Our Team

RALPH THOMPKINS

RALPH THOMPKINS

Owner & Founder

Previously a 5+ year instructor at the Little Gym, Ralph has always had a big heart to serve children. In his early years as a student-athlete at Grand Valley State University, he assisted as a Youth Sports Coordinator at the YMCA in Grand Rapids and volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club. His background in these areas coupled with his personal fitness and athletic experience has allowed him to create the unique youth fitness model that is now SWAG Kids Gym. Ralph’s genuine passion and enthusiasm for the families we serve is heard and felt in his presence and it is a unique experience for all!

MALIA GADDY

MALIA GADDY

Director of Operations

Sometimes a smile says it all! With 7+ years of experience working with Michigan schools along with Detroit and Metropolitan community organizations, she now brings her passion for Youth Health and Fitness to SWAG Kids Gym! Malia, previously an Assistant Program Coordinator for the internationally recognized Safe Routes to School program, is well versed in creating resources and supporting families as they create health and wellness plans for their children.

Contact: malia@swagkidsgym.com

KATIE SCHMIDTKE

KATIE SCHMIDTKE

Gym Director & Lead Instructor

Katie has always had a big heart to serve children. As Michigan’s youngest Certified Youth Fitness Instructor, Katie has taught over 1,000 classes and helped lead over 200 birthday parties since she started with S.W.A.G Kids Gym. She is LOVED by every child regardless of age! Katie loves helping kids become the best versions of themselves through exercise, movement, kindness, and compassion at the gym.

TAYLOR JOHNSON

TAYLOR JOHNSON

Instructor

Taylor Johnson is a Lead Instructor at S.W.A.G Kids Gym. A graduate from Walled Lake Northern High School in 2019, she is currently attending Michigan State University. Taylor joined our team at S.W.A.G Kids Gym in the Fall of 2021. She loves all the kids she meets and loves helping them grow physically and mentally. Taylor lives in Wixom and she enjoys painting, traveling, studying, and hanging out with her friends and family.

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