Coaches

Pines Figure Skating Club & Pines Ice Arena are proud to be recognized by the Professional Skaters Association as a National Rink of Excellence (Excellence on Ice) for being a progressive training facility dedicated to excellence in coaching both on and off the ice. All of our Coaches are members of U.S Figure Skating and Professional Skaters Association. Because our athlete’s mental and physical safety is paramount to us, each Coach has passed a comprehensive background check through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI). They are also SafeSport certified through the U.S Olympic Committee (USOC). safesport@usoc.org

Jennifer Houghton Morris

Jennifer Houghton Morris

Director of Figure Skating, Coach

Jennifer was born in Burlington, Vermont where she began her figure skating career in 1978, at age Four. Growing up, she skated in Vermont and spent her summers at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. She has trained under World and Olympic coaches Rita and David Lowery, for Freestyle and Figures. As well as World and Olympic skater Donald Adair, for Ice Dancing. She competed for many years throughout the country at the highest levels of figure skating. She has over 13 years of training in Classical Ballet, Jazz and Ballroom dancing. Jennifer began coaching full time in 1997. Since then she has taken many skaters from the beginning stages and developed them through to the Gold/Senior levels in testing and competitions- including skaters that have competed in U.S Figure Skating National events. She shapes young skaters into elite level competitive athletes by balancing her strict training expectations and requirements with an emphasis on positive reinforcement. She promotes a fun and challenging training environment even at the highest levels of sport. Jennifer has worked with the 2006 World Champion, 2007 United States Champion and Olympic competitor, Kimmie Meissner as her off-ice conditioning coach. She teaches all levels (beginners to elite) of Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Figures, Ice Dance, Choreography, Power Skating and Mental Preparation. She is a certified Pilates instructor and teaches private, semi-private and group off-ice training, including: Pilates, Jump Harness, Plyometrics, Ballet and Stretch.

Jennifer is also the Director of Figure Skating at Pines Ice Arena, Co-Testing Chair, Safesport Compliance Chair, and a member of the Pines Figure Skating Club Board of Directors.

To contact Jennifer, please email: silverbladesusa@yahoo.com

Irina Levitina Delgado

Irina Levitina Delgado

Skate Camp/Academy Director, Coach

Irina (Levitina) Delgado was born in Moscow, Russia in 1977. She began skating at age 5, and was trained under Olympic competitor Konstantin Kokora, Olympic & World Medalist Vladimir Kovalev, as well as Elena Tchaikovskaia, and Rafael Arutynyan.

She toured all over the world as a principal skater in different ice shows for a decade.

Irina has been coaching in Florida since 2001. She has developed skaters thru the Senior level in Moves in the Field & Freeskate.  She coaches recreational and competitive skaters of all levels, including adults.

Irina also teaches private, semi-private, and group off-ice training classes specializing in deep stretch and maximizing range of motion.

Her daughter, Kristine Levitina, trains at Pines Ice Arena and competes at the highest level in skating, Senior ladies, and is a national competitor.

To contact Irina, please email: Irinalevitina@yahoo.com

Kristin Alberico

Kristin Harris Alberico

Coach

Kristin has enjoyed teaching figure skating for the past 32 years. She grew up in New England and represented the Skating Club of Boston. She was coached by Olympic greats Thomas McGinness and Gustave Lussi. She is a Regional Champion and Sectional Competitor in both the Novice and Junior Levels. She holds a double gold medal with USFS in Figures and Freestyle. She has two certified ratings with the PSA in Freestyle and Moves in the field. She is also CER-A Certified. Kristin has performed professionally with Disney on Ice and Willy Bietak Productions Worldwide. She has coached her students at Regional, National and International Levels.

To contact Kristin, please email: kristinalberico@yahoo.com

Tracey Damigella Lohse

Tracey Damigella Lohse

Coach

Tracey Damigella-Lohse has been coaching since 1994. She is a U.S Figure Skating gold medalist in every discipline: figures, freestyle, pairs, ice dance and moves in the field. Tracey has competed Nationally and Internationally for the United States in Singles as well as Pairs. She was the World Team alternate in 1986. She trained for many years under the renowned World and Olympic coach Carlo Fassi at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. Some of her many titles are the New England and Southwestern Sr. Ladies Champion, the Eastern Sectional Jr. and Sr. Ladies
Champion and the National Junior Ladies silver medalist. In addition to her achievements in the United States, Tracey was the two-time Australian National Ladies Champion. She also won International competitions in Italy, Germany, France and Hungary. She finished her competitive career with a starring role in Torvill and Dean’s “Face The Music” Farewell Tour.  She has developed many skaters through the Senior level and has had National competitors. Tracey currently resides in Cooper City, Florida. She is married and has two beautiful children.

