Meet the Stars
Originally from Venezuela, now a US Citizen, I have been in this community for over 20 years. Not only do I work in the Wiregrass area, my family is part of the community as well. My kids play sports all year around so we spend many weekends at different ballparks. This gives me the opportunity to meet a variety of people, interact with different cultures and more importantly, learn the basics in which our community is based on to thrive. A former banker and community activist, I currently lead (locally) the largest RE company in the Industry. Keller Williams has given me the platform and opportunity to broaden my knowledge and help even more people than before. I love to help others, weightlifting and to travel. Often times you will see me going to places and bringing back new experiences that I’m able to share with people I met. Hence, providing me the opportunity to listen with an open mind to many many issues affecting our society.
Mike is a long-time resident of the Wiregrass area. He was born and raised in Enterprise, Alabama, and has lived in Dothan since 2009. He is a 2003 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Molecular Biology. After graduating, he worked for The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the Dothan Police Department before moving to the wonderful world of pediatrics in 2017 as a Medical Laboratory Technician for Dothan Pediatric Clinic. He and his wife Jennifer were married in 2009, and have two sons, Alden and Emmett. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, camping, playing golf, and the beach. Mike and Jennifer have recently discovered the fun and challenging world of ballroom dancing together. Mike has enjoyed preparing for DWTS Dothan and is proud to support this worthy cause.
Bethany just moved here from Michigan, but is originally from Upstate New York, if you couldn’t tell by her Northern accent. She enjoys the warm southern weather here in Alabama. She is a huge animal lover. Bethany has a Siamese cat named Jasmine, who is pretty much like her child and is way too spoiled. If she could, she would have a home filled with animals. One thing you would never guess about Bethany is she used to play rugby in high school and all throughout college. She is also a huge fan of reality TV shows, specifically the Bachelor and Bachelorette. She even met former Bachelor Arie Luyendyk. If you are a fan of anything to do with Bachelor Nation, you will become instant best friends with Bethany. Bethany loves getting to know you and getting you through the workday every weekday 10am-2pm!
Leah McKay is a 27-year-old public servant, wife, entrepreneur (Empress BANG! Studios), designer (B.A.M.!), model (runway and print), spokesmodel (Tri-State Expo 2020), former Mrs. Alabama Plus America, and an actress native to Houston County, Alabama!
As a graduate of Houston Academy and Spelman College attendee, Leah never would have dreamed that she would be the person, let alone the leader she is today and on a national scale. Her influence has been experienced by hundreds through her work as an entrepreneur at both of her businesses (Empress BANG! and B.A.M.) which have inspired many to embrace their callings, use creativity, stay unique, and start companies of their own! Additionally, as a Soror of the Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority Incorporated, Leah contributes from coast to coast as a Marketing and Public Relations Graphic Designer. The icing on her successful cake includes being named the fabulous spokesmodel for the Tri-State Expo (covering Florida, Georgia, and Alabama) which is being held in Dothan, Al this year!
The former Mrs. Alabama Plus America takes pride in being a citizen with a global outlook and understanding of diversity having traveled to seven different countries including Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland for leadership development.
She is most proud of being a dutiful wife to her husband Greg McKay, and a loving member of Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church!
Leah is sooooo excited to represent as a 2020 "celebrity" for this amazing charity event. She and her incredible PROFESSIONAL partner Ron Devane, a 45-year ballroom dance virtuoso, can't wait to take the floor in June! Vote Leah and Ron!!!
Heather Barton is a registered nurse at southeast health where she has worked for 8yrs. She is often described as the person who wears MANY hats! She has always enjoyed staying active and has always had a love for dance! She is also a fitness instructor at synergy health and fitness where she teaches silver snickers, Hammertime, and HipHop fitness! She has also participated as an NPC bikini competitor. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Justin Barton, and they have 2yr old twins and 5 dogs! Her family attends Covenant United Methodist Church. She is ready to rock this competition!
Kristopher Doss is a graduate of Northview high school, Rehobeth Al. native, and currently a salesman at American Car Center. Kristopher served as a United States Marine for four years, until deciding to change career paths. Mr. Doss has since been certified in Active Relationships, Parenting, and Children of Incarcerated Parents. Kristopher works directly with The National Fatherhood Initiative through the President Obama Administration, promoting fatherhood in his community. Doss is also a member of the Child Advocacy Council and Community Relations Group, as well as an active member of the Community Development Block Grant Board for the City of Dothan, and a board member of The Dothan Police Foundation Board. Through Kristopher’s influence in the community, he addresses bullying and promotes youth leadership by developing programs throughout school systems, churches, and other organized facilities. Mr. Doss believes as a speaker and a mentor we all are humanitarians and all change begins when we address the person in the mirror.
Dr. Jessica Scarratt
Dr. Jessica Scarratt was born and raised in Cottonwood, AL. She attended Auburn University (WAR EAGLE!), followed by chiropractic school at Life University. She opened her chiropractic office in Dothan in 2013 and specializes in pediatrics, pregnancy, and family wellness. She is married to her husband Bryan, has 2 children named Brady and Myla, and a 14 year old fur baby named Chi Chi. As a member of Wiregrass Church, she has enjoyed pouring into her small group girls for the past 5 years and teaching them about the love of Jesus. In her spare time, she loves traveling with her family, spending lazy days on the boat at the lake, working out, and baking. Dr. Jessica is not a first timer to the stage, as she danced for 16 years and was a former Patti Rutland Jazz dancer years ago. She is excited to return to the stage and support such a wonderful cause!
