2016 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.
Darron Meares is the COO of the Meares Auction Group – a 44 year-old auction firm conducting an average of 125+ personal property and real estate auctions per year. He is a professional fundraising auctioneer and real estate auctioneer. He is the owner/founder of Meares and Associates, LLC – his public speaking company and the parent company of Bowtie Benefit Auctions. Bowtie Benefits was founded in April 2008 to service nonprofits, schools and philanthropic groups of South Carolina and beyond. Bowtie Benefit Auctions covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and the US Virgin Islands.
Darron is very active and works out at Swamp Rabbit CrossFit at least five days a week and has completed the Spartan Race Trifecta of obstacle course races. He has also competed in various CrossFit-related competitions and has completed three half-marathons. He is married to Hope Hamilton Meares, a STEM educator for Anderson District 1. They reside in Simpsonville with their two children – a son, Jackson, and a Standard Poodle, Beau.
(dancing with Maryna Ferris)
Diana Stecker was born in Venezuela and moved with her family to Greenville, SC in 1994. Diana fulfilled a lifelong goal when she was awarded United States citizenship in 2014. Her professional career path included bilingual interpretation, marketing and graphic arts until entering the nursing field. She graduated from Greenville Technical College Nursing program in 2013. Currently she is employed as a R.N at St. Francis hospital, disciplines include Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics and Med/Surg. She resides in the city of Greenville with her husband Carl Stecker. She works side by side with her husband raising funds for charities, giving back to the community to those who are in need. Her personal interest include travel, philanthropy and spending time with family.
(dancing with Alex Zhylenko)
Donnie J. Abercrombie
Donnie is a Lifetime resident of Greenville county & works as a Lighting Consultant with Stone Lighting in Spartanburg.
Donnie has been an entertainer in the Southeast most of his life. His first appearance on stage he played the part of Annas in “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
Other favorite roles include, “Into the Woods” (Jack), “Mame” (Babcock), “Sweeny Todd” (The Beadle), “Snoopy” (Snoopy), & “Falsettos” (Whizzer).
He was one of the original Haywood Players allowing him to perform with Gene Kelly & Peter Nero! In the past he’s performed with Bob Hope, Tom Jones, and Anita Bryant!
Donnie has performed as either a singer or dancer in statewide beauty pageants associated with the Miss America circuit. He is a member of The American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) & truly loves roller coasters!
(dancing with Alyssa Marie)
Julie is the Pastor of Pacolet and White Stone United Methodist Churches in the Spartanburg District. She worked for over 25 years in ministry as a Director of Worship and Music, taught at the Music Department of Boise State University, and has been a musician and performer all her life. She enjoys teaching and speaking at workshops and retreats, writing, composing, painting and cooking. Julie has two boys, Wesley (20) – a Junior at Duke, and William (17) – a Senior at Spartanburg Day School. She is also mom to Lilly, a rescue Sheltie/MinPin mix.
(dancing with Dmitri Naumov)
Dr. Richard Constantine
Dr. Richard Constantine is the owner of Constantine Dental in the Augusta Road area near downtown Greenville. He grew up in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, approximately forty-five miles south of Pittsburgh. He attended Ohio University on a football scholarship where he played inside linebacker for the Bobcats. Dr. Constantine then went on to West Virginia University where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. During his last year of dental school, he and his wife, Trish, a native of Canton, Ohio, used time off from school to explore the southeast for potential places to live and work. After an afternoon lunch on Main Street and a walk through Falls Park, Greenville became the clear choice. Dr. Constantine has been practicing in the Upstate since 2009. In August of 2015, he opened the doors to Constantine Dental. Outside of the office, you will find Dr. Constantine at the gym or participating in sports related activities and events. On most weekends you will find he and Trish downtown enjoying Greenville and all it has to offer.
(dancing with Misty Renfro)
Carol Ann Good
Carol Ann Good is a graduate of Furman University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and a Master of Arts degree in Health and Exercise Science. She is a visual artist and art educator and teaches at Taylors and Fountain Inn Elementary Schools as well as in her home studio. She is a member of First Baptist Church where she serves as a deacon. Carol Ann is married to Paul and they have three children, Beau, Ann-Grayson and Arabella. Carol Ann is passionate about promoting the fine arts and health and well-being for people of all ages. She is honored to be participating in Dancing with the Carolina Stars and supporting Senior Action.
