Meet The State Director Team

Dance State Directors

Angela Futato

Southeast

Angela Futato

Southeast

Hi, I'm Angela! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UDA Staff Instructor in 2005! I graduated from Lindenwood University and was a UDA College Nationals Open Hip Hop Champion in 2008 & 2009. I was the head coach for St. Dominic High School Crusaderettes (O'Fallon, MO) and Oviedo High School Mane (Oviedo, FL.) I have worked as a dance music editor for Sounds Like That and Summer Camp, have been a UDA regional and international judge and have choreographed for multiple college and high school teams!

Fun Fact: In my first year as a head coach, I married one of my dancer's older brothers - her mother gave him my number. We have been married now for 6 years, and we have 2 wonderful children, Raegan (age 3) and Owen (age 1). I am now a dance mom!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Determined, Helpful, Motivating, Fun, Encouraging and Positive.

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Ashley Udashen

Ashley Udashen

Hi, I'm Ashley! I started working for Varsity Brands as a UDA Staff Instructor in 2003! Along with my state director role, I have judged both domestically and internationally since 2012 and have been involved in teaching rules courses internationally. I also had the amazing opportunity to choreograph for the Capital One Bowl performance routine!

Fun Fact: I love to run and cycle! I enjoy spending time with my super cute nephew, Gavin! I've completed 4 marathons and countless half marathons, as well as one Ragnar Race, running with a team of 12 people from Chattanooga to Nashville. In my free time, I love to cook, hang out with family and friends and visit my dad on the beach!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Loyal, Dedicated, Trustworthy, Easygoing, Fun, Organized.

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Brittani Richards

Brittani Richards

Hi, I'm Brittani! I started working for Varsity Brands as an NDA Staff Instructor in 2014! I graduated from Florida State University and went on to coach their dance team from 2014-2017. I danced professionally as a Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancer and a Florida Panthers Ice Dancer and loved everything about it. Previously, I have been a NDTC Judge and Varsity University Speaker. I am now the Head Coach for the University of North Texas (2017-present) and am excited for this season ahead, just like you!

Fun Fact: My family is from Jamaica!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Passionate, Matter-of-fact, Loyal, Forthright, Witty, Lively.

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Kelsey Scheffer

Kelsey Scheffer

Hi, I'm Kelsey! I started working for Varsity Brands as a UDA Staff Instructor in 2013. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago and went on to be a collegiate dance team and All-star coach for Calumet College of St. Joseph and Studio 22! I have had the opportunity to be a Varsity University Speaker, UDA Judge, USASF legality judge and a choreographer for top all-star and high school teams.

Fun Fact: I love exploring National Parks across the country! I am an avid hiker with my Golden Retriever, Murphy and enjoy golfing in the summers!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Loyal, Straight-forward, Knowledgeable, Adventurous, Helpful, and Passionate.

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Marja Edwardson

Marja Edwardson

Hi, I'm Marja! I started working for Varsity Brands as an NDA Staff Instructor in 2006. I worked summer number 15 with NDA, serving as Head Instructor, Team NDA and a part of the Event Crew helping facilitate events. I was also Top Head Instructor 2014 & 2018!

I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and am currently working towards obtaining my master's degree in Arts Administration and Museum Leadership at Drexel University! Previously, I was the head coach of Lawrence High School dance team and choreographer, co-coach, and dancer for Flare Dance Team in Lawrence, KS! I have had the honor of winning multiple NDA All-Star national championship titles and attended USASF Dance Worlds (which was one of the best dance experiences I have ever had!)

Currently, I am the Head Coach of Drexel University’s dance team and a Varsity University guest speaker. I am excited for this season ahead, just like all of you!

Fun Fact: Besides dance, I also played basketball and played the piano and flute! In college, I was the lead flute soloist for the University band. My favorite food is hands down chips and salsa, guac and queso. When I dip, you dip we dip! I am a total history and museum nerd! I love visiting museums, Museum of the American Revolution in Philly being my favorite. I also enjoy reading about history, Henry the VIII is my dude! AND college basketball....Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Resilient, Strong, Loyal, Adaptable, Easy going, Empathetic.

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Nicole Cestone

Nicole Cestone

Hi, I'm Nicole! I have over 25 years of dance and competitive dance team experience. I graduated from of UCLA and was a former member of the UCLA Bruin dance team. In addition to being a former instructor for USA for over 10 years, I was also the Song/Pom/Dance Program Director. I continue to serve as a Head Judge for various Varsity Spirit national championships and competition events. I have coached several nationally ranked college, high school and all-star dance teams and have won numerous national championship titles and awards including UDA NDTC National Champions, NDA National Champions, USA National Champions, Innovative Choreography, Superior Showmanship, Grand Champion, and Technical Excellence! I have also choreographed for numerous NFL, NBA, WNBA, CFL, and Arena Football Pro-dance teams and have been featured in many LA dance projects and national commercials. This is my fifth year as a Varsity Dance State Director for USA, UDA and NDA in the West Region.

