We are a team of dedicated professionals in the gymnastics field, doing our very best to bring you the most detailed product reviews and informative articles related to both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.

We hope you enjoy the site and here’s a brief summary about every member of our team.

Penny (Booher) Violette


Penny was a gymnast and cheerleader where working hard helped her win awards of State High School All – Around Champion and the United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) state and Regional Titles. She then traveled on to compete five times at National USGF meets placing in the finals on the Balance Beam. She also was a cheerleader winning Miss NCA All – America two times. She attended the University of Kentucky on a full gymnastics scholarship. Penny is now co – owner of STARS with her sister Shelly. Penny holds a USAG Safety Certification and has completed Community CPR. All of this adds up to 35 years of gymnastics experience. She is married to Mike Violette and has two children, Kyle 18, and Whitney, 16. She lives in Waynesville. Penny loves working at STARS.


Shelly (Booher) Black


Shelly has over 25 years of experience and enjoys putting it all to use teaching and coaching at STARS. Shelly�s Gymnastics experience includes State Champion in the United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) level 8 (Class II) competition as well as competitor in both level 8 and 9 State meets. She was a cheerleader at Wright State University (WSU) for 3 years where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Shelly holds a USAG Safety Certification, USASF cheerleading credential through Level 5, Kinder Accredited through USA Gymnastics, as well as Community CPR, and First Aid certified. She is married to Mike Black and has two sons Ty and Troy.


Amy Hester


Amy has sixteen years of gymnastics experience. She trained and competed for Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, 1997 to 2001. As a Level 10, was two time State and Regional qualifier placing 2nd on Vault and All-Around; at Level 9 Eastern National Championships placing 3rd All-Around and two time Level 8, 9 and 10 state and regional and vault champion. A National qualifier to TOPS (Talent Opportunity Program) as an 11 year old. Other competitions include USAIGC Nationals, 1995 and 1996. Amy also has eight years of competitive dance training. Amy attends Wright State University.


Becky Wagner


Becky participated on a competitive dance team for 8 years. She graduated from Sinclair Community College with a degree in Community Based Corrections. Becky is the Preschool Director and Asst. Cheer Director here at STARS. She is USASF credentialed through Level 5, USGA safey certified, and has received Cheer Power�s Safety Certification. She absolutely loves children and will be a smiling face to all. This is Becky’s 8th year at STARS. “This job is so fun and I absolutely love being able to get away with acting silly everyday! I also enjoy working with such a wonderful staff.”


Lora Quick


Lora Quick is the Cheer Director for Stars. This is her 5th year at Stars. Lora�s cheerleading competition experience includes winning a collegiate partner stunt national championship. Her 18 years of coaching experience includes 5 years as a camp instructor and director for COA, coaching and choreography at all levels including, youth, jr. high, high school, all star, and college. Lora has coached teams to 5 National Championships. She has judged at the local, regional, and national levels. Lora is safety certified through American Cheer Power and is USASF Credentialed through level 5. When not at Stars, Lora spends her time with her four children.


Rick Reedy


Rick was on a 3 year state championship gymnastics team for Miamisburg High School. Rick is also the head coach for Beavercreek High School Gymnastics team, which one of his gymnasts went all the way to State and won a state championship on vault. Rick loves working at STARS and would love to spend more time in STARS, but his full-time job keeps him at a full schedule. Rick loves to be around children of all ages, to see the smile of success when they learn a new skill. Rick is married to Beth, and has a daughter, Brittany, who is 15 years old.


Tonya Strahler


Tonya attended Kettering City School District where she actively participated in cheerleading and gymnastics. She began coaching cheerleading while attending Wright State University and continued with her cheerleading involvement for the Dayton Cowboys Semi-pro football team.Tonya holds a USAG Safety Certification,is USASF cheerleading credentialed through Level 5, and is safety certified through American Cheer Power. Tonya coaches preschool, recreational classes and cheer team where she helped coach the cheer teams to a national title in 2006. Tonya and her husband, Ryan enjoy watching their youngest daughter, Kassandra try to follow in her older sister, Kyrstyn’s footsteps as a cheerleader and gymnast for STARS.


