where are THEY NOW?
Sarah (Alexander) Sageman – Sarah and her husband Jane (McIntosh) Dawson – Competing for MSU from 1999-
Charlie, a former MSU wrestler, have one son, CJ, who 02, Jane now lives in Jackson, Mich. with her husband
was born in Feb. 2008. A team member from 2002-06, TOSH Adam and their one-year-old daughter, Grace. Jane is a
Sarah is currently a stay-at-home mom and lives with jane MCIN sales representative for Forest Pharmaceuticals.
her family in St. Johns, Mich.
Michelle (Dubois) Rhinehart – A team member from
Carole (McMenamy) Amber – Carole competed for MSU 1977-78, Michelle graduated from the MSU College of
from 1992-96. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio Business in 1982. Shortly after graduation, Michelle had
with her husband Troy, and their 10-month-old son, TJ. a brief career with Merrill Lynch before changing careers
and becoming a full-time mom and homemaker. She
Colleen (Toohey) Barnett – A team member from 1991- and her husband Keith live in Louisville, Ky. and enjoy
94, Colleen now lives in Sparks, Md. with her husband golﬁng, skiing, road biking and keeping up with Spartan
Keith and their two sons, three-year-old Jack and two- athletics. They have three children; 22-year-old Erin,
year-old Luke. Colleen is a stay at home mom. 20-year-old Phillip and 18-year-old Monica.
Toni (Duce) Bennett – Toni and her husband, Jesse Becky (Hoppe) Durbin – Becky was a team member from
Bennett were married in March 2006 and have a 1995-97. She now lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. with her
one-year-old daughter, Risa. Toni is currently a full- husband Bill, nine-month-old daughter Cailyn – who
time mom and a part-time architect for VergesRome jennifer YARBROUGH is already an aspiring gymnast – and their golden
Architects in New Orleans, La. After her gymnastics doodles, Brinkley and Maxwell. Becky works as a
career at MSU from 1998-01, she went on to the kindergarten teacher in the Shaler Area School District.
University of Florida to pursue her master’s degree in
architecture. The Bennetts currently live in Tallahassee, Polly (Kiker) Gilligan – A team member from 1996-00,
Fla. but will be moving to The Netherlands for the ﬁrst Polly and her husband Spencer live in Houston, Texas
half of 2009 and then onto Spokane, Wash. with their bullmastiﬀ, Churchill. They run their own law
ﬁrm and both work as attorneys practicing mainly in
Jennifer (Yarbrough) Burrill – A team member from 2002- criminal defense.
05, Jennifer now lives in Santa Clarita, Calif. with her
husband Brady. She is in her ﬁrst year as a high school Melissa Green - Melissa was a member of the gymnastics
math teacher and is still a devoted MSU football fan; team from 1997-01. Currently, Melissa resides in
she and Brady faithfully purchase season tickets to Cincinnati, Ohio where she works as counsel for
cheer on the Spartans! the GE-Aviation business unit of the General Electric
Company. Continuing her involvement in gymnastics,
Rhiannon Banda-Scott – A team member from 2005-08, she also volunteer coaches the optional team members
Rhiannon graduated from MSU in December 2008. She at Gym Nation Gymnastics & Cheerleading. In July
currently writes for a health magazine and is looking 2009, Melissa will attend the national judging course
forward to pursuing her career in journalism and in Indianapolis and hopefully pass the test to become
planning her wedding to ﬁancée Andrew Bosse. a National rated judge. Her parents still reside in East
Kristen Coleman – A team member from 2003-07,
Kristin now lives in Fredericksburg, Va. where she is an Carolyn Hecht – From 1995-99, Carolyn competed as a
elementary physical education teacher at Grace Miller gymnast for Michigan State. She now lives in Portland,
Elementary. Ore. with her ﬁancé John, and their two dogs and cat.
Carolyn works as a Guide Dog mobility instructor with
Diane (Lovato) Culbertson – Diane currently lives in Frisco, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. and absolutely loves her
Texas with her husband Ken. They have two children: job. She and John will be getting married in August
20-year-old Brittany, a sophomore at the University of 2009.
