Ocean Tumblers Gymnastics Association (OTGA) is a non-profit organization started by parents of OT Team members in 1998. It is a fundraising organization run solely by parent volunteers, and is separate from Ocean Tumblers Gymnastics Schools, Inc. (OT), which is owned and operated by Diane Berry. Even though OTGA and OT are separate organizations, the two work very closely together. OTGA’s mission is to promote the growth and development of OT Team athletes by supporting activities related to gymnastics training and competition.
OTGA was started by a group of parents who realized that help was need in order to give their athletes the support needed to continue in the sport of gymnastics, the sport they loved to do. OTGA was established to provide opportunities to the team athletes and families of OT. OTGA hosts' activities to support team bonding for the athletes. We also provide team families a tax deductible way to raise funds to help offset the cost of gymnastics.
We are inspired to continue our mission for the sole purpose of our athletes. Our appreciation goes out to all our parents who we heavily rely on. Without the support and volunteers from our OT team families, OTGA struggles but still perseveres to provide opportunities to OT team athletes and families.
The responsibility of the Executive Board is to make the best decisions possible to benefit ALL OF OT TEAM. The board meets once a month and each board member is expected to attend these meetings which are scheduled at the most convenient time for the board members.
Committee chairs are not required to attend all monthly meetings. They do need to supply a monthly report to update the executive board on the progress and needs they may have. There may be times they are requested to attend a board meeting to discuss issues or projects. The committee chairs are responsible, along with the OTGA Board, to solicit for committee members so the work can be distributed among several.
Are you interested in becoming a board member or a lead roll in a committee? Elections are held at the end of the competitive season. You can find a complete description of positions here.
Jannie Bell President
Jannine has been involved with Ocean Tumblers Gymnastics since 2015 when her daughter, Olivia, began taking recreational classes. Her involvement grew in 2018 when she began serving on the Parent Advisory Board and now as President of OTGA. Jannine has experience serving on boards and brings a wealth of knowledge with her. She is a retired Navy veteran, who served 23 years of faithful service. Jannine has always been an active sports mom and when she is not supporting gymnastics, you can hear her at the Baseball field. Outside of supporting her kids, she enjoys reading and shopping.
Meredith Moore Vice President
Meredith's daughter, Raleigh, is a rising sophomore at the Math and Science Academy at Ocean Lakes High School. Raleigh is a Level 9 gymnast and has been on the team at OT since 2011. Meredith also has a son who attends Virginia Tech. Meredith is a graduate of Kempsville High School and Virginia Tech and is currently work as a marketing coordinator for a civil engineering firm in Virginia Beach. She has previously served on the OTGA board for 3 years, then took a break and is now back serving as Vice President for her second year.
Trisha Sheehan Secretary
Trisha's daughter, Ailee, a rising 9th grader, is is a Level 10 gymnast and has been with OT since 2012. Trisha also has 3 boys that play travel soccer and basketball with Beach FC and AAU. She has been married to her best friend since 2003. Together, they have called various places home thanks to the Navy. She is a proud University of Florida graduate, an animal lover, professional photographer, chocolate fanatic, and in her spare time she loves to read books, collect plants, and knit. This will be her second year serving on the OTGA board.
Abbey Vick Treasurer
Abbey is the mother of 2 OT gymnasts: Olivia, an Xcel Gold and Cera, a level 4. They have been with OT since 2012. Both girls attend Mother of Divine Grace school as 6th and 4th graders. Abbey has been serving as a Chesapeake Xcel Parent League Rep for 4 years now. She is an Air Force veteran. She is married to the man that has been making her laugh since 2007. Their family began in Florida and continues in Hampton Roads, thanks to the Navy. When she’s not supporting gymnastics she enjoys sewing, crafting, working in her yard, and helping at her church.
On a per Event basis, a coordinator will be assigned to assemble a committee to assist in the Event fundraising. With the help of other committee members, generate a plan for the Event to reach fundraising goals. Over see the planning and execution of the Event.
With the help of a committee, develop and execute a plan to contact corporations to gain financial sponsorship. Maintain relationships with current and future corporate sponsors.
Help promote team spirit for all OT Team athletes. Develop a plan for the year and execute this plan with the help of additional committee supporters.
Search the web for grants and apply for grants to benefit the team athletes.
Have questions about our mission? Would you like to speak to someone about becoming a corporate sponsor? Would you like to volunteer for a fundraiser or offer ideas for a fundraiser? Would you like to join our team as a board member? Please email us with any questions and we will answer you back. We look forward to hearing from you.