Team

Meet Our Staff

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  • Babz Barnett

    Owner

    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.

  • Michael Barnett

    Owner

    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.”

  • Haley

    Art Instructor

    I am a VCU student studying Art Education. Working with children has been a passion of mine for several years, and I have been involved with childcare for as long as I have been able to. Making art is my favorite hobby, and I love being able to introduce children to art.

  • Rachael

    Art Instructor

    Meet Rachael Lane! Rachael attends Monacan High School and loves children! Rachael grew up in Cumberland County and moved to the Chesterfield area in the fall of 2012. Rachael loves to sing, dance, and make children laugh. She has been a student of dance since age 3. She is currently on the Monacette Dance Team and is active in the chorus at her school. She loves music, the color pink, and wearing bows. She is also very fond of her animals; Buster, the dog, and her 2 cats, Frisky and Princess Calico.

  • Tessa

    Art Instructor

    Working with kids is such a fun way to express my inner child! I love to laugh and have fun. Art is one of my passions. I spend a lot of my free time painting and finding new ways to get creative. Romp n' Roll has given me such a fun opportunity to share that passion with the little ones. I am constantly amazed at the creativity that lives inside them.

  • Amy

    Gym Instructor

    I am excited to work at Romp n' Roll, as it gives me the opportunity to work with each individual child, helping them learn and grow. I thoroughly enjoy experiencing children's' more innocent outlooks on life. I am a mother myself, graduate from JMU, previous fitness instructor, soccer coach and Sunday School teacher. My favorite letter is "Abraham Lincoln's letter to his son's teacher." It is a fantastic message that every parent should read.

  • Jeni

    Gym Instructor

    My favorite things about working at Romp n’ Roll are the funny stories the children and grown-ups tell and watching the little ones learn and grow! It’s so exciting to watch a baby begin to walk, or see a toddler finally master the Monkey Bars! When I’m not playing in the gym, I love to attend Fine Arts Shows in Richmond, or ride roller coasters at Kings Dominion or do anything where I can be outside getting active! I can’t wait to meet new friends!

  • Kerry

    Gym Instructor

    I love working with children because you get to watch them grow and learn, which is very rewarding. In the summer I am a camp counselor at Camp Friendship. I graduated from Glen Allen High School and am currently studying nursing since Fall of 2016. I like to spend my free time with friends, and going on mini adventures. My favorite children's book is Junie B Jones - Baby Shark - I wanna Have a Party.

  • Lindsay

    Gym Instructor

    My name is Lindsay. I live in Midlothian, VA. I attended college at Pennsylvania State University where I studied Human Development and Family Studies. I spend most of my day playing, teaching, and most importantly loving my 5 month old daughter, Lucy. I love reading, being outdoors and singing. I am also known for turning anyone's frown upside down!

  • Maggie

    Gym Instructor

    Maggie loves being an instructor for some of our wonderful Tumble Tunes and Gym classes. Maggie graduated from VCU in 2006 with a BFA in Theatre. When Maggie is not at Romp n’ Roll she is at one of the many area theatres working as an actor, director and producer. Being with children is one of the great joys in Maggie’s life and it gives her so much satisfaction to be able to be a part of their enrichment and education here at Romp n’ Roll. Maggie also enjoys spending time with her husband and exploring the amazing culture and young artistic and theatrical talent throughout RVA. Maggie has to thank her beautiful nephews Martin and Pete and her sister Wendy for helping her find her passion for working with children. Come see Miss Maggie at Romp n’ Roll and discover the best place for fun and learning in Richmond!!

  • Meredith

    Gym Instructor

    I am a VCU graduate with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in dance and choreography. I have taught at various local dance studios, in Henrico County, and in private school settings. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, traveling, going to concerts, and cooking. My favorite children’s books are “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” I have two young nieces and we play a lot of patty cake and cuddle a lot!

  • Mica

    Gym Instructor

    I love working with little ones. They are cute, fun to play with, and a joy to be around. Besides having been a professional babysitter and children’s church assistant for the past two years, I have two younger brothers as well as a lot of cousins that I entertain on a regular basis. I am currently a student at the Communications Center at Varina High School. During my free time, I enjoy singing, dancing, and playing tennis. I love Dr. Seuss books. My favorite is The Cat in the Hat.

  • Tierra

    Gym Instructor

What Your Midlothian Neighbors are Saying:

  • "The staff was awesome! My daughter had an amazing party and the other kids and even the parents seemed to really enjoy themselves, too." - Amber Jones
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