Rebecca is a PSA Master Rated Coach in Moves in the Field, Group and Synchronized Team skating and holds a PSA Level V Ranking. Rebecca is the Second Vice President of the PSA and is currently a Full Staff Member at The Skating Club of Boston. She has coached various levels of Synchronized skating teams and Theatre On Ice Teams which have qualified and medalled at U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and U.S. National Theatre On Ice Championships and have been selected for international competitions. Furthermore, she is the Director of the Boston Common Frog Pond campus for The Skating Club of Boston Skating Academy. With over 30 years of coaching experience, she has specializations in group and Synchro teams that enhance our program. Rebecca leads our Coaching Team as the Director of Program Development and Head Program Coach focusing on program growth, development and experience across all levels and disciplines.
Tracey Seliga O’Brien | Assistant Coaching Director, TOI of Boston
Tracey is a Master Rated Coach in Free Skate, Senior Rated in Moves in the Field and PSA Hockey Accreditation I & II. She is currently a Full Staff Member at The Skating Club of Boston and returns to our TOI coaching team this year as Assistant Coaching Director. In her competitive career, Tracey was a National competitor at the Junior and Senior level, International medalist, Member of Team USA and Olympic Sports Festivals. Her students have competed at the Regional, Sectional, Collegiate, Junior National, Adult National and National levels as well as several students that are on Team USA Synchronized skating teams. Outside of the rink she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children doing anything outside. From climbing fourteeners, to skiing, biking, hiking and taking adventures. Tracey has a Bachelor of Science in Communication, from the College of Arts, Media and Design from Northeastern University.
Adam Blake | Artistic Director, TOI of Boston
Adam joined The Skating Club of Boston as Artistic Director for Theatre On Ice of Boston for the 2016-2017 season as well as the Club coaching staff. Adam’s style of skating and choreography has been described as passionate, hard-hitting, and impactful. His proficient knowledge of trick skating maneuvers like cantilevers, boot slides, and backflips gives him a unique spin on traditional figure skating. Adam first started choreographing group productions at age 16. He then began to expand his knowledge of movement, learning all types of dance: hip hop, tap, street jazz, popping, locking, tutting, modern, contemporary, and swing. He toured for two years as a semi-principal skater with High School Musical the was promoted to Principal and Line Captain with Disney on Ice Presents: 100 Years of Magic. In 2011, Adam was the winner of the second Young Artists Showcase choreography competition. From there he was the assistant choreographer to Cindy Stuart for the two recent Disney on Ice shows. His most recent work includes choreography for the World Champion Kimmie Meissner, the Volkswagen Winter Spectaculars, Worlds Opening Ceremonies, Numerous USFS Champion Gala numbers, The 146 Edition of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the conception and production of his own company Ice Cold Combos.
Jimmy is a national and international Senior pairs competitor and has coached teams that have medaled at multiple National Theatre On Ice competitions at both the Junior and Senior levels. Jimmy is also a member of TOI of Boston’s internationally competitive Senior team, Forte of Boston. Jimmy enjoys passing on what he has learned during his competitive career to prepare his students for success in all aspects of life. Jimmy’s students continue to work on pair skating skills for national competitions and careers in professional shows. He also holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from Boston University and has a passion for performance, dance, and learning. He can usually be found dancing in his kitchen or taking a hip-hop class and is a proud dog dad to his rescue pup, Cali.
Michael is a 14-time international ice dance competitor and 8-time U.S. Championships ice dance competitor. Michael joins our coaching team this year and has been coaching since 2011. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from New England College of Business and describes himself as a car nut. He loves every aspect of cars and car culture. He also enjoys training short track speed skating; continuing his love for all sports involving ice.
Buck joined our coaching team last year and is a veteran of the TOI Boston program. He himself skated on Act I of Boston when it was founded in 2001 in addition to being a national and international ice dance competitor. Going on to tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater, Buck has toured the world and performed in many professional productions. We are proud to welcome Buck back to the TOI Boston family and the coaching team.
Alexandria (formerly Shaughnessy) is a professional figure skater, PSA Rated coach, a former Team USA pair skater with partner, Jimmy Morgan, and a former competitive singles skater. Between both singles and pair skating, Alex is a 10-time Eastern Sectional competitor and a 6-time U.S. Championships competitor. As a pair skater, Alex is a Senior international bronze medalist, a bronze medalist at the U.S. Championships at the Novice level, and a 5-time Eastern Sectional medalist. As a singles skater, she is a Regional medalist and Eastern Sectional competitor at both the Junior and Senior level. As a coach, Alex has over 10 years of coaching experience of all levels including freestyle, moves in the field, pairs, dance and Theatre On Ice. Alex was a skater on TOI of Boston’s Senior team, Act I of Boston from 2013-2015 and was the Head Coach of our Junior team, Ovation of Boston during the 2014-2015 season. She is currently a member of our Senior team, Forte of Boston and is very excited to be returning to the Coaching Team for TOI of Boston this season. Outside of the ice rink, Alex loves to spend time with her husband and two rescue dogs, as well as ski, hike, travel, and go to the beach with family and friends. Alex is also the Adoption and Transport coordinator of a non-profit organization, The Haiti Street Dog Project 501(c)(3).
