Our Staff


Stephanie Paluchniak, Owner

Stephanie is not only the owner of The Flip Zone but is the coaches all  of the competitive gymnastic teams. She was a successful college gymnast at Ball State University and has extensive experience coaching gymnastics at the club and high school levels. Her gymnastics career spans nearly 34 years. Aside form being a gymnast, she has served the sport as a coach, judge, meet director, volunteer and clinician. She has a passion for helping children achieve their potential and makes sure they have fun along the way. Stephanie is the very proud mother of her son Spencer and her daughter, Shaylee. When not at the gym (which isn't often), Stephanie is golfing!

Stephanie is a graduate of Ball State University where she was a four year varsity letterman and scholarship recipient for Gymnastics. She received a B.S. in Exercise Science and minored in Counseling Psychology. During her high school and collegiate gymnastics career, she set and broke school records and was a two- time IHSAA State Champion. In November 2009, Stephanie was inducted into Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame. Strout has coached in the Midwest over the past 20 years and founded The Flip Zone in January 2006. Being involved in gymnastics since the age of 9, as a gymnast, judge, coach, and parent of a gymnast, Stephanie has been able to develop a unique training system for her athletes in all programs at The Flip Zone.

  • Gym Owner
  • Coaches all levels 2-10
  • USAG Professional Member
  • Former USAG Gymnastics Judge
  • National Coach Certified (W400)
  • USASF Level 1-5 Certified Coach
  • Gymnastics Choreographer
  • USAG Safety Certified, CPR and First Aid Certified

Shelly Vernengo, Team Coach & Recreational Gymnastics Director

Shelly has been coaching gymnastics since 2002 and was also a competitive gymnast. She has a Biology and Psychology Degree from Purdue University. Shelly is married to Dominic and has 3 children. Shelly is also the Director for Plainfield Optimist Cheerleading.

  • Recreational Gymnastics Director
  • Party Coordinator
  • Recreational & Preschool Gymnastics Instructor
  • Xcel Team Coach

Irving Nochez, Team Director & Head Coach

Irving is the Director & Head Coach of the Flip Zone Competitive Gymnastics Program. He brings many years of coaching & judging experience to Indiana & Region 5 as the former National Team Director and Head Coach of El Salvador Women's Artistic Gymnastics. Irving has both international (FIG) and USA gymnastics coaching credentials and has coached several accomplished gymnasts in his native country of El Salvador. We are very excited to have him direct and train our gymnasts and coaches as we develop our program into one of the top competitive gymnastics programs in Indiana and Region 5!

Chelsea Emerson, Team Coach & TOPs Director

Chelsea Emerson is our TOPs Team Director and Team Coach.

  • BS in Physical Education 2010 Indiana University 
  • Indiana USAG Board Member 
  • Former Level 9 gymnast SIGS 
  • ACE certified Personal Trainer 
  • USAG Professional Member 
  • USAG SafeSport Certified
  • USAG Safety Certified
  • USAG Gymnastics Coach Level 2-10 and Excel. 

Trish Spencer, Venom Cheer Tumbling Director

Trish is our Tumbling Director and Venom Cheer Coach.

Megan Guptill, Preschool Director

Megan Guptill grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Cathedral High School. She majored in Elementary Education with a History minor from Hanover College (in Southern Indiana). Upon graduating with honors she moved to Plainfield. She traveled the country for two years as a National Consultant for her sorority, Chi Omega. She then taught sixth grade, fifth grade, and five years of Kindergarten at St. Susanna School. This is her eighth year at SSGNL and seventh as the Director. She has 5 children, Caroline is 10, Benny is 8, and Alex and Nick are both 6, and Oliver Zane (Ozzy) is 1. She lives in Avon with her husband and a dog. Life is crazy at their house but she loves it!!

  • SSGNL Preschool Director
  • Front Desk Staff
  • Preschool Gymnastics Instructor

Kristen Dunbar, Venom All Star Cheer Director

Kristen grew up in Danville and graduated from Indiana State University in 2007 where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. She is also currently working on a double masters degree in Leadership and Management and her MBA from WGU as well, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2018. She is married to her college sweetheart, Josh, and they reside in Avon with their three children: Cooper, Elijah, and Camdyn. She is in her 15th year of coaching cheerleading and works with the area cheer programs,, including former commissioner of Avon Junior Athletic Association for cheerleading from winter 2013- fall 2017, Head Coach for Avon Middle School South, coached at Avon High School, Danville High School, and Rockville Jr. Sr. High School.


Kristen seizes any opportunity to further her training in the All-Star Cheerleading world. Currently she is credentialed in tumbling through USASF through Levels 1-3. She is Concussion Prevention trained as well as trained in HeatWise Prevention and CardiacWise Prevention. Cheerleading is her passion and each of her athletes is her family! She cannot wait to welcome you to her program!

Devon Fischer, Team Coach

  • USAG Level 9 judge 
  • IUPUI Pre- Physical Therapy Major
  • Former Optional Level Gymnast  
  • CPR Certified
  • Safesport Certified  

Maddy Ealy, Team Coach

  • USAG Level 9 judge
  • Former optional gymnast & Floor Exercise State Champion 
  • IUPUI student pre-nursing major

Dana Armstrong, Team Coach

  • Level 2 Coach
  • Developmental Team Coach

Taylor Stahl, Team Coach

Taylor Stahl is our Level 3 team coach.

Erin Jessup, Venom Cheer Coach




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