Our Team

Your Performing Arts Center™

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Administration and Customer Service


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Emily Weber
Emily WeberOwner/ Visionary Leader

Emily Weber is the owner/visionary leader of Your Performing Arts Center, a multi location arts center serving the greater Chicagoland Area. Born a creative, Emily found her passion for dance at the young age of 2, in small town rural Illinois. Overcoming physical limitations at a young age she realized the fruits of her labor. Hard work consistently over a period of time creates massive improvement. This is the work that moves mountains. She has committed her life to passing on her life philosophy to reach into the hearts of others to find where their true passions lie equipping them encouragement to take the leap of faith. Adversity became her victory and the same goes for you!
As a person who seeks hard after self improvement in her own life, Emily relates to anyone struggling and longing to live their life with purpose. She personally has transformed her own life knowing what it is like to burn both ends of the candle only to feel left empty handed and broken.
Emily uses her own strategies making it possible to have balance in her life as a wife, mother of 4, visionary leader, community ambassador, multi business owner, opportunity creator and most importantly servant of Christ.

Brian Weber
Brian WeberOwner & Music Community Director

Brian has been a singer, musician and actor most of his life as he started performing at age 8. His passion for the arts lead him and Emily to open YPAC in the fall of 2013 as a place for people of all ages to experience community through the arts. Brian graduated from Lincoln Christian University with a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Preaching a long, long time ago. When not attending to his day job he loves helping with improving the YPAC experience and growing the center alongside Emily and acting as Facilities Manager.

Bernice Gulbro
Bernice GulbroCustomer Satisfaction Director

Bernice Gulbro graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Math Education. She taught middle school and high school math for three years until making the decision to stay home with her children. She has played the violin since the age of six and serves as a worship leader at Community Christian Church in Yorkville. Bernice is passionate about social justice issues and loves serving alongside her husband and three kids with such ministries as Feed My Starving Children, World Relief and Compassion International. She is excited to be a part of the positive vision and mission of YPAC.

Bridget Nameche
Bridget NamecheCommunity Relations Director & Customer Satisfaction Initiator

Bridget is a customer service professional with over 25 years of experience. When she is not behind the desk at YPAC you can find her behind the lens of her camera, or “making magic” at the Disney store. She loves dance, music and theater and has planted firm roots in the YPAC community with her three children. Bridget grew up in Aurora, graduated from Rosary High School and now lives in Montgomery. She has always enjoyed spending time with kids and has volunteered in the school classrooms for the past 9 years. Bridget loves to watch her kids perform and share their talent with the community. She is excited to watch your kids grow, make friends, and discover their value here at YPAC.

Dina Cooper
Dina CooperCustomer Satisfaction Initiator

Dina Cooper graduated from Illinois Institute of Art with a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual communication and illustration. She has worked as a graphic designer for over 15 years, but she has had a lifetime passion for the arts and its importance in childhood development. She has expressed that passion through children’s portraiture, teaching children’s art classes and illustrating children’s pieces.
Dina has two grown children and two grandchildren. She has recently returned to the Yorkville area to be near them after spending three years in Green Bay, WI, assisting her aging parents.
Dina is thrilled to be a part of the YPAC community built on its bigger picture!

Mia Mellecker
Mia MelleckerCreative Director

Mia Mellecker has been active in the field of art and musical theatre for 16 years. Mia possesses a love for performing, as well as an undeniable passion for creating the behind the scenes magic! She has appeared on stage as Miss Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” and in the ensembles of “Bye Bye Birdie” and Godspell Jr. Creating props, costumes and set designs is Mia’s favorite activity on a Saturday night. She was awarded the Lucille Gustafson Scholarship for Leadership by Waubonsee Community College where she received an A.S. in Liberal Arts. Her hopes are to inspire creativity, help others find confidence in their abilities, and showcase the amazing talents of the growing community at YPAC!

Kendra Budill
Kendra BudillCustomer Satisfaction Initiator

Kendra loves people and helping in any way she can. She is an engineer by degree and has been homeschooling her 4 children for the past 11 years. Originally from Michigan, Kendra and her husband Jeff have called Aurora their home for the past 18+ years. Kendra enjoys serving alongside her husband in ministry opportunities through their church, studying the Bible and cheering her children on in their activities. Kendra is excited to be a part of the warm YPAC family and will greet you with a smile.

