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Finding the right coach is crucial. Your skater has already found the passion, our coaches are ready to help that passion produce results. 

Meet the coaches below. Want to connect with one just fill out this form and we will be happy to connect you.

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Jill Stewart

Head Coach

​Jill has been the Skating Director at Chilled Ponds since November, 2015.
Originally from Northern NJ, Jill started skating at age 5 and achieved her Senior Freestyle Test, 7th Figure Test and Pre-Gold Ice Dances.  She turned professional when she went to college at Penn State University (earning a B.S. and M.A.) and taught there for 8 years prior to relocating to Hampton Roads in 1996.  She was the former Skating Director at Iceland as well as ARC IceSports (now Chilled Ponds).  Her students have competed at the Regional, Junior National and Adult National Levels and have earned USFS Senior Moves-in-the-Field and Senior Freestyle testing levels.

Jill is a Master-rated coach with the Professional Skaters Association in Moves-in-the-Field, Senior Rated in Freestyle and holds a Level 3 ranking with the PSA.  Jill also served on the PSA Board of Governors for 3 years.  Jill is a member of the PSA and the USFS through the Tidewater Figure Skating Club.  Jill’s coaching specialty is in Moves-in-the-Field and on-ice and off-ice jumps.  Jill also attended the USFS Technical Panel School as an observer.
Aside from skating, Jill was a USA Swimming Official and officiates at the High School level. Her older daughter just graduated from the University of Mary Washington and swam on their Varsity Swim Team. Her younger daughter is graduating from high school and will be attending Goucher College and swimming on their Varsity Swim Team.

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Mary Sue Gidaro

Head Coach

Originally from Marquette, Michigan, Mary Sue has been skating since the age of 4.  Her skating laurels include a Gold Medal in Ice Dancing and Junior levels in Figures and Freestyle.  She holds a BS in Business Administration from Northern Michigan University.  And, Mary Sue is also a realtor with Creed Realty in Virginia Beach.  
Prior to relocating to Virginia, Mary Sue taught skating throughout the Midwest.  She has been on the Chilled Ponds coaching staff since 2006.  She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and United States Figure Skating.

​Her students have competed regionally and at invitational competitions.  They have passed skating tests that include Gold Ice Dances, Senior Moves and Junior Freestyle tests.  

Along with teaching figure skating, Mary Sue teaches hockey skills at Chilled Ponds.

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Janice Wallace

Head Coach

Janice began skating in 1974 at the Skating Club of Lake Placid.  Her long time private coach, Nicole Nardini, was a student of world renowned coaches Mr. Lussi and Howard Nicholson.  Janice tested through her Gold Figure, Senior Free Skate and Bronze Dance tests.  She competed at the North Atlantic Regionals and numerous local competitions which included Novice Ladies Champion at the 1000 Islands Interclub Competition.  She enjoyed performing in the Skating Club of Lake Placid annual shows, as well as in the Saturday night summer ice shows and in the dedication ceremony of the 1980 Olympic Arena.  She also trained in Ballet, Modern and Jazz Dance and Gymnastics.
 
Janice holds a PSA Certified Rating in Figures, Freestyle and Group instruction and a Level 1 Ranking.  She has over 32 years of coaching experience.  She teaches all levels of singles skating from Basics to Senior competitors, Moves in the Field and Off ice conditioning and Choreography.  She also co-coaches the Atlantic Theatre on Ice team with Jill Stewart and Autumn Brewbaker.
During her husband’s military postings overseas in Czech Republic and Slovakia, Janice worked alongside top coaches with their international competitors.  Additionally, she trained in Tai Chi for 16 years.  She teaches the Yang Family Taijiquan, Qigong and Baduanjin Exercises and has used it to recover from injuries, for relaxation and to help skaters overcome performance anxiety.
 
Janice’s coaching philosophy is “To teach the sport and art of Figure Skating by positively motivating her students to achieve their full potential”.

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Alyn Farmer

Head Coach

  • Started skating at the age of 9 in Bangor, Maine

  • Started coaching at the age of 17.

  • Assistant director of skating at the University of Maine. Director of skating for Heidelberg, FRG Youth Services, and HRIcePlex Skating Director from 2005 - 2014.

  • PSA Member/CER A Coach, USFS registered coach and ISI Professional member/Gold level judge.

  • Available to teach freestyle, moves in the field and off ice jumps and conditioning.​

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Samantha Mohr

Head Coach

  • Started Skating at age 9 in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Trained in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor Skating Center and at the University of Delaware FSC.

  • PSA Certified Free Skating Instructor and PSA Coaches Honor Roll member.

  • 1998 Eastern Great Lakes Juvenile Girls Champion.

  • 1999 Eastern Great Lakes Intermediate Ladies silver medalist.

  • 2000 Southwestern Regional Novice Ladies silver medalist.

  • 2000 Midwestern Sectional Novice Ladies pewter medalist.

  • 2001 Southwestern Regional Novice Ladies champion.

  • 3 time National Competitor.

  • USFS Gold Medalist.

