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Liz Bellini

Liz started Staten Island Elite in 1996, marking this as her 21st season as owner and head coach of the program. Under Liz’s leadership and guidance, the program has transformed from a basic-beginner program to a fleet of national champion cheerleaders. Along the way, she watched her Gems grow from elementary school students to college graduates and she gained a second family.
Over the years, Liz has helped coach many winning teams throughout Staten Island. Before SIE, she coached St. Teresa Grammar School and Notre Dame Academy HS during some of their best seasons. 
Along with assuring that her girls will be top-level competitors, Liz has made a mark for herself in the coaching world as well. In 2000, She was the 2nd runner-up for United Performing Association's top five National Cheerleading Coach of the Year Award. From 1996-1999 she was a member of the Eastern All-Star Cheer Dance Coaches Association. She holds a Spirit Safety certification from the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administrators, holds USASF certifications in all cheerleading categories and CPR certified by the American Heart Association.
Over the seasons, SI Elite has won awards for their outstanding choreography full of dramatic visuals, energetic and engaging sequences, and over-the-top dance segments that clearly set Elite apart from the competition in the judge’s eyes. These awards are a culmination of Liz & the SIE staff’s input, the way SIE works best – Together!


Sara Bellini


Sara Bellini began cheering with Staten Island Elite in the 2001-2002 season and has followed mother Liz Bellini's coaching footsteps since 2008. She started as a Ruby and has progressed through the years to the Emerald, Diamond, and Gemsation teams. Throughout twelve seasons, Sara has double teamed, 'super senior-ed' on the Amethyst team and won countless National Championship titles. She has head coached the Rhinestone, Ruby-Emerald, Crystal, and Bling teams while assisting the rest of the program. Sara holds certification in level 1 & 2 stunting and tumbling, is an AACCA member, and holds a CPR certification from American Heart Association. 

Sara is a graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College where she majored in English. She currently works as an Assistant Director of Sales, Marketing, and Operations at Gateway Arms Realty Corp.

Cathrine Bernarndo


Cathrine joined the Staten Island Elite Program in May 2001 as an Emerald and progressed to the Diamond team. The things she loved most about being on the team were being able to travel throughout the country, double-teaming, and winning numerous regional and national championship titles! Cat has also cheered for Central Jersey All-Stars Open Level 6 Co-ed team for the 2009-2010 season, where she won regional, state, and national championship titles. While cheering for CJA, she was also one of the original members of CSI Dolphins' Cheerleading program. As a Dolphin, she was awarded individual titles of Best Jumper and Tumbler at the 2011 CUNY Cheerleading Competition. During her 2012-2013 season with CJA, she competed for her first time at the Cheerleading Worlds, placing 4th in the US and 8th in the world in the All-Girl Open Level 6 division. She also had the opportunity to compete at the 2014 Cheerleading Worlds where her team placed top 10 in the US and top 25 in the world. Cathrine has helped SIE in the past, assisting other coaches and training girls during tryouts after high school and throughout her beginning years of college.  Her first year as part of the coaching staff officially began in the 2011-2012 season coaching the Youth Rubies & Junior Emeralds. Presently she helps with all the teams, focusing on Amethysts and the Diamonds. 

In 2007, Cat graduated from St. John Villa Academy's Scholar program as one of the top 5 students. She currently has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing with cum laude honors from the College of Staten Island. She also was a graduate of The Verrazano School with Honors Distinction, and was chosen to speak at the VZ School Commencement. Cathrine has been a New York State Licensed Registered Nurse since May 2010. Cathrine is CPR-BLS certified and is a New York State Licensed Registered Nurse since May 2010. She presently works as a psychiatric nurse in the emergency psychiatric ward. She is also a licensed STUNT official for USA Cheer, where she judges and/or referees STUNT games for PSAL and USA Cheer events.



