Meet Our Staff

MEGA-DC is owned and operated by parents of current or former competitive gymnasts. We are proud to introduce you to our management team and coaches.

Coaching Team

Lisa Russell

Head Coach

Lisa Russell, MEGA-DC Head Coach, is a northern Virginia native with over 25 years of local gymnastics experience.

Gymnastics has been a major part of Lisa’s life as both a competitor and a coach.

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Helen Reading

Program Manager

Helen Reading, MEGA-DC Gymnastics Program Manager, is a native Virginian who has been involved in gymnastics for over 40 years! She was a competitive gymnast, swimmer and diver growing up.

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Katie Ramirez


Katie Ramirez was a competitive gymnast at Cardinal Gymnastics for 10 years. She decided to leave the sport as a level 8 and shortly after started working as a class instructor/birthday party host. She quickly worked her way up to teaching USAG compulsory levels. as well as XCEL Silver team. Katie has spent the last several years coaching level 3,4 and 6.

Katie also spent time working with children at a daycare facility in the toddler department.  She feels this experience helped her learn so much about caring for children and staying patient!   Katie is the proud mother of one daughter and resides in Northern Virginia with her husband.

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