ARC Coaches

ARC coaches are chosen from among the most experienced and expert instructors Afton has to offer. The majority are certified by PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America). Several also carry USSCA (United States Ski Coaching Association) certification. In addition to their technical expertise, they absolutely love skiing and want to help others love it too.

 

Leadership

Steve Mintz, ARC Head Coach and Sunday Lead Coach, PSIA certified level III, has been a part of ARC since 1993 when it was called Jr Race. In addition to coaching and instructing for over 25 years, all 4 of Steve’s kids grew up skiing (and snowboarding) at Afton. "I spend my time outside of Afton as a middle school science teacher and musician, but there’s nothing better that working with incredible coaches as they help awesome skiers improve, have fun and go fast!"

Regi Collis, ARC Volunteer Coordinator, long time ARC coach with more than 20 years teaching and racing experience. She is certified PSIA level II. Regi says, "I love ARC and community we have created year over year. I’m so grateful to have the ability to share this team and sport with our racers and families. Her free time is spent with her family.

Mike O'Reilly, Saturday Co-Lead Coach, has been teaching for nearly 20 years and is certified PSIA level I as well as USSCA level 100. His favorite things are the "interactions with both racers and coaches." In his off-season free time he heads outside to bike, fish, hunt, hike or get out on the water.

Davey Peterson, Saturday Co-Lead Coach, has been teaching and coaching for nearly 20 years. He is certified PSIA level II as well as USSCA level 100. Davey says, "I love seeing the progress and helping foster confidence in young athletes." His free time is spent mountain biking.

Julia Charlsen, Jr ARC Lead Coach, is certified PSIA level I and certified hilarious too. Watch out for her pink flamingos on the hill. She says, "I Love working with kids of all ages to help them develop a lifelong love of skiing! Her free time is spent gardening, hiking and traveling.

Eric Nelson, Tuesday Gates Lead Coach, has been teaching for more than 20 years and is certified PSIA level I as well as USSCA level 100. He says, "It’s fun to work with a great team, coaching great kids." Right now, his free time is spend fixing up his parents’ house.

Coaching Crew

John Ames has been teaching for more than a decade and is certified PSIA level I. He says, "I get a lot of satisfaction by inspiring a love of skiing in the kids, and getting to know the kids and their families." John’s 3 children are all ARC alumni.

Kevin Bell has been teaching for more than 5 years and is certified PSIA level I. He says, "I race masters and run 2 ski racing programs. Our 10 yr old races USSA too." His free time is spent scuba diving, wine tasting and racing MX in the Vet Class.

Doug Boehme has been instructing for more than 5 years and is certified PSIA level I as well as USSCA level 100. He says, "I bring a high level of passion and energy to the program. I don’t count the vertical; I make the vertical count." His free time is spent swimming, biking and hiking.

Tim Brown, an ARC veteran, is certified PSIA level I. He says, "I love seeing kids experience that "aha" moment when a new skill or technique clicks. His free time is spent riding singletrack on his mountain bike.

Bruce Caulfield has been teaching for more than a decade and is certified PSIA level II. He says, "I love to share my passion for skiing." His free time is spent with his wife.

Ceci Charlsen, former ARC racer, has been ski instructing and coaching for several years. She says, "I grew up in the race program and I love seeing how the kids progress through the season and through the years." When she can’t be skiing, she loves to be with horses!

Floyd Foslien has been teaching for more than 20 years and is certified PSIA level III as well as USSCA level 100. He says, "I’m passionate about helping athletes find enjoyment in this sport." His free time is spent biking - both mountain and road.

Sarah Foslien brings many years of experience to ARC, where her gentle spirit and keen intuition inspire kids to ski their best. As a PSIA level II, she has great skiing skills and knowledge. She says, "I love sharing my passion for skiing." Her free time is spent hiking.

David Jackman has been teaching for more than 5 years and is certified PSIA level II. He says, "The kids, I love watching them grow in this sport and how they advance in their skills." His free time is spent golfing and riding motorcycles.

Andrew Junker has been teaching for more than a decade and is certified PSIA level II. He says, "It's in my blood to train the next generation of racers." His free time is spent sailing.

Patrick Keller has been teaching for more than 5 years and is certified PSIA level II. He says, "I love to share my passion and help others grown in the sport that I love." Patrick has "too many interests to list here"

David Keysser has been ski instructing for several years and is certified PSIA level I. He says he coaches because, "I love to go fast and help others go faster." His free time is spent anything outside.

Todd Letourneau, brand new on the ARC staff this year, has been ski instructing for several years and is certified PSIA level I. He says, "I love teaching people to ski, and when I’m not skiing I love listening to live music.

