2020 BFSC Board Member Candidate Bios

Amanda Baker - Position: President
Amanda is a wife and a mother of three. She served on the BFSC general board on the Fundraising and Sunshine Committee in 2017-2018 and served as President for the 2019-2020 year. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was a cheerleader for the college as well. After UAB, She was employed at State Farm until she became a stay at home mom. She currently works part-time at Pelham First Baptist Church as a 2K teacher. 

Avery Baker (12) is her daughter that is currently in the BFSC as well as on the Theater on Ice Team for her fourth consecutive year. Avery is active on the BFSC Junior Board. Sadie Baker (10) is the youngest child and enjoys skating as well. Landon Baker (14) is her oldest child and he prefers football. Landon also enjoys skating and has gone through the learn to play hockey sessions. She currently resides in Pelham, Alabama with her husband Justin, who is chief of training for the Rocky Ridge Fire District as well as a lieutenant at Mountain Brook Fire, three children and four dogs. She enjoys being involved in the sport her daughters love so much.

Susie Gray - Position: Vice President 
Originally from Illinois, Susie Gray has always considered the rink her second home. Her kids pretty much grew up at the rink, and were skating shortly after they could walk, playing hockey and figure skating. Susie was an active member of the Heart of Illinois figure skating club for many years in Peoria, Illinois. Her daughter Brooke has skated competitively off and on through many moves in Peoria and Bloomington Illinois, Greensboro, North Carolina, and most recently Pelham, Alabama where she skates for the Birmingham Figure Skating Club and Magic City Theatre on Ice and is the vice-president of the BFSC Junior Board. Brooke is currently a freshman at Liberty University where she hopes to continue skating with their college figure skating team. Brooke is also a competitor in fine arts with singing, writing, comedy, and theatre and has won multiple state titles and performed at the national level as a soloist and in groups. Brooke also does gymnastics and tumbling. Susie is the fine arts coordinator for her church and one of the representatives at the General Council for many years at the Annual Meeting. Her son Austin has skated out of the Heart of Illinois skating club and Summit Figure Skating Club as a solo and pairs skater, but concentrated most of his time on the ice as a hockey player. He is also a musician and runner. Susie has served on the board for Bloomington Youth Hockey and the Peoria Mustangs Junior Hockey team, where she was instrumental in developing a synchronized skating team that performed at junior hockey games to raise funds for breast cancer research. Susie is a current board member of the Birmingham Figure Skating Club where she has served as club historian, liaison with the junior board and coordinates and implements outreach to grow the club at events within the rink and youth events in the community and on social media. She coordinates the club newsletter and does social media and graphic design work for the club. She has implemented programs with the junior board such as the Featured Skater program, along with multiple philanthropic projects with community organizations such as Be a Blessing Birmingham, Oak Mountain Ministries, and Cops We Care. She works with Magic City Theatre on Ice to create daily videos, graphics, and posts to encourage not only Birmingham Figure Skating Club skaters but skaters within the entire skating community to continue training and mental health and wellness during the pandemic, as USFSA has called all boards to do in their communications, with the USFSA theme of “We might be off the ice, but we can use this time to be stronger upon our return. We Get Up! Skaters have the grit, passion and perseverance needed to Get Up in the rink and in life every day.” When she’s not at the rink or with her family, Susie is an active member of her church, is an artist (preferring painting and graphic design), and is a substitute teacher, teaches private art, art history, and piano lessons.

Loredana Cretu - Position: Treasurer 
I am originally from Romania. I finished my college degree in Economics at the University of Transylvania in Brasov, Romania. I came to the US in 2001 and continued my studies with an MBA in Finance at UAB, Birmingham, Alabama. I currently work at Encompass Health Corporation as a Tax Supervisor in the Tax Department. 

I have two kids: Adria (10 years old) and Lucas (9 years old), both students at Rocky Ridge Elementary School. Adria has been skating occasionally since she was 3 years old and started taking private classes at 5 years old. My daughter loves figure skating both individually and in group. She has been part of the Birmingham Theater on Ice for the last four years. She loves skating as well as academics. She won two years in a row the “Spelling Bee” for her school and competed one year at the District level. She is involved in school activities such as: Honor Society, Enrichment Program, Drama Club, Math Club, Talent shows and Morning Broadcasts. 

