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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.


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.


PSA Coach

Kay Faynor has joined our coaching team, and we know our skaters will benefit from her years of experience.  She is a National and International level coach, though she is happy to coach all ages and abilities.  PSA Master-rated in Figures, Free Style, Dance, and Group, Kay is also a certified Pairs coach.  She has specialized in Singles, Moves in the Field, Choreography, and Ice Shows, and has served on U.S. Figure Skating's Singles and Pairs committee, as well as their Basic Skills committee.  Kay also serves as an examiner for the Professional Skaters Association (PSA).

Kay grew up in Creston, British Columbia, Canada, and skated with Shipstad and Johnson Ice Follies.  She has a B.A. from University of British Columbia and Western Connecticut University.  Kay coached in the San Francisco Bay area, Chicago, Connecticut, and New York.  She moved to Coeur d'Alene in 2007, and currently resides at Rockford Bay.


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.


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.


PSA Coach

Saraa Kastning 

Saraa is a “born and raised” local of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. My skating experience began as a young teenager in the winter of 2006. Over a short period of advancing my skating, I became an apprentice coach and that is how I learned that I loved to teach ice skating. I was forced to stop skating when the rink collapsed in 2008.


I graduated in May 2015 from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sign Language Interpreting. When I am not coaching at the rink, I work as an interpreter at North Idaho College and as an independent contractor. I returned to coaching at Frontier Ice Arena in the fall of 2017 where I enjoy sharing the passion of skating with my students. I particularly enjoy teaching adults, power skating, young aspiring figure skaters, and hockey skaters. I aim for professionalism on and off the ice. As a perpetual learner in life, I still practice improving my own skating and coaching skills under National and International coaches. I have passed through Juvenile moves in the field test.


PSA Coach

Sherry Wilkinson

Sherry started skating in the third grade and continued through high school. As a kid my home rink was ISI and I tested and competed through freestyle 7, couples 6 and figures 2 before I began my journey with the USFS testing and competition.


I loved skating but wasn’t sure how to do it as an adult. 23 years later I found Frontier, as well as other adult skaters. I fell in love with the sport all over again and began working with coach John. I have completed the USFS adult testing and am tackling the USFS standard track. I was a ski instructor before having my two boys, so becoming a skating coach seemed natural. I love coaching our learn to skate group classes and also coach private lessons.


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 triple gold medalist in freestyle, moves in the field and ice dance as well as completing her senior international dances. With over 15 years of coaching experience from coast to coast, she has coached ice dance teams to nationals as well as every level and age from beginner up. She specializes in moves in the field, ice dancing and choreography, with a background of coaching singles, teams, and large productions.


Kendall received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations, where she was also a Division 1 lacrosse player. She moved out to Spokane with her husband over 10 years ago and coaches with both Lake City/Spokane FSC and at Eagles Ice Arena in Spokane, with Lilac City Figure Skating Club. Kendall enjoys coaching all levels and aiding athletic development in pursuit of a goal. 


Karen Thornbrugh

USFS Double Gold Medalist - Figures & Freestyle
37 years Coaching Experience, USFS & ISI
USFS, Registered USA LTS Instructor, PSA member
USFS Compliant, Safe Sport Certified
ISI Gold Judge, Referee
Skating 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!


Lindsey Malcolm Bailey


Lisa Jewett


Kimmi Jeffers

Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Kimmi left home at fourteen to train in Salt Lake City, UT for over ten years with world-renowned coaches, choreographers and practiced alongside some of the highest level skaters in the world. Skating was her first love and genuine passion. She found herself at home on the ice and dedicated herself to full-time on and off-ice training for over twenty years. Kimmi discovered her passion for teaching over fifteen years ago under the mentorship and guidance of her coaches based out of Salt Lake.

After graduating from the University of Utah in 2011, Kimmi taught skating and yoga full-time while also traveling and pursuing other life-interests. Upon completing a skating contract on Royal Caribbean, she taught skating and yoga in the Seattle area for two years before deciding to settle in Spokane to finish school and be near family. Upon completion of her Master’s degree in Elementary Education, Kimmi found herself being called back to the ice to apply all that she has learned over the years. Through her years of coaching, teaching yoga, and graduate studies in education, Kimmi has built a dynamic skillset in guiding students of all ages and backgrounds to learn how to figure skate in competitive and recreational settings. Her vision is to provide sound technique, dedicated, consistent, balanced, and healthy athletes on and off the ice. She thrives on open communication with students and parents and loves to create a positive and fun learning environment.

Kimmi is honored to be part of the collaborative coaching staff at Frontier and is excited to help create a training environment that will deliberately develop a skater-focused environment that is rigorous on precise technique but centered on having fun. She strives to encourage perseverance while embracing a strong work ethic among her students. Her emphasis will lie in developing sound skaters, utilizing self-reflection, and intentional goal setting. Ultimately, her goal is to inspire her students to become lifelong skaters.  

Credentials: Double Gold Medalist, competed Nationally and Internationally, performed professionally around the world, specializes in singles, jump technique, spins, power skating, yoga and injury prevention for athletes, and MITF.


Dean Wiles is a Learn To Skate Assistant 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 4 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.  As a U.S. Figure Skating Music Official, he has had the best seat in the house playing program music for all levels of local, national, and international competitors including Gracie Gold and Nathan Chen.  His passion is to help young figure skaters discover the joy of skating as they learn new skills and challenge themselves to master graceful moves, power, and control on the ice.