Coaches

JSC is very proud of our devoted coaching staff. All of our coaches are registered with USFSA or Learn to Skate USA and have passed a safe sport background check.

All of our coaches teach Learn to Skate (LTS) group classes.

We are always working to develop a strong coaching staff.  If you think you would enjoy teaching Learn to Skate basic skills, hockey skills or figure skating, please contact JSC at LearntoSkate@JuneauSkatingClub.org.

Pam Leary

Pam Leary

Figure Skating Coordinator, LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Pam co-founded the Juneau Skating Club in 2003, has sat on the JSC Board of Directors, and is the current Figure Skating Coordinator.  Over the years, she has organized and directed the club’s activities including the holiday and spring shows, Basic Skills competitions, and USFS test sessions.  Pam skated competitively, starting at age 10, with the Long Island Figure Skating Club.  She passed her Novice Free Skate tests and Junior Figure tests and competed at the USFS North Atlantic Regional and Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships.  Pam and her identical twin sister were in a Doublemint Gum commercial where they were featured as figure skaters.

Currently, Pam is a member coach of both the Professional Skaters Association and U.S. Figure Skating and is a registered USFS Category A Coach, able to coach students at USFS tests, competitions, and other qualifying events.  Pam has personally experienced the benefits that figure skating can bring and hopes to pass on her passion and what she has learned from skating to her students.  Pam is available to coach group and private Basic Skills, Singles Figure Skating, Artistry, and Power stroking lessons and can be reached at 723-2031 or pammyjo00@yahoo.com.

Ryan Kauzlarich

Ryan Kauzlarich

Learn to Skate Coordinator, LTS Coach

Ryan began roller skating at the age of 4.  By age 8, he was competing in Figures, Dance, and Pairs Dance at the regional level in California placing 3rd in both Figures and Dance.  At age 11, his figure skating coach relocated and he continued to skate recreationally until age 19.

After battling serious health conditions, Ryan decided to begin ice skating in 2018 with the encouragement of his spouse.  Ice skating proved vital in his physical rehabilitation and greatly improved his overall mental health.  In 2018 he began testing in Ice Dance, Free Dance, and Moves in the Field. 

In 2019 Ryan became the Coordinator for the Learn to Skate program with the hopes of bringing the benefits and joys of skating to Juneau.

Leah Farzin

Leah Farzin

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Leah started skating when she was three years old, and went to her first competition when she was six. As a skater, she earned a gold medal in moves-in-the-field, silver level in dance, and juvenile free skate, as well as ISI freestyle 8. Leah’s competitive career included competing throughout the midwest and the lower 48 as an individual skater, as well as with the Miami University Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team in college.

Leah began assisting with learn-to-skate classes when she was 12 years old, and has been coaching private and group lessons part time for 16 years. Leah love skating because it’s a sport you can participate in through your whole life, and there is always something new to learn or improve on.

Alex Sargent

Alex Sargent

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

In her 24 years of skating, Alex started her career as part of the Fairbanks Figure Skating Club. Alex would summer in Lake Arrowhead, CA to train under the coaching team at Ice Castle International Training Center including World Team Member and Champion, Jennie Walsh, and International FS Choreographer, Phillip Mills. She has participated in numerous clinics and training with Olympic/National champions and coaches across the West Coast including Sun Valley, ID, Las Vegas, NV, Lake Tahoe, CA, Phoenix, AZ.

Alex started her focus on ice dancing at age 11, initially training with 4-time U. S. Championship Medalist, Glenn Patterson. She has continued her training with International Dance Medalist Peter Sasmore and most recently U. S. Nationals Medalist Todd Gilles. In 2014, she completed USFSA Gold Medalist achievements in Moves in the Field and Ice Dance.

Alex’s experience also includes 10 years as a competitive and social ballroom dancer. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Business from University of Alaska Southeast in 2011. Since 2013, she has held a certificate as an ACE Personal Trainer.

