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 enjoys 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

Yasuko S.
Coach

Since 1995 Yasuko (‘YAS-koh’) has enjoyed coaching gymnastics to all ages here in the US and in her native Japan. Always inquisitive, independent and motivated, she moved to the US to learn English. Yasuko coached at the Funabashi Junior Gymnastics Club in Japan and then at San Francisco Gymnastics. She’s also a licensed elementary school teacher in Japan. Yasuko is a USA Gymnastics Professional Coach and earned her USA Gymnastics Judges certification in July 2017. Yasuko enjoys working out, attending evening college courses and rock climbing with her family. You’re sure to see her around town smiling and having fun with her children. Yasuko has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2005.

Erin V.
Team Director & Coach

With a successful coaching career and extensive dance background, Erin has a number of accolades in competitive JO Womens Gymnastics. 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! Erin has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2018.

Ashley C.
Coach

Ashley grew up in Illinois and attended Kent State Universite 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. Danielle plans to attend Physician Assistant School and has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2020.

Cayden R.
Intern

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 has competed with the Truckee Gymnastics Competitive team since 2015 and qualified for Xcel States Championships every year since 2016. Cayden will continue to compete with Truckee gymnastics for seasons to come. In addition to competing with Truckee Gymnastics, Cayden has interned for Truckee Gymnastics in camps, parent-child classes, birthday parties and other events. She has a delightful approach and enjoys coaching for Truckee gymnastics. Cayden’s knowledge of current day gymnastics allows her to help gymnasts she works with. Cayden has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2018.

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, stamp collecting and raising his two children with Laura here in Tahoe. Howard & Laura opened Truckee Gymnastics (My Playground) in 2004.