Dance Community

Lucas Segovia
Lucas SegoviaBallet Master

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lucas started training at 16 and danced with Ballet Municipal de Santiago, Chile and Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires before joining Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino at 19 as a soloist, later becoming a principal dancer for the company. Under Julio Bocca’s leadership at Ballet Argentino, he performed an eclectic repertoire by many choreographers including Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Bigonzetti, Tharp, and Stekelman, among others.
He has toured around the globe, performing in major theatres of USA, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Cuba, and many more. In June 2006 he appeared in a gala with Cirque du Soleil in Buenos Aires, performing a piece created especially for him by Chet Walker. In December 2007 he danced with Paris Opera’s Etoile Manuel Legris in Julio Bocca’s farewell for more than 300,000 people. They were the only two dancers performing a solo piece.
In 2008, he joined The Washington Ballet, and was later awarded with the Premio Clarín, the most prestigious Argentinian award as “Outstanding New Dancer.” During the 2009-2010 season he joined Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, dancing pieces by Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky and performing at venues such as New York City Center, London’s Sadler’s Wells, and Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam.
Lucas joined Joffrey Ballet in July, 2010. He has appeared in Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Robbin’s The Concert and Wheeldon’s After the Rain.

Megan Edwards
Megan EdwardsDance Instructor

Megan Edwards began her dance training at the age of four, where her love for dance grew and sparked her passion to become a professional. Upon graduation from high school, Megan received both dance and academic scholarships to attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, a private performing arts school. While at PPU, she worked with many choreographers including Lauri Stallings, Michele de la Reza, Peter Kope, and was a featured dancer in many of the Point Park faculty pieces. She had the pleasure of attending the American College Dance Festival, dancing in Bruce Weber’s “Psychobabble.”
Megan graduated from PPU with a BA in jazz and modern dance and continued her training by dancing and performing professionally in rEvolve Dance Theatre, under the direction of Marissa Balzer. Upon completion of the company, Megan moved back to Illinois, where she returned to teach and choreograph for her home studio, one of Chicagoland’s greatest competitive dance companies. Megan is known for her making her vision become reality through her incredible choreography and artistry. She is excited to bring her passion and vision as well as her wealth of knowledge and gift to the YPAC community.

Alyssa Bulin
Alyssa BulinStudent Dance Instructor

Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 4. She started under the direction of Pam Simpson at Forte Arts Center. (formally Pam’s Academy of Dance)She was first taught by the owner of Your Performing Arts Center™, Emily Weber. She has danced at YPAC since the first year it opened and continues to dance here to this day. She has been on a competitive dance team for 8 years where she has won numerous overall and special awards. In 2011 Alyssa was apart of the Wizard of Oz children’s cast. In 2013-2014 Alyssa was a part of the Joffrey Ballet Studio where she was trained by many Joffrey professionals and performed in The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. She also participated in Youth American Grand Prix at the age of 14 and was offered a trip to New York. She has been assisting classes since the age of 11 under the mentorship of Emily Weber. She continues to take class and grow with YPAC and take leadership roles. Alyssa is more than honored to join the YPAC team and can’t wait to see where this journey leads her!

Hannah Polhill
Hannah PolhillDance Instructor

Hannah Polhill’s love for dance sprouted at the age of three when she attended her first ballet class at a local studio. From then on, her passion for the art continued to grow each year. What started off as one ballet class turned into hours and hours of training each week as Hannah begged her parents to enroll her in new styles each year. Throughout her 15 years of training, ballet, contemporary, modern, and lyrical became her favorites. She also trained in jazz and hip-hop and learned to love those styles as well. At the age of 12, Hannah was introduced to the world of competition dance and was instantly attached. She loved being able to perform on stage and grow closer to her team. After training at two previous dance studios, she found her dance home at Yorkville Performing Arts Center in 2013 and fell in love with her new family there. As an incoming freshman in high school, an abundance of change was occurring in her life, but YPAC kept her at ease with their loving environment. This community was unlike other dance studios Hannah had formerly experienced. Beyond the dance training, YPAC provided it’s students with life lessons and high morals that would shape each person for the rest of their lives. Not only did Hannah grow exponentially as a dancer, but her character grew as well during the four years at the studio. Outside of YPAC, Hannah was a part of Yorkville Varsity Poms from her freshman year to her senior year. Similar to dance, she enjoyed being able to grow close to her team and perform under the Friday night lights at the football halftime shows. Now that she is graduated, Hannah is attending Waubonsee Community College and helping out with dance classes at YPAC. She is excited to be a part of the team in her new journey and looks forward to helping the young students each week in different tumbling and ballet classes. It has been a pleasure for Hannah to be a part of Your Performing Arts Center from the first time they opened their doors to currently. She finds the amount of growth the studio has undergone throughout the past few years fun to experience, exciting, and well deserved.

