Alexandria Grable is dancing for Circle of Hope Inc.
Alexandria Grable is a 17 year old Actress/Director/Producer/Business Owner who lives in Santa Clarita. She is a senior in High School, also taking college courses. She created PamelaJune.com in honor of her Grammy (Pamela) and her Great-Grandmother, Nannie (June). She gives the proceeds from her Fight Cancer bracelets to the Circle of Hope. Along with her family, she also donates Chemo Care Bags to the Circle of Hope. Alexandria is involved with Soroptimist of Greater Santa Clarita with their Dream It Be It program. She is currently directing and producing her first play at The Main in Newhall this summer called 27 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview. The dates for that are August 10 - 12.
Amy Daniels is dancing for WiSH Education Foundation.
Amy Daniels has lived in our valley for 23 years and raised Josh, Noah and Zach here. After a career in technology as a Project Manager, she began using her skills as a volunteer. She held nearly every leadership position in local PTA and in PACS. She also served on the Hart District’s DAC, PCC, and Site Council committees, and was President of the Hart High School Foundation for seven years. Amy was honored to be a founding Director for the WiSH Education Foundation in 2011 and was soon voted in as Executive Director. She considers this to be “the best job in the world,” providing tools for success in local classrooms. It brings her full circle, having started her career as a teacher after college. While local public education is her passion, she finds the outdoors to be her escape. She has tackled major trips including Alaska, British Columbia, the Grand Canyon and crossed the Alps from France to Switzerland. She has climbed Mts. Whitney, Rainier, Kilimanjaro, Shasta and is planning a climb of Gokyo Ri in the Himalayas in Nepal in March 2019. Amy feels that being outside with her sons and her friends is her true “happy place.”
Barbara Myler is dancing for Herny Mayo Newhall Hosptial Foundation.
Barbara Myler, a SCV resident since 1980 is President of Summit West Public Relations & Marketing and is the owner/producer of the Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series celebrating its 19th year. She is a former World Champion International Ballroom dancer, having performed and participated in dance competitions all over the world. Representing the United States, she participated and won first place in the Latin division of the British World Championships in Blackpool, England… a long, long time ago! Barbara has four married children, all born at HMNMH. Two of her (almost) 8 grandchildren were also born at HMNMH. Barbara has served on the HMNMH Annual Drive Safe Golf Tournament committee for decades, participated in a delegation to Washington, DC lobbying for funds to build the new hospital helipad and has met with families of newborns with cleft lips/palates. “Henry Mayo has blessed my family and this community for generations. As a parent, grandparent and patient I’m excited to be dancing for HMNMH –to raise funds and awareness that will help support the hospital that can save you or a loved one’s life.”
Barbara encourages everyone to help this effort at DWOS by voting for her… often!
Jodi is a speaker, author and consultant. She is a recipient of the Certified Speaking Professional designation. This is the highest earned designation by the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation. Fewer than 300 women in the world have attained this designation. Jodi is known for her high energy and content rich programs and was once described by an L.A Times reporter as having "seemingly endless energy."
Jose Pablo Cantillo is dancing for IWC Foundation.
Jose grew up in the small Midwestern town of Terre Haute, IN as the youngest of three competitive brothers. He excelled in tennis, marital arts, baseball and of course the Hoosier sport of basketball. He attended Indiana University where he graduated from the Honors Business Program. It was at IU while fulfilling Speech requirements Jose took his first theater class and discovered his passion for acting. Upon graduation Jose moved to New York to study formally at the renowned Atlantic Theater Company and Barrow Group Schools. After leading several stage productions in off Broadway companies, Jose turned his attention to film and television. His work has been enjoyed in the widely released films, The Manchurian Candidate, Crank, Disturbia, Elysium, and Chappie to name a few. In television he has been the lead villain in Sons Of Anarchy, and has seen wreaking havoc on the The Walking Dead. Watch for Jose this year in the final season of The Last Ship as well as the highly anticipated superhero film El Chicano. Jose loves to play games with his family and has even launched his own game (Free Me) designed to help players engage each other in the moment and put away their smartphones. He is also the co-creator of the provocative Repo Games game show on SPIKE that gave contestants down on their luck a chance to win their car title free and clear. He lives with his beautiful wife and high school sweet heart Kristi and two lovely daughters in Santa Clarita, CA.