Fun Fact: I live in San Jaun Capistrano, CA with my husband and three kids. I love donuts and have been to Hawaii 35 times!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Creative, Driven, Motivated, Outgoing, Friendly, Confident.

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Stacy Shelton

Stacy Shelton

Hi, I'm Stacy! I started working for Varsity Brands as a UDA Instructor in 2010 and the rest is history. I am in my 11th year with the company and 7th year as a full-time state director. A part of my job on the UDA side is that I also serve as our current UDA College Curriculum Director. As an athlete at the University of Memphis, I was a part of the 2012 UDA College Hip Hop national championship team and was an ICU Hip Hop Silver Medalist. Currently, I serve as the Director of Dance for USA Cheer working with the US National Pom, Jazz, and Hip Hop teams where we compete on the international stage, every April, at the ICU Championships. Since taking over in Fall 2016, we have won 6 Gold Medals/World Championships and earned numerous silver and bronze medals. In addition to my work with UDA, NDA, and USA Cheer, I have had the privilege to travel the world to judge competitions, teach dance, and educate coaches at various levels.

Fun Fact: I reside in my home state of Sweet Home Alabama. I am married to my wonderful husband and have 2 fur babies; Mickey and Scout. Lover of baseball... Go Yankees! I love travelling, baking, and anything to do with the lake (wake boarding, wake surfing, skiing, tubing, etc.) I have traveled to 5 out of the 7 continents and hope to make it to all 7 one day. Christmas music is a must on November 1st for me. Not a day later. 🙂 Mexican food is my weakness and will never be turned down. Iced coffee is better... I don't know why. Fall and Spring are my favorite times of the year.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Passionate, Determined, Trustworthy, Versatile, Loving, Loyal.

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Stephanie Raciak

Stephanie Raciak

Hi, I'm Stephanie! I started working for Varsity Brands as a UDA Staff Instructor in 2008 and continued to be a part of UDA’s collegiate camp staff for 13 years. I grew up dancing at the age of 2 in Chicago, Illinois. I was honored to be part of the Gus Giordano Junior Competitive Company growing up. Some of my larger accomplishments include performing live on the MDA telethon featuring Jerry Lewis. I had the amazing opportunity to be a choreographer for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2013 and 2014 and London New Year’s Parade from 2012-2017. Prior to COVID, I was still traveling, teaching and judging both nationally and internationally. I have traveled across the U.S., Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Mexico, Japan, Finland, Chile, Scotland, Colombia, Norway, Australia & Ecuador teaching many children of all ages/backgrounds.

Outside my State Director role, I am currently the technique/pom coach at Maine South High School and joined the coaching staff for Glenbrook South in 2018 focusing on their jazz choreography and training. I also teach at local studios in the Chicagoland area and have been for the past 10 years.

Fun Fact: I have unfortunately torn my ACL 3X and had 5 knee surgeries, but it's a unique fact. I'm also 5ft, so blend it with most high school dance team members when I visit a UDA/NDA camps. I'm known to cry during beautiful uplifting lyrical routines or behave like the mean girl's mom dancing along with sassy jazz at competitions.

Outside of dance, I LOVE to cook and bake and have friends/family over to catch up. I consider buffalo sauce and cheese a main food group. My biggest fear is bed bugs. Christmas/Fourth of July tie for my favorite holiday and if I could shop at any 3 places for the rest of my life it would be Target, Nordstrom & Lululemon. <3

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Witty, Outgoing, Energetic, Talented, Honest, Intuitive.

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Cheer State Directors

Amanda May

Amanda May

Hi, I'm Amanda! I graduated from Louisiana State University where I had the privilege of being a Golden Girl on the dance team. (Go Tigers!) Upon graduating from LSU, I became the head dance coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe, where I was later promoted to Spirit Coordinator. I was introduced to Varsity Spirit while judging competitions and events at ULM and have loved it ever since.

Fun Fact: In 2007, I was crowned Miss Louisiana and competed on national TV at Miss America. My professional career started in 2009 as an NCAA sideline reporter. I traveled the entire country during football season and still love the sport today!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Relatable, Gracious, Ambitious, Joyous, Peaceful & Encouraging.

