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Casey Jo Knight, Operations Manager

Casey Jo Knight has been at Woodlands Elite since 2004! She is married to her husband of many years, Michael Knight, who also coaches at WECC. They have two beautiful daughters, Madyson and Gracie Knight who have cheered for years. Casey Jo grew up in a gym as her parents owned a Power Tumbling gym for many years. She was the national champion on Floor and Trampoline in 1993 and was alternate for the World Games in Portugal. She cheered at Lewisville High School where she was All-American and also where she placed Top Ten at UCA Nationals as the captain of her team. She cheered at Trinity Valley College, where she won back-to-back Collegiate NCA national titles in 2001 and 2002. She also cheered at the University of Houston for two years before having children. Casey Jo graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 2004. She has worked with all ages and skill levels as well as having a Special Needs team for five years. She has won 3 NCA titles as a coach and looking forward to many more. She loves sushi from Kobe's and also loves Sonic and ChicfilA. Her favorite stores are Target and Forever 21. Her birthday is September 23rd. Casey’s favorite candies are M&M's and Chewy Sweetarts, she also loves peach tea and Diet Dr. Pepper!


Michael Knight, Operations Manager

Michael Knight started his cheer career in 1994 as the first boy at Texas Lonestar Cheer. In 1998 and 1999 he was All District Tail Back and was state champ in track for Langham Creek High School. Michael was a Top Gun Tumbler at NCA College Camp in 1999 and 2000.  He cheered for Trinity Valley College where he won two Collegiate NCA Titles in 2001 and 2002.  He was also the captain of his squad in 2002. He married his wife of 11 years, Casey Jo Knight, in 2002 after they left TVCC and moved to U of H where they cheered for 2 years. Michael started at Woodlands Elite in 2004 and is going on his 12th season here. He is known across the state as one of the best Elite Tumbling Coaches around. He has two daughters, Madyson and Gracie Knight, who have both cheered at Woodlands Elite for many years and call this home. He loves steak and sushi. Coach Michael is a big GAMER and spends most of his spare time playing video games. His birthday is July 4th and he loves GameStop gift cards! He also likes slushy drinks and any fruity, chewy, or gummy candies.


Taylor Sacchieri, Activities Coordinator

Taylor Sacchieri is the Activities Coordinator at our Humble location. Taylor has been a part of the cheer world for as long as she can remember. She started competing at age 12 and continued throughout high school and college. Taylor first joined Woodlands Elite when she was on our international team in 2014. Since then, she has graduated from Baylor University, where she earned a degree in Health & Human Performance. Taylor loves conversation, dogs, and all things sweet! Her birthday is May 18th.


Deon Harness, Instructor

Coach Deon Harness a native of Alexandria Virginia started his cheer career at Mount Vernon high school where he made history as one of the first males to be apart of the cheer program and the first Freshman to be named to the Varsity Competition Team. He has also cheered with multiple all-star programs including Platinum Cheer Stars, Apex Cheer and USA All Stars. As well as being a member of the 9-time national champion Trinity Valley Community College Cheerleading team, Deon was also a member of Woodlands Elite Commanders during the 2012-13 season. He is extremely energetic and passionate about working with youth and his coaching philosophy is "every kid counts". He is also full credentialed by USASF in levels 1-5. His birthday is October 29th and in his free time he enjoys trying different types of food (especially Asian noodles of any kind) and hanging out with his dog K.J.


Chris Caldwell, Instructor


Courtney Mercer, Instructor


Brooke Cassidy, Instructor


Mat Brooks, Instructor


Allen Shearer, General Manager


Lynne Shearer, Partner


Ed Royall, Partner

Ed started his cheer journey at TVCC. He went on to Lamar University, which took him into restaurant management of the Black-eyed Pea restaurant for 10 years. During this stage of his life, he still found time for tumbling, judging, and made time to work with teams! Finally, Ed made cheer his career in 1997 and never looked back. He moved to Houston and started at All- American Cheer. A few years later, he was involved in the process to start WECC. The rest is history! As Owner/Partner, Ed has had the privilege to work with all levels and was fortunate enough to win titles in each one. Now he’s excited to work with Basic Training, which is a great feeder for our all-star program. He is USASF certified in all areas! Ed’s favorite colors are red, black, and white. He has been coaching for over 20 years. His favorite foods are pot roast, and chicken and dumplings! He also loves Snickers and Sour Cherries. Ed’s hobbies are shopping, and collecting watches. His birthday is November 6th.


Brian Barnhart, Partner

Brian is currently an Owner/Partner of Woodlands Elite Cheer Company and is an active member of Woodlands Church!  He serves in many different capacities within the United States Allstar Federation (USASF) and is currently an Executive Committee Member for the National Allstar Cheerleading Coaches Congress (NACCC).  Brian will tell you that his crowning achievements were surrendering his life to Christ in 1985, marrying his wife Kristen in 2005, having their daughter Presleigh in 2008 and son Beckham in 2014.  The Montgomery County Commissioner’s Court appointed Brian Barnhart to the Child Welfare Board in September 2010 and his passion to improve the lives of children within our community has become a lifestyle!  Brian was born February 14th and survives on Pappasitos, Chuy's, Milk Duds, Peanut Brittle & Reeses Peanut Butter Cups!  Action Movies, Water Sports, Snow Skiing and the NEWLY found Skydiving have become his extra curricular outlet!


