Kandi is originally from Warsaw, Indiana and has her education in computer science and graphic design. She currently lives in Markle with her husband of eleven years, Mark, and their two children, Peyton, age 12 and Kendall, age 11.
In January of 2009, Kandi made a life changing decision to get healthy. Her efforts resulted in over a 100 pound weight loss, increased energy and a better quality of life. She received her Zumba certification in 2009 and began teaching immediately. She then continued her fitness eduction with her Group Fitness Certification, as well as Spinning, Zumba 2, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba and HipHop Hustle.
Before having children, Kandi coached Middle School and High School cheerleading in Warsaw. Once her children were no longer newborns, and she found her home away from home at the gym, she made the switch to All-Star cheerleading. She has been with the competition cheer program for 8 years.
Tifani began gymnastics when she was just 3 years old. She has always had a passion for tumbling and cheer. Throughout the years she cheered for her middle school, high school, and competed in all-star cheerleading for 5 years. While cheering all-stars she was an assistant coach for the youth team. After aging out of all-star cheer she taught teams of her own. Tifani has had 6 years of experience coaching various level 2, 3, 4, and 5 all-star teams. Currently a senior at IPFW, she will have her bachelors degree in Criminal Justice in December 2018. Tifani currently is teaching tumbling levels 4 & 5, trains school teams as well as part of the Stealth cheerleading coaching staff
Tori has been with the gym since the spring of 2016. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at IPFW, where she also a member of the school's cheer team. Tori cheered on the Norwell High School varsity cheer team for four years, before graduating in 2015. During her time before college, she spent 8 years in All-Star cheerleading, competing with a senior level 4 team, and a senior level 5 Worlds team. Tori is passionate about helping kids of all ages reach their full potential. Tori can be found teaching bunnies, bees, bugs and levels 1-5 at Stealth Athletix, coaching area school teams, as well as part of the Stealth cheerleading coaching staff.
Mary Fink has been with our family for 10 years and has been coaching here for since 2012. She is a Junior and is currently studying Health and Exercise Science at USF. She is a graduate of Bishop Luers, where she was involved in many sports including Cheer. Mary has a passion toward helping athletes reach their fullest potential in athletics and life. Mary coaches all tumbling levels from the 2 year olds to the level 4/5 classes at Stealth Athletix and is one of the coaches for the competitive cheer teams.
Carlee has been with the gym since the Summer of 2017. She is currently studying Marketing and Communications at the University of Saint Francis. She is also a member of the universities cheerleading squad. Carlee cheered on many competitive cheerleading teams before retiring from All-Star cheer in 2016. Starting her All-star career at the age of 9, she competed on a junior level 3 team, junior level 4, and a senior level 5 team that had the opportunity to perform at the Worlds Competition at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Carlee can be found teaching bees, bugs and level 1 classes at Stealth Athletix and is also apart of the competitive cheerleading coaching staff!
Nicole started tumbling when she was 10 years old. She has many years of experience in cheerleading from middle school, high school, all-star to college, where she cheers at the University of Saint Francis. As a cheerleader on the USF team, she has competed in the NAIA division where they were the runner-up for the 2016-2017 season, and third place for the 2017-2018 season. While attending college, Nicole assists in coaching the New Haven High School cheer team. Cheerleading and tumbling has always been a big part of her life. Nicole currently coaches levels 1-3 tumbling classes and is a part of the competitive cheerleading coaching staff for the 2018-2019 season.
Chelsea has been a part of the family since 2010, when she began taking classes. Chelsea cheered in high school, for TX Elite, and for some time at the collegiate level. We appreciate Chelsea’s strong work ethic, passion to help her students succeed, and her drive to reach her own personal goals. These characteristics make her a valuable asset to Stealth Athletix. Currently, Chelsea works at our Front Desk as well coaching beginner and intermediate tumbling classes.
