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Celebrity Cast

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.

2021 Cast

Kasey Coffey

Kasey Coffey is a REALTOR with Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner. He is the owner of The Coffey House Group, a group of 10 real estate agents that serve the Upstate with their buying and selling needs. Kasey has had his career in real estate for 7 years and services residential clients primarily in the Golden Strip area of Greenville.

Kasey was born and raised in Simpsonville and attended Hillcrest High School, North Greenville University, and the Wyatt Institute of Real Estate.

Kasey and his wife, Ashton, currently reside in Downtown Fountain Inn and love to be as involved as possible in the community. Ashton and Kasey welcomed their first children in April of this year, boy/girl twins named Blakeley and Cash. Their home life has been nothing short of exciting the last few months but are so grateful for both of their beautiful new additions to their family.

When not playing real estate agent or new dad, Kasey loves to travel, eat good food, and sing. Growing up singing in church and school helped Kasey gain his confidence and outgoing personality. Today he still loves to sing in church and whenever he runs into some of his friends in town who are performing- he’s never one to shy away from the stage.

Kasey is excited to be a part of Dancing with Carolina Stars this year and get more acquainted and involved with Senior Action. Kasey’s motto is “Be the neon in a gray crowd” and he’s looking forward to bringing that to the table for this year’s event.

Peter Finazzo

Peter is making his mark on Dancing with the Carolina Stars as the oldest contestant we have ever had at 80 years young, and we dare you to notice!  A veteran of the US Army, and retired healthcare professional, Peter is probably best known as restaurant owner and chef of well-known restaurants in Greenville like fine dining restaurant, “Peter David’s.”

Peter is married to Angie and they have three adult children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandson.  When Peter is not in the kitchen, he loves to sail, scuba dive, wood carving, and gardening.  Peter really knows what it means to “redefine aging.”

Dianna Gracely

Dianna Gracely is currently the City Administrator of the City of Simpsonville, South Carolina where she has held that position since March, 2018.  Prior to that, Ms. Gracely was the City Administrator for the City of Travelers Rest, South Carolina for 13 years. During her tenure, Travelers Rest achieved unparalleled growth and redevelopment, and being named one of the Coolest Small Towns in America. Ms. Gracely has been in public administration and economic development her entire career, which began in 1990 as a Legislative Program Manager with the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce. She has also worked with the Appalachian Council of Governments and the City of Landrum, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Winthrop University and Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration, respectively.  Ms. Gracely has two grown children and two rescue dogs.

Nick Merritt

Nick was born and raised in Greenville, SC where he graduated from Eastside High School where he played football and wrestled.

As a territory manager for Grove Med, which was founded in Greenville, he stays active in the senior community and supports many organizations such as Senior Action, All About Seniors, and Meals on Wheels to ensure seniors have the necessary care they need and deserve.

Nick graduated from The Citadel in 2002 with a degree in Business Administration. While attending, he was a scholarship wrestler and the Athletic Officer for Alpha Company. He also remains active in the wrestling community. He has been a wrestling official since 2003 and served on the South Carolina Officials board for five years as secretary and has officiated at tournaments all over the country. Nick is also a volunteer coach for the Eastside Youth Wrestling program and recently was the commentator for the South Carolina State Wrestling Championships. Nick is also a coach for the Eastside Dolphins Football Youth Association in Greenville County. Giving back to the sports he loves through coaching, mentoring, speaking engagements, and officiating while also helping youth grow on and off the mat is a passion of Nick’s.

In his “spare time,” you can find Nick playing golf, traveling the world, embarrassing and hanging out with my three kids, and Scuba Diving.  He has also always had a passion for dancing. Growing up in SC, like a good Carolinian, he learned to shag at a very early age!  He and his mother and Nana could be seen shagging anywhere and everywhere there was beach music from the time he was a kid and even still today.

Stacey Mills

Stacey D. Mills is the assistant vice chancellor for regional engagement and executive director of the Greenville Campus for the University of South Carolina Upstate. In this role he is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, provides service for university functions beyond Greenville, and collaborates with the Vice Provost along with other university leaders to plan and implement a variety of services and programs to ensure continued growth and success of USC Upstate in Greenville.

A 1996 USC Upstate graduate, Mills served as president of the Student Government Association and was a member of the internationally renowned Gospel Choir. Today, he serves as role model for students who attend the institution that has been intertwined with his life for the past 26 years.

