Team

Meet Our Team

We Nurture the Genius & Unleash the Goofball

At Romp n’ Roll, our team strives to create a fun, friendly, and creative atmosphere to help your baby or toddler grow and learn. Much thought goes into the planning and execution of each and every class and activity at our kids gyms, so that you and your child feel comfortable and inspired when you join us. Like you, we want to see each child become the very best version of themselves, and we seek to provide the socialization and positive play-based interactions vital to reaching each milestone and building a strong learning foundation. At Romp n’ Roll, we encourage children and parents alike to have fun, learn more, and make friends. Read on to learn more about our teammates.

Experience our kids gym for yourself by calling (804) 625-4118 and scheduling a free introductory class!​​​​​​

Our Team

  • Michael Barnett

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Michael’s first job came at the age of 13 when he was hired to butter toast on Saturday mornings at a busy diner near his home in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He was subsequently fired from that job because he was unable to butter the toast without ensuring that the butter was spread evenly to all four corners of the bread. This early interaction with management led him to realize he was destined to be an entrepreneur (and gluten-free). After receiving a degree in Marketing Communications from Juniata College, Michael embarked on a career developing marketing campaigns for brands such as Microsoft, Ford, and General Mills. He ran promotion divisions for CBS and Clear Channel Communications in New York City and co-founded a marketing agency, which he helped grow to $18 million in revenue in just three years. One day, he had the good fortune to meet Babz. They got married, had two kids, and the next thing he knew he was running an international kids franchise. In addition to leading the Romp n’ Roll management team, Michael is an active member of the International Franchise Association, the Virginia Council of CEOs, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children and serves on the Board of Directors for Connor’s Heroes. Away from the office, Michael is into long-distance running, cooking delicious (and occasionally healthy) food, cheering on his kids in various activities, and attending cocktail parties where the conversation often leads to his appearance with Babz on ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank.”

  • Babz Barnett

    President & Co-Founder

    Babz wants to live in a world filled with healthier food, fitness rather than fighting, more spontaneous dance parties, and a new epidemic of people “paying it forward.” And, of course, a world where every child can Romp n’ Roll! A proud “Jersey Girl,” Babz received a degree in Technology from Montclair State College in Montclair, New Jersey, a college coincidentally known for its education program. If only she knew then that one day she would lead a growing international education franchise! However, the plethora of positions she has held through the years has prepared her well. Babz enjoyed her early career working in Environmental Engineering. However, after hearing countless friends ask her why she was not in sales, she decided to go for it. She started a second career as an Executive Recruiter and was so successful that she elevated to the rank of Vice President, relocating to New York City to lead the firm’s first office there. Eventually, she recruited herself out of that position into one at a cutting edge company called America Online (AOL) to join its New York City sales team, a position she enjoyed up until the birth of her son, Zachary. Daughter Emma soon joined the family, and Babz took being a stay-at-home mom very seriously. She spent her days checking out every activity in town for the kids. Conversations with Michael over the dinner table that often started with “If I owned a business like that, I would…” led to the formation of the Romp n’ Roll business plan. Away from the office, Babz can be found searching for the latest motivational quote, training for her next marathon, or playing board games with the kids. She is at the gym most mornings before the sun comes up, which can be overwhelming to her family when she bounds back into the house full of energy (usually singing), telling them to get up and make the most of their day.

  • Jenneane Snyder

    Vice President of Operations

    If you love chocolate and sports, then you have something in common with me. Hopefully, we have something else in common: the most fun place to be. It’s Romp n’ Roll, the place to exercise bodies and minds! Where else can you be a princess, a racecar driver, or a monkey that climbs? I used to teach in schools, to tell you a little about myself. After eight years of teaching, I put that career on the shelf. Ten years ago I brought my littlest one to Romp n’ Roll; how much we loved it was no mystery. So I joined the Romp n’ Roll team and the rest is history. I am the Curriculum Director and train our teachers, as well, And we specialize in fun, as I’m sure you can tell! I now have three little munchkins who call me Mom And have been with Romp n’ Roll for 10 years—my job is the bomb! I write the plans and activities that keep you grooving. This is the place to be if your kids keep you moving! Everyone here is part of a special family, it’s true.

  • Eve Paletta-Weaver

    Office Manager

    Eve Paletta-Weaver is Romp n’ Roll’s Corporate Office Manager, where she brings extensive experience in process and operations management as well as a passion for leadership and creativity. She has an undergraduate degree in Art Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. During her college years, Eve studied abroad in Australia, exploring the country, the Great Barrier Reef, and other incredible landmarks. She leveraged that experience as she went into the field of education, working as a teaching assistant. After working in the school system, Eve decided to take on the world of business where she could use her creativity while satisfying her passion for analytics. She gained valuable experience serving in a variety of roles from Account Manager to Director of Operations. Eve enjoys spending time with her daughter, Jasmine, while participating with the Girls Scouts. As a Girl Scout Leader, she is able to find new and creative ways to allow each girl to have fun while learning all of the amazing things that they can do to have a positive impact on the world around them.

