Meet the Staff

RHONDA DIXON – OWNER/DIRECTOR

Gymnastics has been an integral part of Rhonda’s life since childhood.  She was a prominent member of the Kingston High School gymnastics team while a student there, and later went on to become the head coach.  Rhonda also served as coach for various community and private club gymnastics programs prior to opening Excel.  As owner, director, recreational class instructor and team coach Rhonda has played a key role in the experience of every child who has participated in our programs.  Rhonda is a professional member of USA Gymnastics and is USAG Safety Certified.  In addition, Rhonda is certified in CPR and First Aid.

DAN HASSOUN – HEAD TEAM COACH

Dan was a successful gymnast while attending Shaker High School in Latham, NY.  In addition, Dan competed in the Empire State Games and on the SUNY Cortland men’s gymnastics team.  Dan graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. He received his Master’s Degree in Community Health Education from Sage Graduate School and is currently employed as a Physical Education teacher.  Dan has been coaching gymnastics for 20 years and has worked at Excel since 2010. He is a professional member of USA Gymnastics and is USAG Safety Certified. Dan is CPR & First Aid certified as well.  In addition to his coaching responsibilities at Excel Gymnastics, Dan also coached gymnastics at FDR High School for 8 years and has been a volunteer for the New York State Special Olympics.

DEBBIE SCHOONMAKER – COMPULSORY TEAM COACH

AMY ROMANO – PRE TEAM INSTRUCTOR

Amy is a graduate of SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology.  Amy participated in gymnastics programs throughout her youth before pursuing other sports.  Amy valued both the physical and mental skills developed through gymnastics training and the positive effect those skills had on the other sports and academic activities she was involved in.  In order to pass those skills on to others, Amy began coaching gymnastics at the age of 16.  She has been coaching at Excel since 2006.  Amy is a professional member of USA Gymnastics and is certified in CPR and First Aid.

KERRI WEBBER – XCEL TEAM COACH

Kerri has made working with children a priority in her life.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Reading/Literacy.  She has worked in various gymnastics programs for the past 15 years, including coaching the Rondout Valley Modified and High School teams.  Kerri has worked at Excel since 2010 and continues to be an asset to the recreational and Xcel programs.