The Ritz-Carlton

100 Carondelet Plaza
Clayton, MO 63105
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Elizabeth Mannen & Robert McKenney

Total Raised $58771

Kristin Johnson & Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Total Raised $40930

Matt Bukhshtaber & Angie Brooks

Total Raised $68175

Lisa/Ally Nichols & Mike McAllister

Total Raised $83581

Fred Kostecki, Anna Bahn & Hanna Pierce

Total Raised $17360

Lisa Rodgers & Michael Fitzgerald

Total Raised $33121

Elizabeth Mannen & Robert McKenney

Total Raised $99521

Kristin Johnson & Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Total Raised $78930

Matt Bukhshtaber & Angie Brooks

Total Raised $83690.77

Lisa/Ally Nichols & Mike McAllister

Total Raised $136081

Fred Kostecki, Anna Bahn & Hanna Pierce

Total Raised $79860

Lisa Rodgers & Michael Fitzgerald

Total Raised $50121


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Judges’ Favorite:
Judges will silently keep a score of their favorite dance routine.
Crowd Favorite:
Couple that has the most people vote for them the night of the event (actual number of people, not dollar amount in votes.)

Elizabeth Mannen & Robert McKenney

Managing Director - Investments

Wells Fargo Advisors

Dance Instructor

Convergence Dance & Body Center

Elizabeth Mannen & Robert McKenney

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About Elizabeth

“I believe that choosing the right advisory team, working together to create an investment plan, and adhering to the plan with thoughtful behavior and constant review are the essential elements that determine long term financial success.” When I help my clients do what they can’t do on their own, I create value. It starts with a conversation and that conversation is on-going throughout your relationship with The Mannen Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. I believe that the best money management starts by controlling your emotional relationship with money. Helping my clients understand how today’s actions may impact tomorrow’s outcomes is key to our decision making process. Often that includes encouragement to “never trade what you want the most, for what you want at the moment.” Helping you in developing and continuing to monitor your financial lives are the hallmarks of our practice.
Something noteworthy about your practice
Elizabeth’s practice is truly that of an advisory practice. Her depth of life experiences allows her to enrich the lives of her clients on a number of levels. She is often the first call they make for any help with final decisions. Elizabeth considers her practice a noble calling. She is a featured speaker to dozens of client, women’s and cancer groups each year.
Background and experience
Elizabeth’s goal is to function as her client’s CFO. She seeks to retain the confidence and trust of her clients through a commitment to integrity, professionalism and excellence. With over 26 years of experience in the financial services industry, and backed by the vast resources of Wells Fargo Advisors, Elizabeth is fully invested in her clients. She will always place each client’s financial wellbeing before her own.
Away from the office
Elizabeth is extremely active within the community. She is a trustee for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and sits on the boards of COCA St. Louis, Marian Middle School, Saint Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness, and Sing for Siteman. Within Wells Fargo Advisors she spends many hours dedicated to non-profit activities as well as to the education and mentoring of new financial advisors. Elizabeth is a sought after speaker within the industry and firm, speaking to new graduating classes of financial advisors, women’s groups and civic groups about her accomplishments, unique life challenges and philanthropy. She is the proud mother of 32 year old boy-girl twins. She enjoys travel, fly-fishing, yoga, and most anything active and outdoors.
Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC

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Robert McKenney has been dancing and instructing for over a decade and was born into a dancing environment. The son of a dance teacher, he grew up watching dance competitions, classes, and events, and eventually decided that it looked like fun! He entered a competition when he was seven years old, started teaching when he was 18 and has since taught throughout the country. He was even a guest teacher at the National Academy of Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the summer of 2015.

Robert has travelled extensively to Argentina and specializes in the Latin dances. Argentine Tango, Salsa, Cha Cha, and folk dancing are his favorites! Robert has studied with expert teachers in the U.S., as well as several master teachers in Argentina who have shaped and influenced Argentine tango and Latin dance. He has also shared his love of dance by teaching throughout the country from California to Massachusetts and several places in between.

In addition to teaching, Robert has danced and performed all over the United States and Argentina and regularly performs in the St. Louis area. He has danced everywhere from the popular, historic Muny Theater to Busch Stadium in front of thousands of people, as well as performing regularly in the St. Louis area.

Kristin Johnson & Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Principal - BOA Talent Acquisition & Performance

Edward Jones

Co-Artistic Director of Dance


Kristin Johnson & Antonio Douthit-Boyd

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As the Edward Jones principal responsible for BOA Talent Acquisition and Performance, Kristin Johnson leads the contribution of the branch office administrator role within the client team. She joined Edward Jones in 1995 as a member of the Internal Audit department and two years later became the department’s internal audit manager. In 2000, Johnson relocated to the Operations division, where she served as a department leader, senior department leader and group leader in several account and trade processing departments. Johnson was named a principal in 2006 and worked in the firm’s Retirement Services and Client Reporting areas over the next six years. In March 2012, she relocated to the firm’s Service division to lead the Service Optimization business unit. She assumed her current responsibilities in 2013. Johnson was named a member of the Edward Jones Management Committee in 2014 and is a senior executive sponsor of the firm’s Black African American and Young Professionals Business Resource Groups.
A native of Belleville, Ill., Johnson graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy, from Webster University with a master’s degree in information management, and from Washington University’s executive MBA program. She is active in several organizations and serves on the boards of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and Webster University.

