Meet the Coaches
Elena Strong has over 25 years of skating experience, and over 10 years of coaching experience. Elena’s coaching expertise includes freestyle, moves in the field, choreography, and synchronized skating. As a skater, Elena was an accomplished synchronized skater, and was a member of Team USA 1 (The Haydenettes) in 2002 and 2003. Elena attended The University of Michigan where she was a member of their Senior Synchronized Skating team.
Kristen (Roth) Paulson has been coaching figure skating for the past 17 years. She is a former Senior Pairs National competitor, Jr. World’s Pairs Bronze medalist, Junior Pairs National Silver Medalist, and Novice Pairs National Champion. She has coached skaters of all levels and ages ranging from beginner to Senior Level in freestyle and moves. Kristen previously coached at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI, Copper County Figure Skating Club in Houghton, MI, and the Foothills Figure Skating Club in Littleton, Colorado.
Rachael Razor is a member of the USFSA and has been teaching for 20 years. She is a USFS certified coach and is qualified to teach all levels of Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Basic Skills. She has taught skaters through Senior Moves in the Field and Novice Freestyle. Rachael was a USFS competitive skater for 10 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design.
Jessica began skating at Grand Oaks when she was 7 years old and has loved it ever since. She was a competitive skater until graduating high school and loved performing in the ice shows. Jessica has been coaching for the Livingston Skate Club for the past 9 years. She also coached for the Mount Pleasant Figure Skating Club while attending college. Jessica graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in child development and psychology, and Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Occupational Therapy.
Kim started skating at Grand Oaks at the age of 3 and has around 12 years of coaching experience. She has always loved preforming in the ice show and has participated in many competitions throughout her skating career. Skating runs in her family and she’s excited to be coaching at her home rink.
Holly has skated since she was nine years old and is a Livingston Skate Club alum. Throughout her skating career she participated in freestyle competitions, Michigan Showcase, synchronized skating, Theatre On Ice, Brighton High School’s figure skating team, and Michigan State University’s figure skating team. Her most notable accomplishments are competing at Nationals and Worlds with Harmony Theatre Company and she is a Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field. Holly has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. She could not stay away from the ice after graduating college, so she joined the coaching staff of the club where she grew up and fell in love with skating. Holly loves sharing her passion for skating with younger skaters and watching them grow within the sport.
Alissa first stepped foot on ice at two years old and quickly preferred laced skates to tied shoes! Alissa has experience in Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, Freestyle skating, Showcase, Theatre on Ice (Novice, Junior, and Senior teams), Brighton High School Skate Team (captain, 2 years) performing in ice shows and coaching skating. Alissa’s most notable skating experiences are competing as a member of Team USA with the Harmony Theatre on Ice Company at TOI Worlds in Spain and performing at Central Park in New York City. Alissa graduated from the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University with a degree in Political Science. As a young skater Alissa fell in love with the athleticism and artistry of figure skating and she is so excited to share this beautiful sport with her students!
I have been skating for the past 16 years. I was a competitive singles skater from the ages of 7 to 19, winning titles such as High school state champion, 2 time regional champion and pewter medalist, intermediate showcase national champion, along with 2 time national champion and world bronze medalist for theater on ice. I have been skating professionally in different ice shows since 2019, skating on national and international tours. I have studied choreography with American Ice Theater, and specialize in choreography, freestyle and show skating. I have choreographed everyone from very beginner to a Brazilian national junior mens champion.