Teachers

Ohana is always looking for fun, energetic, dependable instructors to add to our amazing staff! 

As of Fall 2018, we're looking for a:

  • Boys competitive coach for Levels 3-6 (2-3x per week, 3 hours per session).
  • Toddler and Kinder recreation coach for weekday mornings from 8:30am-12:00pm. 

Email your resume to: ohanagymnastics.sc@gmail.com


STAFF

photo Fabricio Olsson

Boys and girls gymnastics and trampoline competitive coach, and web/computer guy.

     
photo Sybil Lam

Sybil is probably the person you see milling behind the front desk. She has a background in competitive gymnastics and still practices when no one's looking. When she's not flipping around with the kids, she's probably lifting weights at Toadal or swimming at Simpkins. She co-manages the gym and coaches pre-competitive levels, the girls competitive team, and adult classes. Her other not-so-secret passion is writing speculative fiction novels and hopes one day to be a published author.

Fun fact: Sybil studied Art History at NYU, then worked as a technical writer and project manager for a fancy SaaS company before quitting to be a starving artist (i.e. write fiction).

     
photo Will Ryan

Catch him walking into the gym with his Chrome backpack and galaxy cat pants, Will is not only the co-manager of Ohana, but also a competitive elite gymnast for NorCal United (a Northern California men's collegiate gymnastics team). He is currently a physics undergraduate student at UCSC and, if that's not enough work, he also finds time to coach the boys competitive team. 

Fun fact: For a guy that hates running, Will ran 3 miles in the Santa Cruz heat with his backpack and bike (and its flat tire) all just to make sure that he could make it to US Meal in time for a burger. We've heard it was worth it.
 

     
photo Rikki Lougee

Rikki is our lead recreation coach finishing her undergrad at UCSC. She's an Environmental Studies major with a focus in Environmental Education. She believes in teaching the next generation about our planet as a key aspect to preserving and maintaining it. She's done recreational gymnastics for over 10 years with a focus on tumbling and she's been a coach for 5 years in San Jose and Santa Cruz! She's experienced in teaching toddlers to coaching pre-competitive gymnasts. When she's not in the gym, she's hiking outdoors, at the beach, or wildflower hunting.

Fun fact: She's a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady to her big fluffy tabby named Teddy!

 

     
photo Jose Paredes

Jose is one of our recreational gymnastics coaches and he's in his 3rd year of Cabrillo with plans to transfer to a CSU or UC soon! He's a first generation college student and is studying Psychology and may soon be complementing this degree with a double major in Sociology or Dance. He's interested in giving back to the community and dreams of creating a space for people to learn and develop creative cognitive skills such as art, digital media, and dance. Though he's new to the gymnastics scene, Jose has an impressive list of jobs since 13 - fieldworker, food service, cabin leader, retail, you name it. So, it's no surprise he's taken to gymnastics coaching like fish to water! When he's not in the gym, you can find Jose eating, writing, drawing, or taking trips to the redwoods and the beach.

Fun fact: Jose has performed solo and with a crew at dance events! His favorite television shows are The Wonder Years and Avatar: The Last Airbender. He's also bilingual in English and Spanish.

     
photo Nadira Weerasekara

Nadira is one of our awesome recreation gymnastics coaches and she's studying Marine Biology at UCSC! She's been coaching gymnastics for 4 years and has a background working with kids since she was 12. Basically, she's never had a job that didn't have kids running around and she loves it. When not in the gym, Nadira enjoys any activity outdoors, painting, cooking (though she claims she's not good - sure), and hanging out with her turtle.

Fun fact: Nadira is fluent in American Sign Language and is Sri Lankan.

     
photo Tony Marelich

Tony is our resident parkour coach and he's in his 3rd year at Cabrillo with plans of transferring to UCSC next fall! He's studying computer science with goals of one day working with a company that develops 3-D printed houses to help those in need. Parkour is one of Tony's many talents - his acrobatic background is diverse and includes experience in tumbling and springboard diving. When he's not coaching, you can find Tony at home reading, writing, hanging out with his friends, or hiking through nature to find cool new places to relax.

Fun fact: One of Tony's first jobs was as a freelance circus performer during his sophomore year of high school.