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 (now adults) 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.’

Paige C.
Coach

Growing up in Incline Village Paige was a competitive gymnast for the majority of her childhood. As a Level 7 team gymnast, she fell in love with the sport and the lessons it taught. As an adult Paige sees the beautiful impact that gymnastics has on all three domains of child development; physical, cognitive, and psychosocial. Gymnastics influenced her work ethic, determination, and self-confidence in ways she is deeply grateful for. Coaching gymnastics is Paige’s dream job and she is strives to give back to the youth of the community in the same way she received support and training from her coaches as a child. Paige has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2021.

Julie H.
Coach

Julie is a gifted and experienced gymnast, and coach. Julie grew up in Atlanta, GA and competed through Level 8. Through coaching, she has continued her passion for gymnastics. Julie began coaching recreational classes in high school and continued coaching rec and team in college at the University of Georgia. Julie loves gymnastics and wanted to be involved in the gymnastics world so after graduating with a Bachelor of Education, she coached after work when she could. Gymnastics is definitely a part of Julie and has been her entire life. Since moving to California recently, she’s excited to continue her gymnastics journey at Truckee Gymnastics! Julie has coached at Truckee Gymnastics since 2021.

Abbi F.
Coach

Abbi is a delightful addition to our program. She grew up in Minnesota and has an extensive coaching, nordic skiing, and running background. Abbi recently moved to Truckee from South Lake Tahoe in 2021. She is pursuing a career in Physical Therapy and truly enjoys coaching children. Abbi has coached Nordic skiing and is a competitive runner. Her bright smile, warm engaging personality, and experience in coaching children’s sports, makes Abbi a wonderful part of the Truckee community. Abbi has coached at Truckee Gymnastics since 2021.

gymnastics school truckee caSam M.
Intern

Sam began gymnastics here at Truckee Gymnastics. She took recreational classes for several years and then joined Truckee Gymnastics Xcel Competitive Team. As a USA Gymnastics Athlete Member, she competed with the Truckee Gymnastics Competitive team and qualified for many Championships including Xcel States Championships. Following her competition years with Truckee Gymnastics, Sam began coaching for Truckee Gymnastics in camps and rec classes. She has a deep love for the sport and thrives on helping others learn gymnastics. Sam enjoys her friends, school, coaching, and skiing. Sam has trained as an intern coach for Truckee Gymnastics since 2020.

Kaya S.
Intern

Kaya grew up in Tahoe and has been here at Truckee Gymnastics since she was a toddler. She currently competes here as a USAG Xcel Diamond Division Team gymnast. Kaya has won several top awards and represented N. California at States & Regionals. She has a deep love for the sport and thrives on helping others learn gymnastics. Kaya enjoys her friends, babysitting, coaching, and dance. Kaya has trained as an intern coach for Truckee Gymnastics since 2021.

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 enjoying his two grown children with Laura here in Tahoe. Howard & Laura opened Truckee Gymnastics (My Playground) in 2004.