Coaching Staff

Synchro Coaching Team

Kristin Curran

Kristin has been coaching synchronized skating for many years in the Beginner, Intermediate, Junior, and Adult divisions.  She coached Team Excel Adult to their National medals in 2017, 2018, and 2020. Kristin teaches private lessons in all levels of figure skating and hockey edge skills and she has a strong background in the USFSA Basic Skills and ISI programs.

As a competitive skater, Kristin skated as part of The Colonials Synchronized Skating Teams from 2002-2006, earning a U.S. National Championship in the intermediate division in 2003. She also competed in the junior division and was a member of Team USA, competing on behalf of U.S. Figure Skating in both Italy and England.

Kristin is a gold medalist in Ice Dancing and Moves in the Field.

Mandy Curtin

Mandy Curtin is the Director of Skater Development for Team Excel and the current Foxboro Director for The Skating Club of Boston.  With many years of experience, Ms. Curtin coaches private lessons, basic skills group classes and various levels of synchronized skating teams. She founded the Mini Crystals Synchronized Skating Teams in 2007 which merged with Team Excel in 2011.

Originally from Australia, Ms. Curtin skated on the National Team representing Australia on Tour of Canada and the USA.  She performed in the National Tour of Torvill & Dean’s International Ice Spectacular.  In 1996 Ms. Curtin skated with the Australian National Team while visiting Boston as an honorary member and was the Practice Ice Coordinator for the World Challenge Cup held in Boston.

Ms. Curtin is an Australian Silver Medalist and Victorian Gold Medalist. In recent years, Mandy has passed the U.S. Figure Skating Pre Bronze, Bronze & Silver Adult Moves in the Field tests. 

Melissa Delano

Melissa Delano has been coaching synchro teams for many years and she serves as Team Excel’s own Technical Specialist. Melissa is a co-founder and alumna of Team Excel Collegiate where she served as an Advisor and helped the team to consecutive national medals in 2013 and 2014. She also helped Team Excel Adult to a national medal in 2017, 2018, and 2020.

As a competitor, she skated from 1999-2006 for the Pawtucket & Providence Synchronized Skating teams in Pawtucket, RI. Since 2006, she has skated at the Senior, Collegiate, and Adult levels.

Melissa graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Bridgewater State University where she majored in accounting and finance. She has also earned a Master’s Degree in Education.  She currently teaches eighth grade math.

Melissa is a gold medalist in Moves in the Field and Ice Dance.

Lee Anne Filosa

Lee Anne Filosa has coached at the Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, and Collegiate levels at Team Excel. In addition to coaching, Lee Anne is currently a member of Team Excel Adult and she serves on the Team Excel Steering Committee and Board of Directors. She is a co-founder and alumna of Team Excel Collegiate, where she served as an Advisor and helped the team to consecutive national medals in 2013 and 2014. She also helped Team Excel Adult achieve national medals in 2017, 2018, and 2020.

Lee Anne began skating synchro in 1996. Over the course of her synchro career, she has competed at the Preliminary, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, Senior, Open Collegiate, Collegiate, and Adult levels. She has won national medals with her teams at the Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Collegiate, and Adult levels.

Lee Anne graduated from Brown University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and graduated from MCPHS University in 2014 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. She currently works at Novartis.

Lee Anne is a Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and Ice Dance.

Johanna Jackson

Johanna Jackson has been coaching synchronized skating for several years for teams ranging from the Beginner through Open Juvenile levels. She coaches Learn to Skate as well as Moves in the Field, Ice Dance and Freestyle.

As a competitor, Johanna skated for Team Millennium for 5 years and then attended Miami University in 2005 where she became a 4-year member of the Miami Varsity Synchronized Skating Teams. Johanna helped the Miami University Collegiate team to 4 consecutive National Championships. In her senior year she was named captain of the collegiate team and represented the USA at the World University Games in Harbin, China.

Johanna holds U.S. Figure Skating gold medals in both Moves in the Field and Ice Dance.

Lisa O’Neill

Lisa O’Neill has been coaching synchronized skating since 1991. She has successfully coached tot through open juvenile teams. She has a solid background in both US and ISI skating programs. Overall, Lisa has been coaching toddlers to adults for over 29 years. Currently, she is coaching private lessons, synchronized skating and Learn to Skate USA classes. She is also a Gold rated judge for ISI synchronized skating. Outside of her coaching, Lisa in an educator. She has been working in the field of education for over 25 years; first as a classroom teacher and currently as an Instructional Leadership Coach- Literacy in Brockton, MA. She is also a professor for the Special Education, School of Graduate Studies for Bridgewater State University. In this capacity, she positively influences the lives of adults and children every day. Lisa holds a Master’s degree in Reading Education from Lesley University as well as a Master’s in Special Education from Bridgewater State University. Lisa has a passion for helping people of all ages be the best they can be on and off the ice.

Maggie Ruderman

Maggie has been passionately involved in synchronized skating for over 16 years. She joined the organization in 2012 and has skated with Excel Senior, where she served as the team advisor for three seasons, Excel Collegiate, and currently with Excel Adult. Maggie has experience coaching synchro, group, and private lessons, and finds some of her greatest joy while coaching.

Maggie graduated from Endicott College with a Bachelor’s in Biology and Biotechnology. She also earned a Masters’ in Genetic Counseling from Boston University School of Medicine. She currently is a Genetic Counselor.

Timothy Elizabeth Xavier

Timothy Elizabeth has been a professional figure skating coach for over 15 years. She is a certified coach and choreographer through the Professional Skating Association. She coaches Learn to Skate USA group classes, private lessons, and synchronized skating.

Timothy Elizabeth has been actively involved in the sport of synchronized skating for over 25 years. She was a national synchronized skating competitor at the intermediate, junior, senior, and adult levels. She has been a staff coach with Team Excel for over 10 years. Timothy Elizabeth enjoys coaching the beginner level synchronized skating teams and providing young athletes with an opportunity to develop a love of the sport and achieve their potential as individuals and with their teams.

Aside from coaching, Timothy Elizabeth is an educator with Pawtucket School Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island and is enrolled in a master’s degree program. She is the mother of two young daughters, both competitive figure skaters. She also has one adult bonus daughter and a very handsome grandson.



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