Janell Larson
Janell LarsonPerformance Group Director & Dance Instructor

Janell is originally from Milwaukee, Wisc. and has over 15 years of teaching experience. She started dancing at the age of 6 under the direction of Sandra Young at Young Dance Academy. While at Young she toured around the country competing and training with many of the country’s top teachers and choreographers. Her passion for teaching began early. She was assisting classes at the age of 12 and she was teaching and choreographing for Young by the time she was 16. While in college, Janell taught for Misty’s Dance Unlimited, under the direction of Misty Lown (founder of More Than Just Great Dancing). She co-directed their Performance Company for four seasons. While living in the Atlanta area, she was on faculty at the Oconee Youth School of Performance for two years. Following her time in Georgia she relocated to the Midwest with her husband and taught full time for Forte Arts Center (formerly Pam’s Academy of Dance) for five years. Janell currently travels to local studios subbing, choreographing and holding workshop classes. She is known for her highly energetic style and ability to adapt to multiple disciplines of dance. Many of her former students are currently performing in NYC and LA, as well as, for Disney, cruise lines and college dance teams all over the country. Her choreography has won numerous top-honors at the regional and national levels. When she is not dancing, she loves to spend time with her husband, Matt, and two daughters, Aubrey (4 years) and Paisley (8 months). Janell is honored to join the YPAC Team and looks forward to leading and inspiring both members of the YPAC Dance Community and ID Company.

Carin Young
Carin YoungDance Instructor

Carin studied dance everywhere from the YMCA to Lou Conte’s in Chicago and everywhere in between! She’s excited to be a part of the dance studio she always wished existed in Yorkville as a girl! She began teaching dance at 15 as an independent instructor and, having been focused on her family many years, is excited to get back into the studio. She’s a thyroid cancer survivor, mother of two, and resident of Yorkville. Her motto is “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

Kaityn Crowther
Kaityn CrowtherDance Instructor

Originally from Morris, Illinois, Kaityn Crowther has been dancing since she was three years old. From a young age, Kaityn new she wanted to become a teacher. After high school, she decided to pursue her dream of dancing and teaching at Illinois State University. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Dance Performance and is currently working on finishing her Bachelors Degree in Special Education. While attending college, Kaityn instructed and choreographed at the Next Step Dance Studio for 4 years. She was also a member of the Illinois State Dance Theatre company all 4 years and president of the registered student organization Dance Association. Kaityn has a passion for teaching and loves watching kids grow and learn new things. She is very excited to begin her journey with YPAC!

Jaclyn Schuch
Jaclyn SchuchDance Community Director & Dance Instructor

Former trainee with The Joffrey Ballet and regional title winner. Jaclyn has performed both classical and contemporary ballet and has worked with world renowned choreographers. She was also a part of The Bravura Ballet Company and competed at Youth American Grand Prix, the most prestigious ballet competition in the Nation, where she was awarded an opportunity to go to New York. She has performed “The Nutcracker” with The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago in the children’s cast at the age’s of nine and ten, appeared on stage with the Joffrey Ballet Company in “Infra” in 2012, performed in a contemporary ballet showcase called “Choreographers of Color”, performed in “The Nutcracker” and “Cinderella” in 2012 as well.

