2020 Guest Coaches
Denise Myers – Week 1, May 31 - June 6, 2020: Coach for 2018 U.S. National Champion and Olympic team event bronze medalist, Bradie Tennell, Denise Myers has been instructing skaters at all levels for almost 40 years. A USFS, ISU, and PSA-Rated Coach, her skaters have included Regional, Sectional, Collegiate, Jr. National, National, Junior World, World, International, and Olympic medalists. Sabrina and Natasha Vora, Megan Oster, Megan Hyatt, Jason Thomas, Derek Wagner, Isabelle Inthisone, Ava Neuhaus, and Calista Choi are among her many successful students. Denise believes in a commitment to quality, sportsmanship, and creating a positive environment for her athletes to train and compete in. She asserts that consistency, integrity, and resilience are the keys to success. “I work with my athletes on being both physically strong and mentally tough” she says, and quotes Aristotle, “we are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act, but a habit”.
Jeremy Allen – Week 1, May 31 - June 6, 2020: Jeremy Allen is a National and International coach teaching in the Greater Chicago area. Coaching since 2003, Jeremy is a renowned jump specialist and pole harness coach, and has helped skaters such as Jason Brown, Gracie Gold, Alexa Scimeca, and Danny O’Shea on their rise to success. He is perhaps best known as 2018 U.S. National Champion and Olympic bronze medalist Bradie Tennell’s technical coach. Jeremy is the 2001 US Junior Pairs Champion (with partner Deborah Blinder), and went on to finish 5th at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships that year. He competed as a member of the US International Figure Skating Team in pairs at both the Junior and Senior levels. Jeremy is a true student of the sport, studying video and teaching techniques from skaters and coaches around the world. His interests in cutting edge jump technique and teaching methods make him one of the country’s top technical coaches.
Todd Eldredge – Week 2, June 7 - 13, 2020: The most decorated U.S. male figure skater of his time, Todd Eldredge is a World Champion, 3-time Olympian, 5-time Skate America Champion, 6-time U.S. Champion, & 6-time World medalist. Legendary for his flawless jumping form and spectacular spins, as well as his ability to beautifully express music, he was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2008. Todd also toured 11 years with Stars on Ice and 10 years with Champions on Ice. A natural-born teacher, Todd brings out the best in his students, showcasing their talents, & developing their skills. Some of Todd’s skaters include Kimmie Meisner (World & U.S. Champion), Michael Weiss (2-Time World Bronze Medalist, 3-Time U.S. Champion, 2-Time Olympian), & Fedor Andreev (Canadian Bronze Medalist & Junior National Champion). Todd is a PSA Certified Coach, served on the U. S. Olympic Committee (1991 - 1996), and won PSA’s Gustav Lussi Award in 2004
Peter Cain – Week 3, June 14 - 20, 2020: A Team USA Coach, Peter was a successful Australian pair skater with his sister Elizabeth Cain. Together they were the 1976 World Junior Bronze Medalists and a five-time Australian National Champions. They competed in the 1980 Winter Olympics, are International Gold Medalists, and four-time World Team Members. Peter has also played an active role in the Olympic Games as an Olympic Torch Bearer in 2000 and an ISU Technical Specialist in 2014. Peter has coached skaters from basic skills to Junior World, World, ISU Junior, and Senior Grand Prix circuits. His skaters are US National Champions and International medalists. He serves on the Pairs, Coaches, and Competitions Committees for US Figure Skating.
Kim Ryan Lewis – Week 3, June 14 - 20, 2020: Kim Ryan, an acclaimed spin specialist, has been coaching for more than 40 years. A National and International coach, Kim’s “Spinergy” Clinic series brings her unique spin specialization techniques to skaters and coaches around the world. Kim’s teaching philosophy focuses on an energetic and supportive approach to help skaters make maximum progress. A former national competitive skater, she understands the commitment and dedication required to achieve figure skating goals. Kim has coached Regional, Sectional, Jr. National, and International competitors and has successfully taken skaters through Senior test levels of Figures, Freestyle, and Moves in the Field. She is PSA rated, a PSA presenter, and was nominated for PSA Coach of the Year 2015.
2020 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.
Sarah France - Sarah France has been an ice dance coach and choreographer since 1998, and works 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 has more than 20 years of off-ice dance experience and performs professionally in modern dance and several other disciplines. Sarah looks 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 figure skating and professional theater choreographer. She has coached and choreographed for US Regional, Sectional, National, and International skaters. By incorporating artistry, mental training, goal-setting, and correct technique, she helps develop each skater’s full potential. As a professional skater, Annette toured with Disney on Ice, and as professional actor performed in theaters across the US. Annette has a BA in Theatre, is an MACTE certified Montessori teacher, and 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, & Dynamic Shows. He is a 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 graduated from AIT’s Master Choreography Techniques class. An SSM Staff Coach, Garrett helps teach MCT classes and runs AIT seminars across the country.
Robyn Petroskey - Robyn Petroskey is a 7-time US Championship competitor and is the 1988 Novice Ladies Silver Medalist, 1989 Jr. Ladies Champion in Figures, and International Jr. Champion representing the US in East Berlin at the Blue Swords Junior Cup. A PSA Master-Rated, Level IV Coach, Robyn specializes in technical Jump, Spin, and Skating Component skills. Her Power Skating, Off-Ice Harness, and Off-Ice Spinner classes are popular staples. 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 and has served 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.
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 a PSA Master Rated coach and the Founder, Director, and Head Coach of the Northfield Skating School. She was a nationally competitive skater and a past PSA Board of Governors officer. The author of numerous leadership articles for SKATING, RINK, and Professional Skater magazines, Carey is a Learn to Skate USA specialist and trainer as well as U.S. Figure Skating consultant and committee member. She regularly leads Learn to Skate USA instructor workshops and PSA Foundations of Coaching seminars. Carey holds a B.A. in Psychology from Carleton College and is a published research author. She has worked with athletes around the country on mental training skills, informed by her academic background and her intensive training in yoga and mindfulness.
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 energy and teaching style makes even the most grueling workouts enjoyable. With more than 10 years of coaching experience, and classes growing each year, Alex makes training personal and ensures that every student becomes a better skater while still having fun.