Our Awesome Staff

Victoria Childress-Graves "Ms. Vikki"

Owner / Recreational and Team Coach

I am originally from Louisville, Kentucky. I attended Dupont Manual High School. I was a cheerleader all four years and captain my senior year. I was very surprised to be chosen as I was a very quiet and shy. I was self-taught and determined, I would intensely watch others do gymnastics and trained on my own. I’m lucky to be alive! During high school, I also attended and performed in musicals at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville where I enjoyed dance, music and drama. I attended the University of Louisville, majoring in business and minoring in music. My dream was to become a singer and learn to play musical instruments. I sang for friends and family at weddings and family gatherings.

I took my first gymnastics class in college for a PE credit. Between classes I would watch the University‘s gymnastics team practice. Later, I received a grant to work at the school in the gymnastics department to pay back my tuition. I became obsessed and worked out on my own as often as I could, bars was my favorite event. The following year the University dropped its gymnastics program, it broke my heart. Gymnastics wasn’t a part of my life for many years after that, I got married, had children, and my family became my life. I moved to Nashville in 1983 and worked at the bank in their legal department, never letting go of the dream to sing but, between family and work, there was not much time. After a few years, I left the bank to work at a law firm and stayed there for many years. In 1990, I got a second job working part time at the YMCA in Donelson coaching gymnastics. I loved being around the sport again. I taught part time for three years, that is what inspired me to resign from the legal field and open "Universal Gymnastics, Inc.”, founded simply for the love of the sport. Before I left my job, my boss told me I would be back, that gave me all the determination I needed to be successful in my business.

Twenty-two years later, I’m still doing what I love. I am married to Johnny Graves. We have five beautiful daughters and seven precious grandbabies and life couldn’t be more perfect!

Johnny Graves "Mr. Johnny"

Owner / Operations Director / Business Growth

Mr. Johnny is a graduate of Tennessee Technology Institute and has lived in the Mt. Juliet community all his life. His history includes 32 years’ experience in sales management, marketing, and business development. After meeting and marrying his wife, Vikki, he became involved in the overall business growth of Universal Gymnastics. He brings his customer focused expertise to the company and is determined to always do what is right. Johnny’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive, and leadership, and he is consistently pursuing ways to improve the customer experience at Universal Gymnastics.

Johnny is a certified scuba diver, loves to snow ski, and enjoys travel. He and his wife, Vikki, have 5 daughters and 7 very entertaining grandchildren. Together they have a passion for seeing all children develop into the best they can be in all walks of life.

Krystal Polychronis

Krystal Polychronis

Director of Gymnastics
USAG National Womens Optional Coach

Krystal Polychronis is from Hampton Beach New Hampshire but now resides in Nashville, TN. She has been coaching gymnastics for 18 years in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. Before moving to Nashville she had lead many New England teams to undefeated state, regional, and national victories many years running. She has lead level 9 and 10 gymnasts to Nationals for years in a row. Prior to coaching, Krystal was a level 9/10 national gymnast herself. In addition to coaching, she is also a songwriter pursuing her career in Nashville.

Krystal’s previous gymnastics jobs has always including creating competitive programs for her teams. She likes working closely with coaches to help create a cohesive and team-like working atmosphere.

Krystal is a certified USAG National Coach, has worked at the Olympic Training Center in Huntsville TX, and has had multiple opportunities to work with elite gymnasts and Olympic coaches she is blessed to now call her friends.

Randy Vasofsky

Randy Vasofsky

Director of Ninja & Urban Movement
Recreational / After School Coach

Come back soon to learn more about Coach Randy!

Mia Harmon

Mia Harmon

Director of Dance
Recreational Coach / After School Coach

Mia has been working with children for the past 5 years and has loved every minute of it! She has been involved in dance, tumbling, and gymnastics since she was 6 (and is a Universal Gymnastics alum). Dance is her focus and she is trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-hop, tap, ballet, macro, and partnering. After graduating high school Mia did many professional dance jobs such as working for Royal Caribbean as a principal dancer on The Majesty of the Seas, music video, and live events. Although she enjoyed dancing professionally she is now ready to focus on her passion which is teaching children and watching their talents grow!

Paul Gaiter

Paul Gaiter

Mens Coach
Recreational / After School Coach

Come back soon to learn more about Coach Paul!

Eric Greene

Eric Greene

Mens Coach
Recreational / After School Coach

Come back soon to learn more about Coach Eric!

Adrienne McCollum "Ms. A"

Adrienne McCollum "Ms. A"

Recreational Coach

Heather Shaffer

Heather Shaffer

Recreational Coach
Darlie Rossi

Darlie Rossi

Recreational Coach
Krista Collier

Krista Collier

Recreational Coach
Regina Benson

Regina Benson

Recreational / After School Coach

Kayleigh Fay

Kayleigh Fay

Recreational / After School Coach
Mikayla Towns

Mikayla Towns

Recreational / After School Coach
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Penny Richards

After School Program Director

Ms. Penny is Ms. Vikki’s older sister. She has five children of her own, 4 of which are adopted, and has fostered several children in her adult life. She worked for the postal service for 30 years and was in the military prior to that. All of the kids at Universal adore Ms Penny and we are forever grateful to have her with us.

Teddie St. John

Teddie St. John

After School Staff
Zoe Jacobs

Zoe Jacobs

After School Staff
Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis

After School Staff

Rebekah Ryan

Rebekah Ryan

After School Staff
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Tina Sipes

Front Office Director

Tina has been a part of the Universal Gymnastics family since 1999 when her eldest daughter started training under Ms Vikki. She has remained friends with Vikki ever since and started working in the front office in 2016. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, reading, shopping, and listening to music.

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Niki Cardwell

Marketing Director / Collections

Come back soon to learn more about Miss Niki!

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Max

Gym Kitty

Little Max joined the Graves family for Christmas of 2016. He spends his days lazing around the front office, chasing his toy mousies around the lobby, and being as adorable as can be.