Our staff strives to create confident, motivated cheerleaders with outstanding athletic and leadership skills. While we focus on individual skills, our main goal is to mold our athletes into members of a team that conducts itself with the utmost sportsmanlike conduct.

All of our coaches are experienced cheerleaders and coaches who are excited about helping our athletes work toward a rewarding season. 

Michael Whitney Owner, Coach Michael and his wife Kristi opened KC Cheer in 1999. Michael graduated from Kansas State University, where he was a member of the cheer squad. Michael has coached many athletes from the time they were five years old all the way until they were seniors in high school. He loves when alumni come back to the gym to visit. Michael is a dad to Harrison, 20 and Ashleigh, 19.

Michael Whitney

Owner, Coach

Michael and his wife Kristi opened KC Cheer in 1999. Michael graduated from Kansas State University, where he was a member of the cheer squad. Michael has coached many athletes from the time they were five years old all the way until they were seniors in high school. He loves when alumni come back to the gym to visit. Michael is a dad to Harrison, 20 and Ashleigh, 19.

Kristi Whitney Owner, Coach Kristi is the co-owner of KC Cheer. She and her husband Michael graduated from Kansas State University. Kristi works with boys and girls of all ages in the gym, and is the primary contact for parent information and allstar program information. From the junior-aged kids on Fever all the way to the level 5 teams, Kristi is there to teach them to have the confidence they need to perform to the best of their abilities. Kristi is a mom to Harrison, 21 and Ashleigh, 19.  Contact Kristi

Kristi Whitney

Owner, Coach

Kristi is the co-owner of KC Cheer. She and her husband Michael graduated from Kansas State University. Kristi works with boys and girls of all ages in the gym, and is the primary contact for parent information and allstar program information. From the junior-aged kids on Fever all the way to the level 5 teams, Kristi is there to teach them to have the confidence they need to perform to the best of their abilities. Kristi is a mom to Harrison, 21 and Ashleigh, 19.  Contact Kristi

 
Mary Lewis Gym Manager When you walk in the door of KC Cheer, chances are Mary is going to be the first face you see. She's been part of the gym since 2002 when her daughter Katie joined the allstar program. When Katie graduated, Mary was hired on full-time as the gym operations manager. She takes care of billing, travel, practice wear, and classes. It's her job to organize all of the travel for the competitive teams, as well as all of the financial elements of KC Cheer. Mary is a mom to Katie and Danny.  You can contact Mary with questions about payments, class registration, and travel.

Mary Lewis

Gym Manager

When you walk in the door of KC Cheer, chances are Mary is going to be the first face you see. She's been part of the gym since 2002 when her daughter Katie joined the allstar program. When Katie graduated, Mary was hired on full-time as the gym operations manager. She takes care of billing, travel, practice wear, and classes. It's her job to organize all of the travel for the competitive teams, as well as all of the financial elements of KC Cheer. Mary is a mom to Katie and Danny.  You can contact Mary with questions about payments, class registration, and travel.

Shanna Stonestreet Coach, Social Media Manager, Private Lessons Shanna has been coaching at KC Cheer for 15 years and has coached two teams to win NCA National Titles. Shanna has a background in competitive gymnastics so she is great at helping young athletes with technique and tumbling basics. She has experience judging allstar cheerleading, has extensive knowledge of the allstar cheerleading scoresheet and how best to create a routine to score well. Shanna also manages KC Cheer's social media accounts. Shanna teaches private tumbling lessons.

Shanna Stonestreet

Coach, Social Media Manager, Private Lessons

Shanna has been coaching at KC Cheer for 15 years and has coached two teams to win NCA National Titles. Shanna has a background in competitive gymnastics so she is great at helping young athletes with technique and tumbling basics. She has experience judging allstar cheerleading, has extensive knowledge of the allstar cheerleading scoresheet and how best to create a routine to score well. Shanna also manages KC Cheer's social media accounts. Shanna teaches private tumbling lessons.

Victoria Zonko Coach, Manager of Recreational Classes, Private Lessons Victoria (better known by her last name, Zonko) started cheering at KC Cheer when she was 12 years old and cheered through her freshman year of college. Zonko's teams have won many prestigious competitions including NCA Allstar Nationals, UCA International Championships and U.S. Finals. She has also taken at least one of her teams to The Summit every year since the competition started in 2012. Zonko is available to coach private tumbling lessons in addition to coaching teams. In her free time Zonko enjoys reading, binge-watching shows on Netflix, seeing Broadway plays, going to baseball games and traveling!

