Coaches

PR’s coaching staff from left to right: Erica Garcia, Lori Zimmerman,
Suzanne Echevarria, John Towill, Kathy Ortolani, Dana Manson

John Towill

Program Director & Senior Coach 

John Towill has coached and choreographed sectional, national and international champions in Dance, Freestyle, Pairs and Synchronized Skating. He coaches all levels from beginner through gold medalists. Currently John is the program director of Precisely Right and directly coaches the open juvenile and intermediate lines.

Contact: jft1630@aol.com

Member:

  • N.I.S.A
  • US Figure Skating
  • P.S.A

Career:

  • Great Britain International Team
  • Great Britain Ice Dance Champion
  • Great Britain Professional Champion
  • World Professional Championship 5th
  • Double Gold Medalist
  • International, National & Junior Olympic Coach
  • NISA Coaches Rating

Suzanne Laki Echevarria

Head Coach

Suzanne enjoys coaching skaters of all levels and abilities from beginner to high level competitors.  She has guided skaters through their Senior Moves in the Field tests, and Junior Freestyle tests.  Her students have competed at Regional Freestyle competitions, Eastern and US National Synchronized Skating events. Suzanne is also a proud mother of 3 boys.

Contact: Suzanne.echevarria@gmail.com

Member:

  • US Figure Skating
  • P.S.A.

Skating Career:

  • USFSA Freestyle Gold Medalist
  • USFSA Moves-in-the-Field Gold Medalist
  • Regional Championship Competitor
  • Freestyle Competitor for 10 years
  • Synchronized Skating Competitor for 8 years
  • 8 Time Eastern Synchronized Skating Championship Competitor

Coaching Career:

  • Head Coach of Precisely Right Synchronized Skating Team
  • PSA Coaches Roll of Honor
  • Coach of U.S. National Synchronized Skating Teams
  • Coach of USFSA Gold Medalists
  • Coach of Regional Freestyle Competitors
  • BA in Physical Education and Health from Montclair State University
  • K-12 Teaching Certification
  • Instructor for over 17 years

Lori Zimmerman

Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Kathy Ortolani

Coach

Kathy Ortolani has been teaching for 34 years in all disciplines of figure skating as well as power skating, and synchronized skating for 20 years in Canada and the US. She is a former Ice Follie and Disney On Ice performer, and was a Canadian ice dancing competitor. Kathy is also on the Special Olympics committee in figure skating for New Jersy and is an adjunct professor for Montclair State University, teaching figure skating for 10 years. Kathy coaches PR’s Preliminary and Open Masters teams.

Member:

  • US Figure Skating
  • P.S.A.
  • I.S.I.

Skating Career:

  • Canadian Gold medalist Ice Dance
  • Silver Freestyle
  • Canadian Junior Ice Dance competitor
  • 5 years Ice Follies and Disney On Ice

Dana Manson

Coach

Dana fell in love with synchronized skating at the age of 9 when she joined Precisely Right. She has 11 years of competitive synchronized skating experience and was a member of the U.S. Synchronized Skating Team for 5 years as a member of Skyliners Junior, Skyliners Senior, and Miami University Senior Varsity team. She is nationally and internationally ranked in synchronized skating and has competed at 8 international events, including 3 Junior World Championships. Dana enjoys coaching PR’s Synchro Skills 3 line.

Contact: dlmanson916@gmail.com

Member:

  • US Figure Skating
  • P.S.A.

Skating Career:

  • U.S. Figure Skating’s D.R.E.A.M. Program Member 2013-2015
  • World Junior Team Member- synchronized skating 2011-2013
  • U.S. Junior National Champion- synchronized skating  2011
  • U.S. Junior National Silver Medalist- synchronized skating 2012 & 2013
  • U.S. Senior National Bronze Medalist – synchronized skating 2015
  • USFSA Gold Medalist Moves in the Field
  • USFSA Gold Medalist Ice Dance
  • USFSA Bronze Medalist Freestyle

Erica Garcia

Coach

Erica Garcia is in her 3rd season with Precisely Right. She was a member of Precisely Right for 10 years and competed at multiple levels from Preliminary to Junior. She finds her passion coaching younger skaters and helping them build their skating skills so they are ready for future synchro levels. When she is not coaching, she is a dental hygienist in a pediatric office. Erica coaches PR’s Synchro Skills 1 line.

Member:

  • US Figure Skating
  • P.S.A.

Skating Career:

  • USFSA Moves-in-the-Field Gold Medalist
  • USFSA Dance Silver Medalist
  • Synchronized Skating Competitor for 10 years
  • 4 time National Synchronized Skating Championship Competitor

Linda Kilponen

Dance Coach

Linda has been a dance educator for 16 years.  She graduated from Point Park University with a B.A. in dance.  She has performed with the Radio City Rockettes, Norweigan Cruise Lines, and in Will Rogers Follies.  During her years as a Rockette, Linda enjoyed many opportunities to meet fans of the show by giving numerous backstage tours to audience members.  She has also been featured as a model on Deal or No Deal, The Today Show, and Just for Kix.  She currently teaches ballet, tap, and jazz to both children and adults.  Linda is excited to begin her fifth year teaching off ice at Mennen!