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Arena Professional Skating Staff

Qualifications and other details for our Professional Coaching Staff are listed below and private instruction is available by making arrangements directly with the Coach. Use the contact form, or email your desired coach directly from the links below.

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Tahlma Ahlers Tahlma Ahlers
Tahlma is a Professional Skaters Association Master rated coach in both Freestyle and Moves in the Field. She trained under the legendary Carlo Fassi, began coaching in 1972 and came to Snoopy's Home Ice in 1974. She has coached National competitors including the Adult Ladies Championship Gold Medalist. Tahlma graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, which enables her to help her students with motivational strategies. She enjoys coaching skaters of all levels and considers the technical aspect of jumps and spins to be her expertise. E-mail tahlmask8@sbcglobal.net to schedule a lesson.
Domina Barbier Domina Barbier
Domina has been skating at Snoopy's Home Ice since 1990 and joined the coaching team in 2011. Prior to this she taught in San Diego while going through college. She is extremely passionate about skating and it brings her great joy to share her love for the ice through teaching. Throughout the years she has acquired an extensive amount of knowledge working with many world-renowned coaches at training camps and seminars broadening her outlook on the sport. Here are some of her skating and life accomplishments:
  • U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist Moves in the Field & Junior Freestyle
  • U.S. Figure Skating Junior National Competitor and Central Pacific medalist in singles and pairs
  • US Figure Skating National Showcase Champion
  • Crystalline Classic, Gold Rush, Spring Preview, and Spring Jubilee overall Showcase Champion
  • Skate St. Moritz Ian Knight Artistic award
  • U.S. Figure Skating Adult National Artistic Champion & Master Ladies Junior Bronze medalist
  • Multiple shows since the late 1990ís including
    • 2010 Silverwood theme park
    • 2010 Christmas shows Palm Beach Florida
    • Rosstyn Ice shows & Rink Designs Inc., performer, soloist
    • 2011, 2012 & 2013 Great America, Woodstock productions, performer, semi principle
    • 2012 Snoopy's Tree lighting ceremony
  • Psychology degree, Bachelor of Science, San Diego State 2008
  • CNA certificate 2010
  • Professional Skaterís Association CER Rated Basic Skills Instructor
  • Member of the Professional Skaters Association and U. S. Figure Skating
  • 20 years of Dance -Ballet, jazz, and Hip hop
To view Dominaís past skating please go to youtube.com and type Domina Barbier/ice skating
Stephanie Ewing Stephanie Ewing
Stephanie was born and raised in Santa Rosa and has been skating at Snoopy's Home Ice since 1992. She has been skating competitively since 1994. In April 2008, Stephanie traveled to Lake Placid, NY and won the gold medal in the Championship Masters Ladies division at the United States Adult Figure Skating National Championships. Her other competitive accomplishments include overall Crystalline Classic Champion in 2002 and made 2 other appearances at the Adult National Championships. She is a U.S. Figure Skating double gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field and silver medalist in Ice Dance. Stephanie skated in her first amateur show in the mid nineties and skated in numerous Charles M Schulz Ice Skating Shows since 2001. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and US Figure Skating. She has been teaching ice skating for over 8 years in both volunteer and professional roles. She enjoys the fulfillment she gets from watching her students improve and gain confidence. Her lessons focus on all aspects of ice skating such as stroking, spinning, posture, and jumping. Email Stephanie at skatersteph33@gmail.com

Faye Ghielmetti Faye Ghielmetti
Faye has been coaching since 1974 and is rated in Freestyle by the Professional Skaters Association. She is a native San Franciscan and trained in the Bay Area and Squaw Valley. Faye attended college in Reno, Nevada, and has coached in Squaw Valley, San Francisco, Reno, and Santa Rosa. She was the Skating Director, a competitive coach, and the club show choreographer at the Meadowood Ice Arena in Reno. Faye has been at the REIA since 1980 and coaches competitive, showcase, and recreational skaters in Moves in the Field, Freestyle, and Choreography. Faye has had students achieve Gold Medals in Moves in the Field, Freestyle, and Figures, and some have continued in the skating profession as successful coaches and featured performers in professional ice shows. Faye can be contacted directly at skateandlabs@aol.com to schedule a lesson.

