Mollie Vehling

Mollie Vehling ’99

Spirit Squad Director

Mollie Vehling is a proud UCLA graduate with a bachelor’s degree in dance. While at UCLA, Vehling served on the UCLA Dance Team for two years. She is currently in her 20th season as the UCLA Spirit director. With more than 30 years of experience and training in dance, choreography, producing and directing, Vehling is thrilled to be working with the UCLA program.

Vehling continues to serve as a judge for competitions and auditions at all levels throughout the United States. She has produced instructional cheer and dance DVDs with Championship Productions, currently available online. Vehling has traveled with the UCLA team to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as universities throughout the United States. She has choreographed and coordinated the production for each of the international trips. Vehling has also choreographed for multiple television and movie projects.

She enjoys working closely with the Spirit directors throughout the PAC-12. Vehling is proud of how the UCLA Spirit program has developed under her leadership including community outreach incentives such as the Junior Spirit Squad, currently in its eighth season!

The Spirit Squad resides in the UCLA Alumni Association, where Vehling also serves as the Bruin traditions director overseeing the Student Alumni Association, which plans and executes large-scale campus traditions, such as Dinners for 12 Strangers, Spring Sing, and the Beat ’SC Bonfire and Rally.

Vehling and her husband, Derek, are the proud parents of Lillie, Emilie, Brodie and Maggie Mae — all future Bruins!

Tiphanie McNiff

Tiphanie McNiff

Dance Team Coach

Tiphanie McNiff comes from a competitive and professional dance background and has been dancing for over 25 years. She spent 10 years competing in ballet, jazz and lyrical. Outside of competitive dance she has performed at Raiders, 49ers, Lakers and Suns games. McNiff danced professionally with the Fresno City Ballet company as a demi soloist and soloist. For four seasons, she was an Oakland Raiders Cheerleader, where she was co-captain, captain and 2009 Dancer of the Year. During her time with the Raiders, she performed in Iraq on a military tour as well in Austria at the 2011 Euro-Bowl. McNiff also danced for the Phoenix Suns, where she choreographed multiple half-time routines. McNiff's passion is coaching. She has coached The Fresno State Dance Team, UC Berkeley Dance Team and Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders. She is the current choreographer for the Oakland Raiderettes. She has also choreographed for the Phoenix Suns Dancers, LA KISS Dancers, San Jose SaberKittens and numerous college dance teams. She is excited for her second season with the Bruins. 

Irazmi Perez

Travis Neese

Head Cheer Coach

Travis Neese is a graduate of Arizona State University and a former cheerleader and captain with the nationally-ranked Sun Devil Cheer Squad. In 2003, Neese moved to Southern California and took over as state director for the Universal Cheerleaders Association while coaching on the high school level. In 2005, Neese moved into collegiate coaching as head coach at Loyola Marymount University, where he worked for six seasons. Neese returned to high school coaching in 2013 as the head coach for Mira Costa High School and works for Varsity Spirit as the west coast regional manager over the training and education division. He is thrilled to be part of the UCLA Bruin Spirit program.

Chandler Boyd

Chandler Boyd ’17

Assistant Coach

Chandler Boyd danced competitively throughout high school and as a member of NSU Modern, a competitive hip-hop team at UCLA, before joining the UCLA Dance Team in 2014. As a three year squad member, she loved opportunities to perform at sporting and community events throughout the Los Angeles area. Boyd held leadership positions while on the squad, becoming executive liaison in her senior season. In this position, she organized team events and fundraisers, coordinated international dance exchanges, and assisted in the 2017 presentation to the PAC 12 Spirit Directors. Boyd graduated with a degree in sociology and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. Aside from coaching, Boyd teaches yoga, is a fitness instructor at Rise Nation and is a member of the Los Angeles Laker Girls. She feels that, as an alumna of UCLA, this unique opportunity will allow her to blend her passions of dance, sports and UCLA.

