Contact our Skating Director, or any of our coaches below for more information, and to schedule private lessons for individuals or groups!
Jill Stewart, Skating Director
Jill has been the Skating Director at Chilled Ponds since November, 2015.
Originally from Northern NJ, Jill started skating at age 5 and achieved her Senior Freestyle Test, 7th Figure Test and Pre-Gold Ice Dances. She turned professional when she went to college at Penn State University (earning a B.S. and M.A.) and taught there for 8 years prior to relocating to Hampton Roads in 1996. She was the former Skating Director at Iceland as well as ARC IceSports (now Chilled Ponds). Her students have competed at the Regional, Junior National and Adult National Levels and have earned USFS Senior Moves-in-the-Field and Senior Freestyle testing levels.
Jill is a Master-rated coach with the Professional Skaters Association in Moves-in-the-Field and Senior Rated in Freestyle. Jill also served on the PSA Board of Governors for 3 years. Jill is a member of the PSA and the USFS through the Tidewater Figure Skating Club. Jill’s coaching specialty is in Moves-in-the-Field and on-ice and off-ice jumps.
Aside from skating, Jill is involved in USA Swimming as a swim official. Her older daughter is a Senior at the University of Mary Washington and swims on their Varsity Swim Team. Her younger daughter is completing her Junior year of High School and swims for DIG Swimming.
Tierney C Dieckmann, Artistic Director of Atlantic Ice Theatre, and Front-End Manager of Chilled Ponds ISC
Tierney found her love of figure skating at the age of 4, after her first Basic Skills class in her hometown of Naperville, IL, and began competitive skating within the following year. At age 8, she transferred from the Chicago suburbs to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, later shifting her training from Freestyle to Ice Dance. She has trained with the top Olympic coaches in the world, achieving the height of skill at the Senior level, and is a three-time USFS Gold Medalist in Ice Dance, Solo Dance, and Moves in the Field.
After retiring from her competitive career of 14 years, Tierney has since turned her expertise towards coaching, specializing in choreography. Along with teaching private and group lessons, Tierney is the Artistic Director of Atlantic Ice Theatre at the Chilled Ponds Skating Academy, leading a team of talented skaters in competitive Theatre-On-Ice.
Off the ice, Tierney is the Front-End Manager of the Chilled Ponds Facility. She is also an instructor of Modern and Contemporary dance, a classical pianist and composer, and teaches visual and performance arts for Operation Dandelion Homeschoolers; a Homeschool Cooperative for children of Active Duty Military.
Kaitlyn Donahue, Assistant Artistic Director of Atlantic Ice Theatre
Kaitlyn began figure skating at Chilled Ponds in the Learn-to-Skate program at the age of 7 years old. Over the next 10 years, Kaitlyn passed through USFS Junior Moves-in-the-Field and Intermediate Freestyle. After graduating high school, she moved to Richmond, Virginia to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and taught private lessons as well as coaching in the Learn-to-Skate at Skate Nation Plus.
During her time there, she fell in love with synchronized figure skating, competing on Open Collegiate, Collegiate, Open Adult, and Adult teams. In 2016, Kaitlyn had the privilege of competing in the U.S. Synchronized Figure Skating National Championships alongside her Adult teammates. In the fall of the same year, Kaitlyn moved back to Chesapeake, Virginia and began teaching lessons at her home rink, Chilled Ponds.
Off the ice, Kaitlyn acquired a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is now studying to receive her M.SEd in Secondary English Education from Old Dominion University. In addition, she is a full-time nanny, graduate assistant, and substitute teacher.
Janice began skating at the Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, NY in 1974. Her long time private coach, Nicole Nardini, was a student of world renowned coaches Mr. Lussi and Howard Nicholson. Janice tested through her Gold Figure, Senior Freestyle and Bronze Dance tests. She competed at the North Atlantic Regionals and in numerous local competitions which included winning a gold medal in Novice Ladies at the 1000 Islands Interclub Competition.
She performed in the Skating Club of Lake Placid’s annual shows, as well as a regular soloist in the Saturday night summer ice shows and in the dedication ceremony of the 1980 Olympic Arena.
Her amateur training consisted of 6 or more hours per day of on ice practice as well as off-ice conditioning, Ballet and Modern Dance. Janice also participated in other school sports such as gymnastics, tennis and track and field and played the Alto Sax for a few years.
She turned professional at the age of 19, due to injuries, so one of her main concerns as a coach is injury prevention. She is PSA Certified Rated in Figures, Freestyle and Group instruction and has over 32 years of coaching experience. She teaches all levels of singles skating from Basic to Senior competitors, Moves in the Field and Off ice conditioning and Choreography. Her teaching philosophy is “To positively motivate skaters to achieve their full potential.”