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Amy Miller

Amy Miller

Hi, I'm Amy! I began my career at Varsity Spirit as an NCA Staff Instructor in 1988 while attending Oklahoma State University. I enjoy helping other coaches plan out their best year because I was once a coach too! I had the pleasure of coaching at Jenks High School for 3 years and the University of Tulsa for 3 years as well. My background also includes all-star as I was the Cheers To You All Star gym owner and coach for 10 years in my career. I have had the honor of becoming an NCA Collegiate National Champion as an athlete in 1991 and an NCA High School National Champion as a coach. Along with my current role as a State Director I have also had experience as a Varsity Rep for 6 years and in NCA Customer Service. I look forward to working and sharing my industry knowledge with you!

Fun Fact: I am a co-creater and first person to perform the Rewind at NCA Nationals. I love animals and never turn down pizza or brownies. I am also a 3 1/2 year breast cancer survivor!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Flexible, Optimistic, Dependable, Competitive, Kind & Helpful.

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Art Elizondo

Art Elizondo

Hi, I'm Art! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 1993 while attending Texas State University. I have had the opportunity to work with many amazing cheerleading programs throughout my years. I've had many incredible opportunities while working for Varsity Spirit over the past 25+ years including being a head instructor of camps throughout the U.S. and abroad; judging/running local competitions; and serving as a MC/Host at local competitions and national championships.

Fun Fact: I enjoy all music genres and LOVE going to concerts!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Creative, Positive, Proactive, Consistent, Loyal & Adaptable.

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Ashla Sullivan

Ashla Sullivan

Hi, I'm Ashla! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 2003 while attending the University of Alabama. (Roll Tide!) Over the past 15+ years with Varsity Spirit, I’ve had the privilege of judging on the State and Regional level. I am also a veteran speaker at Varsity University and AHSAA conferences.

Fun Fact: I am happily married, and the proud mother to two beautiful little girls. Our favorite activities are definitely enjoying the beach, swimming, and anything outdoors. We absolutely love the Crimson Tide! We enjoy baking and cooking together. We are very family oriented and spend as much time with our families as possible.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Goal Oriented, Motivated, Competitive, Loyal, Organized & Personable.

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Ashley Parnell

Ashley Parnell

Hi, I'm Ashley! I started working for Varsity Spirit in 2003 as a UCA Instructor. I graduated from Drury University where I currently also work as the Spirit Coordinator and Head Cheer Coach since 2010. My program currently is the defending UCA College DII Small Coed National Champion and silver medalists in 2018 and 2019. I have also had the opportunity to share my knowledge as a Varsity University Speaker and judge for various associations including Kansas (KSHSAA), Missouri Cheer Coaches, Minnesota Cheer Coaches and NAIA Collegiate. I can’t wait to work together in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: I am the mother of 4 year old twins, who keep my husband and I very busy. Carver (boy) and Avery (girl). We like to take our children to explore different Missouri and Northwest Arkansas rivers on kayaks or canoes and spend our weekends in nature.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Focused, Sincere, Ambitious, Expert, Dependable & Patient

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Ashley Loucks

Ashley Loucks

Hi, I'm Ashley! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 2002. I graduated from Indiana University. I have coached multiple high school and all-star teams including Jay County High School, Indiana Elite All-Stars, Cathedral High School and Bloomington South High School. I am also a certified judge.

Fun Fact: I have been married to my wonderful husband Erik for 8 years and we have two boys; Tanner (4) and Tucker (2). I've lived in Indiana my whole life. I love to read and my favorite color is purple. I was on the Price is Right in 2003 (Bob Barker days) where I played Pick a Pair and won a trip to Napa Valley. (And YES! The wheel is really heavy to spin!)

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Loyal, Competitive, Hardworking, Passionate, Organized & Friendly

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Brandi Allen

Brandi Allen

Hi, I'm Brandi! I started working for Varsity Spirit in 2000 as a UCA Staff Instructor while cheering at UNC Charlotte. In 2002, we were crowned NCA College National Champions in the Small Coed Division. I've had the privilege of judging at the local, state and national level and speak at Varsity University events and state association conferences throughout the southeast. I have over 10 years of coaching experience for both school and all star cheerleading along with tumbling and gymnastics. Because of my coaching experience, I have a passion for helping other coaches like you find the perfect camp or competition for your team. I can't wait to work together in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: I live in Asheville, and LOVE the mountain life and being outdoors. I am married and have a 10 year old daughter and twin 7 year olds. We love our 2 rescue dogs and enjoying the life God's given us!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Dedicated, Kind, Competitive, Listener, Appreciative, Inclusive

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Brad Jones

Brad Jones

Hi, I'm Brad! I started working as a UCA Staff Instructor for Varsity Spirit in 1994. I am a proud University of Alabama alumni where I cheered and served as a coach for 10 years. I have also had the opportunity to share my knowledge as a coaches conference speaker for the past 15 years.

