Meet Our Coaches

At Upstate Gymnastics we pride ourselves in having an awesome staff!  Each of our experienced coaches have a passion for the sport and love working with kids.  They are also continually evaluated and trained to stay current with all of the latest developments in safety and techniques.  We want your children to have great coaches who inspire them to be their best!


Talene Amirkhanian- Owner and Head Coach

Talene is a former Level 9 competitive gymnast.  While competing, she attained many titles and was both a State Champion and Regional Qualifier.  She is USAG safety certified and currently teaches Compulsory, Optionals, and women’s gymnastics here at Upstate.  She has an amazing work ethic, a wonderful sense of humor, and loves the sport!

Maureen Williamson 

Maureen was a member of the Canadian National Team and represented Canada at the World Championships in Prague and at the Pan American Games in Brazil.  She has had years of experience as both a gymnast and gym owner, coaching gymnasts from beginning gymnastics all the way up to the collegiate level.  She is still coaching and loves every aspect of the sport!

Amber Hansen

Amber is a former level 10 gymnast who has had many accomplishments as a State Champion, Regional Qualifier, and collegiate Clemson University Club National competitor. She is USAG safety certified; and is currently teaching Compulsory, Optionals, and women’s gymnastics here at Upstate.  Amber can spot the most advanced skills a top level gymnast can train and help that gymnast to fully attain them! She is a high energy, positive coach that never quits!

Sydney Roe

Sydney is a level 9 gymnast, Regional Qualifier, and collegiate Clemson University Club National competitor.  Since starting gymnastics at a young age, she has had years of experience and is a creative and adaptable coach.  Sydney has the best head of hair in the gym, hands down.  Look for the redhead!

Marni McGee

Marnie is a former collegiate competitor and a very experienced coach.  She brings a great, positive atmosphere to our preschool, women’s, and compulsory program.  She is also a homeschool teacher of her 5 amazing children, two of which are/were Upstate gymnasts!

Mendi Knisley

Mendi is a Level 10 gymnastics judge with 25 years of coaching experience.  She also holds the position of the State USA Association Secretary and has been a part of Upstate Gymnastics for many years.  Mendi has been a great asset here at Upstate with improving the small details that make a skill go from great to amazing!  She is also mother to one of our great compulsory gymnasts!

Emily Ahrens

Emily is a former level 9 gymnast and regional qualifier.  She is a former school teacher who loves working with and encouraging our Compulsory and Optional level gymnasts.  She is a great spotter for those difficult skills!  Her biggest accomplishment is being a loving mom to two children.

Hayley Moon

Hayley is a Safety and USAG certified preschool instructor and has enjoyed working with children from preschool age all the way up to teens.  She loves finding new and creative ways to teach her classes so that each session is always exciting.  She is a very organized, caring coach and her daughter, Hannah, is one of our amazing, Optional gymnasts.