Amanda Arnold
Amanda ArnoldPEER Ensemble Director & Dance Instructor

Dancing since the age of three, Amanda Arnold has two decades of dance experience. Growing up she was a member of competitive dance and convention teams. She is a former student of YPAC owner, Emily Weber. Amanda is trained in the areas of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, and Lyrical. Amanda is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and Dance minor. While dancing in college, she had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers through exploring and performing a wide variety of new styles of dance. In addition, Amanda was selected to attend and perform at the American College Dance Association throughout her college career. From an early age, Amanda knew that she had a passion for teaching. She believes in the importance of a well-rounded dance environment where children are encouraged and challenged to reach their fullest potential. She is committed to helping children develop the skills needed to spark a passion for dance, just like former teachers have done for her. Amanda is thrilled to be the P.E.E.R. Ensemble Director. Her mission is to enhance each dancer’s talents while promoting a positive relationship with the community.

Katie Martin
Katie MartinDance Instructor

Kathryn Martin studied under many great instructors including Elise Flagg, Carl Cory, Joel Hall, and Sherry Moray. She even had the pleasure of studying under the legendary Nathalie Krassovska. Kathryn’s dancing has taken her all over the United States and parts of Europe. She has been teaching for over seventeen years and has served as ballet mistress for multiple schools. She has also served as the company director for multiple competitive dance companies. Kathryn has been a master instructor for summer intensives and workshops for dance studios thought the country. Her choreography has won many regional and national awards including numerous regional and national titles for her soloists. Her soloists have also competed at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. Kathryn’s students have been awarded multiple scholarships to ballet intensives throughout the country. Her dancers have gone on to perform with the Joffery Ballet and Dance Chicago, as well as the Chicago Honey Bears, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and both Disney World and Disney Land. Kathryn also serves as both a regional and national judge for Creation National Dance Championship. She lives in the western suburbs with her husband Ryan and their six children.

Music Community

JD Kostyk
JD KostykGuitar, Ukulele & Bass Instructor

JD is originally from the southwest side of Chicago, has studied the guitar for close to twenty years, and has taught guitar to students of all ages for fifteen years. Soon after his skill on the guitar began to flourish, he started to delve into the subjects of music recording, sound reinforcement, and electronic production which lead him to obtain a degree from Columbia College Chicago in Audio Production and Design. After graduating college he began working as an audio instructor with an after school program geared at providing inner city youths with a working knowledge of sound reinforcement and music recording called the Sound Alternative. In addition to his work with the Sound Alternative, JD has served as a recording engineer for various bands and artists, and has held positions as Lead Audio technician for a variety of events and venues.
JD has made it a life goal of his to surround himself with opportunities to work with music, and especially enjoys sharing his passion with others through performance and his teaching practice.

Beth Jackson
Beth Jackson Theatre Community Director - Theatre/Vocal Instructor

Beth Jackson is a graduate from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Communication, Media and Theatre, Beth has 13 years experience in theatre and over 16 years in music. She helped develop and co-taught theatre classes at Curtain Up Classroom and also served as a Stage Manager for their children’s theatre productions. Beth has stage managed for Profiles Theatre, Rare Terra and Buzz22Chicago. Her most recent stage work has included: Jean Farrell in Emma’s Child, Mrs. Birling in An Inspector Calls and Kilroy in Don’t Drink the Water.
For four years she sang and danced in a co-ed show choir, Commotion, where she performed in a Disney competition and went to Show Choir Nationals; two of these years of which she served as Dance Captain. While working with the Yorkville Fox Country Players for their production of Beauty and the Beast she served as dance captain and chorus member. She has performed in a vocal jazz group, Stay Tuned, and nationally recognized A Capella Choir. Performing at her church since 2002 and Beth pretty much sings everywhere she goes!

Dwayne Richardson
Dwayne RichardsonGuitar Instructor

Dwayne Richardson is a graduate of the Chicago Academy for the Arts. He has been on stages with artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and others. He has performed at two Chicago Blues Festivals, toured Europe and Canada and has recorded with Kanye West.
Academically he created courses at the world renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, created “Blues in the Schools” programs with artists such as B.B. Kings daughter Shirley King and taught at institutions in the Chicagoland area.
With a passion for God Dwayne has ministered music within Life Changers Church, I.H.O.P and other Churches.

