About


The Professional Skaters Association International is the largest figure skating coaches association in the world. The PSA is the official figure skating coaches’ education, training, and accreditation program for U.S. Figure Skating and the Ice Sports Industry. It is the largest and most recognized of all figure skating coaches’ organizations in the world.

Mission Statement: Dedicated to providing continuing education and accreditation to ice skating professionals in a safe and ethical environment. Training quality coaches around the world.

History


The PSA was founded on August 10, 1938 in Lake Placid, New York as the American Skaters Guild, just two years (1936) after the Ice Teachers Guild was formed in England by Jacques Gerschwiler, Howard Nicholson, Gladys Hogg, and Eric Van De Weyden.

On January 21, 1950, at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the American Skaters Guild was reorganized and renamed the Professional Skaters Guild of America.

In May 1995, the PSGA once again changed its identity to the Professional Skaters Association, International (PSA). With this new name, the association took on a renewed role in the sport of figure skating, but vowed to remain rooted in its 57-year history and ideals. The “birth” of the PSA reflected the changing scope of this organization’s activities and of the worldwide skating industry. The Board of Directors felt it was time to adopt this new name, acknowledging that the PSA is the world’s premier professional skating organization.

Our offices were moved from New York to Rochester, Minnesota in 1984, and in 2000 we built our beautiful, award-winning headquarters at 3006 Allegro Park SW. The exterior granite was mined at Cold Spring, Minnesota and transported to Rochester during construction in the summer of 2000.

Our membership consists of coaching members who train skaters from grassroots to elite levels of competition, as well as judges and fans of the sport.

Education, ethics, and safety are the main focus of our organization. We organize many educational seminars each year. Accreditation is also important to our organization. We offer ten disciplines of examination for our members who desire to be board certified in one of four levels from registered to master. Currently we have a membership of approximately 6000 coaches worldwide, a staff of employees, and volunteers nationwide.

The PSA and U.S. Figure Skating Coaching Education Program is recognized by the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) as a CNS (Complies with National Standards) endorsed coaching education program. This endorsement has only been given to two other sports’ NGB’s and we are the first independent coaching organization to receive this award.

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Professional Skaters Association
3006 Allegro Park Lane SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Hours
Monday-Friday
8:00am-5:00pm CST

Staff


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Executive Director

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MPD, MG, RFS

Jimmie Santee has held the position of Executive Director of the PSA since 2006. The 1977 Novice Men’s Champion and 1979 Junior Men’s Champion, Jimmie was also a principal performer and coach with Disney On Ice from 1985-1995. In addition to figure skating, he enjoyed speed skating both as a competitor and coach. Before coming to PSA, Jimmie was the Skating Director and Facilities Coordinator for the Park Ridge Recreation & Park District in Park Ridge, Illinois.

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Senior Director of Education & Accreditation

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MFF, MD, MS, MG, MPD, CM, Level V Ranking

Carol Rossignol is the Senior Director of Education and Accreditation and is responsible for oversight of PSA education programs and the rating system. Carol has been with PSA since 2001. She holds bachelor’s degrees in education and physical education. She achieved the Canadian gold tests in figures, free skating, dance, and skating skills. From the ISI University, she completed the certified skating director and the advanced certified skating director certifications. Carol was awarded the PSA Lifetime Achievement award in 2008 and is an honorary member of PSA.

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Director of Coaching Development

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Development, MC, MFS, MM, CF, Level IV Ranking

Heidi DeLio Thibert is the PSA Coaching Development Director and PSA staff liaison to U.S. Figure Skating. She works with the staff at U.S. Figure Skating on coaching projects and coaching development opportunities. Heidi is a triple gold medalist and has coached since 1987 from the basic skills level to U.S. national and international levels in singles and pairs. She was the recipient of the USOC "Doc" Counsilman Sport Science Coach of the year in 2009. Heidi holds a Paralegal Degree and was a Court Administrator in Colorado before working for the PSA. Heidi calls Fort Collins, Co home with her husband.

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Events Director

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MG, MPD

Barb Yackel joined the PSA in 2007 as the Events Coordinator. She organizes all PSA event logistics for live events such as conference and seminars, as well as online webinars. Barb completed the programming certification and management certification with iAIM, and skating director certification with ISI University. She was awarded the ISI Erika Amundsen Award in 2013. Barb is a home-grown Minnesotan and a former Upper Great Lakes intermediate champion. Her skating career has encompassed many phases and her passion and love of the sport has led her to a life-long commitment of directing, organizing and developing skating. She has two wonderful children and grandchildren who bring joy to her life each and every day!