Josh Rivas is dancing Single Mothers Outreach.
Josh Rivas is a world-class hairstylist and color specialist based in Santa Clarita. Clients from around the world consult with him to create styles that enhance and define them. Also in 2013 he was among the recipients of the prestigious 40 Under Forty Award. In his free time he mentors homeless youth and serving at church.
Dr. Kelly Cude is dancing for American Cancer Society.
Dr. Kelly Cude is a Professor of Biology at COC where she has taught a multitude of classes ranging from microbiology and molecular genetics to cancer biology. Dr. Cude grew up near Monterey Bay California where she attended community college before transferring to UC Davis (BS) and attending graduate school at the University of Washington (PhD). Her scientific field of study (and personal passion) is cancer biology, a decision made at age 9 after losing her grandfather.
As a passionate, enthusiastic teacher, Dr. Cude strives to help students change their perspective of the living world to appreciate the beauty and complexity of microscopic biology. This world explains where diseases like cancer evolve and where the tools to defeat cancer will be found.
In her spare time, Dr. Cude enjoys creating stained glass, gardening, and relaxing with her cats, Lotus and Temba. She founded CARE SCV—Cancer Awareness and Resource Expo and serves on our local ACS Leadership Council. While she loves tennis, hiking, and kayaking, dancing is not her forte! However, she is excited about being part of Dancing with Our Stars and embraces this challenge to contribute to a favorite cause.
Kristina Wittig, M.D., is a urologic surgeon at City of Hope Santa Clarita. After working at City of Hope for 5 years, she is passionate the institution provides innovative comprehensive care and a well-rounded patient experience. She is excited to bring this level of care to the Santa Clarita Valley.
Maggie-Mae Laufman is dancing for Soroptimist International of Greater SCV
Raised in Portland, Oregon, as one of eleven kids, Maggie-Mae moved to Santa Clarita in 2013, to pursue an Event Planning & Marketing career, and soon found her home at Applied Resource Insurance Solutions as the Marketing Director. Her countless years of networking, sales, and marketing has helped Applied Resource Insurance Solutions succeed in becoming a brand in the Santa Clarita Valley, and surrounding areas. She is involved in numerous charitable organizations, serving on 9 non-profit boards, including Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley. Maggie-Mae currently serves as the chair for the Dream It, Be It Program within her Soroptimist club which has gained national recognition for her work in our local community, and is serving on the 2018-2019 Board for Soroptimist as the VP of Membership. She is a proud military wife, as her husband is currently serving in the United States Navy, and she is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan. Maggie-Mae hopes to dance to bring awareness to Soroptimist international of Greater Santa Clarita and their efforts for helping women and girls locally and internationally.
Marsha McLean will be dancing for SRD Straightening Reins.
Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean joined the Santa Clarita City Council in 2002. During her tenure, McLean served as Mayor in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She brings her passion for small business, regional transportation, the environment and local government to her work as a councilmember. Prior to her work at the City, McLean worked for the Los Angeles Police Department and for a Los Angeles City Councilman. McLean’s experience also includes work for the U.S. Government at the American Embassies in Tel Aviv, Israel and Paris, France. McLean believes in giving back to her community and throughout her 30-year career has actively worked with 19 nonprofit organizations. Marsha loves dancing and has joined DWOS over the years, dancing for LARC Ranch, Bridge to Home &The Food Pantry together, Homes for Heroes, and Bridge to Home a second time.
Matthew Nelson is dancing for SCV Boys & Girls Club.
