DGC Staff

Paige Etheridge

Owner // Operator

email- paige@douglasvillegymnastics.com

Paige has been a Douglas County Resident since 1978. While in elementary and middle school, Paige participated in a gymnastics program that held classes in the Douglasville Armory. During high school, she started teaching gymnastics and tumbling classes. During this time, she also helped instruct the first competitive gymnastics team in Douglas County.

In August of 1987, along with Ivy Lee, Paige opened Douglasville Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club, Inc. Classes were held at Deer Lick Park. After just nine months, the program outgrew the available space that Deer Lick Park offered. From there, the business was moved to a location on Highway 5 where the business thrived. In the spring of 2002, Paige moved again into the current location on Bright Star Road that was built and designed specifically for training gymnastics and cheerleading.

Paige has an extensive list of training courses, certifications and accreditations related to gymnastics, cheerleading, athlete safety, and business administration. More importantly, Paige has successfully built a place where gymnasts and cheerleaders can not only safely train for their sport, but also have a place they truly feel is their second home. Paige’s staff is a testament to her impact on others; only 5 out of 39 current staff members were not former DGC students.

Personally, Paige resides in Winston Georgia with her husband Chris Etheridge. They have a daughter, Meadow, who is currently attends Georgia College.

Allison Cahill

Recreational Program Director // Class Instructor // DGC Storm Coach

email- allison@douglasvillegymnastics.com

Just as you have chosen for your daughter, as a young child, her parents also started her in gymnastics and tumbling classes at Douglasville Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club, Inc. So of course, DGC is HOME to her! Allison has been employed here since 2002- 18 years to be exact! Here, her professional titles include Recreational Program Director (ten years,) and Head Coach of our DGC Storm team (a recreational, competitive team, open to gymnasts who excel in our progressive class program.) Since employed with DGC, she has became a Professional Member of USA Gymnastics (USAG) – Safe Sport Certified. She is CPR and Safety Certified, and USA Gymnastics University, Instructor Certified. She has also received numerous teaching certifications through The (Gymnastics) University including: “Junior Olympic Development Instructor,” “Fundamentals of Gymnastics,” “Sports Science,” “First Aid,” “Gymnastics Fitness,” “Hands on Training (HOT,)” and “Preschool Training Fundamentals.” Furthermore, she has attended National Congress in Indianapolis, Indiana, and also several, regional congresses throughout the years, with the most recent being in our own backyard of Atlanta, Georgia.

Personally – Allison resides in Carrollton, GA with her three kitties, Princess Tiger Lily, Mr. Nubs, and Mr. Tips! And as a random, FUN fact- “way back when,” Allison cheered competitively for Armstrong State University, and also professionally for The Savannah Sharks.

Ivy Lee

Preschool Director // Class Instructor

email- ivy@douglasvillegymnastics.com

Ivy is the current Preschool Director at DGC, serving in her position since 2012, with 38 previous years of experience. Ivy began her gymnastics teaching career in Douglasville, GA in 1982. Soon after, she developed and instructed Douglas County’s first, preschool gymnastics classes at Hunter Park. In 1987- Ivy, along with Paige Etheridge (current DGC owner) merged their two, preschool gymnastics programs to develop/create a preschool/recreational gymnastics program (Douglasville Gymnastics Club- later renamed Douglasville Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club, Inc.) As co-owner, Ivy instructed/coached preschool, recreational, and competitive team programs, helped to develop/build the business, and establish curriculum. In the fall of 1988, the business moved to a rented facility on Highway 5, where Ivy and Paige remained business partners until 1997.

In her years as a gymnastics professional, Ivy has received extensive training and numerous certifications through USA Gymnastics for preschool, recreational, and competitive programs. Additional certifications include CPR, Safety, and Safe Sport. In addition to her professional credentials, Ivy is consistently bringing new excitement, creativity, and innovative concepts/ideas to DGC’S growing, preschool program.

Personally- Ivy still resides in Carroll County with her husband, Rusty Lee. She has two daughters. Her oldest is Abby. Her youngest is, McKenzie, a former DGC athlete and employee… now the proud owner of her own photography company. Ivy loves her family, and her fur-babies too. She takes great pride in breeding and raising Yorkie puppies. Her favorite quote- “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him to find her.”

Kristi Lunsford

Office Manager // Accounts Receivable

email- kristi@douglasvillegymnastics.com

As the sister of the business owner, Kristi started taking gymnastics classes at the age of two. Kristi continued taking classes and learning the ins-and-outs of the sport until she officially became a staff member at age 15. Kristi started at DGC as a class instructor but was promoted to Office Manager in 2005. Known as the smiling face that greets you as you enter the doors, Kristi is a very integral part of everything behind the scenes at DGC! Her current certifications include Kinder Accreditation for Teachers, Safety & Risk Management, Stewards of Children, as well as CPR/First Aid & Concussion. Kristi also attended the USA Gymnastics School of Business and has passed all courses to consider her both a Business Administrator and a Business Manager. Outside of work, Kristi enjoys cooking ,reading, and traveling. Kristi also enjoys spending time with her family! Kristi and her husband, Brandon, have two son's, Grant and Brooks.

