Meet Our Staff

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Debbie Grainger
CEO & Human Resource
• B.A. in Philosophy from West Chester State College, PA
• Competitive gymnast for the Parkette Gymnastic Team in Allentown, PA and West Chester State College
• Coaching since 1970 for Parkettes and various summer gymnastics camps
• Coached North Shore Girls Competitive teams from 1982-2009
• Coached North Shore Rhythmic team from 1985 – 2005
• USA Gymnastics Professional Member
• USA Gymnastics Safety & Risk Management Certified
• USA Gymnastics KAT Certified
• USA Gymnastics Professional Development Program Level 2 Certified
• USA Gymnastics Tramp & Tumble Level 1 Certified
• USA Gymnastics Skill Evaluator
• Former USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Regional Chair

George Grainger
CFO & Education Director
• B.S. in Physical Education/Minor in Business from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
• Graduate work in Psychology of Sport – University of Colorado – Boulder
• Competitive gymnast in High School and UW – Oshkosh
• Coaching since 1973 at various private clubs and summer gymnastics camps
• Coached North Shore Competitive teams from 1982-2008
• USA Gymnastics Professional Member
• USA Gymnastics Safety & Risk Management Certified
• USA Gymnastics Professional Development Program Level 2 Certified
• USA Gymnastics Tramp & Tumble Level 1 Certified
• USA Gymnastics Skill Evaluator
• Motion Evolution Certified Levels 1-2-3
• Former USA Gymnastics State and Regional Chair

Melissa Carpenter
Rhythmic Program Director/Class & Team Instructor/Tot Program Coordinator
• BFA in Dance (High Honors) from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
• Competitive rhythmic gymnast for North Shore Academy of Gymnastics for 7 years
• Coached Rhythmic competitive team and gymnastics classes since 2005
• USA Gymnastics Professional Member
• USA Gymnastics Safety & Risk Management Certified
• USA Gymnastics Rhythmic State Chair

Karly Biertzer
Office Manager
• BFA in Dance (High Honors) from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
• Competitive rhythmic gymnast for North Shore Academy of Gymnastics for 7 years
• Coached gymnastics and rhythmic for several years prior to becoming NSAG Office Manager
• Professional Dancer for 7 years; recently finished her 5th season with Danceworks Performance Company, Milwaukee

Patty Brestrich
Level 5 & 6 Team Coach
• B.S. in Physical Education from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
• Masters Degree in Special Education from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
• Special Education & Transition Specialist at Grafton High School for 35 years
• USA Gymnastics Judge for 38 years
• USA Gymnastics Professional Member
• USA Gymnastics Safety & Risk Management Certified
• Member of National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges (NAWGJ)

David Heraly
Head Coach Boys Gymnastics Team/Motion Evolution and Mobile Motions Instructor
• B.S. in Kinesiology from University of Minnesota
• Competitive gymnast from 1993-1997
• 2001 Big Ten Championship Swim & Dive Team (Springboard /Platform diving)
• Coached boys & girls gymnastics since 2008
• Trained in Modern Dance
• USA Gymnastics Professional Member
• USA Gymnastics Safety & Risk Management Certified

Beth Roenspies-Malec
Head Coach Tramp & Tumble and Xcel Class Instructor
• BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
• 25 years teaching Dance & Gymnastics
• USA Gymnastics Professional Member
• USA Gymnastics Safety & Risk Management Certified
• USA Gymnastics KAT Certified
• USA Gymnastics Skill Evaluator
• USA Gymnastics Tramp & Tumble Level 1 Certified
• USA Gymnastics Tramp & Tumble State Chair

Rokiyyah Tatum
Team Development Coordinator/Pre-Team & Team Coach/Class instructor
• Rokiyyah joins NSAG with over 15 years of gymnastics coaching experience and 20+ years as a dance instructor. She has coached at pre-school, recreational, compulsory and optional levels.
• With a strong dance background Rokiyyah has taught many forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and coached an award winning dance team. • She personally studied Ballet, Modern dance, Jazz and African and was a member of a Hip-Hop Dance company.
• Prior to joining North Shore, Rokiyyah spent 5 years as the program director of a large recreational program and 2 years as the Head Coach of a Team Program.
• She is a mother of 4 including 2 former Level 10 Gymnasts and Nationally Ranked Tumblers.

Katie Vollrath
Girls Gymnastics Team Director /Class Instructor
• Attended the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay/Studied Communications
• Competitive gymnast for 4 years
• Assistant Head Coach for Girls Competitive Team at North Shore from 2001 – 2007
• Head Coach for Girls Competitive Team at North Shore from 2007-Present
• Launched North Shore Team Development Program (Mini Mites, Dyno Mites, Future Stars)
• USA Gymnastics Professional Member
• USA Gymnastics Safety & Risk Management Certified
• International Gymnastics Camp Visiting Coaches Program

James Vollrath
Assistant Head Coach Girls Gymnastics Team /Cheer Tumbling Director/Boys Tots
• Attended the University of Wisconsin – Washington County/ Studied Business Management
• Competitive gymnast from 1993 – 1998
• Began Coaching in 2000. Developed the Boys Apparatus and Tramp & Tumble Curriculum
• Joined Military in 2002
• Deployed to Kuwait 2005-2007
• Deployed to Iraq 2009-2010
• USA Gymnastics Professional Member
• USA Gymnastics Safety & Risk Management Certified
• Military First Aid Certified