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Great Valley Community Organization

Competition Cheer Board of Directors and Coaches

 

Great Valley Competitive Cheerleading was "formally" established in 2014 under our parent organization Great Valley Community Organization.  Our Board of Directors (and coaching staff) is made up of all volunteers from Great Valley and surrounding communities.  It is the love, support and commitment to this program from each of these individuals that makes this program such a huge success.  We treasure our "volunteers."

Kirsten Shawn

GVCC President and Head Coach


My name is Kirsten (not Kristen) and I am a born and raised So Cal girl!  It wasn't until I met my hubby, Joseph, in 2000 that I even considered leaving those beautiful beaches and sunny skies.  Needless to say, that is exactly what happened!  After 25 years in sunny California, I moved 3,000 miles away to start my married life.  JoJo and I settled in Willistown, PA and shortly thereafter, in October of 2002, we welcomed our first cheerleader, Addysen.  Five years later, our second cheerleader, Ashlyne was born in July 2007.  She eventually left the cheer life and found her calling full-time with soccer; but I won't disown her just yet.  

 Although I studied broadcast journalism and communications in college - my true calling led me to a different field - Risk Management.  I was a legal and risk management professional for 16 years with Brandywine Realty Trust, one of the nations largest real estate investment trust companies.  

 So, let's talk about cheerleading!  I have cheered my entire life.  Recreationally, competitively and in school.  When I wasn't cheering, I was dancing pointe ballet, tumbling or even moonlighting on the soccer fields.  I have always been very active and have a tremendous love for outdoor activities - surfing, snowboarding, hiking, camping - you name it - if the sun is shining - you can find me outdoors.   

 In 2010 I was brought on board to help form the Great Valley Football League.  It was there that I started Great Valley's first recreational sideline cheerleading program.  Our first year we only had 35 girls!  The second year we doubled in size and by 2014 - we were over 100 athletes!  Talk about progress!  We started competing in 2012 and by 2014 we knew that we needed our own competitive cheerleading program.  Alas - Patriots Competitive Cheerleading!  Myself and Stacey Weikel saw the vision and realized the amazing future of this organization and with the help of our executive board - made it happen!  We couldn't be more proud!  In 2016, I was offered the Head Coach position at Great Valley High School and took the Varsity cheerleaders to the PIAA state championships for the first time in Great Valley history.  #leavingalegacy

 My family and I are very active within the Great Valley Community.  We are involved in all school activities, philanthropic events and have a true "Royal" blue love for GV!  

 When we do venture away from our great community - we take advantage of all opportunities to travel.  Planes, trains and automobiles best describes us.  We love adventure and the outdoors.  Camping, watersports, hiking, being with our amazing friends doing new things, or visiting our favorite cousins in Stoutland, MO or best friends in Nashville, TN - we love being out and about.  There isn't a thing that I would change about my life here on the east coast.  Well, except the ability to grow this amazing cheer program and have the opportunity to work with more talented, determined, focused, strong, rockstar athletes!  You know you want to cheer with us!  

 
 

Steve Cook

GVCC Tumbling Director

  

I'm Steve Cook, the newest GVCO Cheer enthusiast.  My background traces back to my roots in Gymnastics and competitive tumbling and collegiate career on the West Chester University Gymnastics team. There I learned the basics of teaching and coaching.  While I'm a physical education teacher and coach by diploma, I've been lucky enough to carve out a business career that ties it all together. 

I'm the Global Sale Director for AAI (American Athletic, Inc.).  We're a small division of a huge company, Berkshire Hathaway.  While I don't report directly to Warren Buffett (truth is I think I'd have to buy stock to get included in one of his meetings) I do share his passion for doing business the right way and his recipe for success.  Hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm mixed with goal driven organization, sprinkled with just the right amount of fun and laughter.

 So AAI is one connection I have to Kirsten (not Kristen) and GVCO Cheer.

My second connection is our family business Grand Slam that the Cook family has owned and operated for the past 10 years.   We have a big open gym that makes a perfect practice space for cheer with high enough ceilings to encourage the athletes to reach for the sky as they cheer, stunt, and tumble. 

