Ice Skating Instructors
Michelle Tepkasetkul Martineau
Figure Skating Director, Head Coach of Starfire Synchronized Skating
Growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan it’s no wonder why Michelle has been a part of figure skating and coaching her entire life. As a figure skater her accomplishments include; USFSA Gold Medals in Dance & Moves in the Field, SkateCanada Gold Medal in Dance and she has passed all ten International Dances. As a coach for over fifteen years, Michelle has enjoyed success as her synchronized skating teams in Michigan have earned medals at the Midwestern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships. She has also coached figure skaters who have gone on to skate for the University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Team USA. Some of these collegiate level skaters have competed and earned medals at Sectionals and Nationals. In 2007 she was named to the Professional Skaters Association Honor Roll of Coaches, an honor for ice skating instructors, and she holds a Certified Synchronized Team rating from the PSA.
Michelle also values the importance of a higher education. She holds two bachelor’s degrees. One from Michigan State University in Advertising and another from Michigan Technological University in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Secondary Education. Michelle has two daughters, Gabbie & Evelyn.
As Rocket Ice Skating Rink’s Figure Skating Director and Head Coach of Starfire Synchronized Skating Teams, Michelle is dedicated to making sure your child maximizes their skating potential. Please feel free to contact her with any questions you may have at 630-679-1700 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inesa Lin-Figure Skating Instructor
Inesa has an extensive skating background and is one of our ice skating instructors. She is a former seven time Lithuanian National Champion, International competitor and winner of competitions in Poland, Italy & Austria. She has experience coaching ice skaters of all ages and levels and has taught specialty classes in jumping, spinning, stroking, ballet and conditioning. Inesa has choreographed show programs, has been an ice skating instructor for nine years and is a Professional Skaters Association member.
Trish Brown- Figure Skating Instructor
Trish is a coach of Regional, Sectional, Junior National, US National, Junior Grand Prix and Junior World Championship competitors. She has experience coaching Pre Preliminary through Senior Moves in the Field & Free Skate. Trish also has experience teaching specialty classes in jumping, spinning, edges, footwork and off ice training. She has choreographed competitive, testing and show programs and has eleven years experience as an ice skating instructor. Trish is a member of the Professional Skaters Association.
Assistant Starfire Head Coach, Figure Skating Instructor
Margaret is the assistant Starfire head coach and one of our ice skating instructors. She has earned her USFS Gold Medal in Moves in the Field, passed 2 Pre-Silver Dances and ISI Freestyle level 7. She ice skated on the University of Illinois Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team and has competed at the USFS Synchronized Skating National Championships. Throughout her four years with the U of I team, she served as Secretary, President and Assistant Choreographer. Margaret is currently the Assistant Coach of the Starfire Synchronized Skating Teams. She has four years experience as an ice skating instructor for freestyle, dance, moves and college ice skating courses. Margaret is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and has been named to the PSA Honor Roll of Coaches.
Carina Goeden-Figure Skating Instructor
Carina is a former US National competitor at the Novice and Junior level. She represented Taiwan at the Junior and Senior level and competed internationally at ISU Junior Grand Prix, Four Continents, Junior and Senior Worlds. Carina has earned her USFS Gold Medals in Moves in the Field and Free Skate. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Carina has eight years of experience as an ice skating instructor.
Carrie Fredin-Figure Skating Instructor
Carrie has earned her USFS Gold Medals in Moves in the Field and Free Skate. She is a seven time Upper Great Lakes Regional Championship competitor. She is also a member of the Professional Skaters Association. Carrie is attending North Central College with a major in Psychology. She is also a member of the Professional Skaters Association and has 4 years experience as an ice skating instructor.
Trina Slabich-Figure Skating Instructor
Trina has earned her USFS Gold Medals in the Field and Free Skate and Silver Medal in Ice Dancing. She is currently working on her Pre Gold dances. Trina is a three time Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships competitor. She has undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Lewis University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Adler School. Trina has 6 years coaching experience and is a member of the Professional Skaters Association.
Katie Soraghan- Figure Skating Instructor
Katie has earned her USFS Gold Medals in Moves in the Field and Free Skate. She is the 2011 US Figure Skating Collegiate Championships Junior Ladies Bronze Medalist and a seven time Upper Great Lakes Regional Championship competitor. Katie is currently attending Robert Morris University where she pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She also represents RMU as a member of their figure skating team. She has four years experience as an ice skating instructor and is a member of the Professional Skaters Association.
Alivia Scimeca-Dance Instructor
Alivia has been teaching dance for six years. She has experience in several dance styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Character and Flamenco. She also has experience in Yoga, Pilates and Musical Theatre. Alivia trained as an apprentice to company at Salt Creek Ballet and danced in numerous performances including the Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland and annual recitals. She was the choreographer and captain of the Elmhurst College Poms Squad. In addition, Alivia graduated with a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education along with a Dance Minor from Elmhurst College. Currently, Alivia is a first grade teacher in Vernon Hills, IL.