In 2015, Antonio Douthit-Boyd was named Co-Artistic Director of Dance of COCA, where he began his dance training at age 16 under the direction of Lee Nolting. Douthit-Boyd returned to COCA after 11 years with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He also trained at the Alexandra School of Ballet the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Douthit-Boyd became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1999 and appeared in featured roles in the ballets South African Suite, Douglas, Concerto in F, Return, and Dwight Rhoden’s Twist. He was promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. He is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. He is also on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching modern dance in the collaborative MFA program between the University and COCA. Antonio would like to thank Kirven Douthit-Boyd, his husband and choreographer for his continuous support.

Matt Bukhshtaber & Angie Brooks

Executive Vice President

CBRE Group


St. Louis Dancing Classrooms

Matt Bukhshtaber & Angie Brooks

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Matt Bukhshtaber is an Executive Vice President in the St. Louis office of CBRE, with a focus on institutional and private capital investment property sales. Matt specializes in the acquisition and disposition of investment-grade multi-housing properties. Matt has participated in $3 billion worth of closed transactions and advised clients on more than $5 billion worth of assignments.  Prior to joining CBRE, Matt worked as the Director of Investments at the private equity firm Sangita in St. Louis; was part of the top producing Capital Marketsteam at Cushman and Wakefield in Boston; and, was a member of the GE Financial Leadership Development Program.   With his strong background in capital markets and finance, Matt brings experience and expertise to complex investment transactions. With his institutional background and education, Matt is able to advise his clients on making the most strategic investment decisions for their objectives.
Achievements & Awards
  • Top 5 Producer in the CBRE St. Louis Office, 2012-2017 (#1 2015-17)
  • CBRE Colbert Coldwell Circle Award – CBRE top 100 producers, 2016-2017
  • St. Louis Business Journal, 40 Under Forty 2016 Award Winner
  • Two-time ‘Busiest Broker’ Award winner by St. Louis Area Realtors Commercial Division
Professional Affiliations /Accreditations
  • Licensed in Missouri and Illinois
  • Big Brothers Program of St. Louis
  • St. Louis Sports Commission Board Member
  • Masters of Liberal Arts in Management, Harvard University, concentration in finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Carnegie Mellon University

Angie Brooks started dancing at the age of three and knew by the age of ten that she wanted to grow up to become a professional dancer. From jazz/modern company member, to theatrical stage performer, to professional ballroom dancer and instructor—she has spent her life studying, performing and teaching her craft. Today, Angie spends the bulk of her time teaching private and group lessons in ballroom, Latin, and social dance.

In addition, she is the Director for St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, a not-for-profit social development program that uses ballroom dance as a medium for teaching the importance of kindness, respect, elegance, and teamwork to elementary aged students.

Lisa/Ally Nichols & Mike McAllister


Technology Partners

Dance Instructor

Dance Pizazz

Lisa/Ally Nichols & Mike McAllister

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Ally Nichols is the daughter of Lisa Nichols, CEO of Technology Partners, Inc. Lisa along with her husband Greg founded Technology Partners over 24 years ago.
Ally loves to dance but has just recently started taking lessons in preparation for her performance in this year’s Dancing with the St. Louis Stars. At 24 years old, Ally lives with her mom and dad and spends her time volunteering at Progress West Hospital.
Ever since Ally was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, Lisa has known that Ally has “Something Extra.” Down syndrome is the result of having an extra chromosome, a tiny piece of additional code in her DNA. For Ally, as with most individuals with Down syndrome, that chromosome isn’t the only “something extra” that makes her different. Ally is one of the kindest, most loving, and generous people you will ever meet. Known for her famous hugs, she has a way of making everyone she meets feel special and loved. Her playful personality and fun demeanor light up the room and she will always leave you with a smile on your face.
When Dancing with the St. Louis Stars asked if she could be the “something extra” in this year’s contest, Greg, Lisa and Ally enthusiastically said yes. As Ally puts it, “I have moves!”. For Lisa, as a member of the dance committee and former DWSLS Judge, she is thrilled to help Ally prepare for the big night in January. Lisa spends much of her time co-leading the IT Staffing and Solutions teams at Technology Partners while hosting her leadership podcast, “Something Extra with Lisa Nichols.”