 "A person's actions will tell you everything you need to know!" "Follow, Lead or get out of the way!"  "Become the most POSITIVE & ENTHUSIASTIC person you know!"


“Romans 8:31” 

“I have learned that with a lot of faith WE can accomplish anything WE set our minds to. It is through the love and support of our WECC families and athletes that WE can make a difference!”


Dana McBee, Office & Accounting Manager

Dana McBee has been a part of the Woodlands Elite Family since 2001. She has loved seeing the continued growth/expansion since the beginning when she, at one point, ran the front desk! Dana has worked in Administrative/Accounting Management for over 16 years! She was born in Austin, and grew up in Kingwood, Texas! Dana considers her biggest accomplishment to be working daily with "cheer moms" and getting through Regional cheer season. She resides in Spring, TX and recently married her long time boyfriend of 12 years.  She has one dog, Sadie and is now, one day planning to have children of her own... but we will see! Ms. Dana loves Stacy's pita chips, pretzels with peanut butter and large Diet Cokes!


Kevin Tonner, All-Star Director

Kevin is our All-Star Director for all 4 Woodlands Elite locations. His cheer career started in 1999. He was recruited onto his high school competition team and the rest is history. He was a Varsity Cheerleader for Kempner High School and graduated in 2000. Kevin attended Houston Baptist University, where he cheered for one year! From there he attended online college at Kaplan University and received an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. He started coaching at South West Cheer Academy, “Storm”, in 1999 and continued until 2001. Kevin has coached at Woodlands Elite since 2001! He’s coached every age of all-star Cheer from Tiny Level 1, all the way to International Coed Level 5! He’s also coached and choreographed MANY National Championship teams at all levels. He won 2 Bronze Globes at the World Championships with Generals (2009 & 2012). One of his proudest moments has been taking the first EVER Houston Level 5 NCA Championship title, winning the 2013 Small Senior division at NCA out of the 30 best teams in the country and then doing it again in 2014 and AGAIN in 2015! Back-to-back-to-back champions!! He didn't stop there though. Generals also earned a World Champion Title in the Small Senior division in 2015. Woodlands Elite's FIRST EVER! Kevin’s goal is to continue to grow our program to be one of the best, if not THE BEST, all-star cheer gym in the world!


Outside of cheerleading, Kevin’s hobbies include exercising and working out regularly and playing golf whenever he gets a chance. He also enjoys wakeboarding, water sports, and watching all kinds of movies. His birthday is July 24th and he loves steak and shrimp. His favorite candies are Peanut M&Ms and gum!


Jessica Marshall, All-Star Director

In 2008 Jessica graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Advertising at the University of Oklahoma, where she cheered for the All Girl Team 2003-2008. She has been a UCA Head Instructor, Core Staffer and College Staffer. She was also part of their international staff where she traveled to Singapore, Scotland, Australia, Columbia, Puerto Rico and Tokyo. She has been coaching all-star cheer for 11 years. This sport is not only her career, but her passion! She won the ICU worlds with Team USA All Girl in 2010. Coach Jessica carried the first ever Medium Coed 5 team, Black Ops, at WECC to an 8th place title at worlds! Her favorite foods are Mexican food and seafood! Jessica’s birthday is August 20th.


Jasmine Arnold, School & Camp Director

Coach Jasmine started her cheer career when she was seven years old in her hometown of Lewisville, Texas. After many years in peewee cheerleading, she dedicated six years to all-star cheerleading at Cougar Cheer and Dance Company in Carrolton Texas. In 2006, Coach Jasmine made one of the BEST junior college programs in Texas, known as Navarro College. She earned two Collegiate NCA National titles, was captain for three years and graduated with an Associates Degree in Arts in Education. In 2009 Coach Jasmine transferred to Texas Tech University and was game day and leadership captain until 2012. Jasmine graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal Communications. During her time at Texas Tech she was on the all girl team for Team USA and won gold in 2011. She became the University of Houston Cheer Coach in 2012 and will now be back at Woodlands Elite as our new School & Camp Director. She is SUPER excited to be back and ready to help turn our kids into great tumblers, flyers and incredible young adults. Her birthday is June 11th and her favorite color is yellow. Coach Jasmine also loves street tacos!


Ashley Henricks, Communications Coordinator

Ashley began cheering at 12 years old on her middle school cheer team in her home town of Columbus, Ohio. Cheering through middle school and high school for seven years, Ashley then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she graduated with a degree in Art &  Graphic Design and a Minor in Communications. She began coaching all-star cheerleading the first year she moved to Charlotte in 2009 with Charlotte Extreme Cheerleading. Ashley Coached in Charlotte for 7 years and worked with all-star teams, tumbling classes, stretch classes, school camps and clinics, private lessons, and other specialized classes! She ended her time in Charlotte as the All-star Director of her program! She coached many of her teams to National Championships including two back-to-back Cheersport National Championships in 2013 and 2014. She loves meeting new athletes and parents and working with every skill level and age division! Ashley's birthday is October 6th, she loves Gummy Bears and Hot Tamales, and is a firm believer that Coke is always better than Pepsi

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