Just as Mills’ roots run deep at the University, so too does his connections and involvement with the Greenville community. He has served as senior pastor to Mountain View Baptist Church in downtown Greenville for the past 24 years and his community roles include Chairman of the City of Greenville’s Public Safety Citizens Review Panel and the Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees, Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Council Board of Directors, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and alumnus of Leadership Greenville Class 40, the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, and Leadership Spartanburg.

Presently, Mills serves as the chairman of the Urban League of the Upstate Board of Directors, which works to provide economic empowerment, educational opportunities and the guarantee of civil rights for the underserved in America. He was recently named Southern Region Trustee for the National Urban League Board of Trustees. In this three-year national appointment, Mills is the representative who helps facilitate interaction among the Urban League affiliates located in the South region of the U.S. and the national organization.

According to Mills, providing quality of life to residents in Greenville means that all citizens have access to healthcare, education and public transportation as this impacts people’s ability to grow from one station in life to the next.

He is contributing to these effort with his service to the Piedmont Health Foundation Board of Directors, which helps to improve health in Greenville County by identifying critical issues, catalyzing community action, and supporting organization’s health related programs. By tackling the root causes of community health issues and aiming for changes to the larger system, the Piedmont Health Foundation focuses its efforts on improving health in a broad way to create sustainable change.

As Chairman of the Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees, Mills joins 13 other board members who are responsible for overseeing the lease agreement between the Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees and the Prisma Health System Board of Directors, assessing community need, and administering “Healthy Greenville” and “Healthy Greenville, Too!”, which are grant initiatives to improve the health of the Upstate community.

Mills is also a commissioner with Greenville’s Race Equity and Economic Mobility Commission formed in the wake of national attention following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The work of the commission focuses on education, health, housing and economic opportunity. Mills also serves as a trustee for the United Way of Greenville and Community Works Credit Union.

Mills lives in Greenville with his wife Jacqueline Burton who also graduated from USC Upstate. She is in her 21st year of teaching science at Eastside High School. The couple has three children — son Harrison is cadet at West Point, daughter Kiersten is a Senior at Spelman College, and 14-year old Zion attends Greenville High Academy.

Bill Sweezy

Bill Sweezy is the president of Striped Rock, LLC that publishes All About Seniors Resource & Referral Directory of the Upstate. The Upstate was where the first directory was published in 2005. Since then, Striped Rock, LLC has expanded in four other markets in the Carolinas. Bill has been involved in the Upstate community and with Senior Action for over 16 years. He is a Charlotte, NC native and currently resides in Charleston, SC. When not working, Bill stays very active as an avid cyclist and loves any and everything on the water that includes boating, fishing, and scuba diving with friends and family.

It is a vital part of the mission of Striped Rock, LLC to partner with non-profit organizations such as Senior Action to help make the Upstate a better place for seniors to age successfully. Bill just completed his 13th year riding 252 miles on his bike across the state to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. He believes in continuing to find ways to give back and contributing to the community. That is why he is now stepping way out of his comfort zone to dance and raise funds for Senior Action.

Emily Yepes

Emily Yepes is an instructor at Sandler Training, a global salesforce development organization.  She is based in Greenville, but trains clients all over the world, from solopreneurs to Fortune 500 sales teams.  Emily was formerly Director of Sales at Community Journals, the local publishing company that publishes TOWN Magazine, Greenville Journal, Upstate Business Journal, and more.  If you ask her about sales, she will tell you it’s “the best profession in the world.”

Emily is also a “CycleStar” (spinning instructor) at CycleBar Greenville, where she has been an instructor since the studio opened in 2017.  She has been a fitness instructor for 20 years, starting as a freshman at the campus rec center when studying at The College of William and Mary.   Since becoming a mom five years ago, Emily has focused her fitness teaching exclusively at CycleBar.  She loves CycleBar because of the intentionally inclusive culture and the fact that it provides a platform to bring Greenville locals together of all ages, races, genders, orientations, political views, and fitness levels, all coming together for the shared experience of having fun while exercising.

Currently, Emily is a board member for the Greenville Police Foundation and member/speaker for CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Upstate.

Emily adores her small family of three – Natalia, 5, and husband Santiago.  She also adores Jennifer Lopez, and is the self-proclaimed “JLo’s Biggest Fan.”

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