Celebrity dancers volunteer their time to compete in Dancing with the Carolina Stars and raise money to support the mission of Senior Action. Dancers work with their professional dance partners from June until September to perfect their dance routines and raise money. Ultimately working toward the coveted title of Dance Performance Champion and Fundraising Champion. Support your favorite dancing duo by voting online through your ticket purchase, sponsorship, or individual vote. Use the buttons below or on the ticket and sponsorship pages or contact DWCS@senioraction.org.
Daja Dial is a native of Spartanburg, SC, and a graduate of Clemson University. The former Clemson All-Girl Cheerleader and Miss Clemson University currently works in economic development for the Oconee Economic Alliance as the Marketing and Communications Manager. In 2015, Daja was crowned Miss South Carolina and competed for the title of Miss America where she was a preliminary swimsuit winner, Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker Award winner, a STEM award finalist, and a top 7 finalist for the title of Miss America!
Since then, Daja developed a non-profit organization and opened a gym with her fiancé, called Tempo Sports Academy. TSA has a mission of empowering people of all ages to reach their fitness and athletic goals.
On the weekends, Daja serves as a host for the Clemson University Football pregame radio show. Hosted on the Clemson Tigers Network, she joins the team for her second year, broadcasting about all things tiger football. Daja still happily calls Clemson, SC home, and even after the crown continues to travel and speak about her passions for changing the lives of youth and women’s empowerment!
(dancing with Alex Zhylenko)
Suzy Kim is a gastroenterologist in Greenville, SC. She obtained her college degree at Brown University, then medical degree at University of Pennsylvania. She specialized in internal medicine at Boston University followed by a gastroenterology fellowship at Emory University. After staying on as assistant professor at Emory for several years, she joined Gastroenterology Associates where she found her “Dream Team”. Everyone in this independent practice believes in providing the best patient care and has been in the forefront of monitoring performance with proven quality measures. That culture of transparency and genuineness is very important for Suzy as it makes her work a joy. Each year, for one Friday in March, the physicians provide free colonoscopy screenings for Colon Cancer Awareness. This community service is very important to Suzy since her father died of colon cancer a few years ago.
Suzy founded the Clinical Research Department several years ago and within a few years, the Department has been highly sought after as a Research Site with specialization in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis). Research is also being conducted in a broad range of gastroenterology diseases.
Beyond all the professional and academic work, Suzy makes sure she finds time to engage in an eclectic mix of activities that reminds her of how much she loves Greenville city and people: community service with friends to honor the memory of a most beloved nurse who battled cancer, performing Korean drums throughout the Upstate with members of the Korea Center of Greenville, biking or rollerblading on the Swamp Rabbit Trail to feel the excitement and energy of the city.
(dancing with Geoff Newell)
Lindsay Louise McPhail is a local ceramic artist and small business owner celebrating 5 years with The Art Cellar, the largest local art gallery in downtown Greenville. A native of Greenville, she has considered herself an artist all her life and attended the ARMES and Fine Art Center visual arts programs in Greenville. Lindsay has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Clemson University focusing in printmaking and ceramics with post graduate studies at the Corcoran College of Art and Design for Art Education in Washington, D.C. and worked at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
In 2014 Lindsay found an opportunity to create art full-time by becoming the owner of The Art Cellar, a local downtown Greenville art gallery. She has a working studio in the back of the gallery, teaches classes, and offers studio space to other artist while exhibiting over 40 local artists in the main gallery space. Lindsay is active in the Greenville community supporting the arts in many facets, serving on the Art’s in Public Places Commission for the City of Greenville and is a member of the Contemporary Print Collective, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, and the Metropolitan Arts Council.
Lindsay creates functional pottery with a strong emphasis on pattern and surface design. “Lindsay Louise Pottery” is unique with its own pattern combination. In addition to her own gallery, her art has been exhibited in Greenville’s Open Studio’s, various exhibitions at MAC, Artisphere’s Artist of the Upstate Juried Exhibition, and the Greenville Chamber’s TD Bank Gallery.
Aside from her pursuit as an artist, Lindsay also has held a career in Human Resources and enjoys serving the community with volunteer work. Lindsay currently works at NHE, a property management company, running payroll and helping with HR projects. Lindsay has held many board positions starting on the Chamber’s PULSE Advisory Council and currently serving on the Clemson Region Small Business Development Center advisory board and has been named one of Greenville’s Best & Brightest under 35. When she’s not inside the studio, gallery, or the office, Lindsay enjoys being outside by any form of water… but in the fall you can always find her in Tiger Town during homes games cheering on the Clemson Tigers!
(dancing with Asangwua Ikein)
An Upstate native, Jamie Porterfield is a local business owner at Waldrop Inc. the parent company of Waldrop Plumbing Heating Air and Waldrop Mechanical Services. With over 25 years’ experience, in the engineering and construction industry, Jamie’s role as Chief Operations Officer is to provide leadership and direction to the daily operations of the company.
Jamie is a mechanical engineering graduate of Clemson University and resides in Spartanburg with his wife Margaret and three awesome children, Max, Julia, and Jamison. Jamie enjoys family time most, but also, time at the lake, traveling, antique cars and yes, even dancing!
When not working on the business, Jamie is a firm believer in giving back to our community and is super excited about this partnership with Senior Action and Dancing with the Carolina Stars!
