2019 Guest Coaches
Alex Ouriashev - Two-time Ukrainian Senior Men’s Figure Skating Champion and International Competitor, Alex is coach to many US National, European Championships, Four Continents, Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, Junior Grand Prix, and World skaters. With more than 30 years of coaching experience, he is a sought-after speaker at PSA Conferences, Champ Camps, and USFSA Elite Seminars. As a professional skater, Alex toured with Torvill & Dean, Robin Cousins, and the Ukrainian Ballet on Ice. Currently based in Chicago, he has coached many of the country’s brightest stars, including Gracie Gold, Carly Gold, Tomoki Hiwatashi, Pooja Kalyan, Maxine Batista, Ariela Masarsky, Kelvin Lee, Maria Papas (Greece), Melinda Wang (Taipei), Angelina Hyang, Isabell Intinsone, Paul Wood, Sean Marshinski, Megan Oster, Natalie Mecher, Megan Hyatt, and DeeDee Leng. Alex is often sought as a consultant and has worked with Shoma Uno, Karen Chen, Mariah Bell, Danny O’Shea, Haven Danney, Brandon Frazier, Hannah Miller, Meghan Oster, and Meghan Hyatt. Shoma Uno, 2018 Olympic Silver Medalist from Japan, and the first skater to successfully land a quadruple flip in an international competition, trains with Ouriashev when he is in the United States. Ouriashev’s specialty is teaching jumps, and his video, “Triples & Quads with Alex Ouriashev”, is one of the definitive training programs on learning correct jump technique. Alex helps skaters understand the mechanics of multi-rotational jumps and creating triple jump combinations. His specialized series of exercises aids in learning multi-rotational jumps. Alex holds a BA in Figure Skating & Choreography and is a member of USFSA, ISI, and PSA.
Phillip Mills – Choreographer for skaters at 23 World Championships and 6 Olympic Games, and with more than 25 U.S. National Champions in singles, pairs, and dance, Phillip Mills has been faculty for Team USA Camps, U.S. Figure Skating Coaches College, and numerous U.S. Figure Skating Judges Schools. This involvement keeps him tuned into the continued changes in figure skating. Phillip joined Carlo Fassi as the choreographer for the world-class training center at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs in 1988. He later joined Carlo again at the famous Ice Castle International Figure Skating Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, California as Choreographer and Artistic Director of Ice Castle’s International Ice Theatre. Teaming together with John Nicks in 2011, Phillip and Mr. Nicks worked together helping Ashley Wagner become the first US National Champion to repeat the title since Michelle Kwan. Phillip has also created acclaimed programs for the likes of Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Katia Gordeeva, Courtney Hicks, Tara Lipinski, Rena Inoue & John Baldwin, Calla Urbanski & Rocky Marval, Nicole Bobek, Suzie Wynne & Joseph Druar, Elaine Zayak, Tatsuki Machida, Rionna Kato, Tsao Chih-I , Michael Martinez and Jill Trenary just to name a few. For the 2017-2018 Season, Phillip choreographed programs for numerous skaters from the U.S and around the globe. In just the U.S. alone last season, he created programs for 8 National competitors in Senior Ladies, Senior Pairs, Junior Ladies, Junior Pairs, and Novice men.
Christy Krall – World and Olympic Team Member and World and Olympic Team Coach, Christy began her coaching career at the Broadmoor World Arena and coached for 26 years before accepting a full-time position with US Figure Skating as Senior Director of Athlete Programs in 1996. In that role, Christy was responsible for coordinating and supervising all activities related to the development and advancement of programs, seminars, and camps to promote the High Performance Plan for figure skating athletes and coaches. Christy also chaired the Moves in the Field development for the Professional Skaters Association from 1991-1995 and served on the PSA Board of Directors as National Education Director and 2nd Vice President. In 2002, Christy returned to coaching, utilizing the software developed by DartFish. Christy has attended four Olympic games, and has uniquely participated in three different capacities: 1964 as an athlete in Innsbruck, Austria; 2002 as a USA Team Leader in Salt Lake City, UT; and 2010 and 2014 as a Canadian Coach in Vancouver, Canada and Sochi, Russia. Christy was also the head coach for Patrick Chan during his Gold Medal performances at the 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Along with Damon Allen, she coached Josh Farris to his 2012 Junior World Men’s Title. A Master-Rated Coach with the PSA in Free Skating, Figures, and Moves in the Field, Christy travels the world conducting figure skating seminars for athletes and coaches at all levels of development. She was awarded the PSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and was the recipient of the PSA and US Olympic Committee’s Sports Science Award in 2008, 2011, and 2013. In 2013, Christy was named the PSA’s Coach of the Year.
