CIFSC is proud of its coaching staff and the variety of skills they bring to our Figure Skating Club.  Our coaching staff has many years of experience with competitive skating, Moves in the Field, Dance, Synchronized Skating and more for all levels of skaters!  We have the Coach that fits your needs!

Kelli Pellini

  • 20 years coaching experience in Pre-preliminary through Gold Level Freestyle and Moves in the Field Tests.
  • Consistently attends trainings to stay current on techniques. Most recently completed a 5-month long Coaching Cohort program specializing in jump technique and coaching business practices.
  • Performed in professional ice shows including stage shows in Hong Kong and the US, and touring shows such as Disney on Ice for 15 years. Roles included: Principal Adagio understudy, Line Captain and Featured Adagio step-out.
  • Registered USFS Basic Skills Coach
  • Former ISI Bronze Judge
  • Coached athletes through many tri-state and local competitions.
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies

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“Teaching skating allows me to share my passion with others. I enjoy teaching anyone who is willing to learn.”

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

  • 1993 U.S.Collegiate Figure Skating Champion in Junior Ladies Freestyle and Junior Ladies Figures
  • South Atlantic Regional Competitor and Novice Ladies Eastern Alternate
  • Trained extensively under the following coaches of U.S. National and World competitors: Richard Callaghan, Diane Agle, Evy and Mary Scotvold and Robbie Kaine
  • 10 years coaching experience: teaching children & adults in group and private lessons; preparing skaters for USFS Freestyle and Moves in the Field tests, choreographing programs for competitions and shows
  • PhD in Education and MA in Psychology

Contact Lisa at or (610) 585-6737


Melissa Hayes

Melissa has always had a passion for skating.  She was a regional competitor for 10 years and collegiate competitor for 4 years.  She has a gold medal in moves in the field and passed her junior free.  Melisa trained at the University of Delaware and received her bachelors degree from there.  After graduating she started her professional skating career and traveled with ice shows for 8 years.  Some shows included Disney On Ice, Advanced Entertainment at Busch Gardens, Glacier Ice at Hard Rock Park, and Woodstock Ice Productions at Dorney Park.  She also worked on the production side as a line captain, performance director and company manager for several professional skating shows.  Skating allowed Melissa to travel to South East Asia, Australia, South America, Mexico, Europe and throughout the U.S.  Melissa has taught toddlers up to adults ranging in skill level and discipline for 10 years.

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Tracey Kashuba

  • Member U.S. Figure Skating
  • Member PSA
  • Certified A coach/choreographer
  • U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Instructor
  • Eight years experience coaching freestyle, moves, synchro, and off-ice training
  • Graduated Cum Laude from Bloomsburg University
  • BA in Mass Communications and a minor in Art History
  • Earned Bloomsburg University’s Scholar Athlete Award
  • Accepting new students for private lessons

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“I love sharing this beautiful sport with students of all ages!”

Mary McCallister

  • More than 35 years teaching experience
  • Moves in the Field
  • Figures
  • Freestyle
  • Choreography
  • Power Skating for Figures and Hockey
  • Professional Skating Association Member
  • Registered USFSA Basic Skills Coach
  • Certified USFSA Category A Coach
  • Performed in the Ice Capades

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Kim Makowiak

My coaching goal is to pay forward my love for skating to as many people as possible. Through many years of skating and coaching, I have made friendships, found great joy and life long fitness. Anyone can learn to skate and as an instructor at Oaks Center Ice I am happy to teach all skill levels, ages and aspects of this wonderful sport. Confidence, competitiveness and technical skill will always follow when you are training in something that you love. Looking forward to seeing you at the rink when I’m coaching or cheering for our team at one of my kids hockey games. Most of all, I truly hope you decide to learn yourself! – Coach Kim

Contact Kim at or 610-247-1704

Layla Miller

  • Member Professional Skating Association
  • Coaching figure skating in the greater Philadelphia area for 10 years
  • Coaches all levels Preliminary through Juvenile freestyle and Moves in the Field
  • Skated competitively for over 10 years; nationwide
  • Trained at Ice Castles Training Center, Lake Arrowhead Ca.
  • Trained at Lake Placid Olympic Center, Lake Placid NY.
  • Masters of Educational Leadership
  • PA certified elementary and special education teacher

