MEET OUR STAFF
Alyssa, originally from Hartland, Michigan, was a four-year member of the Miami University Senior Varsity Synchronized Skating Team. She attended two ISU World Championships as Team USA1 in 2009 with a 7th place finish and in 2011 with a 10th place finish with Team USA2. She was the 2009 Senior National Champion and the 2011 National Silver medalist. Along with World and National placements Alyssa was also awarded the Rookie of the Year in 2009 as well as the Outstanding Senior award and the Thomas J. Fisher Most Outstanding Skater award following her 2011-2012 season as the Senior Varsity Captain. Alyssa was a previous member of the Crystallettes, Team Elan, and Gems on Ice and a member of team USA since 2003. Alyssa graduated in 2012 with a major in mass communications and minor in gerontology. She is looking forward to a great 2018-2019 season!
Amy Yuengert is excited to join the WMU Skating staff this season. She is originally from Dale City, Virginia. Before moving to Michigan, she skated and coached for the National Blades Synchronized Skating teams in the Washington D.C. area. She is currently in her 5th season coaching for the Allegro! Synchronized Skating Teams in Plymouth, Michigan. A former bronco, she graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Secondary Education. She is currently a 9th grade English teacher at Ida High School in Ida, Michigan.
At Western, Amy was a national competitor on both the Senior and Collegiate level teams, making captain her senior year. She was the recipient of the Coaches Award and Most Outstanding Skater Award during her time at Western. In addition, Amy served on the WMU Skating board as Competition Coordinator and Test Chair. She is looking forward to returning to Lawson and working with Bronco Skating this season.
Dean is an ice dancing coach currently living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He trained in Canton, MI for 4 years along side of Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, and the Shibutanis. He was the 2011 National Junior Dance champion and 2011 Junior World bronze medalist with partner Charlotte Lichtman. As a coach he specializes in choreography, trains solo dancers for the National Solo Dance Series, partners girls through their dance tests, and helps all types of skaters develop their skating skills by applying his technique through exercises. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 2016 with a major in biomedical sciences and a minor in chemistry.
Lynn joins us as Staff Advisor for yet another year with WMU Synchronized Skating. This year she begins her 44th year at WMU. Lynns duties are split as the Business Manager for the Bronco Hockey Team and the Business Manager for Lawson Ice Arena, a division of Auxiliary Enterprises at WMU. Lynn has worked with the synchronized skating teams since the beginning of their existence. She received her Associates Degree in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 1999. She and her husband Jim are looking forward to traveling again with the teams to competitions.
Strength and Conditioning
Jennifer M. Query-Kokoshkin, MA, CSCS, USAW
Manager, Borgess Athletic Performance and Fitness Program
Jennifer Query received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and master’s degree in education with an emphasis in exercise physiology from Western Michigan University. Prior to managing the Borgess Athletic Performance Program, she worked as an exercise physiologist for Kettering Health Network in Ohio, and as head strength and conditioning coach for Western Michigan University’s softball, women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, women’s track and field, women’s cross country, and men’s ice hockey teams. Jennifer is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).
Strength and Conditioning
BAPP Athletic Performance Trainer
Amanda is certified though the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM/HFS). She earned her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Western Michigan University. She works with a varied clientele from athletes to those working on weight loss. As a part time, local firefighter, one of her passions is tactical training for those athletes working as public safety, fire and rescues, and our Reserve forces. In her free time, Amanda enjoys participating in a variety of activities ranging from softball, rugby, and soccer to hunting.
Dr. Zeljka Vidic is an Assistant Professor/Graduate Program Coordinator in the Human Performance and Health Education department at Western Michigan University. Dr. Vidic is a Certified Sport Psychology Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. Her teaching, research and consulting are in the areas of sport and performance psychology and coaching.