(dancing with Ciara Ikein)
Shannon Reilly has been a small business owner, fundraiser, and floral designer. She has over fifteen years’ experience coordinating and executing a variety of special events in the not-for-profit, sports marketing, and political arena, even serving as the South Carolina Director of events for Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign.
Currently, Shannon is the Director of Business and Community Relations for Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner, Realtors. Connecting businesses, people, and services in the Real Estate area throughout the Upstate. Shannon serves on the Presbyterian College Parents Council and as a committee member on the Antonakos Foundation, an organization that raises money and awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors. She has served for many years in the community on various committees and truly has a volunteer’s heart.
While her history may be in Boston, New Orleans, and Memphis, Shannon’s roots are clearly planted in South Carolina. She lives in Greenville with her husband of 23 years, Chuck, and their two children, Nathan and Elyse. The family attends church at Advent United Methodist Church. Many organizations consult with her on events, fundraising, and networking base and utilize her “can do” attitude.
(dancing with Geoff Newell)
Brad Schulte is the owner of the UFC Gym in Greenville. He is also President and Co-owner of NWS Technologies in Spartanburg.
Brad arrived in the Greenville-Spartanburg area 24 years ago when he transferred here while working for Westinghouse Electric Nuclear Service Division. At the time of the transfer, the family was looking for a great area to raise two daughters, Taylor and Shelby, and they found everything they were looking for in Greenville-Spartanburg. After 18 months here, Brad decided to leave Westinghouse and start his own company providing safety valve repair and testing services to the nuclear industry. NWS Technologies was formed in 1996. Today NWS has been in business for 22 years and is a leader in safety valve services for commercial nuclear power.
Three years ago, Brad decided to act on his passion for helping people become the best version of themselves. He felt there was no better way to have a positive impact on others than to open a gym that focuses on wellness, self-discipline, and re-connecting the mind and body. UFC Gym is focused precisely on this, through its coach-led class-based programming that is geared to many forms of movement while challenging the mind to connect to the moving body. Brad’s passion for self-improvement continues to grow as he challenges himself and others to embrace a lifestyle that supports mental and physical growth. He believes to be a better spouse, a better parent, a better sister, brother, friend or lover, one must do work on themselves first. Helping others requires the best version of yourself.
(dancing with Crystal Chang)
Mary Ann Sudnick
A native of New York, Mary Ann “Mariani” Sudnick is a true style maven with a sincere passion for all things fashion. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with an AAS in Fashion Buying and Merchandising, Mary Ann worked as a Buyer for Macy’s in New York City for 15 years, developing her knowledge of the fashion industry inside and out.
After moving to Greenville 26 years ago, she pursued a BS in Business from Southern Wesleyan University and made the decision to open her first women’s fashion store and style consultancy, “Mariani’s”. For over 13 years, Mary Ann has developed an amazing shopping experience for her clients throughout Greenville, the upstate, and beyond by combining her big city flair with southern hospitality. Mary Ann’s daily mission is to offer every customer a place to feel appreciated, pampered, and above all, STYLISH!
Mary Ann contributes a great deal of her time and talents to the local community. She is a firm believer in giving back, supporting local charities and businesses with hard work, high energy, and a positive attitude.
When not working at the boutique, Mary Ann enjoys decorating her home, entertaining, Jazzercising, dancing, and spending time with her husband, John.
(dancing with Grigorii Kalinichenko)
A Mount Pleasant native, Teddy Weil works in Greenville as a Network Operations Analyst for Cigna-Healthspring, the Medicare-Advantage division of Cigna. He partners with healthcare providers and hospital systems to help align quality and coordination of care, right here in the upstate.
As a graduate of Clemson, Teddy enjoys watching Tiger football and spending time on the lake, but what he is most passionate about, are his relationships with his family and friends. A loving family too big to list, Teddy is a proud grandson of Richard & Alice Weil and Larry & Shan Friddle. “Growing up in the age of the internet, people increasingly underestimate the wisdom to be gained from spending time with ones elders.”
(dancing with Lindley Mayer)
Jillian Wells came to Greenville in 2002 to continue her career in television news on FOX Carolina as a Meteorologist/News Reporter. Although born and raised in the Cleveland, OH area, she fell in love with Greenville and has built her family and career here over the last 17 years.
Since her television days with FOX Carolina and filling in for weather with WYFF4, Jillian has filled various roles including Senior Sales Representative, Director of the Imagine Center Fitness club, Stay-at-Home Mom, Recruiting & Training Manager for Consolidated Assurance (providing military-like life insurance for First Responders) and most recently starting her own business: E3 Employee Engagement and Experience. Jillian’s years of leading, training and interviewing helped her realize her passion to help people and businesses be their very best. Her business focuses on just that: improving employee engagement so business can thrive and helping employees have the best experience while in the workplace. Jillian can also be found in the speaking circuit, presenting to businesses about the importance of culture and employee engagement.
Additionally, with her background in insurance, Jillian helps individuals and small business owners plan for retirement by providing tax-free savings with no downside risk/life insurance with living benefits plans through Freedom Financial Solutions.
While she loves her work, Jillian’s favorite job is being mom to her 2 amazing sons, Zane (7) and Creed (5). She loves playing with her boys, traveling, being outdoors, working out, and most of all dancing! She’s thrilled to be part of this year’s Dancing with the Carolina Stars and helping support Senior Action.
(dancing with Cesar Jaramillos)