Fred Kostecki, Anna Bahn & Hanna Pierce

Managing Partner

St. Louis RubinBrown LLP


Pure Barre/Convergence Body and Dance Center

Fred Kostecki, Anna Bahn & Hanna Pierce

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Fred Kostecki is the Managing Partner of the St. Louis office and previously served as Partner and Chairman of RubinBrown’s Assurance Services Group. He serves large and mid-size public and privately-held clients primarily in the distribution, manufacturing and professional service industries and has diversified audit and accounting expertise.
Fred is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Leading Professional Services Firms Program.

Anna Bahn has been dancing since the age of 12. She started her studies in ballet, but quickly learned that belly dance was a greater passion. She started teaching at 15, and performing belly dance locally at the age of 20. Before college, she discovered social salsa and Argentine tango, which she immediately fell in love with.
Anna graduated from Mizzou as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences in 2011. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer. After seven years working at at Mercy Hospital, she now works full time in the dance and fitness industry. In addition to managing the fitness studio, Pure Barre, she teaches, tango, salsa, swing, belly dance, and ballroom lessons.

Hanna Pierce started her dance training at Midland Festival Ballet in Midland, Texas at the age of three. She joined the civic company and performed in many ballets such as The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Graduation Ball, and A Midsummer Nights Dream. She traveled to many well known summer intensives on scholarship such as Milwaukee Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Glenda Brown Choreography Project, and Oklahoma City Ballet. After high school she attended Alonzo King LINES training program in San Francisco. She then moved to St. Louis as a company member of CommonThread Contemporary Ballet in St. Louis under the director Jennifer Medina. Hanna now does project dance work and also competes in  in the International Latin  DIvision in ballroom with Convergence Body and Dance Center. 

Hanna has worked with many well known choreographers such as Thom Clower, Maurya Kerr, LeeWei Chao, Vim Vigor, Sidra Bell, Kyle Abraham Company, Katia Garza, Valorie Robin, New Dialect and many others. As she continues to grow her social dance and ballroom career, she has been preparing to become Gyrotonic certified which is also offered at Convergence.

Lisa Rodgers & Michael Fitzgerald


Independence Center

Dance Instructor

Just Dancing West

Lisa Rodgers & Michael Fitzgerald

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Lisa Rodgers was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and earned her degree in Business Administration from Hickey College. She was diagnosed with bi-polar depression and anxiety. She has found that through medication, support from family and friends, and maintaining a positive attitude, she is capable of managing her illness.
Lisa became a member of Independence Center Clubhouse on March 14, 2016. While at the Clubhouse, she volunteers at the Snack Bar and sometimes in the Upper Level Unit (Kitchen, Flower Shop, Sanitation of Upper Level areas). Through her involvement, she has built positive and supportive relationships and has gained leadership skills.
She says, “I am excited for the opportunity to participate in the Dancing with the St. Louis Stars event. This is an important event that will help us raise money for Independence Center to benefit more members like me.”



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Dancing with the St. Louis Stars Raises More Than $500,000 to Benefit Independence Center

ST. LOUIS, MO – (January 28, 2019) … Five prominent St. Louis business leaders and dance instructors put their hearts and soles into the 11th annual Dancing with the St. Louis Stars event this weekend at the Ritz-Carlton. The event raised more than $500,000.

Proceeds from Dancing with the St. Louis Stars allow Independence Center to continue its mission of restoring lives by providing a comprehensive system of high-quality programs and services to people in the St. Louis metropolitan area with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Independence Center’s goal is to help people live and work in the community, independently and with dignity.

This year’s Dancing MVP and Dance Champion award went to Ally Nichols and her dance partner, Mike McAllister. The pair raised more than $133,000 through votes, tickets, tables and sponsorships. Dancers campaigned for votes (1 vote = $10) via the website. Lisa Rodgers, an Independence Center member who was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, also took home the award for Crowd Favorite.

“This event is not only Independence Center’s signature fundraising event for the year, it’s also a really wonderful way for us to raise awareness about mental health issues happening right in our own community,” said Independence Center Executive Director Mark Bethell. “We like to remind people that one out of every four people will deal with mental illness at some point in their lives but those people can also recover and lead fulfilling lives. This night is always about awareness and hope.”

Independence Center helps more than 1,500 people seek mental health recovery each year through its Clubhouse Model of psychosocial rehabilitation. The clubhouse is based on a philosophy that promotes community, expectations, presence and feeling wanted. The community-based rehabilitation program emphasizes preparing members to find meaningful employment while finding dignity and purpose in their lives.

About Independence Center

Proceeds from Dancing with the St. Louis Stars allows Independence Center to continue the mission of restoring lives by providing a comprehensive system of high quality programs and services that assists adults in the St. Louis metropolitan area with serious and persistent mental illnesses to live and work in the community, independently and with dignity.




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