Texas at Arlington on a track scholarship, and Kenny,
who is 16, and plays football and wrestles. While michelle DU Briony (Lecky) Hill - A team member from 1994-98.
maintaining her position as a Regional Vice President
BOIS Briony currently lives in Seattle with her husband Will,
with Arbonne International, Diane still works out ﬁve a former MSU wrestler. They have two kids; four-year-
days a week and enjoys reading and traveling. Diane old Dorian and two-year-old Tristan. She works in the
was a team member from 1976-80. US store services department for Starbucks Coﬀee
Pam (Harris) Davis – Pam competed for MSU from 1976-
toni DUC Company, testing and rolling out new beverages. Her
and Will have been married for six years and moved to
78. During both her years as a Spartan, the team won Seattle from Indianapolis two years ago.
Big Ten Championshps and qualiﬁed for Nationals. She
currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Alan, Chayla Hill – Chayla was a team member from 2003-07.
a former MSU football player. They have ﬁve children, She currently lives in Washington, D.C. where she works
all actively involved in hockey and lacrosse. Pam works as a sales coordinator at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria.
as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Case Western
Reserve School of Medicine and is a dermatologist at
MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
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Angela Howard – A team member from 1991-95, Angela Jodi (Blotcher) Krause – Jodi was a former team victoria IAKOUNINA
continued her journey as a Spartan when she pursued member from 1992-96. As a freshman she won the
her professional career at MSU. She is the Director George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year Award. She
of Student-Athlete Development in Student-Athlete currently lives in Littleton, Colo. with her husband,
Support Services and plays an important role in helping Chris, and their three-year-daughter Jayden and 16-
athletes prepare for their future while also coordinating month-old son, Brandon.
all community outreach.
Jennifer (Teft) Kubacki – A team member from 1991-92,
Jennifer Jallo – After serving as the MSU gymnastics Jennifer currently lives in Canton, Mich. where she is
trainer from 1998-99, Jennifer worked at Lehigh a senior buyer with Creative Technology Services. She
University from 1999-00, then Oklahoma State from and her husband Dan have two children: seven-year-old
2000-02. She now lives in Fayetteville, Ark. as the Zachary and ﬁve-year-old Lauren. Her sister, Katie Teft,
Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Arkansas. is the current assistant gymnastics coach.
In addition to working with Arkansas gymnastics
since 2002, she is also on the medical staﬀ for USA Dana (Herr) LaMacchia – Dana and her husband John were
Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee. married on Aug. 9, 2008 and currently live in Lansing,
Mich. A team member from 2001-04, Dana is back in
Peggy (McMaster) James – Peggy was a team member school as a nursing student at Lansing Community
from 1985-89. She now lives in Hinsdale, Ill. with College working toward her RN. After her Dec. 2009
her husband, Chris and their four children: Ryan, 6, graduation, she hopes to work at Sparrow Hospital.
Brandon, 5, Connor, 2 and one-year-old Nicole. After 20
years of working, Peggy took time oﬀ last year from Christy Linder – Christy was a Spartan gymnast from E
her position as project manager at TransUnion to stay 1999-03. She currently lives in Redford, Mich. and lori RUAN
home and raise her kids. works as a marketing manager at Quicken Loans,
specializing in e-mail marketing. In her spare time, diane LOVA
Nicole (Anderson) June – Nicole and her husband Adam Christy enjoys working out, snowboarding, camping and TO
have been married for almost ﬁve years. They have two doing Yoga.
boys, two-year-old Landon and four-month-old Owen. jennifer JALL
They currently live in Kenosha, Wis. where Nicole is Bethany Little – A former team member from 2004-08,
back in school for nursing. She was a team member Bethany now lives in Portland, Ore. where she works
from 2001-05. as a Child and Adolescent Treatment Specialist with
Trillium Family Services. She also coaches the level 5
Julianna Karall – Julianna currently lives in Chicago, gymnastics team at Top Flyte Gymnastics.