Marsha Kindrachuk Loversky-Figure Skating Instructor
Marsha brings her degrees and expertise in education, child development, and working with both gifted and special needs children to her on-ice coaching. With ten years as a competitive figure skater, and nearly twenty years as a Basic Skills and private ice skating coach, Marsha has developed ice skaters from their first steps on the ice through USFS testing and competition. That is a remarkable and unique experience for ice skating instructors. Having earned her USFS novice and silver qualifications in figures, freestyle and ice dance, Marsha stresses the importance of strong fundamentals in order to create the most successful and enduring skating experience. She also understands the life lessons learned through ice skating --- goal setting, overcoming obstacles, grit, and time management --- and helps skaters of all ages strive to achieve them. When she’s not at the ice rink, Marsha (a three-time Emmy winning news producer) enjoys spending time with her husband, two adult children, and their adorable menagerie.
Margaret Kawarski-Figure Skating Instructor
Margaret is currently working on her Senior Moves in the Field and Senior Freeskate tests. She is a 4 time Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships competitor. Margaret has been ice skating for 14 years, has 2 years experience as an ice skating instructor, and is a US Figure Skating Association registered coach. Margaret is currently attending DePaul University to pursue a degree in Chemistry.
Janet Kawarski-Figure Skating Instructor
Janet is currently working on her Novice Moves in the Field and Novice Freeskate tests. She is a 2 time Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships competitor and currently competes at the Novice level. Janet has been ice skating for 10 years and she gained experience as a volunteer junior ice skating instructor at Rocket Ice Skating Rink before joining our staff of ice skating instructors. Janet is currently attending Amos Alonzo Stagg High School.
Melissa Schertz-Figure Skating Instructor
Melissa has her US Figure Skating Gold Medal in Moves in the Field and has passed her Novice Freeskate, Silver Dances, and ISI Freestyle 7. She is a former US Synchronized Skating National Championship competitor at the collegiate level. She has 5 years of experience coaching Learn to Skate classes, as well as, private lessons. Melissa has experience in several different areas of ice skating: working as an off ice skating instructor, a Learn to Skate Coordinator, an Ice Skating Camp Head Counselor, and a Head Teaching Assistant for Kinesiology Classes at the University of Illinois. Melissa is an ISI Bronze Certified Judge, an ISI Professional Member, and a US Figure Skating Registered Coach. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation, both from the University of Illinois and both with honors. Melissa is currently employed at the College of DuPage as a Career Specialist and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Kalysa Pampuch-Figure Skating Instructor
Kalysa has earned her USFS Gold Medal in Moves in the Field, passed her Novice Free Skate and has passed 2 Gold dances. She is currently working on earning her Gold Medal in free skating and ice dance. She is a 4 time Upper Great Lakes Regional Championship competitor. Kalysa currently ice skates on a synchronized ice skating team as a member of Team USA and previously earned a Gold Medal at the US Synchronized Skating National Championships at the Intermediate level. She has 10 years skating experience and 3 years experience as an ice skating instructor.
Yahaira Torres-Figure Skating Instructor
Yahaira has passed her Intermediate Moves in the Field and Pre-Silver Dance tests. She is currently working on her Novice Moves and Silver Dances. She earned a Gold Medal at the US Synchronized Skating Championships and is a 2 time Gold Medalist at the Midwestern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships. Yahaira has 11 years skating experience, 9 years synchronized ice skating experience and 2 years experience as an ice skating instructor.
Kathleen Mitchell- Figure Skating Instructor
Kathleen is currently working on her Novice Moves in the Field. She ice skated on the University of Illinois Open Collegiate and Collegiate Synchronized Skating Teams. She is a U.S. Figure Skating Midwestern Synchronized Skating Challenge Series Gold Medalist and Synchronized Skating Midwestern Sectional Competitor. Kathleen currently ice skates on the University of Illinois Alumni Synchronized Skating team. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies from U of I and is currently pursuing a Paralegal Certificate from the College of DuPage. Kathleen is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and has 8 years experience as an ice skating instructor.
Liz Smith-Figure Skating Instructor
Liz has earned her USFS Gold Medal in Moves in the Field and is working on finishing her Pre-Gold Dances. Liz has been ice skating for 17 years. She was a member of the University of Delaware's Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team as well as the University of Delaware’s Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team. With the University of Delaware Synchronized Skating Team she earned 3 Eastern Sectional Gold Medals, and a Silver at the National championships. With the UD Intercollegiate Team, she was a part of the National Champion Team in 2011, 2013, and 2014.
Prior to attending UD Liz grew up skating in the Chicagoland area. She earned medals at 6 National Synchronized Skating Championships (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze, 1 pewter). Liz also competed at Internationally as part of Team USA and travelled to France, Sweden and Switzerland. She was on the 2009 Junior World team, and earned a Bronze medal with her team at the French Cup International Competition in 2009. Liz graduated from UD with a double major in Political Science, and History . While in college she also served as the UD skating team’s webmaster and President of the Culinary Club. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and has two years experience as an ice skating instructor.