Victoria Zonko

Coach, Manager of Recreational Classes, Private Lessons

Victoria (better known by her last name, Zonko) started cheering at KC Cheer when she was 12 years old and cheered through her freshman year of college. Zonko's teams have won many prestigious competitions including NCA Allstar Nationals, UCA International Championships and U.S. Finals. She has also taken at least one of her teams to The Summit every year since the competition started in 2012. Zonko is available to coach private tumbling lessons in addition to coaching teams. In her free time Zonko enjoys reading, binge-watching shows on Netflix, seeing Broadway plays, going to baseball games and traveling!

 
Harrison Whitney Coach, Tumbling Instructor, Private Lessons Harrison was an athlete at KC Cheer for 10 years and is starting his third year as a coach this season. He was on Fierce 5 for six years, where he led the team to a fourth place finish at The Cheerleading Worlds in 2014 and 5th place in 2015. Last year Harrison coached Fantasy and Ferocious, who both competed at the Summit at the end of the year.  Harrison is a student at KU, and is available for private lessons.

Harrison Whitney

Coach, Tumbling Instructor, Private Lessons

Harrison was an athlete at KC Cheer for 10 years and is starting his third year as a coach this season. He was on Fierce 5 for six years, where he led the team to a fourth place finish at The Cheerleading Worlds in 2014 and 5th place in 2015. Last year Harrison coached Fantasy and Ferocious, who both competed at the Summit at the end of the year.  Harrison is a student at KU, and is available for private lessons.

Katie Lewis Coach,  Gym Marketing Manager, Website Manager Katie joined KC Cheer when she was just an awkward 11 year-old. She was an athlete in the all-star program for 8 seasons and graduated from the program as a four-time Worlds Finalist and a member of the original Fierce 5 (she and her teammates coined the team name!) After graduating from the University of Kansas, Katie is excited to be back in the gym as a coach and to teach athletes about the value of hard work and that the world doesn’t always revolve around one person, just like Michael and Kristi taught her. Katie also does a lot of the marketing for gym events and runs the website.

Katie Lewis

Coach,  Gym Marketing Manager, Website Manager

Katie joined KC Cheer when she was just an awkward 11 year-old. She was an athlete in the all-star program for 8 seasons and graduated from the program as a four-time Worlds Finalist and a member of the original Fierce 5 (she and her teammates coined the team name!) After graduating from the University of Kansas, Katie is excited to be back in the gym as a coach and to teach athletes about the value of hard work and that the world doesn’t always revolve around one person, just like Michael and Kristi taught her. Katie also does a lot of the marketing for gym events and runs the website.

Kaitlin Rabe Coach Kaitlin is excited to be back in the gym for her second year as a coach. She's excited to pass on her knowledge of flying to the young athletes in the gym. She was a member of the original Fierce 5, and a 2-time Worlds Finalist. Kaitlin graduated the program after 4 seasons, including her super senior year. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. When she's not coaching, she works as a biomedical engineering research assistant at KU Med. Kaitlin is excited to Coach Fame this year and help her athletes work together to achieve their goals. 

Kaitlin Rabe

Coach

Kaitlin is excited to be back in the gym for her second year as a coach. She's excited to pass on her knowledge of flying to the young athletes in the gym. She was a member of the original Fierce 5, and a 2-time Worlds Finalist. Kaitlin graduated the program after 4 seasons, including her super senior year. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. When she's not coaching, she works as a biomedical engineering research assistant at KU Med. Kaitlin is excited to Coach Fame this year and help her athletes work together to achieve their goals. 

 
Vicky Griffith Coach Vicky started her KC Cheer career on Junior Coed in 2008 and graduated the program in 2011 as a member of Fierce 5. She continued to cheer in college at Pittsburg State University where she competed on the nationals team for multiple seasons. Vicky graduated with a degree in communications and an emphasis in public relations. When she's not coaching, she works as an Account Manager for MedTrackRX. Vicky is excited to be in her third season coaching at KC Cheer to pass on the skills of flying, basing and team values Michael & Kristi taught her while she was an athlete. She's looking forward to an amazing season with Fame!

