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The Ritz-Carlton

100 Carondelet Plaza
Clayton, MO 63105
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LEADERBOARD SPONSORED BY

Lynn Ann Vogel & Robert McKenney

Dance Champion

Raised: $1000

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Dance MVP

Total Raised: $81000

Angelleen Peters-Lewis & Steve Brockman

Dance Champion

Raised: $310

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Dance MVP

Total Raised: $30310

James Craven & Hanna Pierce

Dance Champion

Raised: $2850

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Dance MVP

Total Raised: $25490

Laurie Phillips & Michael Fitzgerald

Dance Champion

Raised: $990

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Dance MVP

Total Raised: $19920

Chris Hampel & Anna Bahn

Dance Champion

Raised: $220

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Dance MVP

Total Raised: $2720

Nancy Staudt & Alex Borodko

Dance Champion

Raised: $1500

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Dance MVP

Total Raised: $1500.77

HOW YOU CHAMPION FOR

MENTAL ILLNESS
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HONORARY AWARDS
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.)

Laurie Phillips & Michael Fitzgerald

President & CFO

TerraSource Global

Dance Instructor

Just Dancing West

Laurie Phillips & Michael Fitzgerald

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About Laurie

Laurie Phillips is the President & Chief Financial Officer of TerraSource Global, a St.Louis-based industrial equipment manufacturer, which operates a plant in Belleville, IL, that produces high-performance material crushing and feeding machinery for global customers in the mining, power and forest products industries. Laurie joined TerraSource in 2015 as the CFO after many years of senior financial and executive roles across a variety of manufacturing firms in the Midwest.

Originally from Southeast Kansas, Laurie is a certified public accountant, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University. She is the mother of three children: an adult son living in Chicago and two daughters currently attending college. She lives with her husband in Eureka and enjoys golfing in her spare time.

 


About Michael

Michael Fitzgerald is a professional competitor, instructor, and co-¬owner of Just Dancing West studio in St. Peters, and is looking forward to entertaining this year’s crowd.

Michael has been teaching ballroom & Latin dancing for thirteen years, and has enjoyed great success with his students and his professional partner, his wife Lucy. Dancing the American Smooth style, they have placed as finalists in nearly 100 professional ballroom events across the country. Michael has enjoyed numerous performance opportunities at private events and charity functions, and he has received several awards for his excellence in teaching.

Michael is a professional member of the National Dance Council of America and proud to be a six-year veteran of Dancing With the St. Louis Stars.

Lynn Ann Vogel & Robert McKenney

Partner

Vogel Law Office

Dance Instructor

Convergence Dance & Body Center

Lynn Ann Vogel & Robert McKenney

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About Lynn

Professional:
Lynn Ann is a partner with Vogel Law Office where she works with her husband Paul. Her practice focuses on assisting nationwide clients with real estate matters and alternative investment opportunity review. Additionally, she serves as a neutral for Alternative Dispute Resolution matters, primarily in real estate, construction and employment matters, building on her experience as a litigator in those areas previously in her career. A very large part of her career and time is focused on volunteering and leading bar associations. She has served as President of The Missouri Bar as well as the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, for which she is currently serving as a Delegate to the American Bar Association. She is a past member of the Executive Committee for the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the Lawyers Association of St. Louis. She is a Fellow and Board member of both the St. Louis Bar Foundation and the Missouri Bar Foundation and sits on the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness. When she has free time, she is a corporate spouse supporting her CEO husband, Paul, with his busy client schedule at his firm, Argos Family Office.

Community:
• St. Louis Internship Program: (SLIP): Board Vice President Programming and fundraising to develop a St. Louis workforce through paid internships for students of the St. Louis School District. 4,000 students have been trained and employed over the last 25 years.
• Junior League Larks: providing entertainment in Assisted Living and Adult Care homes
• The Heritage Account Board: 501(c )(3) fundraising and supporting the maintenance of the historic building at 4600 Lindell.
• Saint Louis Woman’s Club

Education:
– B.A. in Business from Transylvania University in Lexington KY
– J.D. – Mississippi College School of Law


About Robert

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.

