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Figure Skating Staff

All Coaches are available for Private Lessons

Chris Howarth

         Glacier Skating Academy Director 

         Chris is a former British figure skating champion and competed in the 1980 Winter Olympics for Great Britain. He has over 26 years coaching experience combined with a vast management background and has just completed a term working for the Dutch figure Skating Association as their technical coordinator. Chris is a BITA Master rated coach and has his level 4 NCCP coaching certificate. In addition to his on ice achievements Chris was also part of the team that designed the revolutionary Freedom blade that is worn by Michael Weiss.

Alexander Ouriashev

Staff Professional

Alex, a 2x Ukrainian Senior Mens Champion & international competitor, he holds a BA in Figure Skating & Choreography. A regional, sectional, & national coach, Alex offers freestyle, pairs, moves in the field, & choreography. He has over 26 years of teaching experience. Member of USFSA, ISI & PSA.


Beverley Howarth

Staff Professional

Beverley is a former senior British ladies bronze medalist and competed internationally in both junior and senior competition  and then in the World Professional Championships in Spain. She has 25 years of coaching experience at all levels. Beverley is a B.I.T.A rated advanced coach and a member of the U.S.F.S.A and the P.S.A.

Connie Lasse

Staff Professional

Connie has been ice skating since she was 7 years old. She skated in ice shows and competitions all through grade school and high school. Connie has been in ice dancing, patch, moves in the field, Northbrook Icettes, and on Team. She has been teaching at the Glacier Ice Arena since the day the rink opened which has been for 9 years and has taught all levels Tots, Basic, Freestyle, Adults and Tot Hockey. Connie has choreographed many Ice Shows. I have also taken many students to competitions

Karen Kay Lavris

Staff Professional

Karen Kay has over 30 years experience teaching young and old.  She skated in many shows and her one favorite was Ice Capades.  Karen has always believed that dance and ballet is a match to figure skating. She currently teaches a young group of children called "The Dollies". Her enthusiastic approach has taught them to skate from the heart and love the sport of figure skating.


Lauren Maday

Staff Professional

Lauren has over 18 years skating experience 12 of which were in Synchronized Skating Teams. Lauren was a member of 3 National Championship teams and skated for 4 seasons internationally where her highlight was competing at the World Challenge Cup for juniors.



Michelle Mizock

Staff Professional


Michelle has been skating since she was four years old and is now skating competitively as an adult. She loves to work with our younger skaters and has a real ability to build their confidence quickly, ensuring they enjoy their skating experience.

Brian Mueller

Staff Professional


Brian has been skating for 15 years and has been a competitive skater for 12 years. He currently competes at the Novice level at the Regional Championships and is a student of Harrington College of Design in Chicago. Brian is a member of the USFSA, PSA and the ISI.




Denise Mueller

Staff Professional


Denise has over 17 years coaching experience and skated competitively as an ISI skater also performing in many ice shows. She coaches skaters of all ages and is a member of : USFSA, ISI, PSA and DuPage Figure Skating Club.



Elona Popova

Staff Professional


Elona has thirteen years experience with the St Petersburg Ballet on Ice and Holiday on Ice. She competed internationally for Russia and now coaches skaters of all levels.

Tom Reif

Staff Professional


Tom has over eight years experience of coaching Learn to Skate and has two years experience of coaching individual lessons in Ice Dance. He is a three time Adult National competitor.

Sue Schmitt

Staff Professional

Sue has over 40 years coaching experience specializing in field moves, freestyle and adult skating. She has worked with several synchronized skating teams and is a real asset to Team Encore. Sue is a PSA rated coach and a former senior ladies competitor, she also has 17 years experience as a Skating Director and Administrator.