Megan Clark-Brezina is no stranger to the stage, but for this year’s Dancing with the Stars, she is stepping WAY out of her comfort zone. As a dancer and competitor herself (and certainly not a professional) for the past 33 years, she can often be found with her tap shoes in tow. Megan's formal training took place under the wings of Patti Rutland Simpson and Kathy Campbell, niece of Singing in the Rain star, Gene Kelly! Megan has trained in all styles of dance, but tap dancing is certainly her strongest suit! Megan serves full time as the Director of Family Ministries at Evergreen Presbyterian Church and as an dance instructor at Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Center. Megan and her husband Wesley are the proud parents of 2 handsome boys and reside together in Wicksburg, AL.
Sully Velez is a, “Registered Nurse,” in the NICU at Southeast Health, a, “Group Fitness Instructor,” at Crunch Fitness and an “Inspirational Speaker.” She is a firm believer that when you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life. Sully is a devoted Women of God who aspires to accomplish all God has in store for her and more! Dancing is one of her most favorite passions since childhood and it’s hard to keep her happy feet from not moving. She has three amazing children who enjoy journeying through life with love, adventure and fullness. Sully is ready to bring the spice of her Latina roots to the stage!
Robin Saliba is married to Gary Saliba and has two daughters and sons-in-law. she is the proud grandmother of six grandchildren. Gary and Robin enjoy being active at Harvest Church Dothan. Robin recently began painting with watercolor and acrylic. Robin started ballroom dance lessons with Ron DeVane at Dothan Dance Club over 13 years ago. She quickly became a "dance addict"! Robin loves to promote dance because of the benefits: good posture, great exercise, and fantastic social outlet. She loves meeting new people and introducing them to dance. She is a veteran of Dancing with the Stars-Dothan Style, having won in a previous season. She's looking to win this year with an exciting new partner!
Hello, my name is Elisha Burroughs. I am a professional dance instructor/choreographer. I am in my 5th year performing and instructing with Patti Rutland Jazz. I also have instructed and several other studios including Panama City Dance Academy and Elevations Dance studio. I began dancing right after high school in 2012 and began teaching hip-hop in fall of 2013. Although I started off completely self-taught, throughout my journey, I have received hip-hop training in Chicago from Robert Hoffman and Ava Bernstine, as well as training in Atlanta and Birmingham. My training continued to diversify upon joining the company, adding jazz, ballet, contemporary, and modern styles. I look to continue training and meeting new people along this journey. “We are all here for and because of one another.”
Ron is the owner/manager of the Dothan Dance Club on Ross Clark Circle. He has been dancing since the young age of 15, having first trained in ballet, jazz, and tap with Madeline Smith. He danced with the Dance Theater Departments while attending Auburn University. After moving to Chattanooga, TN., he trained and taught with Arthur Murray Ballroom Dance School for five years. After moving back to Dothan, he was the owner of the Center for Arts and Entertainment of Southeast Alabama, and is the director/author of "Grits on the Side". Ron has one Dancing with the Stars-Dothan Style championship under his belt and is looking to get the win this year!
Eddie performs a distinct form of art which entails standing humbly behind a chair to epitomize and radiate self confidence by altering physical attributes. He believes that "elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside." That is why his passion for cosmetology has evolved into his career. He is a stylist at Posh Salon in the ravishing city of Dothan, Alabama. He was born and raised in Dothan. He is also the owner of Crowning Performance, where he is a pageantry specialist. Despite his roots, he is not afraid to fly! He enjoys the enrichment of traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people. He strives to always remember life won't sparkle unless you do!
Katrice Nolan comes to Dothan by way of Atlanta, Ga. You may recognize Katrice from WTVY-TV/WRGX-TV. Katrice was the first anchor of WRGX-TV News that aired at 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Katrice worked at WTVY as a Producer/Reporter/Anchor for 4 years.
During her time in the Wiregrass she saw a need for a dance studio that was reflective in teaching the classic majorette style of dance for HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Her studio Onyx Dance Center started with a few students and Katrice has now taught over 100 students in the Wiregrass. Her classes teach ages 3-18 in the area of ballet, jazz, hip hop, and majorette. It is her hope that her students walk in the foot steps of so many of their ancestors and attend an Historically Black College and University on a dance scholarship.
Currently Katrice is the head of the news department at WJJN-TV20 Wilson Broadcasting, where she is assisting in launching Dothan’s next television station.
Ryan Wagstaff is in his fifth year as a company member for Patti Rutland Jazz and is a choreographer, dancer, actor, and artistic director. He is proud alumnus of Troy University and a native of Montgomery, AL. He is married to his wife, Grace, and has a son named Nolan. Along with teaching workshops and training camps, his career highlights include: performances with Christina Fulton; SYTYCD; and performances under the artistic direction of Rob Hoffman and Travis Payne. Ryan is excited to share his work with you all and is grateful to God for his many blessings!
Wayne Adkinson is a deputy sheriff with the Henry County Sheriffs Office. He speaks to students and young people about drugs and other law enforcement topics in the school system. Wayne is also a member of the Elks Lodge in which he volunteers to speak to the youth on many topics. Wayne began dancing in 2009 at the University of North Alabama. While he does not consider himself a professional dancer, he obtained the Presidential Challenge gold medal in 2013 for ballroom dancing. Wayne and his wife, Laura, enjoy ballroom dancing and they continue to take ballroom dance classes at Dothan Dance Club under the instruction of Ron DeVane. Wayne wants to extend a special thanks to all the sponsors for their commitment to this worthy cause. He wishes good luck to all the dancers and is ready to dance!