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Kathy Penree


Favorite quote:  "Things happen for a reason."

- Owner of CNY Cheer Company, Inc. and the CNY Storm All Stars

- Over 25 years cheerleading experience

- Former High School and College cheerleader

- 22 yr. coach at the High School, College, and All Star levels

- Judges Pop Warner, High School, College, and All Star competitions on the local, regional, and national level

- Founding member and former Chairperson of NYS Section III Cheerleading Committeee

- CPR and First Aid certified

- Certified Judge

- AACCA certified

- NCSSE certified

- USASF credentialed, levels 1-5 for tumbling, stunts, tosses

- USASF credentialing instructor

- USASF Safety certified judge

- Named to American Cheerleader's Who's Who, 1998-present

- Presenter at coaches conferences

- Contributor to Cheer Coach and Advisor and All Star Cheer magazine

- American Cheerleader's Cheer Biz News Advisory Board member

- Coordinator of CNY Cheer camps, clinics, and coaches conference

- Coordinator of the CNY Fall Cheer Classic, CNY Winter Cheer Classic, NYS Cheerleading Championship, and Cheer NY Nationals

- NACCC Secretary and inaugural member




Jennifer Penree (Syracuse Gym Manager)

 Gym Manager at the Syracuse gym

Coaches at all 3 CNY locations

11th year coach at CNY

USASF credentialed, levels 1-5 in stunts, tumbling and tosses

Named one of the Top 30 under 30 all star coaches in the country by Cheer Ltd.

Contributor to "American Cheerleader" magazine

Coached CNY's Level 5 team to The Cheerleading Worlds for the past 3 years

2006-2007 & 2008-2009 CNY Storm Coach of the Year

Judges on the Pop Warner, High School & All-Star levels

CPR & First Aid certified

Works with several area high school cheerleading teams

Choreographs for local high school and Pop Warner teams



Emily Blakely (Syr)


•Over 16 years of cheerleading experience
•Cheered for the University of Maryland for 4 years - Captain 2 years
•Coached at the University of Maryland for 5 years
•Moved to Syracuse and started coaching at CNY Storm in 2009
•Currently coaching Cyclones (Level 6 Coed Open Team) for the 3rd year & Hurricanes (Large Senior 2 Team) for the 2nd year
•Teaches all tumbling classes at the Syracuse gym
•8 years of gymnastic experience prior to cheerleading
•AACCA certified & USASF credentialed Levels 1-5 in tumbling, tosses & stunts

Jabar Cancer (Albany)



-Graduated in May 2009 from the School of Professional Studies at SUNY Cortland with a B.S. in Physical Education, Plans to get Masters in Athletic Administration.
-7 years of All-Stars Coaching
-4th Year Coaching at CNY Storm
-Coached 3 years at Upstate-All Stars
-Choreographer for High School and Pop Warner
-9th Year Coaching Pop Warner, Currently coaches Nationally Ranked Rotterdam Pop Warner
-Currently Coaching Mohonasen JV Cheerleading Team
-Employed by Boys & Girls of Schenectady
-CPR and First Aid Certified

Lynsey Ciraulo (Albany)

14 years cheerleading experience
         -competed and won at the local, regional, state, and national level.
5 years coaching experience at the Pop Warner level
         - Competed and won at the local, state, and regional level
5 years Allstar coaching experience (levels 1-2)
         - Competed and won at the local, state, regional, and national level
5 year member of the Open level 6 team.
Coach of the Youth Regional, Half-Year, Jump and Flexibility class, and current member of the all girl open team.

Jules Paul (Albany)

Tumbling Instructor

- Six year gymnast

- 8 years tumbling instruction experience

- Associates Degree in Physical Education from HVCC

-Working towards his Occupational Therapy Degree at Maria College

- Jules also coaches teams at Niskayuna HS: assistant head coach for freshmen football, head modified wrestling coach, and head modified softball coach

Shannon Potaczala (Syr)


Favorite quote: "It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude"
- Zig Ziglar

- Over 10 years of cheerleading experience
- 6th year coach at CNY
- CNY Storm Cheerleader for 4 years
- Competed & won on the local, regional & national level
- 2004-2005 CNY Storm Cheerleader of the Year
- 2003-2004 CNY Storm Hardest Worker Award
- 2003,2004,2005 CNY Storm Most Spirited Award
- Attended “Hot Shots” elite All Star cheerleading camp in Miami , Fl
- USASF credentialed levels 1-5 in stunts, tosses, & tumbling
- CPR and First Aid Certified
- CNY instructor for summer camps & clinics
- 2009-2010 CNY Coach of the Year
- 2010-2011 Coach of Senior Regional Hurricanes and Senior Regional Rain
- A.A. in Adolescence Education with a concentration in Biology from Onondaga Community College 2008 (Cum Laude)
- Bachelors of Science in Adolescence Education with a concentration in Biology from SUNY College at Cortland 2010 (Magna Cum Laude)

Alyssa Roberts (Albany)

Favorite Quote: "those who think only sunshine brings happiness, have never danced in the rain"

-Over 20 years cheerleading experience including Pop Warner, High School, College and Allstars

-11 years coaching experience including Pop warner,High school and Allstars

-7th season coaching at CNY

-USASF Credentialed in Levels 1-5

-Currently cheering for the CNY Open all girl team 2003-present

-2007-2009 High School Varsity Cheer coach

-Graduated From The College of Saint Rose in 2006 with a Bachelor Degree in Teaching

-Graduated from Sage Graduate School in 2007 with a Master Degree in Literacy Education

-Pre-K teacher in the Cohoes City School Disrtict

Vicki Rocheleau (Albany)


- Hip Hop Instructor in our Albany gym, leading our teams to several titles!

- over 10 years dance experience

- former dancer with the Adirondack Wildcats semi-pro basketball team

- former 5 year dancer with the Albany Conquest Arena Football Dance team

- former member of the Ultimate Dance All Star team

- Vicki was also a professional roller skater for 17 years, winning 5 National Championships and numerous placements


Gina Lomen (Albany)

-Originally from San Antonio TX

-Competitive gymnast and High School Cheerleader

-Over 21 years experience

-Program Director for the gymnastics and dance programs for the US Military in Okinawa Japan from 1996-2000

-Gymnastics Instructor for World Class Gymnastics in Latham NY from 2000-2010…coaching preschool thru competitive team

-Program Director for the pre-school program, Intra-mural Team and the All Star Cheer program at World Class Gymnastics

-Has taught numerous athlete and coaches clinics around the state

-Has been with CNY since May 2010

-Coaches Wind Youth 2 as well as team tumbling and class tumbling

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