Ill. where she works as a senior account executive
at careerbuilder.com. She also just passed the exam Victoria (Iakounina) Lossen – Victoria and her husband
required to become a judge for gymnastics. Julianna Max, a former MSU wrestler, were married on July
was a team member from 2002-05. 19, 2008 in Winona, Minn. They are currently living
in Norfolk, Va. where Victoria is in her second year at
Michael Kasavana – Michael was the head coach for Eastern Virginia Medical School. Victoria was a Michigan
the women’s gymnastics team from 1978-88. Michael State gymnast from 2004-07.
continued on campus as both a professor in the School
of Hospitality Business in the Eli Broad College of Laura “Mak” Makowski – Laura competed for MSU from
Business and the MSU Faculty Athletic Representative 1988-92. She currently lives in Los Angeles, Calif.
to the Big Ten, CCHA, and NCAA, He and his wife Holly and just opened “Bela Vida,” a high end Brazilian-
reside in East Lansing. themed ﬁtness wear and swimsuit boutique located in
Manhattan Beach. Laura has had 16 years of personal
Heather (Cooper) Kim – As a sales manager for the training experience, is published in numerous Fitness
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, Heather Magazines, and is a top ranked IFBB Fitness Pro in the tiffany
and her husband Walt live in Grand Ledge, Mich. They world. Check out her personally designed ﬁtness wear STEN
have been married for nine years and have two children, website at MakAttackFitness.com. NETT
ﬁve-year old-Karly and two-year-old Cooper. Both of
her children take gymnastics at Twistars Gymnastics; Vicki (Spencer) Manderino – A team member from
Karly may just follow in her mother’s footsteps one day. 1973-74, Vicki is now a physical education teacher at E
Heather competed for MSU from 1991-95. three elementary schools in the Newport Mesa school nicole JUN
district, where she has been working for the past 14
Nicole (Kranz) Lycos – Nicole was a member of the years. She teaches at one of the only two schools in
gymnastics team from 1991-93. She currently lives in the nation that is on the beach. She and her husband
Williamston, Mich. with her husband, Travis, and their Paul live in Newport Beach, Calif., and have ﬁve children:
three children: 11-year-old Jessica, nine-year-old Elana, Chris, a Cal graduate who played in the NFL for two
and ﬁve-year-old Tristen. Nicole works as a promotions years, and four daughters between the ages of 17-27,
marketing assistant manager for General Motors. who are either former or current water polo players.
Vicki also has two grandsons.
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Dr. Barbara McKenzie – Barbara was the head coach of Carla (Rhodes) Oeder – A team member from 1992-95,
the women’s gymnastics team from 1973-77, and at Carla and her husband Heath, live in Canton, Ohio. They
the time, was just the third female coach in the history have two daughters, ﬁve-year-old Amanda and three-
of MSU women coaches. She currently lives in Carrollton, year-old Eileen who’s nicknamed “Leen.” Carla currently
Ga. with her husband of 12 years, Dr. Tom Davidson. works as a controller with Pride Capital Partners.
