GKSA CLUB PROS

Amy Wood
Email: Sk8amy02@aol.com
Cell: 269-598-9184

Disciplines Taught: Moves, Dance, Freestyle, Synchronized, and Learn-to-skate

Levels Taught:  All
Credentials: U.S. Figure Skating member, Professional Skaters Association member, CER B Certified Coach; Testing: Gold Freestyle, Gold Moves-in-the-Field, Gold Dance; Varsity letter winner synchronized skating, 3 years.

Bio: I have been teaching learn-to-skate since 2000 and private lessons and synchronized skating since 2002. I have also been the learn-to-skate Administrative Director since 2011. I grew up on the East side of the state and have been skating since age 3. I attended WMU and was on the Varsity Senior synchronized skating team for 3 years, competing Nationally and Internationally. Using my B.A. in Accounting from WMU,  I work full time for a security and fire alarm company as the Accounting Coordinator. I have also Co-Chaired numerous GKSA events including Skate the Zoo, 2013 Midwestern & Pacific Synchronized Skating Championships, and 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

Accepting New Students: Yes

Amy Wood

Dean Copely
Email: DeanJ2000@aol.com
Cell: 302-540-5699

Disciplines Taught:  Ice Dance

Credentials: Senior Moves in the Field test, Senior Free Dance test, Gold Dance and many International dance tests. US Figure Skating Member. Professional Skaters Association Member. National Solo Dance Coach.


Accomplishments in the Sport of Figure Skating:
6 International Junior Grand Prix competitions 2007-2010 (1 Gold medal, 1 Bronze medal, Junior Dance) 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final (5th place, Junior Dance) Evening With Champions benefit for The Jimmy Fund at Harvard (2011) 9 time Junior National and National competitor 2011 US National Championships (Gold Medal, Junior Dance) 2011 World Junior Championships (Bronze medal, Junior Dance) 2011 Cup of China Grand Prix (7th place) 2011 ISU World Standings 18th in the world in ice dancing

Bio: Trained under Marina Zoueva and Igor Shpilband, coaches of 2010 and 2014 Olympic Ice Dance Gold and Silver medalists Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir and Meryl Davis & Charlie White. Trained alongside said Olympic champions for four years in Canton, MI at the Arctic Edge of Canton. Competed for freestyle from 2000-2005, pairs in 2005, and ice dancing from 2000-’03 and 2007-’12. Competed for ice dancing in 9 different countries across Europe, Asia, and North America. Taught Basic Skills and private lessons in Canton, MI from 2010-2012. Teaching in Kalamazoo, MI since 2013. Partners all levels of dance tests including International dances. Trains solo ice dancers for the National Solo Dance Series. Current student at Western Michigan University studying Biomedical Sciences.

Accepting New Students: Yes

Dean Copely

Gisele Green-Czajka
Email: Ggreen6257@aol.com
Cell: (269) 629-0451

Disciplines Taught: 
Free Style, Moves in the Field, Pairs, Dance, Power, Hockey
Levels Taught:  All Levels

Credentials: Gold Dance, Novice Free Style, 5th figure test, Junior Moves in the Field, and Juvenile Free Dance, Professional Skaters Association member.  Registered Free Style and Certified Group Lesson ratings.  Level 1 Ranking.  Certified Sports Science Examination.

Bio: Instructor for Southwest Michigan Skating Club as a charter member from 1989 to present (now Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association).  25 years coaching competitive and recreational students in figures, freestyle, moves in the field, pairs, and dance.  Junior National coach as well Regional medal winners. The cast of a professional ice show, “Startime On Ice”.  Trained under Lois Gardner, Neil Carpenter, Ron Shaver, Igor Shpilband, Vladimir Levchenkov and Gene Heffron.  Skated competitively in the Midwest for 8 years.  Principal soloist for Port Huron Figure Skating Club for 10 years.

Accepting New Students: Yes

Gisele Green-Czajka

Jennifer DeMarco
Email: jldemarco1189@gmail.com

Bio: US Figure Skating Member, Professional Skating Association Member, Testing: Gold Moves in the field, Pre-Gold Dance, Juvenile Freestyle. I grew up skating in Canton, Ohio where I suffered a back injury early in my career which ultimately led me to synchronized skating, which became the huge driving passion of my life and skating career. I traveled to Cleveland most of my high school career to compete with many different skating teams from the open juvenile to the Junior division. 

After high school I moved to Western Michigan University where I skated for the WMU Senior Varsity team for four years, cross-skated to the Collegiate team for my junior and senior year, and served as the Board President for one year. During that time I was on Team USA which competed internationally for two years. I graduated from WMU in 2011 which my Bachelors in elementary education. I began teaching in Kalamazoo Public Schools in 2012 and since then have earned my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Last year, I got married to my husband Ian and bought our first home in Kalamazoo, making me a permanent Michigan resident, much to my Ohio family’s dismay 🙂 I currently am a 3rd Grade reading teacher in KPS. I am beyond excited to be joining the GKSA Club and the Michigan skating family. 