Fun Fact: I have been married to wife, Nikki, since 2015 and have two bonus daughters, Ava Grace and Kylie. My other daughter Jaci was born in 2017. I enjoy the beach, playing golf and watching college athletic events.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Loyal, Determined, Personable, Persistent, Witty & Observant.

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Brian Ahn

Brian Ahn

Hi, I'm Brian! I started working as a UCA Staff Instructor for Varsity Spirit in 2002 while attending college at the University of Washington. I have held multiple coaching and judging positions throughout my time in the cheerleading world. I have had the opportunity to coach two great programs, Loyola Marymount University and California State University Northridge. I've judged at local regional events as well as the UCA NHSCC and IASC, along with the USA Spirit Nationals. I have been in the State Director role since 2012 and I love helping coaches find the perfect camp or competition for their squad!

Fun Fact: I am a loving husband and father of the best 2 boys in the world. I am an absolute foodie, I love finding new food spots wherever I go. I enjoy finding new places to golf. I am from the Pacific Northwest and a huge fan of all PNW Sports. Go Hawks, Go Dawgs, Go Mariners, and Save Our Sonics! Since moving to Southern California I have become a massive Laker and Kobe Bryant Fan. RIP Kobe. I am a lover of Jordan/Nike Collectable Sneakers. I am a massive #sneakerHead

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Loyal, Compassionate, Determined, Optimist, Honest & Competitive

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Brook Domenig

Brook Domenig

Hi, I'm Brooke! I started working for Varsity Spirit in 2004 as a UCA Staff Instructor while in college at Southeastern Missouri State University. I had many opportunities on staff including College Staff, Core Staff and helping to choreograph the camp material. (Dances are my fav!) I'm a veteran judge and game day is my specialty. In my current role as a State Director, I love helping coaches with all of their camp and competition needs. I also know what it's like to be in your shoes, as I have been the Head Dance Coach at UCF since 2012. Go Knights, Charge On! I can’t wait to work together in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: My husband and I met traveling working UCA Summer Camps together and have been married for 7 years. Together we have two beautiful, energetic children. I am addicted to coffee, working out, dance, spending time with my family, doing educational activities with my children, enjoying the outdoors and I have a small obsession with Tiny Homes.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Hardworking, Loyal, Personable, Helpful, Team-Player, Competitive

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Cameron Larsen

Cameron Larsen

Hi, I'm Cameron! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 2007. I attended college at Weber State University and Brigham Young University (BYU). As an athlete I was a power tumbler for over 10 years earning 4 national titles and placing 10th at the World Championships. In college, I won a NCA College National Championship title in 2009 at Weber State. I am also a V!ROC Choreographer! In my current State Director role, I love helping coaches find their perfect camp or competition to fit their needs!

Fun Fact: I love to cook, love dogs and love to travel! I've been to 46 states and 9 countries!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Passionate, Dependable, Loyal, Compassionate, Genuine & Trustworthy

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Carrie Nichols

Carrie Nichols

Hi, I'm Carrie! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a NCA Staff Instructor in 1994. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University. I've coached at the high school and collegiate level and have been coaching at Lindenwood University since 2002, where I've had the honor of winning 7 NCA College National Championship titles. I have judged numerous all star and school competitions for various brands through the years, currently I do a variety of speaking for VU, coaches organizations and local businesses on leadership and cheerleading topics. I have attended and worked at several special events including the Aloha Bowl and Orange Bowl. Because of my coaching experience, I have a love for helping other coaches find the perfect camp or competition for their team. I can’t wait to work together in this industry we love!

Fun Fact:
I have 3 children: Hailey is a freshman and a Ladybird at the University of Louisville. She did not want to cheer but found her passion in dance! Colin is 15 and our special boy that keeps us on our toes. He is a freshman. And my youngest, Carson is 8 and in the 3rd grade, with a love for soccer, wrestling and baseball.