James Craven & Hanna Pierce

Director of Business Development - Lending

Wells Fargo Advisors

Gyrotonic Instructor

Convergence Dance & Body Center

James Craven & Hanna Pierce

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About James

James Craven, Director Business Development Group – Lending, is responsible for helping our clients satisfy their lending and banking needs by working with their financial advisor to access the full breadth of products and services available through Wells Fargo Advisors and their affiliates. His team’s primary focus is around securities backed lending, residential mortgage, custom credit, and commercial lending.

James was previously a High Net Worth Specialist responsible for growing High Net Worth client introductions from Wells Fargo Advisors to Wells Fargo Private Bank. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, James spent 8 years at Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor and a Credit and Lending Specialist. James is a graduate of the University of Miami and has a master’s degree from Villanova University.

James holds his series 7, 66, and 24 registrations.


About Hanna

Hanna grew up in Midland, Texas training at the school of Midland Festival Ballet. She was awarded multiple scholarships to train in the summers at  highly respected schools such as Milwaukee Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Joffery Academy of Texas, and the Glenda Brown Choreography Project. After high school Hanna attended the Alonzo King LINES ballet  training program in San Francisco. There she had the privilege of dancing Alonzo’s work and being under his watchful eye. She also was able to work with  many well known choreographers, companies, and teachers such as Maurya Kerr, Lee Wei Chao, VimVigor, Sidra Bell, Kyle Abraham Compnay, Martha Graham Company, Gregory Dawson, and the Wayne McGregor Company. She then became a company  member with CommonThread Contemporary Ballet  in St. Louis under the director Jennifer Medina. She has performed Jay Jacksons work at Pride Fest St Charles along with other performances forsocial justice events in the community. Hanna now does project dance work and along with working and dancing at Convergence. She also recently has received her Gyrotonic Method Level 1 certification. In her free time Hanna loves to workout at Pure Barre, ride bikes, and teach little kids ballet.

 

Angelleen Peters-Lewis & Steve Brockman

Vice President Patient Care Services & Chief Nurse Executive

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Dance Instructor

Just Dancing Studio

Angelleen Peters-Lewis & Steve Brockman

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About Angelleen

Angelleen Peters-Lewis, PhD, RN, joined Barnes-Jewish Hospital as vice president, patient care services, and chief nursing officer in October 2017.

Peters-Lewis brings significant experience and a track record of success in academic medical centers in urban settings and is deeply committed to the undeserved with a unique understanding of multicultural environments. She has a strong passion for professional nursing practice and building relationships with the entire health care team, and is a transformational leader who has demonstrated and ability to create a positive, vibrant culture.

Peters-Lewis received her doctorate in nursing from Boston College, where she graduated with distinction and received the Dorothy A. Jones Award for Scholarship, Service, and development. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from Northeastern University and earned her bachelor’s in nursing from Simmons College in Boston. Her post-doctoral work included an executive nurse fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the executive leadership development program at Harvard Business School.

Prior to joining Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Peters-Lewis served in several leadership roles within the Care New England Health System, affiliated with Brown University Medical School. She was senior vice president of patient care services and chief nurse at Women & Infants Hospital Rhode Island, and most recently she served as senior vice president of of patient care services and system chief nurse, of women and newborn’s nursing and clinical services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 1,386 bed teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. The hospital has a 1,519 member medical staff and has been listed on the elite honor roll of best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 25 consecutive years. Barnes-Jewish is a member of BJC HealthCare which provides a full range of health care services through its 15 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois.

 


About Steve

Steve has been teaching ballroom dancing since 1979.  He has been teaching at Just Dancing Dance Studio since it’s beginning in 1987, and was one of the studio’s founders.  He has competed in the Smooth, Rhythm, Latin and Ballroom styles of dancing, with Ballroom (Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Fox Trot and Quickstep) being his specialty. Steve enjoys teaching all levels of dancer from people with no dance experience to very experienced competitive dancers. He enjoys being able to share the fun, exercise of the body and mind, the challenge of learning something new with his students as they learn to ballroom dance.