This past summer, Barbara retired from her position as
a Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Jamie (Elwell) Osterhart – Jamie was a Michigan State
Media and Instructional Technology at the University of gymnast from 1996-99. She now lives in Norton
West Georgia, but she plans to continue her excellence Shores, Mich. with her husband Kevin and their two-
in teaching online for business and industry in the year-old son Conner. They are expecting another baby in
future. April. Jamie works as a graphic designer for a magazine
tracey TATE Keiko (Timmermann) McNitt – A team member from
BE 1985-88, Keiko currently lives in St. Joseph, Mich. with Kristina Petersen – Kristina was a Spartan gymnast
her husband Kevin and their daughters, 15-year-old from 1999-03. Since her graduation from MSU she has
Megan and 13-year-old Breanne. Keiko works as both a worked as a care provider for an autistic child, received
substitute teacher and a gymnastics judge. her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, lived in Lusaka,
Zambia where she helped a friend open a PT clinic, and
Kristin Merritt – Kristin currently lives in Lansing, Mich. this past June she ran her ﬁrst marathon, the San
where she works as the Developmental Director at Diego Marathon for Team in Training to raise money for
Twistars Gymnastics USA. She was a member of MSU’s the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Kristina currently
gymnastics team from 2001-05. lives in Livonia, Mich. and works as a physical therapist
at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Jamie Miles – A team member from 2002-05, Jamie is
currently in CMU’s physician assistant program and is Gina (Pongetti) Angeletti – Gina was the assistant
completing her clinical rotations in Flint, Mich. She will coach of the team in 2000 and 2001. She and her
graduate with her master’s in July of 2009. husband Brad were married in Jan. 2008 and are the
new parents of a baby girl, Mia Francesca. Aside from
Ruth (Aguayo) Miller – Continuing her love for the enjoying life as a new mom, Gina manages her own
sport of gymnastics, Ruth is the owner of Oakland business, a performing arts medicine website and
Gymnastics Training Center in Walled Lake, Mich. where has been published in multiple international research
she is also the head coach of the girls competitive journals. She is also on the USA Gymnastics National
julie DEVATY program. She and her husband Chris were both MSU
gymnasts from 1989-93, and have four children:
Health Care Network. In 2006, Gina completed the
Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
14-year-old Dakota and 13-year-old Connor, and two
ETEKOS daughters who are both gymnasts at Oakland: 10-year- Elisabeth (Forshier) Putnam – A gymnast at MSU from
susie KR old Mackenzie and ﬁve-year old-Savannah. The Millers
currently live in Waterford, Mich.
1998-01, Elisabeth now works as a facility coordinator
and event manager at Oakland University. Her husband
Dylan is a former Michigan State baseball player.
Julie (Devaty) Mitchell – After competing for MSU from
1999-03, Julie now works as a K-5 physical education Kim (Hartwick) Reinsch – Before she became a small
teacher. She and her husband Chris live in Cary, N.C. business owner, volunteer and homemaker, Kim was
with their cat Rocky. a gymnast at MSU from 1985-89. She, her husband
Doug, and their two children – eight-year-old Grace and
Kristin (Peugeot) Myers – Kristin was an MSU gymnast ﬁve-year-old Caleb – currently live in Byron Center, Mich.
from 1996-99. She currently lives in Bloomﬁeld Hills, In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading, running, traveling
Mich. with her husband of eight years, Craig – a former and spending time with family and friends.
Spartan soccer player. They have three children, their
six-year-old son Gabriel and twin daughters, four-year Lori Ruane – a team member from 1998-2001, Lori now
old-Sydney and Taylor. Kristin is a full-time stay at home lives in Indianapolis, Ind. and is the Assistant Director
mom. of Brand Strategies and Events Current Residency at
the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Mary (Miller) Nichols – Mary and her husband Chuck just
celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. They have Gayle (Quashnie) Sauchak – A team member in 1987
two children, 10-year-old Mitchell and six-year-old Sage, and 1988, Gayle currently lives in Okemos, Mich. She
who are both actively involved in gymnastics. Mitchell and her husband John, have two children, 18-year-old
has even decided he is going to one day attend MSU. Brooke and 15-year-old Brad. Keeping Spartan athletics
kristin PEUGEOT The Nichols family lives in Troy, Mich. where Mary is in the family, Brooke is a freshman on the MSU diving
a vice president and wealth client advisor at Citizens team this season. Gayle enjoys being a stay at home
Bank. She was an MSU gymnast from 1985-88. mom, volunteering in her school district, working out
and attending MSU sporting events.
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Becky (Robinson) Schaller – Becky was a part of the MSU Amy Thompson – Amy was a gymnast at MSU from Lindsey Voth – A gymnast at MSU from 2000-04.
gymnastics team from 1995-99. She currently lives 1976-80. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Md. and Lindsey now lives in the Philadelphia area with her
in Forest Hill, Md. with her husband, Chris – a former works as an Internet-related computer programmer ﬁancé Jeremy Rolinski, and their sheltie dog, Toby.
