Mohini Bhardwaj de Freitas – Owner, Gym Director and Women’s Team Head Coach
Mohini began gymnastics at the age of 5. She spent 10 years on the USA Women’s National Team. Mohini missed making the 1996 Olympic team by less than a tenth. She attended the 1997 World Championships then moved forward to college receiving a full gymnastics scholarship at UCLA. At UCLA she became an 11 time All American, and the only gymnast in PAC 10 history to win the All Around twice in a row. She won a total of 4 NCAA Titles: 2000 Bars, 2001 Floor, 2000 & 2001 Team. In 2001 she graduated with a double major in History and Sociology. After college she went back to international competition, becoming the Team Captain of the 2001 World Championship Bronze Medalist Team. In 2004 she qualified to be a member of the US Women’s Olympic Team, was elected by her peers as Team Captain and aided them in bringing home a Silver medal. She is the first Indian American gymnast to ever medal in the Olympic Games. Mohini has been coaching gymnastics for 20 years and she recently achieved the highest judges rating in the US, US Brevet. Teaching gymnastics is her life, passion, and hobby. Mohini is also the proud mother of a 8 yr old son and she is married to fellow Olympian Shane de Freitas who competed in the 1996 Olympics.
2004 Olympic Silver Medalist and Team Captain
2001 World Championship Bronze Medalist and Team Captain
UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame
USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame
4 Time NCAA Champion
11 time All American
Yuriy Panfilov – Boy’s Team Head Coach
Coach Yuriy is Currently the head coach of the Boys Team at OOA Gymnastics. He also consults with the girls team and coaches. Coach Yuriy is a native of Kazakhstan and was member of the National Gymnastics Team of Kazakhstan for six years in a row. After his gymnastics career, He was educated at the Russian Academy of Sports in Moscow. He went on to coach many young athletes to an elite level. He has worked with both boy’s and girl’s competitive gymnastics teams and has a mastery of the sport of gymnastics. He is also a FIG Brevet level judge- the highest level one can attain. Coach Yuriy coached the 2003 National Gymnastics Team of Kazakhstan and has coached at the World Championships.
He moved to the USA in 2005 and has been coaching competitive gymnastics in the USA Gymnastics program. Coach Yuriy has two daughters, both of whom he coached to a national team level. He also recently welcomed his second grandchild. We are excited to welcome Coach Yuriy to our coaching staff at OOA Gymnastics!
Awards and Accomplishments:
Karen Manley– Business Manager
Office Director: Karen has lived in Beautiful Bend Oregon for over 28 Years. She is a proud and blessed Mom to Evan & Lauren and Ryland. With 2 out of 3 kids in Gymnastics you might say she is a veteran meet spectator! Karen took over as Office Director after leaving the Bend Lapine School District in 2003. Passions include -Art, sunshine, good friends and the most fantastic children.
Phoebe Yozamp – Awesome Evening Office Staff
Mental Toughness Trainer
Janae Whittaker Ali
Janae Whittaker Ali is a former championship gymnast and captain of the Penn State University gymnastics team. Suffering a devastating career-ending knee injury her senior year, Janae persevered, honoring her commitment to gymnastics. Having awards named in her honor for her true grit and attitude, she is now a warrior for supporting athletes. She is powerfully bold, she is fun and her passion for life is highly contagious.
She resides in Bend, Oregon with her loving husband Russell and five incredible children – Rohan, Royce, and Jovaughn, Whalen and Sarai. They enjoy a fun, faith-filled, and adventurous family life – highlighted by taking an RV tour around the country leading workshops at churches, homeschooling their kids and doing headstands on their paddle board.
Julee Vadnais – Pre-School Director
Julee has been entertaining and teaching children for 14 years. She has over 8 years experience in dance and cheerleading. She was a performer at Walt Disney World, has been a circus performer, is an accomplished aerialist and stunt performer and runs her own children’s entertainment company. She has a degree in performing arts from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Antioch University in Los Angeles.
Kaitlyn Zink – Pre-School and Rec. Gymnastics
GIRL’S RECREATIONAL PROGRAM:
Emily Showers – Rec. Gymnastics: Flips – Level 4
Mahayla Ross-Schaffer – Rec. Gymnastics: Flips – Level 4
Jodi Greenshield – Rec. Gymnastics: Level 3/4
Faith Rightmire – Rec. Gymnastics: Level 3/4
WOMENS COMPETITIVE PROGRAM:
Mohini Bhardwaj de Freitas – Women’s Team Head Coach
Brandi Jacobson – Girls Compulsory Team Head Coach
Kelsey Pensinger – Girls Team
Reece Pressman – Girls Team
Coach Reece began coaching in Medford. Reece is currently part of the girls team coaching staff. In the first year of coaching at OOA he helped to developed the Men’s program into one of the fiercest programs in the region. In his is introductory year alone, he coached the OOA boys team members to bring in 21 State Championship Medalists, and 8 Regional Titles, plus one Level 9 National qualifier. He is also the head coach of OOA’s Tumbling and Trampoline Program. Reece is a USAGymnastics Certified Professional Member
MENS RECREATIONAL & COMPETITIVE TEAM PROGRAM:
Yuriy Panfilov – Boy’s Team Head Coach
Blaine Davis – Boy’s Team Coach / Rec. Gymnastics
Coach Blaine started competitive gymnastics at a young age and participated in many State, Regional and National championships. He also competed in the USA gymnastics Futures Stars program and made it Future Stars Nationals. To do gymnastics, you need a combination of strength, stamina, and flexibility along with a strong mind. He loved working out and training in the gym combined with the inspiring culture of the program. Blaine competed up to Level 10. When he retired, he began working with the boys program at OOA and he enjoys passing on his love for the sport to another generation of kids!
Julee Vandnais – Cheerleading Head Coach
WEBSITE, PHOTOGRAPHY, BRANDING AND SOCIAL MEDIA:
Sharon Miller- Sharon Miller Creative
Sharon has been a graphic designer for the past 8 years, she specializes in web design, print material, and branding. She also contributes much of the gymnastics photography on the OOA site. Sharon is married and the mom of three kids; her son, Zach, is a member of the OOA boy’s team. Please contact Sharon if you have questions regarding the OOA website or our social media.