Coaches

If you would be interested in being a "guest coach" at Frontier Ice Arena, please see our Guest Coach policy.

If you would like to contact one of the coaches listed below, send us an email, and it will be forwarded on to the coach.

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Program Director

PSA Coach

Maureen (Moe) Brooks Herr, SFS, CM, ATM
Moe was born and raised in Lake Placid, NY, where she quickly fell in love with skating at the age of 2.  Moe became a gold medalist in Freestyle in 1994 and gained her second gold medal in Moves in the Field in 2005.  Additionally, she had passed her 7th figure test and her pre-gold dances.  Moe is a member of the Skating Club of Lake Placid's Hall of Fame and represented that skating club at North Atlantic Regionals at all levels.

Moe holds a PSA Senior Rating in Freestyle and a Certified Rating in Moves in the Field. Additionally, she is a Certified Athletic Trainer with a B.A. in Kinesiology.  Moe coached figure skating throughout New England for over ten years and then relocated to the Atlanta area for 6.5 years.  While in Atlanta, she developed competitive athletes who represented Georgia FSC throughout the South Atlantic region.  She also worked as the Atlanta Ice Forum's Skating Academy Coordinator. Her family relocated to the Bay Area in 2012, and she spent some time at Snoopy's Home Ice as Director, and Yerba Buena, as a coach.  

Moe coaches all ages and levels and enjoys developing young athletes and competitors. Her coaching philosophy is simple:  "...always be willing to make yourself better."

Disciplines:  Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Power Skating, Off Ice Strength and Conditioning.

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PSA Coach

Chris Anders 

Chris was born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and has been skating since the age of 6.  He originally started as an Artistic Roller skater, and competed at Nationals in Dance, Singles, and Pairs.  Chris switched to ice skating at the age of 13. He is a two-time National competitor in Pairs, and a triple gold medalist, having earned his gold medal in Moves in the Field, Singles, and Pairs. 

Chris transitioned from competing to show skating in 2007, becoming a Principal Performer for Disney on Ice for over seven years.  He coached at Planet Ice before its closure, and then at Eagles Ice Arena, teaching both Learn to Skate classes and private lessons.  Chris is also a Certified Youth Fitness Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association.

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PSA Coach

Sherry Wilkinson

 

Sherry was born and raised in Massachusetts. She started skating at age 8 and competed competitively until graduating high school. She found skating again as an adult in her 40’s in Coeur D’Alene.

 

Sherry is now a gold medalist in MIF and solo free dance and continues to enjoy skating for herself.

 

Sherry has her basic accreditation as a coach with PSA. She coaches all ages, kids and adults, in both group classes and private lessons.

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PSA Coach

John Saitta
​As a former Figure Skating Director overseeing four prestigious ice rinks in the Los Angeles area, John’s strength lies in his ability to help skaters develop a love for figure skating.  
After a successful career in California that included coaching skaters to the U.S. National and World Championships, John moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2016.

John’s philosophy of “teaching lessons in life first and axels second” has helped inspire young skaters to not only become the best figure skaters possible, but also respectable young citizens who have learned the meaning of sportsmanship, commitment, leadership, perseverance and determination; it is from these life traits that champions are born.

John’s qualifications speak for themselves:
​. 1984 Junior Men’s National Freeskating Champion,
. USFS Double Gold Medalist
. 30+ years of coaching experience
. Level V PSA Ranking
. Certified PSA Rating
. Team USA Coach

John is accepting new students and especially enjoys working with beginning skaters, to help them pave the way to a lifelong passion for figure skating.

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PSA Coach

Kendall LeClaire

Kendall hails from Syracuse, New York. She fell in love with skating at age 4 and it’s been a continued passion ever since. Her competitive ice dancing took her to training locations such as Boston and Lake Placid over the course of her career. She is a two time national competitor in Ice Dancing and a quadruple US Figure Skating gold medalist in freestyle, moves in the field, solo free dance and ice dance, as well as completing her senior international dances. With over 20 years of coaching experience from coast to coast she coaches every level and age from beginner up in all disciplines, including coaching ice dance teams to the US Figure Skating Championships and a National Showcase Champion. Kendall specializes in moves in the field, ice dancing and choreography, with a background of coaching singles, teams, and large productions. She is the Director of our Theatre on Ice program and head coach of our competitive team, the Legendary Showstoppers.

 

Kendall received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations, where she was also a Division 1 lacrosse player. She and her husband relocated to the PNW in 2008 and they enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, biking and exploring with their two children. Kendall enjoys coaching all levels and aiding athletic development in pursuit of a goal. 

 

Coaching philosophy: “Excellence is not being the best; it is doing your best.”

Disciplines: Moves in the field, choreography, theatre on ice and showcase (solos, duets, teams) and ice dance

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Lindsey Malcolm Bailey

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Karen Thornbrugh

USFS Double Gold Medalist - Figures & Freestyle
38 years Coaching Experience, USFS & ISI

PSA Member
USFS, Registered USA LTS Instructor,
USFS Compliant, Safe Sport Trained & Certified

USFS Basic Group Accreditation

ISI Gold Judge, Referee
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ting Director - 9 years
2012 District 10 Merit Award winner

Coaching Philosophy:  I aim to share my love for the sport of figure skating and help skaters develop a strong foundation of skills that will set them up for future success; encouraging a positive attitude and the growth of self-confidence, all while having FUN.   

Teaches: Group, Moves in the Field, Freestyle, Mini's Theater on Ice Team


Other Accomplishments: Bachelor of Science Degree Organizational & Mass Communications, EWU


Fun Fact: Dancing is my second favorite sport!

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Dean Wiles is a Learn To Skate Instructor for Spokane Figure Skating Club, which provides the Lake City Figure Skating programs at Frontier Ice Arena.  Dean began skating on his backyard pond in Ontario, Canada, at age 3 and was fortunate to live in an area that had 5 skating rinks nearby. After moving to Spokane as a teen, he skated briefly before hanging up his skates for several years.

 

As an adult, he rejoined the Spokane Figure Skating Club to renew his love of figure skating and to help with club management and organizing figure skating competitions and Learn to Skate classes. After completing his Adult skating tests, he began competing and won the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Adult Gold Men's Championship. His passion is to help figure skaters of all ages discover the joy of skating as they learn new skills and challenge themselves to master graceful moves, power, and control on the ice.

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Casey Gurney

Sydney Kolodziej

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Emily Viehouser

Junior Coaches

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Emily Dodd

Holly Clark

Lily Joubert