Meet Our Awesome Staff
Kristina Carman, Team Coach
Kristina has been working at Bronco Elite on and off for 14 years! She was Compulsory Coach of the Year in Idaho in 2009! Kristina studied Art at Boise State University, and in her free time she enjoys riding her bike, rock climbing, and fly fishing! She also LOVES dressing up as Captain Jack Sparrow!
Coach Brittani is a born and raised Boise, Idahoan with 12 years of competitive cheer under her belt, ending her career competing at the International Cheerleading Worlds Championship in 2016. She is currently studying both Elementary and Special Education from Boise State University. Brittani hopes to one day compete for the title of Miss USA.
Shelly Carnes, Team Coach
Shelly has 27 yrs of gymnastics coaching experience. Including preschool, recreational & 20 yrs as a competitive level team coach. She has degrees from BSU in Social Science & History. Shelly enjoys spending free time with family.
Melanie started coaching at Bronco Elite in the spring of 2012. Before joining our team, she taught preschool for many years. She loves spending time with her family and friends.
Savannah is a former Bronco Elite Gymnast who is excited to be back in the gym coaching! She loves cats and in her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and exploring!
Lexi was a competitive gymnast for 10+ years who competed at State, Regional, and National Competitions. She has a niche for the sport and absolutely adores everything about it. She is so grateful for the ability to coach and pass on her knowledge and experience to young gymnasts every day and hopes to continue doing so for the rest of her life!
I grew up in California as a gymnast with a strong passion for dance. 11 years ago I transitioned from competing to coaching and have enjoyed every minute. Empowering and equipping athletes to achieve their goals in gymnastics as well as life is the reason I love what I do. Outside the gym you can find me doing woodworking in the shop with my husband, or outdoors soaking up that sunshine!
Brenn Brandon, Team Coach
I am from Idaho, born and raised. I graduated from BSU in December of 2017 with a degree in education and currently teach some adorable kindergarten kiddos. I have seven years of coaching experience and I am so excited to now be a part of the Bronco team! When I am not teaching or coaching, I’m adventuring in the beautiful outdoors with my husband and our two fur pups camping, hunting or fly fishing.
Sofie is in her senior year at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she is the Team Captain of the school’s Division 1 Gymnastics Team. She competed at Bronco Elite from 2007-2016, where she trained with Lexi Walmer under Brandon Paine (who put up with her craziness and inflexibility on a daily basis…sorry Brandon!) She’s currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education, and has a minor in Spanish. She loves working as a recreational gymnastics coach and summer camp counselor.
Natalie is a senior in high school who is planning on attending a college on the west coast. She enjoys hanging out with friends, swimming, and photography and loves teaching kids.
Lexi Cardinale, Rec Coach
Coach Lexi is originally from California and moved to Idaho a few years ago. Lexi is a full time student at Boise State studying Nursing. Coach Lexi has 16 years of experience with dance and tumbling.
Samantha Russell, Rec Coach (gliders, kindergym, gymkids)
I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. In high school I became a Junior Lifeguard Instructor where I realized my passion for fitness and working with children. From 2015 – 2019 I was an Elementary PE teacher in Willows, CA. My husband and I recently relocated to Boise and I am so happy I found Bronco Elite! In addition to coaching, I work at North Star Charter School. In my free time I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee and biking.
Cassidy Sherburne, Rec Coach
Cassidy was born and raised in Boise Idaho and is currently enrolled at Rocky Mountain High School as a part time senior. Cassidy started gymnastics when she was 2 years old and ended her career at Bronco Elite when she was 11. She loves being in the gym and is excited to be involved in gymnastics again.
Dawn is originally from Ellensburg, Washington but recently moved to Boise to attend BSU. She did gymnastics for 15 years, and has competed at multiple state and regional competitions. She has 5 years of coaching experience, and loves sharing her passion for the sport with her gymnasts! In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and exploring Boise!
I was a level 9 gymnast by the age of 14 and was raised in the gym with both my parents coaching. I gained a love of the sport as a young girl and enjoyed challenging myself to try new things and the confidence I gained as I performed in competitions. I also did competitive dancing throughout my childhood and appreciate the art of movement and being able to express myself through dance. I’ve been coaching and doing choreography for 11 years and judging for 9 years. I love helping kids to learn how to communicate their goals, make a plan, and see them accomplish what they set out to do. In my free time I like to listen to music, ride my bicycle, and quilt. I’m looking forward to helping the girls achieve their dreams and get to know the families at Bronco Elite. Go Bronco!
Kelsea was trained at a gymnastics school in Texas for 11 years. After retiring from her competitive gymnastics career, she found a new passion in coaching, and now has 15 years of coaching experience in Texas and Colorado under her belt. She has worked with children of all ages and skill levels. Her roles have included preschool director, special education instructor, recreational gymnastics director, tumbling coach, and head team coach of state champions, Levels 3 through 10. She studied business and sociology and hold a degree in psychology from Texas A&M University. Kelsea is a daughter and sister, travel enthusiast, doggie mom, hiker, cyclist, domino player, foodie, and loves to try new things! She is proud and happy to have found a home at Bronco Elite!
I have lived in Idaho since the summer of 2015, I graduated from Boise High School in 2020, and I am currently attending Boise State University pursuing a major in Psychology. I was a gymnast for nearly 7 years, with 4 of those years being in the Xcel program at Bronco
Elite Gymnastics. I am also currently a member of Boise State’s eSports program. In my free time I enjoy art of any kind, and hanging out with my friends.
Joe Chigbrow, Camp Counselor
Hi I’m Joe! I am a student at Boise State University currently majoring in game design. I have lived in Boise my whole life and I love the city. I play Rocket League for the Boise State University team, and in my free time I enjoy writing and hanging out with my dogs. I have worked as both a Rocket League and baseball coach before working with the Bronco Elite team and I enjoy teaching what I know.
Coach Mary has 13+ years of experience working with children of all ages and abilities. Before coaching at Bronco Elite she taught martial arts and swimming. She recently received her second bachelors degree from Boise State University in K-12 PE. She loves being active and some of her favorite activities include hiking, swimming, running, and white water rafting.
A long-time resident of Idaho and world traveler, Jenny now lives in Eagle with her husband, three gymnasts, two bunnies, and one dog. She has been actively involved in her children’s gymnastics for nearly 15 years. Her hobbies include mentoring bible study, crafting, decorating, oenology, glamping, and making legit salsa.
Brandon Paine, Athletic Director & Head Team Coach
Brandon has gained many years of gymnastics-specific coaching experience from 4 states and 3 regions. He has taught college courses at Phoenix College, and Great Basin College where he also acted as the PE Department Chair. He served as a Graduate Teaching and Coaching Assistant at both Western Oregon University and Iowa State University. He was a Volunteer Assistant Coach with Boise State Gymnastics for 7 years. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Health & Human Performance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, wake boarding, and snow boarding. Brandon has been the Idaho Coach of the Year and a Region 2 Coach of the Year nominee multiple times.