Adult Skating

Statement of Purpose: To assist and guide the adult skating community in developing and realizing its full growth potential in conjunction with U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union

Adult Skating Committee Chairs

Jason Spicer, email

Jason Spicer is honored to serve as Chair of the Adult Skating Committee for USFS. He is a firm believer that skating can be a lifetime sport, and always welcomes suggestions from members as to ways to offer more skating opportunities for adults.

Jason is double gold test medalist (senior moves in the field and free skating). As an adult, he has competed in all disciplines, and in the Championship singles and pairs events at the U.S. Adult Championships and the Adult Sectional Championships. He has also competed at the ISU Adult Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany. In addition to being a Gold Singles and Pairs test judge, Jason is also a long-time member of the Board of Directors for the Rye Figure Skating Club in Westchester County, NY, where he is also Membership Co-Chair and has previously served as Club Secretary. He has also repeatedly served as a delegate on the Club's behalf at Governing Council. Professionally, after a 15-year career in Manhattan working in global real estate investment research, Jason moved to Cambridge, MA, where he recently earned a master's degree in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is now engaged in teaching and research while working on his PhD. He also holds bachelor's degrees in Economics and in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD..

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Vice Chairs

Lynne Maker Kuechle, Midwestern Sectional Vice Chair, email

Lynne Maker Kuechle started skating on a neighborhood rink on double-runner blades at age 3. She began lessons at age 11 and has been skating ever since. Today she skates with the St. Paul Figure Skating Club. Aa sectional USFS singles and pairs competition and gold test judge, she's been a member of the Adult Skating Committee since 2007. She previously served as Midwest SVC from 2011-13.

Maker Kuechle has passed the adult gold free skating, figures, moves and pairs tests; the fifth figure test; the standard novice moves, intermediate free skating and intermediate pair tests; the pre-silver dances; and the adult silver and intermediate free dance tests. She was the first competitor, and the first gold medalist, at the first U.S. Adult Skating Championships in 1995, and has medaled in figures, free skating, pairs, and showcase events at Adult Sectionals and the U.S. Adult Championships.

Maker Kuechle works as a writer and editor at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees from the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University, in St. Paul. She is nearing completion of a third master's degree in creative writing at Hamline and is working on a memoir about her lifelong fascination with figure skating. She won an artist initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2013. She lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs and a parrot in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Deborah Spence, Eastern Sectional Vice Chair, email

Deborah Spence began skating at age 9. Growing up, she passed her Senior Freestyle, Gold Dance, Sixth Figure, and Intermediate Pairs tests, and competed in singles at regionals through the Junior level.

First assigned to teach an adult learn to skate class when she was in graduate school, Spence has since led numerous adult students through their MIF and Freestyle tests as well as to the podium at the U.S. Adult Championships at the Adult Bronze, Silver, and Championship Adult Gold levels. Her students' achievements inspired her belief in the lifelong opportunities of the sport: she has returned to the ice to compete as an adult at the Masters Junior-Senior level, skating in six Adult Sectionals and Nationals since 2004.

A member of the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society and a Regional Technical Specialist for singles, this is her sixth year on the Adult Skating Committee. Spence holds degrees in history and criminology from the University of St. Andrews (in Scotland) and American University respectively; she currently resides in northern Virginia and works in research and development for the U.S. Government.

Elizabeth Risberg, Pacific Coast Sectional Vice Chair, email

Elizabeth Risberg spent the latter part of her high school years in the rink, and after a 20-year hiatus, she returned to the ice in 1999, where she found her forte was to not be taken seriously (most of the time). What she does take seriously is her commitment to skating and to the ASC, where her goal is to help and support all adult skaters.

Elizabeth competes at the Adult Silver level and has competed at 12 U.S. Adult Championships in free skate, light entertainment and dramatic events, and in solo ice dancing. She is working on testing her Adult Gold moves in the field, and has also passed her preliminary figure and dances.

Past president, officer and membership chair of The Skating Club of San Francisco, Inc., she is a Sectional announcer for U.S. Figure Skating, and has announced at numerous local, regional and sectional events, as well as on practice ice and warm-ups at Worlds, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and Skate America.

A lifelong writer and editor, Elizabeth is director of public affairs for a large health benefits/insurance company. She holds an A.B. degree in psychology from Smith College and a master's in English from Notre Dame de Namur University. She lives in the San Francisco area with her husband, Eric, and 15-pound orange Manx, Julius. In her free time, she enjoys studying health and nutrition, working out, yoga, Pilates, writing and cooking.

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