Tessa Jacobs Tessa Jacobs
Tessa has a passion for skating and coaching and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of skating with all her students. Tessaís experience includes time playing youth hockey, competitive figure skating and professional ice shows. She is a member of US Figure Skating and actively seeks to improve her own skating and learning new techniques.
Tessa can be contacted directly at tessavjacobs@yahoo.com to schedule a lesson. Here are some of her accomplishments:
  • Began figure skating in 1999
  • Skated on The Pacific Stars synchronized youth team
  • Played ice hockey for 2 years
  • Competed in technical and showcase competitions all over California as well as Central Pacific Regionalís. (2004-2012)
  • Volunteered to coach Special Olympic skaters.
  • Trained in Character work.
  • Skated in many Professional Ice shows Including:
    • Disney on Ice 2012
    • 2012, 2013 Woodstock Ice production shows
    • 2010, 2011,2013 Snoopy's Tree lighting Ceremony

Melissa Leonard Melissa Leonard
Melissa is a Sonoma County native who began skating at Snoopy's Home Ice in 1991. She teaches tots through adults and enjoys sharing her passion and love of figure skating with her students. Melissa can be contacted directly at SkaterCoachMel@gmail.com or on Facebook to schedule a lesson.
Here are some of her accomplishments:
  • Began teaching figure skating in 1999 as a junior instructor, and also volunteered at the SRFSC Basic Skills program. In 2006 became a Professional Figure Skating Coach at Snoopy's Home Ice
  • Degree in Bachelor of Arts, Dance Concentration from Sonoma State University
  • Professional Skaters Association and US Figure Skating Member
  • Skated in professional shows for Woodstock Ice Productions in California and Ohio. Some of these shows included being a featured performer.
  • Principal skater for Snoopy's Home Ice tree lighting shows
  • Co-directed the SRFSC amateur ice show in 2011
  • Melissa is the 2010 Adult Pacific Coast Sectional Champion, Intermediate/Novice Ladies
  • Trained in choreography, character work, and dance.
  • Main focuses include spins, choreography, artistry
Ainis Lejins Ainis Lejins
Ainis has been coaching since 1981 and is rated by the Professional Skaters Association in Freestyle, Moves in the Field, and Dance. He was the National Champion of Latvia from 1972-1979 and won International Awards in Men's and Ice Dance from 1974-1980. Ainis trained in the Ludmila Pachamova Ice Dance Group in Moscow 1976-1981, he passed the ISU Ice Dance Judge's Seminar in 1992, and he has performed in many Charles M. Schulz Ice Show Productions. He taught Freestyle and Dance in several European Countries before coming to Santa Rosa in 1994. Ainis now coaches competitive, showcase, and recreational skaters in Freestyle, Dance, and Moves in the Field.
Judy Levesque Judy Levesque
Born and raised in San Francisco, Judy began skating in 1956 at Sutro’s Ice Arena with the San Francisco Figure Skating Club. She competed all over California including the Central Pacific Regional competition. At Regionals she competed at the novice and junior level and placed in the top four numerous times. She has tested through her fifth test in figures and freestyle. As a teenager in 1968 she joined Ice Follies and skated with them until 1970. In the early 70s she began teaching at Snoopy’s Home Ice but took a break to raise her three children. In 1997 she resumed coaching at Snoopy’s Home Ice. Since then she has taught group and private lessons, basic skills, and school program. She currently resides in Santa Rosa and is a member of the Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club. Judy enjoys watching her young student’s progress with confidence through the world of figure skating. Contact Judy at shlbyJck@aol.com to leaarn more about her services or to schedule a lesson.