To contact Tracey, please email: lohsette@yahoo.com

Maxim Frossin

Maxim Frossin

Coach

Max was born in Moscow, Russia. He started skating at the age of 4. Max was trained under the two time Olympic games champion and six time world champion, Alexander Zaytsev. He was a national and international competitor. Max has his bachelors degree in physical education from Moscow State Institute of physical culture. He was the principle performer for the Russian show on ice for 9 years. He’s a member of PSA and USFSA. He teaches all levels of freestyle, moves in the field, power skating and mental preparation and specializing in jumping using the pole harness.

To contact Max, please email: maxkris@yahoo.com

John Kerr

John Kerr

Coach

John hails from Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a 7-time British Ice Dance Champion, 2- time Olympian (2006 & 2010), and 2-time European Bronze Medalist. Additionally, during his competitive career he medaled 5 times on the ISU Grand Prix circuit and won International Challenger events in Finland and Germany. In 2010 John finished the season ranked No.2 in the World with his skating partner, and sister, Sinead Kerr.

After retiring from competitive skating in 2011 John went on to become a cast member of ‘Stars on Ice’ for 3 seasons touring in the United States, Japan, and Canada. As well as performing with ‘Stars on Ice’ he appeared in skating productions all over the World including Germany, South Korea, Italy, Switzerland, and Brazil. John was also a principal cast member of ‘Ice Theatre of New York’ from 2011-2013, and an inaugural member of ‘Ice Dance International’ in 2014.

In 2012, his first year of coaching, John took the National Ice Dance Champions of Israel, Ukraine, and Japan all the way to the World Figure Skating Championships. As a choreographer he has created routines for some of the best pairs teams in the World including 2015 and 2016 World Champions Eric Radford & Megan Duhamel, 2017 World Silver Medalists, Aljona Savchenko & Bruno Massot, and 2017 European Bronze Medalists Vanessa James & Morgan Cipres. In 2014 John was the assistant choreographer for ‘Stars on Ice’ and in 2015 he was the choreographer for ‘Scott Hamilton & Friends’ in Knoxville, Tennessee.

John specializes in Ice Dance, skating skills, and choreography. He has a vast knowledge of IJS rules and is the main Coach of multiple singles skaters.

To contact John, please email: skatemaverick@aol.com

Nadine Ahmed Kerr

Nadine Ahmed Kerr

Coach

Nadine started skating at the age of 7 in Miami. She was a solo freestyle skater for 9 years and then pursued a career in ice dance. She also has over 15 years of experience in ballet, contemporary, and ballroom dancing. Nadine trained at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md. With renowned coach Genrikh Sretenski. Nadine has competed at the junior US National Figure Skating Championships. She is also Azerbaijan National Champion and has competed at the European championships and medaled at senior international ISU events. In 2010 Nadine retired from competitive skating to pursue her PHD/MD at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She continued doing shows as an adagio pairs skater with companies such as the Ice Theater of New York and continues to perform in local shows.

Nadine is a CER-A certified member of USFSA and PSA and has over 15 years of coaching experience at every level. She has her Gold Medal in moves in the field and ice dance. Nadine specializes in ice dance, skating skills, and choreography. She has worked national level freestyle skaters and ice dance teams as well international ice dance teams.

To contact Nadine, please email: ahmed.nadine@gmail.com

Aaron Gillespie

Aaron Gillespie

Coach

Aaron Gillespie was born in San Francisco, California and began skating from the age of three. By four, he began competing and eventually moved to the New York City area where he trained at the Ice House training facility in Hackensack, NJ. Aaron trained under Professional Skating Association’s president Eloise Becker, and eventually National and World Coaches Steven Rice and Rosanna Tovi. Aaron competed for 18 years and along the way became a United States Junior National Champion and Senior Men’s Competitor. Aaron also focused on pair skating and has his Senior pair test as well as being a double Gold-Medalist in Moves-in-the-field and Free Skating.

After his competitive career, Aaron turned to the professional world, both as a coach and as a performer. Over the following decade, Aaron toured around the world to over 30 countries performing as a principle skater and show director in companies such as Royal Caribbean International and Holiday on Ice. He also has taught both freestyle skaters, pairs skaters, and moves in the field in Northeast New Jersey.

