Steve – Owner
Steve opened Emerald City Gymnastics in July, 1996. The original location of Emerald City was at 87th and Farley in Overland Park and moved to the current location on Bond St. due to positive growth, in 2001. The idea behind opening his own gym was to establish a philosophy different from other gyms at the time. His dream was to keep gymnastics fun and foster an environment where kids felt good about themselves.
As a lifelong gymnast, Steve has continued his love for the sport, as a coach, for the last 40 years. He graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and was the first person on the men’s gymnastics team at NW to qualify for State. Steve pursued higher education at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign and earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.
Steve served as the Kansas State Chairman for USA Men’s Gymnastics for 25 years and was on the board for USA Men’s Gymnastics Region 3 for 30 years. He coached at the Olympic Training Center for developmental summer camps and coached numerous state, regional and national qualifiers and champions.
His love for kids and gymnastics is what drives Steve every day. He is known to drop in on classes to put a smile on their face and loves to be silly with the kids. Steve lists one of his greatest accomplishments as “putting up with Debbie at the front desk.”
Steve’s hobbies include photography in the Colorado mountains and hiking. He has two kids, Nick and Kelly. His pets include assorted lizards and snakes in his backyard. Steve also enjoys feeding his neighbor’s horses, Leo, Tardy and Apache five pounds of carrots each week. He hopes one day to visit Alaska. In the next 10 years, Steve sees himself as “tired.”
Debbie – Office Manager
Debbie, also known as the ‘Director of First Impressions’ has been the face and welcoming smile of Emerald City for 17 years. Family and Emerald City is synonymous for Debbie as her daughter, Christen, was a gymnast with Emerald City, a team member from 1996-2003 and is now a weekend Supervisor.
Her love for kids, talking to the parents and the camaraderie with her co-workers is what draws Debbie to Emerald City every day. While she has known Steve Glickley (Our Wizard of Oz) for 22 years, Debbie lists one of her proudest achievements as “putting up with Steve Glickley.”
Debbie is a graduate of Shawnee Mission West and attended JCCC to study business.
Debbie’s passions are her kids, her 5 grandchildren, 2 dogs Dexter and Max, 1 cat Gracie and animals in general. Her free time with family is spent shopping, eating out, playing Bunco or watching Sean (our Director of Group Activities) sing and play his guitar locally. Debbie loves road trips, especially the southwest United States. She hopes to one day retire and live on “acreage with lots of animals.”
To contact Debbie, email email@example.com.
Sean – Director of Group Activities
The ‘Director of Group Activities’ does not begin to describe Sean’s value to the Emerald City team. Sean began with Emerald City in the fall of 2001 as a birthday party and rock wall staff member. Over the years his talents expanded over coaching and maintenance as well.
Although his role at Emerald City is all encompassing and rewarding, his love for music is Sean’s true passion. Not only does he perform solo shows singing and playing guitar, he has lead a band since 2003 and even fills in on shows for other bands. Sean’s work has been enjoyed by audiences at the Starlight in Kansas City, the Plaza Art Fair, local Kansas City casinos and weddings.
Sean is a graduate of Shawnee Mission East and was accepted in to the Conservatory of Music at UMKC to pursue a music teaching degree. He later decided his love for performing outweighed his desire to teach.
Emerald City is a great fit for Sean as he loves working with kids and his real life love is a gymnastics coach at EC. Sean has two cats, Bonnee and Blanche. He loves working at Emerald City “because little kids crack me up,” and he can utilize some of the same conversational skills with 3-year-olds as some of his late night audience members.
To contact Sean, email Sean@emeraldcitygym.com.