2017 Celebrity Cast
Celebrity dancers will be competing for most money raised via web based voting and individual donation. Individuals can cast a vote for their favorite dancing couple (at $10 per vote) using the buttons below or by sending their donation to Senior Action, 50 Directors Drive, Greenville, SC 29615.
A native Greenvillian, Whitney’s proud of her ever-growing hometown and stays involved in the community by volunteering in a number of ways. She is the Salon Curator for TEDxGreenville as well as a member of the conference planning team. She is also Vice-Chair of Greenville Chautauqua, the way she wishes history would have been presented when she attended JL Mann High School back in the stone ages. The former executive director of The International Center (she can apologize in seven languages and swear in at least three), she maintains that international investment was the best thing to ever happen to the Upstate. Professionally, she’s the Director of Business Development with Retreats Resources, a role that allows her to travel to stunning resorts and actually write it off. When she’s not traveling, she’s probably on stage with her band, Groove Planet, belting out Gladys Knight and wondering why no one calls them “albums” anymore. The former member of Clemson’s “Tiger Tailgate Show” broadcast for seven years, she speaks football as fluently as, well, English… which is the only language she actually speaks fluently. She’s a theater alum of Centre Stage, Theater on the Green, the Foothills Playhouse, and Cafe and Then Some. She enjoys cooking for family and friends, a good glass of wine, an even better cup of coffee, and occasionally standing in her closet complaining she has nothing to wear. She’s married to her magnificent husband, John, and her humor is somewhat tolerated by her two daughters, Avery and Sutton, between eye rolls.
Donna is the owner of the Rains Group HR a Human Resources consulting company. She started her HR career as Human Resources Director with Hyatt Hotels in Greenville, SC. She grew up in Panama City, FL and loves to visit the beautiful beaches as often as possible, but after moving to Greenville, never saw any reason to live anywhere else.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has taught several Human Resources classes at the college level. Donna is sought out to discuss her role with nonprofits and give advice on the many aspects of HR Management.
Donna has a passion for giving back to the community through her service to many non-profits. She currently serves as HR Chairman on the Governing Board of Gateway. She is an active member of Rotary and Leadership Greenville and serves on the Greenville Scottish Games Board as Director of Wee Scotland. She is a past board member of Miracle Hill Ministries.
She also serves as is the President of an upstate, women’s political group, is the Legislative Chairman for SC and serves on the Veteran’s Committee for a national organization. She had the privilege of attending the National Convention and Presidential Inauguration.
She is the blessed mom of four boys Brandon (wife Erin), an attorney with Sweeney, Wingate and Barrow, PA, Columbia, SC, Jordan, Captain in the Marines and Field Manager II with Pulte Homes in Charleston, SC, Ashton, is a third year law student at USC and Darren is a recent graduate of Clemson and is employed with GE in Asheville, NC. Donna is Gigi to her awesome and only granddaughter, Ella.
Donna actually joined Senior Action in 2015 to enjoy their line dancing class for exercise. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to raise money for this worthy community service.
She enjoys her family, friends, water sports, travel, piano and is extremely honored to be a part of Dancing With The Carolina Stars.
Kate Hicks recently moved back to Greenville from Southern California. She is an Event Sales Manager at Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center, and a true event professional. Previously, Kate worked as an Event Manager for some of Southern California’s most sought after Wineries. She graduated from The University of Alabama specializing in Hospitality and Certified Wedding and Event Planning. With her lifelong passion for great parties and the flair for the dramatics, Event Planning and Management was a perfect fit. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with her daughter Ella. She also enjoys being a self-proclaimed foodie, connoisseur of margaritas, and being active in the community.
Shea Kim is a Native of Las Vegas, Nevada. She was involved in Theater, where she was awarded 1st place in Clark County for Improvisation Theater and Drama Competition. Upon Graduation, she joined the United States Navy and served as a Military Police officer as well as working undercover with NCIS and the San Diego Police Department. After two Honorable discharges, she returned to Las Vegas, NV where she worked in the Casino Industry as a Craps dealer and Floor Supervisor for 11 years.
Shea Kim currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina where she has found her home for the past 12 years. Shea is now an entrepreneur. She owns her own company named DEFINITE DEFENSE, where she teaches Firearms training, and Concealed Weapons Permits and is a Dive-Master and Part Owner of the Bermuda Triangle Scuba Diving Shop located in Greenville, SC. Her passions include giving back to community with Charity involvement, as well as Political Campaigning.
(dancing with Oleg Skrypnyk)
Bob has called Greenville home since 1981 and has obviously seen many changes locally. Originally from Detroit, Bob’s family moved to Raleigh, NC in 1968 and fell in love with the South immediately. Bob’s parents both enjoyed entertaining and dancing, and Bob grew up listening to the Broadway Cast recordings in his father’s record collection. On a double dare, Bob and his sister Jan auditioned for and were cast in Raleigh Little Theater’s “Pippin” in 1979, “Oklahoma” in 1980, and Bob was seriously bit by the theater bug! He continued performing onstage when he located to Greenville and has appeared in shows from The Warehouse Theater, Centre Stage, The Greenville Little Theater, The SC Children’s Theater, and FIRE in Fountain Inn.
Bob’s worked with Fluor Enterprises for nearly 30 years and is grateful for the opportunities and friendships that Fluor has given him. Married to wife Valerie for over 33 years, Bob is equally proud of son Nathan, currently living in Atlanta.
Besides Theater, Bob’s hobbies include fitness (running, yoga, tennis, weight training) and enjoying a local craft beer with friends. Bob’s parents had a legacy of community support throughout their lives and it in in their honor that he competes in Dancing With The Carolina Stars to support Senior Action, celebrating 50 years of service to the Upstate.
Ted Phaeton is an Anchor/Meteorologist at Fox Carolina. He Co-Anchors the morning newscasts Monday through Friday. (Meaning, he wakes up VERY early!) Ted is also a member of the National Weather Association and received his NWA Television/Radio Seal of Approval in December of 2016, making him a certified meteorologist with the national organization.
Born in New York and raised on Long Island, Ted spent much of his life in the Northeast. Being the youngest of four, he chose to forge his own path which led to him receiving a Bachelors in Broadcast Meteorology from SUNY Albany in 2010.
Before Getting a Job in television, Ted worked with a New York City Law firm as a billing clerk and weather consultant on active cases. Finally, Ted would get his first on-air job as a Meteorologist in Saginaw, Michigan in March of 2013. It didnâ€™t take long for â€œThe Mitten Stateâ€ to freeze him out as he would accept a weekend meteorologist role in Greenville, SC in December of the same year.
Recently, Ted has moved from the Weather Center to the Anchor Desk but still holds on to his atmospheric roots. Ted continues to focus on growth and learning as he enjoys the wonderful weather, sites and people of the Upstate.