Kristy Neuman – Owner/Founder/Coach
I am Coach Kristy, I LOVE kids and I love to teach! Today in the gym will you find me coaching Parent & Me and a few preschool gymnastics classes along with assisting with our Senior 5 Cheer team! I thank God every day for giving me this amazing opportunity in life to give kids the tools to become strong, confident and leaders! To me the best part is we can Dance, Cheer and Tumble our way to amazing success in life. I pride myself on always being positive and finding the good in every situation! I will always be happy and a strong leader! I love life and gymnastics! I feel so excited to share this sport with anyone I can. A few credentials I have earned along the way are, I am a graduate of the Positive Coaching Alliance, CPR/1st Aid Certified, USASF credentialed in tumbling and stunt level 1- 5, AAU and USTA certified and professional member, USAG professional member, safety certified and hold a Doctorate degree from Northwestern specializing in Nuclear Medicine. I have continued my education by attending congress for USAG gymnastics, USTA tumble and USASF every year. I have graduated from Kids 1st Small Business Bootcamp 3x. If I am not at the gym you can find me at my son’s baseball game, in Miami visiting my oldest daughter at college, playing outside with my youngest or reading! My favorite color is Yellow, I love the sunshine and I love being a mom!
Jenneen Hansen – Gym Director
I had the privilege to join the Fire House Gym coaching staff in 2009. Since that time my duties at the gym have grown and I wear a few different hats as a member of this Elite Program! I am currently the Director of the Cheer Program, coach levels 1 & 2 and am also a mom to one of the Senior Cheer Athletes. I am blessed to be a part of this family focused gym! I am CPR and AED Certified as well as a member of USASF.
Katie Lindquist – Director of Tumble
Tumble Team Coach
I have been a coach at Fire since the doors opened. I started out coaching cheer, tumbling and gymnastics. I continued coaching the girl’s competitive gymnastics team for six years. I have also been coaching the tumble team for the past eight years. I am the director and head coach for tumble team as well as the head tumble coach for our level 3 & 5 cheer teams. When I’m not coaching, I’m spending time with my husband and kids. I also run a licensed home daycare. Working with children have always been a passion of mine. My goals for the future at Fire House Gym is to have athletes qualify for the Elite National Team and to help my athletes get college scholarships.
Some of my accomplishments as a coach are as follows:
30+ State champions in tumbling, 20+ National champions in tumbling, AAU National Team Coach, having 3 athletes that are on the National Team, 7 athletes that have won a special award as part of team central’s highest score on rod, trampoline and double mini.
Mickee Runge – Director of Cheer & Rec Programs
Cheer Team, Stunt, Flexibility, Tumble Coach
I believe in coaching athletes to not only perform better but to be better people with heightened life experiences while making memories that will last a lifetime. I cheered for 14 years and have been both a competitive All-Star and High School Cheerleading coach for the previous 8 years . I have worked at Chicagoland Cheer All Stars and Ultimate Athletics, and currently coach at Richmond Burton High School Head Coach (previous 5 years with St. Viator HS) and Fire House Gym. As a coach I have guided teams to accomplish many titles as I love all aspects of cheerleading. Aside from cheerleading, I recently graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Advertising. And a fun fact about me is that I race stock cars!
Danielle Brumm – Director of Gymnastics
I have been at Fire House Gym since the very beginning. I have worked with a variety of organizations on their Team Building Courses for the last 15 years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Valparaiso University as well as a Masters of Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation from Aurora University. I have always had a love for gymnastics from my years as a gymnast to watching my daughter, Marissa, develop into a level 7 optional gymnast here with Fire House Gym. I also have a son, Shaun, who is on the Tumble Team and a son, Luke, who lives to play soccer. I bring strong organizational and communication skills to our growing program.
Jackie Adler – Director of Dance
Jackie is thrilled to be at the helm of the brand new Ignite Dance Academy. She started off as a Starr Dancer for the Summers Academy of Dance in Crystal Lake at age 3. She continued her dance education at All That Dance in Crystal Lake, primarily in the hip hop style. She was a member of the varsity dance team at Prairie Ridge High School all four years and was the captain and choreographer in her senior year. Jackie attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and obtained a B.S. in Secondary Education and English. While studying at Marquette, Jackie was a member of the Milwaukee-based hip-hop company Hype and also choreographed for the team throughout her time at MU. After graduation, Jackie returned home and became an English teacher at Woodstock North High school, as well as the head dance team coach at Johnsburg High School. After two years of coaching the Fire House team Fuego, Jackie has been given the opportunity to put the dance program into full swing and is excited to begin her journey as director of the new company! It is a dream come true for her and she can’t wait to see what the future brings for IDA!
Casey Elder – Director of Gym Safety and Maintenance
Front Desk, Coach, Open Gym Staff
I officially joined the team at Fire House in June of 2014, after joking about needing to get a second job to pay for all the activities my kids were getting involved in at the gym. I spend as many hours every week in the lobby, watching my daughter, Maggie, on the gymnastics team and son, JP, on the tumble and cheer teams, as I do behind the desk and in the gym itself. Outside the gym, I spend most of my time following my husband’s and oldest son’s football teams and working as a custom home designer.
Previously, I have helped out with billing and family accounts and with other tasks behind the scenes. Since being tasked with improving gym safety and equipment maintenance protocols, I have jumped in with both feet to try to make a difference in this area. I am happy to listen to any concerns you might have or help in any way necessary to make the time you spend at Fire House Gym, whether one hour a week or many, an enjoyable experience.
Frank Silk – Director of Open Gym & Parties
Cheer Dad, Coach, Webmaster, and Special Gym Project Guy
Coach Silk brings over 25 years of experience coaching young athletes to the gym. His daughter Ava has been an athlete at the gym for 5 years and has currently made the transition from multiple teams to focus on cheer. Frank always has a smile on his face and carries with him a ton of energy when he is at the gym.