Meet Our Awesome Staff
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!
Former level 10 gymnast from Gymcats Gymnastics in Las Vegas, Nevada. Due to an injury she switched sports and became a diver her senior year of high school and ended up competing for Boise State’s diving team. She graduated with a BS in Health Science and a minor in Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her puppy, rock climbing, hiking, wake boarding, and pretty much anything that is outside in the sun.
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.
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. Shell, shown on the left! enjoys spending free time with family.
I grew up in Vancouver, WA, graduated from Mountain View High School, and at 4 years old I began gymnastics and started competing at 6 years old. I continued to compete all the way through my senior year of high school and finished as a level 9 gymnast at Northpointe gymnastics. If I wasn’t in the gym enough already, I started coaching at 16 and fell in love with helping other gymnasts learn and perfect their skills. Now, I am pursuing an accounting degree at Boise State and excited for the opportunity to continue working in the sport I love at Bronco Elite!
I am currently a sophomore at Boise State University, but I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am a health science major in hopes of being a Physician’s Assistant. I have been involved in Gymnastics, Cheerleading, and Dance since I was 5 years old. Early in high school, I began coaching elementary students in Cheerleading. I was co-captain my senior year in high school which allowed me to create and coach Freshman, JV, and Varsity cheerleading. I enjoy watching movies and spending time with family and friends…especially my new puppy, Dodger!
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!
Holly is from Boise, ID, and was a competitive gymnast for 7 years in the Treasure Valley! She’s a junior at Boise State studying Health Science, and is in the Honors College and in Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. She hopes to go to Physician Assistant school after she graduates from BSU.
Katelyn is a recreational gymnastics coach here at Bronco Elite Gymnastics and has a ton of gymnastics experience under her belt. She competed at Washington State University for gymnastics and obtained her Masters degree there as well. She actually works full time at an orthopedics and prosthetics office, but loves the sport so much she decided to teach part time. She’s excited to continue this passion in her life!
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!
Kara is currently attending BSU and is president of her sorority. She is originally from Washington and grew up doing gymnastics at her home town gym where she learned how amazing the sport truly is. She loves her job as an instructor and how much fun she has teaching this sport each and every day.
Natalie absolutely loves gymnastics and has a true heart for teaching. She currently attends BSU in hopes to get her nursing degree so she can make a difference in her community. Her favorite thing about the sport is that no matter how far you go or what level you make it to, gymnastics will always be incredibly rewarding and have a positive impact towards your life.
Braylen Strain, Team Coach
Braylen came to us from San Antonio, Texas with 9 years of coaching experience. He got his start in gymnastics as a rec coach and has now coached teams of nearly all levels in both the JO and Xcel programs. He has also coached at summer camps and as a volunteer coach for the SUU college team. He holds a B.S. in Physical Education & Human Performance. Braylen’s favorite part of coaching is helping athletes reach their full potential through positive and safe training principles. In is free time he enjoys riding his long board.
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!
After School Care & Camp Programs
My name is Krista Rados and I am a former Bronco Elite Gymnast who loves spending time with kids and exploring new possibilities for adventure. I am originally from Southern California, where I began gymnastics at 7 years old. I am currently planning to attend Boise State next year, studying Anthropology and Pre-Occupational Therapy, in hopes of becoming a Pediatric Occupational Therapist one day. In my spare time I enjoy rafting, kayaking, and going to the Boise Farmers Market with my friends and family!
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.
Amanda Kelly, Customer Receptionist
Amanda grew up in Southern California, but has now lived in Boise, Idaho for five years. She has been involved in gymnastics for 16 years now and actively competed for 10 years. Currently enrolled in CWI, she is looking to graduate with her associates and also obtain her yoga instructing license. Her hobbies include hiking, shopping, fitness, and decorating. She has also competed in pageants and was 2nd Runner Up for Miss Teen Idaho 2016. Her biggest goal in life is to someday have enough money to disappear off the face of the planet and move to somewhere tropical and unreachable.