My husband teaches PE and coaches football, wrestling and baseball! When I am not working, coaching or running kids around I teach group fitness classes. The gym is definitely my outlet. I love to travel and spend time with my family.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Caring, Energetic, Positive, Role Model, Organized & Hustler

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Courtenay Carrel

Courtenay Carrel

Hi, I'm Courtenay! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 1997! I went on to work full-time for Varsity in 2002. I graduated from the Ohio State University where I was a member of the All-Girl inaugural Ohio State Competitive cheer team! I have been a State Director for every state in the Northeast Region over the last 18 years full-time with Varsity Spirit. I am a veteran judge for UCA National Championships at all levels and a veteran speaker for Varsity University. I have had the opportunity to travel all over the country speaking extensively on many competitive cheer and Game Day topics!

Fun Fact: I have been married for 16 years and have 2 daughters who are also involved in Youth Cheer. I have an English Bulldog named Lebron and am a big sports fan! I love the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Pittsburgh Steelers!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Competitive, Confident, Knowledgeable, Passionate, Versatile, Leader

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Frank Ems

Frank Ems

Hi, I'm Frank! I started working as an NCA Staff Instructor for Varsity Spirit in 2012 while attending college at Temple University. I have had the opportunity to coach two great programs, Stroudsburg High School and currently at Pennsbury High School. I have also had the pleasure of holding multiple other positions in the cheer industry including an NCA Platinum Choreographer, PIAA Judge, and a member of the Varsity Spirit Events Team.

Fun Fact: In my free time, I love spending time with 3 year old Golden Retriever, Charlie. I also enjoy finding new foods & restaurants to try, my absolute favorite food is anything Italian!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Passionate, Strong-willed, Inspired, Structured, Hard-working & Eager

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Gillian Patrick

Gillian Patrick

Hi, I'm Gillian! I started working for Varsity Spirit in 2008 as a UCA Staff Instructor while cheering at the University of Delaware. As an athlete, I had the honor of taking home the 2008 Partner Stunt Championship title and I was a gold medalist on the 2011 US National Team. After graduating, I was the Assistant Coed Coach and Head All Girl coach at the University of Delaware for 5 years where we took home two National Championship titles (2014 & 2015). I also started the first STUNT team at Delaware, where we finished in the final four three times. Currently, I am the Coed Coach at the University of South Florida (Go Bulls)! Because of my coaching experience, I have a passion for helping other coaches like you find the perfect camp or competition for your team. In addition to my role as a State Director, I am also the V!ROC Assistant Brand Manager. I can't wait to work together in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: My husband also works for Varsity Spirit and together we have a beautiful son named RJ.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Persistent, Competitive, Listener, Ambitious, Loyal, Organized

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Hank Light

Hank Light

Hi, I'm Hank! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a Varsity Fashions Rep in 1998 and have been coaching and doing choreography ever since. I opened River Cities All Stars after graduating from the University of Kentucky and coached hundreds of athletes while running the program for more than 20 years. I was one of the founding choreographers for the V!ROC brand where I’ve had the honor of working with hundreds of national champion middle school, high school, college, and international teams.

Fun Fact: Something unique about me is that I am a twin. I love to travel internationally and enjoy trying different food from around the world.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Kind, Dedicated, Loyal, Passionate, Generous & Strong Willed

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Kelsey Cooper

Kelsey Cooper

Hi, I'm Kelsey! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 2009. I graduated with a double major from University of Memphis -- Go Tigers! I coached John P. Freeman Optional School (in Memphis) for 3 years. I’ve worked as a Varsity Spirit Fashions Customer Care Agent, UCA/NCA Mississippi State Director, and I have regional judging experience! I can’t wait to work together in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: I grew up on a farm and am very close to my family. They mean everything to me! I have 2 wonderful pups; my pitbull Paisley and my golden retriever Griffy. My favorite hobbies include kayaking and hiking. I am a very big sports fan--love my Memphis Tigers and Memphis Grizzlies. Lover of cooking (famous around town for my Mississippi pot roast), reading books and crime podcasts.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Encouraging, Caring, Hard Working, Personable, Passionate, Artsy

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Kim Buie

Kim Buie

Hi, I'm Kim! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a Sales Rep in 2001. I attended college at Mississippi State and UTEP. I have gained industry knowledge by being a coach myself for Alamogordo High School in Southern New Mexico for over 20 years and New Mexico State University for 3 years. Throughout my time with Varsity, I have held various positions such as a Varsity Sales Rep, Varsity Camp Manager, Game Day Choreographer, Game Day Varsity University Speaker, and State/ Nationals Judge. I have also received several awards in the cheer industry such as 3 time winning New Mexico State Spirit Cheer Championship Title, USA Collegiate Cheer Championship Title and I was the 2019 New Mexico Legend of Spirit Recipient. I currently serve as the West Texas State Director and I look forward to working with you!

