Meet The Staff
Owner - Head Coach
Stacie dreamed of having my own gym since she was a kid and opened Sunflower Gymnastics in 2004.
She has a Bachelors in Physical Education and Health from Emporia State University. Stacie taught Elementary Physical Education in Augusta and Edwardsville, and Health at Emporia Middle School before opening Sunflower in 2004.
Stacie was the Kansas State Chair for USA Gymnastics – Trampoline and Tumbling from 2007-2011.
Stacie competed in Trampoline and Tumbling from 1995-2012 traveling to many competitions across the United States. Stacie was most recently awarded Double Mini National Champion in 2012 among many other National top 3 placements.
When she is not at the gym Stacie enjoys spending time with her husband David and two sons, Bennett and River; camping; hiking; sewing; cooking; working out and reading.
"I love teaching gymnastics because I enjoy seeing the progress that the students achieve with their hard work." – Stacie Doemland
Owner - Coach
David started coaching gymnastics in 2004 when Sunflower Gymnastics opened.
David graduated from the Art Institute of Houston in 1990 and was a photojournalist from 1990 to 2007 having worked in Lawrence, Liberal, Galveston, Texas and Emporia.
Before coaching David had years of experience with children. David was a "Big" with Big Brother/Big Sisters in Galveston, an Odyssey of the Mind coach in Emporia, and an uncle many many times.
From 2011-2023 David has served as the Kansas State Chair for USA Gymnastics – Trampoline and Tumbling and was also served as Co-Chair for USAG Region 4 – Trampoline and Tumbling from 2020-2022, helping to organize and coordinate activities in the 13 state region.
In my spare time I love to spend time with family, playing with our dog Scout, disc golf, home improvements and camping.
"I love coaching because of the people, not only the young lives that we directly affect but also the parents and getting to watch how proud they are of their son or daughter as they grow in the sport and in self confidence." –David Doemland
Karalyn Karjala is from Emporia and graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelors in Health and Human Performance. Karalyn now works as a Paraprofessional at Jones Early Childhood Development Center.
Karalyn competed on the Sunflower Gymnastics team for 9 years. She has competed for many years at the National level in trampoline, tumbling and double mini trampoline.
When Karalyn has free time she likes to play with her dog, Ollie, practice her archery and hang out with friends.
"I have a passion to help students enjoy gymnastics as much as I do." –Karalyn Karjala
Macy Smith is from Olpe and graduated from Olpe in 2021. She is now attending Emporia State University majoring in computer science and plays basketball for ESU.
Macy started doing gymnastics at Sunflower when she was 4-years-old and started on the competitive team at 6 years of age. Macy finished her career in competitive gymnastics as a Level 10.
For fun Macy likes playing sports or hanging out with my friends. She has a dog and two cats.
"I have always loved gymnastics and loved the lifelong friendships I've made through it even more. My favorite thing about coaching is making relationships with kids." –Macy Smith
I am Shyanna Kuehler and I am from Lawrence and graduated from Free State High School in 2022. I now attend Emporia State University majoring in Nursing.
In my free time I like to hangout with my friends and family, and travel.
I started gymnastics when I was 6 years old and started competitive gymnastics when I was around 9 years old and competed for 3 years.
I have one older brother, 3 goats, 2 dogs, a bunch of chickens. I have and will always love gymnastics.
My career goal is to become a labor and delivery nurse.
“I love that I have the opportunity to help kids find their passion in gymnastics.“ – Skyanna Kuehler
Kylie Burenheide is from Emporia and currently teaches 1st grade at Riverside Elementary. She graduated from Emporia State University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Business Administration and in 2020 with a Masters in Elementary Education.
Kylie competed on the gymnastics team in high school and coached at Sunflower from 2012 to 2014 during college and returned to coach at Sunflower in late 2023.
During her free time, Kylie enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, reading, playing board games, and cooking.
“I love seeing students learn new skills both in the classroom and in the gym. I missed gymnastics during the years I took off and am very excited to be back!” –Kylie Burenheide
Sofia Ruvacaba grew up in Emporia and will graduate from Emporia High School in May of 2024.
Sofia plans on attending college to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy to help her clients gain more mobility and strength.
Sofia started gymnastics at Sunflower when she was 5 years old and joined the Sunflower Competitive Team when she was 11 where she competed for 4 years.
In her free time Sofia likes to run, hang out with her twin 6 year old nephews and draw using pencil and charcoal.
"I am grateful for the mentors who paved my path and I aim to inspire and uplift the next generation of gymnasts. My coaching journey is not just about perfecting routines but also fostering confidence and resilience. I aim to be a guiding light for aspiring gymnasts, instilling not just skills but also a sense of belief in their abilities.” - Sofia Ruvacaba
Bio coming soon. Hired December 2023.
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