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Nicole Podraza

Owner, Cheerleading Director, Hip Hop Dancer, Gymnastics Team Coach

Nicole Podraza, an individual who believes in leadership, mentorship and guidance, owns Thunder Elite.  This role model to children and young adults has been coaching in the Bryan/College Station area since 1999, but has coached since 1995. As a gymnast, she competed for Bela Karolyi through level 9. Upon leaving gymnastics, she was a cheerleader for 7 years including being a member of the national championship team from Sam Houston State University in 1997. She has coached competitive cheerleading, competitive gymnastics, and competitive hip-hop. Her gymnasts and her cheer and hip-hop teams have achieved many awards, including national titles.  Along with her students, she and her staff have been awarded Coaching Staff of the Year by American CheerPower both in 2006,2007, and 2014!  These accolades hang from the walls of Thunder Elite not only for recognition, but also as a constant reminder that hard work, a CAN DO attitude, and the will to never give up does pay off.

Nicole LOVES kids and it reflects in everything she does for Thunder Elite.  The ultimate goal is to teach the day-to-day business to everyone in order to pay it forward and gain confidence in knowing that you can achieve your dream by fighting for what you believe in.

One of Nicole’s favorite quotes, “If you never have a bad day, how would you know when you had a good one?”

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Frankie Harris

Manager, Summer Camp Director

Frankie Harris has had gymnastics as a part of her life since she was a child.  Ultimately coaching would be her goal in this sport as she developed as a gymnast.  She enjoys teaching gymnastics because if the LOVE of the sport and wants her students to enjoy it s much as she did growing up.  Her outgoing spirit and friendly personality makes the class environment FUN.  Frankie enjoys building relationship with the students and their families.  It is important to keep everyone in the know in order to develop skills and gain confidence.  It is a TEAM effort and that is why Frankie’s favorite quote is,” There is no "I" in "TEAM!”

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Jada Punch

Cheer Team Coach, Class Instructor

Jada Punch is a HUGE fan of the Cheer Program at Thunder Elite and enjoys interacting with her students daily in order to assist them in achieving their goals.  From student to coach, Jada looks forward in developing her skill set as a coach and a mentor to her students.  She is passionate about cheerleading and dance and the love for both sports shines through in her actions.  With her amusing and entertaining personality, you will find Jada not only funny, but extremely respectful to others and always lending a helping hand.  Her number one priority is to assist her customers and be sure she is delivering 110% on her responsibility to her them and to Thunder Elite.  Her positive attitude is contagious and she wants to be sure everyone is having FUN while working hard. 

Jada's favorite quote, “Without struggle there is no progress.”

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Kayla Townsend

Cheer Team Coach, Class Instructor

Kayla Townsend loves teaching and coaching because cheerleading and gymnastics have inspired her so much from the time she was young. Kayla’s loveable, huggable and passionate attitude makes for a fun and positive learning environment for everyone involved. She strives for improvement in routines and bright smiles from her students all while having FUN. Kayla wants her students and their parents to feel comfortable and confident that she is coaching their child well and setting them up for EXCELLENCE!

Kayla’s favorite quote, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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Courtney Maynard

Gymnastics Team Director, Class Instructor

Courtney Maynard LOVES working with children. Her determined, caring and hardworking attitude are visible through everything she does and she believes hard work can really pay off. Courtney’s favorite part of coaching comes from the excitement she witnesses through her students when they learn something new! She thinks a good, happy environment to learn in is the key to success.

Courtney’s favorite quote, “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore

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Maddi Wilson

Gymnastics Team Coach

Maddi Wilson loves working with kids and coaching gymnastics is her passion.  Maddi competed for 12 years and has been coaching for the last 2.5 years.  Coaching gives Maddi the opportunity to mold her students into great athletes and people.  Maddi is dedicated, hard working, and shows characteristics of a great leader.  She believes in and knows customer service is important for the success of any business.  She wants every client to know that their child is getting the best service and that she has their best interests at heart.

Maddi's favorite quote "You cannot control everything that happens to you; you can only control the way you respond to what happens."

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Micah Kerr

Tumbling Coach

Micah Kerr LOVES coaching tumbling and gymnastics.  Micah competed as a gymnast for 10 years and has coached cheer for 27 years and brings a TON of experience to Thunder Elite.  Micah's fun and energetic personality can be heard by his laughter in the gym.  He takes his job seriously and makes sure he is providing the best customer service.  He wants to be sure every parent knows their children are in great hands.

Micah was a full time police officer for 16 years and a 3 time National Junior Olympic Competitor and placed 1st on vault!