My third connection is my passion for fun and fitness. I'm proud to be half fitness enthusiast and half class clown.  I use all of it to tease and joke as I help teach and train the tumbling skills.   Cheer is the perfect combination of athletic competition, social interaction, and core fitness.  I reach back to use my education as a teacher and coach as I help the girls and boys learn new skills.  My experience as a tumbler and spotter allows me to keep the activity safe while I push and encourage all the cheerleaders to be the best that they can be and have lots of fun along the way.   

Kelly Prevost

GVCO Advisory Board
GVCC Special Events


My name is Kelly Prevost and I started my volunteer career with GVCO in 2005 when my son joined Junior Hoopters. It has been a crazy fun ride since then! I was asked to join the GVFL Board in 2012 and joined the GVCO board in 2015. I have been on the GVCC board since its beginnings in 2013. For the past two years, I have been involved in the GVCO Building Connections Campaign to ensure every family can enjoy the GVCO experience!

I grew up in a small farm town in Ohio surrounded by cows and corn fields. I moved to Villanova after finishing college to become a nanny. Eventually, I ended up in Willistown where my husband Dave and I purchased a home in 2000.

 

I spent seven years as the middle school guidance counselor at the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova. While there, I served as the JV volleyball coach and assistant softball coach. Once my children started school, my entrepreneurial skills kicked in and I started several successful home-based businesses. Since then, I have been a small business owner and currently do merchandising and marketing consulting for other small businesses.

I attended Seneca East High School in Attica, Ohio where I played volleyball, softball and cheered on the varsity squad in ninth through eleventh grade. After graduation, I attended Ohio University and studied psychology and sociology. From there, I went on to Villanova University where I received my Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Relations.

Currently, I live in Willistown with my husband and three children (Jake, Livy and Caroline). With several seasons of basketball, football and cheerleading under my belt, I am grateful for what my children have been offered through GVCO and I am passionate and excited about what lies ahead! In the rare off-season, I enjoy spending time at our small cottage on the Chesapeake and entertaining friends by my backyard bonfire.


 
 

 
 

Christine Duffy

GVCC Co-Treasurer

Information coming soon.

Melissa Biondi

GVCC Co-Treasurer
 Information coming soon.

Kim Kramin

GVCC Secretary

My name is Kim Kramin and I consider myself the newbie to all things Great Valley!  My family and I moved here in the summer of 2016 from the great big state of Texas.  As much as we hated leaving our many dear friends, we were ready for the next adventure.  I am happy to report PA has not disappointed!

But let me back up… I was born and raised in Wyoming!  I bet you are saying to yourself, “I’ve never met anyone from Wyoming”.  Yup, I get that all the time.  Growing up, I played basketball, volleyball, and I danced (which was my favorite).  After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a Psychology and Business degree, I moved to Dallas, Texas.  For the next 20 years I built a successful career in sales, got married, and had 3 children.  During that last pregnancy I was fortunate enough to ‘retire’ from my big girl job and be a full time mom.  Truth be told, if I knew how hard the full time mom gig was, I probably would have kept my day job!  It’s been challenging and rewarding all at the same time.  However, once all my kids were in school, I was eager to do something else.  I discovered a love for yoga as a result from a back injury in 2003.  I continued my yoga practice for the next 10 years.  In 2014 I studied the Baptiste style of yoga and obtained my 200 hour yoga certification.  I taught a power heated Vinyasa style yoga for almost 2 years before moving to PA.

Currently I live in East Whiteland with my husband and kids.  My oldest daughter, Olivia (12) started dancing at 2 and has been a competitive dancer since the age of 7.  My son, Hudson (8) loves basketball, football, baseball, golf (basically any sport).  My daughter, Reese (11) tried everything from dance, to gymnastics, to running, to volleyball.  She never developed a passion for anything until she tried Great Valley Competitive Cheer last year.  The second she was lifted up as a flyer, she was hooked!  Though I do not have a cheer background, I have a daughter that is now obsessed with it.  When Kirsten asked me to be part of the GVCC board last year, I considered it an honor.

When we have some down time, we love to travel.  Beach vacations are typically our favorite.  Although now that we live in the northeast we have a whole new canvas to explore!


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