Beth Blankenship-O'Connor is a native to the Vineyard and began skating at the age of nine. Throughout her skating career, Beth won numerous medals at competitions and was invited to participate in many ice skating shows with skaters such as Paul Wylie, Nancy Kerrigan and Todd Elderedge. In 1997, Beth received a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Sports Medicine and Secondary Education from Merrimack College. After college, Beth pursued her dream of becoming a show skater and worked for Ice Capades, Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL., Advanced Entertainment Group and Rosstyn Ice Shows and Rink Designs. These jobs allowed her to travel all over North America and the Caribbean. Beth is still skates in Ice Show if the time allows it.
Beth is a full-time coach with the skating club and is also is the director of the Pre-School Skating Program. She also is the Assistant Varsity coach for MVRHS Field Hockey team.
Beth is a certified group instructor and program director with the Professional Skaters Association(PSA).
Jane Elizabeth Taylor began skating at the age of 10 at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena. As an amateur, she competed throughout New England and trained in Lake Placid, NY. Jane attended the University of Delaware and graduated in 2003. For four years, she skated on their Collegiate Figure Skating Team, helping the team earn four consecutive Eastern Sectional Championships, the National Bronze medal in 2000, National Silver medal in 2001 & 003 and the National Championship in 2002. In 2000, Jane was the Novice Ladies Gold Medalist.
Jane is a U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist and a rated & ranked member of the Professional Skaters Association. She holds Registered ratings in Group Instruction and Free Skating, a Senior rating in Moves in the Field, a Hockey I rating and a Level I Ranking. Her skaters are currently working toward their Pre-Preliminary through Senior tests within the US Figure Skating test structure. Jane directs the Skating School of Martha’s Vineyard’s summer program, which encompasses all levels of figure skating and hockey power & skating skills. She works with the MVRHS Girls Ice Hockey Teams while in season on their skating skills. Jane has been a guest coach in Lake Placid, NY and Gilbert, AZ. She is also working toward taking her Certified Group Instructor and Master Moves in the Field exams.