Mohini Bhardwaj Barry – 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 16 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 7 yr old son.
Yuriy Panfilov – Boy’s Team Head Coach
Coach Yuriy is Currently the head coach of the Boys Team at Oregon Olympic Athletics. 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 Oregon Olympic Athletics!
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 Manley 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 & McKenna Campbell – Awesome Evening Office Staff
Janae Whittaker Ali- Mental Toughness Trainer – As seen on NBC’s ‘Starting Over’
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 three incredible sons – Rohan, Royce, and Jovaughn and a baby on the way! 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 paddleboard.
GIRL’S RECREATIONAL PROGRAM:
Emily Showers – Rec. Gymnastics
Mahayla Ross-Schaffer – Rec. Gymnastics
MacKenzie Lewis – Rec. Gymnastics
WOMENS COMPETITIVE PROGRAM:
Mohini Bhardwaj Barry – 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 Connor started gymnastics because he wanted to do flips, and thought that was all there was to the sport. Once he began, he learned that there was much more involved. 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. Connor competed up to Level 5. When he retired, it opened up an entirely new world of athletic opportunities. Gymnastics helped him tremendously with skills in pole vault, his gym experience was literally a springboard for all of the activities he currently does.
John Downs – Tricking Gymnastics Head Coach and Rec. Gymnastics
Tricking Instructor: John started free running as a young teen not knowing what it was until he saw the movie Casino Royale. His first experience with OOA was as a young boy going to open gym. Many years later, John took the COCC Gymnastics class. After seeing his knowledge and skill of Parkour during the class, he was recruited on to the OOA Coaching team. As an enthusiastic young adult, he yearns to gain more knowledge. John attended the Juliard School of Music in New York City for the Violin as well as getting his EMT certificate at COCC. John wants to bring the knowledge and lifestyle of free running to the world. His goals for the future are to stay active, strive for the best, and play Violin with Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Desiree Seay – Tricking Gymnastics
Taylor Anderson – Dryland Snowboarding Director
Born and raised in the Portland Metro Area, Taylor Anderson is a proud Oregon native who has lived in Bend on and off for the past seven years. Taylor was first introduced to snowboarding with his Boy Scout Troop at Mt Hood Meadows when he was 13 years old, and ever since, he has known that snowboarding was going to be a integral part of his life. While in high school he received three varsity letters competing in Slope Style and Half Pipe, and spent two years volunteering as an assistant freestyle coach after graduating. Taylor became a PSIA/AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors) certified instructor and Children’s Specalist while teaching at Mt Bachelor for three seasons where he specialized in kids multi-week lessons. Taylor is also certified as a National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness First Responder and American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education Level II; which when combined with his snowsports credentials afforded him the privilege of serving as the Head Coach for Northern California boarding school NAWA Academy’s traveling competitive snowboard program. When the school closed it’s doors Taylor moved back to Bend to pursue more outdoor recreation and educational opportunities. This season, Taylor taught skiing and snowboarding at Hoodoo where he also worked as a clinic leader and park crew attendant. Specializing in freestyle lessons and terrain park design, Taylor studied snowboarding under Ryan Pinette, Hoodoo’s Ski School Manager and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) Examiner, and earned his AASI Level II Snowboard Instructor Certification. Next season, Taylor is looking forward to becoming AASI Level III certified, attending Yoga Teacher Training at Namaspa, and continuing to work as a figure skating instructor at Seventh Mountain Resort.
Taylor’s main goal as an instructor is to connect with his students to inspire confidence and build trust, thus unlocking every child’s unlimited potential. Through his experience with AASI he has learned how to break down complex movement patterns and develop simple and fun step-by-step progressions to help his students succeed with difficult maneuvers. Taylor focuses on how body mechanics directly effect board performance, and details the most efficient movement patterns to achieve a desired outcome. Every lesson athletes are encouraged to stretch their boundaries to improve their range of motion, amplitude, and power before we tone things down to hone in on balance, control, and style; thus improving overall technical ability. Through yoga Taylor has learned how to achieve seemingly impossible task by using positive affirmations, joyful practice, and precise feedback to accomplish a series of simple yet progressive goals. All of these techniques combined together enables people to break out of their comfort zones and succeed at things they never would have tried before, which improves self esteem and allows riders to have WAY more fun on their board. The greatest joy in athletics is progressing, the greatest joy in life is helping someone else get there.
Taylor is an Eagle Scout and has taught Natural Science at MESD Outdoor School Camp Arrah Wanna on Mt Hood, worked as a Special Needs Educator in Portland, was the Director of Climbing Programs at BSA Camp Meriwether on the Oregon coast, worked as a Zip Line Guide in Alaska, and served as the Department Head of Outdoor Adventure at Camp Lindenmere in Pennsylvania. In addition to snowboarding, Taylor also enjoys climbing on rock, ice, and snow, skiing, slack lining, yoga, kayaking, disc golf, mountain biking, jumping around on trampolines, and books about dragons.
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.