Choeleen Loundagin Choeleen Loundagin
With an extensive background in eligible competition, professional performance and sport psychology, Choeleen enjoys utilizing her comprehensive coaching skills to share her love of skating and passion for excellence with students of all ages and levels.
  • Master Rated by the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) in Freestyle
  • 5x U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) Gold Test Medalist in Freestyle, Pairs, Moves in the Field and Figures
  • 2x U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championship Adult Pair Champion, 2x U.S. Adult Figure Skating Sectional Adult Pair Champion
  • Performed professionally as principal skaters for 3 decades locally and in nearly 20 countries
  • M.A. in Sport Psychology; accomplished Performance Enhancement Consultant; presenter at PSA and USFS events
  • Author of The Inner Champion: A Mental Toughness Training Manual for Figure Skaters, co-producer of Skate for the Love CD
  • Students have medaled at Regionals, and competed at Sectional and National standard track qualifying events
  • Coached students to 6 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championship titles & 3 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Sectional Championship titles
  • Students have medaled at U.S. Showcase Nationals & won overall title of Parade of Champions in Duet and Interpretive
  • Numerous students achieved USFS Gold Test medals, many moved on to professional careers as performers and coaches
Coaching since 1992, Choeleen enjoys working with tots through adults of all levels in Moves, Freestyle, Choreography, and Pairs. Choeleen emphasizes the development of the mind/body connection and encourages the application of the athletic experience to enhance life beyond skating. Choeleen can be contacted directly at inrchamp@aol.com to schedule a lesson.
Colleen Phillips Colleen Phillips
Colleen is a United States National and International Coach with over 30 years of experience. She has coached exceptional skaters during this time, and continues to work with all levels of skaters, from beginners to championship level. If you wish to contact Colleen, her email address is cphillips55@me.com.
Her accomplishments include acting as Primary Coach of:
  • Gold Medalists in Freestyle and Moves in the Field.
  • U.S. Figure Skating National and International competitors
  • U.S. Figure Skating Junior National competitors in singles and pairs
  • U.S. Figure Skating Pacific Coast medalists and competitors in singles and pairs
  • U.S. Figure Skating Central Pacific Champions at the non qualifying and qualifying levels
  • U.S. Figure Skating National Showcase overall Champions and medalists in singles and pairs
  • Crystalline Classic, Spring Preview, Spring Jubilee, and Gold Rush overall showcase champions
  • Fifteen years coaching Juvenile through Adult Synchronized Team Skating with teams reaching the Pacific Coast and United States National Championships.
Professional Show Experience:
  • Performed in many of Charles M. Schulz Ice Show Productions including Flashbeagle,
  • Opening Ceremony of the Embarcadero,
  • Snoopy's television special in Sacramento, and
  • Snoopy's Wonderful Magical Christmas.
Certifications:
Ranked Level IV by the Professional Skaters Association
Senior Freestyle Rated (SFS) by the Professional Skaters Association
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Lisa Navarro Melinda Speer
Melinda has been skating at Snoopy's Home Ice since 1990. She is currently a competitive figure skater and also enjoys doing local ice shows. She is the 2013 National Champion and 2012 Pacific Coast Champion for Masters Novice Ladies and has medaled at several United States Adult National Championships. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, U.S. Figure Skating, and the Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club. Skating has brought her so much joy and taught her so much about life. She's grateful to be able to teach and share her passion with her students.
Contact Melinda on Facebook or by email at melinda@snoopyshomeice.com
Paul Spruell Paul Spruell
Paul has been coaching since 1971 and is a double Gold Medalist. He was a five time United States National Championships competitor in singles and dance and was an alternate on the US World Team. Paul enjoys teaching the technical, artistic and expressive aspects of skating in Moves in the Field, Dance and Freestyle. Paul has had numerous Gold Medalists in Moves in the Field, Compulsory Dance, Free Dance and Freestyle and he has taught both US and Canadian Champions in singles and dance as well as International Ice Dance and US Olympic Competitors.

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