Alexandria Thaten



  Alexx holds an advanced regents diploma from Tottenville HS and a degree in English from the Pforzheimer Honors Program at Pace University, where she graduated in 2009. Currently, she is the manager of Victory Gymnastics Center, where she began working in 2003. During the week she teaches gymnastics classes for all age groups from 10 months old through adults and on the weekends you can still find her in the gym giving Private Tumbling Lessons to cheerleaders from all age groups (and teams) island-wide.
Alexx began cheering with Elite in 2000 as a member of the Emerald team and since then, has been a part of 3 National Championship Diamond teams, and 3 National Championship Gemsation teams. In those years, she has competed in stunt group and double teamed between the Emerald and Diamond teams. She has also competed with the Comet All-Stars and Jersey Wild Open Level 6 teams, attaining a few more National Championships.
She began coaching Rhinestones with Quinny and Amanda Gorman and has been a tumbling coach with Elite for 13 seasons and after getting her AACCA certification also spent one season as the College Of Staten Island Cheerleaders head coach.
Alexx holds gymnastics and tumbling certifications from USAG and is CPR certified.
Favorite Quote:
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live"- Albus Dumbledore


Marissa DiVincenzo


Marissa DiVincenzo has been coaching with Staten Island Elite since the 2012-2013 season. She had helped out with Ruby-Emeralds but later went on to coach the Rhinestone team. Marissa cheered for nine years total, and prior to entering the all-star world had taken gymnastics and dance classes for three years. Starting SIE in May 2005, Marissa was a flyer for all seven years she had cheered at Elite. Throughout these years Marissa was a part of the Emerald, Diamond, and Gemsation teams, and had been selected to be a double teamer some seasons. Being on these teams gave Marissa a chance to win many National Championship titles with Elite. Her favorite memory was her first year at SIE when “the Emeralds beat three teams at Hershey and won National Champions... It was my first time winning a National Championship title!” One of Marissa's favorite places to travel to is California. She loves the beaches in Cali and one day hopes to move there.

Marissa is CPR certified by the American Heart Association.

Marissa graduated from New Dorp High School with Honors in 2012. She was a member of the National Honor Society for Academic Excellence all four years. Marissa recently graduated from St John's University College of Business with her bachelors degree in finance. She is currently still studying at St John's University for her masters in accounting. 

Lauren Quinn



Lauren, also known affectionately as "Quinny', is a graduate of St Joseph by the Sea HS where she was inducted into the National Honor Society 2006 for carrying an average above 90% for the at least 3 years of school. More recently, Quinny graduated from the College of Staten Island with a degree in Childhood Education.


Quinny has been a part of Staten Island Elite for over 10 years. In that time, she was a part of 3 National Championship teams. Quinny’s cheer-background has been very diverse. She has not only competed in the stunt group division, alongside her fellow Diamond team members, but has also double-teamed between the Diamond & Emerald teams.

This year will mark Quinny’s 8th season coaching with SIE. Starting out as a Rhinestone coach along with Amanda Gorman & tumbling coach Alexx Thaten, she then began coaching the Youth Level 2 Rubies team with Christine Honadel, which she did for 2 seasons. Since then, Quinny’s been sharing her knowledge as a flyer and incredible memory (for remembering every routine she’s ever done/taught... yes, every single one) with all the teams in the program

Gina Mari


Gina Mari began cheering in the fourth grade for St. Clare elementary school and continued her cheer career at St Joseph by the Sea HS, where she was chosen captain sophomore year. An All American sophomore year, she also doubled teamed & was a member of the varsity team until graduation where Gina was awarded the St Joseph by the Sea HS Coaches award.  Gina continued to cheer years later on our *Gemsation* team to become a National Champion at the Athletic Championships cheerleading competition.

This is her 12th year coaching at Elite where she has coached the Topaz, Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphire, and the Diamond teams. Gina "absolutely loves being a part of the best cheerleading program on Staten Island. We have the most dedicated and talented kids. Their families have become our family," she said. Gina has been AACCA & USASF stunt certified.

Gina received her bachelor's degree from the College of Staten Island and currently works in Manhattan.

Favorite quotes:
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. - Vernon Sanders Law

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur. -Vince Lombardi

Let me tell you what winning means. You're willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else. -Vince Lombardi 

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