meet the VLAGA Staff

Monique Wiesmuller-Kaneyasu


Monique has 20 years of coaching experience with Vernon Lee and was a successful competitor herself. The daughter of two coaches/club owners, she was raised in the gym. Monique competed Level 10 and holds six national titles. Monique completed her B.A. Summa Cum Laude from UCLA in 2008 with majors in History and German, and achieved her M.A. in Modern European History at UCSD in 2011. Monique is Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certified and Regional and National Coaches Congress attendee. She serves as Program Director, Team Head Coach, and Board Secretary. Monique enjoys spending quality time with her husband and baby boy, enjoying the outdoor adventures, travel,
scrapbooking and photography.

Cell: 626-319-2985

Zahra Jabalameli


Zahra competed USAG Levels 4-8 with Vernon Lee and has been coaching with us for 10 years.  She began working as a junior counselor in our Summer Camp and worked through High School at Maranatha and now in college. Zahra is a Public Health Student and hopes to continue on to her Masters in Public Health. She is fully certified with USAG and coaches all levels from the tiny ones in Pearl up through advanced levels of Team and Adult Class. Zahra always has a smile on her face and wears her heart on her sleeve. She loves travel, photography and exploring new things. With Zaza, there is always something new on the horizon, but her home has always been Vernon Lee.

Tamar Maljian


Tamar was born in Wyoming and received two Level 8 State Championship titles for her home gym, WSGC. She moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and completed her B.S. from Occidental College in Eagle Rock in Biology. During her undergraduate career, she was able to study abroad at he University of Mebourne, Australia and intern in South Africa. She hope to continue her education next year in Veterinary Science in hopes of one day becoming an exotic animal veterinarian. Tamar is USAG Safety / First Aid Certified, National Congress Attendee and works with Recreational , Preteam, and Team courses, and is our Power Team Head Coach.

Krystal Lavette-Williams


Krystal grew up in Pasadena and competed in team gymnastics as a child.  She was coached by non other than the founder and boss-lady, Luzia Wiesmuller.  A B.A. Recipient, Hair Stylist, and proud mother of three, she came back to the sport years later to not only attend Adult Classes, but also get her children and nieces and nephews involved.  While her two daughters train on the competitive team, and her son in Flips, Krystal is a proud Office Manager, but also a Safety/First Aid Certified Coach for all levels of our Recreational and Kinder Academies as well as camps.

Dahlia castaneda


Dahlia has been with Vernon Lee for eleven years, competing on our team through USAG Level 8.  While competing, she wracked up 4 World titles as well as the prestigious honors of 2012 Bronze MVP, 2013 Gymnast of the Year, 2016 Leadership Award Recipient, and 2017 Gold MVP.  While she's no longer competing in gymnastics, she hopes to inspire the next generation of athletes. She works with Color Academy , Kinder Academy as well as Team and Preteam . Dahlia is USAG Safety/First Aid Certified.

Ain Hunter

Ain has been with us as a Recreational Kinder and Academy instructor as well as team dance coach and choreographer since 2011. However, she has part of the Vernon Lee family since 2006. Two of her three beautiful daughters have competed with our team winning several State, Regional, and Worlds titles with USAIGC and Xcel. Although she now lives in Upland, she commutes to coach on Sundays. Ain graduated from UCSB with a BFA in Acting and is fully USAG Safety/First Aid Certified.

OLivia Callaway

Olivia has been an active member in the VL community for the last 8 years.  She actively competed on our team through XCEL and USAIGC Bronze.  Moving on from competitive gymnastics, she found a love in coaching recreational classes. She is an avid dog lover, dancer, and Senior at Marshall High School. She hopes to graduate college with a degree in business and to find a career in the beauty world. Uniquely, she is currently studying American Sign Language and hopes to become fluent. Olivia is USAG Safety/First Aid Certified and works with our Kinder and Recreational Academies as well as team/preteam.



Kristopher Jones


Kristopher has been active in the Teen-Adult program at Vernon Lee since 2013 and is a Parkour/Tumbling master. He is USAG Safety/First Aid Certified and works with our Recreational, and Flips Program Classes as well as our Vault, Tumbling and Conditioning Instructor for Our Team and Power Team Program. A 2018 PHS Graduate, Kristopher is continuing his education at Pasadena City College and hopes to be able to transfer to Art Center College of Design.


