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 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 twice a month for internal training so we can bring to you the best coaching, technique and class programs.

gymnastics truckee caLaura Bronstone
Owner/Program Director

Laura is the Owner and Program Director of Truckee 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.

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

Yasuko Saito
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 enjoys working out, attending evening college courses, is pursuing her USA Gymnastics Judges certification 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.

gymnastics truckee caTodd Tanis
Coach

Todd grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of the University of Rochester, New York with a Bachelors degree in Optical Engineering.  His college education included studying abroad in Vienna, Austria and working as an intern at an optical company in Switzerland.  Upon graduation in 1993, Todd worked in the optical field and has lived in northern California and Hawaii. In addition to being an Optical Engineer, Todd is an accomplished athlete, teacher, coach, singer/musician, composer, artist, actor, skier, gymnast and dancer.  Over the years, Todd has played piano throughout California and directed a community choir.  He has performed with the Northern California Ballet and various community theaters.  Todd grew up skiing with his family in Vermont and raced for College of the Siskiyous in Mt. Shasta.  He has taught Yoga, coached alpine ski racing and boys gymnastics for many years. Todd enjoys being with friends, being in nature, alpine skiing, hiking, biking, figure skating and is a marathon runner.  Todd has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2008.

Lucia Head Shot (12 27 15)Lucia Lake
Gymnastics Manager & Coach

Lucia started her own gymnastics career at age two and began competing at age six, eventually going on to train Level 10 and compete for the Division I Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lucia’s coaching career began in 2001 in Menlo Park. Since then she has coached in Santa Barbara and Novato, California.  Lucia earned her USA Gymnastics Judges certification in December 2014. She has also completed the USA Gymnastics Women’s 2013-2021 Junior Olympic (J.O.) Compulsory Master Workshop Coach Training.  Lucia enjoys working with kids of all ages, levels and abilities. Lucia has also worked for one of the largest insurance companies in the world. When Lucia isn’t in the gym or working, you will likely find her running on the trails around town, traveling abroad, walking dogs for the Truckee Humane Society, or enjoying quality time with her husband, George and her son, Shai.  Lucia has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2011.

truckee gymnasticsLiz Robinson
Coach

Liz grew up just outside of Chicago, where she began her gymnastics career at age 2. She was a competitive level 9 gymnast before entering high school, where she then applied her skills to springboard diving and competed in both sports. She attended Illinois State University on a diving scholarship and graduated with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She has been coaching both sports, at all levels, since 2002. Liz moved to Truckee in 2011 with her husband, Colin, and dogs, Chewie & Bacon. Liz has also coached diving for the Rec Center and managed the lululemon athletica showroom in Brickelltown. Liz has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2011.

Christina Milke
Coach

Christina was a competitive gymnast growing up in New York. She was a USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Competitor achieving Level 10 gymnast status. She took multiple State, Regional and National titles in Individual and All-Around Levels 5-10. Since 2002 Christina has coached gymnastics in NY, CA and NV. She is also an accomplished snowboarder and first visited Tahoe area as a USA Snowboard Association National Qualifier competing for three years 2003 – 2006. Christina fell in love with Tahoe and after a brief time in the Bay area she returned to the place she adores. Christina has an Associates and Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and is an exceptional professional photographer.  Christina has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2014.

Kira Thomas Intern (12 31 15)Kira Thomas
Intern Coach

At age 7, Kira started taking gymnastics here at Truckee Gymnastics. She took recreational classes for several years and at age 12, Kira joined Truckee Gymnastics Junior Olympic Competitive Team. As a USA Gymnastics Athlete Member, she has competed with the Truckee Gymnastics Competitive team since 2014 and qualified for Level 5 States in 2015. Kira will continue to compete with Truckee gymnastics for seasons to come. In addition to competing with Truckee Gymnastics, Kira has interned for Truckee Gymnastics in camps, parent-child classes, boys and girls sports days at the Rec Center and other events. She enjoys coaching for Truckee gymnastics. Kira’s knowledge of current day gymnastics allows her to help gymnasts she works with. In 2015 Kira became the youngest member of the Truckee Gymnastics staff. Kira has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2015.

Gregg Janecky PicGregg Janecky
Coach

Gregg began his gymnastics career as a child, growing up in his parent’s gym in New Mexico. His mom was the founder and developer of the extremely popular USA Gymnastics Xcel competitive program. Gregg’s coached gymnastics for many years, currently coaching our Trampoline & Tumbling (TnT) and Boys programs. He is great with kids, meeting them where they’re at and developing their desire to learn & do more. Gregg’s a highly decorated and respected snowboard coach, climbing his way up through the Vail Resorts program to Snowboard and Freeski Team Manager in 2013. He develops safety programs for organizations like Woodward Tahoe and holds a Bachelors Degree in History from the University of Montana and a Masters in International Sport Management from Southern New Hampshire. Gregg is certified by a number of nationally recognized organizations, including the US Olympic Committee’s Safesport program and USA Gymnastics. When not in the gym you can find Gregg on the slopes or trampoline turning out big moves. Gregg has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2015.

