full Time Coach)
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.
Cindy Miller (Full Time Coach)
Cindy began coaching gymnastics in 2000 and has continued to enjoy coaching the sport at many levels and several disciplines (J.O., Xcel and GfA), up to and including national championships under the Gymnastics for All (GfA) Program. In our recreational program, she teaches classes from Parent & Tot through Pre-Team levels.
She joined the Berks East coaching staff in 2006. Cindy is the head coach for the Gymnastics for All Program. She has been a part of the National Technical Committee for the GfA program on both Power TeamGym and Acro & Tumbling Committees and is a certified Power TeamGym Judge. She is currently training to become an National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling (NCATA) Judge as well.
Cindy has enjoyed gymnastics all her life and was able to continue that passion for the sport once her own two children became involved in the sport. Both of her daughters have been involved since pre-school through competitive programs and her oldest is now at the collegiate level competing for Gannon University's Acrobatics & Tumbling Squad.
Sarah Miller (Full Time Coach)
Sarah was level 10 gymnast at Berks East Gymnastics, graduated from The Ohio State University in 2015 and was the Assistant Coach at the University of New Hampshire for the 2015-16 season. As a Buckeye she set the record for most 9.9+ scores, becoming the most decorated gymnast in Ohio State History. She is also a 3-time NCAA All-American, Big Ten Balance Beam Champion, NCAA Regional Beam Champion, 4-time First Team All-Big Ten Selection, 2011 Big Ten Freshman of The Year, and won 12 Big Ten Gymnast of the Week or Freshman of The Week Honors during her career. While her time a UNH she helped aid the 2016 EAGL Freshman of The Year as well as a 2nd ranked Balance Beam team for four straight weeks during the 2016 NCAA season. She has been coaching gymnastics for 11 years in the state of OH, PA, and NH. She has also worked with the USAGym staff on numerous occasions.
Jenny started competing in gymnastics at the age of 7. She spent the majority of her optional career at Gym Dandys in Washington, PA. As a senior she graduated as a Level 9 gymnast placing 2nd on vault at Nationals. Jenny went on to compete at Ursinus College where her team placed 2nd at Nationals her sophomore year. Jenny has an extensive background in teaching ESL and has traveled all over the world. Jenny has been coaching gymnastics, on and off for over 15 years (kids of all age levels and abilities).
Susan was a gymnast at a young age and has coached gymnastics for the past 8 years. She has also coached track/field, volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse throughout the years. She has a master's in Secondary Counseling Education and is currently a high school guidance counselor. She has worked with children for over 2 decades in field, camp, and school settings. She has two daughters in the competitive gymnastics program at Berks East Gymnastics. In her spare time, Susan competes in a variety of running venues including Spartan Races, 5K runs, Philly 10K, and a triathlon.
Hailee has been coaching at Berks East Gymnastics for two 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.
Bridget has been coaching at Berks East Gymnastics for 2 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.
Alison has been coaching for over 14 years. Alison joined Berks East in 2014. She enjoys coaching the Xcel and the JO gymnasts.
Alison was a regional elite gymnast for Will-Moor in New Jersey.
Alison earned a full athletic scholarship to Temple University.
Alison graduated in 1993 with a BS in Health Education.
Alison is currently a Level 10 Gymnastics Judge (NAWGJ).
Alison is married and has two children who play a lot of soccer.
In her spare time, Alison enjoys riding her bike and taking long walks.
Gianna is a level 9 gymnast at Berks East. This will be her second year coaching. She has coached kids from TumbleBear Tots to Beginner classes. She attends Spring-Ford High School and really enjoys helping kids and volunteering.
Brianna was born In 2003. I 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 have 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 has been a Berks East Gymnast for 10 years and this is her 6th competing year for the team. Jennifer has been coaching gymnastics for Berks East for 4 years. 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.