Because of my daughter’s love for figure skating, I started to join the Birmingham Figure Skating Board a year ago and served in various voluntary activities throughout the year. I love the energy and commitment to this club of all current regular and executive board members and I would consider being part of the treasury duties in order to help the club be in good standing and adhere to the current rules and regulations. If elected in this vital position of the club, I understand that I need to be a good custodian of the BFSC’s money, but most importantly provide/be transparent with the financial information to support decision making and work as part of the club’s group team and within the limitations of the group’s budget.

Amy Gruszczynski - Position: Secretary 
My daughter Maria Gruszczynski has skated for 7 years. Before moving to Birmingham she skated in Pensacola, FL.  I volunteered as the President of Greater Pensacola Figure Skating Club for 2 years and the Treasurer for 3 years. I am employed at Technology Transfer LLC as Director of Finance. I would enjoy continuing to serve on the BFSC Board to give back to the skating community that gives so much of their time to provide an active and supportive environment for our skaters!! 

Priscilla Fowler - Position: Test Chair 
Priscilla has had a life long love and passion for the sport of figure skating that began at the tender age of four and a half when her Canadian born mother first introduced her to the sport. It was not long after that she joined the Birmingham Figure Skating Club, making her the most longstanding member still active in the Club today. She was one of the few skaters to skate competitively at that time and traveled to local and regional competitions, even making the trip to Michigan at age ten to compete in the Eastern Great Lakes Regionals Competition. It was around that time that the coaching staff dwindled in Birmingham, requiring Priscilla to seek her training elsewhere and she spent summers away in both Canton, New York and Lake Placid for two summers until finally landing on a coach in Atlanta where she trained under Dale Wright who indirectly produced Tim Dolensky through her long time student, Debbie Walls Prachar. Before leaving for college, Priscilla became the first BFSC member to earn the title of USFSA Gold medalist by passing her 8th Gold Figure Test. She went on to coach skating during summers in college and then was a full time coach for two years after college before she entered medical school and residency to become a board certified Ophthalmologist. After being away from skating for nearly ten years during her medical training, she returned and earned her USFSA Gold Medal in Ice Dancing. She now participates in skating with her “skate Dad” husband, Keir, by supporting their 11 year old daughter, Harper, who is competing at the Pre-Juvenile level and working on her double jumps. Priscilla also enjoys teaching Learn to Skate classes and assisting with the Theater on Ice team. This year, Priscilla also returned to skating herself as a member of the Adult Theater on Ice Team. Priscilla has served as Test Chair and Magic City Ice Classic Competition Chair for the last year and a half and was responsible for obtaining membership for our Club in the National Qualifying Series. As a former skater with extensive knowledge of the history of the BFSC and figure skating in Birmingham, Priscilla feels that our program is poised for great future success. She is excited to continue to bring her knowledge and love of figure skating to the board to help promote that mission.

At Large Director Bios
Janey Worth 
Janey Worth resides in Helena, Alabama. She is the proud wife of Craig Worth, mother of Savannah Rose, and Stepmother of Christopher, Justin, Angee and 5 beautiful granddaughters and one delightful grandson.  Mrs. Worth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery and a Master of Science in Healthcare Outcomes and Quality Improvement from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received a direct commission to the United States Air Force Reserve in 1986 at the 35th Aeromedical Evacuation Flight, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. She completed Flight Nurse training and served in various capacities as Flight Nurse Instructor and Examiner. With over 1200 flight hours and two operational deployments, she retired in 2010 as the Squadron Chief Nurse Executive.  Janey is currently the Market Quality Director of Commercial Population for North Carolina and South Carolina for UnitedHealth Group. She also shares her passion for cooking with others as a Pampered Chef Consultant.Janey Worth has been an avid supporter of the Birmingham Figure Skating Club for nearly 10 years. She has supported her daughter Savannah’s participation in the Birmingham Blades Synchronized Ice Skating team for 3 years, the Magic City Theatre on Ice team for 2 years and the annual Christmas shows since 2010.  As Gigi, Janey also has introduced each of her grandchildren to the joy of ice skating.When not working or at the ice rink Janey enjoys traveling with her family, hiking, running, dabbling in glass art and hanging out with her dog Lizzie.

