Coaches & Staff

Red River Valley Gymnastics has a diverse and experienced staff, each with a unique background in the sport.  Our coaches strive to develop a love for the sport of gymnastics and our goal is to see that every child who participates in our programs receives the same quality instruction regardless of their age or ability.

Amber Newland

Financial Director

Hi. My name is Amber Newland. My husband, Jeremy, and I live in Alvarado, MN with our two dogs. I started working at RRVG in the Fall of 2012. My favorite part of my job is seeing all the smiling faces as the children walk into the front doors of RRVG.

Jenna Mishler

Coaching Director

Hi! My name is Jenna. I was born and raised in Grand Forks. I was a gymnast at RRVG, and I started coaching in 2002.

Courtney Engel

Administrative Director

Hi, my name is Courtney. I am from Maple Grove, Minnesota. I graduated from UND with a degree in Anthropology and Psychology in December 2013. I started gymnastics when I was 2 years old. I competed for Twin City Twisters, Midwest Gymnastics and Maple Grove Senior High. I started coaching at RRVG in the summer of 2011 and never left. My favorite part about coaching is watching the “light bulb” moments when a gymnast figures out a new skill. I am married with three furry children.

Gabe Flores


Hola. My name is Gabe. I was born in Peorsall, Texas and rasied in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. I am married to a beautiful woman and have 2 handsome sons. I like doing whatever they do. I have now been at the gym for about 5 years. Favorite thing about my job is the setting! Can’t stop moving once I enter the building. Oh Ya! I clean and maintain the RRVG Building.

Jacob Iiams

Boys Team Coordinator

I have been with RRVG for as long as I can remember. First, as a gymnast and later as a coach. I am studying Computer Science and going through ROTC at UND. I am hoping to commission as a CRO in the Air Force. I am getting married in July of 2018.

Kat Swendseid

Recreational Coordinator

I am originally from Casselton, North Dakota and I came to Grand Forks to attend UND. I graduated from UND in 2015 with a degree in General Studies. I was on the FM Acro team for 8 years. My favorite part of working at RRVG is getting to see the kids I work with learn new skills. 

Kendra Zimmerman

Cheer Program Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kendra, I am the coordinator of the All – Star Cheerleading Program here at RRVG. I have been working here since 2014 when I moved to Grand Forks to attend UND. Before moving to North Dakota, I coached at my hometown gym in Helena, MT. I also competed at this gym through my senior year in high school. My favorite memory from cheer was when my Level 5 stunt group won 1st place at my las National Championships in Anaheim, CA. 

Aiden Halleen


Hi! My name is Aiden. I am from Bauman, North Dakota and am currently attending UND. I am the oldest of 6. Before moving here, I coached gymnastics for the last three years in my hometown.

Alyssa Wagner


My name is Alyssa. I am a Physical Therapy graduate student at UND and I am currently doing clinicals. I previously did gymnastics in St. Cloud, MN for 15 years and I have been involved with RRVG for 5 years.

Brianna Erickson


Hi, my name is Brianna. I am a Sophomore at UND, and I competed at Bismarck Gymnastics Academy for 9 years.

Brittany Marynik


My name is Brittany, and I am a freshman in college at UND. I am planning to major in Nursing. I was a gymnast for 12 years here at RRVG.

Carli Jordan


My name is Carli and I’m a junior at Grand Forks Central. I’ve been coaching for about a year and a half, and I have worked with kids for the last 5 years. I cheer for my high school and I also enjoy dance.

Courtney Latterell


I am Courtney, from Maple Grove, MN. I did gymnastics for Gleasons Maple Grove for 8 years. I then went to high school gymnastics for 4 years. I enjoy shopping, hanging out with friends and going to my cabin in Brainerd, MN.

Emma Harvang


I have been coaching gymnastics for almost 4 years. I recently moved to Grand Forks to attend UND. My goal is to continue to coach even after I start my career which will be in the health field. I love coaching!

Emma Jordet


My name is Emma. I was a competitive gymnast at RRVG for 14 years. I am a junior in high school at Sacred Heart in East Grand Forks.

Hannah Capouch


Hi! My name is Hannah and I am from Grand Forks, ND. I love cheer and enjoy being at the gym. I love helping children achieve their full potential in the sport of cheer!

Jasmine Lewis


I did gymnastics for 10 years and have been coaching for about 5. I am originally from Wyoming. I came to Grand Forks for school and I love it!

Jen Pauli

Coach/Office Staff

My name is Jen, and I am a Practical Nursing student at Northland. I have been involved with RRVG since 1996, starting as a gymnast and moving into coaching.

John Fitzgerald

Coach/Office Staff

I am from Omaha, NE. I’ve played almost every sport out there and my favorite is rugby. Some of my interests are fishing, hunting, singing, and flying planes. I am currently attending UND as an Airport Management major and I am also involved with the Air Force ROTC program.

Katrina Evans


Hi, I’m Katrina. I was a gymnast for 10+ years at Midwest Gymnastics in Little Canada, MN. I coached at Midwest before I moved to Grand Forks to attend UND. I have a degree in Kinesiology. I have been coaching at RRVG for the last four years.

Kim Hansen


I am a senior at UND. I am going to be an Elementary School Teacher. I am student teaching in Australia next semester. Some fun facts about me are, I am a twin, I love to be outside, my favorite color is blue, and Parmesan cheese is the way to my heart.

Maddy Mandan


I was a gymnast for 16 years in my hometown of Jamestown, ND. I started coaching when I was 14 and have done it ever since. I have also worked as a lifeguard and a CNA. I am attending UND for Nursing.

Molly Forrester


My name is Molly. I am a senior at Red River High School. I used to do competitive gymnastics here at RRVG!

Nickole Anhorn

Office Staff

Hi, I’m Nickole. I am the mother of three wonderful children and I love to do anything outdoors!

Nicole Bylin


Hi, I’m Nicole. I grew up in a small town of 200 people, but I still had the privilege of doing gymnastics for 15 years. I am now a senior at UND, majoring in Public Administration and minoring in Psychology and Political Science. I have been with RRVG for 3 years. A fun fact about me is I was in Norway and Sweden for a summer and I can eat a whole jar of pickles.

Robby Treuer


I am a UND student in the Computer Science Program. Before coaching, I was a competitive gymnast here at RRVG!

Sophie Sholtis


My name is Sophie and I am a junior at Red River High School. I have been a gymnast on the KnightRider Gymnastics Team for 4 years.

Sydney Krueger


Hi! My name is Sydney and I am excited to be a new coach at RRVG. I was a competitive gymnast for 8 years and I coached at a different club for 3 years. Besides coaching, my hobbies include working out, studying, and being outdoors. I am looking forward to getting to know young gymnasts and share my knowledge about the sport.