Matt Nelson is the CEO for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley. He’s worked for the Club for the last 14 years helping local children and teens reach their full potential. This year he is excited to slip on his dancing shoes and represent the Club at DWOS. He is dancing to raise funds to help ensure all young people in Santa Clarita have the supplies and support they need to go Back to School. He says he’s secretly been honing dance moves for years. He is a self-proclaimed master, just ask his daughter, but don’t ask his wife. As of today, autographs are free.
Niamani Knight dancing for S.T.R.E.A.M. Kids Expo.
Niamani Knight, is a senior at Saugus High School located in Santa Clarita, CA where she is enrolled in a four-year engineering program. Knight is a journalist at her high school, co-captain of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Founder of S.T.R.E.A.M. Kids Expo™. After being selected at the age of 13 to participate in the first Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA Program) in Lancaster, CA, Knight realized many of her peers (and students in general) seemed to struggle with some of the basic educational skill-sets required for long-term success. She realizes these academic rocks can only be climbed through industry expert exposure, interactive learning, and peer support. Therefore, instead of producing a product to sell in the YEA program, Knight created a platform for students and businesses to showcase their talents and discuss possibilities. She created S.T.R.E.A.M. Kids Expo™ which emphasizes on Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Manufacturing. The event also includes entrepreneurship, as she believes whether you work for someone else or self-owners inspire results.
Nick Ventura is dancing for Michael Hoefflin Foundation.
Nick Ventura has lived in Santa Clarita for over 25 years. He is an award winning retail store designer and owner of Nicholas Ventura Design, specializing in retail design and marketing consulting. In 2013, Nick Ventura set out to help affect change in the world, founding his first company inFORa CAUSE. inFORa CAUSE was a retail platform that sold products that supported various global and local issues, such as world hunger and empowering women. Bringing Nick’s connection to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation full circle, inFORa CAUSE donated 10% of it’s net income to the organization guaranteeing that every purchase made a local impact in the community.
Sue Reynolds Buckley is dancing for Boy Scouts of America.
Sue is a passionate advocate of this business and non-profit community, and works for the Hart School District. Active with Child & Family Center, Valley Industrial Association, Soroptimist, and more, but mostly with Doberman Nüdel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (SAR) dog: in search of critically missing persons, at all hours of the night. Her family also includes husband Jerry Buckley of College of the Canyons, Eagle Scout Ransom Boynton, and grandson Alexander.
Teri Fox is dancing for Sebastian Velona Foundation
Teri Fox is a native Californian, who has called Santa Clarita home for 14 years. She is married to attorney Michael Fox, and they have a two-year old daughter named Skylar. From her first marriage, Teri also has sons Sebastian and Gage. She inherited her father’s passion for philanthropy, and, for 18 years, she has served as President and Board Member for the Paul A. Hughes Family Foundation – a grant-making charity that provides financial support to many Santa Clarita nonprofits. In 2014, the Santa Clarita Gazette honored Teri’s philanthropy by naming her “Hero of the Week”. In January 2017, Teri and Michael founded the Sebastian Velona Foundation to find a cure for Batten Disease CLN8 – a fatal childhood neurological disorder. And, in 2017, The Signal newspaper honored Teri’s humanitarianism with a Top 51 Next Level Award – an honor bestowed on those who help better Santa Clarita through good deeds.
Vanessa Rutherford is dancing for The Battle Buddy Foundation.
Vanessa Rutherford is an engineer at HPD, the racing division of Honda, with previous experience in aerospace. She moved to SCV in 2002, and joined the JCI SCV chapter in 2003. She has been involved in community projects ever since, and was recognized as a 40 Under 40 in 2014. She joined the Battle Buddy Foundation in 2016 to help with the 1st annual golf event and is honored to represent BBF in their DWOS debut.
Zee Dankworth is dancing for the SCV Senior Center.
Zee Dankworth is a volunteer with the SCV Senior Center's Silvertone Singers, resident of Friendly Valley, former employee of Henry Mayo Hospital, advocate for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention and works closely with the Department of Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).