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Meet Our Team

Hi! I'm Amanda Christine Power Hood, but you can call me Mandi or "Coach." I moved to Boone, NC in the spring of 2019 from New York City, and started Mountain Elite in summer of 2020! You can follow me for pictures of current classes and our local athletes @mountainelite on Instagram!


  • Owner and Program Director of Mountain Elite 

  • Head Coach of St. John's University Cheer in NYC (Division I, Big East Conference 2014-2019)

  • Cheer and dance judge for UCA and NCA competitions

  • STUNT official for the Public School Athletic League of NYC

  • Camp, clinic, choreography instructor for youth, high school, and college teams

  • St. John's University co-ed cheer team captain 

  • Quest Athletics competitive athlete in Pine Bush, NY 


  • US All Star Federation (USAF) Member Coach 

  • USA Cheer Safety & Risk Management

  • USA Cheer - Coaching Young Athletes

  • SafeSport Trained (Abuse Prevention)

  • CDC Heads Up - Concussion Training

  • Red Cross First Aid for Coaches

  • Positive Coaching Alliance - Coaching with Empathy


Kyndall Bennett

Kyndall is from Gastonia, NC and has been cheering since she was 8 years old including in high school and on an all star team. She also helped coach her former all star team before attending and graduating from App State. Kyndall was the coach of our very first team in Boone and is in her third year with us!

Kyndall coaches our Violet and Indigo all star cheer teams.


Madison Cansler

Madison is a senior at Appalachian State University and second year Mountain Elite Coach. She's from Shelby, NC has been cheerleading since she was 7 years old! She has experience with choreography and spotting various tumbling skills. 

Madison coaches our Violet, Amethyst and Indigo all star cheer team.


Emma Heaney

Emma is a 2x national champion from Winston Salem that cheered at Cheer Extreme Allstars. She was also a varsity cheerleader all 4 years of high school, served as captain, worked with a special needs team nd won a bronze medal at Worlds! She is a political science pre-law major at App State. 


Emma coaches coaches tumbling classes, specialty clinics and is available for private lessons.

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Mallory Spagnoletti

Meet Mallory! She is from Elkin, NC and was a gymnast for 5 years before becoming an all star competitive cheerleader for 8. Mallory is a recent Appalachian State graduate that works as a tumbling coach with us and also a painting instructor at Let’s Be Artsy!

Mallory coaches tumbling classes, specialty clinics and is available for private lessons.

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Lindsey is a senior at Appalachian State University that is studying Marketing. She is from Waxhaw, NC and was a highly competitive cheerleader with Cheer Extreme Charlotte for 8 years. She also coached a local middle school team and has experience with choreography.

Lindsey coaches our Periwinkle and Amethyst all star cheer teams. 


Meet Tiffany! She's from Davie County North Carolina and is currently a nursing major and Varsity cheerleader at Appalachian State University. She has been a cheerleader for 15 years and has extensive experience in all star, school competition, and sideline cheer. 

Tiffany coaches our Lilac all star cheer team.


Lindsey Tynon

Tiffany Baity

Abby Swanner

Tori Lentz

Abby is a senior at Appalachian State University from Greenville, NC. She started cheering when she was only 4 and continued in middle school, high school and on a competitive team. She coached at her former gym. 

Abby coaches coaches tumbling classes, specialty clinics and is available for private lessons.

Tori is a Boone native and first discovered cheerleading when she was only 6 years old! She is currently a student at App State and was a Watauga High School Varsity cheerleader. Tori was a student at Mountain Elite before becoming a coach.

Tori coaches tumbling classes.


Mountain Elite is a proud member of the Boone Area  Chamber of Commerce as well as the U.S. All Star Federation for Cheer and Dance

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