Ann Marie Shipstad
Ann Marie Shipstad has had a lifelong passion for the performing arts, humanities and ice sports and has committed her entire career to sharing their lessons and pleasures with a broader public. Originally from Colorado, her career started on the west coast working as a professional actor and skater for Disney at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood; theatre and film credits include the San Jose Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, A Noise Within Repertory Theatre, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, as well as several national and international commercial spots including Good Year Tires, Boeing Airlines & Dr. Pepper. She has spent the last 15 years working in both the arts and ice sports within the Chicagoland area. She is currently the Cultural Arts Manager at Park Center in Glenview and the program director for IceReach. She serves on the Board of Regents for the Illinois Park & Recreation Leadership Academy as well as volunteering with IceReach at multiple outreach events with other sport agencies throughout the year. She holds an BA in Theatre (University of Kansas) and a MA in Liberal Studies (Northwestern University). She is involved with all four ice sports, having coached hockey, speedskating and figure skating; in her free time, her favorite recreational activites are curling, skiing and spending time with her husband Paul and daughter Anna Rose.
Originally from Ohio, Kate Bresnan began her skating career over 26 years ago. As a Professional Figure Skating Coach, she has an extensive background in both USFSA and ISI instruction, ice show coordination, synchronized skating, and off-ice training. With a passion for nonprofit and arts management, she has instructed and organized multiple skating club recreational programs in addition to local Learn to Skate classes. As an Ice Show Director, she worked directly with the board and oversaw all creative aspects of production and choreography. Upon completing her Bachelors in Art History from Bowling Green State University, Kate went on to specialize in nonprofit management with her Master’s degree in Public Administration. In addition to coaching, she works full-time as the Administrative Director of the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Eve Chalom is a two time world competitor in ice dancing, and has been coaching skating for almost 20 years. She loves working with people of all levels, and draws on her experiences in all types of dance and yoga, as well as being a dance movement therapist, to inform her teaching. She performed for over ten years in New York City with the Ice Theatre of New York, and is currently the associate artistic director of Ice Semble Chicago, in addition to teaching at several rinks in the Chicagoland area. She is finishing her yoga teacher training and pursues other interests such as writing non-fiction and poetry, and massage.
Katy McKinnon has been skating and playing ice hockey since age 5. Growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago, her home rink was Homewood-Flossmoor Ice Arena. She began teaching beginner skating and hockey lessons there in High School. In college, she played for the Fighting Illini Women's Hockey Team, while working and teaching beginner lessons for the University of Illinois Ice Arena. She continues to stay involved with skating and hockey through volunteer coaching with the AHAI- Hockey is for Everyone Program, coaching with Ice Reach and working special events with the Glenview Ice Center. She hopes to continue to spread the positive impacts ice sports can create for everyone.
Meah Helfand is a USFSA Gold Medalist with more than 20 years of teaching experience. Although she works as a systems engineer these days, she loves to skate and teach skating. A founding member of Ice-Semble Chicago, Meah also enjoys performing several times a year. When not on the ice or working, Meah spends her time on some other favorites: Pilates, traveling, sailing, reading, making jewelry and cheering for the Cubs and Blackhawks.