American figure skating champion JoJo Starbuck has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as an athlete and artist, and now as a producer, spokesperson and coach. Her career has spanned Olympic prominence, entertainment spectaculars and business entrepreneurship.
With her childhood skating partner, Ken Shelley, JoJo made skating history in 1968 when they became the youngest pairs team America ever sent to the Olympic Games. That was followed by victories in the United States Pairs Championships in 1970, 1971 and 1972. They were the first Americans to break the Soviet domination in the Pairs event by winning the bronze medal at the World Championships in 1971 and 1972. In 1994, JoJo and Ken were inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
JoJo Starbuck and Ken Shelley turned professional in 1972, headlining “Ice Capades” for four years. JoJo has appeared in scores of television specials here and abroad. From 1977 through 1980, JoJo partnered Olympic champion John Curry in his highly acclaimed “Ice Dancing” on Broadway, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House and around the world. This gave JoJo the opportunity to work with world-renowned dance choreographers, strongly influencing her approach to ice choreography and production elements.
JoJo is sought after as a motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson where her extensive experience as an Olympic athlete, coach, entrepreneur, and parent gives her a passionate, 360-degree perspective on skating, fitness and life. JoJo has enjoyed hosting and commentating many television skating events, performed in two feature films, and authored an autobiography. In addition to choreographing for various World and Olympic skaters, JoJo has conducted skating workshops around the world for young competitive and professional skaters.
Debbie Gordon: Chair of the Board
Debbie Gordon's interests are diverse- a wife, mother, businesswoman and ardent devotee of figure skating – ensemble skating in particular. Her passion for skating emerged at an early age but it wasn’t until her mid 20’s when she started to skate regularly. Debbie has been a supporter of artistic skating since the 1980’s, having served as a board member of the Ice Theatre of New York from 1983-2000 and then again in 2011 when she chaired the 25th anniversary gala. Over the many years with Ice Theatre, Debbie chaired 4 of their galas, honoring Dick Button, Vera Wang, Dorothy Hamill and Tenley Albright. In 2012 she was honored as Ice Theatre’s “Ice Angel” for her many years of support and devotion to artistic skating. From 2002-2012 Debbie served on the board of The Next Ice Age in Baltimore, Maryland, another not for profit ice dance company. Outside of skating Debbie was on the board of directors at Trump Palace Condominium from 2003-2012, where she still currently resides. She has served on the Accessions Committee at the Baltimore Museum of Art from 2005-2007 and on various committees for Ballet Hispanico in NYC from 1998-2011.
Nancy Jean Davis
Nancy Jean Davis is chairman of the board of McArthur Management Company. In this capacity, she oversees the operations of the privately held dairy, citrus, cattle and commercial property interests of the Florida based company. In addition, Nancy is president of the J.N. McArthur Foundation, which provides philanthropic grants to qualified Florida organizations. She is also involved in resort development projects; recent projects include the McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida and the French Leave Resort Development in Eleuthra, Bahamas. Nancy's passion for the arts has led to various leadership and philanthropic activities. She is a member of the National Council for The Shakespeare Theater, founding member of Miami City Ballet and trustee of the Miami Performing Arts Center. She is a trustee of the Kennedy Center's Committees on the National Symphony Orchestra and the International committee on the Arts. Ms. Davis recently joined the board of directors of Ice Dance International. Ms. Davis is an investor in several Broadway productions including Chicago, Spamalot, and Grey Gardens. Nancy is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and maintains residences in Miami and Washington DC.
Josh is the Director of Synchronized Skating for the Skyliners where he has helped build a thriving organization. The Skyliners have an impressive list of credits that include being the 2015 & 2011 Junior National Champions; 2016, 2013, 2012, 2010 Junior National Silver Medalists, Junior World Team 2010-2016, Junior Team USA Since 2008 and the 2015 & 2016 Senior National Bronze Medalists, 2013 Senior National Pewter Medalists, Senior Team USA since 2013
Josh is also a Nationally and Internationally renowned skating choreographer and was the Canadian Junior Dance Champion and Four Time National Canadian Team Member.
In 2016, Josh was honored by the Ice Theatre of New York.
Thank you to past IDI Board Members:
Julie Parker, Founding Member
Scott Ethan Allen: Treasurer
Scott is the 1964 Olympic bronze medalist in Men’s Figure Skating, the 1965 World silver medalist, and the 1964 and 1966 United States national champion.