Outside of the ice, Aaron has specialized in physical fitness and off-ice training such as plyometrics, stretching, and jump training. On the ice, he specializes in jumping at all levels including harness-training, spins, choreography, and power skating.

His goal is to pass on his passion for the sport to others and help guide skaters in a positive and uplifting manner.

To contact Gillespie, please email: gillespiea@ymail.com

Sarah Abitbol

Sarah Abitbol

Coach

Sarah started skating at 5 years old in Nantes, France as part of her school’s PE program and she began competing at the regional level at 8 years old, becoming French Junior National Champion in Singles at age 14. She began pair skating with Stephane Bernadis at age 17 and together they won the French National Championships Ten times in a row.

Sarah and her partner Stephane had a very successful career that includes 5 Bronze medals at European Championships and 2 Silvers. They also earned the Bronze medal at the 2000 World Championships in Nice, France. They were 2nd at the World Cup in Lyon that same year, and 6th at the Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, in 1998. After a devastating achilles tendon injury in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games, Sarah had to rest for 6 months and was unsure of her ability to come back., However she came back strong winning the French National Championships and Silver medal at the European Championships the next season.

Sarah retired from competition in 2003 and began her professional career starring in multiple Holiday on Ice shows throughout Europe, and was the first figure skater to perform with Cirque du Soleil. Eventually, Sarah developed her very own ice show production; Reves de Glace (Dreams on Ice).
Sarah moved to Florida 4 years ago and is redirecting her career towards coaching and helping skaters of all ages and levels reach their potential through improving and perfecting their technique and developing their jumping, spinning, and choreography skills.

To contact Sarah, please email: revesdeglace@gmail.com

britni-kelly

Britni Kelly

Coach

Britni began skating at the age of 7 and has been a professional figure skating instructor at Pines Ice Arena since 2001. She is a current member of USFS and PSA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in psychology from Florida State University, and also holds minors in business and child development. As a young skater she trained with many world renowned coaches, including Natalia Dubova, Kerry Leitch, Thomas Litz and Alison Smith. She has local and regional competition experience as both a skater and a coach, as well as a background in dance. Outside the rink, Britni has participated in charity shows to raise money for Miami Children’s Hospital, donated lessons to support the Victory school, among other local organizations.

Britni offers a wide variety of training that can meet any skaters’ needs. She has coaching proficiencies in freestyle, choreography, moves in the field, power skating and off-ice training, and is well-versed with the International Judging System. She has developed and coached her competitive skaters from beginner levels into IJS levels for both Moves in the Field and Free Skate tests and competitions, and has had skaters compete at the U.S. Regional Championships. She has also had several students win 1st place overall in their levels in the Annual South Florida Basic Skills Series. Her complete love and passion for the sport is apparent as she can usually be found at the rink 7 days per week teaching skaters of all ages and levels.

Whether it’s your dream to become the next champion or to just get out on the ice to have a good time, Britni can provide the necessary training in order for you to achieve your ice dreams.

To contact Britni, please email: brk04c@yahoo.com

Frances Gilmore

Frances Gilmore

Coach

Frances grew up skating in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and began figure skating in 1964 at the age of seven. She trained in figures, freestyle and dance and skated competitively for the CFSA. Frances began coaching in 1978 and has worked as a full time coach since then. As a teacher of figure skating for more than 30 years, her philosophy has been to teach the “joy” and the “art” of figure skating and to never compromise on technique. Countless skaters have seen the results and become wonderful skaters and better people. Frances is a USFSA member, certified level A as well as a PSA member. Additionally, she has a BA in psychology. Frances has been married to Turner since 1984 and had an “ice skating wedding” which made the news. They have three grown children – Sasha, Jessica and Clifford – an attorney, a dancer and a musician.

To contact Frances, please email: gilm960@bellsouth.net

Sarah Tar

Sarah Tar

Coach

Sarah Tar has been a member of the Pines coaching staff since 2008.  She is a member of the United States Figure Skating Association, the Professional Skating Association, and Pines Figure Skating Club.  Sarah is USFSA Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and Freestyle, and is CER trained in the Professional Skating Association.  Sarah skated for twelve years competitively, and trained with Olympic coaches, including Frank Carroll.  She has been teaching basic skills group classes and private lessons for approximately ten years. Sarah teaches recreational and competitive students from toddler to adults.  Sarah’s expertise includes basic skills, freestyle, moves in the field, choreography, and off ice training.  Sarah trains her students for test sessions, competitions and shows. When Sarah is not on the ice teaching, she actively works as a prosecutor enforcing child support orders.