Chris Larson


Chris attended Ball State University where she pursued a B.S. in Elementary Education. She moved to Dayton in 1987 where she taught preschool for 12 years, the last 6 of those years were as director. Chris has been a preschool gymnastics coach for 7 years. She also coaches Boys� Team and Future Stars. She is USAG safety certified, CPR certified, and holds a first aid certification. Chris is also the proud mother of four children and devotes her time to them whole heartedly.


Jodi Dysinger


Jodi participated in gymnastics while attending high school. She graduated from Fairborn High School where she took part in Cheerleading, Varsity Club, and 4H. Currently Jodi is attending her 4th year at Wright State University where she is pursuing a Bachelor�s degree in Early Child Education. Upon graduation Jodi plans to teach locally while returning to school to receive her Master�s degree. Her hobbies include spending time with her friends and family. This is Jodi�s third year at Stars. She truly enjoys her position as a coach and working with children. You will see Jodi coaching both Preschool & Cheerleading.


Amanda Long


Amanda started gymnastics training at age 5. When she retired from gymnastics, she was a level 9 gymnast. She was also a competitive dancer competing nationally in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap. She danced with the Dayton ballet in the Nutcracker. During her high school years she cheered for Carroll High School. She was named to the First team All Mid Miami League Cheerleading Squad for the North Division in 2002. This is Amanda’s third year coaching at Stars.


Tara Jehn


Tara is a graduate of Chaminade Julienne High School. She will be starting her third year of college at Kettering College of Medical Arts. Tara is currently in the process of completing her Bachelor�s degree in Human Biology and is hoping to continue on to pursue a Master�s degree as a Physician Assistant. Tara is excited to be starting her third year at STARS. In her �free time� Tara assists her mother with her small graphics business, Graphics By JEHN.


Whitney Violette


Whitney started gymnastics training at the age of 3. She competed for STARS up to level 8. She attends Waynesville High School and is a varsity football cheerleader as well as a member of the track team. She participate in the SADD program �students against destructive decisions� and is a peer group leader. Whitney will be found coaching preschool, recreational, level 4�s and clinics. She loves STARS and is looking forward to a wonderful year.


Tiffany Oakley


Tiffany started gymnastics at the age of 4. She competed through Level 7 for Stars Gymnatics. She is a graduated of Dayton Christian High School. While attending Dayton Christian she took part in cheerleading, volleyball, and softball. You will find Tiffany coacheing recreational classes as well as Level 4 team. Tiffany is excited to be a part of Stars Gymnastics.


Vivian Booher


Vivian Booher is a key member of the STARS staff and is the Primary Decorating Coordinator. Throughout our renovation and club changes, Vivian was hard at work making it all happen. At all of our major activities, and most of the minor, you�ll find Vivian behind the scenes making sure everything is coordinated, right down to Garnet�s dinner. Although these tasks are important, the moral support that Penny and Shelly receive from mom is by far the most valuable service she can offer.


Garnet Edwards


Garnet was the life of STARS. Meeting everyone with a smile and a cheerful hello. Her legacy at STARS was Penny and Shelly�s Grandma. She oopened the doors with us in 1993 and worked until 2006. She may gone but will never be forgotten. 1925-2006


Miranda Lytle


This will be Miranda�s second year coaching at Stars. She was a gymnast for 12 years. She competed at Level 9 Eastern Nationals in 2002 and 2004. At the Eastern Nationals in 2004 she placed 3rd on floor and 4th on vault. In 2005, she placed 5th on vault at Level 10 Regionals. In 2005-2006 she was the co-captain of the Beavercreek High School gymnastics team. She placed 1st on vault in the High School Gymnastics State competition. She completed her gymnastics career as a level 10 gymnast. She will be attending Sinclair Community College in the fall of 2006 as an art major. She will be pursuing an Associates Degree in Interior Design. Then, she will attend Wright State University to obtain a Bachelors Degree in art.


Carol O’Cull


Most of you have never seen Carol but we�re sure you appreciate her presence. Carol is the one that makes sure the gym is always clean, the carpets vacuumed, and the windows clear. Carol is Penny and Shelly�s aunt. Even though not seen, Carol is a big part of STARS, say hi if you see her.