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2013-2014 AZ Thunder Elite All-Stars
Our facility is one of the largest in Arizona with over 11,000 square feet. It is considered one of the best available in Arizona with air conditioning, heat, wall to wall mirrors and three complete cheer floors. It is equipped with the latest equipment for optimal training and safety.

We strive to see that every athlete feels safe and happy in our gym. At AZ Thunder Elite you won’t feel like a number, but a member of one of the largest and most successful cheer families in Arizona!
We believe there is more to developing athletes than teaching technique. By instilling the values of responsibility and commitment, hard work and integrity, we see our students become strong, confident leaders on and off the competition floor.

Home to beginners and veterans alike, everyone has a place at AZ Thunder Elite All-Stars! Unlike any other, our highly competitive All-Star program encourages athletes of all abilities to reach their individual and team goals. This philosophy has resulted in National Championships earned at every age and skill level.

AZ Thunder Elite All-Stars takes great pride in seeing that all students receive top-notch instruction. Our classes are specially designed with age and ability level in mind. Through our experienced and positive coaching techniques your child will gain self esteem along with a structured progression of their skills. A proud member of the USASF, we are committed to being a leader in the cheer industry.
Whether you’re interested in class instruction or becoming part of an All-Star team, we hope you’ll stop by for a “One of a Kind” cheerleading experience!

In addition, recreational classes are offered as well as stunt, cheer and tumbling clinics for our Arizona High Schools, Middle Schools and Colleges.

Our Team:

Deborah Leyva Gym Owner/Head Coach/Director

Titles: Gym Owner
Gym Director
Head Coach

Years Coaching Gymnastics/Cheer: 30+
Gym Owner: 16 Years

All Star Gym Owner: 16 years

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 30 + Years Gymnastics/Tumbling/Cheer Experience
• 6 Years of Competitive Gymnastics/All Around Regional and State Titles
• 6 Years of Formal Dance Training (Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz)
• Varsity Cheerleader
• NAU Pom Line
• 2 Years High School Varsity Head Coach
• Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• US Finals Overall Grand Champion, US Finals West Champions
• Cheerleading Worlds Team
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• Judges Certified
• CPR/First Aid Certified
• 16 Years of Choreography
Education:
• Lamson Junior College/Associates of Science - Legal Assistant
• University of Phoenix/Bachelors of Arts - Business Management
Birthday: June 25

Favorite Quote: “Most people NEVER see the hard work and effort you have put in all they see is the END RESULT and think it’s EASY.

Mak Holley

Mak Holley Gym Owner/Office Manager/ Bookkeeper

Titles: Gym Owner
Office Manager

Gym Owner: 25 Years

  • Gymnastics/Cheer/Experience:
    • 25+ Years Gymnastics/Tumbling/Cheer Experience
    • Previous President AZ State Women's Gymnastics Association
    • Former Owner of Arizona Flames Gymnastics
    • Certified USA Gymnastics Meet Director
    • USASF Gym Member
    • USASF Member
    • CPR/First Aid Certified
    • Education:
    • The Katherine Gibbs School in Mont Clair, NJ
    Birthday: May 30
  • Favorite Quote: “If you don’t challenge yourself you will never realize what you can become.”

Rick Holley Gym Owner and Tumbling Coach

Titles: Gym Owner
Tumbling Coach

Years Coaching Gymnastics/Cheer: 25+
Gym Owner: 25 Years

  • Gymnastic/Cheer Experience:
    • 25+ Years Gymnastics/Tumbling/Cheer Experience
    • Former Owner of Arizona Flames Gymnastics
    • Owned 3 Gymnastic Gyms plus Phoenix Fitness
    • 8 Years Tumbling Coach – Deer Valley High School
    • USASF Gym Member
    • USASF Member
    • CPR/First Aid Certified
    • Retired US Navy – 4 years on the Aircraft Carrier Independence
    Birthday: October 26
  • Favorite Quote: “Don’t think too much you’ll create a problem that wasn’t there in the first place.”
Victoria Cordova