Fun Fact: I love dogs! All canines, but especially big dogs and rescues. We currently have a 135 lb. English Mastiff named Iris and a big 90 lb. pit bull mix, Bodie. I have 3 grown children who are my favorite people in the world. You can always find me in a yoga class or out on a walk or hike.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Positive, Energetic, Compassionate, Fun, Openminded, Adventurous

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James Blunk

James Blunk

Hi, I'm James! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 2006. I went to Sacramento State University and I've been coaching cheerleading there for the past six years. In addition to currently coaching Sac State, I also coach at Oak Ridge High School. I was a member of the US National Coed Team and represented Varsity Spirit at the 2012 Olympics in London! Because of my coaching experience, I have a passion for helping other coaches and can't wait to work together in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: I love the sport of power lifting & bodybuilding!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Competitive, Direct, Honest, Bold, Confident & Results Driven

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Jason Sack

Jason Sack

Hi, I'm Jason! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 1997! I graduated from Pittsburg State University (KS). I have coached multiple teams including Independence Community College, Avila University, and Northwest Missouri State University! I am honored to say that in 2010, 2012, 2013 I was the UCA DII National Champion Coach at NW Missouri State. I have also served as a NHSCC Judge, VU Speaker and UCA Choreographer. Because of my coaching experience, I have a love for helping other coaches find the perfect camp or competition for their team.

Fun Fact: I’m engaged to Heidi Tracer who is also a Varsity Rep in the Kansas City area and we have a 3-year-old little girl named Riley! I won’t pass up food truck food. We have 2 great Danes, Porter and Chloe and we are both Kansas City Chiefs fans!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Persistent, Mindful, Cautious, Realistic, Knowledgeable

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Jenna Reynolds

Jenna Reynolds

Hi, I'm Jenna! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a NCA Staff Instructor in 2004! I cheered at and graduated from the University of Missouri and continued to be their assistant coach for 8 years. I am currently coaching at my alma mater Mt. Vernon Township High School (cheer and dance). This is my 2nd season and I love everything about it. I love working competitions on both the regional and national level, I focus on Simple Score and judging. It's a passion of mine to see athletes shine on the competition floor! Because of my coaching experience, I have a love for helping other coaches find the perfect camp or competition for their team.

Fun Fact: I met my husband, Tom, on staff and we have been happily married for 9 years. We have two children - Ellie and Everett. I love all sports but love the St. Louis Cardinals the most. Go Cards!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Organized, Assertive, Loyal, Dependable, Thoughtful, Straight-forward

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Jill Queen

Jill Queen

Hi, I'm Jill! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 2002 while attending the University of Kentucky. After graduating, I had the pleasure of coaching the Bowling Green State University Dance Team for 4 years. I am also an experienced choreographer and judge at the regional and national level. I absolutely love helping coaches find the perfect camp or competition for them and I look forward to working with you in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: I enjoy teaching ballet and I love to read. I'm currently planning for my first baby that is due in October. (The countdown is on!)

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Organized, Reliable, Loyal, Proactive, Independent & Intelligent

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Kevin Clanton

Kevin Clanton

Hi, I'm Kevin! If I haven’t had the opportunity to work with you before or we haven’t been able to connect in a while, I wanted to share a little bit about me. I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 1990 while attending the University of Montana, where I also had the privilege of coaching for 3 years. In addition to being a State Director, I am also a Varsity Fashions rep.

Fun Fact: I'm happily married with two children, one is currently attending Missouri State University and the other is currently in her second year at the University of Tampa.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Loyal, Experienced, Knowledgeable, Funny, Dependable & Focused.

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Megan Bramford

Megan Bramford

Hi, I'm Megan! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor and VCA Camp Manager in 2009. I went to the University of Tennessee (2 years) and the University of Oregon (2 years). As a cheerleader, I’ve had the honor of receiving multiple championship titles at NCA Nationals and USA Spirit Nationals. I’ve coached multiple high school teams I’m currently the Orange Lutheran High School-Head Cheer Coach! I've also judged on the regional and natinoal level for both school and all star.

Fun Fact: I currently live with my best friend from high school (we cheered together at Mater Dei HS) who also works for Varsity Spirit as a Fashion Rep and V!ROC Choreographer. We also coach together! We literally eat, sleep, and breathe Varsity Spirit and cheerleading!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Loyal, Organized, Approachable, Hard Working, Knowledgeable & Professional

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Miranda Noel Hubbard

Miranda Noel Hubbard

Hi, I'm Miranda! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 2003. I obtained my undergraduate and graduate degree at Morehead State University in Chemistry. While attending MSU I won 4 titles at UCA College Nationals Division I, and was the graduate assistant to both the All-Girl and Coed spirit squads. I am in my 17th year on UCA staff, 13th year College Staff, and 8th year Core Staff member. I have also represented team USA. I currently lead coaching clinics, judging and rules seminars, choreography, as well as trained staff abroad in over 30 countries for Varsity Brands. I have also judged national and international competitions for High School, College, and the All-star Federation. I am the current coach for both the All-Girl and Co-Ed squads at The University of Oklahoma along with my State Director title.

