Leadership Team & Coaches

Our classes are led by well-trained, passionate coaches
who have a heart to serve & mentor our students into the
fullness of their ability.


Matt Swafford

General Manager, Boy’s Recreational Gymnastics Director and Ninja Warrior Director

Matt was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when he was two years old. He first fell in love with gymnastics while living in Louisiana. He moved to Tennessee in 2000 and continued training until 2004. Matt has been coaching gymnastics since 2006. His favorite part of coaching is watching the students learn and grow in the sport that has shaped many aspects of his own life. Matt has obtained many certifications including CPR, First Aid, USAG, and Concussion Awareness.

He got married and started working for Shining Light Gymnastics in 2015. He began to go through several leadership training courses and was awarded the General Manager position at Shining Light in 2018.

Re Shephard

Floor Manager and Trainer

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 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 on to 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. Re has obtained many certifications including CPR, First Aid, USAG, and Concussion Awareness.

Bethany Wilson

Office Manager

Bethany worked at Academy Sports and Outdoors as an Operations Manager from 1999 to 2017 and then joined Shining Light as an Office Manager in 2018. Bethany and her husband have 3 children that actively participate in a variety of sports and love Shining Light so much that it has become their second home. They spend a lot of time at Shining Light, as a family. They are very invested in making it a success for the families of Spring Hill and surrounding areas.

Christy Myers

Marketing & Public Relations Director and Team Coach

Christy grew up in Kentucky where she did tumbling and cheer from age 5 until age 18. She began coaching at age 15 and has been coaching ever since! Nothing brings her greater joy than inspiring athletes and watching them succeed! Christy attended school at Western Kentucky University where she received a degree in marketing. She moved to Tennessee in 2007 and began working at Shining Light Gymnastics in 2009. The God-centered, family environment made her realize it was exactly where she was meant to be! Christy is certified in CPR, First Aid, USAG, and Concussion Awareness.

Jenny Groom

Retail Manager

Jenny was born in Wisconsin, but spent her school age years in Florida and then moved to Tennessee in 1989. Her absolute favorite thing to do is coach gymnastics and she has been doing that since she was 14 years old. Jenny was a competitive gymnast from the time she was 6 until she was 13 years old. Jenny also did ballet and dance from the time she was 3 to 18 years old. Jenny is overwhelmed by the joy that she receives through watching her students succeed in gymnastics and every day life. Jenny has obtained many certifications including CPR, First Aid, USAG, and Concussion Awareness.

Melissa Teaney

Team Head Coach

Coach Melissa started gymnastics when she was 5 years old and competed through level 6 at Olympia Gymnastics in Michigan. During her middle school and high school years she played volleyball, basketball and and also pursued horseback riding but the love of gymnastics never left her. She resumed gymnastics after high school. Returning to her home gym in Michigan, she began coaching in 2008 and eventually started competing again. Coach Melissa competed through level 9, making it to level 9 Eastern Nationals. In 2016, she stopped her competitive career and moved to Tennessee and continued coaching. She is very excited to be part of team Shining Light!

Stacie Jensen

Team Director

Stacie competed in gymnastics growing up, then switched to cheer and tumbling through middle and high school. She has coached gymnastics for 23 years  and loves the sport, the athletes, the learning and is passionate to ensure each athlete gets to shine! She has coached competitive teams of all levels in three different states and joined Shining Light after moving here 4 years ago. She’s thrilled to be at Shining Light to not only to teach gymnastics, but teach faith and character as well! Outside of the gym, she’s a full time homeschool mom, chauffeur, cook, and wife to an amazing husband.

Danielle Ridenour

Cheer & Tumble Director

Danielle grew up in Knoxville, TN where she cheered for Premier Athletics from ages 8-18. When she was a senior, her team received a paid bid to attend the Cheerleading World Championships where they placed in the top ten. After graduating high school, she was given the opportunity to coach at Premier while attending The University of Tennessee. During her years at Premier she coached teams to multiple National championships, including an International All Levels title in 2010. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a BSBA in Finance, she moved to Brentwood with her husband to help him with his business. After their kids signed up for classes at Shining Light, mom knew she needed to be back doing what she loved to do…coaching. Danielle has obtained many certifications including CPR, First Aid, USASF, USAG, and Concussion Awareness.

Tammy Swinney

Pre-Recreational Gymnastics Director, Camp Director and Parents’ Night Out Director

Tammy was born and raised in Tennessee. She has a degree in nursing and elementary education. She currently homeschools her three children. She loves Shining Light Gymnastics and the positive impact they make in every kids life. After her kids signed up for classes at Shining Light, she knew she wanted to be a part of the team. Tammy loves being a role model and guide for her students and coaches. She truly cares for her students and works hard at her gymnastics coaching position to provide the best experience possible for them.
 

Tiffany Jackson

Girl’s Recreational Gymnastics Director

Tiffany was born and raised in Franklin, Tn. She started taking cheer classes at 3 years old and began cheering competitively at 7 years old. She was a varsity cheerleader all 4 years at Independence High School. Through high school she coached cheer to elementary aged students. As a young adult she wanted to get back into coaching, so I got a job coaching gymnastics. After getting married and having 2 kids, she was a stay at home mom while her husband was in the Army. When they moved back to Tennessee she put my oldest in classes at Shining Light. Tiffany quickly learned how much she missed coaching and decided what better place than here at Shining Light. Besides being a wife and mother, this is my favorite thing to do!

Danielle White

Open Play & Open Gym Director

Originally from Detroit, she and her husband moved to Spring Hill during the summer of 2021 with their two children.  A week after moving, their kids started Ninja Warrior classes at Shining Light and fell in love with the gym! With a degree in advertising from Michigan State University, Danielle’s career focus has been in the sport marketing and sponsorship field. The former high school cheerleader and dancer is excited to combine her passion of athletics, physical fitness and love for children’s ministry to the families at Shining Light Gymnastics in a way that glorifies God. Her life verse is John 13:35 “By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” She hopes to bring this love and energy to her work with your children and family at Shining Light Gymnastics.

Kari Goosby

Homeschool Program Director

Kari was born in Pennsylvania, but spent her first five years in West Africa with her missionary parents. On returning to the States, her family settled in South Jersey. She graduated from Cairn University, majoring in both Bible and Elementary Education. She moved to Tennessee in 2002, and she currently homeschools all five of her children. 
As Homeschool Program Director, she is able to combine her love of gymnastics with her passion for homeschooling and the homeschool community.

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