Staff

All Houston Elite Cheer coaches are very knowledgeable, enthusiac and love working with kids of all ages.  Each coach sets their own private lesson schedule, so if you are interested in private lessons, call/TEXT the coach directly or call the HEC (713) 464-1445 to see which coach best suits your needs since some coaches specialize in certain areas of cheerleading, gymnastics and tumbling.  If you want to train with the best, Houston Elite Cheer is THE place to be. 

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Dana Biggers, Owner & CEO/Private Lesson Specialist

houstonelitecheer@yahoo.com

Dana Biggers is the owner and CEO of Houston Elite Cheer. Dana has been involved in gymnastics and cheerleading her entire life. In her early childhood, she was a competitive gymnast under the direction of Gary Daw at Universal Gymnastics and competed as a level 8 optional gymnast. She then switched over to cheerleading in 6th grade and fell in love with the sport. She cheered at Trinity Episcopal, Central MS and Ball High School in her hometown, Galveston. She was a NCA All-American and UCA All-Star cheerleader throughout these years.  For college, she attended Sam Houston State where she cheered, competed and then transferred to the University of Houston and was awarded NCA All-American at the collegiate level. Dana cheered on the very first NATIONAL CHAMPION winning team at U of H in 2001 under the direction of Sean Garland. As captain her senior year, she led her team to victory and earned her first NCA National Champion collegiate title. She graduated with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. Dana has been coaching gymnastics and cheerleading for over 21 years. Dana produces incredible "game day" cheerleaders and loves to help prepare athletes for their school cheer tryouts but books up extremely fast. For the last 8 years, an average of 97% of the "Dana Girls" that trained with her on a weekly basis made the squad at their school/college. She is extremely talented in all aspects of cheerleading and tumbling. So if you are interested in junior high, high school or college cheerleading, she is THE one you need to see.  

Fun fact: Dana is fluent in Spanish and has also attended law school. She is scared of clowns. Dana is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and has a son named Parker and a daughter named RyLee.

Contact: (832) 725-3838


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Mitchel Schlichting, Senior Tumbling Coach

mitchelschlichting@gmail.com

Mitchel "Mitch" Schlichting  has been part of HEC since the doors opened! He also been in the cheerleading arena for six years and has been coaching for 8 years.  He started his cheer career on a Level 4 competitive team at The Pride of Texas and cheered there for three years.  After graduating from Bellaire High School, he coached tumbling classes, competitive and recreational cheer teams and taught private lessons to athletes 5-18 years of age.  Mitch also competed on Texas Lonestar Cheer Company's Level 6 team.  In 2013, he competed with Champion Cheer as a Level 6 athlete in Dallas.  Mitch competed at Worlds in 2013, and his team was awarded 4th place. He also competed at NCA in 2013 and 2015 as a Level 6 athlete. Mitch returned to Texas Cheer and competed again with Lvl 5 Redi. Mitch also cheered at the University of Houston co-ed squad for two years. GO COOGS!!!  He is a great coach and loves teaching kids of all ages how to tumble/stunt.

#StayDown #DSD1

Fun fact: Mitchel is also a Realtor in the Houston area and has a son named Braxton.

Contact: (832) 524-1133


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Lakeyn Johnson, Senior Tumbling/Cheer Coach

lakeynjohnson@yahoo.com

Lakeyn Johnson has been cheering for 15 years. Doing both competitive cheer and school cheer, Lakeyn first started her cheering career at Westside Cheer Academy at 8 years old where she won two jump competitions. She then went on to cheer at Cheer Nation (now Prodigy) on a level 5 team and competed at NCA for three years. Lakeyn also cheered at Morton Ranch High School on the varsity cheer team where she served as cheer captain for two years, winning the UCA summer camp jump competition for three years in a row, as well as being recognized as an All American cheerleader for UCA for three consecutive years. Lakeyn enjoyed cheering and perfecting many different elite skills throughout her cheer career. After High School Lakeyn first attended Louisiana State University and then transferred to the University of Houston where she received a degree in Nutrition. She loves kids and is now dedicated to teaching kids her same passion for cheerleading. She enjoys watching kids learn, grow and wants them to enjoy the sport just as much as she does. Lakeyn loves doing choreography and working with school teams. 

Fun fact: Lakeyn loves LSU football Geaux Tigers! 

Contact: (281) 899-9726


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Kylie Fountain, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Kylie.fountain1999@icloud.com

Kylie is a passionate and driven coach who has been in the cheer world since 2006. She started cheering competitively at the Academy of Gymnastics and Dance in her hometown, until she made the cheer team at Hudson Middle School. She continued to make her school cheer team every year from 7th grade to her senior year. She rejoined the competitive world in 2014 with Academy of Gymnastics and Dance, before moving to Cheer Extreme winning numerous NCA titles & bids with both gyms. After high school she made the 2017-2018 collegiate cheer team for the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, before moving to Houston to finish college.