MSU lacrosse player – and their two boys, ﬁve-year-old and website developer for a small company located Lindsey is currently working as a physical and
Will and two-year old-Elliot. Becky is the optional head just outside of Washington, D.C. Amy is an avid traveler occupational therapist in an outpatient orthopedic
coach at Harford Gymnastics Club. – she’s been everywhere from Europe to the Middle based setting and loves her job.
East – and loves spending time with her nieces and
Chuck Shiebler and Jackie Goodway-Shiebler – Chuck nephews. Chrissy Weathersby – A team member from 1996-99,
was the women’s gymnastics assistant coach from Chrissy currently lives in Pasadena, Calif. where she
1988-94. He met his wife Jackie at MSU while she was Lindsay Trainham – A team member from 1999-02, works as a stuntwoman. Her work includes being on
a graduate teaching associate teaching gymnastics in Lindsay currently lives in Briarcliﬀ Manor, N.Y. She works television shows and feature ﬁlms. Chrissy is happily
Jenison. Jackie also went on to be a volunteer coach as a Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery in dating her boyfriend Eddie Ball.
under head coach Kathie Klages. Chuck, Jackie and Bronx, N.Y.
their seven-year-old daughter Blaize, currently live in Linda (Guhl) Wolski – Linda was a gymnast at Michigan
Hilliard, Ohio. They both work at Ohio State University Barb (Zakowski) Trevor – Barb and her husband Bruce State from 1980-84. She currently lives in Williams Bay,
where Jackie is a faculty member with special research were both gymnasts at Michigan State from 1980-84. Wis. with her husband Jeﬀ and their three sons: 15-
interest in Motor Development and Chuck is a Program They have four children: Alex, 21, Ben, 20, and Sarah, year-old Rick, 12-year-old Brian and 10-year-old Steven.
Manager overseeing the Sport, Fitness and Health 18 - are students at the University of Illinois. Their Linda works as a speech-language pathologist and is
Program. 17-year-old son Danny is a high school junior. Barb and also a WIAA gymnastics judge.
her family currently live in Algonquin, Ill. where she is
Lauren Simpson – A team member from 2002-05, Lauren the school nurse at Jacobs High School.
will be graduating from MSU’s College of Veterinary
Medicine in May of 2009 as a small animal veterinarian. Diana (Crea) Vogel – Diana was a team member from
She just accepted a job in Plymouth, Mich. at the 1999-03. She now lives in St. Johns, Mich. where
Veterinary Emergency Service. She and her ﬁancée Sean she works as an occupational therapist. She and her
Newsom will be getting married on Sept. 6, 2009, and husband Benjamin are expecting their ﬁrst child, a girl,
plan to move to Ann Arbor. in March of 2009.
Susie (Kretekos) Skidmore – A team member from
1988-92, Susie and her husband, Chris, know a thing
or two about varsity gymnastics; they were both NCAA
gymnasts at Michigan State. They currently live in
Palatine, Ill. with their two sons, two-year-old John and
six-month-old Nicholas. Susie works as a middle school
teacher in Park Ridge.
Tiﬀany Stennett-Brantley – From 1990-94, Tiﬀany was
part of Kathie Klages’ ﬁrst team at MSU. She currently
lives in Hamtramck, Mich. with her eight-year-old son
Jamieson. After serving as the Director of My Gym heather COOPE
Children’s Fitness Center, Tiﬀany is now the onsite R
manager for the ﬁtness division of Healthways at GM
Pamela (Swing) Baller – Pamela was a gymnast at
Michigan State during the 1980 and 1981 seasons. She
currently lives in South Florida with her husband of 24 chrissy
years, Scott. They have two daughters; Katlyn, a junior WEATHERSBY
at the University of Florida and Sarah, a freshman
at Florida State University. A landscape architecture
major, Pamela has had success with managing her
own business in the construction ﬁeld for the past 12
Tracey (Tatebe) Miller – A team member from 1989-93,
Tracey now lives in Reno, Nev. with her husband of
nine years, Mark. They have two daughters, six-year-
old Kiarra and three-year old-Hana. Tracey has been
teaching elementary students for the past 15 years
and currently teaches the second grade.
kim HARTWICK pamela SWING
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