Aimee Gibbs

Aimee is a member of our office staff, and an active parent volunteer here at Vernon Lee.  She's a homegrown Californian, who graduated from Pasadena High School, and has attended various programs at PCC and Citrus.  She's a mother of two, and is involved in multiple committees for her children's school - if someone needs a leader to make the lives of the children in Pasadena better, she's at the front of the line!  Her ideal day off is dawn to dusk Disneyland with her "itty bittys" and husband, and she's USAG Safety/First Aid Certified.  She'll welcome you every Saturday morning at the gym with the same brilliant smile you see to the right!

Martin Carranza Wiesmuller

Martin started out as a Junior Counselor for our Summer Camp Program and now works with our Kinder and Recreational level classes as well as Special Events such as Kids Nights, Summer and Winter Camps and Birthday Parties. He is a Marshall High School Graudate and PCC Student and enjoys karate, soccer, and playing guitar. He is also an Eagle Scout and very active volunteer in the community. In his spare time, he enjoys working on cars. Martin is USAG Safety/First Aid Certified and a Regional Congress Attendee.



Josef Carranza Wiesmuller

Josef is a dedicated college student, attending PCC focusing on film and television production.  He hosts two Lancer Radio shows about Soccer and Wrestling and is a sports and film facts buff. He definitely tries to know all there is to know about the history of media and sport.  Josef works at VLAGA in the maintenance and janitorial department, cleaning up after all of our kids, and keeping it that way to see that the health of everyone at the gym is secure and ready to learn. He is also active in Kids Nights and with Summer Camp.  Josef is USAG Safety/First Aid Certified and tons of fun!

Michelle Patterson


Michelle is a new member to the Vernon Lee Family. She grew up in Orlando and competed in gymnastics as a child. She received her BS in Psychology from Troy University in 2016 and just recently moved to LA in 2018 from Alabama. Michelle is fully ceritified with USAG as well as CPR certified and also works in schools as a one-on-one Behavior Therapist. Michelle coaches many of our Kinder and lower level color academy classes.

Seychelles Mizel


Seychelles moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and is Theatre Major at PCC. She hopes to transfer to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Originally from Northern California, she was a competitive gymnast and cheerleader at the high school, club, and collegiate levels. She has 3 years of coaching experiences with gymnastics from ages kinder to teens and works with our Academy and Kinder classes from beginning to advanced as well as Team programs. She is fully USAG safety certified and a welcome addition to our staff.

Bios Coming Soon -

Lean Bermudez
Kiara Lee
Sofia Assnecoa

AlettA Hill - Summer Staff


Aletta is a n AP Student Junior at La Canada High School and competed through Level 7 with Vernon Lee where she racked up numerous State, Regional and World Championship titles. She is a tireless worker and kind soul which earned her prestigious Vernon Lee awards including Leadership Award in 2011 and Gymnast of the Year in 2012. Aletta is a math and engineering wiz and competes in World Championship competitions for Robotics. Aletta coaches with the Kinder and Color Academies and is USAG Safety/First Aid Certified.

Anika Ash - Summer Staff


Anika competed with Vernon Lee for six years through Level 8 and has both State and World Championship Titles. She is a 2019 Mayfield Senior School Graduate and attends San Francisco State as a Criminal Justice Major. Anika has a passion for the arts, especially Theatre, Photography, and Pop Culture. Anika is passionate about her community as an activist and youth mentor. Anika works with Kinder and Color Academies as well as special events programs and Summer Camp. She is USA Gymnastics Safety/First Aid Certified as well as CPR Certified.

KIMIKO ADLER - Summer Staff


Kimi started gymnastics at age 2 at Vernon Lee and competed for 12 years with us through Level 9. She received State, Regional and Worlds titles as well as the 2017 Leadership Award and USAIGC Empowerment Award. She graduated in 2019 from Westridge School as an AP Student with high Honors in Latin and Social Sciences. She is a competitive diver and Classics/Logic Major at Claremont Mc Kenna School in Claremont. Kimi is USAG Safety/First Aid Certified and coaches Recreational and Kinder Academies as well as special events. Kimi is a great technician and load of fun with clear directions and lots of positivity.

Luzia Wiesmuller


Luzia founded Vernon Lee Gymnastics in August 1993 and serves as VLAGA Board President and Program Consultant. She was born in Southern Germany and competed nationally for eight years before emigrating to the U.S. in 1981. Before starting VLAGA, she head and assistant coached for the YMCA and UCLA Gymnastics Teams. Luzia is is Red Cross CPR/First Aid Certified, and is a State, Regional, and National Coaches Congress attendee.