Coaches

John Towill, Program Director

John Towill has coached and choreographed national and international champions in Dance, Freestyle, Pairs and Synchronized Skating. He coaches all levels from beginner through gold medalists.

P.S.A. Coaches Rating

Member:

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

Skating 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

Suzanne Laki Echevarria, Head Coach

Suzanne Laki Echevarria is in her 7th season with Precisely Right. She coaches all ages and levels. Suzanne also coaches a number of actively competing freestyle skaters and travels with them to events throughout the country.

P.S.A. Coaches Rating

Member:

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

Skating Career:

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

Kathy Ortolani, Coach

Kathy Ortolani has been teaching for 25 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.

P.S.A. Coaches Rating

Member:

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

Skating Career:

  • Gold medalist in ice dancing
  • 8th figure
  • Silver freestyle
  • Canadian ice dancing competitor

Janelle Craft, Coach

Janelle has been teaching for 15 years in Canada and the U.S.  She is a former National level competitor in junior ladies and is a Triple Gold Medalist with Skate Canada (Figures, Freeskate and Ice Dance).  Janelle has earned a Bachelor in physical education (sport science) and a Master of Arts in Sports Psychology.  In addition to teaching and being a Level 3 Staff Professional at Mennen Sports Arena and the Skating Club of Morris, NJ, Janelle is an adjunct instructor at William Paterson University in the Department of Kinesiology.

Member:

  • US Figure Skating, CER Category A
  • P.S.A

Skating Career

  • Triple Gold Medalist in Figures, Freeskate and Ice Dance
  • National junior ladies competitor
  • 3-time competitor at Canadian Synchronized Skating Nationals (Novice and Junior)

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 third year teaching off ice at Mennen!