Victoria Cordova All Star Coach


Titles: Lead Coach
Choreographer
Cheerleader
Dancer

  • Years Coaching Cheer: 10 Years
  • Cheer/Dance Experience:
    • 20 + Years Gymnastics/Tumbling/Cheer Experience
    • 6 Years as Competitive All Star Cheerleading
    • 4 Years as Competitive Dancer
    • Varsity Cheerleader – All American Honors
    • Performance High School Dancer
    • Hip Hop Dancer
    • All-Star Dancer – Best Solo and Best Dance - UCA
    • Coached the US Finals Overall Grand Champions - 2011
    • Coached the US Finals West Champions 2010 and 2011
    • Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
    • Cheerleading Worlds Team
    • USASF Gym Member
    • USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
    • AACCA Member/Certified
    • CPR/First Aid Certified
    • 13 years of Choreography
    Education:
    • Glendale Community College
    • Makeup Artistry – Maxima Makeup
    Birthday: March 8
  • Favorite Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal it is the courage to continue that counts” - Winston Churchill
Rachel Warner

Rachel Warner All Star Coach

Titles: Lead Coach
Choreographer
Cheerleader
Years Coaching Cheer: 8 Years

  • Cheer/Dance Experience:
    • 10 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
    • 10 Years as All Star Cheerleader
    • 8 Years Coaching
    • All Star World's Qualifier 2 Years, Bronze Medal Winner 2008
    • Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
    • Cheerleading Worlds Team
    • USASF Gym Member
    • USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
    • AACCA Member/Certified
    • CPR/First Aid Certified
    • 8 Years of Choreography
    Education:
    Glendale Community College
    • Birthday: June 3
    Favorite Quote: “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” - Michael Jordan
Preston Hittle

Christine Reyes All Star Coach

  • 6 years as All Star cheerleader
  • Varsity Cheerleader
  • All Star World's qualifier 2 years, Bronze Medal Winner 2008
  • Multiple National, State and Regional Championships
  • 6 years coaching
  • USASF Credentialed
  • 3 years of Choreography
  • Birthdate: May 19th
  • Hobbies:
  • Favorite Quote:

 

Jeffry Perez All Star Coach:


Titles: All-Star Team Coach
Choreographer
Cheerleader
Dancer
Years Coaching Cheer: 4 Years

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 10 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• 10 Years as All Star Cheerleader
• 4 Years Coaching
• Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• Cheerleading Worlds Team
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• 4 Years of Choreography
• Professional Michael Jackson Impersonator
Education:
Glendale Community College
• Birthday: June 21
Favorite Quote:

Coach Pauline Fox

Paulina Fox All Star Coach: (Bio Coming Soon)

Titles: All-Star Team Coach
Cheerleader
Years Coaching Cheer: 3 Years

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 6 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• 6 Years as All Star Cheerleader
• 3 Years Coaching
• Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• CPR/First Aid Certified
Education:
Paradise Valley Community College
• Birthday: February 8
Favorite Quote: “

 

Jana Bonner

Jana Bonner Coach:

Titles: All Star Team Coach
Gymnast
Cheerleader
Power Tumbling Judge
Years Coaching Gymnastics/Cheer: 14 Years

Gymnastics/Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 25 Years Gymnastics and Tumbling Experience
• 4 Years as Cheerleader
• 14 Years Coaching
• Received Numerous Power Tumbling Awards - National, Regional and State Titles
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• CPR/First Aid Certified
• Registered Nurse
• Mother of 2
Education:
Associates of Applied Science – Maricopa Community College
• Birthday: December 12
Favorite Quote: “Suck it up”

 

Coach Joe

Joe Raschillo Tumbling Coach:

Joe Raschillo
Titles: Tumbling Coach
Gymnast
Years Coaching Cheer/Gymnastics: 22 Years

