Staff

The BEST part of this gym is the coaching. Hands-down awesome coaches. Along with outstanding experience and talent, coaches have cleared a thorough background check through USA Gymnastics or Live Scan via the DOJ (Department of Justice) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) or both. Coaches are also required to be USAG members in good standing, SafeSport certified by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) which provides important training about the nature of misconduct in sport and gives staff actionable information to better protect athletes, and carry current certification in CPR/First Aid. In addition coaches earn continuing education credits through online courses, attending USA Gymnastics Congress and USAG clinics during the year. Staff meets for internal training so we can bring to you the best coaching, technique and class programs.

gymnastics truckee caLaura Bronstone
Co-owner, Program Director

Laura is the Owner and Program Director of Truckee Gymnastics, Tahoe Gymnastics, and My Playground. She is a gymnastics coach, advanced ballet instructor, choreographer, professional dancer, and former certified aerobics instructor. Laura has completed the USA Gymnastics Women’s 2013-2021 Junior Olympic (JO) Compulsory Master Workshop Coach Training.  She is also a USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USAG Safety Certified, a USAG Certified KAT (Kinder Accreditation for Teachers) Instructor and has completed the USAG Movement Education and Lesson Plan Development Preschool Teacher Education Workshop. Laura grew up in Michigan, moving to Truckee in 1998. She’s an advocate for physical exercise and alongside her husband Howard enjoyed raising two wonderful children in this beautiful Tahoe Truckee community. Laura & Howard opened Truckee Gymnastics (My Playground) in 2004.

‘The soul is healed by being with children.’ – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Erin V.
Team Director & Senior Coach

With a successful coaching career and extensive dance background, Erin has a number of accolades in competitive JO Womens Gymnastics. Growing up in Connecticut she was a JO Junior Olympic level 7 competitive gymnast. In addition Erin is a ballet & modern dancer. Graduating from Columbia College Chicago w/a BA in dance, she moved to NYC to pursue a professional dance career. Erin has coached gymnastics since 2008: toddler, preschool, rec classes thru competive team. She’s choreographed many Junior Olympic Optionals & Xcel routines. Erin is one of those rare gifted coaches who enjoys the toddlers, preschoolers, recreational, and team gymnasts. Come experience her wonderful energy, knowledge and talents. Be sure to give her a warm hello when you see her in the gym! When not in the gym you’ll find Erin and her husband walking & playing with their dogs, visiting family & friends, working in the garden, and staying fit. Erin has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2018.

Ashley C.
Senior Coach

Ashley grew up in Illinois and attended Kent State University in Ohio. Since 2010 she’s coached all levels of gymnastics in San Diego, Alameda and most recently Reno where Ashley managed the Women’s JO and Xcel teams at Gymnastics Nevada and was their Meet Director. Ashley loves coaching gymnasts of all ages and abilities with support for their individual emotional and physical needs. As a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in SF Ashley also loves to bake!  Ashley has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2018.

‘I believe that training, coaching, and the components of competition all serve to develop exceptional people. It is essential that the sport of gymnastics always be filled with a quotient of fun and marvel for all. Developing this pleasure and passion for the sport is crucial to facing challenges on the equipment and in life.’

Danielle K.
Coach

Raised in Reno, Danielle has been an avid part of gymnastics since she was a child. Growing up she was an exceptional Level 10 competitive gymnast in Reno. After honing her advanced gymnastics skills, Danielle went on to graduate from UNR with a BS in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, minoring in Psychology & Biochemistry. Danielle is a certified EMT, a Wilderness EMT, Whitewater Rescue plus a Search & Rescue Tech. She’s also a dedicated volunteer at hospitals and medical clinics around the world including Vietnam, Peru, and Costa Rica. Danielle has coached and performed for gyms, circus, aerial silks, and fitness programs including Deltchev Reno, Club Med Malaysia, and Cirque Vagabond. Danielle coaches both recreational and competitive gymnasts. Currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health, she plans to attend Physician Assistant School.  Danielle has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2020.

Cayden R.
Coach

At age 9, Cayden began taking gymnastics here at Truckee Gymnastics. She took recreational classes for several years and at age 12, Cayden joined Truckee Gymnastics Xcel Competitive Team. As a USA Gymnastics Athlete Member, she competed with the Truckee Gymnastics Competitive team beginning 2015 and qualified for Xcel States Championships every year since 2016. Following her competition years with Truckee Gymnastics, Cayden began coaching for Truckee Gymnastics in camps, parent-child classes, preschool, rec, team, birthday parties and other events. She has a delightful approach and enjoys coaching gymnastics. Cayden’s knowledge of current gymnastics allows her to understand and help gymnasts she works with. Cayden has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2018.

Kelsea A.
Coach

Kelsea is a delightful addition to our program. She grew up on the east coast and has an extensive teaching, acro, and dance background. Kelsea is an elementary school teacher in the local area and recently moved to Tahoe in 2020. She is also a tutor, a certified elementary and special education teacher, as well as middle level science teacher. She’s been a dance teacher since 2010, and worked as a marine science educator at an aquarium for 8 summers. Kelsea has tutored children of all ages and was recently an after school home instructor for a Kindergarten student with autism. She’s worked as a preschool teacher for an international non-profit organization, Jumpstart, that provides early childhood education to ALL students and families. Kelsea’s bright smile, warm engaging personality, and experience in both dance, gymnastics, and acro, makes her a wonderful part of the Truckee community. Kelsea has coached at Truckee Gymnastics since 2021.

gymnastics school truckee caKai J.
Intern

Kai grew up in Truckee and attended gymnastics both here and in Reno for 7 years. She retired in 2019 as a competitive JO Junior Olympic level 7 gymnast. Kai was in the top 12 in Nevada and represented the state of Nevada at Regionals. She has a deep love for the sport and thrives on helping others learn gymnastics. Kai enjoys her friends, babysitting, coaching, and competitive soccer. Kai has trained as an intern coach for Truckee Gymnastics since 2020.

Howard Bronstone
Co-owner, Facilities & IT Manager

Howard grew up in the Bay area. Earning several degrees including a Masters from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston, Howard enjoyed many successful years in the automotive industry with both Ford Motor Company in Detroit and Toyota in LA. Choosing to live in Tahoe, Howard and Laura moved to Truckee in 1998. Howard is brilliant and the back bone of the gym including facilities and back office manager, developing and maintaining IT systems to help manage all the programs. In addition to the gym, Howard enjoys road biking, nordic skiing, reading, rock music, and stamp collecting, all while raising his two children with Laura here in Tahoe. Howard & Laura opened Truckee Gymnastics (My Playground) in 2004.