Pam Bearden

Recreational Tumbling Director // Competitive Cheer Coach // Class Instructor // Office Staff

As an athlete, Pam cheered competitively for the Douglasville Cheer Stars. And YES! She is STILL here- employed with DGC since the age of 15 (12 years and counting.) Currently, her professional titles include: Head of DGC Graphic Design, Recreational Cheerleading & Tumbling Director, Class Instructor, and Competitive Cheer Coach (proud coach of Starstruck- junior level 2, and Senior Solstice!) Credentialed, and a professional member of the USASF, she has also received certifications through AACCA (an organization specializing in cheerleading safety,) Varsity University, ASEP (Concussion, Cardiac, and Heat,) Safe Sport, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Flip the Switch. Furthermore, she has attended various, regional and national coaching congresses, most recently attending events in both Atlanta and Vegas.

Personally – Shortly after graduating from high school, Pam got married and moved across the world to Sydney, Australia, pursuing an education in music (attending Hillsong International Leadership College.) Once back in the states, she started her own photography business in 2013. She is a Douglasville native, with her main passions in life… to be creative, love people, and show others their worth. She love telling stories, whether it be through a song, camera, social media post, or even chatting over a delicious, cup of coffee. Her most recent story- along with her husband, Micah, they welcomed a baby girl into this world in November of 2017. They are proud parents of Willow Bearden.

Kayla Cato

Competitive Gymnastics Team Manager-Coach


While she started in our recreational classes at DGC in 2000, it took less than one season for Ms. Kayla to be asked to join our competitive gymnastics team, Dream Team. Kayla continued to compete gymnastics all the way through its highest competitive level—level 10. Through her many years as a competitive gymnast, Kayla won several regional, state, and national titles. As a level 8 gymnast, Kayla placed in the top 8 in the State and was invited to a special training camp. Her senior year as a level 10 gymnast, Kayla was both a regional and national qualifier as an all-around gymnast. Her placement that season, as well as the full scope of her career, landed Kayla a full-ride athletic scholarship to the University of Denver. After suffering a bad bicep injury, Kayla hung up her leotard and returned home to Georgia to coach at DGC in 2012. Kayla officially became Dream Team’s Head Coach in 2015 and transitioned to the Program Director in 2019. A professional member of both AAU & USA Gymnastics, she is CPR, Safe Sport, and Safety Certified. She has also attended Regional and National Congress, both hosted by USA Gymnastics. Kayla married her best friend, Lance, in 2016. Together, they have a son named Riggins and daughter Blakely.

Kelsie Graham

All Star Cheer Director // Competitve Cheer Coach // Office Staff


Kelsie was born and raised in Douglasville – a community in which she truly cares about! As an athlete, Kelsie participated in the sports of cheerleading and dance starting at the age of four. Kelsie cheered competitively for eight seasons, four of which were here as a Douglasville Cheer Star! Kelsie started coaching cheerleading, gymnastics and tumbling at age 15, and has been coaching at DGC ever since – 13 years to be exact! After graduating with her bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of West Georgia, Kelsie became the All Star Director of Douglasville Cheer Stars in 2016. Kelsie is extremely passionate about enriching children’s lives through the sport of cheer by focusing on character building, self-confidence, and self-discipline. Kelsie also enjoys training staff to reach their full potential. Professionally, Kelsie is a member of the USASF and certified through level 5. Kelsie is CPR, and Safe Sport certified as well. She has also completed training through ASEP (Concussion, Cardiac, and Heat Wise,) Varsity University, Flip the Switch, and Positive Coaching Alliance. She has also attended various, regional and national coaching congresses, most recently attending events in Atlanta and Vegas. Outside of the gym, Kelsie has her master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Consulting. She currently lives in Atlanta with her cat, Stella.

Sidney Starnes

Office Staff // Competitve Cheer Coach

A former cheerleader herself, Sidney participated and competed in the sport for 14 years, cheering on recreational, school, and all-star teams. Employed with Douglasville Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club since 2015, Sidney enjoys working in DGC’S front office, and coaching both of Cheer Stars’ Level 1 Teams- Lil Dippers & Ultraviolet! Professionally, she is a member of the USASF, credentialed, and further certified through ASEP (Concussion, Cardiac, and Heat Wise,) Varsity University, Flip the Switch, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Safe Sport. She has also attended various, regional and national coaching congresses, most recently attending events in Atlanta and Vegas. Outside of work, she enjoy sports, hanging out with friends, traveling, spoiling her two dogs, and doing anything outside. . Sidney married her best friend, Cody, in 2020 and they have a son, Mayer.

