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

Preschool Staff/Team Coach


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

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

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

Studies at 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 2

(hopefully more!)
First Aid and BLS certified

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

Alex Ezerins


Dunne’s Preschool, General & Team Instructor

Student at University of Pittsburgh

Dunne’s Gymnast since age 2

Former Competitive Level 8 Gymnast

Teen Leader at New London 4H Camp

USAGymnastics Instructor Member

USAGymnastics Safety Certified

Coach at Dunne’s Summer Camp


“Nothing worth having comes easy.”

Wendy Marinan

Preschool Director


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 Director

Recreational instructor 

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

Rich Nietupski


Dunne’s first hired employee

B.S. Physical Education from Southern CT State University

Credit towards Masters from Central CT State University

Member of Southern CT State University’s First Men’s Soccer Team

Bolton Center School, Health & Physical Education Teacher

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