Figure Skating

Professional instructors available for all skill levels.

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. Contact the Oakton office at oaktonicearena@prparks.org for instructor contact information.

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 ISI and PSA, and is also the Instructors Representative on the Board of Directors of ISI. PSA Master Rating. Level 5 Ranking.

Teaches: Freestyle, USFS Competitive, Power Skating

 

Coaching Staff

 

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 has been teaching for 10 years and is adept at working with all ages and abilities.

Teaches: ISI and USFS, Freestyle, Choreography, Moves in the Field

 

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.

Teaches: USFS Competitive, Freestyle, Choreography

 

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

 

Lexis Verhulst
Lexis Verhulst

Lexis is a USFS Double Gold Medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. She is an eight-time Upper Great Lakes Regional medalist, five-time Midwestern Sectionals competitor, and a U.S. Junior Nationals Competitor. When she is not teaching, she is a professional figure skater for Royal Caribbean cruise lines.

Teaches: Freestyle, Choreography

 

Additional Staff Skating Instructors:
  • Sarah Borgman
  • Deanna Chioros
  • Faith Olczak
  • Tiffany Scholle
  • Patty Weeks