(dancing with Cesar Jaramillos)
Dr. Shannon C. Hudson
Dr. Hudson is co-owner of Pelham Links Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and has been practicing as a general dentist in Greenville for the past 17 years. He grew up in South Carolina and Texas but his family roots are back in Ohio.
He attended Texas A&M University and was a member of the Texas A&M Singing Cadets. He then attended The Ohio State University School of Dentistry and received his DDS in 1997.
He then went on to complete his residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Wright Patterson Medical Center. He served as a Captain in the US Air Force from 1997-2000.
Shannon also has a passion for serving and volunteering. He has traveled to Mexico, Honduras and Equador on multiple mission trips and serves at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.
Shannon is also a proud Ohio State Buckeye fan and looks forward to football season every fall. While in dental school, he was honored to be one of the team dentists during his senior year.
He has lived in Greenville since 2000 and loves the Upstate area and all it has to offer. In his free time, he loves to golf, fish and boat on Lake Keowee with his family. He is also an active member of First Baptist Church Simpsonville.
Greenville has been an amazing place for his wife Melissa and himself to raise their three children, Daniel(19), Caleb(16) and Rachel(14).
(dancing with Lindley Mayer)
Shannon Reilly is a small business owner, fundraiser, and floral designer. She has over twelve years’ experience coordinating and executing a variety of special events in the not-for-profit, sports marketing, and political arena. In addition, she has been designing floral arrangements for weddings and events for over 17 years.
Shannon recently worked for the Carson presidential campaign, as the South Carolina Director of Finance and Events. Shannon serves as a board member on the Antonakos Foundation, an organization that raises money and awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors. She has served for many years on the J.L. Mann Booster Club Board and also as Volunteer Coordinator for the PTA.
While her history may be in Boston, New Orleans, and Memphis, Shannon’s “dancing shoes” are clearly planted in South Carolina. She lives in Greenville with her husband of 20 years, Chuck, and her 2 children, Nathan and Elyse. Nathan is currently a sophomore at Presbyterian College and Elyse is a senior at J.L. Mann High School. Shannon enjoys volunteering for school, church, and community activities and for many nonprofit organizations where her “can do” attitude and her ability to get things done is a huge blessing to the community.
(dancing with Grygoriy Kalinichenko)
Dr. Dean Davis
Dr. Dean Davis moved to the upstate in 1988 after finishing his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. His two sons were raised here and are now gainfully. Although he was born in North Carolina and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, the upstate is his home. Dr. Davis has been blessed to have had the opportunity to care for so many women and still see this as his calling. Despite the fact that he has been asked to assume more of an administrative role in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, he continues to practice both Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Davis also serves as a Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Medical Group of the Carolinas. When not working, he enjoys traveling and going to Lake Keowee. In his own words… “I have stepped way outside my comfort zone in doing this event because I believe in Senior Action. I have many senior patients as well as a mother who is ‘75 and holding’ and I realize how much the activities provided by Senior Action mean to these folks. So, please support me and Senior Action by voting for me.”
(dancing with Crystal Chang)
Michelle Moore is a partner in the accounting firm of Millard & Moore PA in Greenville. She was born in Virginia and was raised in a very patriotic military family. She has lived in Florida, Virginia, and London England. She is married to Barry Moore, her love for over 33 years, and calls Powdersville, South Carolina home. They have two mildly mannered completely spoiled lovable dogs.
Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University. She is a certified public accountant, a certified global management accountant, and has been in business with her father for 34 years. She believes in giving back to her community, and is very active in her Rotary club, serving twice as president and volunteering with the international youth exchange program. She is passionate about promoting peace in the world through better understanding of each other. Michelle has rotary youth exchange students around the world that she is proud to call her children from another mother.
Michelle enjoys traveling, dancing, the smell of popcorn and the taste of milk chocolate! She is honored to be asked to join in the fundraising efforts of Senior Action through Dancing with the Carolina Stars.
(dancing with Ihor Pylyay)