Micah's favorite quote “The Lord has told you what is good and what he requires of you; to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

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Riley Winslow

Class Instructor

Riley Winslow LOVES Thunder Elite and the values that the business stands for.  Her love of cheerleading and dance along with her love of children makes her a perfect fit at Thunder Elite.  Riley stays extremely active making she she is always putting her best foot forward with a positive attitude and a great work ethic. 

Riley's favorite quote, “Hard work pays off.”

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Aly Baker

Class Instructor

Aly Baker loves teaching gymnastics due to it being her passion since she was a young child.  She surrounds herself around individuals who have the same passion and that combination turns into a WIN WIN for Thunder Elite.  Aly brings a great deal of experience to our staff with five years of dance, ten years of gymnastics, and four years of cheerleading, along with coaching at carious levels, her presence makes people want to be better! Aly is passionate ad hardworking and that reflects in everything she does at the gym.  Customer servive is a must and she aims to please by providing open communication, a great work ethic, and a desire to teach others to be their best.

Aly's favorite quote,”Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”

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Ally Hudzinski

Class Instructor

Ally Hudzinski is EXCITED about being a part of the Thunder Elite family because of her passion and love for cheerleading and tumbling.  Her experience from cheering in high school to being in competitive cheer since grade school assist her efforts in coaching at a high level.  Her goal is making everyone better each day as she puts her energy in coaching in an environment that is not only structured, but FUN too!  Ally is driven to make her students feel confident, comfortable in learning and making them believe that anything is possible with hard work, dedication, and consistency.

Ally's favorite quote,”If you want to success as much as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful.”

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Hilary Saha

Class Instructor

Hilary Saha has always been involved in cheerleading and gymnastics since she can remember.  Watching athletes learn, grow, and improve their skills is one of the things she enjoys most.    With 12 years experience in competitive cheer and 5 years of gymnastics has placed her in a situation that she loves … COACHING!  With her outgoing personality, her cheerful disposition, and loud presence make her kids smile and in return makes her a better coach.  Hilary wants her students to be motivated and inspired to be the best they can be and encouraging parents to be the bust support system.

Hilary's favorite quote,”It never gets easier, you just get better.”

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Camryn Doyle

Class Instructor

Camryn Doyle's passion is gymnastics and she enjoys sharing that passion with others, especially in the coaching arena.  Gymnastics has always held a special place in Camryn's life, from being an athlete in training and then getting the opportunity to coach starting at the age of 15.  The love for the sport is something she wanted to instill in the athletes she was coaching.  This loyal, empathetic, talkative, driven and patient coach comes with the ideals that customer service is a must and in order to build better relationships, you must be able to connect on a professional level as well as a personal level, but in a way that does not interfere with the goals set for the athletes for Thunder Elite.  Camryn's hopes are that each athlete gains more confidence and is genuinely excited about learning the sport of gymnastics, just like her! 

Camryn's favorite quote,“Everything gets hard before it get's easy.” Goethe

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Cassidy Perrin

Class Instructor

Cassidy Perrin grew up loving cheerleading and gymnastics.  With the love of both these sports, she was driven to teach others.  With many years under her belt in both areas, Cassidy set out to coach which landed her at Thunder Elite.  Cassidy fits in with the philosophy of what Thunder Elite is all about with her determination to succeed, her drive to work hard, her organization skills, and her way of making others feel she is a trustworthy individual and instructor.  Cassidy feels as though the staff and the clients are an extension of Thunder Elite and all cylinders must be working together to make it be the best environment as well as a great experience for everyone.

Cassidy's favorite quote,“There may be people that are have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”

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Madison Betts

Class Instructor

Madison Betts grew up participating in cheer and gymnastics and loved it so much she started coaching in her hometown.  When she left for college she did not realize just how much she would miss being involved which confirmed her love for both sports.  With a great deal of experience, this fun, outgoing, respectful, responsible, and organized instructor plans to make an impact at Thunder Elite.  Madison knows how important customer service is and she also knows that satisfied customers shows a well ran business.  Her goal is to be sure that every client feels important.

Madison's favorite quote,“Be humble in your confidence yet courageous in your character." Melanie Koulouris

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Taylor Stuart

Class Instructor

Cheering is Taylor Stuart's passion and her desire to be involved in cheering and coaching others has landed her at Thunder Elite.  Taylor has been involved in cheer, gymnastics and dance her entire life at a competitive level and even started coaching at a young age which has instilled so many skill sets from hard work, dedication, confidence, and MORE.  Taylor loves watching her athletes change from good to great based off their hard work in trying to achieve a skill or a goal.  Taylor loves their look on their faces when they succeed at something they have been working so hard to do.  Taylor has always looked up to her coaches and she hopes her students will look up to her in hopes she has impacted their lives in a positive way.  One thing for sure, Taylor believes the customer is always right and will do everything she can to assist in every situation so each customer feels comfortable talking to her.

Taylor's favorite quote "If you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine."

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