Our Staff

Stacie Doemland - Head Coach/Owner

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

David Doemland - Coach/Owner

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.

Since 2011, David has served as the Kansas State Chair for USA Gymnastics – Trampoline and Tumbling and was also elected into the position of Co-Chair for USAG Region 4 – Trampoline and Tumbling in 2020, 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.
Gymnastics Instruction

"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 - Coach

Karalyn Karjala is from Emporia and graduated from Emporia High School in 2020.

Karalyn is majoring in Health and Human Performance at Emporia State University. Karalyn is also attending the Pre-Professional program of Pre-Physical Therapy, in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist. 

Karalyn competes on the Sunflower Gymnastics team where she has since she was 11 yrs old. 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

Whitney Sparks - Coach

Whitney graduated from Emporia High School in 2018 and is attending Emporia State University and expects to graduate in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Whitney has been on the ESU Cheer Squad and can be seen at football and basketball games as well as community events.

Throughout high school Whitney was a member of the varsity cheer team, a varsity diver, and a member of National Honor Society.

Whitney competed on the Sunflower Gymnastics competition team from 2010 to 2018, participating in local, state, regional, and national competitions.

When she is not busy I enjoy reading, working out, and caring for my Chinchilla, Taz. 

"It is special to me to share something that was a big part of my life with others. One of my favorite things to witness while coaching gymnastics is a students confidence grow."

– Whitney Sparks

Logan Jordan - Coach

Logan started attending the Adult Gymnastics class at Sunflower since moving to Emporia in 2019. She grew up in Panama City Beach, FL where she graduated Gulf Coast State College in 2017 and then moved to New York to work in TV and Film.

After moving to Emporia to be closer to family,  Logan has continued working freelance in Film as well as coaching at Sunflower. 

Logan likes to spend her free time traveling with my husband, Chris, playing with my 4 cats and tennis.

"I have always had a passion for helping kids have fun while learning new skills. Gymnastics has been such a fun addition to my life and I hope to help kiids enjoy it just as much as I have."

– Logan Jordan

Macy Smith - Coach

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. She 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. 

Macy Smith and I am from Olpe, Kansas. I graduated from Olpe in 2021 and now attend Emporia State University where I major in computer science and play basketball. I started doing gymnastics when I was young and started competing not long after. I have always loved gymnastics and loved the lifelong friendships I’ve made through it even more.

"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

Aurora Starr - Open Gym Supervisor