Fun Fact: I have a sweet tooth and LOVE sprittles, Hurts Donuts, and everything from the Texas State Fair. I am originally from Ohio but have gotten used to having 4 seasons in one day. Interestingly enough I was the stage manager for the musical Oklahoma in high school. You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma O.K.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Patient, Kind, Reliable, Driven, Observant, Analytical

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Nathan Gonzales

Nathan Gonzales

Hi, I'm Nathan! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a NCA and UCA Staff Instructor in 1996 while I attended school at West Texas A&M University and the University of Oklahoma. I've had over 20+ years of all star, high school and junior high coaching experience, so I love helping other coaches just like you! I also am an experienced Varsity Spirit judge. I can't wait to work with you in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and son!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Loyal, Hard Working, Encouraging, Driven, Strong & Compassionate.

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Nicole Nichols

Nicole Nichols

Hi, I'm Nicole! My time with Varsity Spirit began as a UCA Instructor during college where I had the opportunity to teach and run camps across the country at the high school and collegiate level for seven years. I graduated from Slippery Rock University, where I was a member of the coed cheerleading team. After school, I had the opportunity to cheer at the Stingray All Stars for several years and compete at the Cheerleading Worlds on their International Open Level 6 team, Rust. While in Georgia, I started working for Varsity Spirit full time as an apparel rep for two years before transitioning to my current role as the Georgia State Director. For the past seven years, I have loved getting to meet all of the coaches in Georgia and truly enjoy helping each of them determine what their needs are and how Varsity Spirit can best help them achieve their goals.

When I am not helping my customers, I am coaching - just like you! Since 2010, I have been the Head Coach of the 25-time College National Champions, the University of West Georgia. (Go Wolves!) I'm so excited to be celebrating my tenth year leading the program. I'm also the assistant coach for the USA All Girl Premier National Team (Team USA).

Fun Fact: Off the sidelines - I am happily married to Brian Nichols, who is also an assistant coach and former National Champion from UWG. Together we have two daughters (and future cheerleaders), Kennedy and Macie.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Compassionate, Real, Team Player, Reserved, Sensitive, Trustworthy

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Robby Sortore

Robby Sortore

Hi, I'm Robby! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 2001. I graduated from the University of Washington and was the captain of nationally ranked University of Washington Cheer squad! I am the current Coach at Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA). I was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Washington State Cheer Coaches Association and the Program of Year Recipient!

Fun Fact: My wife was also a UCA Instructor! We have two amazing kiddos. I love Starbucks and any kind of cookie!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Personable, Outgoing, Fun, Competitive, Determined & High Standards

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Ryan Jackson

Ryan Jackson

Hi, I'm Ryan! I started working for Varsity Spirit in 2008 as a UCA Staff Instructor while cheering at Hofstra University, where I had the honor of taking home a college championship title in 2011. Since 2014, I have been a Varsity Spirit State Director in Tennessee – helping coaches with all of their camp and competition needs. I’m a veteran judge at the regional and national level and have had the honor of judging the UCA College National Championship for the past 5+ years. I also coach at Houston High School in Germantown, TN. I can’t wait to work together in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: Off the sidelines - I am happily married to Parker Jackson, who also works for Varsity Spirit and we just had our first daughter (and future cheerleader), Charlotte.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Loyal, Creative, Competitive, Stubborn, Passionate, Goal Oriented

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Sarah D'Agostino

Sarah D'Agostino

Hi, I'm Sara! I began my career at Varsity Spirit as an NCA Staff Instructor in 2010 while attending Arizona State University. I enjoy helping other coaches plan out their season because I’m a coach too! I've had the pleasure of coaching the Pennsbury High School cheerleaders for 4 years and winning a champion title in the 2019 PA Suburban One League. I am also a two time NCA Nationals Bronze Medalist. Along with my current role as a State Director, my background in the cheerleading world also includes working as an NCA Choreographer and Varsity University Speaker.