Brittany Johnson

Class Instructor // Competitive Team Coach

As an athlete, Brittany participated in the sports of gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance starting at the age of four, and continued throughout her high school years. While in high school, she also participated in a dual-enrollment program, taking two years of “Early Childhood Education” classes at West Central Technical College. Brittany started coaching gymnastics and tumbling at age 15, and have been coaching ever since – 17 years to be exact! A professional member of both AAU & USA Gymnastics, she is CPR, Safe Sport, and Safety Certified. To increase her professional skill sets, knowledge, and passion for the sport of gymnastics, she recently attended Boot Camp (uneven bars training for levels 3-elite) at Flip Fest in Crossville, TN with Tom Forster (co-ordinator for the US Women’s National Gymnastics Team and founder of Colorado Aerials Gymnastics,) and Neil Resnick (Boise State University Gymnastics Coach.) She has also attended Regional and National Congress, both hosted by USA Gymnastics.

Proudly, this will be her sixth year on staff at DGC! This season, she will spend most of my time coaching our competitive gymnasts- the Douglasville Dream Team (2017 Level 3 State Champions!), along with 8:00 tumbling classes. In addition to “gym life,” where she does spend most of her time, she also enjoys singing, dancing, hiking, and loves traveling!

Brandy Wilbourn

Class Instructor

Professionally- Brandy has been employed with Douglasville Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club Inc. since 1994 (26years!) While on staff, she has attended numerous, regional congresses hosted by USA Gymnastics. She is CPR, Safety and Instructor Certified through USAG, and have completed Kinder Accreditation for gymnastics teachers, and the Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instructional Course.
Personally-  she resides in Douglasville, GA with her husband, Jeff, and two, beautiful daughters, Reagan and Ryan. Her goal is to love EVERY child… your child… as if she were my very own. As a FUN side note, and bringing a whole new meaning to #dgcFAMILY… 

Chris Wilson

Class Instructor // Private Lesson Instructor

A former student at Douglasville Gymnastics, Chris started taking classes at age three. After two years, he took time off to focus more on soccer, but at age seven, he returned to the sport of gymnastics and continued until he was 17. Chris competed USA Gymnastics, levels 4-10. “Rings” were his specialty, competing a college level routine in high school. All in all, he collected over 80 medals throughout his gymnastics career. Professionally – Chris have been employed with DGC since 2009. A member of USA Gymnastics, Safe Sport, Safety and Instructor Certified, he is also certified in Safety, First Aid, and CPR through The American Red Cross. In his years as a coach, he has attended numerous, regional and national congresses, also receiving his National, Coaching Certification (a specialty certification focusing on women’s, artistic gymnastics.) A former Dream Team coach, he currently instructs all DGC boys classes, and coordinates their class curriculum accordingly.
When not at DGC- Chris is a certified, personal trainer through NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine,) and Master Trainer at YouFit (Douglasville location.) Chris is also the Fitness Director at the YouFit Douglasville location.

Stacey Wren

Office Staff // Competitive Cheer Coach // PRIVATE LESSON INSTRUCTOR

Gymnastics and cheering have both played a big part of Stacey’s life. She started gymnastics at the age of 3 and switched to cheerleading when she turned 5 and has been a part of the sport ever since as an athlete and now a coach. She cheered for a total of 18 years including years on the Douglasville Cheer Stars in 2006, competing through the (former) highest USASF level-5, and for 2 years at the collegiate level at Kennesaw State University. Some of her favorite memories throughout her athlete years include winning CHEERSPORT Nationals (3X) and being a part of Kennesaw State’s first ever cheer team for their Football Inaugural year at KSU.

Employed with Douglasville Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club since 2016, Stacey enjoys working in DGC’S front office, and coaching Cheer Stars’ Youth Level 1 Team-Ultraviolet.

Professionally, she is a member of the USASF, credentialed, and further certified through ASEP (Concussion, Cardiac, and Heat Wise,) Varsity University, Flip the Switch, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Safe Sport. She has also attended various, regional and national coaching congresses, most recently attending events in Atlanta and Vegas. Aside from coaching, Stacey is a Speech Language Pathologist at an elementary school in Douglas County.

