Meet our Coaches

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Rita Fehr 

Learn to Skate, Junior and Senior Club Coach (Private Lessons)

Rita Fehr is a 3-time US Figure skating Gold medalist in Moves in the Field, Freestyle and Pairs and has also passed through Pre-Bronze Ice Dance. 

 

Training with Team USA coaches and International level coaches helped her become a US National Competitor,3-time Sectional competitor in Pairs as well as a Sectional Competitor in Singles.These experiences have helped shape her desire to help every athlete reach their short and long term goals.

Outside of the rink, Rita enjoys spending time with her three kids and raising lots of fun animals on her hobby farm. She holds an Associates of Liberal Arts Degree and is pursuing her Bachelors of Social Work.

Rita has experience coaching skaters through USFSA Gold Medalist in, Moves in the field, Solo Free Dance and Intermediate Freestyle tests.

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Megan Endries

Learn to Skate Coach, Junior & Senior Club Coach Private Lessons

Hi! I am Megan Endries, and I attend the University of Eau Claire for bio chem! I have been skating since I was three and am working on my Intermediate for both moves in the field and free skate. I have four years experience teaching learn to skate. Additionally, I was the captain of my hometown synchro team! I currently skate on the UWEC synchro team and individually in Chippewa! I look forward to meeting you!

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Elsa Bohman

Learn to Skate Coach, Private Lessons

Hello my name is Elsa Bohman and I am a freshman at Chi-Hi. I have been skating in Chippewa for the past 11 years. I have been helping with Chippewa’s Learn to Skate program for the last 5 years, and I am a certified Learn to Skate Coach. I enjoy sharing my love for skating to the younger skaters. I am working on my Juvenile Free Skate and my Junior Moves in the Field.

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Nadia Tambornino

Learn to Skate Coach, Junior & Senior Club Coach Private Lessons

Hello, my name is Nadia Tambornino. I am a junior at Chippewa Falls High School. I am 16 years old and have been skating for the past 10 years. I have passed my Pre- Juvenile Free Skate and am working on my Novice Moves in the Field.  I’m a certified Learn to Skate instructor. I have been coaching for the past 4 year. I’m a certified lifeguard with CPR/AED and first aid. I love watching the younger skaters love for skating grow. One of my favorite things to do outside of coaching is working on spins. Right now I’m working on a spin called the butterfly. Outside of figure skating some of my other interests are soccer and photography.

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Mackenzie Shay

Junior & Senior Club Coach, Private Lessons

Mackenzie Shay is a licensed figure skating coach and a member of the PSA. She graduated from UWEC in 2020 with degrees in English Education and Spanish, as well as a coaching certification. She was a member of the UWEC Synchronized Skating Team for 4 years. In addition to coaching, Mackenzie is a high school English teacher. 

Before moving to Eau Claire, Mackenzie was a member of the Rochester Figure Skating Club for over 11 years and skated in a variety of disciplines including freestyle, synchro, and ice dance. She has passed Intermediate Moves in the Field, Juvenile Free Skate, and Silver Ice Dance. Mackenzie has coached in Rochester, La Crosse, Hayward, and Eau Claire. She has coached and choreographed programs for Learn to Skate, freestyle, artistic, moves in the field, and ice dance, including pattern dance and solo free dance through Senior Solo Free Dance. Mackenzie’s goal as a coach is to make sure that all her students enjoy the sport and can have fun with it while being safe and striving for their goals, whether they want to be competitive or are skating just for the fun of the sport.    

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Joelle Johnson

Sychro Instructor, Junior & Senior Club Coach, Private Lessons

Joelle is a veteran figure skating coach who dedicates her time to helping skaters reach their greatest potential. She is an individual figure skating and synchronized skating coach. She helps her individual skaters navigate testing in both moves in the field & free skating as well as competitions at their appropriate skill level. She is known for the development of competitive skating routines especially those with an artistic flare. Her artistry is second to none.

 

Outside of figure skating, Joelle spends her time working in the medical field where she helps and cares for others' medical needs. A few fun facts about Joelle are that she loves llamas, unicorns and has an outstanding pez dispenser collection. 

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Acacia Pischer

Learn to Skate, Junior & Senior Club Coach, Private Lessons

Hello, I am Acacia Pischer! I am currently a sophomore at Chi-Hi and I have been skating with CFSC for 8 years. I recently passed my Pre-Juvenile Free Skate and I am working on Junior Moves in the Field. I've been coaching for 2 years, and was a LTS helper prior. I am a certified coach and a member of the PSA.

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Deyette Helminski

Learn to Skate Director 

I’m Deyette Helminski, the Chippewa Figure Skating Club’s Learn to Skate Director. I was born in Andover, MN and moved to Cadott, WI in 1996. I have a wonderful husband (Matthew) and three handsome boys (Bryan, Justin, and Kyle). I fell in love with Figure Skating at 8 years old when I received my first pair of figure skates for Christmas. From then on, every winter I spent as many hours as possible outdoors at the skating rink or skating on a small pond behind our house. In college, I was introduced to the world of “Adult” Figure Skating, but it was short-lived due to moving to Grand Forks, ND to complete my Bachelor’s Degree. I’m a Medical Technologist and I currently work at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, WI. I’ve now been skating for 12 years and “yes” I do compete. I served as the LTS Director for the club several years ago, but due to my career path at the time I had to resign. I’m very thankful to have accepted the LTS Director position again because I love seeing the smiles on the faces of children as they learn what seemed impossible is possible.  

Interested in being one of our coaches? 

We are always looking for great coaches to join our family-friendly club. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities by clicking HERE.