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Matthew Dunne

Gym Owner/Director


B.S. Springfield College 2001, Sports Management

University of New Hampshire, Athletic Training

Girls & Boys Team Director/

Head Coach

Coached numerous Regional & National Qualifiers

Former USAG State & Regional Champion

USAGymnastics Safety Certified

USAGymnastics Professional Member

Sports Safety, CPR & First Aid Certified


“Somebody said that it couldn’t be done.

But he with a chuckle replied

That maybe it couldn’t but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say no till he tried.

So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he DID it.”

-Old Irish Proverb

Diana Gallagher

Assistant JO Team Co-Director

Girls Developmental Program Co-Director

Girls Team Coach levels 3-10

Level 10 judge & NAWGJ member

Coach & choreographer for 17+ years

Coached multiple

New York State champions

Former collegiate gymnast & member of SUNYAC All-Academic Team

BA in Professional Writing and Spanish from SUNY Cortland

MFA in Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University

English professor at Manchester Community College

Published novelist (Lessons in Falling) & contributor to gymnastics magazines

USAG Professional Member &

Safety Certified

Maureen Pokorny



40+ years coaching/teaching experience

Coached in Maine, Upstate NY & L.I.

Maine “Coach of the Year”

Former Head Coach & Team Director- Shoreline Gymnastics (16 years)

Preschool, Recreational & Team Coach

Member of the CT State board

CT High School “Coach of the Year”

Recipient of the CT State Service Award

State & Regional balance beam & floor clinician


NAWGJ official 20+ years

USAGymnastics Professional Member

USAGymnastics Safety Certified

First Aid & CPR Certified


“Good, better, best, never let it rest; until your good is better and your better best.”

–Elizabeth George

Stacey Simpson

Involved in coaching gymnastics for

18 years

Coaching experience with preschool through advanced classes, trampoline team, and various levels of girls Junior Olympic teams. 

Attended numerous national and regional congresses for certifications & training.

Currently manages meets for various gyms and Invitationals

throughout the state.

I enjoy volunteering my time at Dunne's to share my love of coaching with the gymnasts. I aim to spread my joy of the sport to the girls that I see as they advance in their gymnastics.

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Caitlin Aissis

Preschool and General Instructor
B.A. Special Education, Elms College
University of Saint Joseph graduate student, School Counseling
Former Dunne’s gymnast
USA Gymnastics Professional Member
USA Gymnastics Safety Certified
First Aid & CPR certified


Lexi Marques

Preschool, recreational, and team coach

Former Xcel team gymnast

State champion & regional qualifier

Student at Manchester Community College

USAG Safesport & Safety Certified

CPR and First Aid Certified

Patti Corrigan Dunne

Founder & Consultant


B.S. Springfield College 1972 Health Education
Four time All-American Gymnast 1969-1972         

1971 National Vaulting Champion 
1971 National Uneven Bar Champion 
1968 Qualifier to the U.S. Olympic Training Squad 
1997 Inductee to the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame
M.A. St. Joseph College 2005 in Pastoral Counseling
Board Certified Associate Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains

Kevin J. Dunne

Founder & Consultant 


B.S. Springfield College 1971 Physical Education
Varsity coach of various interscholastic sports
30 credits of graduate school in Physical Education at Springfield College, UCONN, ECSU 
Instructor and Castaway Team Coach 1973-2000
Former Head Gymnastics Coach Windham High School 1996- 2005
Physical Education Instructor Parish Hill High School 1971-2006. Retired from teaching in 2006.

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Justin Hall

 Over 20 years of coaching experience from pre-team through Level 10

Bars clinician at regional Rising Stars clinic

 Previous compulsory and optional coach at Dunne’s (2015-2017)

Coached at Bay Island in California 2017-2019

 Coached at Shoreline 2005-2015

Coached numerous State, Regional, and Eastern qualifiers and champions

USAG Professional Member & Safety Certified


Kate Crescenzo

Girls Xcel and Recreational Coach

Associates from Quinebaug Valley Community College

Former USAG gymnast

Former Xcel Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Boys 1-5 coach at Dream Big Gymnastics

USAG Professional Member & Safety Certified

Jennifer Hughes

Dedicated parent of Dunne's Gymnastics since 2005
Born and raised in a gymnastics

Former gymnast and coach for over

20 years
Mother of 4 and grandmother of 4

(hopefully more!)
First Aid and BLS certified

"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Always be kind."

