John has participated in summer camps in various capacities since 1996 when he first attended a camp as a guest coach. In 2001, John took over a small camp operated out of a club called Premier Gymnastics in Knoxville, Tennessee. At the time, the camp had an attendance of approximately 50 campers annually and was a one-week camp. Since John has taken it over and renamed it Flip Fest, it has grown to just over 1,500 campers and covers 10 weeks in June through August.
As co-owner of the camp, John is involved in every aspect of camp operations. These include advertising, hiring of coaches and celebrity guests, camper registration, housing, food service, scheduling, entertainment and transportation.
John started attending summer gymnastics camps in 1992 as a coach and special guest. Since that time, he has regularly attended a variety of camps across the nation. He has been involved primarily in the coaching and promotional aspects of the camps.
In 2005, he partnered with John Macready, and they have worked ever since to make Flip Fest the top resort summer camp in the country.
Financial and Human Resources Director
Meaghan is the head contact for any accounts payable questions. Meaghan was a competitive cheerleader through high school. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in speech-language pathology. Meaghan and John have 3 sons, Grey, Quinn, and River.
Director of Registration
Lexi has been a member of the Flip Fest family since she was a teenager. Lexi spent most of her childhood in Florida, but she now happily calls Tennessee home. Go Vols! Lexi and her husband, Michael, are the proud parents of their busy toddler, Henry and Edison, a short haired Chihuahua with a knack for sleeping the day away. Lexi is responsible for many administration tasks that help camp run smoothly.
Randy is a native of Quincy, Illinois. He spent three years at Illinois State University competing on the ISU NCAA men’s gymnastics team. Shortly after starting Quincy Gymnastics, Randy completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education at Quincy College (now Quincy University). Randy started Quincy Gymnastics in 1982 in a small auditorium in Franklin Square (the former Franklin School) in Quincy.
Randy has been a part of Flip Fest for 15 years. With his fun, lovable attitude, he is the heartbeat of the camp. Even if you don’t know Randy before you go to Flip Fest, you won’t forget him when you leave.
Boys' Program Director
Brian was a Junior Olympic Competitive Gymnast for 17 years, Elite Gymnast for 2 years, and a Junior Olympic Competitive Coach for 21 years in Tennessee & Kentucky Level 4s thru Elites. Brian is a former United States Marine and the proud father of Hadley Jones with wife Kristen “Osh”.
Kristen "Osh" Jones
Girls' Program Director
Osh grew up in Cartersville, Georgia where she began gymnastics at Cartersville Twisters at the age of 6. Kristen attended the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2003 & 2004. Kristen received a full gymnastics scholarship and consistently competed vault, beam and floor at the University of Kentucky from 2004-2008. After completing her undergraduate degree from Kentucky she attended the University of Tennessee to receive her Masters degree in Social Work. While in school, she coached at Premier Athletics Knoxville from 2009-2011 coaching preschool, recreational and girls competitive team levels 4-10. She met her husband Brian Jones at Flip Fest in 2006 and would later get married in 2011. After their wedding they moved to Lexington, Kentucky where she then coached for Legacy All Sports. Kristen coached boys and girls preschool, recreational, and girls competitive teams Levels 3-10. Kristen began coaching at Flip Fest Summer Gymnastics camp in 2006. Brian and Kristen returned to Crossville in the spring of 2015 after their daughter Hadley was born.
Activities and Counselor Director
Denali ended up at Flip Fest as a Counselor after high school and hasn't looked back since! Although her only gymnastics experience was a few homeschool classes in elementary school, she couldn't imagine spending her summers anywhere else! Denali graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, Go Dawgs! Besides working at camp, Denali has also worked in after school programs, mentorship programs, daycares, child development centers, nurseries, and several nanny positions! When Denali isn't planning super fun activities and hiring counselors, she enjoys traveling, anything outdoorsy, museums, and annoying all her friends and family about the importance of recycling! Denali plans on working with camps for the rest of her life and hopefully opening up one of her own!
Director of Registration
Lauren grew up as a competitive gymnast and dancer in Knoxville, Tennessee- Go Vols! Her experiences with both sports led her to a career teaching dance and acro. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Communication Studies and History, Lauren worked for the Arthritis Foundation where she managed Camp AcheAway, a summer camp and teen retreat program for kids and teens who have Juvenile Arthritis. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, traveling, choreographing, and spending time with her family. She is thrilled to join the Flip Fest family! Lauren manages registration and camper rooming, and she is the primary point of contact for all teams that attend Flip Fest.