Michelle Cox
My name is Michelle Badgley Cox and I have been in the ice skating world since 1991.  I am a former Canadian National Synchronized Skating Silver Medalist and I currently coach singles as well as the Birmingham Blades Synchronized Skating team(s).  My full time job is as the pro shop manager for the City of Pelham.  I have an almost 3.5 year old little girl, Caroline and my husband, Christopher, is a Chemist at Avanti Polar Lipids in Alabaster. 

Emily Sanders 
My name is Emily Sanders. I am a coach and choreographer at the Pelham Civic Complex. I am also one of the coaches for Magic City Theatre on Ice. I've been skating for 14 years and have competed and medaled nationally and internationally in Theatre on Ice. 

I served on the BFSC board in 2016 and 2019 and enjoyed volunteering at Theatre on Ice Nationals. I love our sport and would like to join the BFSC board again to continue to help our club grow and find opportunities for our skaters to excel. 

Tama Blackstone
Tama and her husband Waid have four children, two of which figure skate and have played travel hockey.  She served on the BFSC general board on both the Fundraising and Sunshine Committee in 2017-2018 and is currently the Vice President.  She enjoys Serving on the board and assisting the club provide a positive environment for skaters to learn, compete, and develop in the sport. She enjoys getting to know club members.  Her daughter, Maggie, has been taking private lessons and competing for over four years. She is currently homeschooled and skates five days a week and has been on the theater on ice team for three years. She is very passionate and dedicated to figure skating and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the BFSC.  She would love to further contribute to the program that has brought her family so much pleasure.  

Emily Heide 
Emily Heide is a wife to Sam and mom to three children, Ginny Grace (11), Scarlett (8) and Hayes (5). She also serves as Executive Director for Rooted Ministry, an organization that equips and empowers youth ministers and parents. She chairs the church committee for Covenant Day School and served on the Created for a Purpose committee at Covenant Presbyterian Church. She served as VP of Volunteers for MBE PTO in 2019-20 and the Magic Moments Board from 2016-2019. She is also a Junior League of Birmingham Sustainer. Prior to Rooted, she worked in communications, marketing and fundraising for various other non-profits. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. 

Monica Powers
Hello BFSC:) My name is Monica Powers.  My husband Brian and I along with our children Brian Jr. (15) and Blayne (12)  live in Hoover, AL.  Since moving to Hoover in 2010, I have primarily been involved in elementary education.  At Deer Valley Elementary I have served as an Instructional Support Aide,  substitute teacher, PTO Hospitality Chair and Secretary, home room mom, and general volunteer. I have also very gratefully served as BFSC 2019-2020 Volunteer Coordinator. My daughter Blayne has been skating for over 5 years. Figure skating has brought so much to her life,..amazing friendships (including the wonderful friends I have made:) and very valuable life lessons. Just a few of the many reasons I would be honored to serve on the board again for 2020-2021.  Thank you BFSC for your consideration.

Ashley Bolen
Ashley is a wife and mother of three children. Originally from Florida, she attended Florida State College of Jacksonville and studied nursing.  After college, she worked at Mayo Clinic for 10 years. She also spent two years teaching pre-kindergarten at her daughter’s school in Florida. She is currently loving her role as a stay at home wife/mom taking care of her family. Her husband, Jonathan, is a senior project manager for Miller Electric. Allison (8) is her oldest daughter that is currently in the BFSC as well as on the Magic City Theatre on Ice team. Addison (5) is in love with cheerleading and enjoys public skating with her sister. Joshua (1) is the baby and is his sisters biggest fan. Allison and Addison both attend Pelham Ridge Elementary where Ashley also volunteers. The Bolen family currently resides in Pelham.  They are active member of Valleydale Church where Ashley serves in the preschool and children’s departments.  

Ashley loves watching her daughter grow in a sport that she is so passionate about and truly loves. She would love to help serve wherever needed to help support the Birmingham Figure Skating Club.  

Amanda Baker, President
Tama Blackstone,Vice President
Janey Worth, Secretary and Safesport Chair
Heather Gonzalez, Treasurer 
Priscilla Fowler Breitenfeld, Test Chair
​Michelle Badgley Cox
Loredana Cretu
Chrissy Christiansen
Susie Gray
Amy Gruszczynski
Emily Spradling Megginso
Monica Powers
Emily Sanders​

Emily Heide