The Ritz-Carlton

100 Carondelet Plaza
Clayton, MO 63105
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LEADERBOARD

DANCE CHAMPION

Elizabeth Mannen & Robert McKenney

Total Raised $150

Kristin Johnson & Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Total Raised $5830

Matt Bukhshtaber & Angie Brooks

Total Raised $330

Lisa/Ally Nichols & Mike McAllister

Total Raised $16780

Fred Kostecki & Anna Bahn

Total Raised $200

Lisa Rodgers & Michael Fitzgerald

Total Raised $110

Elizabeth Mannen & Robert McKenney

Total Raised $20150

Kristin Johnson & Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Total Raised $5830

Matt Bukhshtaber & Angie Brooks

Total Raised $330

Lisa/Ally Nichols & Mike McAllister

Total Raised $16780

Fred Kostecki & Anna Bahn

Total Raised $25200

Lisa Rodgers & Michael Fitzgerald

Total Raised $110

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.)

Elizabeth Mannen & Robert McKenney

Managing Director - Investments

Wells Fargo Advisors

Dance Instructor

Convergence Dance & Body Center

Elizabeth Mannen & Robert McKenney

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Focus
“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.

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

COCA

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

Director

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
Education
  • 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

CEO

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

Managing Partner

St. Louis RubinBrown LLP

Manager

Pure Barre

Fred Kostecki & Anna Bahn

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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.

Lisa Rodgers & Michael Fitzgerald

Member

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.”

COMING SOON!

HOW DANCING HELPS RESTORE LIVES

Schedule a tour to see first-hand why our dancers say “YES!” to help restore lives

2019 TICKETS & TABLES

Mark Bulanda and Angie Brooks DWTSS

Mark Bulanda, the winner of this years Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, really showed off his dancing skills. Him and his dancing partner, Angie Brooks, rocked the house while dancing to Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger. Check out these two dance their way to victory!

Posted by Independence Center St. Louis on Monday, February 26, 2018

Check out photos of the performances and guests at Dancing with the St. Louis Stars

St. Louis Stars Made Stellar Moves for Mental Illness

The most-anticipated fundraiser of the New Year is coming back! Centene Corporation is proud to present the eleventh annual Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, a benefit for Independence Center. Culminating months of practice, St. Louis business leaders will light up the city in an entertaining dance competition on January 26 at the Ritz-Carlton. The gala will benefit Independence Center, a St. Louis nonprofit committed to restoring the lives of adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Dancing with the St. Louis Stars is known as the “fun” fundraiser for everything it does NOT offer. No long program, auction or endless tables of raffle prizes. Guests will indulge in an evening of energetic dancing, fabulous food, and unforgettable entertainment all in an effort to raise funds and bring awareness to mental illness and the services saving lives at Independence Center.

The 2019 St. Louis stars include Elizabeth Mannen, managing director of investments of Wells Fargo Investments; Kristin Johnson, principal of BOA talent acquisition & performance of Edward Jones; Matt Bukhshtaber, executive vice president of CBRE Group; Lisa Nichols, CEO of Technology Partners and Fred Kostecki, managing partner of St. Louis RubinBrown LLP. Each of these notable leaders have received recognition for their efforts in the realms of business and philanthropy. This year, Independence Center member and program participant Lisa Rodgers will represent the nearly 1,500 people with mental illness who seek recovery through Independence Center every year.

Celebrity judges include Courtney Bryant, news anchor at KMOV; Ron Daugherty, chief executive office of Daugherty Business Solutions and 2017 past dancer and Bob Tomaso, managing partner of Husch Blackwell and 2017 past dancer.

Claire Kellett of KMOV News 4 is returning as emcee.  COCA, Dance Pizazz, Just Dancing West, Convergence Dance & Body Center, and Majestic Dance Studio provide the instructors to partner with our star dancers.

St. Louis, get ready for another fabulous evening of dining and dancing the night away as our community leaders champion for mental illness!

Event sponsors include Rubin Brown, Husch Blackwell, Daugherty Business Solutions, Wells Fargo Advisors, Watlow, McKelvey Homes, and PwC Charitable Foundation.

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.

Check out photos of the performances and guests at Dancing with the St. Louis Stars

SPONSORS

BALLROOM STUDIO PARTNERS

HONORARY CHAIR, JUDGES, & EMCEE

Mark Bulanda

HONORARY CHAIR

Bob Tomaso

JUDGE

Ron Daughtery

JUDGE

Courtney Bryant

JUDGE

Claire Kellett

EMCEE

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