Erin Swanson - USFS and PSA Coach

Specializes in all competitive, test track, and recreational skaters, moves in the field, choreography, and power skating.

Erin began skating at the age of 8, and grew up skating with the Chaska Figure Skating Club. Erin has passed her Gold Moves in the Field, Gold Free Skate, and Silver Solo Dance tests. She continued skating for several years as an adult, and is a three-time Minnesota State Adult Masters Champion. Erin began coaching in 2001 and is a PSA accredited coach and USFS registered coach. She also has PSA Hockey I & II and Power Skating certifications.  Erin graduated from Bethel College with a degree in mathematics and currently lives in Chanhassen. She is a CFA charterholder and is a fixed income analyst at BPS Capital Management in Bloomington.

Contact Info:  Phone  952-807-3075  Email 



Kristie Mitchell - USFS and PSA Coach

Head Coach - Chaska Figure Skating Club 

Specializes in all competitive, test track, and recreational skaters, moves in the field, choreography, and power skating.
Kristie grew up skating in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, where she volunteered as a skate school instructor, and spent her summers skating in both Bemidji and Duluth. She’s a founding member of the Chaska Figure Skating Club and has been a competitive skating coach for over 30 consecutive years. In addition, Kristie is also the director for both Chaska Skate School and Waconia Skate School. She received her Professional Skaters Association Coaches Accreditation at the University of Delaware, is rated through the Profession Skaters Association in freestyle and group lessons, has completed courses from the Ice Skating Institute, and is a strong standing member of the United States Figure Skating Association. In order to enhance her coaching techniques, she attends annual PSA conferences, programs, and seminars. This includes learning from national, international, and Olympic level coaches.
Kristie has coached multiple state champions, local medalists, regional medalists, and USFS Gold medalists. She specializes in freestyle, moves-in-the-field, power skating, and choreography. She coaches private skating lessons of all levels, off-ice classes, power classes, and skate school classes. As a coach, Kristie instills confidence, discipline, and grace into her skaters. She develops a strong foundation, for all aspects of skating, including artistry, freestyle, moves-in-the-field, strength, and flexibility. She believes that skating opens the doors to many opportunities and experiences that her skaters will carry with them throughout their lives. Kristie helps her skaters meet their goals and sharpen their focus.
** PSA Member and USFS Member
Contact Info:  Phone  612-237-9946  Email



Mary Ament-Johnson – USFS and PSA Coach

Junior Club Director - Chaska Figure Skating Club

Specializes in all competitive, test track, and recreational skaters, moves in the field, choreography, and power skating

Mary has been skating for 35+ years. She started skating with the Duluth Figure Skating Club, and skated with the Minneapolis Figure Skating while in college. She has competed at the US Precision Skating National Championships, where she received a bronze medal with her team.

Mary has been coaching since 2009 and is registered with USFS and is PSA Accredited/CER A Certified. She coaches private students and small group lessons for both competitive and recreational skaters. She also specializes in focus on moves in the field, and off-ice training.  Her passion is bridging skaters from skate school to full CFSC membership, and she is the current Jr. Club, Director.

Mary graduated from the University of Concordia with a degree in Business and a concentration in Organization Management. Mary is an IT Professional with a primary focus on Project Management Office (PMO) start-up, Process Development, Project and Program Management with many clients around the Twin Cities.

Contact Info:  Phone  612.805.0460  Email


Susan Schendel – USFS and PSA Coach

Specializes in recreational and competitive skaters, small group lessons, moves in the field, and power skating.

Susan has been skating for 20+ year. She started skating with the Maplewood Figure Skating Club, skated with the Synergy Figure Skating Club in college, and again with Maplewood as an adult. Susan focused most of her skating career on Synchronized Skating, competing at various levels from Beginner to Adult. She has competed at US Synchronized Skating National Championships multiple times.

Susan has been coaching since 2012 and is registered with USFS and PSA. She specializes in small group lessons for both competitive and recreational skaters. She also specializes in focus on power skating and moves in the field.

Susan graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Actuarial Science and Finance & Risk Management. She is currently working as an Actuarial Consultant at Optum/UnitedHealth Group. She is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, and is currently pursuing a Fellowship with the Society of Actuaries. Susan currently works as an Actuarial Consultant at Optum/UnitedHealth Group.

Contact Info:  Phone  763-807-9627  Email 



Laurel Peabody - USFS and PSA Coach

Laurel has been skating for 19 years. She skated with Northern Lights Figure Skating Club in East Grand Forks, Minnesota where she competed individually and on many synchronized figure skating teams. Laurel has passed her Gold Ice Dance tests, and her Senior Moves in the Field test. While in college, Laurel skated with Team North Dakota Collegiate Synchronized Figure Skating Team, and was a member of the University of North Dakota Hockey Cheerleading Team for four years, being captain for two.
Laurel coached Learn to Skate classes from 2009-2012 and has been a USFSA private coach since 2013, coaching year-round. Laurel specializes in Moves in the Field, Ice Dance, and Freedance. She also enjoys coaching freestyle and choreographing routines. Laurel is PSA and USFSA certified.
Laurel graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and Psychology. She lives in Minneapolis and works at Lift Brands Elevated Wellness in Chanhassen, as a Social Media Specialist.
Contact Info:  Phone  218-779-5178  Email  

Katt Parsons – USFS and PSA Coach

Specializes in all competitive, test track and recreational skaters, moves in the field and power skating

Katt grew up in Los Angeles, California. She competed locally representing the South Bay Figure Skating Club. Her coaching career actually began in Minnesota where she previously resided. During that time, she worked with high school hockey teams and associations throughout the state of Minnesota specializing in power skating. She was previously the Skating Director for the Red Wing Community Education Department.

Through her almost 25 years of coaching, Katt has had the opportunity to participate in an apprenticeship with Jack Raffloer, a National and Olympic coach in Colorado. Previously, she has held her ISI Gold Level Judges Certification and her USA Hockey Level II coach’s certification. She obtained her BA through the Professional Skaters Association and continues to attend PSA and USFS seminars during the year. She is CER-A and Learn To Skate USA Certified.

She was on the coaching staff in La Jolla, California where she worked with former Olympians Julie Newman and Susie Semanick as well as on the staff at the Toyota Training Center in El Segundo, California working under Olympic coach Frank Carroll. Her experience also includes working for NBC studios coaching skating on and off the set for the hit series ‘Providence’. For the past 10+ years, she has been coaching in Northwest Arkansas and served as Competition Director for the Ozark Figure Skating Club.

Katt has coached skaters from the Snowplow Sam level through the Senior level at the local and regional levels. Her passion is to teach the love of skating to her skaters through hard work and discipline while having fun. She coaches both on and off ice classes in private lesson and group lesson settings.

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Marie Moran

I learned to skate, test, compete, and ultimately coach, at Braemar Ice Arena in Edina, MN. I am a gold medalist in figures and a silver medalist in free style. I appreciate all levels of skaters and always try to instill a sense of joy and appreciation for the life-long sport of ice skating. Setting goals is an important part of improving one’s skills and technique. I have supported skaters through their gold tests, local and regional competitions, and I have coached a nationally ranked precision (Synchro) line.

My educational background supports my love for teaching: Elementary and Physical Education licenses, Masters in Education, and a Coaching Certificate. I have recently left teaching in the Eastern Carver County Schools and look forward to working with skaters once again!