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.

Cathryn Curtis

Cathryn Curtis

Team Coach

Come back soon to learn more about Coach Cathryn!

Jamie McHardie

Jamie McHardie

Recreational Coach

Come back soon to learn more about Coach Jamie!

Adrienne McCollum "Ms. A"

Adrienne McCollum "Ms. A"

Recreational Coach

Adrienne truly enjoys coaching and it is very apparent, everybody loves "Ms. A". She has coached for Universal since the spring of 2005. As a child, she was on Universal’s competitive gymnastics team. She graduated from Nashville State in 2010. She now has a full time job working for Metro but still makes time to coach evening classes.

Mia Harmon

Mia Harmon

Recreational 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!

Darlie Rossi

Darlie Rossi

Recreational Coach

Darlie moved to Nashville with her husband, Gio, in 2010 and since the move she has been working as an RN at a local hospital. She loves the comic book world, video games, Star Wars, and knitting. Darlie was a cheerleader in high school and has always been fascinated by the world of gymnastics.

"I feel honored to join the Universal Gymnastics staff. I am looking forward to the opportunity to provide children a chance to cultivate their talents. Stay Shiny!"

Nick Terry

Nick Terry

Recreational Coach / Afterschool Staff

Nick is a former Universal student turned coach. He teaches gymnastics, tumbling, urban movement, and ninja. He is an excellent free-runner and we value the skills he brings to Universal.

Mikayla Towns

Mikayla Towns

Recreational Coach / Afterschool Staff

Mikayla is 16 years old and loves kids (and the kids love her too!). She teaches a variety of preschool and young beginner classes as well as helping out with the afterschool program. She loves to sing and dance and crazy socks are her signature piece of clothing. After high school she plans on becoming a pediatric oncologist.

Regina Benson

Regina Benson

Recreational Coach / Afterschool Staff

Come back soon to learn more about Coach Regina!

Bryton Cole

Bryton Cole

Recreational Coach / Afterschool Staff

Bryton is 16 years old and is a sophomore at Mt Juliet High School. He enjoys playing and listening to all kinds of music, as well as being involved in plays and musicals. He teaches Ninja classes, Urban Movement, and boys and girls beginner gymnastics.

Autumn Bullington

Autumn Bullington

Recreational Coach / Afterschool Staff

Autumn has been dancing since she was 2 years old and is currently on the dance team at Mt Juliet High School. After she graduates in May, Autumn plans on attending MTSU to get her degree in Occupational Therapy with a focus on special needs children.

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Penny Richards

Afterchool 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.

Paige Keith

Paige Keith

Afterschool Staff

Paige is a creative at heart. She dabbles in photography, plays music, goes to concerts, and writes in her spare time. She loves the kids at Universal and the kids are excited to see her every day. Paige is planning to attend Vol State in the fall to pursue studies in journalism.

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor

Afterschool Staff

Come back soon to learn more about Mr Ben!

Donna Strader

Donna Strader

Afterschool Staff

Donna was born and raised right here in Mount Juliet. She and Mr Johnny actually went to high school together! She retired from TVA in 2015 and was a Maintenance Electrician for them for over 30 years. Donna has no gymnastics experience, but loves the Olympics and has a lot of fun with the children every day.

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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.