To contact Sarah, please email: SouthFloridaIceSkatingStar@gmail.com

Kris Grobins

Kris Grobins

Coach

Coach Kris started skating in Upstate New York at the age of 7. With over 30 years of skating experience, Kris was a freestyle competitor in several events and was a chorus line performer in various shows. She has well over 11 years in coaching experience ranging from tots to adults and levels being from beginners to advanced. Coach Kris also has an extensive dance background as she started at the age of 3. Kris was involved with various dance disciplines with a special interest in Middle Eastern Dance. She trained under the supervision of world renowned Tamalyn Dallal, Kahreen, Kiran & Feiruz. Kris has a bachelors degree in Exceptional Education and is currently teaching 5th grade in the field of autism. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Coach Kris and her husband are currently teaching students with autism both on and off the ice. Kris has been featured in the Sun Sentinel and was on the cover of the Autism Insider magazine rewarding her exceptional devotion to combining her two passions of figure skating and autism together.

To contact Kris, please email: dkris@nova.edu

Beth Oren

Beth Oren

Coach

Beth has been coaching skating at Pines Ice Arena for over 15 years. She was a Regional competitor in Singles. A Sectional, National and International competitor in Synchronized skating. Beth has a Bachelors degree in Art and teaches all ages and levels, private lessons and groups, competitive and non- competitive in Freestyle, Moves in the Field, and choreography. Beth is a member of USFS, ISI, and PSA.

To contact beth, please email: bethepstein@hotmail.com

Monica Harris-Muehl

Monica Harris Muehl, MBA

Coach

Monica has over 25 years of coaching experience in freestyle, moves in the field, figures and basic skills. She holds Senior Ratings in both Figures and Freestyle from the Professional Skaters Association (PSA). Monica has enjoyed choreographing for numerous ice shows in New England and Florida using her previous dance experience. She has coached students though many competitions including basic skills, local / recreational and Regionals.

As a skater, Monica passed her 6th figures and Intermediate freestyle test and competed regionally in USFS competitions throughout the Northeast including Lake Placid, NY landing on the podium multiple times. Monica is an active PSA member and previous demonstrator. When not at the rink, Monica works full time for Marriott International as a Training Manager for Florida’s Sales Team and lives locally with her husband and two children.

To contact Monica, please email: mjmphm@comcast.net

Christine Husar

Christine Husar

Coach

Christine Husar began skating at age 11 at Pines Ice Arena in the group classes. She fell in love with the sport immediately and still continues to skate to this day, pursing her goal of completing her final test, the Senior free skate. Once completed, she will be considered a double gold medalist in both the Moves in the Field and the Free Skate through United States Figure Skating Association. In addition to training skaters on the ice, Christine also offers off ice training sessions to improve skater’s strength, conditioning, core stability and flexibility. She is studying to complete the board exam to be considered a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Christine received her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training at the University of Miami and is a certified and licensed athletic trainer (ATC, LAT) having worked with Division 1 college athletes, high school athletes and the general population in injury prevention, immediate and emergency care, injury evaluation and treatment, and rehabilitation. Christine is currently getting her doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at the University of Miami with an anticipated graduation in 2019. Upon graduation, she hopes to open an off-ice training facility that combines strength and conditioning with physical therapy to create powerful athletes off the ice, which will further enhance their success on the ice. She loves training skaters of all ages from children to adults!

To contact Christine, please email: chusar@bellsouth.net

Phiriyaphon Mickey Sinthawachiwa

Phiriyaphon “Mickey” Sinthawachiwa

Coach

Phiriyaphon Sinthawachiwa (Mickey) has been skating for 14 years, since the age of four. He is a U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Novice in Freeskate, and Intermediate in Pairs. He has competed Nationally and Internationally for Thailand at the Junior Level. In Pairs, he is a National level competitor. He trains skaters in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. Currently he is an undergraduate at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), majoring in athletic training.

To contact Mickey, please email: micksinth@gmail.com

Juliana Frai

Juliana Frai

Coach

Juliana Frai has been working at Pines Ice Arena since 2011. She works as a private and group lesson instructor as well as coaching our figure skating camp program. She has previous experience of competing for over five years and is eager to prepare skaters for competition with a positive attitude and passion for the sport. She is a PSA member that is CER certified, and attends USFSA sanctioned competitions. Outside of the rink Juliana participates in aerial silk classes to transition the grace and flexibility to the choreography she creates.  Her fun loving positive attitude aids students towards setting and accomplishing their goals.

To contact Juliana, please email: jfrai006@fiu.edu

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