During her husband’s military postings overseas in Czech Republic and Slovakia, Janice worked alongside top coaches with their international competitors. She speaks both languages and founded a skating program for English speaking expats in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Additionally, Janice trained in Tai Chi for 16 years. She teaches the authentic Yeung Family Tai Chi Chuan 108 long form at local community centers and Senior homes. In her spare time, she is a semi-professional artist working mostly in oils.
Janice has three amazing children, two sons and a daughter. Her husband is a retired Army officer and they enjoy working in the garden together, cooking and throwing neighborhood parties.
Janice truly has a passion for coaching all levels and abilities and bringing the joy of skating to everyone!
Mary Sue Gidaro
Originally from Marquette, Michigan, Mary Sue has been skating since the age of 4. Her skating laurels include a Gold Medal in Ice Dancing and Junior levels in Figures and Freestyle. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Northern Michigan University. And, Mary Sue is also a realtor with Creed Realty in Virginia Beach.
Prior to relocating to Virginia, Mary Sue taught skating throughout the Midwest. She has been on the Chilled Ponds coaching staff since 2006. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and United States Figure Skating.
Her students have competed regionally and at invitational competitions. They have passed skating tests that include Gold Ice Dances, Senior Moves and Junior Freestyle tests.
Along with teaching figure skating, Mary Sue teaches hockey skills at Chilled Ponds.
Marcy began skating as an adult and immediately fell in love with the sport. The continuous challenges to improve and learn are what keep Marcy practicing on the ice. At Chilled Ponds, Marcy enjoys introducing new skaters to the sport where she shares the fun and excitement of ice skating! Aside from skating, Marcy is enrolled in the MBA Program at ODU, and, most recently, had a baby girl!
Bob began skating (hockey and figure) at age 5 and has continued to skate throughout his life.
Bob has been a member of the Tidewater Figure Skating Club, completing the USFS bronze levels in Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Ice Dance. He was the Vice-President of the TFSC from 1999-2000.
Bob began coaching in 1999 and holds a certification as an ISI judge, judging local and regional competitions. Many of his students have placed in the upper half of their levels in competition. Currently, Bob’s passion is Synchronized Skating that allows skaters to work together in a team atmosphere.
Having trained with Stan Belliveau, a highly regarded boot and blade specialist in Long Island, Bob is also a professional skate mechanic and can assist with consulting, mounting blades, and sharpening.
Bob is also involved in the dramatic arts, teaching ballroom dancing and served as the dance director at Dance World, a local studio. He has appeared on local and national television programs and commercials.
Cassie has been skating at Chilled Ponds for 15 years. She started in our learn to skate program and quickly realized how much she loved to skate and began taking private lessons. Along with training at Chilled Ponds, Cassie has trained in Lake Placid, NY, and Fairfax, VA. She passed her Senior moves in the field test and the supplemental senior gold for moves in the field. She still competes in the junior level test track event during regionals.
Outside of skating, Cassie graduated from Tidewater Community College with a degree in Social Science and a certificate in personal training and fitness and is now a full time student at Old Dominion University studying exercise science. She also works part-time at the locally owned Surf Rider Restaurant.
Michelle Ouellette (volunteer coach)
Michelle Ouellette is a Canadian Figure skater who began skating at the age of 5. Both of her children participate in Figure Skating and Hockey, and so she is happy to volunteer her time to help out where needed. She completed her CFSA Gold Dance tests, Senior Silver Freeskate, 6th Figure and was certified to coach CanSkate and CanFigureSkate in the 1980s, as well as seminars to allow judging local skating competitions.
She was coached primarily by Jon Lane, Carol Lane, and Barbie Echlin, though she was fortunate to attend regular seminars from a variety of Olympians and World Champions in the Toronto area. Michelle has coached Figure Skating and Powerskating from beginner through Sr Silver.
Michelle also has Grade 8 practical and Grade 3 Theory Royal Conservatory Piano and several years of Jazz/modern dance training and has used these additional experiences to choreograph solo and group routines.
Liz Lamborn -- coming soon
Ariana Moss -- coming soon
Seasonal Coaches -- Julianna Flade (Miami University of Ohio Student), Allison Kymmell (Disney on Ice), John Stuart (Disney on Ice)
Junior Coaches -- Hailey Rose Downey
Volunteer Coaches -- Erica Strausbaugh, Michelle Ouellette
Class Assistants -- Karina Bell, Hunter Clark, Bethany Jones, Sydney Manlove, Izzy Perry, Taylor Perry,
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