Krista Bussi, Figure Skating Director
Krista Bussi has been involved in the sport of figure skating as a competitor and professional for over 25 years. After competing for over 15 years on the National and Intercollegiate level, Krista pursued a professional career performing with Disney On Ice and on-board Royal Caribbean cruise ships. She has experience teaching a varied level of skaters from beginner to adults.
Krista loves to teach jump and spin technique, freestyle elements, Moves in the Field and to explore artistry on ice through choreography. Krista has completed her Gold in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, is certified as a Group Fitness Trainer and was a competitive dancer for 10 years.
In her free time, Krista enjoys the outdoors and traveling.
Meghan Barnes, Head Coach
Meghan Barnes grew up in Kansas City where she began to skate at the age of 5 encouraged by her hockey playing father. Joining the Kansas City Figure Skating Club she competed, trained, and tested across the country. During high school Meghan lead and formed a performance group that skated between intermissions of hockey games, she also coordinated a benefit ice show to bring clean water to people around the world. By the end of high school she had passed her Senior MIF and Novice Freeskate.
Meghan went to Adrian College in Michigan where she skated on the Senior Synchronized Skating team and competed against some of the top teams in the world. She helped create the first Intercollegiate Figure Skating team at Adrian College and became the co captain. In their first year as a team they surprised the nation to become the first D3 college to win the Midwest Intercollegiate Figure Skating Championship against many D1 schools. She graduated with a degree in Interior Design, Business and Art. Her competitive skating career came to a close and she moved to Sag Harbor to pursue her other passion, interior design . She can not imagine her life without skating; the athleticism, grace, and performance in the sport has kept her passionate and wanting to share the joy of skating with others!
Danielle Candela, Head Coach
Danielle Candela is a USFSA Senior Lady, the highest competitive level in figure skating. Danielle started her career at the Rinx in Hauppauge at only 6 years old. By age 11 she was asked to represent the US in Switzerland. Soon after, Danielle wanted to pursue her figure skating career full time and decided to move down to Delaware to train alongside Olympic hopefuls like Kimmie Meissner and Johnny Weir. Danielle was taught by Olympic coaches Ron Luddington, Pam Gregory, and Jeff DiGregorio.
Danielle was born on Eastern Long Island and currently resides in Manhattan. Danielle spends her weekends in the Hamptons and loves to stay active by helping other boys and girls appreciate her love for the sport.
Riley Goldstein, Coach
Riley has been skating since she was 11 years old. She has worked at Buckskill Winter Club since 2012. Riley trains at The Rinx in Hauppauge. She has also trained in Lake Placid with World and Olympic figure skaters and coaches. Riley continues to actively participate in figure skating advancing in both Moves in the Field and Freestyle levels. In addition to figure skating, Riley has performed in numerous theatre and musical theatre productions and has ten years of dance experience, all of which contribute to the abilities she brings to the ice. Riley is in the process of obtaining a degree in Nursing. She loves to share her joy of figure skating with her students. She will be teaching both Basic Skills and private lessons this season.
Ashley Jilnicki, Coach
Ashley has been skating for a total of 15 years. She had a very successful competitive career, but left the competition world as a teenager to focus on her studies, and different dreams off the ice. Since then, she has worked production on a number of television shows including TLC's Say Yes to The Dress, and What Not To Wear. She is currently working towards creating and acting in her own films and sketches, as well as working up the courage and material to do stand-up comedy.