Fun fact: Kylie made it as a finalist in 2018 for the Houston Texans and loves to golf as much as she loves cheer.

Contact: (936) 238-9464


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Geris McMurray, Senior Tumbling Coach

geris247@yahoo.com

Geris McMurray has been cheering or coaching competitive and school for 27 years. I started at a gym called Northwest Allstars and went on to Texas Lonestar. Started cheering at U of H the year after Dana won, and my own title in 2003( Go Coogs!!). I coached at Texas Cheer, CheerNation and Prodigy Allstars from 2001-2018, and have been the tumbling director at Olympia Gymnastics for 2 1/2 years. I love the process of building confidence, physical health, and doing what I can to make people happy. I've coached thousands of athletes over the years and never get tired of helping athletes achieve their goals and hope to be able to help as many HEC athletes as I can.

Fun fact: Lives in NW Houston with my wife Jennifer, and our dog Major. I am currently back at U of H, and have had the pleasure of coaching Mitch, Helena, Lakeyn, and Kk.

Contact: (832) 704-2288

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Britani Kirkpatrick, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

britaaaniimichelle@gmail.com

Britani has been cheering for 12 years. Nine of those years were competitive and the others have been school cheer. She originally found her passion for cheerleading at Prodigy All-Stars where she won two national titles, one with a level 4 team and one with a level 5 team. She then went to college and cheered her freshman year at TAMU-CC & transferred to University of Houston, where she cheered for 2 years. Now she is focused on graduating from The University of Houston with her Bachelor of Science and coaching others through the passion of cheerleading.

Fun Fact: Britani is the oldest of 7 kids and has pursued the career of social media marketing since 2019.

Contact: (832) 302-4708


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Helena Weathersby, Cheer/Senior Tumbling Coach

hweathersby@icloud.com

Helena has been cheering and tumbling for 19 years beginning when she was 9 years old.  From the very beginning, she developed a great passion for cheerleading.  Throughout her years Helena has acquired and mastered both running and standing tumbling skills up to a double full and standing full,  perfected her jump technique, learned how to be an effective base as well as a flyer, and perfected her motion technique and sharpness in order to make herself the best overall cheerleader possible.  She cheered and competed with two teams. First Storm All Stars (now called Apex) and then Texas Lonestar Cheer Company where she would complete her senior year of all star cheerleading before graduating and attending the University of Houston.  Her passion for cheer lead to her career as a coach.   In doing this, she can pass on all the skills that made her such a great cheerleader to other young and eager athletes while also gaining new knowledge for herself in order to be the most effective coach possible.

Helena graduated with a major in Kinesiology from the University of Houston where she also cheered and was named captain for her 3rd year as a cheerleader.  After a great 3rd year, Helena was overjoyed to receive the MVP award as captain for all of her leadership contributions. Even after 19 years of such an amazing sport, Helena continues to do something she loves!

Fun fact: Her favorite type of music is classic rock.

Contact: (713) 545-2497


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Makenzie Schellberg, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

schellbergmakenzie@gmail.com

Makenzie started doing gymnastics at the age of 3 at Westwood Gymnastics. She always watched the bigger girls at the tumbling classes there and wanted to try it so she started tumbling at Westwood Gymnastics at the age of 7. At the age of 11, she started going to Houston Elite Cheer. She fell in love with tumbling and kept pushing herself to do her best and get the skills she wanted. She is a cheerleader on the Varsity team at Memorial High School. Makenzie also spends many days at the gym doing privates and classes to perfect her skills. Makenzie likes to help young athletes accomplish skills that they have been working on and get them to the place they want to be at. Makenzie loves seeing all the young athletes in the gym loving the sport she loves so much. Having 6 siblings, Makenzie has learned to have patience and have a positive attitude to complete everything she does because she knows she needs to be a role model to everyone and especially kids. 

Fun Fact: Makenzie has 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 chickens, 4 peacocks, a lizard, and a fish and loves playing golf in her free time. 

Contact: (832) 918-7511


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Kaylea Brocher, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

kaylealiz@gmail.com

Kaylea is a senior at Memorial High School and has always loved cheer!  She first asked to join the sport at age 2 and was on her first team at age 3.   Now in her fifteenth year, she is a back-spot on a Woodland’s Elite world’s team.   Kaylea’s teams have won many competitions including NCA nationals titles.   Kaylea is known for being a tumbling perfectionist as she strives for great technique.   She has obtained tumbling skills up to a double twisting layout.  She enjoys helping younger athletes perfect their skills and watching them achieve new ones.  She likes many other sports including surfing, horseback riding, dance, scuba diving, and snow skiing.   Kaylea is inspired by her favorite quote: “Your talent determines what you can do.  Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do.  Your attitude determines how well you do it.”   In Kaylea’s free time, you can find her at the gym or spending time with her friends.  

