Cheerleading gyms are only as good as the coaches who teach in them. That's why we put an emphasis on quality, well-rounded people to work at our facility as well as the skills they posess. We are proud of the acheivements of our staff in and out of the gym and encourage our athletes to seek a balance in their own lives.


Meet Our Staff

Stephanie Grafstein

Stephanie is co-owner and office manager of CheerAcademy. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in Public Relations. After moving to the Atlanta area in 1992 she began coaching gymnastics.  She has coached both compulsory and optional level gymnastics for the past 16 years. Stephanie also holds a level 10 rating as a gymnastics judge and is USA Safety Certified.  Because of her strong gymnastics background, Stephanie has a unique understanding of the importance of careful skill progression and technique.   


Alisa Kiefer

Alisa is co-owner of CheerAcademy. Alisa has been actively involved in and coaching cheerleading and gymnastics for 18 years. She started out as a dancer for Center Stage Dance Company where she won numerous national dance titles in ballet, tap, jazz, character, and acrobatic. While still dancing Alisa took up gymnastics. She participated competitive gymnastics through level 8. Alisa attended SequoyahHigh School where she cheered all four years. During high school Alisa also cheered competitively for Cheer Tech and Pro-Cheer All-Stars. Alisa attended Valdosta State University where she cheered her freshman and sophomore years. She has taught competitive gymnastics for 12 years from two year olds to AAU Level 4 and Level 5 along with Prep Optional. She has been running a competitive cheerleading program for the last 20 years. Since that time the teams in her programs have won countless regional and national titles to include multiple Cheersport National Titles, UCA National Titles, as well as NCA National Titles.  Alisa's other accomplishments include coaching a senior team to the Cheerleading World Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Alisa is also one of the first coaches in the state of Georgia to become a credentialed member of the USASF (United States All-Star Federation).  Alisa recently became a certifited judge for Varsity events.  A mother of two, Alisa has a unique understanding of the daily challenges faced by the parents at our gym.


Dan Kiefer

Dan has been coaching cheerleading and tumbling for 14 years and currently serves as our Allstar Tumbling and Marketing Director.  He cheered for Iowa State University where he earned NCA All-American Honors and was voted captain of the Competition Squad and led his team to NCA College Nationals.  During college he traveled the country teaching private cheerleading camps to high schools and colleges as a head instructor for American Cheerleading Federation.  After graduating, Dan moved to Atlanta to manage a cheerleading facility. Since being in the cheerleading business full time, he has coached high school, all-star and recreation teams to several regional and national titles.    


Josh Buck

Josh began his cheerleading career with the co-ed team at Central High School.  Josh also cheered competitively for Twisters for two seasons.  After graduating high school Josh came onto Twisters staff as a tumbling instructor.  Josh is a great motivator and can spot and teach all levels of tumbling from a forward roll to a double full.   Josh assists in coaching our all star teams as well as some of the recreational teams that we work with.  


Jake Fricks

Elisabeth Dawe