Vicky Griffith

Coach

Vicky started her KC Cheer career on Junior Coed in 2008 and graduated the program in 2011 as a member of Fierce 5. She continued to cheer in college at Pittsburg State University where she competed on the nationals team for multiple seasons. Vicky graduated with a degree in communications and an emphasis in public relations. When she's not coaching, she works as an Account Manager for MedTrackRX. Vicky is excited to be in her third season coaching at KC Cheer to pass on the skills of flying, basing and team values Michael & Kristi taught her while she was an athlete. She's looking forward to an amazing season with Fame!

Isahia Brooks Coach, Private Lessons Isahia is starting his third year as a coach at KC Cheer. He has cheered for nine years at both the allstar and college levels. Isahia has taken his teams to the Summit every single year since he started at KC Cheer, and he is excited to start the new season coaching Flawless, Fever and Force. Isahia is available for private lessons, and teaches some of our recreational classes. You can contact him here

Isahia Brooks

Coach, Private Lessons

Isahia is starting his third year as a coach at KC Cheer. He has cheered for nine years at both the allstar and college levels. Isahia has taken his teams to the Summit every single year since he started at KC Cheer, and he is excited to start the new season coaching Flawless, Fever and Force. Isahia is available for private lessons, and teaches some of our recreational classes. You can contact him here

Este White Tumbling Program Director Este began coaching tumbling at KC Cheer last year during his first season with Fierce 5. He enjoyed ending his cheer career as a super senior winning 3rd place at Worlds. Before joining KC Cheer, Este coached tumbling and trampoline for two years and gymnastics for one year in Topeka, where he cheered in high school. You can usually find him in the gym getting overly excited about tumbling drills while he’s in a class or private lesson. Este enjoys taking advantage of the resources available through KC Cheer and looks forward to new experiences and opportunities as the gym’s Tumbling Director.

Este White

Tumbling Program Director

Este began coaching tumbling at KC Cheer last year during his first season with Fierce 5. He enjoyed ending his cheer career as a super senior winning 3rd place at Worlds. Before joining KC Cheer, Este coached tumbling and trampoline for two years and gymnastics for one year in Topeka, where he cheered in high school. You can usually find him in the gym getting overly excited about tumbling drills while he’s in a class or private lesson. Este enjoys taking advantage of the resources available through KC Cheer and looks forward to new experiences and opportunities as the gym’s Tumbling Director.

 
Kristen Steuart Coach, Private Lessons Kristen is starting her fourth year of coaching after graduating from the University of Kansas. She was a member of KC Cheer from 2009 to 2013, where she won titles from Jamfest, Cheersport and UCA Nationals. Kristen is available for private lessons.

Kristen Steuart

Coach, Private Lessons

Kristen is starting her fourth year of coaching after graduating from the University of Kansas. She was a member of KC Cheer from 2009 to 2013, where she won titles from Jamfest, Cheersport and UCA Nationals. Kristen is available for private lessons.

Allison Stevens Coach, Tumbling Instructor, Private Lessons Allison is excited for another year coaching at KC Cheer.  She's excited to start coaching because she loves watching athletes excel and get better. She loves to experience the joy of helping others thrive. 

Allison Stevens

Coach, Tumbling Instructor, Private Lessons

Allison is excited for another year coaching at KC Cheer.  She's excited to start coaching because she loves watching athletes excel and get better. She loves to experience the joy of helping others thrive. 

Casi Vaughan Coach, Front Desk Assistant

Casi Vaughan

Coach, Front Desk Assistant

 
Carson Wapp Coach Carson is an alumni of 5 years of KC Cheer. She was on Fierce 5 for her entire KC Cheer career, and her career highlight was placing 4th at the 2014 Cheerleading Worlds. Carson coached minis from 2012-2014 and is excited to be back coaching the Fiercelings for the 2017-2018 season. She also produces many of the KC Cheer promotional videos. Carson is a student at the University of Kansas Medical Center and is available for private lessons.

Carson Wapp

Coach

Carson is an alumni of 5 years of KC Cheer. She was on Fierce 5 for her entire KC Cheer career, and her career highlight was placing 4th at the 2014 Cheerleading Worlds. Carson coached minis from 2012-2014 and is excited to be back coaching the Fiercelings for the 2017-2018 season. She also produces many of the KC Cheer promotional videos. Carson is a student at the University of Kansas Medical Center and is available for private lessons.

Nicholette Redfern-Morgan Coach, Front Desk Staff, Special Athlete Program Coach Nicholette is an alumni of KC Cheer and joins us with 12 years of cheerleading and gymnastics coaching experience. She holds her USASF certification in Tumbling, Building, and Tosses through Level 4 and is a Certified Special Olympics Coach. Coach Nicholette has cheered at the Recreational, Jr. High, All-Star, and Collegiate Level with a combined total of more 21 years of cheering and coaching experience. She is originally from Olathe, KS and graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. Coach Nicholette is married to her husband Jason, a SSGT in the USMC, and has one beautiful daughter Everly Ann (3).

