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Instructors

William Abel

 

  • Rated by the Professional Skaters Association in Freestyle and Moves in the Field.
  • Accredited by the PSA in level 1 & 2 hockey skating skills.
  • USFSA gold medalist in pair skating.
  • Competed at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
  • Skated professionally as a principal performer in many ice shows.
  • Offers custom skate sharpening for both figure and hockey blades.
  • E-mail wba31@yahoo.com to schedule a lesson.

Tahlma Ahlers

  • Professional Skaters Association Master rated coach in both Freestyle and Moves in the Field.
  • Trained under the legendary Carlo Fassi, began coaching in 1972 and came to Snoopy's Home Ice in 1974.
  • Coached National competitors including the Adult Ladies Championship Gold Medalist.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 
  • U.S. Figure Skating Adult National Artistic Champion & Master Ladies Junior Bronze medalists 
  • Psychology degree, Bachelor of Science, San Diego State 2008
  • 20 years of Dance - Ballet, Jazz, and Hip hop
  • E-mail Domina at lvbella4ever@aol.com

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

Karin Freund

Karin has been skating for 22 years and coaching for 11 years. She began skating at Snoopy’s Home Ice in 1993, and has been coaching in the Bay Area since 2004. Karin is a U.S. Figure Skating triple Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Ice Dance, and Solo Dance. She performed in and won numerous local competitions between 1993 and 2001, and was a 4 time National Competitor and two time Sectional Champion with the Pacific Stars Synchronized Skating team from 1996-2000. Karin is the coach of numerous U.S Figure Skating Gold Medalist skaters in Moves in the Field and Ice Dance. She has coached Sectional and National competitors in Ice Dance, and Regional competitors in Freestyle. Karin teaches all aspects of skating, but specializes in Ice Dance technique, Moves in the Field, and Basic Skating Skills. She enjoys teaching skaters of all ages, levels and abilities. Karin is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, U.S. Figure Skating, and the Ice Skating Institute. Karin can be contacted directly at kfreund82@yahoo.com to learn more or to schedule a lesson.

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 Snoopy’s Home Ice 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.

Kimberly Graves-Hamm

Artistic Specialist - On and Off Ice Coach

Kimberly offers on and off ice instruction that compliment figure skaters programs and lessons. She was a soloist for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada and principal dancer for 18 years with New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Graves danced in over 30 operas.  She was fortunate to work with not only great ballet choreographers (Edward Villella, Agnes de Mille, John Neumier)  but many artists from different disciplines such as the Broadway choreographer Gillian Lynn ( Cats and Phantom of the Opera)  Carmen de Lavallade  (Alvin Ailey and Kennedy Center Honoree)  Debra Brown ( Cirque de Soliel)  directors Franco Zefferelli and Hal Prince.   She Iearned how to create great theater from each of them that she helps translate to the ice.  As well as balletic lines she brings to the skater, musical awareness, connectivity, character interpretation and theatricality.  Kimberly enjoys coaching students of all ages. 
 
Her accomplishments as an Artistic Specialist include:

  • US Figure Skating Showcase National Jr. Champion Gold 2014
  • US Figure Skating Showcase National Parade of Champions Bronze 2015
  • US Figure Skating Showcase National Parade of Champions Silver 2016
  • US Figure Skating Showcase National Parade of Duet Champions Silver 2016
  • US Figure Skating Showcase National Jr. Parade of Champions Gold 2017
  • US Figure Skating Showcase National Parade of Champions Silver 2017
  • US Figure Skating National Competitors in Dance 2017
  • ProSkaters Open Second Place 2016-17 
  • Crystalline Classic, Gold Rush, Spring Preview, Spring Jubilee, and Desert Ice Overall Champion 2015
  • Crystalline Classic Second and Third Overall 2016
  • Crystalline Classic Second and Third Overall 2017 

Kimberly can be contacted directly at kimberlygraceonice@gmail.com 

Chris Kinser

Chris works with skaters of all ages and abilities and he can be contacted at cak_82@yahoo.com

His accomplishments include:

  • Quadruple USFS gold medalist: Moves in the Field, Freestyle, Solo Gold Dance, and Solo Free Dance.
  • Master Rated in Moves in the Field, Senior Group, and Certified Freeskate.
  • Crystalline Classic, Spring Preview, and Spring Jubilee Overall Winner.
  • Regional and Sectional competitor in singles and dance.
  • Coached Sectional competitors in singles and dance.
  • Coached multiple medalists at the National Solo Dance Championships.
  • Coached Synchronized Skating teams at the Sectional and National level.

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.

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. She still enjoys skating and is currently working on ice dance. Melissa's 3 children also skate at the rink! 
Melissa can be contacted directly at SkaterCoachMel@gmail.com 

Here are some of her accomplishments:
•         Degree in Bachelor of Arts, Dance Concentration from Sonoma State University
•         Professional Skaters Association and US Figure Skating Member
•         Skated in professional shows from 1999-2006 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 many Santa Rosa Figure Skating Clubs amateur shows including the annual Tree Lighting held each December  (Which she also skates in!)
•         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

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 learn more about her services or to schedule a lesson.

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
  • 8 x U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist in Freestyle, Pairs, Moves in the Field, Dance, Solo Free Dance, 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 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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Paul Spruell

Paul has been teaching figure skating since 1973, a pedigree of World and Olympic coaches and World Champions in both singles and ice dancing. As a teacher his joy derives from mentoring coaches and team teaching. Paul's coaching specifically focuses on edging, alighment, form and footwork technique, all those ingredients necessary to become a thoroughly accomplished and successful skater.

Although Paul has had skaters compete internationally on the world stage, including the Olympics, he still enjoys the inclusivity of working with children and adults for the purpose of recreation and just plain fun. Paul has a passion for teaching all areas of ice dance, moves in the field, choreographic footwork sequences, clusters, twizzles, jump and jump patterns, spins and advanced tools for choreography.  Email Paul at paulspruell@yahoo.com

Alison Waner

Alison Waner has competed as a member of the Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club since 2006. She has tested in freestyle, moves in the field, and solo ice dance. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and U.S. Figure Skating. She loves working on choreography and applying her experience in character work and modern dance. She most enjoys sharing her love of skating with her students of all ages and abilities. Contact Alison at alison.w@aol.com to schedule a lesson.