Haylie Miller joined the staff in 2013. She is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at IPFW. Haylie has cheered and tumbled at both a school and competitive level. She cheered competitively in middle school and high school! Haylie’s patience, guidance, and love for all of her students makes her an outstanding coach, she is a great asset to Stealth Athletix.
Alexyea Ward has been involved in all-star cheerleading for 14 years now and it still continues to be her passion. Ever since Alexyea was 12 she was put on a level 5 Worlds team, where she has had the opportunity of attending cheerleading worlds 5 times. Just last year she was named a top 25 female athlete in the country for tumbling. Alexyea is currently a student at Huntington North High School and plans on finishing high school in only 3 years. After she finishes High School she has plans on achieving her goal of cheering at the University of Kentucky. Alexyea enjoys working with kids of all ages and helping them reach to the best of their potential. Alexyea is currently away from her home as she competes with the Stingrays. We look forward to having her step into classes when she‘s back home.
Kierra has been with gym since the summer of 2017 but has previously tumbled there as a student for many years, she is currently a freshman at Ole Miss. Before leaving for college, Kierra graduated from Homestead High School and had been on the cheer team all 4 years. She has competitively cheered at HHS for 2 years. Kierra has a passion to help athletes gain the dedication she has and to also reach the students full potential. Kierra has previous experience with the bugs and bees. You can find her teaching levels 1, 2 & 3 tumbling classes when she’s back for the summer.
Brooke is currently a senior at Homestead High School and will be attending Ball State University next year where she'll be studying psychology while cheering on the Ball State Co-Ed Team. Brooke's history of cheerleading includes Summit Middles School, Homestead High School as well as competing in All-Star Cheer for the past 9 years. Brooke has competed six times at the Cheerleading Worlds, receiving the 2017 Bronze with the Top Gun Lady Jags team. This past year she also joined the Homestead Gymnastics team. She is dedicated and has a passion for making athletes reach their full potential, motivating them to be the best athlete the can become. Brooke is currently in Florida competing with the Lady Jags, but we look forward to her stepping into classes when she’s back home.
Austin was one of our former students turned instructor. He has cheered competitively for 3 years, competing on the Worlds stage in 2014 & 2015. He is currently a student at Ball State University where he is studying psychology. Austin can be found teaching levels 2 through 5 and assisting with the competition teams this summer when he’s back from his time at BSU.
Addie has been with the gym for over 8 years. First as an athlete in our tumbling classes, then she started instructing 4 years ago. She cheered three years at the Varsity level and one year at the JV level at Norwell High School where she graduated in 2017. She is now entering her second year of collegiate cheerleading at Butler University where she is studying Health Science in hope of becoming a physical therapist. Addie has always loved working with children and is excited to be back in the gym for a few months this summer. You will find Addie teaching in the preschool level classes during the summer months.
My name is Kim Truesdell. After losing more than 110 pounds, I was inspired to begin teaching group exercise and share my passion for fitness with others. I am an ACE certified personal trainer, and I hold certifications in multiple group fitness formats - including Spinning, Piloxing and Ripped. I also enjoy running, and I have completed dozens of races including close to 20 half marathons, five marathons and two 50Ks. I grew up in Cincinnati but have lived in Fort Wayne for 14 years. I have been married to Mark for nearly 10 years, and we have two boys - Miles and Silas. When I'm not in the gym or on the greenway, I can be found enjoying a good cup of coffee or a strong margarita.
My name is Alicia Iannettoni. I am a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and Beachbody Live Master Trainer. Group fitness has been my passion for over 10 years. I am currently certified in PiYo, CIZE, Turbokick, Insanity, Country Heat, and Bootcamp. I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and my family and I spent the last 6 years in Fort Worth, Texas. We just recently relocated to Fort Wayne. I have been married to my husband Andrew for 8 years and we have two girls named Arianna and Alexa. When I am not teaching I enjoy traveling, reading, Netflix, dancing, and a good margarita.
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