Pinnacle  - Evergreen's Elite Gymnastics Center

Tabor Cowden, Owner, Boys Team Head Coach, Girls Team Coach

Tabor's extensive background in gymnastics expands numerous decades. He is an elite level gymnast with many numerous state and national titles. His collegiate experience, which includes NCAA team championship finals at both Penn State University and UC Berekely is very extensive. 
Tabor also served as the assistant stunt co-ordinator (and on screen assistant coach) in 2006 big screen movie, The Peaceful Warrior, starring Nick Nolte.  
His love for gymnastics comes from a deep family history with both his father Bill Cowden (NY State gymnastics Hall of Fame), and brothers Andrew and Wayne Cowden (NCAA still ring Champion) growing up surrounded by the sport.  
Tabor's family includes his wife Laura and his two children; Treyce and Taya Cowden. He has a legal studies degree from UC Berkeley and is the owner of The Woodcellar Bar & Grill, located here in Evergreen, Colorado!

Laura Grissom, Owner, Dance Instructor, All Star Poms Head Coach, Conditioning Coach

Laura is an NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer and has both a BA in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and an MS in biology from the University of Colorado.
Laura has been a successful group fitness instructor for over 10 years and is trained and certified in many group exercise formats including Aqua, Mat Pilates and various step, strength and cardio formats. As an avid follower of fitness trends, Laura is also certified in and offers the industry’s most current cutting edge classes including Insanity, P90X, HighX, Knockout and KettleWorX. Laura also has the distinct honor of working as a Master Trainer and Presenter for KettleWorX, one of the fitness industry's newest and most exciting formats!
Laura is the Head Coach of the STATE CHAMPION Evergreen High School Poms Team.
Laura began dancing at the age of two and was classically trained in the Cecchetti ballet method as well as tap, hip hop, lyrical and jazz. She was graded and passed through Grade V by the Cecchetti Council of America. Laura was a member of the dance company at a large studio just outside Washington D.C. where she participated in countless dance competitions in group, duet and solo categories. . She was a member of her high school’s varsity dance team and continued to take dance classes in college. She currently teaches dance at Kinetic Arts Dance Studio in Evergreen, CO.

Chase Penny, Owner, Parkour Head Coach, Boys & Girls Team Coach
Chase Penny has been involved with the sport of gymnastics for over three decades. As a competitive gymnast, he won several state and regional championships, received a full-ride scholarship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and in 1996, was nominated for the Nissen Emery Award (the highest award given to a collegiate senior gymnast who have established an outstanding record of achievement during their collage career.)
Once graduated from college, he continued to coach his collegiate team until presented with the opportunity to coach '96 Olympian, Kip Simons, in preparation for the Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1997, he made the move to Los Angeles where he used his gymnastics background to begin working in the entertainment business as a professional stuntman.  For the last sixteen years, he has worked in numerous movies, television shows, and commercials. He is currently a stunt double on the show Teen Wolf and can be seen on Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.
Chase and his family are looking forward to making the transition to Evergreen where he can use his gymnastics knowledge to coach, help influence, and bring an exciting perspective to athletes who love the sport of gymnastics as much as he does.

Barb Gilleland, Girls Team Head Coach, Preschool Coach
*Bio coming soon!

Leila Shamas, Girls Team Coach
*Bio coming soon!

Melissa Trader, Girls Team Coach

Melissa has been practicing gymnastics since the young age of five. Melissa's mother found her, after a brief moment of panic, high in a tree at the Zoo, and so she decided to enroll her in a gymnastics class. She competed all the way up through Level 10, and then concentrated on dance and performing arts in her college years.  A post-graduate from Colorado State University, Melissa danced with a modern dance company and then went on as a stunt performer for Six Flags Elitch Gardens. Looking for a full time position, she landed at a local ballroom dance studio and has been teaching ever since. Melissa has choreographed, taught, and performed for Red Rocks Community College, The Evergreen Chorale, Essies Dance Studio and Connect 4 Events, to name a few. Melissa is so excited to be back in the gym!  "There is nothing more rewarding than feeling strong, coordinated, flexible, and confident. Gymnastics is the perfect sport to enhance development in all of these areas, no matter what age or walk of life." Thanks Pinnacle for having me on the team!

Allie O'Connor, Girls Team and Girls Recreational Gymnastics Coach
*Bio coming soon!

Rachel Richardson, Gym Manager
Rachel has been the gym manager since Pinnacle Gymnastics opened its doors in 2013.  She trained and became a certified USAG  gymnastics instructor that same year.   Rachel has experience instructing boys and girls aged three and up.  Rachel shares her sense of fun with all her students and utilizes positive motivation with all her students.   Have a question?  Ask Rachel!

Jennifer Decker, Girls Pre-Team Coach

Jennifer has been a certified USAG instructor at Pinnacle Gymnastics for the past year.  She coaches pre-school through advanced girls gymnasts and currently heads our Girls Pre-Team program.  Jennifer competed as a high school gymnast and has advanced her own gymnastics skills as an adult gymnastics student on and off over the last few years.  Jennifer's love of the sport is evident in her expert instruction and positive interactions with her students. 

Emma Fletcher, Girls Recreational Gymnastics Coach
*Bio coming soon!

Sydnie Fearrin, Pre-School Gymnastics Coach
*Bio coming soon!

Callie Cohen, Pre-School and Girls Recreational Coach
*Bio coming soon!

Morgan Collins, Recreational Poms and Girls Tumbling Coach 

Megan Stark, Recreational Gymnastics Coach, Recreational Poms Coach

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