Lori Speiss created River Valley All Stars from the vision she shared with her daughter, Kayley Speiss and her high school friend Kelly Gindorff. Her introduction to cheerleading was when Lori’s daughter made the High School Varsity Football Cheer Team. Lori saw the dedication and life skills that her daughter was gaining. She ended up coaching her daughter’s senior year of high school and that is how her passion for coaching started. Seeing the positive impact that cheer had on her daughter, she wanted to give that same opportunity to others in her community. She wants to help her athletes see that hard work and determination will allow them the opportunity to achieve greatness.
Kayley Speiss started her cheer career when she was a freshman in high school. She made the Varsity Team and the love of cheer grew from that moment on. She was a Varsity cheerleader for four years and then continued her career in cheer by pursuing a coaching role after High School. Kayley has been a coach at RVAS since its inception in 2014. She is passionate about pushing her athletes to be their best and develops strong bonds with her cheerleaders.
Kelly Gindorff was introduced to cheerleading in her junior year of high school. She was encouraged by her friend, Kayley Speiss, to try out and they continued with sideline cheerleading through out high school and became assistant coaches the year after graduation. Kelly has been with River Valley All Stars since the beginning. She has continued to coach multiple teams from all ages and skill levels. Kelly loves cheerleading because it creates lasting relationships and teaches many life lessons. Her favorite part of coaching is seeing the cheerleaders reach their goals and show true passion for cheer.
Coach Roger started coaching from his cat tree in November of 2017 after he was rescued by his mom, Lori Speiss and his other mom, Kayley Speiss. After his mom found out he was Feline Leukemia +, she offered him a position as a cheer coach at the gym. Roger was living the life of being chased by dogs and dodging cars but realized coaching was a much better career path for him and he graciously accepted the role. Most of the time he coached from his favorite spot high up in his cat tree, but occasionally he did get down to chase the cheerleaders. Sadly, Roger lost his fight with Feline Leukemia and passed away August 27th, 2018. He will be deeply missed and was loved by many.