  • Trish Gibbs

    Director of Marketing

    Trish brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and strategy development to her role at Romp n’ Roll. She oversees Romp n’ Roll’s marketing programs and channels, spearheading initiatives to meet its strategic goals and strengthen the brand. Prior to Romp n’ Roll, Trish created and executed the marketing strategy for companies including Capital One, Snagajob, Shoe Carnival, and OccasionGenius. A graduate of James Madison University with a business degree in Marketing, Trish started her career in sports marketing, and thrives on collaboration and teamwork. She is energized by the fast-paced, fun, and dynamic environment at Romp n’ Roll. Away from the office, Trish loves fitness, spending time with her family at the beach, and playing and watching sports. Trish is on the board of Boaz & Ruth and volunteers her time to mentor young marketing professionals.

  • Janelle Sands

    Marketing Coordinator

    Janelle attended Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and graduated with a degree in Marketing and Finance. After working in marketing in the financial industry for more than nine years, she and her husband welcomed a precious baby boy, Logan, and life was never the same! After becoming smitten with her son, she decided it was time for a career change where she could reach out to other young families. Luckily, she found Romp n’ Roll and it soon became the perfect fit for her career and for keeping her son entertained while reaching new developmental milestones. As the Marketing Coordinator, Janelle manages campaign and strategy execution for the corporate and franchise locations. She also designs Romp n’ Roll’s marketing collateral materials and uses her passion and marketing experience to connect more families to the amazing benefits of Romp n’ Roll! When not working or spending time chasing her ball-loving toddler, you will find Janelle cooking, exploring herbs and oils, and soaking up the sun!

  • Kelly O’Rourke

    Assistant Director of Curriculum Development

    “Gym, art, and music, and I can work in my socks? Was Romp n’ Roll made just for me?!” After teaching elementary school for seven years and doing mission work in Ireland with her husband Ryan, Kelly arrived back in Richmond and found the perfect fit at Romp n’ Roll. Her interests are reading, crafts, singing, and fitness, which are Rompy’s favorites, too! She loves teaching and spending time with the families who come to Romp n’ Roll. It’s hard to find her in the gym without a smile. Kelly is so excited to also be working with the excellent Romp n’ Roll curriculum team to ensure families enjoy a program full of fun and developmentally valuable activities. Kelly and her husband have a son Titus, who joined the O’Rourke family in October 2016, and a daughter, Marcella born in June 2017. Kelly loves working in the community with her church family, spending time with her three dogs, and drinking Ironclad Coffee!

  • Courtney Headley

    Administrative Assistant

    Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader! Courtney started cheering for her hometown little league football team when she was a young girl and continued her cheering career through college at James Madison University. At Romp n’ Roll, Courtney’s responsibilities include managing inventory and supplies, communicating with franchisees, tracking and reporting on sales, and managing the Romp n’ Roll charitable giving programs. Courtney and her husband Kin have two children and zero pets (on purpose!). Courtney prefers dogs like Rompy and Duke Dog (JMU’s mascot). During her free time, Courtney can be found creating scrapbooks, which usually focus on her family and their fun and exciting escapades. Courtney and her daughter enjoy attending pageants where they have met 21 Miss Americas and countless Miss Virginias!

  • Dr. Michael K. Meyerhoff

    Advisor

    Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the Romp n’ Roll Advisory Board. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project.

The Kids Gym that Parents
& Kids Both Love!

Why Romp n' Roll?

  • Welcoming Atmosphere Our bright, whimsical facilities were thoughtfully crafted to stimulate and engage little ones while keeping them safe. An abundance of colorful vinyl foam in the design makes things comfortable and easy to clean. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers have a blast on our age-appropriate gym equipment.

  • Social Interaction Little ones can socialize with other children and learn valuable life skills from each other. Our play gym caters to kids between the ages of 3 months and 6 years and our classes sort them into age-specific groups, giving them the peer-to-peer interaction that’s so vital to their growth.

  • Growth & Development Our play-based curriculum developed from extensive research and our own experiences. Our developmentally appropriate art, music, and movement classes and activities build physical and cognitive skills during these important formative years—but all kids know is that they’re having fun!

  • Parent-Child Connection Based on our research, we discovered that little ones progress most effectively when they’re in the presence of parents and loved ones who express excitement and pride for their achievements. Our classes are parent-friendly, so they can take part in positive, shared fun with their child.

What Your Neighbors are Saying:

  • "My child had a great time." - C.S.
  • "The instructors were wonderful" - L.H.
  • "Overall, the atmosphere is fun, safe & welcoming!" - L.S.