The son of Swedish figure skating champion Sonja Fuhrman, Allen made his national debut at the age of 9, winning the silver medal in the novice men's division at the 1959 U.S. Championships, the youngest competitor ever to skate in the championships. He won the bronze medal at the Olympics in Innsbruck just two days before his 15th birthday, and still holds the record for the youngest male and the youngest individual Winter Olympic medalist. He represented the Skating Club of New York in competition, and was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000.
After his skating career, Allen graduated from Harvard College, class of 1971, and has an M.B.A from Columbia University. Allen was an executive in the apparel industry for more than 40 years and currently resides in New York City.
Audrey Weisiger: Secretary
Audrey is a two-time US Olympic Team Coach, in 1998 and 2002. She’s held positions on the Board of Directors of the PSA as well as various US Olympic Committee and USFSA committees. In 2003, she founded Grassroots to Champions, a teaching company providing seminars for coaches and skaters. In 2009, Audrey created the Young Artists Showcase, (www.youngartistsshowcase.net) which is an online contest for aspiring choreographers, and, is now in the fifth season. The YAS participants include choreographers and judges from around the world; with Kurt Browning, Robin Cousins, Sarah Kawahara as some notable YAS judges. The Kids on Ice program awarded Audrey with the 2013 Supporter of the Year, for her longtime efforts to support the program, which offers under served children in the DC area an opportunity to ice skate at no cost. Audrey was the 2014 recipient of the PSA, F Ritter Shumway award, which is presented to a person in the skating world who has earned distinction for unending dedication and significant contribution to the world of figure skating. Audrey is currently focused on her role as a choreographer to numerous skaters and continues to teach at the Fairfax Ice Arena, where she has coached since 1973.
Terri is an EVP at WB Wood, a major NYC based contract furniture dealership that provides furnishings and design related services to the corporate market. Terri also created an additional linear market within WB Wood, co-founding and managing Demountable Wall Solutions, which is the exclusive distributor for Clipper Wall in the US. Terri brings a depth of experience that includes developing new business, managing major clients and servicing existing business. Prior to joining WB Wood over 18 years ago, Terri spent five years at a major architectural firm in NYC.
Sarah is the 2002 Olympic Champion in Ladies Figure Skating, and is the most current American woman to win the coveted title. Sarah serves as Senior Vice President for Kingsbridge, which will be home to the world's largest ice center in 2018. She was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Women's Sports Foundation and serves on their Athlete Advisory Panel as well as serving as an Ambassador for the Foundation. Sarah has spoken at the UN alongside Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon as part of the UN Office for Sport for Development and Peace, as well as at briefings on Capitol Hill, Yale University, and Barnard College, among others. Her writing has been published in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Reader's Digest. She is a graduate of Yale College.
The Board of Ice Dance International
Linda Carbonetto Villella
Linda was the founder and executive director of the Miami City Ballet School. She started with thirty of her daughter’s friends and grew it to an internationally acclaimed ballet school of four hundred students from Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. The summer intensive program was considered to be one of the top summer programs in the country and many students went on to dance professionally around the world.
Linda’s background was not in dance. She was the Canadian National Figure Skating Champion, the bronze medalist at the North American Championships, a member of the World and Olympic figure skating teams in Canada, the star of Ice Capades and feature performer for television shows and commercials. She met her husband while helping him choreograph a television special for Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill.
Translating her ice background into a dance school was similar but challenging. Her responsibilities included hiring all faculty and staff, developing all programming and schedules for winter and summer programs, coordinating up to one hundred students with Nutcracker performances in three counties, coordinating Miami City Ballet School’s summer intensive with housing, food, busing, activities, chaperones, and health care, providing outreach programs and performances for schools, setting up programs for children with financial need, and supervising the Student Showcase and Jazz Showcase each year.
Linda was also successful as a fundraiser working with long range planning, organizational development, project planning and implementation. She was also highly successful in her efforts to seek funding from foundations, corporations and individual donors.
Linda received the Laudare Award from Barry University for her work with children and is the recipient of the Cultural Award from the Red Cross Spectrum Awards for Women. She now lives in New York with her husband Edward Villella, former Principal Dancer of the New York City Ballet.