Kristie Mitchell - USFS and PSA Coach
Head Coach - Chaska Figure Skating Club
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.
Mary Ament-Johnson – USFS and PSA Coach
Aspire Coordinator - 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.
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.
Lauren started skating competitively at the age of 8. She is a Gold Test in both Moves-in-the-Field and Freestyle; she has trained with world-renowned coaches in both the U.S. and Canada.
Recently she retired from her 10 year professional career of skating with Disney On Ice. Lauren skated with three different productions in over 50 countries with skaters from around the world. She was a principle performer as well as understudy for various roles throughout her career. The last two seasons with the company she was the Ladies Line Captain, teaching and helping to maintain the quality of the show, she worked closely with the Production Director.
Lauren enjoys sharing her passion for skating and performing with skaters of all ages.
Marie Moran – Gold Medalist-Figures, NETA Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, MEd, Physical Education & Elementary Education licenses, Coaching Certificate (grades 7-12)
I learned to skate, test, compete, and ultimately coach, at Braemar Ice Arena in Edina, MN. I am a goldmedalist 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. I worked in public education for 30 years.
Personal Training session available upon request.
Amy Nunn grew up skating at the Burnsville (MN Valley) Figure Skating Club. She trained at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs for 10 years. Throughout her time in Colorado, she completed her Gold Moves in the Field and Freestyle tests, was a 6-time Sectional qualifier, two-time International Competitor (France and China), as well as the 2008 National Collegiate Silver Medalist. Amy worked with many International, World, and Olympic coaches and choreographers, who helped her skating and coaching grow to heights she never imagined. She has also completed her partnered ice dance tests through Pre-Silver.
In 2012, Amy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Exercise Science and is certified as an Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Amy firmly believes in off ice training to prevent injuries. Her coaching career began in 2004 at the Learn to Skate level and started assisting/teaching private students in 2008. She is a member of the USFS and PSA with a Senior Rating in Moves in the Field and Certified Rating in Freestyle, while continuing to seek a higher education in all areas of coaching. Every skater has a different learning style, and Amy tries to tailor her coaching to reach the needs of each individual. Skating is a big passion in her life and it is a blessing to share that with her students.
Stan Houston - USFS and PSA Master Coach
Specializes in Competitive, Excel and Recreational skaters of all ages. Coaches Moves in the field, Dance, Freestyle, Pairs, Choreography, Power skating, Off ice training, and Jump Harness skating.
Stan has been involved in skating for over 55 years. He competed in freestyle and dance under the guidance of World and Olympic coaches Gus Lussi, Ron Ludington and Otto Gold.
Stan has coached all levels of skaters for over 46 years. Skaters are encouraged to have fun while learning all levels of skills and developing a love for the sport. He holds a Double Master Rating and Hockey 1 and 2 certification from the PSA. Information about PSA Ratings can be found at www.skatepsa.com under parent information. Stan's students have passed dozens of MIF, Dance and Freestyle Senior tests. They have competed in many National and International competitions. The PSA gives Stan a Level 3 Ranking. He has been a PSA certified mentor for various young coaches. He held an ISI Gold Judge's Certificate for many years.
Stan enjoys coaching skaters of all ages. Young skaters learn skills with toys and diagrams on the ice. Older skaters use novel exercises to master advanced skills. Stan has a special beginner rate.
Stan graduated from Bowdoin College (76) with a BS in Psychology. He was the director of the Bowdoin Arena Figure Skating School for many years.
Contact info: Phone 215-681-5764 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been skating since I was 7 as an Individual member of USFS in Eden Prairie. I competed for a couple years between ages 7-10 at local competitions and later made ice dancing my main focus. I have passed my Gold test in Moves in the Field, Solo Ice Dance, Solo free dance, and have completed a few of my partnered Ice Dances. Through Normandale Community College I completed an Exercise Specialist Certificate.