Maria Cabande

Maria Cabande

Cheer Squad Assistant Coach

Maria Cabande is a cheerleading instructor of eight years, a VIP assistant for the International Cheer Union at the Cheerleading World Championships and a certified personal trainer. She holds previous first place titles competing in several countries representing Team USA partner stunt. She enjoys yoga, going to the beach and spending time with her family.

KC Reischerl

KC Reischerl

Fitness Trainer

KC Reischerl danced professionally on Broadway (“Miss Saigon,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jumpers”) for more than 10 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2008. Currently, he is the dance program supervisor for the UCLA Recreation department as well as the gymnastics instructor for Instructional Programs. Reischerl holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and certifications from NSCA, ACE, USA Gymnastics, CrossFit (Level One, Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics) and TRX. He also freelances as a choreographer for television, film and theatre. He has worked with Meg Ryan, Sally Field, Stephen Schwartz and Rob Lowe. Reischerl is very excited to work with the UCLA Spirit Squad for his fourth season.

Brittney Cook

Brittney Cook, UNEX ’17

Fitness Trainer

Brittney Cook studied kinesiology, exercise science, physiology, biomechanics, and nutrition at UCLA Extension. In addition to being certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Cook is a Madd Dog Spin Instructor and practices mixed methods such as TRX, pilates and HIIT. She works full time helping people gain a more healthful lifestyle by coaching nutrition, daily open air activity and training for the body. Cook’s favorite mornings are spent with UCLA Spirit Squad making sure the team stays limber, strong and in good health. She believes being part of the squad has been fulfilling and hopes her passion plays into the team for years to come. Brittney and her husband Laurence co-own Triangle Theory Training in Woodland Hills, CA and have just welcomed their first child Brison James Cook.

Suzie Moldavon

Suzie Moldavon

Hair, Make-up and Wax Consultant

Suzie Moldavon is in her eleventh season with the UCLA Spirit Squad. As a celebrity makeup artist and the owner of a mobile eyebrow business, Flybrow, Moldavon knows what a difference it makes in the rest of your life when you feel amazing on the outside. It unlocks that inner beauty and lets the world know you’re FLY! Flybrow was just featured in the March issue of American Spa magazine.

Moldavon has been selected for the 2017 and 2016 Best Businesses of Los Angeles Award in the Makeup Artists category by the Best Businesses of Los Angeles Award Program. This is the third time since 2014 that Moldavon has been selected for the award, in addition to being chosen as the ‘Best of’ in Los Angeles for seven years in a row by Her work has been featured in People magazine, South Bay Magazine, Your Wedding Day Magazine and many more. Moldavon worked as a host makeup artist on “FABlife” for the 2015-16 season and appeared on the show as an eyebrow expert in 2016. She has done make-up and styling for numerous entertainment appearances including “The Tonight Show,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The View” and numerous fitness commercials for Bowflex, Nautilus and Reebok.

Moldavon earned her esthetician license in 1992 while getting her B.A. in psychology and social behavior from UC Irvine. While her passion is bringing out inner beauty, her favorite job is being a mom to her 13-year-old son, Hudson.

Suzie Moldavon

Lauren Papanos

Nutrition Consultant

Lauren Papanos is a former competitive collegiate cheerleader, cheering all four years for the 29 time NCA national champions, Stephen F. Austin State University Spirit Teams. She is also the Athletic Performance Dietitian for the UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics department and the owner of Functional Fueling Nutrition. She oversees the nutritional needs of over half the UCLA sports teams where she provides: team education, individual performance nutrition counseling, medical nutrition therapy, eating disorder prevention and counseling, injury nutrition planning, menu writing, travel nutrition, oversight of nutrition product operations, budget management, and much more. She is a nationally recognized Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and holds both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nutrition Sciences. She works with the UCLA Spirit Teams to provide team education and individual counseling on healthy eating, performance nutrition, and positive body image. Her favorite things to do outside working as a performance dietitian involve shopping at local health foods stores, Olympic lifting, yoga, and interior design.