Carly Libby returns to Afton after a year off to have a baby. A great racer growing up, she’s an up and comer on the Afton staff. She says, "It’s a true passion of mine to spread my knowledge with young talent, keeping athletes engaged and watching them improve is very rewarding." Her free time is spent with her son and husband.

Jeff Miller, a veteran ARC coach, is certified PSIA level I. He says, "I really enjoy seeing the team implement the tips and techniques we teach throughout the season and also connecting with the skiers on individual successes." His free time is spent snowmobiling.

Kevin Neubauer has been coaching for more than 20 years and is certified PSIA level II as well as USSCA level 100. He’s excited "to give back to a program that gave me so much, and continues to give every year." His free time is spent hunting/fishing.

Esteban Navarro, a longtime ARC dad and coach has been ski instructing for years and is certified PSIA level I as well as USSCA level 200. His desire is to help "kids to reach their maximum proficiency in skiing, the sport I love." When he is not skiing, he loves to mountain and dirt bike.

Gary Phleger has been teaching for nearly 20 years and is certified PSIA level II as well as USSCA level 100. He says, "I love working with youth and I’m excited about skiing and sharing my passion for the sport." His free time is spent with his family of 5.

Olivia Raedeke has been ski instructing for several years and is certified PSIA level II. She says, "It’s fun to pass the knowledge and the love to sport on to the next generation." When it’s warm enough, her free time is spent "being on a boat ... duh."

Nikolay Raykov, who joined ARC last season, has been ski instructing for several years and is certified PSIA level I. He says, "I really enjoy the kids ARC program at Afton and my 7 yr old daughter will be doing her first season with ARC." His free time is spent biking and hiking with his family.

Andrea Reishus (Cibuzar) has been ski instructing for several years and is certified PSIA level I. She says, "I love skiing and racing. I also love sharing my passion of the sport with everyone. I am so fortunate to teach the next generation racers." Her free time is spent on anything outdoors.

Lindsey Scott has been ski instructing for several years and is certified PSIA level I. She says, "Watching kids grow in confidence with general skiing as well as speed in the race course is awesome. Her free time is spent dreaming of snow, biking, and mountain adventures.

Don Selbitschka has been teaching for nearly 20 years and is certified PSIA level II. He says, "It’s rewarding to watch my students grow from Jr Arc through Arc. I enjoy that I often get to coach them for multiple years." Horseback riding is one of his favorite non-skiing endeavors.

Dale Swanson, retired high school educator, has been teaching for more than 20 years and is certified PSIA level I. He says, "To inspire skiers to be lifelong skiers." His free time is spent white water kayaking!

Massimiliano "Toffi" Toffolon has been teaching for more than 5 years and is certified PSIA level I as well as USSCA level 200. He says, "The essence of my coaching philosophy is based on development of athletes in their technique, tactics, mental approach and satisfaction in learning new skills or enhancing existing skills." His free time is spent on cyclocross, running and XC.

Meghan Tomai, former ARC racer, has been teaching for more than 5 years and is certified PSIA level I. She says, "There’s no better experience than seeing the progression of a young racer when it just clicks." Her free time is spent playing pickle ball and tennis.

Michelle Sheehan, a veteran instructor and ARC mom, says, "I love sharing my passion for ski racing and teaching young ski racers the technical events of slalom and giant slalom in a positive and supportive environment." Her free time is spent being outside, going to concerts, and enjoying time with family.

Steve Spencer has been teaching for more than 20 years and is certified PSIA level III. He says, "I love experiencing with the students and families their joy in improving." His free time is spent hiking/walking/running.

Lisa Weinberger brings more than 20 years’ experience as a teacher, coach and clinician. She is certified PSIA level III as well as USSCA level 200. She says, "I love to share my passion for skiing and ski racing and going fast with others!" Her free time is spent mountain bike riding and coaching.

Mark Weinberger, who is also an expert "free-heeler," has more than 20 years as a coach, instructor and clinician. He is certified PSIA level III as well as USSCA level 200. He says, "It’s fun sharing my passion for skiing with all ages of skiers. His free time is spent bicycling – both road and mountain.

Mike Zajac has been teaching for more than 20 years and is certified PSIA level II. He says, "I feel it helps to develop the whole person to mix challenge and achievement in one fantastic, thrilling, yet ridiculous endeavor chasing the perfect turn/day." His free time is spent "talking about skiing and the experiences I've had and the kids I've coached while sitting on my boat floating on the St. Croix or saving bald eagles whichever is necessary at the moment."