Jennifer Lucrezio
Jennifer LucrezioPiano Instructor

Originally from the rolling hills of upstate New York, Jennifer has pursued her ever-growing passion for performance and song in various forms since her move to Chicago in 2006. After earning her bachelors in Music and Communication, she followed her love of music by forming and touring with, both regionally and nationally, a songwriting acoustic duo – Lucrezio. While actively performing and recording, she gave ambitiously to the life of her local church, serving as a Worship Arts Director in Rockford, IL, and now currently as Creative Arts Director at Community Christian Church. Jennifer has been teaching students of both piano and voice since the summer of 2014, and is grateful to be a part of the YPAC team.

Mila Taylor
Mila TaylorPiano Instructor

Mila Taylor started her music education in piano at the age of six. After graduation she was accepted to the Rostov College of Arts where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Piano Education. During her studies, Mila was awarded several honors as a performer, competing at the regional and country level. She continued her studies at Moscow State University where she earned a Master’s degree in history and theory of art. She also studied at Loyola University Chicago, University of Luxembourg, and Sotheby’s Art Institute.

Mila has taught in music schools and privately in Moscow, Brussels, and the Chicago area. She also has performance experience as a soloist, accompanist, and with a symphony orchestra.

Mrs. Taylor teaches all ages and levels – from the beginning up to the conservatory level. Her goal is to help each student open the world of music and enjoy the rewards that music brings.

Zachary Belles
Zachary BellesPiano & Brass Instructor

Zachary Belles has been in love with music his entire life and started focusing all his energy into it in his freshman year of high school where he started getting involved with band as a Trombone player, choir as a bass, and community theater where he has been a part of 15 different shows. He has dedicated the past six years to honing his skills to the best of his abilities in all of the major brass instruments along with Piano and Ukulele. In high school he and the Wind Ensemble were invited to the University of Illinois SuperState Band Competition four years in a row and winning twice. While in college he won the Concerto competition two years in a row and was able to perform with orchestral accompaniment. Zachary graduated from North Central College with a degree in Music Education in the spring of 2017 and looks forward to further improving his skills and watching his students grow and maybe one day even surpassing him in skill.

Kelly Poretta
Kelly PorettaVocal and Violin Instructor

Kelly joined YPAC in April of 2014 with professional experience performing, teaching private music lessons, and working with musical theater groups. She has a great love for music and the performing arts and enjoys working with students of all ages. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Millikin University, she performed professionally in regional theater and national tours for 15 years. Favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and the fiddler, MaryLou, in the first national tour of Cowgirls.
Kelly enjoys performing for weddings, memorials, and special occasions. She also loves to share the healing power of music with the residents of assisted living communities, and is a member of the Worship Team at New Life Church in Yorkville. Kelly maintains her strong belief that experiencing music and the performing arts is inspiring and life changing. She is happy to be part of the YPAC team!

Jonny Gifford
Jonny GiffordDrum Instructor

Jonny Gifford is currently finishing his percussion performance degree at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He has played with various ensembles at NIU, such as the NIU Steelband, Philharmonic, Percussion Ensemble, and the Afro Cuban Folkloric Ensemble. Jonny has also played with the Wheaton Municipal Band, which included a performance at the Midwest Clinic in 2012. Jonny has been teaching privately for the past 9 years.e currently teaches privately at YPAC in Yorkville, IL, the Fox Valley YMCA in Plano, IL, Ethan Bell’s Portable music studio in Yorkville, IL and at his studio in DeKalb, IL. He performs around Northern Illinois/Chicago with groups such as the Ethan Bell Band, Pastiche Steel Ensemble, Fareed Haque, and others.

Theatre Community

Beth Jackson
Beth JacksonTheatre Community Director - Theatre/Vocal Instructor

Beth Jackson is a graduate from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Communication, Media and Theatre, Beth has 13 years experience in theatre and over 16 years in music. She helped develop and co-taught theatre classes at Curtain Up Classroom and also served as a Stage Manager for their children’s theatre productions. Beth has stage managed for Profiles Theatre, Rare Terra and Buzz22Chicago. Her most recent stage work has included: Jean Farrell in Emma’s Child, Mrs. Birling in An Inspector Calls and Kilroy in Don’t Drink the Water.
For four years she sang and danced in a co-ed show choir, Commotion, where she performed in a Disney competition and went to Show Choir Nationals; two of these years of which she served as Dance Captain. While working with the Yorkville Fox Country Players for their production of Beauty and the Beast she served as dance captain and chorus member. She has performed in a vocal jazz group, Stay Tuned, and nationally recognized A Capella Choir. Performing at her church since 2002 and Beth pretty much sings everywhere she goes!