2019 Resident Coaches
Tom Hickey - Tom Hickey is the Director of Figure Skating and Head Coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. Coach for U.S. National, International, and Jr. World Championship competitors, Tom is PSA Master-Rated, and has a PSA Level V Ranking. He developed programs such as “Power Plus” (Figure Skating & Hockey) and the Coaches Education Program (CEP). He has also directed schools and elite training facilities in Bethlehem, PA, Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion (DuPage FSC) in Buffalo Grove, IL.
Peter Biver - Peter Biver is a U.S. National Coach and Competitor, an SSM Staff Coach, and a two-time Regional Medalist in pairs. Specializing in jump technique and the Fishing Pole Harness, Peter offers the highest-level instruction in Freestyle, Pairs, and Dance. Head coach to Regional, Sectional, National, & International Competitors, he uses a holistic approach to coaching by focusing on the complete development of each skater’s personal potential as an athlete and an artist.
Surya Bonaly - Surya Bonaly is a 9-time French figure skating champion, 5-time European figure skating champion, 3-time Olympian, and 3-time silver medalist at the World Figure Skating Championships. She is the first female figure skater to attempt a quadruple jump, and is known for being one of the only skaters who can land a back flip on one foot on the ice. Her coaching style is electric and innovative and draws upon her years as a featured skater in some of the world’s premier skating shows. SSM is privileged to have Surya during the school year as Shattuck-St. Mary’s Staff Coach.
Annika Ferber - With a BA in Athletic Training and MS in Applied Exercise Science, Annika heads SSM International Figure Skating Camp’s Strength and Conditioning Program. She comes to Shattuck-St. Mary’s from the University of Minnesota Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group, and has experience working with Gopher physicians and athletes. She has covered hockey games in the USPHL, Midwest Upper Elite League, and assisted surgeons in the cadaver lab at Tria Orthopedics. Annika is an SSM Staff Coach.
Sarah France - Sarah France has been an ice dance coach and choreographer since 1998, and has worked with Regional, Sectional, National and International competitors across all skating disciplines. An active professional skater, she is a company member and choreographer with the prestigious Ice Theatre of New York, as well as a frequent performer for shows, professional competitions and events nationwide. Sarah also has more than 20 years of off-ice dance experience and performs professionally in modern dance and several other disciplines. Sarah is committed to looking at skaters as both athletes and artists, and seeks to draw out their performance skills with a keen eye towards technical accuracy and precise movement on and off the ice.
Annette Hickey - Annette Hickey is a motivational choreographer for figure skating and professional theater. She has coached and choreographed for skaters through US Regional, Sectional, National, and International competitions. By incorporating artistry, mental training, goal-setting, and correct technique, she helps develop each skater to their full potential. As a professional skater, Annette toured with Disney on Ice, and as professional actor has performed in theaters across the US. Annette has a BA in Theatre from DeSales University, is an MACTE certified Montessori teacher, and is an SSM Staff Coach.
Sandra Johansson - Sandra Johansson has coached figure skating professionally for more than 30 years and specializes in Moves in the Field. Her encouraging coaching technique and extensive experience includes International and National singles competitors, and National and International Synchronized skating teams. Sandra coached in Sweden for more than 6 years and founded Sweden’s successful synchronized skating program.
