Professional Coaching Staff
The Stamford Twin Rinks is a member of “Excellence on Ice”, a national award program established by the PSA. Facilities approved for the program have proven excellence through quality coaching on and off-ice. Stamford Twin Rinks is the only rink in the New England Region to receive this designation.
The Springdale Figure Skating Club is proud to have PSA member coaches and PSA master rated coaches on its staff.
Francis X. Cassella Figures, MIF, Freestyle, Dance, Power Hockey
Emily Lowenthal Cassella Figures, MIF, Freestyle, Dance, Power Hockey
Karen Christensen MIF, Freestyle
June Clark Figures, MIF, Freestyle, Dance, Power Hockey
Sabrina Ericson Figures, MIF, Freestyle, Dance
Ekaterina Gvozdkova Freestyle, Dance, Choreography
Barbara Julian Figures, MIF, Freestyle, Power Hockey
Larisa Lomonosova Freestyle, Choreography
Terri Ann Lowenthal MIF, Freestyle, Dance, Power Hockey
Jenette Maitz MIF, Freestyle, Dance
Lea Ann Miller Freestyle, Choreography
Christine Newkirk MIF, Freestyle
Christina O’Donnell MIF, Freestyle, Dance
John Salerno Power Hockey
Deborah Smeriglio MIF, Freestyle
Marina Spagnuolo MIF, Freestyle
Janet Thomson Figures, MIF, Dance
Springdale Ballet and Dance Academy Staff
Board of Directors
Lori Martello – President
Masako Sparks – Vice President
David Armetta – Secretary
Eleanor Lowenthal – Treasurer
Jeanne Finlay (honorary member)
Sandra Sasic Juzups
Meet the Skating Coaches
Emily Lowenthal Cassella and Francis X. Cassella, Skating Directors: Nationally-known PSA Master- rated coaches Emily and Frank Cassella have directed the Twin Rinks figure skating and Basic Skills programs for 19 years. A gold medalist in figures, freestyle, and ice dancing, Emily is a member of the Skating Club of Lake Placid Hall of Fame. Frank, the 1971 U.S. National Junior Dance Champion, is a gold medalist in ice dancing and free dancing and a four-time U.S. National competitor.
Karen Christensen: Karen has coached in the southern Connecticut region for over 20 years. She trained in figures, freestyle, and ice dancing and performed with Ice Capades Continental Company.
June Clark: A U.S. Figure Skating double gold medalist, June has coached in the region and at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center for over 20 years. She previously was head coach at the New Canaan Winter Club and directed her own skating school at the Darien Ice Rink.
Sabrina Ericson: Sabrina, an ice dancing gold medalist, has taught in Colorado and southern Connecticut for 15 years. She also has trained in figures, Moves in the Field, and freestyle, and coaches many aspiring hockey players, as well.
Ekaterina Gvozdkova: Katia hails from Moscow, where she competed with her ice dancing partner for the Russian National Team. Her international successes include three-time gold medalist at the Russian Cup and Bronze medalist at the ISU International competition in France. Katia holds an International Level Master of Sport ranking and studied figure skating choreography.
Larisa Lomonosova: Larisa trained in Russia and coached figure skating at Moscow’s Luzhniki Skating Rink. She has toured extensively in ice shows throughout the world, including Ballet on Ice in Russia and Circus on Ice in Japan, France, and the UAE. Larisa also is a trained gymnast.
Terri Ann Lowenthal: Terri trained in ice dancing, freestyle, and figures under several elite coaches in southern Connecticut and Lake Placid and has been coaching for more than 40 years. She was Skating Director at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, DC, overseeing the nationally-acclaimed Kids On Ice® program.
Jenette Maitz: Jenette is a gold medalist in freestyle, ice dance, free dance, and Moves in the Field. A competitor in several figure skating disciplines, Jenette (with her partner) was the 2010 Turkish National Ice Dance Champion and represented Turkey at the World Championships that year.
Lea Ann Miller: Known as one of the top choreographers in the country, Lea Ann has been the professional choreographer for Yuka Sato, Katerina Witt, Rosalynn Sumners, Caryn Kadavy, Josee Chouinard, Ekaterina Gordeeva, and Tara Lipinski to name a few. As an amateur, she competed in pairs with her partner, Bill Fauver. They were on four World teams and one Olympic team.
Christine Newkirk: Christine is a gold medalist in figures and has more than 27 tears of coaching experience. She has an Ed Masters in International Education Development from Columbia University.
Christina O’Donnell: Christina is a gold medalist in figures and freestyle and has passed two gold dances. Her competition experience includes North Atlantic Regionals and Eastern Sectional Championships. She has been teaching skating for 20 years.
Deborah Smeriglio: Deb grew up in Greenwich training at local rinks. She received her 2nd figure and Intermediate Freestyle tests. She has 22 years of coaching experience.
Marina Spagnuolo: Marina trains students, from beginners to the most senior levels, in freestyle, Moves in the Field, and synchronized skating. A coach for almost 30 years, Marina was head professional of the Terry Connors Synchronized Skating Program in Stamford from 1995–2003.
Adrienne Riter: Adrienne attended Marymount Manhattan College graduating with a BA in Dance. She attended summer intensives with ABT, Boston Ballet, and Nashville Ballet among others. Adrienne graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. She is a teacher and dancer with The Connecticut Ballet of Stamford.