     -Past Students Include:

  • 2014 Eastern Great Lakes Boys silver medalist

  • 2015 Eastern Great Lakes Juvenile Boys Champion and bronze medalist

  • 2015 Juvenile Boys National silver medalist

  • 2016 Eastern Great Lakes Juvenile Ladies Champion

  • 2016 Eastern Great Lakes Intermediate men silver and pewter medalist

  • 2016 Eastern Great Lakes Novice Ladies bronze medalist

  • MIF Gold medalist

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Olivia Brock

Head Coach

  • Started skating at the age of 4 and trained in Yorktown, Virginia.

  • She also had the opportunity to train for one month in St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • Passed senior level moves in the field at the age of 11 and subsequently passed the supplemental moves in the field and senior freestyle.

  • She was a final round competitor at South Atlantic Regional Championships for Juvenile Girls in 2005.

  • SA Member, USFS registered coach and ISI Professional member/Gold level judge.

  • Available to teach all ISI and USFS levels.

  • Specializing in choreography and artistry.

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Gail Thomas

Head Coach

  • PSA Rated and Ranked- Level III ( coached skaters competing in Qualifying and Non-Qualifying  Regionals through Nationals)

  • ISI Gold Judge

  •  Over 28 years coaching experience

  •  USFS trained in Figures, Freestyle, Dance and MIF

  • B.A.  University of Toledo, Majors in French, German and Secondary Education

  •  Competed in many USFS Competitions including Regionals

  • Participates in numerous professional teaching seminars with World and Olympic coaches and choreographers

  • Coaches skaters through Senior MIF, double axels and triple jumps

  • Current students pre-pre through Junior MIF; No-Test through Novice FS

  • Three seasons of Synchro Coaching

  • Currently has a former student skating with Disney on Ice

  • 3 former students coaching

  • Daughter is also coaching and was a USFS competitive skater and triple Gold medalist

  • One of the founding members of the Mentor FSC;  Served on the Board for 8 years

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Delandra “DJ” Brokaw

Head Coach

  • Started skating at Iceland of Hampton Roads when she was 9 years old. 

  • Was a member of the Beach Blades Synchronized Skating Team while in high school, then went on to compete at Western Michigan University on the Collegiate and Senior Synchronized Skating teams and earned her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science.

  • A gold medalist in Moves in the Field and is a national medalist in synchronized skating. -USFSA coach, an ISI professional member, as well as an ISI Bronze level judge

  • Maintains CPR, AED and First Aid certification 

  • Works with figure skaters and hockey players and specializes in Moves in the Field, synchronized skating, power skating, and conditioning both on and off the ice.

  • ​Works full time as a Recreation Counselor/Teacher at LeafSpring School in Virginia Beach.

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Sarah Martin

Head Coach

Sarah started skating at the age of 6 years old right here in Hampton Roads. She is a US Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and a Silver Medalist in Ice Dancing. She competed for over 10 years in both ISI and USFS competitions. She has now been coaching ice skating for over 11 years in the Hampton Roads area. She is a USFS compliant coach. She is also a professional member of ISI (Ice Sports Industry) and holds a gold level judging certification.  She specializes in power skating, ice dancing & choreography. She has a Bachelors in Elementary Education and was a teacher for 4 years before transitioning solely to coaching skating. Sarah's greatest joy is seeing her students excel in the sports she loves.

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Jessica Schofield

Head Coach

  • Started skating at the age of 5

  • Trained in Boston, Ma

  • USFS Double Gold Medalist

  • Canadian Gold Medalist

  • USFS registered coach

  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA) member

  • PSA Senior Rated Coach

  • past Figure Skating Director, Co-Director,       

  • Group Class Director, Ice Show Director and Ice Show Choreographer

  • Past students include USFS Gold Medalists in Freestyle and MIF, Regional, Sectional and National competitors 

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Barbara M Walker

Head Coach

Barbara has been coaching beginners, freestyle, moves in the field, dance, and power skating for over 20 years, at all levels and all ages. 

She is a member of PSA, USFS, and Learn To Skate USA, with full compliance and green light background check.  USFS Gold medals in Dance, Free Dance, and Moves-in-the-field, Novice Freestyle, and 6th Figure tests.  Over 25 years of National and International competitive experience in dance, solo dance, and synchronized skating; including two-time National champion in dance, and still competing.  

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Allison Kymmell

Head Coach

​Allison is a US Figure Skating triple gold medalist and competed at the South Atlantic Regional Championships 6 times.  She has participated in Showcase, Light Entertainment, and Interpretive events, Theatre on Ice National Competitor (5th place in Senior Level), an Urban Pic Skate Finalist and has participated in the Quest for Creativity and Young Artist Show Case.
She's been skating for 19 years and it is her number one love and passion. She started skating in Chesapeake and trained her Intermediate-Senior level, and Theater On Ice in Fairfax, VA. She loves the performance and entertainment aspect of skating and wants to share it with the world. As a professional skater, she has worked for The Russian Circus on Ice, Rosstyn Ice Shows, Ice Creative Entertainment, Roncally On Ice, Holiday on Ice, and Disney On Ice.
She specializes in choreography, jumps, and the technical side of skating. She also trained in pair skating, Picskating, and trapeze and Yoga.

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