Accepting New Students: Yes

Jennifer DeMarco

Jennifer Heurlin-Brenne

Email: jhbsk8er1@hotmail.com 
Cell: 269-271-0718

Disciplines Taught: Freestyle, Moves, Dance, Choreography, Pairs, Syncro, Hockey, Power
Levels Taught:  All

Credentials:  Professional Ratings (Professional Skaters Association): Professional Skaters Association Ranking Level III, Professional Skaters Association Ratings: Senior Freestyle, Senior Moves, Registered Group, Hockey Level I Certified; Testing:  Gold Freestyle, Gold Pair, Gold Dance + 5 Internationals, Gold Moves in the Field; Coaching Experience: Coaching since 1993, Regional, Junior National, and National Solo Dance Coach

Accomplishments in the Sport of Figure Skating 1989 United States Figure Skating Championships, Junior Pair Champion 1990 & 91 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Pairs Bronze Medalist 1991 United States Olympic Festival, Pairs Silver 1991 Skate America International, Pairs 5th 1990 Skate Canada International, Pairs 4th 6-time US National Competitor 4-time World Junior Team Member Member WMU Synchronized Skating Team 1995-98 1996 US Synchronized Skating Championships, competitor Senior  

Bio:  Jennifer Heurlin-Brenne has been teaching in Kalamazoo since 1993.  In that time she has coached skaters to the Junior National level as well as coaching skaters through several Gold Medal level tests including Moves in the Field, Freestyle and Ice Dance. Heurlin-Brenne moved to Kalamazoo in 1993 after an extensive career as a pair skater.  She and her partner, John Frederiksen, trained in Colorado Springs, Co at the world renowned Broadmoor World Arena and at the University of Delaware Training Center in Newark, Delaware. The team represented the US in several international competitions including 4 World Junior Championships, where they captured the Bronze medal in 1990 & 1991, Skate Canada and Skate America.  Heurlin and Frederiksen were also the 1989 US Figure Skating Championships, Junior Pair Champions. Their partnership ended in 1992.  Jennifer graduated from Western Michigan University with a BS in Merchandising.  She is married to Richard, a high school science teacher, and they have 2 daughters, Jordan and Natalie, who also skate.

Accepting New Students: Yes

Jennifer Heurlin-Brenne

Jen Miller
Email: jfarrellmiller@aol.com
Cell: 

Disciplines Taught: Moves, Dance, Freestyle, Synchronized, and Learn-to-skate
Levels Taught:  All

Accepting New Students: Yes

Jen Miller

Jessica LaPorte

Email: j8houk@hotmail.com
Home Phone: (269) 353-9668
Cell: (269) 720-6370

Disciplines Taught: Free Skate, Moves in the Field, Ice Dance, Free Dance, Artistic, Synchronized, Basic Skills
Levels Taught:  All

Credentials: US Figure Skating member, Professional Skaters Association,  PSA BA; Testing:  Pre-Gold dance + 1 Gold, Gold Moves in the Field, Junior Free Skate

Bio:  Masters Degree from Western Michigan University in Practicum in Teaching, BA from Western Michigan University in Elementary Education.

Accepting New Students: Yes

Jessica LaPorte

Nicole Czuhajewski
Email: nczuhajewski19@adrian.edu

Disciplines Taught: Moves, Dance, Freestyle, Synchronized, and Learn-to-skate
Levels Taught:  All

Bio: Nikki Czuhajewski grew up skating in Kalamazoo and was part of the Kalamazoo Kinetic Synchronized Skating teams and high school figure skating teams (2012-2015). She has taught Learn-to-Skate in Kalamazoo for 5 years. She was also a member of the Crystallettes Junior Synchronized skating team in 2015 where they placed 6th at nationals and were placed into the International Selection Pool for the following season.

In addition to synchronized skating, she participated in the National Solo Dance Series, where she is a six-time national medalist in pattern dance, the combined free dance event, and shadow dance events. She now attends Adrian College and is pursing a degree in Marketing. She is continuing her skating career at Adrian and is a member of their Senior Synchronized skating team and intercollegiate figure skating team. She is a 2-time international competitor for Team USA synchronized skating. In her freshman season, she became the 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships Senior Solo Dance champion, as well as medaling in two other events. 

Accepting New Students: Yes

Nicole Czuhajewski

Tara Allen
Email: wilsont1mu@hotmail.com

Bio: US Figure Skating Member, Professional Skating Association Member, Testing: Gold Moves in the field, Pre-Gold Dance, Juvenile Freestyle. I grew up skating in Canton, Ohio where I suffered a back injury early in my career which ultimately led me to synchronized skating, which became the huge driving passion of my life and skating career. I traveled to Cleveland most of my high school career to compete with many different skating teams from the open juvenile to the Junior division.

After high school I moved to Western Michigan University where I skated for the WMU Senior Varsity team for four years, cross-skated to the Collegiate team for my junior and senior year, and served as the Board President for one year. During that time I was on Team USA which competed internationally for two years. I graduated from WMU in 2011 which my Bachelors in elementary education. I began teaching in Kalamazoo Public Schools in 2012 and since then have earned my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Last year, I got married to my husband Ian and bought our first home in Kalamazoo, making me a permanent Michigan resident, much to my Ohio family’s dismay 🙂 I currently am a 3rd-grade reading teacher in KPS. I am beyond excited to be joining the GKSA Club and the Michigan skating family.

Accepting New Students: Yes

Tara Allen

Madeline Crandle

Email: madsskater@gmail.com 

Madeline Crandle

Sophie Cucci
Email: scucci@umich.edu

Disciplines Taught: Moves, Dance, Freestyle, Synchronized, and Learn-to-skate
Levels Taught:  All

Bio: Sophie Cucci is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has been coaching basic skills classes at GKSA since 2014, and this is her first year as a private coach. In addition to basic skills, she has helped with the exhibition synchronized skating teams in the past. She is the VP of External Relations for the University of Michigan Synchronized Skating Team. She has also represented the United States of America at the French Cup with the Crystallettes Synchronized Skating Team. 

  • University of Michigan
  • 2016 Senior National Synchronized Skating Pewter Medalist
  • 2017 Collegiate National Synchronized Skating Champion
  • Former International Competitor
  • Quadruple Gold Medalist in Free, Dance, Moves and Solo Free Dance

Accepting New Students: Yes

Sophie Cucci