Alex has been coaching for 11 years and coached at USFS Sectional and National Competitions. Alex is a member of the Professional Skating Association and is a USFSA Cert. A and an ISI Certified coach. She is certified coach through USA Hockey and has completed the USA Hockey Level One Certification. Alex specializes in Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, Choreography, Hockey, and Freestyle.

As a coach, teaches from the belief that anyone can accomplish their dreams, on and off the ice, at any age!

Emily Bowman

Emily Bowman

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Katherine Fritsch

Katherine Fritsch

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Katherine began skating when she was 3 years old and started taking skating lessons with the Juneau Skating Club Learn to Skate program when she moved to Juneau. After spending several years helping as an assistant in the Learn to Skate Program, Katherine began teaching Learn to Skate group classes and now also teaches group figure skating classes.

Katherine is a member of Team Forget Me Not, Juneau’s first competitive youth synchronized skating team, and she has been a competitor at the 2014 and 2018 Arctic Winter Games. Katherine enjoys all skating disciplines, including freestyle, Moves in the Field, synchronized skating, and ice dance. She loves helping students gain confidence in themselves as they learn new skills on the ice.

Meredith Fritsch

Meredith Fritsch

LTS Coach, USFSA Coach

Meredith took her first steps on the ice at the age of 3 and has loved skating ever since. After graduating from JSC’s Learn to Skate program, she was a coaching assistant for several years before beginning to coach group classes herself. She now teaches several Learn to Skate and Figure Skating classes.

Meredith was a competitor at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks and the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games in Northwest Territories, Canada. She is a member of Team Forget Me Not, Juneau’s first competitive youth synchronized skating team. Meredith enjoys multiple skating disciplines, including freestyle, synchronized skating, Moves in the Field, and ice dance. She loves helping students learn new skills and she appreciates the life lessons that skating teaches.

Melissa Fritsch

Melissa Fritsch

LTS Coach

Although Melissa spent a lot of time roller skating as a child, it wasn’t until she moved to Juneau over a decade ago, that she started spending a lot of time at the ice rink. In previous seasons, she was a member of JSC’s adult synchronized skating team.

For the past five years, Melissa has primarily taught the Snowplow Sam skaters, 4 and 5 year olds who are often taking their first steps on the ice. She loves watching young skaters gain confidence in themselves as they progressively gain new skills and she values the life-lessons that skating teaches, including fitness, goal-setting, and perseverance.

Wendy Vuille

Wendy Vuille

LTS Coach

Wendy experienced the joy of skating on wheels, but when the Treadwell Ice Arena opened in 2003, she realized it was just as fun to skate on blades. After being approached to take lessons the first week the rink opened, she hasn’t stopped skating. Since 2003, Wendy has been very active with the Juneau Skating Club in various roles such as registrar, board member, treasurer, skate instructor, and basic skills staff manager.

In the USFS Moves in the Field (MIF) track (which replaced figures), Wendy passed the Gold Masters Adult MIF level and then moved into the standard track, and recently passed the Intermediate level. She is now currently working on the Novice Moves in the Field. In the USFS Dance track, Wendy is currently working on her Gold ice dances. Her goal is to be a double gold medalist.

Wendy has such a passion for skating, and her goal is to share the joy of skating with the community of Juneau and Douglas. One of her biggest joys is to watch her grandchildren skate & performing in shows with them.

Sigrid Dahlberg

Sigrid Dahlberg

LTS Coach

Sigrid grew up dancing and skiing, then started skating when Treadwell Arena opened.  She was delighted to discover that skating was essentially a blend of these two sports and hasn’t looked back since.  Currently working on Adult Gold Moves in the Field, Pre-Gold Pattern Dance, and Silver Free Dance (with partner Ryan Kauzlaurich), she serves as an example that skating is a sport you can continue for life.  She is a past JSC president and currently serves as the JSC SafeSport Chair. Sigrid coaches adult learn-to-skate classes, serves as the skate tech for the club, and is training to be a US Figure Skating judge. 

When she isn’t skating, she works as a hazardous materials engineer, goes sailing, and is a pyrotechnician on the Juneau Fireworks Crew.

 

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