Meet The Team

The Executive Team

Melody

Melody Johnson

SKILLZ Creator
Child Development Expert
Chief Executive Officer

With over 30 years in the martial arts, Melody has achieved many accomplishments in her Martial Arts journey, including dedicating a lot of her time researching and developing some of the best methods for teaching children.  

In 2000, Melody presented her first innovative program, the Little Ninjas, to the Martial Arts industry. Today that program is operating in over 2,000 schools.

Melody’s latest career move is the development of her age-specific curricula branded as SKILLZ. The very first of its kind, SKILLZ is getting a lot of attention for its systematic approach to skill-based Martial Arts training, and is endorsed by some of the nation’s leading child psychologists, including the late Dr. Ruth Peters. Currently there are over 1100 licensed SKILLZ schools on almost every continent.

Melody resides in St. Petersburg Florida. She has a young son named Van. 

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John Salama

Executive
Assistant
CPNS Instructor

John Salama is a 6th degree in ITF TaeKwonDo. He has been training since 1983. John owned his first martial art school at the age of 18, while he was in college finishing his BSEE.

Currently, John owns and operates Atlanta SKILLZ in Suwanee GA, which serves as the Headquarters school for SKILLZ Worldwide.

John has served as a SKILLZ Solution Expert for the last 3 years personally mentoring and coaching over 50+ Studio owners in implementing and/or incorporating SKILLZ into their existing program.

While leading his Atlanta SKILLZ team 9 members strong, John remains an active instructor and training expert in Tae Kwon Do, SKILLZ, and SKILLZ Fit.

In addition, he remains an invaluable innovator, collaborator, and advisor in the overseeing of new programming development like Yoga SKILLZ to meet the ever-growing needs of SKILLZ members around the world.

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Jeff Sperry


Technical
Director

Jeff has been involved with SKILLZ as a web developer since its move from paper Drill Manuals to the SKILLZ Online platform currently in use today.

Jeff brainstormed with Melody Johnson while his son was a student at her Martial Arts School to bring the SKILLZ Curriculum to other schools around the world, thus was born SKILLZConnect.

Jeff is a self-taught website developer with 10 plus years of experience and has personally developed every SKILLZ platform to date since its inception.

Currently, Jeff continues to update the SKILLZ Online platform as well as provide technical support for SKILLZ members.

He is also the Lead Website Architect at Market Muscles, where he has personally built and launched hundreds of websites for martial arts schools around the world.

The Experts

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Rebecca Epperson

Curriculum Specialist

Rebecca is a 4th Degree black belt and has been training in martial arts for 15 years.

Within those 15 years, she was able to switch to On the Mat and start training in the SKILLZ curriculum for about 8 years.

After a year of being at On the Mat, she began attending Instructor Certifications, learning the stages of development for children, as well as curriculum certification to learn the SKILLZ curriculum as well as possible.

She’s also a Certified Pediatric Ninja Specialist.

One of her biggest goals since starting martial arts is to own her own school one day and continue inspiring and mentoring more kids!

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Meg Klettke

SKILLZ Content Creator

Meg Klettke is the proud owner alongside her husband, Alex of Family Strong Sussex, a SKILLZ Lifetime Gold studio in southeastern Wisconsin.

As an advocate for today’s youth, Meg’s passion for supporting and nurturing the whole child resonates through all she contributes to SKILLZ Worldwide as a Content Creator.

With a background in traditional and alternative therapeutics, Meg is taking her working knowledge as a Certified SKILLZ Instructor and parent of two children with special needs to the next level by completing her certification through SKILLZ Worldwide to become a Certified Pediatric Ninja Specialist!

When Meg is not on the mats working with all of her amazing SKILLZ Strong Ninjas or supporting families beyond the mats, she is living life to the fullest with her husband and their two spirited ninjas… Just as it should be!

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Tae Yun

Tech Ninja

Tae Yun, a 7th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 6th in Hapkido, has been the owner of Columbia Tae Kwon Do in the Albany, New York area since 1992.

Tae launched his school’s first website in 1997, in the early days of the internet. Because the cost to have a professionally built website at the time was well beyond his school’s budget, he taught himself how to build websites.

After decades of building websites for friends and family, in 2017, Tae started up his media consulting agency to offer digital marketing services to business clients and charity organizations.

He leveraged his love for technology and combined it with his years business experience to turn a fun hobby into a thriving second business by sharing his expertise with others.

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Elisha Coffrin

ATA SKILLZ Administrator

Elisha Coffrin has 25 years in martial arts, is a 5th degree Black Belt and full-time school owner since 1999.

She is the co-communication chair for the ATA Business Council. 

She is also the 2020 recipient of the ATA National Appreciation Award.

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SR. Master Corey Coffrin

ATA SKILLZ Administrator

Sr. Master has Coffrin has over 40 years of experience in Martial Arts, 7th Degree Black Belt.

He is an instructor and communication co-chairperson for the ATA business council.

He is a former member US Army military police, veteran operation desert storm, retired police officer, and member of the statewide law-enforcement training team.

He is also the 2007 Recipient of the Times Courier/Journal Gazette 20 under 40 award. 

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Dee Ann Wilcox

SKILLZ Administrator

Dee Ann Wilcox, a 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has been training and instructing martial arts for over 25 years. Dee Ann Wilcox is co-owner of Rev It Up, with two locations. One in West Berlin Township, New Jersey and one in Berlin Borough, New Jersey.

Dee Ann is an eight (8) time Breaking National Champion and Self-Defense training and fitness expert. Master Dee, aka. “Demolition Dee”, has studied and trained under Master Norman Holmes and Sensei Rudy Winkfield of St. Croix, in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Tang Soo Do and Judo. Continuing her studies, Master Dee is training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Professor Daniel Gracie. While following a path through the ranks of Martial Arts, she has embraced a belief that while all styles are distinctive, they are also connected. Having instructors who embraced different styles of martial arts has given her a unique collection of tools and techniques which has helped shape her into the instructor she is today.

Dee Ann’s passion for the martial arts and helping children & adults achieve their goals has inspired her to continue instructing and learning. Through her desire to be the best instructor, and coach, she discovered Skillz. Rev It Up has incorporated Skillz into their existing martial arts program and actively teaches all current Skillz programs and has developed Skillz Special Abilities Martial Arts and Fitness programs customized for each individual’s personal needs.

Dee Ann believes that Martial Arts is a way of life. Her passion is teaching people and empowering them to grow in mind, body and spirit!

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Bryan Hudson

In House Graphics Designer

Bryan made his start studying Advertising & Graphic Design in Chicago, Illinois & Tampa, Florida and is the former Senior Graphic Artist for NAPMA.

Bryan’s skill and expertise can be experienced through the various banners, images, and infographics he has generated for SKILL Worldwide and its members.

One of the perks of being a SKILLZ Gold member is that you are able to get (1) custom branded market asset a month for use with your program!

Happiness for Bryan equates to a fishing rod & any type of water, live music at small venues, anything sports-related & traveling to see the beauty of this world.

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