Aspen Lodge Information
Aspen Lodge is the Sierra Canyon homeowners’ 20,000+ square-foot community center, with rooms for recreation, meetings, and presentations; a gym, swimming pool, walking track, library, and more. The Lodge also provides office space for the management company (currently First Services Residential, or FSR), contracted by the SCA Board of Directors.
FSR staff at Aspen Lodge include community management, lodge attendants, and fitness, events, and grounds coordinators. In addition to Lodge administration, FSR collects homeowner assessments, generates financial statements and collection reports, communicates with homeowners and the Board, and acts in an advisory capacity.
Sierra Canyon Administrative & Fitness Staff
Please use the form at the bottom of the page to send a message to the staff. Please choose the subject matter from the pulldown as appropriate for your question/issue.
Any questions related to community issues, please contact Monica at:
Monica Rios moved to Reno from Southern California just over 6-years ago. Prior to joining the FirstService/Sierra Canyon team, Monica held a position at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) as an Executive Director of Support Operations. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Nevada’s Fund Women of Achievement award representing the Grand Sierra Resort. In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her husband Victor, two children Jace, 20, Daniella (Dani), 11 and their two dogs Copper the Boxer and Khloe the French Bulldog. She enjoys weight training, going to the movies and finding new restaurants
Assistant Community Manager
Any questions related to the ARC, violations, or landscaping, please contact Mariah at:
I was first introduced to the world and profession of community management when I was hired in February 2014 as the receptionist at a locally owned and operated community management company. I was intrigued and motivated to become a manager right away. After one year I was promoted to an assistant where I helped manage a portfolio of fourteen properties. In August 2015 my company put me through school to obtain my management license. I worked my way up to becoming the executive assistant in the company while still managing a portfolio of my own until August of 2017 when I left as a result of accepting a position with FirstService Residential. I have a passion for what I do and love the company that I work for.
Any questions related to fitness classes, please contact Lynne, at:
Lynne Peterson is our Fitness Coordinator at Sierra Canyon. She has worked at Sierra Canyon for over 2 years and loves working with the folks here. Lynne has two daughters Kylie, a sophomore at UNR and Corrie, a senior at McQueen High School. For the past 10 years, Lynne has raised her daughter as a single parent, with the passing of her husband from cancer in 2008. She has an Associate Degree in Business Administration and fitness Certifications in water fitness by the American Sports and Fitness Association, Aerobic instruction and personal trainer certifications by the International Fitness Association, and Zumba and CPR certifications. If you need any assistance with your health and fitness, stop by and see Lynne in the fitness area. She would love to talk to you!
Any questions related to events, please contact DeeDee, at:
DeeDee Viau is your Lifestyle/Events Coordinator. Due to her years experience in event planning at all three of her daughter’s schools, she has been excited to take on all of the events coordination for the community. DeeDee has a very positive and upbeat attitude to keep the residents happy with their activities at Sierra Canyon!
Any questions related to anything in the community, please contact Dennis at:
Dennis O’Brien is the communications manager at Sierra Canyon. Dennis comes to FirstService Residential from the gaming industry where he spent 10 years as the director of marketing at a downtown casino property. He has lived in the Reno/Sparks area for the better part of his life, attending Hug High School, serving in the United States Marine Corps, and attending the University of Nevada. Dennis has six children and three grandchildren and is actively involved in a travel softball program focused on helping high school athletes attain their dream of playing in college.
Hi ! My name is Coco White,and I have been teaching Zumba for eight years. I started Zumba classes as part of a knee replacement rehabilitation,and fell In love! I have six licenses to teach Zumba. B1,B2,Toning, Zumba Kids,Zumba Aqua,and Zumba Gold.
ZUmba Gold is my favorite!
I have lived here in Reno for the past seven years.,before that ,I lived and taught Zumba in Pedasi , Panama and New Mexico. I have a dance background,and started dancing at the age of five.
Chair Yoga Instructor
Nancy Chontos has practiced Hatha Yoga, Restorative/Yin Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga for 10 years. She has completed 240 hours of Yoga Teacher Training with High Honors – earning her the title of Certified Chair Yoga Teacher, and has a certificate in Fundamentals of Gerontology from the University of Southern California Davis school of Gerontology.
Nancy has a BS degree in Psychology and spent her pre-retirement career in sales and marketing in the performance improvement industry. Nancy & her husband, Lance, moved to Sierra Canyon in November of 2014, and have been married since 1991.
Victoria is dedicated to helping her clients tap into the transformative power of mindful
exercise. Her classes emphasize alignment and form, as well as great music and silly jokes.
She has extensive training and teaching experience in many forms of movement and fitness,
including: Reformer and Mat Pilates; Vinyasa, Power, and Iyengar-based Yoga; Gravity
Systems; Stability (Swiss) Balls; and solo and partner dance (Argentine Tango, Jazz,
Ballroom, Latin, and Swing). With a PhD in Geography, she has been teaching at UNR since
January 2001. She is also a Voice Actor and is devoted to her cats.
I have lived in the area since 1976 after moving here as a newlywed from Southern California. Came for a few years and ended up staying! My passion is dance fitness and with 8 years of Zumba as a student I decided to become an instructor once I retired. I spent my professional career in bank management and mortgage lending so this is a fun and very enjoyable change. I have been instructing for 3 and 1/2 years and am licensed to teach both Zumba and Zumba Gold. I am also a certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor. Outside of the gym, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs. I also enjoy photography, crafts, reading, and being outdoors.
Ballet Barre & Restorative Stretching Instructor
Esther Lucas is a retired Director of Parks & Community Services for the City of San Ramon, CA. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina in Creative Arts, an AA degree in Business, a Masters of Science Degree in Recreation Administration and Recreation Therapy from California State University, Long Beach, and spent 2 summers in post-graduate studies at Duke University at the American Dance Festival. She holds certification as a Recreation Therapist and Ballet Fitness Instructor. Esther began her dance education at age 5 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts (her birthplace)and studied in North Carolina, Boston, New York, and California and continues to study dance today. She danced professionally in ballet and modern dance companies in North Carolina and California where she also did video/music/acting.
Tai Chi Instructor
I am Marcos Talancon, born and raised here in Reno, I live in Hungry Valley with my wife Sandra and family. I’ve studied Tai Chi Yang Style short form 37 postures, developed by Professor Cheng Man Ching, for 24 years. I have been teaching full time since my teacher passed away in March of 2014. I now continue my studies under teacher Benjamin Lo of San Francisco, where professor first student and has studied Tai Chi over 60 years.
It’s never too late to begin a yoga practice. I started yoga at fifty and began teaching a few years after that. After teaching for ten years, I have recently embarked on an 800 hour Yoga Therapy Training in nearby Nevada City, California. Stand-by for more…
Kerry Teegen Dickinson
Kerry began her yoga journey by studying teaching yoga to children of all ages through YogaKids. She then became a certified adult yoga teacher at YogaWorks in the Hatha tradition. Kerry has experience teaching yoga to children ages 8+ and to teen athletes. She has also taught yoga to children with disabilities. Kerry teaches a gentle, fundamental yoga class that complements an active lifestyle for all ages and abilities. She has also worked with students 60+ years old and enjoys watching how her students open up to the possibilities yoga offers them on and off the mat. Kerry has a genuine love of yoga and it shows in her positive, nurturing teaching style. Kerry also has a Master’s Degree in Reading and a teaching background.