Jess Patton Pic (2017)Jess Patton
Coach

Jess began her gymnastics career as a child, growing up in her mom’s dance studio in Denver. She added gymnastics and snowboarding to her schedule, began to compete and never looked back. Jess grew up in Denver and moved to Truckee in 2015. Jess is a friendly, outgoing and energetic part of our team. Jess is a certified USA Gymnastics Professional Instructor, a gifted choreographer and coaches the widest range of classes at the gym, from parent-child through preschool, recreational, Ninja and Team. When not in the gym you can find Jess enjoying yoga and shredding the slopes. Jess has been with Truckee Gymnastics since 2015.

Anton Brady
General Manager & Coach

Since he was a young boy in Sonomo County, Anton’s passion for gymnastics has lead him from a competitive high level gymnast, to coaching the best gymnasts nationally, and ultimately to general management. With his extensive gymnastics and coaching background, his value to the Truckee Gymnastics community is priceless. Since 1993 he has been a member of USA Gymnastics, a certified Men’s Gymnastics coach since 2005, and Head Coach of Men’s Gymnastics Programs in San Francisco and Reno since 2012. Anton strives to always continue his education in gymnastics and as a USA Gymnastics Professional Member he has completed USAG’s Safety Certification, National Coaches Workshops, National/Regional Congress, NCBGJA’s Judges Course, NCSI Background Check, and Red Cross CPR/AED/FA training. As a level 10 athlete competing nationally for 12 years, Anton attended Junior Olympic National Championships numerous times and competed in Switzerland against members of the Swiss National Team in 2004. By the time he was 16 he was a certified NCBGJA Judge. Anton is the current Treasurer for USA Gymnastics Region 1 presiding over California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. Anton has trained and brought athletes to Junior Olympic/Elite National Championships since 2009, his latest athlete receiving a full ride to Penn State, placing 2nd on Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, and the All Around at 2017 USAG JE National Championships. He has coached athletes who have gone on to Oklahoma University, Ohio State, Springfield, Cal Berkeley, and Penn State for collegiate gymnastics. Anton believes every child benefits from gymnastics which develops a solid mental and physical foundation of strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. He aspires to provide students with the same dedication, love and inspiration that his coaches once showed him. Anton is a visionary manager, as well as a highly skilled, warm-hearted, and enthusiastic coach. When not in the gym you’ll find Anton running, paddle boarding, spending time with his family, and enjoying this beautiful mountain area. Anton moved to Truckee in 2016 and has been with Truckee Gymnastics since 2017.

Krysteena Snyder Pic (11 29 16)Krysteena Snyder
Coach

Krysteena has broad coaching experience, coming to Tahoe from Gold Star Gymnastics in Mountain View, CA. As a competitive gymnast for 10 years including 2 years on varsity, she has experience both as a gymnast and coach. Krysteena has coached preschool, recreational and team gymnastics up through Xcel Diamond level since 2000. She is highly regarded by all who meet and work with her. Krysteena has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2017.

Aussie Ramos
Coach

Ever since 2005 Aussie has coached gymnastics. Her talents range from preschool recreational classes through compulsory team and in 2010 became a certified USAG National Gymnastics Competitive Judge. Aussie has coached multiple state champions while still maintaining her sense of fun in the gym. When not in the gym you’ll find Aussie backpacking and camping. She is excited to now be in  Tahoe after having spent many years in the Bay area.  Aussie has coached for Truckee Gymnastics since 2017.

FUN FACT:  ‘I’ve been writing my own poetry since I was 8 years old and have even made a book of all my work by hand.  In the near future, I hope to professionally publish my book that’s filled with 200+ pieces in it.’. -Aussie

Niki Kates
Front Desk Ambassador

One of the first friendly people you’ll meet at the gym is Niki.   Niki grew up in Truckee and participated in gymnastics classes in 2004 and 2005.  Since then, she has pursued her love of swimming and continues to be an advocate for physical exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.  Niki currently attends Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she is a double major in psychology and communications and a varsity athlete on the university’s swim team. Niki brings her enthusiasm and love for Truckee’s wonderful community to the gym every day, and she looks forward to helping gymnasts and their families. Niki has been with Truckee Gymnastics since 2017.

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.