Fun fact: Kaylea has 4 nieces and 1 nephew.

Contact: (409) 392-0856


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Olivia “Liv” Jenkins, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

omj1201@yahoo.com

Liv is a varsity cheerleader at Stratford High School. She started gymnastics at age 5 with Stars Gymnastics and later switched to tumbling lessons. Although she hasn’t been doing cheer for very long, when she tried out for the cheer team and made JV her freshman year, Liv fell in love with the sport and pushes herself everyday to get better. Liv has a passion for tumbling as she has been doing tumbling classes at HEC for the past 7 years. She loves working with little kids and hopes she can help young athletes improve their skills.  When Liv is not at cheer you can find her with friends, on the beach, or walking her dog.

Fun fact: Liv loves to eat fruit and has 2 dogs.

Contact: (281) 770-1733


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Kayla Ormstron, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

kaylaormston2004@gmail.com

Kayla started tumbling at the age of 8. At first, it started on the play ground every recess, then at age 10, she started taking tumbling lessons at Biron’s gymnastics. She started coming to HEC in middle school with her friend where she joined the level 3/4/5 class. When high school started, she tried out for the Stratford cheer team where she made JV. Kayla enjoys cheering. tumbling, and stunting with her team at all of the football games. When she’s not at cheer you can find her traveling, shopping, or hanging out with friends and family. She enjoys working with kids and helping them improve on their skills.

Fun fact: Kayla’s favorite thing to do is visit New York City and hopes to move there after college.

Contact: 713-906-1206


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Avery Alvarado, Cheer/Dance/Tumbling Coach

averyalvarado03@gmail.com

Avery started competitive dance at the age of 7 and is now in her 10th year as a competitive dancer. When she went into high school, she realized she wanted to try something new and aimed to make the Strake Jesuit Cheer Team. Avery started going to Houston Elite Cheer at age 15 and immediately fell in love with cheer. Avery is now on the JV team for Strake Jesuit and loves every minute of it, while still doing privates at the gym to better her skills. As a long time athlete, she understands the importance of a learning environment that pushes the athlete while not mistreating or intimidating the athlete. Avery loves teaching kids to have a positive attitude and a strong drive to better themselves inside and outside of the gym. She also understands that the skills children will learn at the gym will also help them flourish as a person for the rest of their life.

Fun fact: Avery is one of five kids and lived in Trinidad for the first two years of her life.

Contact: (832) 228-1620


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Kennedy Dupre, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

duprekennedy@gmail.com

Kennedy started competition cheer at 8 years old and after 7 years she tried out school cheerleading. She love teaching kids and seeing how happy they get when they do skills by themselves. Coaching is a passion of hers and she hopes to be a teacher when she gets olde. Lastly, she loves hanging out with her friends and family!

Fun fact: Kennedy also plays lacrosse!

Contact: (713) 997-9825


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Ella Bagnall, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

ellabagnallpeterson@yahoo.com

Ella started her cheer and gymnastics days when she was five years of age, and eventually started competitive cheer at Biron Elite cheer. For as long as she can remember, she has always favored tumbling over every other skill. When Ella entered high school, she played volleyball freshman year but, sophomore year, she tried out for the Stratford cheer team and made JV. When Ella has free time, she’ll probably be binging a new show, shopping, or spending time with friends. Ella enjoys teaching people new skills and helping them become a better version of themselves!

Fun fact: Ella's foreign language is American sign language, she has a phobia of bananas, her dream job is becoming a dermatologist, and her favorite animal is a cat.

Contact: (281) 467-7974


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Emily Keenan, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

eekeenan114@gmail.com

Emily is a sophomore at Episcopal High School where she is on the varsity cheer team. Emily started gymnastics when she was 7 years old. Tumbling is her passion, and she started cheer as a freshman. She made the varsity team at Episcopal High School her sophomore year and has continued to keep her skills up by attending regular lessons at Houston Elite Cheer. Emily enjoys helping others learn new skills and knows how cheer can also teach life long lessons.

Fun fact: Emily loves baking and enjoys playing tennis in her free time.

Contact: (713) 501-9050


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Lexie Masterson, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

lemasterson04@icloud.com

Lexie is a sophomore at Episcopal High School where she is on varsity the cheer team. Lexie has been doing tumbling since the age of 8. She started cheer freshmen year at Episcopal and was on their Freshman and JV squad. Tumbling is her passion and has been taking lessons at HEC for about 2 years now. She has continuous privates to keep up her skills on and off season. Lexie loves teaching new skills and helping people becoming better at whatever they are working on. When Lexie is not cheering you will find her hanging out with friends and family or traveling.

Fun fact: Lexie has a twin brother who goes to Kinkaid, and a younger brother.

Contact: 713-444-6284

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