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Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Erika Gullick started cheer at just three years old. Her cheer journey spans every level, from little league to competitive all star, collegiate and professional. After cheering at The Ohio State University for four years as an undergraduate, she joined the coaching staff at North Carolina State as the first non-alumni assistant coach and eventually went on to cheer professionally for the Columbus Destroyers before opening The Cheer Institute in December of 2015. 


In just a few short years since its founding, Erika built The Cheer Institute from a small group of seven students to over 85 athletes and five competition teams. Erika’s wide range of experience, wealth of knowledge in the industry, and experienced staff make The Cheer Institute a facility full of top-notch trainers and coaches for athletes of all ages and skill levels. 


The Cheer Institute believes laying a strong foundation is imperative to the continued growth of all athletes. From cartwheels to fulls, The Cheer Institute’s curriculum allows for steady growth led by informed, experienced and encouraging staff.

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Meet the Team


Coach Tiawni Moss

Coach Tiawni Moss, warmly known as Coach X by her athletes, has been cheerleading since she was three years old. She started her cheer journey in little league as a Columbus Raider until eighth grade, when she began all star cheerleading before finishing her cheer career as a Kentucky State Thorobred. Go K-State! 


Cheer has always been a passion for her. After graduating from Kentucky State University , she returned to Columbus to start her coaching career with the CYAA Saints little league team where she coached for five seasons before venturing off to start The Prancing Buckeyes Elite (PBE) all star team. 


It was during the COVID-19 pandemic that Coach Erika and Coach X decided to combine forces to become stronger together! Coach X is a firm believer that it’s not always about winning, but making a difference in the lives of young athletes. She is honored to be a part of all athletes training at The Cheer Institute. 

Monika Willis

Monika is a Columbus, Ohio native and a graduate from Brookhaven High School and Southeast Career Center. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Accounting with a minor in Human Resource Management from Franklin University.


Monika has worked with youth from diverse backgrounds for over 25 years as a group leader for the National Youth Sports Program, a youth ministry Leader at Trinity Baptist Church and past youth advisor to the Eastern Union Missionary Baptist Church Youth & Young Adult Auxiliary. Monika has a servant heart and loves to serve in the administrative capacity. She previously served as the assistant to the director for Prancing Buckeyes Elite Cheerleading and currently serves as a part of the administrative staff for The Cheer Institute and on the Executive Board for Legacies United Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Cheer Institute is proud to host an amazing staff of elite coaches: 


Coach Jamerra Stills


Coach Kearia Jefferson 


Coach Terry Brown