NYC Elite Staff

Meet our fantastic staff! Each coach is safety certified and specially trained to offer your child the best gymnastics program possible. From former Olympians to National Champions, each member of our talented staff brings their own special gifts to your childs training, 

Coach Becca
USAG Coach/ Recreational Coach
Rebecca Alexin is a 4 time National TOPS Qualifier. She previously received full Athletic NCAA scholarship to the University of Alabama. As a Member of 2011 SEC Championship team, she participated in many National Championships. Rebecca is happy to now be a part of NYC Elite, and hopes to make a difference in the lives of young gymnasts!
Coach Christine
Recreational Coach
Christine moved to NYC from Philly to pursue her comedy career. While successfully playing shows all over NYC, she was unable to give up her love of gymnastics. She enjoys empowering her students through her coaching and hopes to build the self-esteem in each child she interacts with. She uses her sense of humor to connect with children of all ages and is never afraid to be silly.
Coach Clay B
IGC Coach/ Recreational Coach
Clay grew up in the Dallas area where he competed with ASI Gymnastics for 10 years. He was captain of the competitive cheer program at Oklahoma City University. After college, he worked as a professional acrobat for Royal Caribbean, which is where he gets his spunky personality that the kids adore.
Coach Donna
Recreational Coach
Coach Donna has been a staff member of NYC Elite for over 13 years. Prior to this, she gained a master's degree in social work, and worked as a social worker for many years. Fun Fact: Donna has toured with a small circus as a trapeze artist, and loves to rollerblade everywhere!
Coach Heather
Recreational Coach
Heather Tolford has had a career that spans 4 decades of youth athletics and education. Originally from Los Angeles, Heather studied ballet through her teens but switched gears as a high school senior in 1974 to become the first girl to compete on a boy's cross country team. After raising two kids in Oregon, Heather came to Manhattan, where she has been teaching gymnastics since 2011. Heather’s sweet yet focused attitude has everyone at the gym smiling.
Coach Kevin
USAG Coach/ Recreational Coach
Kevin Schwartz is a New York native. Before joining the NYC Elite staff, he competed for the University Of Massachusetts for three years as JO National Rings Champion. He was also the head coach at a gym in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Coach Melissa
IGC Coach/ Recreational Coach
Melissa grew up in McAllen, TX before moving to NYC. She has studied in many great schools such as: Melba Huber School of Dance, Bill Martin Viscount’s Ballet School, The Joffrey School, and Steps. Melissa performed during her career with a variety of companies: Southwest Ballet Co., The Joffrey Ballet School, Disney Tokyo Entertainment, NY Motion, and The Radio City Rockettes for 8 years! She has been teaching all over the world for over 21 years in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, OCU University, New York, and Tokyo. Melissa is an accomplished teacher of ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, precision dance, and gymnastics for ages 9 months to adult.