Jaycie Dunbar

Recreational Cheer Director// Social Media Coordinator// Class Instructor// Office Staff

Jaycie is both proud and excited for her 7th year on DGC’s teaching staff. She is proud to now be the Social Media Coordinator and is the Recreational Cheerleading director for two years. As an athlete- she began taking gymnastics classes at Douglasville Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club, Inc. at age three, and continued for four years, before making the switch to cheerleading. She cheered competitively for nine years, four of those with Douglasville Cheer Stars. Her proudest accomplishment in all-star cheer was competing at The Cheerleading World Championships (@ Disney’s Wide World of Sports,) and placing 5th overall. She then cheered for her high school, South Paulding and was on varsity and competition all four years, and was captain her senior year. Jaycie loves Disney, performing, and theatre, and recently completed an internship at Walt Disney World Resort- part of the Disney College Program. Professionally, she has attended Regional Congress, hosted by USA Gymnastics, and Varsity University, a coaching conference specializing in competitive cheer. Furthermore, she is a professional member of USA Gymnastics, has completed the U100 course, further certified through USASF (United States All Star Federation of Cheer,) safety certified and CPR certified. She is currently in the process of learning American Sign Language as well. Jaycie is a coach for Cheer Stars Novice teams and currently teaches in all areas at the gym. Including recreational gymnastics, training team, recreational cheerleading, tumbling, and pre school. 

Adriana Fricks

CLASS INSTRUCTOR// Competitive Cheer coach

Rose McKnight

Class Instructor

Lacie Moon

Class Instructor// competitive Team Coach

Lacie started her gymnastics career in Ms. Allison’s class as an 8-year-old who already showed outstanding talent and promise. The following season, Lacie was invited to join the competitive gymnastics team, Dream Team. Competing as a gymnast for six-years, Lacie competed through level 8. Lacie has won several events throughout the years. Her last season competing at Regionals, Lacie won 1st on both beam and floor and 5th in all-around as a Level 7. After taking a break from the sport due to COVID-19, Lacie decided to hang up her leotard. She has now joined the DGC and Dream Team staff to help train future competitive gymnasts to love the sport as much as she does. When she’s not at the gym, Lacie is a student at Alexander High School. She enjoys spending time with her dogs, Rambo & Rosie, and watching Netflix. When she grows up, Lacie hopes to become an accountant. Her favorite quote: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Jocelyn "Jo-Jo" Odom

Class Instructor // Competitive Cheer Coach

A current Early Childhood Education major at Clark Atlanta University and former Douglasville Cheer Star (all-star cheerleader) for eight years, this is her 7th year on DGC’S coaching staff. A professional member, and certified through the United States All-Star Federation of Cheerleading (USASF,) she has attended Varsity University, and received multiple coaching certifications through The University, ASAP (Concussion, Cardiac, and Heat Wise,) Flip the Switch, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Safe Sport. Jocelyn is also certified in CPR. This year, she is excited to coach Cheer Stars’ Tiny Level 1 team - Lil Dippers!

Ashley Shaw

Class Instructor

Ashley started taking gymnastics classes at DGC at the age of 3, and continued taking gymnastics and tumbling classes until she joined the Douglasville Cheer Stars. Ashley cheered competitively at DCS for 5 years. The gym became her home away from home, and after having a break of 2 years, she returned to DGC as a staff member. She is excited for her second year on staff alongside her fellow staff sisters and former coaches. Ashley is a high school senior at Landmark Christian School, where she is a member of the varsity cheer team. Outside of work, Ashley is an artist, who loves to make artwork of the horses she rides.

Her favorite quote is “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” -Tim Notke

Savanna Garrison

Class Instructor

A former student at Douglasville Gymnastics, Savanna started taking classes at 18 months. She took gymnastics for many years and then started tumbling when she grew a passion for competitive cheer. She cheered from the first grade through her senior year of high school. Savanna started working at DGC at age 15 and worked until she left for college at The University of North Georgia. After only a one year hiatus, Savanna is now back home working at DGC for her 4th season. Savanna is currently enrolled at Georgia Highlands and is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. During her years of work at DGC, Savanna has completed several extensive training sessions, including but not limited to athlete safety, abuse prevention, and CPR/First Aid.

DeAngela Knight

Class Instructor// Competitive cheer coach

Daja Johnson

Class Instructor// storm coach

Carlie Estes


A former student at Douglasville Gymnastics & Cheerleading Club, Inc., Carlie started taking gymnastics classes at the age of three. Now, a college freshman at the University of West Georgia, she is super excited for her 4th year on DGC’S instructional staff! A professional member of USA Gymnastics, she has attended multiple training sessions, and received additional instructor certifications through USAG- most recently completing the U100 course. She loves kids, and working with kids. She also volunteers in her church nursery, and also serves in their children’s department (ages 6-12.) Combining both of her passions, gymnastics and children, this is her dream job!

My Favorite Quote: Your now is not your forever!


Monday10:00AM - 8:00PM
Tuesday10:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday10:00AM - 8:00PM
Thursday10:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday10:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday9:00AM - 12:00PM


/ keep in touch

Douglasville Gymnastics

8877 Bright Star Rd,

Douglasville, GA 30134

Phone. 770-489-2582

Email. douglasvillegymnastics@gmail.com