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 Patricia Mudge

  • Holds two active Master Ratings from the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), the highest professional skating certification available
  • Holds active PSA Certified Freestyle Rating
  • Certified Category A (the highest level) credentialed by the USFS to coach at all test sessions and competitions through the International Level
  • Also certified in Categories B and C
  • Certified by the PSA in Hockey Level I and Hockey Level II (through the University Level)
  • Certified by the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) as a Gold Competition/Test Judge and WeSkate Coach
  • Over 40 years experience coaching all levels and ages
  • Registered USFS Coach in both the Competitive/Test and Basic Skills Levels
  • Coached District 4 (all of SJ, DE,MD,VA,WV,and DC) Spotlight Champions in 2009 and 2012
  • Coached Drexel University and Delaware County College fully accredited physical education courses in ice skating as well as recreational classes for the University of PA and Gloucester County College (NJ)
  • Specialties: Freestyle, Choreography, Moves in the Field, Showcase/Spotlight Basic Skills, Hockey/Power Skating, Adults, Tots, Figures, Off Ice Training for Flexibility, Conditioning, and Presentation
  • Trained in Princeton, NJ and other rinks in NJ and PA
  • Trained in Aspen and Vail , Colorado with Master Coach Cecilia Leonard
  • Coached America’s Games (48 States) Bronze Medalist
  • Magna Cum Laude graduate of Rowan University with a BA in Elementary Education (NJ state certified with reciprocity in PA)
  • Concentration (Minor) in Physical Education with courses in Body Mechanics, Arts of Movement, Modern Dance, etc.
  • Consistently maintains membership in and attends numerous Professional Conferences, Seminars, and Summits of the PSA, USFS, and ISI (over 120 current educational credits) including 2020 PSA Summit and 2019 Judges School.

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“To achieve excellence by empowering each skater to achieve  maximum potential  and to develop exceptional character.”

Missy Detwiler (Smith)

  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Sports Studies from Miami University with minors in Coaching and Developmental Psychology
  • Achieved Gold Medal in Moves in the Field
  • Pursuing Gold Medal in Ice Dance
  • 4 year member of Miami University Varsity Synchronized Skating Team, 2 years as Captain
  • Head Coach of Metroliners Synchronized Skating Teams 2007-2010
  • Director of Synchronized Skating and Head Coach of Valley Forge Cadettes
  • 25 years of synchro experience (as a coach and competitor)
  • Member of the United States Figure Skating Association (USFS)
  • Member of Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • PSA Registered Rating Moves in the Field
  • Coaches all levels Pre-Preliminary through Senior Moves in the Field
  • Coaches Solo Ice Dance

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 Lisa Nowak-Spearing

  • 35 years coaching experience
  • Member Professional Skaters Association (PSA) and United States Figure Skating Association (USFS)
  • PSA Master Rated Moves in the Field
  • PSA Certified Rating Synchronized Skating and Freestyle
  • PSA Registered Rating Group Instruction and Figures
  • PSA Level Ranking IV
  • Certified USFS Category A Coach
  • Experience coaching skaters at all levels from Beginner to International
  • 2 years experience in Professional Ice Show as principal soloist
  • 5 year South Atlantic Regional competitor
  • Experience developing appropriate choreography for skaters at all levels and interests
  • Active in providing specialty clinics for all facets of figure skating including off-ice training, spins, turns, jumps, choreography/presentation and power skating

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Joanne Yates-Trojansky

Joanne Yates-Trojansky

  • Started figure skating at age of 4
  • Started competing at the age of 6 in Singles and Pairs events
  • Competitively skated in Canada at the Preston Figure Skating Club and Champions Training Center, for 15 years under the direction of Kerry Leitch
  • Became a National Pairs and Singles competitor traveling provincially and nationally around Ontario and Canada for Pairs and Singles competitions
  • Obtained multiple Gold test
  • Started coaching figure skating while still competing as an Amateur Coach at PFSC
  • Took a break from figure skating while in College and became involved again as the lead instructor of a local learn to skate program in Canada
  • Moved to Pennsylvania in 2008 and became involved in Center Ice and CIFSC
  • Teaches tots through adults
  • Experienced with on-ice and off-ice training for figure skating
  • Vice-President of CIFSC Board of Directors
  • PSA Category B and Category C certified Coach
  • Member of USFS – USFS Basic Skills and Figure Skating Instructor
  • Power Skating Coach for Valley Forge Colonials and Valley Forge Minutemen hockey teams

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Melissa Yelito

  • Registered USFS Basic Skills Instructor
  • 5 years of coaching experience
  •  Synchronized ice skater for 14 years for teams in both Connecticut and Delaware
  • Member of University of Delaware Synchronized Skating Team from 2009-2013
  • Member of PSA – Basic Accreditation and CER Category B certified
  • Coaches all levels Pre-Preliminary through Senior Moves in the Field
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Teacher Education from the University of Delaware
  • PA, DE, and MD certified Elementary Pre K-4 and Special Education Pre K-8 teacher

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For more information on our Coaching staff, please contact our Skating Director, Karyn Canning @ 610-650-9690 x 18 or