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Clifton Park, NY Gymnastics Center

Meet Our Staff


Dana Marion, Co-Owner / Program Director

Dana has 20 years experience in the world of gymnastics, both as a coach and competitive gymnast. She has built an extensive knowledge-base of the sport through her personal competitions and experience coaching children of all ages and levels. Many of her gymnasts have won titles at the State and Regional level. She is also a former compulsory coach of USA Gymnastics Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas. Competing through level 9, she earned numerous state/regional titles and had the honor of competing on three regional teams. As Captain of her high school gymnastics team, she lead them to their first Virginia State Championship Victory. Dana graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Dana’s life passion is to teach children to grow and thrive in life, just as they do in the gym.

  • USA Gymnastics Professional Member since 2002
  • USA Gymnastics Safety Certified
  • First Aid, CPR and AED Certified
  • Attendee of multiple national clinics and conferences

Jason Dammer, Co-Owner / Business Manager

Jason’s five year plan of opening a gymnastics studio has finally come to fruition! After serving in the United States Navy, Jason has found a home in upstate New York. Having earned an A.S. Degree in Supervisory Leadership he is close to completing a B.S.B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University. Jeff Metzger’s Small Business Boot Camp, geared towards effective management of a gymnastics club, has empowered Jason to join Dana’s talent in gymnastics to open this premier gymnastics facility in Clifton Park, NY. An athlete himself, Jason enjoys running marathons, to include the Marine Corps Marathon in 2007. Jason served aboard the USS Tucson, a fast-attack submarine stationed in Hawaii, and taught nuclear electronic operations at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Ballston Spa, NY.

  • USA Gymnastics Professional Member
  • USA Gymnastics Safety Certified
  • First Aid, CPR and AED Certified

Majiel Mehan, Little Flipper Program Director and Developmental Team Coach

Majiel has over 10 years of working with children of preschool age. She directs and develops our wonderfully successful Little Flipper program. She also helps to oversee our entire program including our Gym Jam and Developmental classes. Majiel is a true asset to Cartwheels and we are incredibly luck to have her! When not in the gym, she can be found spending time with her husband, chocolate lab and rag doll cat!

  • First Aid, CPR and AED Certified
  • USAG Safety Certified

Karen Muzio, Cartwheels Academy Director and Little Flippers Coach

Karen comes to us with over 20 years of experience working with children in a preschool setting. She has her A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood and truly has the patience and compassion needed to help children grow and learn. Karen and her husband live in Latham with their two daughters Maggie and Jordan.

    • First Aid, CPR and AED Certified

Alyssa Marzinsky, Team Coach

Alyssa comes to us with many years as a competitive gymnast and coach. She has been with Cartwheels for 3 years. She is a team coach here and currently is the lead Floor and Vault coach. Alyssa is a recent graduate from Syracuse University with a degree in engineering and works full time at GE.

  • USA Gymnastics Professional Member
  • USA Gymnastics Safety Certified


Catana Chetwynd, Gym Jam, Tumbling and Boys Coach

Catana loves to work with children of all ages. Her main responsibilities here are coaching our Gym Jam classes, especially our level 3 and 4 program. She loves to see her gymnasts learn and accomplish new skills. Catana is also an accomplished artist. You can see her chalk art on the sidewalks of Saratoga all summer long!



Jen Leonard – Front Desk

Jen works our front desk a few days a week and she is amazing! She always greets everyone with a huge smile and is more than happy to help! She is heavily involved with the Clifton Park community as she has 4 daughters ages 8 to 13. All of which are involved at Cartwheels. Two of them are team gymnasts here!

Sarah Viola – Gym Jam, Tumbling, and Little Flippers Coach

Courtney Carelli – Gym Jam and Tumbling Coach

Hannah Middlestead – Gym Jam, Tumbling, and Team Coach

Lori Yowell – Gym Jam, Tumbling and Team Coach