Garden State Skating Club’s Board of Directors consists of eight members, each serving a three year term on a rotating basis. Two to three positions are up for election each year. A ballot with the list of nominees will be made available to all members, 18 years and older, each year for voting during the annual meeting.

Garden State Skating Club Board Members

Velma Chang

Co-Vice President & Test Chair

Nichole Ruggeri

Co-Vice President

Illya Nesson


Anthony Aprilante

Membership Chair & Media Chair

Christine Merlino

Secretary & Junior Board Advisor

Nancy Zavattieri

Hospitality Chair & Consignment

Carl De Angelis

Advisory Council *Non-Voting

Alicia Sprengel

Coach Liaison *Non-Voting

Garden State Skating Club Junior Board Members

Emily Chang

President & Editor-in-Chief

Paige Ruggeri

President & Event Manager

Noelle Zavattieri


Gwen Afanasewicz


Camryn Aprilante


Anna Merlino

Community Service

Evelyn Jones

Board Member

Sophia Newman

Board Member

Alexei Novojilov

Board Member

Syena Schaad

Board Member – Photography

The Garden State Skating Club is a non-profit organization that depends heavily on volunteers to run successfully. It takes an enormous amount of time and commitment to be a successful figure skater; it also takes an enormous amount of time and commitment to run a successful figure skating club.  There are a number of events throughout the year that call for volunteers, such as; National Learn-to-Skate Day, Shore Skate Competition, Fundraising Events, Charitable Events, Exhibitions and Shows, Annual Banquet, Test Sessions and more. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.