Staff Bios

Meet our Starz Staff!

Shooting Starz Gymnastics classes are taught by a staff of highly qualified and accomplished gymnastics and cheer coach professionals. All have long-term gymnastics and cheerleading experience in technique and curriculum both as competitors and as trainers. Team coaches is each Safety Certified and Background checked by USA Gymnastics All of our coaches are First Aid and CPR trained by the American Red Cross.

Joelle D’Arco is the proud owner of Shooting Starz. She made her dream come true in July of 2009 when the doors were opened to Shooting Starz. Joelle originally comes from Boston where she a competitive gymnast/dancer growing up. She attended college in Western Massachusetts with a degree in Biology.  Joelle is working on 18 years experience as a coach and loves coaching gymnasts of all levels. She has one daughter Lydia who also enjoys the gym in her class and a son Anthony.  Her favorite event to coach is Balance beam. She is safety, CPR and AED certified. Looking forward to our 8th year of Shooting Starz GYMNASTICS.

Dave D’Arco (Mr. DAVE)-

Is also the proud owner of Shooting Starz and has enjoyed every minute of it. In 2017 he began his Ninja class and it has grown incredibly. His Knowledge of gymnastics has grown along with his love for the sport. He will be seeing his own little girl compete in late 2017.

Laura Plaviak has worked with Shooting Starz for over 6 years. Laura is a former gymnast who competed for 6+ years. Her highest competitive level is level 8. Laura’s proudest moment as a gymnast, was being Pennsylvania’s Vault State Champion at Level 8. Laura currently as Shooting Starz progressive program Director and assists with the level 3s. Her favorite event is floor and enjoys helping gymnasts to achieve their goals. Laura has a 18 month old name Brody.

Ashlee Berry previously was a level 10 gymnast and was training for the elite level. She has been coaching all levels of gymnastics for 13 years, from mom and tot classes to level 10 gymnasts.  Ashlee enjoys coaching all events but her favorites are floor and beam. She also serves as one of the team’s choreographers for beam and floor routines for the optional level gymnasts. Ashlee has attended several TOPs and elite clinics, and gymnastics workshops and trainings across the country.  When not in the gym, Ashlee works as a full time pediatric Physical Therapist with her Doctorate degree from Misericordia University. Ashlee is safety certified through USA gymnastics.  Ashlee recently had a baby boy, who she cannot wait to share her love of gymnastics with!

Andy Neafie is a full time coach of all ages for 23 years. He has coached boys and girls through level 10. Andy is a previous gym owner of 10 years and has taken his girls to regionals, nationals and prepared them for collegiate levels. He was also the coach of the year in 2007 and has been a clinician at clinics. Coach Andy is  the head Team Coordinator for the competitive program while coaching the optional gymnasts

Sarah Plaviak was a competitive gymnast  for 5 years and competed at level 8. Sarah graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education. She now works at Bear Creek school.  Her favorite event to coach is floor exercise and she has grown to enjoy working with the younger & optional kids in the progressive program. She has now taken on a bigger role at the gym and assists with running the Team program. Sarah has been coaching at Shooting Starz for 4 years and is CPR and AED certified and also safety certified through USA gymnastics.

Sam Tencza is a 21 year old student Mesricordia University. She will be graduating May 2017. She was a competitive gymnast for most of her life, last competing at level 8 preparing for level 9.  Sam is a four year UCA All American Cheerleader who enjoys coaching classes and team at Shooting Starz. Sam was head of the level 4s for the 2016-17 season.

Lexi Kowalski – .Lexi Kowalski is the level 3 coach who also enjoys teaching classes. She goes to Coughlin High School and is a senior and will graduate in June 2017. She will be attending Arizona State in the fall of 17. She was a competitive gymnast and finished competing as a level 8.  Lexi also plays Field Hockey and runs Track.

Ellie Bennett is a past team gymnast . She shares all her knowledge as a previous competitive gymnast with the growing gymnast in the program. She is a freshmen at Elon University and will be home for the summer.

Haley Young is a mother, coach and heads the Pre-team program at Shooting Starz Gymnastics. She has been working with the business for 3 years and has spent her time teaching all types of classes.  Haley enjoys sharing her experience as a competitive gymnast with all students at Shooting Starz. Her favorite events have always been the balance beam and floor. Her goal as a coach is to provide a positive, educational, and exciting gymnastics experience for everyone! 

Nikki Falkowski – Nkki has been with us here at Shooting Starz for 6+ years starting in our Lydia and friends class with her daughter (Madi) and is a now special event & Birthday party coordinator for the past 4 years. Nikki is a former gymnast and is now following her dreams by helping others, whether it be by coaching and building their confidence or throwing them an unforgettable birthday party at Shooting Starz !!! Outside the gym Nikki is busy being a mom to 2 and an Interior Designer.

Tori Yazwinsky – Tori is 21 years old and a junior at Bloomsburg University majoring in Early childhood Education.She enjoys working with kids and is very outgoing, always motivated and smiling. Her energy is put to good use hosting the birthday parties at Shooting Starz!

Rachel Kenney – Rachel was a competitive gymnast under Joelle for 6 years.  She was a state champion and placed 4th overall at nationals.  She’s now 24 years old, a wife, has her associates degree in science, and is a competitive crossfit athlete.  Along with lifting up weights she wants to lift up gymnasts to help them reach their dreams and goals. 

Kim Kuzma–  is a full time teacher, wife, and mother of two.  She has her coaching minor from Clarion University where she studied Kinesiology, Physiology, and Biomechanics.  She was also a 4 year collegiate diver and ended her career as a 2 time All American while ranking 6th nationally.  Upon graduation, she became Dallas High School’s diving coach and proudly began her own age group diving program with the area’s only dry land facility.   She and her divers traveled throughout the entire North East region, and her divers’ accomplishments ranged from multiple state championships and state medalists along with many regional and East National qualifiers and medalists.  After a 10 year career, she gave up coaching HS diving and her age group program in order to spend more time with her growing family.  Her daughter began gymnastics at Shooting Starz at a young age and progressed through the levels rapidly.  As her daughter’s gym hours increased, Kim missed her daughter and missed coaching immensely, so she inquired at Shooting Starz about returning to her love of coaching while spending more time with her daughter.  She now uses all of her 10 years of coaching and 14 years of teaching experiences to help out across all levels of the Shooting Starz competitive team.

Kristin Tomcho– Kristin has been with Shooting Starz since 2016. She is a 23 yrs old and working very hard towards her dream of becoming a large animal vet. Kristin was a dancer and cheerleader all throughout high school and loves sharing her skills and energy with everyone! She enjoys working with all levels of classes and striving towards becoming more involved with the team program. Kristin’s goal for the new year of 2017 is to promote healthy workouts & nutrition facts to better educate the kids while focusing on core skills in gymnastics. FUN FACT FROM MISS KRISTIN *Kangaroos can leap 30ft and also travel more than 30 miles per hour.

Taylor Grozio–  is a level 9 gymnast at Shooting Starz and an honor roll student a Crestwood High School.  Taylor has been with Joelle training as a competitive gymnast for 11 years. Currently, as the oldest gymnast in the program, many younger gymnasts look up to Taylor as a role model.  Amongst other characteristics she exemplifies for the other gymnasts on the team, she has decided to share her sense of community & love/knowledge of the sport by coaching her younger team mates.  Taylor holds a level 7 all around gymnast national title from competing in the State Games of America in 2013 along with other state titles.  She has qualified for Level 9 States in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  Taylor aspires to continue her career as a gymnast at the colligate level.

Kirsten Litchman

Gianna Leo

Mary Strunk