Shaheen Kapambwe
Shaheen KapambweAssistant Choreographer

Shaheen born in Chicago, IL, raised in Montgomery IL, cultivated a love for the arts at an early age. Once she performed in her first musical, “Guys and Dolls Jr.” at Yorkville Middle School, she decided to pursue theatre professionally. After two years on the YMS stage and receiving the Top Performer award in 2013, Shaheen went on to study at Aurora Christian High School. There, she enjoyed the team sports of volleyball, cheerleading, and poms and led worship for student chapels her senior year. Since then, Shaheen has committed her time to thorough study and practice of musical theatre, being a part of YPAC’s star theatre team, and learning as a voice student with Kelly Poretta. Not to mention, she experienced firsthand the magic of the Theatre Community with participation in YPAC’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” She is elated to be a part of the YPAC mission as she pursues higher education that will equip her to be a better artist and instructor. She hopes to inspire the next generation to be hardworking, positive, and confident leaders in the musical theatre sector and beyond!

Emily Schreiber
Emily SchreiberStage Manager & Theatre Instructor

Emily is very excited to be joining the YPAC family! Emily has worked in all different areas in theatre: from acting, directing, and even designing shows. In 2016, she graduated with a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in English Studies from North Central College in Naperville. Emily is a former theatre director for the Elk Grove Park District where she worked on Elf Jr. and Legally Blonde Jr. She is also a former Artistic Education intern with the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago where she assistant directed a Youth Ensemble production based on an adaption of the book The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. Emily hopes to continue to grow as an artist with YPAC and is so excited to work with passionate and artistic students.

Aaron Holbach
Aaron HolbachStage Manager & Theatre Instructor

Aaron found the wonders of musical theatre in high school. He started learning behind the scenes with stage management and eventually stepped onto stage, playing various roles in school and local community theatre. He started helping at YPAC with set movement for the theatre productions and has enjoyed every minute. He is so happy to share his tech background with the YPAC students and community.

Youth Cheerleading

Chelsea Kuhel
Chelsea KuhelCheer Community Director

Chelsea is originally from Morris, Illinois, and she has a tumbling and cheerleading background. She studied English Literature and Secondary Education at Lewis University and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in 2010. She also earned her Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist from Olivet Nazarene in 2015. Chelsea was a high school English teacher for 4 years and a middle school teacher for 2 years. She has also been a fiction editor with Madison Seidler Editing Services for 4 years. She was a tumbling instructor at Pam’s Academy of Dance and she coached competitive and sideline cheerleading squads at Joliet West High School and Ottawa Township High School. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Danny, and their 4 children. Chelsea is so excited to join the YPAC team and combine her two passions of cheerleading and working with children and young adults to teach, inspire, and motivate.

Kelly Crowell
Kelly CrowellCheerleading Coach

Kelly graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Art in English and has worked for Adtalem Global Education in higher education for over 7 years. She cheered with the Lemont Hornets Pop Warner Cheerleading and Poms for 8 years and coached 3rd/4th grade sideline and competitive squad for 2 years. Kelly founded the Competition Pom/Dance team at Mount Assisi Academy in Lemont, IL and taught ballet, tap, and jazz throughout college. She has a passion for cheer and dance performance and can’t wait to cheer on the YPAC community!


Renee Porter
Renee PorterTumbling Instructor

Reneé is originally from Plainfield, and began tumbling at age 8 at her local dance academy. She wanted to share her love of tumbling and became a teaching assistant when she was 13. She soon took over the tumbling program, while also attending North Central College, where she earned her bachelors degree in psychology. Renee then moved to Wisconsin, where she attended the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater and received her Masters in Education for School Psychology. She served as a school psychologist in Yorkville for 10 years, and now serves the Somonauk School District. She is thrilled to be a part of the YPAC community./p>