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.
Moody Behery has called Greenville home since 1995 and lives in the heart of the Downtown and loves how Greenville has grown through the years. Originally from Alexandria, Egypt, Moody’s family moved to Clemson, SC in 1978 and have called South Carolina home ever since. Moody’s parents both enjoyed musicals and live shows, and Moody grew up enjoying the arts and developed his skills as a percussionist. While attending Clemson University, Moody provided musical support to the Liberal Art Department when they performed musicals. He continues performing live music today with local bands at venues throughout the Greenville area.
Moody works at MetLife as a Senior Software Engineering Manager and is grateful for the opportunities and friendships that MetLife has given him. Moody has been in Information Technology for over 30 years.
Besides theater and live music, Moody’s hobbies include fitness (cycling, tennis, surfing and weight training), cooking, mentoring underprivileged children in tennis, and enjoying local fine restaurants with friends. Moody’s parents have provided support to both the local community as well as assistance to those in need back in their home country of Egypt.
(Dancing with Crystal Chang)
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.
(Dancing with Cesar Jaramillo)
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.
(Dancing with Dmitri Naumov)
Leslie is the Co-Founder and Strategist for the social media marketing firm Paper Airplanes Co. Leslie also works as a contributing writer, social media influencer, and digital media correspondent. Prior to launching her own company, she spent eight years as a marketing executive in the plastic surgery and aesthetic field.
Leslie has also worked extensively as a professional model. She has done everything from walking the runway for Carmen Marc Valvo to starring in a Duke’s Mayonnaise commercial. You can frequently see her in local magazines as well.
Leslie is also passionate about giving back to her community. She was selected as one of TALK Magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful for her community service. She serves on the Board of Directors for Carolina Ballet Theatre, the committee for Fashion with a Passion to benefit Safe Harbor, and the committee for Couture for a Cause for American Cancer Society. Now she is lending her time to support Senior Action.
After guest starring in The Carolina Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker opposite Tajh Boyd in 2016, Leslie is excited to throw her dancing shoes back on and return to the dance floor for Senior Action.
(Dancing with Alex Zhylenko)
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.
(Dancing with Ihor Pylyay)
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)
Ted Phaeton is an Anchor/Meteorologist at Fox Carolina. He Co-Anchors the morning newscast Monday through Friday mornings. (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 didn’t take long for “The Mitten State” 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. When he’s not dancing and having fun on commercial breaks, Ted likes to stay active by focusing on his fitness and rendering his workouts useless at one of the many restaurants in Greenville. A love of music, fashion and learning keep Ted motivated and hungry for what the future holds. His goal is to be Teddy Ready for whatever life throws his way.
(Dancing with Misty Renfro)
Nathan Wells is the President/Chief Learning Officer for Consolidated Assurance, LLC. He, along with 2 other business partners, created the company in 2010 to provide life insurance exclusively for First Responders, ie. Fire, Police, EMS.
As Chief Learning Officer, Nathan spends most weeks traveling across the county training all new agents who join their team. With agents serving in 40 states, and covering nearly 70 territories, Nathan’s role is quite demanding. While in the field Nathan’s main goal is to provide new agents with a direction, inspiration, development of skills, and position each agent for success and growth within their territory.
Born and raised in Western North Carolina, as a child growing up on a dairy farm, Nathan saw firsthand how hard work and perseverance could shape his future. As an entrepreneur since age 19, his experiences have generated huge success with Consolidated Assurance.
Nathan has lived in Greenville since 2001 and he’s been fitness minded since age 14 and enjoys road cycling and lifting weights as well as traveling, growing himself, and helping other people meet their full potential in life and business. He loves leading by example and being a motivator for others including his two young sons, Zane and Creed.
(Dancing with Maryna Ferris)
Ernesto “DJ*EZ” Zapata
Ernesto has made a name for himself over the last 16 years with his lifelong passion for music. You can find him spinning in the hottest bars and clubs in Downtown Greenville, giving a bride and groom the party of a lifetime after their wedding, or helping raise money for endless foundations throughout the Upstate. Ernesto is originally from Guanare, Venezuela and currently resides in Anderson with his wife and two children, Ava and Gage. When he is not Dj-ing he works as a Shop Manager for LiftOne where he has been employed for 10 years and is thankful for the opportunities and education that LiftOne has given him. His hobbies include spending time with his family, music, working on cars, music, coaching his son’s soccer team, riding his Harley, and oh yeah, music!
(Dancing with Lindley Mayer)