Elizabeth skated for 15 years at the KB Willett Ice Arena and was a member of the CIFSC Synchronized Skating Team. She is currently in her sixth year of Coaching the Crystal Edge Synchronized Team. She has been coaching individual skaters since 2017 and is having a lot of fun doing so. Elizabeth has worked as a social studies teacher in the Stevens Point School District since 2002.
Katie has been skating since the tender age of 3 years old and is proud to coach at the rink and club that fostered her love for the sport. Katie received her senior gold level status in both freestyle and moves in the field and has an extensive competitive history including Upper Great Lakes Regionals at both the junior and senior level. She began teaching through the local Learn to Skate program and became a private instructor in 2006. During that time, she had the opportunity to learn from distinguished coaches such as Lynda Schrader, Laura Sanders, and Robert Mauti along with attending numerous conferences and seminars to expand her knowledge. She had a passion for working with skaters at a grassroots level, and thus took over as Director for the local Learn to Skate program and Ice Show. Katie also has over 25 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and choreography and trained under professional dancers. She received a minor in dance through the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and has over 8 years of teaching experience. Katie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and her Masters Degree in Nursing from Marquette University. Katie is a member of the United States Figure Skating Association and the Professional Skating Association. Other certifications include First Aid, CPR, and AED.
Shanna has coached at Crystal Ice, Wisconsin Rapids, Greenheck and Iron River MI. She was a member of the club for 10 years, and is now looking forward to sharing all aspects of skating from learning and practice, performance and competition with all skaters.
Alyssa has been skating for over 12 years, and has trained with many coaches at local and Olympic levels. She has obtained her USFSA Gold Medalist status in Moves and Solo Ice Dance, and is working to obtain Gold level in Pairs Ice Dance and Freeskate. Alyssa is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and has competed through the years at both basic skills, non qualifying levels, and twice at State Games of America. She regularily attends camps, seminars, and online training through Midwest camps and Shattuck of St Marys to refine her skating skills. Alyssa also is a five year dance student with Best Food Forward to also build her dance skills for ice. She looks forward to helping freestyls skaters build their skills and challenge themselves in a fun positive skating environment.
Meg Ries has been skating with the CIFSC since 2008. She has been in the club’s synchronized figure skating team for 6 years. She is attending UWSP with an interest in secondary education.
Cassie was a member of the CIFSC, Crystalettes Synchronized Skating Team and helped with the Learn to Skate program during her middle school and high school years. After 13 years in the ice she watched many family members skate in CIFSC and currently has children in the CIFSC and Learn to skate programs. She is looking forward to being back on the ice coaching and being involved in the club she spent many years representing. Cassie lives in Plover with her husband and 3 kids and is COO of a local retirement planning firm.
Nicholette has been skating since the age of three and has been teaching in the Learn to Skate Program since 2011. Nicholette graduated from UWSP with a Major in Early Childhood Education and Minors in Special Education and Dance. Along with her skating experience she has also been dancing since she was three years old and has taught dance since the age of seventeen. She is excited to incorporate her dance background into her figure skating lessons. As a coach she will strive to build each student’s skills and confidence as a figure skater. She will create a safe, positive, and fun filled learning environment that fosters each skater as an individual to help further the student’s skating abilities.