Tumbling/Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 15 Years Gymnastics and Tumbling Experience
• 22 Years Coaching Gymnasts and Cheerleaders
• College and High School Competitive Gymnast
• Received Numerous Gymnastics National, Regional and State Titles
• USASF Gym Member
• CPR/First Aid Certified
Education:
Eastern Illinois University
• Birthday: July 13
Favorite Quote:


 

Manny Iribi

Titles: Tumbling Coach
Cheerleader
Dancer
Years Coaching Cheer: 3 Year

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 5 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• 1 Year as All Star Cheerleader
• 3 Year Coaching
• 4 Years Hip Hop Dancer
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• Current Member of the AZ Thunder IOC5 All Stars
Education:
NAU
• Birthday: January 12
Favorite Quote: “Losers make excuses, winners find a way”

 

David Torres

Titles: Tumbling Coach
Cheerleader
Years Coaching Cheer: 1 Year

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 2 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• 1 Year as All Star Cheerleader
• 1 Year Coaching
• Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• Cheerleading Worlds 2014
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• Current Member of the AZ Thunder IOC5 All Stars
• Birthday: September 8
Favorite Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

 

Danielle Darnell

Titles: All-Star Team Coach
Cheerleader
Years Coaching Cheer: 1 Year

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 9 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• 9 Years as All Star Cheerleader
• 1 Year Coaching
• 2 Years High School AIA Division II Spiritline State Champion for 2013/2014.
• Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• US Finals Overall Grand Champion
• US Finals West Coast Champion
• Cheerleading Worlds 2014
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
Education:
Glendale Community College
• Birthday: December 21
Favorite Quote: Strength an honour are her clothing and she shall rejoice in times to come." Proverbs 31:25

Karrie Tolbert


Titles: All Star Team Coach
Cheerleader
Years Coaching Cheer: 2 Years

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 7 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• 3 Years as All Star Cheerleader
• 2 Years Coaching
• All Star World's Qualifier 2 Years, Bronze Medal Winner 2008
• Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• Cheerleading Worlds Team
• USPA Power Lifter 2014 Deadlift Champion
• 3 Years NPC Bikini Competitor
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
Education:
Glendale Community College
Phoenix Community College
Pharmacy Technician
Earl’s Beauty College
• Birthday: December 27
Favorite Quote: “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” - John D Rockefeller

 

Alex Myer

Titles: Tumbling Coach
Cheerleader
Years Coaching Cheer: 1 Year

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 6 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• 6 Years as All Star Cheerleader
• 1 Year Coaching
• Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• Current Member of the AZ Thunder IOC5 All Stars
• Birthday: May 30
Favorite Quote: “The only person holding you back is yourself”

Chris Maxey

Titles: All-Star Team Coach
Choreographer
Cheerleader
Dancer
Years Coaching Cheer: 17 Years

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 25 Years Cheer and Tumbling Experience
• 19 Years as All Star Cheerleader
• 25 Years Coaching
• 28 Years as a Dancer
• Received Numerous Solo and team National, Regional and State Titles is Dance
• Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• Power Tumbler 2 Time State Champion
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• 17 Years of Choreography
Education:
ASU
• Birthday: March 12
Favorite Quote: “Don’t be a blunder be a wonder”

Krystal Mitchell

Titles: All Star Team Coach
Choreographer
Cheerleader
Dancer
Cheer/Dance Judge

Years Coaching Cheer: 18 Years

Cheer/Dance Experience:
• 18 Years Cheer/Dance Experience
• 15 Years Competitive Gym Owner
• Received Numerous All Star Cheer National, Regional and State Titles
• Cheerleading Worlds Teams
• USASF Gym Member
• USASF Credentialed Levels 1-5
• AACCA Member/Certified
• 19 Years of Choreography
• 19 Years National Judge Cheer/Dance
Birthday: January 13

Favorite Quote: “The only thing that stands between you and what you want in life, is the will to try and the faith to believe it is possible.”


   


 

 

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