Meet our Instructors

Park Ridge Park District prides itself on the high quality of its figure skating program and instructors, anchored by our director and two-time Olympian, David Santee.

Read below to find out more about our instructors. Call the Oakton office at 847-692-3359 for instructor contact information, or e-mail Ingrid Santee at isantee@prparks.org.

David Santee

Director of Skating
David Santee

David is the 1981 World Silver Medalist, a seven-time U.S. World team member, and a two-time Olympian, taking 4th Place in Men’s Singles at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. The youngest male to win U.S. Junior Championship, he is a 13-time U.S. medalist, ranking 3rd all time. David is a 2015 US Figure Skating and ISI Hall of Fame inductee. He participates in an advisory capacity with the International Skating Institute and Professional Skating Association, and is also the Instructors Representative on the Board of Directors of ISI.

Teaches: Freestyle, USFS competitive, Power

Ingrid Santee

Skating Supervisor
Ingrid Santee

A national competitor, Ingrid was a member of Disney on Ice and has over 20 years of experience as a skating director and rink manager.

Teaches: Freestyle, MIF, Choreography, Style, Power, Basic Skills, ISI/USFS

Coaching Staff

Alina Barnas
Alina Barnas

Alina has 10 years of coaching experience and is an ISI Professional Member and WeSkate certified instructor.

Teaches: ISI Basic Skills, Freestyle

 

Alessandra Barresi-Spalla
Ali Barresi-Spalla

Ali started skating at age 3. Regional Competitor. She loves skating and working with younger skaters.

 

Ania Biernat
Ania Biernat

Ania is a 10-year Regional Competitor and USFS Double Gold Medalist in Free Skate and Moves in the Field. She enjoys working with children of all ages and levels.

 

Ryan Bradley
Ryan Bradley

Ryan is a National champion at the Jr, Sr, and Collegiate levels. He has multiple medals from international competitions, as well as being named to the world team 3 times. He was worked as a professional skater touring across the United States and Japan with Stars on Ice, and has also done many other professional shows including the Disson ABC/NBC specials. He’s taught many clinics and seminars and had taken skaters to National and International competitions. He is very excited to call Oakton his home rink and have an opportunity to help kids reach their potential.

 

Julie Brinskelle
Julie Brinskelle

Julie has 10 years of coaching experience and is a three-time Adult National Competitor, PSA member, and WeSkate certified instructor.

Teaches: ISI Basic Skills, MIF, Power, Freestyle, ISI/USFS

 

Maggie Carey
Maggie Carey

Maggie is a five-time Regional Competitor. She has taught tot and pre-alpha classes for the past four years. She enjoys sharing a love for skating with her students.

 

Molly Driscoll
Molly Driscoll

Molly is a 10-year competitor, four-time Regional Competitor, and Senior Gold Medalist in MIF. 

Teaches: ISI Basic Skills, Freestyle, Spins, Edge Quality, Choreography, MIF, Power

 

Christina Godziszewski
Christina Godziszewski

Christina has 13 years of coaching experience. She specializes in jump & spin technique, MIF, choreography, performance (competition and exhibition), power & skating skills, off-ice conditioning, and flexibility. Christina studied Theatre Design and designs competitive figure skating dresses.

 

Nancy Hitch
Nancy Hitch

Nancy has 40 years of experience. She is an ISI and USFS competitor, ISI member/triple certified WeSkate, and PSA rated and ranked.

Teaches: ISI Basic Skills, Freestyle, Choreography

 

Jordan Mann

Jordan is a 9 time Regional medalist, 4 time Sectional competitor, and 1997 Junior Olympic Silver Medalist. Gold Test Freestyle, MIF. PSA BA rated and Level 2 ranked member. He specializes in Pole Harness and video analysis. He is a USAH Level 5, USS Level 2, PSA Cat A and Hockey 4 coach. iAIM CAM, CAO, CAP, CSD, ASD

Teaches: All levels

 

Ranait O'Connor
Ranait O'Connor

Ranait has skated since 3 years old, Regional Competitor, and competed in ISI Adult Championships. She teaches basic skills to children and adults.

 

Monica Olszewski
Monica Olszewski

Monica is a high level USFS Competitor for 10 years. She took her final Moves in the Field test in February 2017. She enjoys teaching all ages and levels.

 

Ema Takahashi
Ema Takahashi

Ema is a high level USFS Competitor. She is a Moves in the Field Medalist. She enjoys teaching skaters of all ages and levels.

 

Agnes Zawadzki
Agnes Zawadzki

Agnes is the 2010 U.S. National Junior Champion, a two-time World Junior Medalist, 2012 Rostelecom Cup Bronze Medalist and a two-time U.S. National Bronze Medalist. Agnes has been traveling and performing on cruise ships. She is currently teaching and working on her pilates instructor certification and is absolutely thrilled to join the Oakton staff!