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Brian P. Harris


Titles: Founder, CEO, and Instructor

Industry Experience:  Beginning as a student in the industry at age 4, Brian has over 30 years experience in all aspects of dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading. Originally from Louisville, KY, Brian graduated from Georgetown College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Communication. While attending Georgetown College he began United Talent as a class project and incorporated in 1998.

Prior to college, Brian trained at Dance Unlimited and Gymnastics by Mimi in Louisville, KY where he also became a gymnastics, dance, and cheer instructor, coach, and choreographer.  He also competed with Gym Tyme’s Senior All-Star cheerleaders.  Following high school Brian was given the opportunity to travel the country with United Spirit Association (USA) and instruct middle school, high school, and college students.  During this time he also traveled as a judge for Star Systems National Talent Competitions, Jam Brands (Jamfest), and Christian Cheerleaders of America (CCA) where he was also a frequent guest speaker and presenter for coach’s conferences.

Brian resides in Georgetown, KY with his wife Kara and their two children Layne and Jack.  He is very proud of the history and tradition of United Talent and looks forward to helping develop its various programs and overall future.  

Favorite Quote:  “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” 
-- Abraham Lincoln


Tracy French


Titles:  United Talent Cheer & Xtreme Team Program Director & Coach

Industry Experience:  
Tracy is a graduate of Morehead State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business.  While attending college, Tracy was a member of the Nationally Ranked Morehead State Cheerleaders and was a head coach for power tumbling at T N T Gym in Morehead.

Tracy is a long-term staff member who has worked in many aspects here at United Talent.  Her relationship with our gym started in the spring 2007 while enrolling her children, Madison and Rachel in tumbling classes.

After just a short while, Tracy expressed an interest in helping with instruction and began teaching classes for United Talent while still maintaining her job as an account executive in Lexington.  Her extensive cheer and tumbling experience became a tremendous asset to United Talent and she was quickly offered a position as Director of the Tumbling Program.  After many successful years as the Tumbling Director, Tracy has advanced to an administrative position as well as directing the Cheer and Xtream Team programs at United Talent.  

Favorite Quote: “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill


Terry L. Thorndale


Titles: Cheer & Gymnastics Administrative Assistant

Industry Experience:  Terry Thorndale has over 25 years experience as an Administrative Assistant. The last 15 years has been solely in the field of Cheerleading and Tumbling. She has extensive skills to fulfill all administrative tasks in this industry.

Starting 2001, Terry worked for Kentucky Elite in Lexington, Kentucky until it was sold to Premier Athletics in 2010. She continued on staff with Premier until 2012 before continuing her career with United Talent in April 2012. Her expertise includes Accounts, Registrations, and Customer Satisfaction.

Terry lives in Lexington with her husband, son, and English bulldog Axle. She has 2 children, Sierra 24 and Austin 18. Terry is looking forward to many more exciting years at United Talent!

Favorite Quote:  You have to take the good with the bad, smile when your sad, love what you’ve got and remember what you had… Always forgive but never forget, learn from your mistakes but never regret, people change, things go wrong, just remember life goes on.


Mckayla A. Sutton

Titles: All-Star Cheer Coach and Tumbling Instructor

Industry Experience:
Mckayla has been with United Talent since 2005, when she began her career as a cheerleader in our All Star Cheerleading Program. She is a graduate of Bluegrass Community and Technical College where she earned her Associate Degree in Cosmetology.

In 2008, Mckayla began working as a Tumbling Instructor in our Tumbling Program, and as an Assistant Coach for Xtreme Team, as well as continuing her cheerleading career. Mckayla has recently added a new position to her experience with us as an All Star Cheerleading Coach and is excited to pass on her experience to the next generation of cheerleaders. Mckayla is very excited to see what her 10th year (that’s right! TENTH!) with United talent has in store for her!

Favorite Quotes:  “Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.” --W.C. Doane

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” --Epictetus


Whitney Richardson

Titles: All-Star Cheer Coach and Tumbling Instructor 

Industry Experience:
Whitney is originally from Georgetown, where she cheered for the Scott County Cardinals both at Scott County Middle and High School. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, where she earned her Bachelor Degree in Business Finance.

Whitney has been a member of the United Talent Family since 2011. She instructs many of our Cheer Tumble Basic classes as well as our regular tumbling classes. She has recently enrolled her daughter in a Tumbling class for the first time, adding a second generation to the United Talent Family. Whitney is eager for another great year!

Favorite Quote:  “You have to learn the rules of the game, and then you have to play better than anyone else.”Albert Einstein  


Lauren Fox

Titles: Tumbling Instructor & Cheer Prep Assistant

Industry Experience:
Lauren is a junior at Scott County High School, and is currently a member of the Scott County Cardinals Varsity Cheerleading Squad. She was also previously a member of the All Star Cheerleading Program at United Talent for ten years. Lauren began her athletic career with us in 2005, when she was 6 years old. Lauren has been instructing tumbling classes in out Tumbling Program since 2013.

Lauren's willingness to help, teach and share her love for tumbling and cheerleading is why she chose to join the United Talent Family. She says, "I don't consider this a job because I enjoy it too much." Lauren plans on attending college to become a Kindergarten and/or an elementary teacher.

Lauren hopes her dedication and love for her job shines through to her students in the classes she is teaching. She doesn't want to just coach and teach her students, but also a role model to them. She is very excited to see what her future at United Talent has to offer!


Andie Mason

Title: Tumbling Instructor

Industry Experience:
Andie has been a part of the United Talent Family since 2007 when she began taking tumbling classes. The following year, she joined as a member of our All Star Cheerleading Program and continued to compete for 6 years. She is currently a member of the Scott County Cardinals Dance Team at Scott County High School in Georgetown, KY.

Andie started working with United Talent in 2013 when she was hand selected for the Intern Program. She was offered a position as a Tumbling Instructor in 2014, and has absolutely loved it since! She looks forward to seeing her students each day and knowing that she gets to be a part of their growth. To Andie, the best part is to see the excitement in a child that performs a new skill for the first time. She says, “My favorite thing about working with United Talent is seeing the little kids smiling and hearing all the different stories every day.” She is very happy to see what her students will have to say this season!


Madeleine E. Simpson

Titles: All-Star Cheer Coach & Tumbling Instructor 

Industry Experience:
Madeleine is a senior at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. In December, she will be graduating with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Communications. She is planning to pursue a Master's Degree in the field of Counseling.

Madeleine has competed at The Cheerleading Worlds three times (2010, 2011, 2012) with her all-star cheerleading teams. In 2010, Madeleine and her team finished in 4th place at The Cheerleading Worlds. After high school, Madeleine went on to cheer for the 20-time National Champion University of Kentucky Cheerleading Team. After retiring from cheerleading, Madeleine went on to coach at a local all-star gym in Lexington, KY for two years, where she helped lead three teams to The Summit competition in Orlando, FL.

Madeleine is currently coaching tumbling classes and All-star Cheerleading. She is super excited to be coaching and instructing with the United Talent Family!