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Communication & Media Director

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CG, CS, CPD, RM, Level II Ranking

Elizabeth Thornton is the Communication and Media Director and has been with PSA since 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and literature teaching. As the communication director, Elizabeth is the editor of PS Magazine, and leads the communications group to plan all PSA publications and marketing initiatives. Elizabeth is a triple gold medalist in moves in the field, dance, and free dance, and she continues to skate even as an adult. Outside of the office, you can usually find Elizabeth either at the rink, reading, camping and hiking, or spending time with her husband.

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Finance Coordinator

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Donna Eggenberger is PSA’s Finance Coordinator. She worked for PSA between 2010 to 2014, left for four years, and has now happily returned to be on the PSA team again. Her duties cover all aspects of accounting including accounts payable, invoicing, cash monitoring and financial reporting. Donna has an MBA with a major in Accounting, Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Accounting, and 25 years accounting experience. When not in the office, she is spending time with her husband exploring the small towns in south eastern Minnesota and south western Wisconsin. She enjoys golfing and motorcycling in the summer and skiing during the winter months.

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Print Media and Graphics Coordinator

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Marketing Coordinator

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RFS, Level III Ranking

Jamie Santee has been with PSA since 2007 and is the Marketing Coordinator. Jamie is responsible for endorsements, social media, and marketing for PSA. She is a double CFSA (Skate Canada) gold medalist in figures and free skate and has passed pre-gold dances and novice pairs. She competed for Canada in all disciplines including singles and pairs at the national level. Jamie has wonderful memories of her 13-year world tour as a principal performer with Disney On Ice, with the last 2 years as a performance director. She has now coached all levels of skaters for over 30 years, and is the director, coach, and co-choreographer of her club’s Theatre on Ice teams. Jamie and Jimmie have been married since 1987, after meeting on tour with Disney On Ice, and have 3 children who also share their passion for skating and performing.

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Amanda Taylor is our Print Media and Graphics Coordinator and has enjoyed her time with the PSA ever since she joined us as an intern in 2005. She devotes most of her time to designing print materials such as PS Magazine and educational and promotional materials. Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. In addition to designing, she enjoys photography and reading. Amanda lives on a small hobby farm with her husband, three young daughters, and myriad of pets. Outside of PSA she is actively involved with local animal rescues, plays rec volleyball, and spends her spare time tackling the never-ending to-do list on the farm.

 

Board of Governors


executive board

Christine

President

Christine Fowler-Binder

Alex

First Vice President

Alex Chang

Tim

Second Vice President

Tim Covington

Becky

Third Vice President

Rebecca Stump

Carol

Treasurer

Carol Murphy

Kelley

Past President

Kelley Morris Adair

 

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

West
Phillip Mills
Michelle Lauerman

Mid-West
Teri Hooper
Patrick O'Neil

East
Cheryl Faust
Janet Tremer

Members at Large
Derrick Delmore
Jason Dilworth
Ben Miller-Reisman

Committee on Professional Standards
Kelley Morris Adair

Ratings Chair
Tim Covington

Seminar/Webinar Chair
Patrick O'Neil

ISI Rep to PSA
Scott McCoy

U.S. Figure Skating Rep to PSA
Kirsten Miller Zisholz

 

Committees


COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Awards
Teri Hooper

Coaches Hall of Fame
Kelley Morris Adair

Education
Rebecca Stump

Apprentice Program
Janet Tremer

Area Representatives
Angela Roesch-Davis

Hockey Skating
Jordan Mann

Sport Science
Heidi Thibert

Endorsements
Jamie Lynn Santee

Executive
Christine Fowler-Binder

Executive Nominating
Kelley Morris Adair

Finance
Carol Murphy

Nominating
Kelley Morris Adair

Professional Standards
Kelley Morris Adair


Foundations of Coaching Course

Janet Tremer

PSA Rep to ISI
Gerry Lane


PSA Rep to U.S. Figure Skating

Kelley Morris Adair

Ratings
Tim Covington

Adaptive Skating
Mary Johanson

 

PSA AREA REPRESENTATIVES

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Area 1  
Martha Harding

Area 2  
Kimberlie Wheeland

Area 3  
Andrea Kunz-Williamson

Area 4  
Tim Covington

Area 5  
Angela Roesch-Davis

Area 6  
Kevin Curtis

Area 7  
Robyn Petroskey

Area 8  
Melanie Bolhuis

Area 9  
Lisa Bardonaro-Reibly

Area 10  
Stacie Kuglin

Area 11  
Carmin Savoy

Area 12  
Sharon Brilliantine

Area 13  
Liz Egetoe

Area 14  
Lisa Mizonick

Area 15  
Don Corbiell

Area 16  
Josselyn Baumgartner

Area 17  
Karen Preston