Brad is an 8 time Eastern Sectional Senior Men Competitor, a Regional Medalist and a former Junior Nationals Pairs competitor with his previous partner, Marissa Castelli. He was first alternate to the 2014 and 2016 US National Championships. He is a 2009 graduate of Wheaton College with a BA in Psychology. Brad enjoys working with skaters of all ages and levels, from learn to skate to Sectional competitors and has been coaching since 2005. He has skated in professionals shows since his retirement in 2016, including Dick Button’s Art of Figure Skating exhibit in Cooperstown NY and for various shows with the American Ice Theatre. He also enjoys producing shows. He has been co producer of the Providence Tree Lighting since 2015, a position passed on to him by World Champion and Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan. He has also produced many benefits such as the “Celebrate Life” show which raised money for the America World Adoption Association in March 2017 in Rhode Island. Brad is a member of Forte of Boston and is excited to have be given the opportunity and privilege of working with the TOI of Boston teams at The Skating Club of Boston.
River is a national and international senior synchronized skating competitor. After 11 years of competing in Synchronized skating she joined the Haydenettes where she competed 6 more years to earn 6 national titles as well as 3 world bronze medals. Over those 6 years as a Haydenette, River traveled to over 9 countries to compete representing the United States. River is currently a member of TOI Bostons internationally competitive Senior team, Forte of Boston and is excited to be joining the coaching Team for TOI Boston this season. River holds a bachelor degree in Human Development from Merrimack College and can always be found playing new sports, painting, taking on new outdoor adventures, and testing out new baking recipes! River loves goofing around with her family and friends, you will always see her with a smile on her face!
Ailsa has 9 years of coaching experience, including group instruction and private lessons of all levels. She began her coaching career as a Junior Coach in the Learn To Skate program in Houston, where she mentored under B.L. Wylie and Julie Holmes. Ailsa began volunteering with Skate Therapy, an organization providing therapeutic skating lessons for individuals with a wide range of disabilities (check out their incredible work at skatetherapy.org). She picked up invaluable skills such as lesson planning and adapting to the needs of the individual that apply to every child and their learning abilities. Her private lesson career began in 2013, and over the years she mentored under Savannah Miller, Mark Janoschak, and other incredible coaches. She welcome learning opportunities such as the Professional Skaters Association Coaches’ Conference and Coaches’ seminars as opportunities to expand on my coaching philosophy and understanding of my sport. As Bill Nye says, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t… Respect their knowledge and learn from them. It will bring out the best in all of you.”
Bryna is a former international level ice dancer. She competed at the 2013 ISU Four Continents Championships amongst many other national and international competitions. She joins the TOI of Boston Coaching Staff this year to assist us in a variety of capacities. She brings her passion for helping skaters build a strong foundation of skating skills to give them the best chance possible to excel in their chosen discipline. She enjoys collaborative relationships with other coaching teams and aims to use her supportive role to supplement a personalized training regimen to help skaters thrive. In her competitive transition from freestyle to ice dance, she developed a deep appreciation for the value of building strong basics, strengthening a skater’s foundational elements through work on posture, presentation, edges, and power is core to their growth.
Aimee is passionate about figure skating and has been coaching for 30 years. She is also passionate about her family of four children, who grew up in rinks, playing hockey and figure skating over the years. When Aimee is not in the rink, she truly enjoys staying active with regular workouts, cooking, and traveling. She loves to spend time in Martha’s Vineyard, at the beach or on her boat with family and friends. She is so excited to coach our Unified Team, Overture of Boston, with such a wonderful team of coaches. The possibilities are endless and she is thrilled for the Unified Team to grow, have fun, improve, and succeed.
Karen joins us at Assistant Coach to our Unified Team, Overture of Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Rhode Island College, an Associates Degree in Nursing from the Community College of Rhode Island, and a School Nurse Teacher Certificate from Roger Williams University. As National Board Certified School Nurse, Karen has an interest in children’s health and education. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places, being active and outdoors in the summer and is an avid Red Sox fan.
Gillian Robidas is a New Hampshire native with a deep love for the story-telling side of figure skating. She is currently skating professionally, and has been a part of Sea World’s “Winter Wonderland on Ice” with Fight or Flight Entertainment and “New York on Ice” with Rosstyn Ice Shows & Rink Designs. Gillian also represented American Ice Theater at the US Open in 2019, sharing the ice with skaters from across the world. As a professional figure skater and coach, her philosophy is to embrace a growth mindset towards figure skating. She focuses on instilling personal fulfillment on the ice, creating a supportive community, and promoting creative expression. As a competitor on Ovation of Boston and Act 1 of Boston from 2014-2018, she is very excited to return to the TOI Boston family as the assistant coach for Overture of Boston, the Unified Theater on Ice Team. After working as a special education para-educator from 2016-2018, she is excited to bring her passion for working with special populations to the ice. Off the ice, she works as a skate technician at Home Ice Boston, and loves reading, yoga, writing, and spending time outside.
Jessie is a former competitive singles skater, as well as a former member of Act I of Boston. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a B.S in Molecular and Cell Biology. From 2013-2105 she was a volunteer coordinator with the Adaptive Skating program (previously Skate Therapy) and continued that work as a coach and director with Special Olympics and Unified program at UCLA. She is excited to be working with TOI of Boston and helping to build their own Unified Program. In her spare time she enjoys boxing, running and spending time with family and friends.