The Chalk Box Family

The Chalk Box has been blessed over the years to have some exceptional staff members. A lot of our staff, past and present, are former, current gymnasts or parents of a gymnast.  

Michael & Chrissy speelman



David & Nikki Lengyel

head coaches

Julie Clark

kidz head coach

becca forbes

Bronze head coach

Tyler Pew


Josh bennett

nina farina

jenny speelman

jaydin coy

Blair Whitlock

lucia Mozzacco

Maddy litwiller




jen leonard

stacey stoneman





alex banish



angie williams

Annie perez

jessica betts



Katie johnson

Tracy devine


                      Previous Staff

Beverly Windle

She started it all.

In 1980, Bev had a vision. She believed that she could start a business dedicated to teaching gymnastics and fitness, while maintaining good core values in Ashtabula. It was that dream, and her dedication that not only started The Chalk Box, but kept it going until her decision to retire in 2001. One of her high points was in 1996. The Olympic Games were held in Atlanta that year and the Olympic Torch Relay passed thru Ashtabula. Due to her long time dedication to helping the youth of Ashtabula, she was selected to carry the torch for a portion of route thru Ashtabula. Thank you Bev for everything you have done for us.

Cathy Speelman

Continued The Traditions.

In 1982, two of Cathy’s Children stared attending classes at The Chalk Box. Michael (retired 1st Sgt. Speelman, USMC) was 4, and Jenny was 3. In 1983, her son Nicholas, age 2, started taking classes also. Cathy began teaching gymnastics classes then also. The kids worked there way up thru the levels, joining the competition teams, and even competing at the AAU Nationals. In the fall of 1983 Cathy began teaching fitness classes. In 2001, when Beverly decided to retire, Cathy and her husband David, being like family, were given the opportunity to buy the business. The Speelman’s continued to maintain the same values that started with The Chalk Box until they sold the business to their son and daughter in law who currently own the Gym.