Skating Staff Guide

All instructors are independent contractors who use the Yorba Linda ICE facility to teach private lessons and, therefore, set their own schedules, lesson fees, and policies. Below you will find a list of our private lesson instructors, a brief biography of their background, and their contact information. If you would like Shari June, the skating manager, to assist you in selecting an instructor, she can be reached at 714.692.8776 ext. 4 or via email at

Skating Professionals

Shari Heywood-Jude

Phone: 714.692.8776 Ext 4 


“Figure Skating Director” at Yorba Linda ICE. USFS Double Gold Medalist. Specializes in Singles, Ice Dancing (partnered and solo), Ice Dancing Freedance, Moves In The Field and Choreography. Trained and competed under US World Team Coaches in Singles and Ice Dancing. Trained extensively in off-ice: Ballroom, Ballet, Power Stroking, and Off-Ice strength. Principal performer in Ice Capades National tour. Over 20 years coaching experience with all levels of skaters. PSA/USFS/ISI member.

Carolyn-Ann Alba

Phone: 714.858.0230


2007 U.S. National Novice Ladies Bronze Medalist, 2010 U.S. National Junior Pairs Pewter Medalist, Two Time Junior National Competitor, four time U.S. National competitor, ISU competitor, International competitor, Regional and sectional medalist, Midwestern Sectional Pairs Gold Medalist. Trained with National, World and Olympic Coaches. Specialties incl: jump and spin technique of all levels, power stroking & moves in the field.

Ashley Balch

Phone: 714.469.6619


Involved in figure skating as either a coach or competitor for over twenty years. Experienced at coaching competitive ISI, USFS, stroking, choreography, dance, stretch, off-ice strength training/conditioning, and power skating for hockey players. Extensive dance training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, modern, and ballroom. ABA trained behavioral therapist with over ten years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities both on and off the ice. Committed to helping all skaters reach their goals whether they are competitive or recreational in nature.

Gina Deson

Phone: 760.473.9525


Gina was a competitive figure skating for 15 years and has been coaching since 2011. ISI and PSA certified and USFS Coach compliant. She loves working with any and all ages; she has a passion for helping kids fall in love with the sport of skating like she did 20 years ago. Her goal is to teach kids on the ice and for them to walk away with lessons and skills they can use in other areas of their life. Come skate with her and have some fun!

Garnet Fiordalisi

Phone: 714.454.4641


USFS Gold Medalist in Figures and Freestyle. Former World and European Team Member. Coaching for more than 20 years with students ranging from Beginner Tots to Regional through International competitors. Motto: I respect the role my coaching plays in the education of skaters and their futures. PSA and ISI member.

Vikki Geller

Phone: 949.933.4596


A very goal oriented coach; No matter what your goal is, Vikki can and will help you achieve it. Has coached all levels of skaters from Beginners to National competitors. Vikki has over 20 years of coaching experience and 15 years as a competitive skater. She was a 10 time regional competitor and trained under the best coaches in Southern Ca which include Olympic and World Team Coach's John Nicks. Member of PSA, USFS AND ISI. Rated certified in freestyle by the PSA and is a level lV ranked coach. Specializes in Singles, Advanced Spin and Jump technique and Moves In The Field. Well versed in IJS.

Michelle Hardin

Phone: 949.374.6425


Double gold medalist in singles freeskate and moves in the field; 17 years of teaching all levels of figure skating including beginners, recreational skaters, regional/national skaters, and beginner hockey levels. Skilled member of PSA, ISI and USFS with an extensive expertise in jump technique taught by John Nicks along with a passion for choreography. CER certified, and CPR certified.

Stephanie Horton

Phone: 714.310.1786


7 year Regional Competitor. Pacific Coast Sectionals Champion and National competitor in synchronized skating. National Collegiate Competitor. 20 years of skating experience. I teach all levels and ages. Specialty includes jumps and spins.

Nicole Lee

Phone: 714.397.1423


ISI and USFS certified. Over 10 years of skating and 15 years of dance and choreography experience. Extremely knowledgeable about off-ice strength and flexibility training. Currently pursuing a degree in child development, enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, especially Tots!

Christine McGuern

Phone: 909.730.6828


Figure Skating and Hockey Coach. Member of USFS, ISI, and USA HOCKEY. Coaching for 21 years; a second-generation figure skater to Canadian Nationalist figure skaters Sharon Browning and Barry Munns. Christine trains all levels of skating from beginner tots, to adults, to competitors. Also coaches hockey students/teams; focuses on proper hockey technique and proper fundamentals of skating, as well as edge work and power to their stride. A Mom to two amazing kids who happen to be a hockey player and figure skater!

Melinda Newberry

Phone: 562.536.2571


USFS Gold Medalist with over 18 years of experience at the regional and national level. A certified professional member of USFS and ISI. Graduated from Cal State University of Fullerton with a Bachelors in Health Science and minor in Japanese. Melinda is currently working on her master's in Dietetics and certification in Sports Nutrition. Melinda would like to share the joy of figure skating to others and encourage everyone young and old that they can do anything they set their minds to. Specializes in technique and choreography.

Grace Orpiano

Phone: 714.609.2239


USFS double gold medalist. Regional finalist, ISI world medalist, and experienced dancer. Specializing in skating technique development. Enjoys working with all ages and skill level.

Tiahna Panagotacos

Phone: 951.264.2712


USFS/ISI Member. United States Regional Competitor- 9 years competitive experience - trained under World Class Coaches. Specializes in all levels, from Tots to Advanced. Enjoys inspiring each student’s love of skating combined with experienced and skillful coaching.

Sean Rabbit

Phone: 714.747.1712


US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. US Figure Skating National Championship’s Competitor. Current US Senior Men's Competitor. Pacific Coast Sectional Silver and Pewter Medalist. Trained by US Olympic Coaches. Coach and Choreographer for National and Internationally Ranked Skaters. 15 years in multiple styles of dance (Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop). Specialties are Advance Jump Technique and Choreography.

Cody Woods

Phone: 949.677.5689


Hockey Coach. Has been skating for 20 years. Played competitively at an Elite and Junior level. Enjoys teaching all ages and has a strong love and passion for the game and coaching.

Katie Schaefer

Phone: 714.292.0755


USFS Gold Medalist and Regional Competitor. Over 13 years of skating and competitive training in Singles and Moves In The Field. Has extensive off ice training in strength and jumps. Training in ice dancing. Specializes in singles, choreography, power skating, edge work and off ice training. Works with Tots through Seasoned Competitors. USFS/ISI Member.

Phone: 310.663.1510


Elena is an international certified ballet teacher with over 30 years of experience . She received training under the Bolshoi Ballet ( Moscow ) , American Ballet Theatre ( New York ) , Royal Ballet Academy ( London ) and International Association of Dance Medicine and Science . She is a certified Teacher of ABT ( New York ) , she has CPD certificates from London , UK and Seattle , WA . In addition she has numerous education in athletic training and degree in advanced management (MBA). She has had extensive experience in the Russia at the Olympic Center and USA working with Singles , Pairs , Ice Dancers ( balance, speed, jumps, turns, classical arms , grace and stage presence ) and synchronized skating teams.

Jacqie Shaffer

Phone: 714.396.8592


Member of USFA, PSA, ISI and has a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. USFA Double Gold Medalist. Many years of competitive experience and holds a national ranking. Whatever the skater’s goals or wishes may be, from wanting to be a national competitor, to learning to skate faster than their friends, they are all equal in value and they all start with the same thing—that first lesson! Specialties incl: Moves In The Field and Freeskating.

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