Nancy Staudt & Alex Borodko

Dean and Howard & Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law

Washington University

Dance Instructor

Majestic Dance Studio

Nancy Staudt & Alex Borodko

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About Nancy

Nancy Staudt was named dean of the law school, effective May 2014. She is a nationally renowned scholar in tax, tax policy, and empirical legal studies. Staudt is the author or co-author of nearly 40 articles and two books, and her work has been published in the country’s leading journals and university presses. She has given more than 100 speeches and keynote addresses to national and international audiences on a range of tax, law, and public policy topics. Staudt has served as an advisory panelist and/or board member to organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Association of American Law Schools’ Tax Section, and the Law and Society Association. Before assuming her deanship, Staudt served as vice dean for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and as the inaugural holder of the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law and Public Policy; she was the Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law at Northwestern University and a professor of law at Washington University from 2000 to 2006. Staudt has held visiting professorships at Vanderbilt University, Boston University, and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and she has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Prior to her academic appointments, Staudt was a tax associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. She clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, and she provided free legal services to both battered women and organizations seeking tax-exempt status from the federal government.

 

 

 


My name is Alexandr Borodko, and I began ballroom dancing at the age of eight in my hometown of Minsk, Belarus. I continued to dance in grammar and high school, eventually earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Ballroom Dance and Choreography from the Belarusian University of Culture. Post graduation, I danced as an amateur for 11 years with top placements in major dance competitions throughout Europe.

Since coming to the United States 25 years ago, I have established myself as a highly successful professional competitor, winning a wide variety of professional division events. At the same time, I have become an established and sought after dance instructor in St. Louis. Through the years, my students have participated and won countless competitions in the United States and around the world.

In 2014, my wife and I began a new chapter of our lives with the opening of our business, Majestic Dance Studio. Our wish is to provide instruction, education and inspiration to those interested in ballroom dancing. Our goal is to make Majestic a place for dancers (and soon-to-be dancers) learn the art of ballroom dancing in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Chris Hampel & Anna Bahn

Member

Independence Center

Manager

Pure Barre

Chris Hampel & Anna Bahn

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About Chris

Chris Hampel, Maintenance Engineer at the Chase Park Plaza and member at Independence Center will be representing both at this year’s Dancing with the St. Louis Stars.

Chris came to Independence Center in 2014 after numerous hospitalizations, was homeless, and was living in his van or other shelters. He was connected to Independence Center through Labre Center, a program of Peter & Paul Community Services. Chris says when he first arrived at Independence Center, he did not know what he was going to do or how he was going to start over. Chris started coming to the Center and got involved with the Street Level where he worked on Employment doing attendance, data entry, front desk, and more. He says that the computer skills he practiced and improved at the Clubhouse gave him the confidence to start a TE (transitional employment) position at Wells Fargo Advisors. Chris worked at Wells Fargo for 14 months and gained valuable relationships, work skills, and more support from his growing community. He says “Wells Fargo saw my potential and continued to give me more and more responsibility”. Chris is now employed full time at Chase Park Plaza as a Maintenance Engineer, allowing him to utilize his construction background on projects in the hotel. He now leads different projects within the Maintenance team and says the freedom and flexibility of the job are rewarding.

During his time at Independence Center, he has achieved independent living, re-established himself into full time employment, improved coordination of care for his mental illness, and now is a great role model for other members hoping to become more independent in the St. Louis community.

About Anna

Anna 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.

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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 www.dancingwiththestlouisstars.org 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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HONORARY CHAIR, JUDGES, & EMCEE

Greg, Lisa and Ally Nichols

HONORARY CHAIRS

Claire Kellett

EMCEE

Ron Daugherty

JUDGE

Brittny Adams

JUDGE

Bob Tomaso

JUDGE

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