Staff

All Houston Elite Cheer coaches are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic 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 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 23 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 10 years, an average of 96% 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 5-year old son named Parker and a 4-year old daughter named RyLee.

Contact: (832) 725-3838


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Griffin Simpson, Chief Marketing Officer

griffinbsimpson@yahoo.com

Griffin is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University. Gig em! Her love for children naturally led her to peruse a degree in Child Life, but she really found her passion through the courses in her Creative Studies minor.  She enjoys Graphic Design, Web Design, and Marketing. 

Fun fact: Griffin goes skydiving every year on her birthday!

Contact: (713) 304-5321


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Mitchel Schlichting, Senior Tumbling Coach

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 over 10 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 and daughter named Alora.

Contact: (832) 524-1133


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Lakeyn Johnson, Senior Tumbling/Cheer Coach

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, Summer Camp Director

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

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 and Lakeyn. Geris has a son named Joseph born 6/27/22.

Contact: (832) 704-2288

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Helena Weathersby, Cheer/Senior Tumbling Coach

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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Olivia “Liv” Jenkins, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

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

Kayla is a senior at stratford high school. She has been involved in gymnastics since she was 8 and has been training with HEC coaches for the last 5 years. Now she is a varsity cheerleader and provides lessons to those hoping to try out for their school cheer team as well. Kayla enjoys working with athletes of all ages to help them improve their cheerleading and tumbling skills. When Kayla is not cheering you can find her working out, with friends, or traveling.

Fun fact: Kayla’s favorite place to visit is Colorado and she loves skiing.

Contact: (713) 906-1206


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Emily Keenan, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

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

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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Jacqueline Charlize Howell, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Jacqueline grew up in Colorado and started gymnastics in elementary school. She reached competition level, and then went on to varsity cheer at the start of high school. Tumbling is one of her favorite parts about cheer. Now, Jacqueline is in college and loves to share her passion for cheer and tumbling with others. Being able to teach her passion for cheer and tumbling makes her extremely happy and grateful. When Jacqueline isn’t doing cheer, she loves to hang out with friends and family, play with fashion, make Tiktoks and model.

Fun fact: Jacqueline loves to sing and has a mixed Poodle named Cloud.

Contact: (720) 966-4457


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London Venz, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

London Venz Is currently a senior at Stratford High School and plans to attend college next year. She originally is from Utah where she did competitive gymnastics for 12 years and competed on numerous special-teams representing her region. After gymnastics, she did all-star cheer for two years in Utah and competed at the D2 Summit.

After moving to Texas last year, she competed at Woodlands Elite and attended Cheer Sport, NCA, and the summit competitions. She has experience competing level 5 stunts and tumbling and has previous experience coaching compulsory and excel gymnastics, which has similar tumbling to cheerleading level 3 and 4.

Currently, she is a competitive diver and also coaches novice divers at NV Aquatics in Cypress. She is super excited to be a part of the HEC staff and cannot wait to work with all the kids!

Fun Fact: London has run two half marathons and competes in CrossFit competitions.

Contact: (801) 633–1337


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Riley Eskridge, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Riley is a junior at Memorial High School. She started doing gymnastics at Stars at the age of 8, before switching to tumbling lessons soon after. She has done two seasons of competitive cheer. She competed with her team, Lady Lace, at NCA this past year, and they ended up winning in the Level 3 division.Before coaching at HEC, Riley has coached one year. When Riley is not at cheer, she is hanging out with her friends and siblings or watching Netflix.

Fun Fact: Riley has a twin cousin, named Lance. She also has a dog named Maisie.

Contact: 832-596-0300


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Breanne “Bre” Blaylock, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Bre is a sophomore at Stratford High School where she is a cheerleader. This will be her second year on the team.  She started gymnastics at the age of 4.  Over the years, Bre has always loved to tumble.  She has been training with Houston Elite Cheer for over 7 years.  Bre keeps up her skills by taking private lessons several days a week.  She loves cheerleading and wants to share her talents and skills with others.

Fun fact:  Bre loves the beach.  When she is not at the gym, you will find her with her friends or playing soccer.

Contact:  832-888-5989


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Jacquelyn "Jackie" Walton, Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Jackie, is a sophomore honors student at Stratford High School and a second year Stratford cheerleader.  She started tumbling through compulsory gymnastics at age 6 then switched to competitive cheerleading.  She’s trains at Houston Elite Cheer year-round and loves her weekly classes with Dana to stay in tip top shape.

Fun Fact: She’s a Camp Ozark Osage tribe alumni and her perfect day is spending time with friends on the lake.

Contact: (281) 690-1380


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Isa Guthrie, Tumbling/Cheer Coach, Summer Camp Director

Isa is a sophomore at Saint Mary’s College. She has been a cheerleader for the past 14 years. She placed at state for the individual jump competition her senior year of high school. She has also won 2 NCA All-American awards and was a first team all-state athlete her senior year of high school. While in high school, she coached at a different gym doing tryout prep.  Isa was a Boston College Cheerleader in her time at the school and made mat for the NCA Collegiate competition in Daytona her first year. She also made the Notre Dame cheerleading team before deciding to go to Boston College her freshman year.

Fun fact: Isa is a huge twilight fan.

Contact: (832) 499-7235


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Elleana Yarborough, Tumbling/Cheer Coach, Summer Camp Director

Elleana is passionate about cheer and has been since  2009. She has done competition, high school, and college cheer. She has coached cheer since 2015 coaching competition and high school cheer. From 2018-2020, Elleana was an assistant coach for her college team, Mississippi College (Go Choctaws), after serving as cheer captain her senior year. Currently, Elleana coaches Middle School cheer and dance at a local private school! She loves working with all ages and loves anything and everything cheer!

Fun fact: Elleana’s little sister has Down Syndrome.

Contact: (713) 851-7921


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Peri Finci , Tumbling/Cheer Coach

Peri is an incoming sophomore at Stratford High School. She is an honors student, served as an officer for the Freshman Girls club, and can’t wait to be a second year member of her school’s student counsel. After growing up with seven years of gymnastics experience, Peri found a love for dance and was one of the first freshman members of the Spartanaire drill team here at Stratford.

Fun fact: Peri has a little sister (Naz) who cheers at HEC!! She loves stalking Dana’s instagram to see her tumble and jump :)

Contact: (281) 974-6617

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