Rachael Cole

Preschool Director

Birthday Party Coordinator

Recreational coach
U.S Army Nurse specialized in Peds and NICU
B.S in Psychology and Biology
M.A.T in education
Former gymnast, soccer player, and swimmer, and current practitioner of Jiu Jitsu
USAG Professional Member & Safety Certified
CPR & First Aid Certified for adults and pediatrics
Mom to an awesome little gymnast and soccer tot

Wendy Marinan



B.S. Child Development, University of Connecticut

Adjunct Faculty, Eastern CT State University, Health & Physical Education Dept.

Former Assistant coach, Windham High School

Former Dunne’s Gymnast, Team Coach & Choreographer

Volunteer, Gilead Hill Enrichment Program

USAGymnastics Preschool Education Certification

USAGymnastics Professional Member

USAGymnastics Safety Certified

American Red Cross CPR & First Aid Certified

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Tori Briggs

Licensed Master Social Worker

MA in Clinical Social Work from the University of Connecticut

BA in Psychology and Minor in Sociology from UConn

Girls Developmental Program Director

Girls Team Director

Girls Team Coach levels 3-10

Coach of numerous state champions, regional, and national qualifiers

Started gymnastics at Dunne’s at the age of 6

Former CT optional level gymnast

RHAM high school gymnastics team co-founder & Captain

USAG Professional Member

National Safety Certified by USA Gymnastics


Schyler Lemaire

Girls Xcel & Recreational Director

Former USAG level 9 gymnast 

Former NFA high school gymnast

Qualified to the Eastern Connecticut Conference and then the CIAC open Championships in 2011 and received varsity letter.

15 years experience coaching all recreational class levels preschool age up

9 years experience coaching USAG levels 3-7

Head coach of Xcel preteam and Xcel Silver team at Thames Valley 2017-2019

Coached all rec levels including preschool and special needs, as well as Xcel levels Bronze-Diamond at Emerald City Gymnastics Academy in Washington State from 2019-2020

Head coach of Xcel Bronze team at Emerald City in 2020

Dunne’s Preschool Coach

Physical Education and Health Teacher at University of Hartford Magnet School

B.S. Physical Education & Health, Eastern CT State University

M.A. Nutrition, University of Saint Joseph

USA Gymnastics Professional Member

USA Gymnastics Safety Certified

CPR & First Aid Certified

CT Physical Education & Health Education Teaching Certificate

Morgan Ouellette

Courtney Solensky

Recreational and Team Coach

Junior at Gannon University in Erie, PA
Member of the #2 ranked Acrobatics & Tumbling Team 
Biology/Pre-Optometry Major 
Xcel & Recreational Coach 
Former USAG Level 10 Gymnast 
Level 9 Western National Qualifier 
2022 NCATA National Championship Finalist 
2022 NCATA Event National Champion in Duo Pyramid and Event Finalist in 7 Element Acro 

Lina Wille


Preschool and recreational coach

Junior in high school

Level 9 gymnast

State and regional champion

USAG Safety Certified

Hannah Kaeser

BS Health and Physical Education,

Eastern CT State University
MA Health Education, East Carolina University
10 years teaching health and physical education
Girls team coach levels 3-10
12 years experience coaching
Coach of many state champions,

regional, and national qualifiers
USA Gymnastics professional member & safety certified
CT Physical Education and Health Education teaching certificate
CPR and First Aid Certified

Garrett Dumore





Boys team and recreational coach

Dunne's gymnast from 2008-2013

State champion

Future Stars program athlete (2012)

Medic in CT Army National Guard (2018-present)

Coached high school football at Bacon Academy 

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