Nicholette Redfern-Morgan

Coach, Front Desk Staff, Special Athlete Program

Coach Nicholette is an alumni of KC Cheer and joins us with 12 years of cheerleading and gymnastics coaching experience. She holds her USASF certification in Tumbling, Building, and Tosses through Level 4 and is a Certified Special Olympics Coach. Coach Nicholette has cheered at the Recreational, Jr. High, All-Star, and Collegiate Level with a combined total of more 21 years of cheering and coaching experience. She is originally from Olathe, KS and graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. Coach Nicholette is married to her husband Jason, a SSGT in the USMC, and has one beautiful daughter Everly Ann (3).

Amanda Ford Coach  

Amanda Ford

Coach

 

 
Christy Hill Special Athlete Program Manager Christy is so excited to be a part of the launch of KC Cheer's special needs team. She has worked with special needs children for many years and is thrilled for this opportunity. Christy has a degree Elementary Education and her Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas. She currently works as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in the Blue Valley School District. "My daughter Kate has been in the gym for 14 years and I could not have asked for a better cheer family. The values and morals of the owners and staff have been invaluable to my family, and I am so excited to be a part of that family and work with your child."

Christy Hill

Special Athlete Program Manager

Christy is so excited to be a part of the launch of KC Cheer's special needs team. She has worked with special needs children for many years and is thrilled for this opportunity. Christy has a degree Elementary Education and her Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas. She currently works as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in the Blue Valley School District.

"My daughter Kate has been in the gym for 14 years and I could not have asked for a better cheer family. The values and morals of the owners and staff have been invaluable to my family, and I am so excited to be a part of that family and work with your child."

Christi Gottschalk Special Athlete Program Manager Christi has a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art, and earned a Master's in Education from Friends University and a Leadership Certification from Baker University.  Christi taught elementary school for 10 years and has been an elementary principal for more 10 years in the Olathe School District, where she currently works today. She has many years of experience with children with special needs and is very excited to be a part of the Firecracker team! "My daughter Claire joined the KC Cheer family last year and all the coaches and families have been very welcoming.  The coaches want the best the for all the athletes in the gym. I love cheer and want to share the excitement of performing with all children who want to experience it!"

Christi Gottschalk

Special Athlete Program Manager

Christi has a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Art, and earned a Master's in Education from Friends University and a Leadership Certification from Baker University.  Christi taught elementary school for 10 years and has been an elementary principal for more 10 years in the Olathe School District, where she currently works today. She has many years of experience with children with special needs and is very excited to be a part of the Firecracker team!

"My daughter Claire joined the KC Cheer family last year and all the coaches and families have been very welcoming.  The coaches want the best the for all the athletes in the gym. I love cheer and want to share the excitement of performing with all children who want to experience it!"

Azsure Alderson Special Athlete Program Manager Azsure has been involved in cheerleading for 15 years and has a lifetime of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She is certified to coach and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Camp Guardian, a free special needs camp hosted by Missouri Veterans and their families. Azsure has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award the past two years for involvement in her community working with Special Needs children and their families.  She is also actively involved with Special Olympics.

Azsure Alderson

Special Athlete Program Manager

Azsure has been involved in cheerleading for 15 years and has a lifetime of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She is certified to coach and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Camp Guardian, a free special needs camp hosted by Missouri Veterans and their families. Azsure has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award the past two years for involvement in her community working with Special Needs children and their families.  She is also actively involved with Special Olympics.

 
Ashleigh Whitney Coach, Front Desk Assistant Ashleigh has been on KC Cheer for 14 years, and is honored to have wrapped up her 15th season winning the bronze medal at worlds with Fierce 5. Ashleigh has experience with athletes of all ages and all skill levels. Ashleigh will be attending K-State in the fall, where she is a member of the K-State cheer squad.

Ashleigh Whitney

Coach, Front Desk Assistant

Ashleigh has been on KC Cheer for 14 years, and is honored to have wrapped up her 15th season winning the bronze medal at worlds with Fierce 5. Ashleigh has experience with athletes of all ages and all skill levels. Ashleigh will be attending K-State in the fall, where she is a member of the K-State cheer squad.