Fun Fact: I'm a twin. I used to perform the choreography as Elmo in the ``Elmos World Live`` show at Sesame Place. I love pasta, the beach, coaching cheerleading, cooking, gardening, and running. I enjoy being a homeowner and dog mom to my black lab mix, Jazzy.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Energetic, Passionate, Emotional, Goofy, Caring & Helpful

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Shiloh Minier

Shiloh Minier

Hi, I'm Shiloh! I started working for Varsity Spirit in 1994 as a UCA Staff Instructor and graduated from Sam Houston State University. I have 15 years of previous coaching experience and thoroughly enjoy my current role helping other coaches plan their perfect year and team!

Fun Fact: Favorite food is Italian. I enjoy listening to live music, working in yard and hanging out with family and friends.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Fun, Approachable, Outgoing, Vocal, Energetic & Passionate

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Stan Tabor

Stan Tabor

Hi, I'm Stan! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a NCA Staff Instructor in 1989! I graduated from Arkansas State University. I coached the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for ten years and Cheer City United for another six years. While coaching the Univ of AR at Little Rock we received 5th place NCA College DIA-DI division. I have had the honor of receiving various state and national titles as a team's choreographer and music editor both nationally and internationally (Sweden and Norway). I’ve also had the opportunity to choreograph the Hula Bowl Half-time Show(s) in Maui, HI!

Fun Fact: I am a horror movie fanatic. I can quote the Golden Girls. Decorating for Halloween is my jam! I will have a team of skeleton cheerleaders displayed in my front yard! Collector of movie and TV memorabilia. I've been told my house looks like a pop culture museum (vintage toys, movie posters, you name it)!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Hyper, Happy, Funny, Active, Motivated & Considerate

Stephanie Irick

Stephanie Irick

Hi, I'm Stephanie! I graduated from Texas Woman’s University and began my career at Varsity Spirit as an NCA Staff Instructor in 2000. Along with my current role as a State Director, my background in the cheerleading world also includes 8 years as an athlete, 20 years and counting as a tumbling coach, and 10+ years as a Varsity University Speaker. I look forward to working with you in this industry we love!

Fun Fact: I have the coolest family ever. We love movies, jeep rides, swimming and laughing. I love sushi, traveling, yoga, audio books, and healthy eating. I am a happy person and am eager to help others.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Wholehearted, Trustworthy, Passionate, Determined, Positive & Outgoing.

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Steve Wright

Steve Wright

Hi, I'm Steve! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a UCA Staff Instructor in 1998 while attending Westfield State University. Over the past 20+ years in the industry, I've had the opportunity to coach college, high school and all star cheerleading. Currently, I'm a Junior Olympic women's gymnastics levels 4-10 coach. I also am a veteran Varsity University speaker.

Fun Fact: Through Varsity, I've had the opportunity to travel all across the country and the UK. London is my favorite international city. As an instructor for UCA, my most fond memories were from our camps at Brant Lake in upstate New York. I've made many life-long friends as a result of working at Varsity Spirit. While traveling for work, I enjoy visiting eclectic and historic restaurants.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Kind, Versatile, Dependable, Professional, Conservative & Knowledgeable

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Tootie Rivera

Tootie Rivera

I attended college at Florida State University and the University of Colorado. I started working for Varsity Spirit as a State Director in 2012 and love everything about it. I enjoy helping other coaches plan out their season because I was a coach at the high school and collegiate level for over ten years. During the competition season, I spend my weekends on the judge’s riser. I’ve had the privilege of judging the college, high school and all star levels and specialize in rules and STUNT. I also am a veteran Varsity University speaker (my favorite thing to talk about is Game Day).

Fun Fact: I’m the only girl of eight children! I love to workout, read and cook in my free time. I love entertaining friends and family and making delicious Puerto Rican dishes!

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Reliable, Positive, Selfless, Encouraging, Organized & Motivated

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Tsutae Johnson

Tsutae Johnson

Hi, I'm Tsutae! I started working for Varsity Spirit as a USA Staff Instructor in 2007. I graduated from the University of Oregon. I have been involved in the cheerleading world as an athlete, coach, judge and choreographer for my entire life and have had the honor of winning multiple national championship titles. I’ve also had the opportunity to coordinate multiple halftime shows including the TaxSlayer/Gator Bowl and the London New Year’s Day Parade performances! I’ve also been a coach for the past 15+ years and currently still coach a high school team, just like you!

Fun Fact: I'm very adventurous and love to travel. I try to visit at least one new country a year to experience the amazing food and culture. I love that my family comes from different cultures; I am Black, Japanese and White. My multicultural upbringing has allowed me to embrace the beauty in every lifestyle.

If I had to choose SIX words to describe me, they would be: Approachable, Organized, Knowledgeable, Entertaining, Caring & Loyal

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