Caryn Kadavy - Caryn Kadavy is a National and International Coach with extensive experience in performance, technique, and choreography. Her many achievements include: U.S. Ladies Figure Skating National Silver & Bronze Medalist, 1987 World Figure Skating Bronze Medalist, 1988 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team Member, 7-Time Professional Skating Champion, and 2007 Professional Skating Association Sonja Henie Award winner. SSM is privileged to have her as a Staff Coach during the school year.
Garrett Kling - Professional figure skater and choreographer, Garrett’s clients include international competitors such as Jason Brown, Madison Hubbell & Zach Donohue, and Ryan Bradley. Garrett has performed with Holiday On Ice, Willy Bietak Productions, Ice Theatre of NY, Stageworks Worldwide Productions, and Dynamic Shows. He is PSA Master-Rated for Choreography and, in 2017, received the Groundbreaker Award at the US Professional Open. He serves on the Steering Committee for American Ice Theatre (AIT) and is a graduate of AIT’s Master Choreography Techniques class. He is currently teaching assistant for the MCT class, conducts AIT seminars across the country, and is an SSM Staff Coach.
Robyn Petroskey - Robyn Petroskey is a seven-time US Championship competitor and was the 1988 Novice Ladies Silver Medalist, 1989 Junior Ladies Champion in Figures, and the International Junior Champion representing the US in East Berlin, Germany at Blue Swords Junior Cup. A PSA Master-Rated, Level IV Coach, Robyn specializes in the technical skills of Jumps, Spins, and Skating Components. Her Power Skating Classes, Off-Ice Harness Classes, and Off-Ice Spinner Classes are popular staples with her students. Robyn has coached many US Championship competitors and medalists, and is currently on the PSA Seminars Committee, PSA National Education Committee, and is a PSA Oral Examiner for PSA Oral Ratings. She has been a key PSA member through the years, serving on the PSA Board of Governors, US Figure Skating Basic Skills Committee, US Figure Skating Grievance Committee, US Figure Skating Coaches Committee, US Figure Skating Competitions Committee, and has hosted and presented at numerous PSA Workshops.
Aidas Reklys - Originally from Lithuania, Aidas Reklys holds 8 National Championships, is an 8-time European competitor, and 7-time World Team member in singles and ice dance. A U.S. National and International coach, Aidas specializes in Jumps, Spins, and Power Skating. He developed the “Hop to the Top” Training and Conditioning Program, “Power Twist” skating harness, and Reklys Skating Apparel Co. Aidas has been a favorite of our SSM summer camp skaters for many years.
Jimmie Santee - Jimmie Santee is the Executive Director of the Professional Skaters Association and has led the organization since 2006. The 1977 Novice Men’s U.S. Champion and 1979 Junior Men’s U.S. Champion, Jimmie was a member of the U.S. International Skating Team for 5 seasons. He was also a principal performer and coach with Disney on Ice from 1985-1995. Jimmie is a PSA Double Master-Rated coach, and specializes in spins & jump technique.
Carey Tinkelenberg - Carey Tinkelenberg is the founder of the Northfield Figure Skating School, is a PSA Master-Rated Coach, and an SSM Staff Coach. She teaches competitive & recreational skaters from beginners through senior levels. With B.A. in Psychology from Carleton College, she is a member of multiple U.S. Figure Skating governance committees and serves as a mentor to the Directors. She is also the author of multiple training materials for the national governing body of skating and specializes in sports psychology.
Alex Volpicelli - Regional, Sectional, National competitor, and three-time Intercollegiate National medalist, Alex Volpicelli is an SSM Staff Coach and founder of Performance Plus Power Skating, a progressive on and off-ice power and conditioning program for figure skaters and hockey players. Specializing in dynamic stroking and explosive jump technique, Alex helps her skaters with balance, agility, and endurance. Her philosophy and teaching style makes even the most grueling workouts enjoyable. With more than 10 years of coaching experience, and classes growing each year, Alex finds a way to make training personal. She makes sure every student learns to be a better skater while still having fun.