Staff and Coaches


Girls Rec Director: Re Shephard

Gymnastics has always been Re's first love. She started gymnastics when she was 5 years old. From there, she began competing at age 6 and continued into upper level competition until the age of 13. While competing in California during her junior high school, her Class 3 team won the state championships. At the time, Re was ranked 14th in the state.
While in high school Re cheered for 4 years and began coaching recreational and team gymnastics when she graduated. After coaching for 8 years, Re decided to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida, which she obtained in 2000. She went onto work in Cardiac and Respiratory Rehabilitation for 10 years before she started to miss her first love.
In February of 2010, Re decided to start coaching again and has been a part of the team at Shining Light ever since.  

Office Manager: Elizabeth Olfat

Elizabeth grew up in Greenbrier Tennessee but now lives in Spring Hill with her husband and their mini-schnauzer. She studied Accounting at Tennessee Tech University and started working at Shining Light Gymnastics in July 2012 as a part-time office assistant. She was rapidly promoted to Office Manager by February 2013.

Elizabeth is C.P.R certified and enjoys working with all the children at Shining Light. In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Parent Child Director & Pre-Rec Director: Donna Hubbard

Raised in Chicago, Donna Hubbard always enjoyed cheering and tumbling. During her childhood, she studied under the director of the Chicago Sting cheerleaders. She later moved to Tennessee where she studied Child Psychology and Development at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga TN.  
Donna has been coaching gymnastics and cheer for over 19 years with a focus on power tumbling, acrobatics, and trampoline. She enjoys judging and is a certified A.A.U judge. Her list of certifications include: K.A.T (Kinder Accreditation for Teachers), AAU, C.P.R, and Safety certifications. Donna loves working with children and watching them achieve their personal goals.

Cheer Tumble Director: Jackie Rusin

Jackie became Shining Light's Cheer Director in April of 2014. She was born in Spring Hill, Tennessee and currently lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  She has participated in competitive cheer and gymnastics for over 14 years.  Jackie received many national titles while cheerleading.  She is currently enrolled at MTSU where she is majoring in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in Child Development.  Jackie has obtained many certifications including CPR, First Aid, and Concussion Awareness.

Jackie is a fun, energetic, and outgoing person who loves working with children. She works hard every day to make sure your children are having fun while learning something new. Jackie has coached competitive teams who have won national titles so she knows what it takes to coach a successful team. She wants to ensure parents that their child will not only become the best they can be, but that they will always leave the gym shining like a star!

Boys Rec Director: Matt Swafford