JSC is very proud of our devoted coaching staff. All of our coaches are registered with USFSA and have passed a safe sport background check.
All of our coaches teach group classes.
Coaches who also teach private & semi-private lessons have an asterisk (*) beside their name. If you are interested in private or semi-private lessons, please contact the coach of your choice directly.
We are always working to develop a strong coaching staff. If you think you would enjoy teaching basic skills, hockey skills or figure skating, please contact JSC at email@example.com.
* Patty Collins
Basic Skills Coordinator
Patty Collins began taking Basic Skills skating lessons as a JSC adult student during the 2009/2010 skating season. Prior to that she was an active participant in the ski and snowboard world. She actively pursues improvement in her skating skills and has passed the USFS Adult Silver MIF & Adult Bronze Freeskate tests.
Patty began assisting and teaching at Basic Skills classes during her second year of skating with the Juneau Skating Club. She enjoys working with both youth and adult Basic Skills & Beginning Figure Skaters. She is a registered USFS Basic Skills Instructor and is available to teach private lessons on a limited schedule. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-5117.
* Sigrid Dahlberg
Maggie always wanted to be a figure skater growing up, but never had the opportunity to take lessons in Japan where she grew up. In 2007 she started taking her first lessons through the Juneau Skating Club. Through the Basic Skills lessons she learned the fundamentals of skating, and has enjoyed the challenge ever since. Maggie has passed Adult Silver Free Skate and Intermediate Moves in the Field tests and currently is working on Gold Free Skate and Novice Moves in the Field tests. In 2013, Maggie decided to compete in Adult competitions, and placed first in the Bronze Ladies II Free Skate in 2013, and second place in Silver Ladies II Free Skate in 2014 at the Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals.
Maggie became a Basic Skills coach to share her inspiration of skating with the community in 2009 and believes that you are never too old to achieve your dreams and would like to encourage not only children but also adults to start skating.
* Pam Leary
Figure Skating Coordinator
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.
She 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 email@example.com.
Figure Skating Coordinator
I love my early memories learning to skate in Connecticut on a small oval pond that my dad plowed with his riding lawnmower, lined with plastic and filled with water from our garden hose. I didn’t skate regularly for many years after I moved to Alaska, but in 2006 I was living on a boat in Douglas harbor and wandered over to Treadwell Arena for an open skate. The women’s synchronized skating coach introduced herself on my way out and asked if I wanted to join the team. I started skating with Team Avalanche, and was delighted how soon I was comfortable on the ice again because of the hours and hours spent skating circles on that pond as a kid. I want to help start other youngsters on their skating journey, for wherever it takes them later in life.
Katie skated a bit in her youth on frigid outdoor rinks in Minnesota. When Treadwell was built, she was strongly encouraged by a friend/coach to sign up for beginning adult lessons. At age 52 she began to fulfill a lifelong dream to learn to figure skate. Katie strongly believes that learning to skate as an adult is an achievable goal and that no one is too old to start.
She is passionate about her skating and says skating continues to be immensely rewarding. Katie’s focus is ice dancing and Moves in the Field (edge work) and is currently working on Silver MIF and Pre-Silver Ice Dances. Attending yearly out of town adult skating camps, she says that “nothing is as exciting, or as hard, as flying over the ice, dancing with a national/international level coach-partner.”
She has served on the JSC Board of Directors and began teaching the Basic Skills classes last year. Katie loves working with the youngest skaters and the absolute beginners. She marvels at how quickly they learn and enjoys seeing their progress over each 6 week session. She hopes she passes on her love of skating to everyone she works with.
* Debbie Roberts
* Brendan Sullivan
Brendan Sullivan is from a rural community in central Alberta, Canada. He started skating at the age of 5 and enjoyed working his way through the Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA) skill levels. He competed in Singles Free skating and Ice Dance competitions throughout Alberta at both the Regional and Provincial levels. As a teen, Brendan qualified and competed in the 1992 Alberta Winter games. Brendan also excelled as a part of a competitive dance team. He and his dance partner placed at many Regional and Provincial dance competitions. Throughout the years, Brendan performed as a guest skater at multiple skating clubs.
Brendan loves skating and all that it has brought to his life. He is excited to help coach new skaters, in hopes they, too, will appreciate skating for all it is worth. Brendan is honored to be a part of the Juneau Skating Club and his goal is to help cultivate the next skating generation here in Juneau!
Brendan is available to coach group and private Basic Skills and Figure Skating lessons and can be reached at 209-1155 or Sullivan_1b@hotmail.com.
Basic Skills Staff Manager
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 passed two of the silver ice dances with one more silver dance to pass before completing the silver dance series. Wendy is currently working on the silver Rocker Foxtrot and the first pre-gold dance, the Killian.
Wendy has such a passion for skating, and her goal is to share the joy of skating with the community of Juneau and Douglas.