Jason and Jillian Myers are excited to be part of Dancing With The Lexington Stars and raising money to help Surgery on Sunday. Childhood sweethearts originally from North Carolina, they have four kids (two boys and two girls), and stay busy teaching school and transporting kids to basketball, volleyball, and soccer practice. Since it can be hard to find a date night, setting aside time together to learn to dance, is something they are looking forward to. Their dancing has been limited to weddings and the occasional "family dance night", yet they are up for the challenge.
Jason is the Chief Meteorologist at ABC 36, WTVQ and can be seen weekday evenings.
Dr. Mullins spent the last 20 years as the Co-Founder and President of The MESA Medical Group, the largest provider of Emergency and Hospitalist Physician Services in Kentucky. He specializes in recreating the manner in which medical services are delivered by instituting efficiency measures, programs based upon accountability and results, and unwavering customer service.
Dr. Mullins has now set his sights on a new concept, emphasizing the principle that success does not happen by accident. He has conceptualized a new way at looking at health, aging, happiness, balance and is leveraging the power of technology and concierge care to enhance the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Mullins has great interest in men's health and their unique needs and is interested in designing programs that are personalized with a focus on long-term results.
Dr. Mullins will be seeing patients who are interested in optimal aging, weight loss and advanced aesthetic treatments, including liposuction. He will also be directly responsible for the Virtual Medicine program and the continuing quest to reinvent the delivery of healthcare.
Dr. Mullins is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is a proud single father of two girls, Zoe and Emma
Crystal Newton is the marketing manager for Bates Security. For the company's three branches, she manages creative digital marketing, sales report management, public relations and promotional event planning.
Originally from Bardstown, Kentucky, Crystal is a graduate from Transylvania University. She is currently a Director on the Board for Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, volunteers with the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and is an ambassador for Commerce Lexington. She enjoys bourbon, running and spending time with her family.
Carol Russell served as the Director of Communications in four major areas of Kentucky state government including the State Auditor's office; Cabinet for Public Protection and Regulation; Economic Development and Justice cabinets. Carol was the president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky.
Carol is a long-time community and civic leader. Some of her involvment include: current and founding board member of the Lexington Dream Factory; former board member and president of the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass; executive board member of the Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council, past president of the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators; 2010 World Equestrian Games Ambassador Committee; Kentucky Commission on Women board member; chair of the Lexington Habitat for Humanity all-women's build project, advisory board of the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation; co-chair of the Ashland Lawn Party.
Besides having fun training for Dancing with the Lexington Stars event, Carol is an avid runner and a member of the Bluegrass Runner's club. She has run in several marathons, including the Boston, Chicago, and most recently the New York City Marathon. In addition, she runs in the annual Mt. Brilliant 10-mile race, which also benefits Surgery on Sunday. She also enjoyes practicing yoga, indoor spining, gardening and being Nana to her precious grandsons.
A native of Kenton County and one of 12 children, Carol has been a resident of Lexington for the past 42 years. She is married to a life-long Lexington resident Jack Russell, who has a prominent 51-year career in the investment business and president and founder of Russell Capital Management Inc. She has two married sons, Gabriel and Zachary and five grandsons.
Angela Reighard is an award-winning journalist. She moved to Lexington in June 2017 joining the WKYT news team as a reporter. In August 2018, she took over as anchor of the weekend evening news.
Reighard is a Northeast Ohio native. She graduated "Magna Cum Laude" from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with a major in Journalism and minor in Political Science.
When she is not working, Reighard enjoys spending time with her cats, consignment shopping, exploring the outdoors, trying new restaurants, and watching documentaries.
In addition to her work with WKYT, Reighard serves on the Board of Directors for GreenHouse17.
Matthew Rand joined the WKYT news team in July 2017 as a reporter.
Rand is a native of the greater Cincinnati area. Rand earned his degree from Morehead State University, where he also gained his first experiences in broadcast journalism reporting for Morehead State Public Radio.
Off the clock, Rand enjoys good food, spending time with good friends, camping, riding his bike, binging TV shows, brushing up on political news, and hanging out with his cats.
He is honored to be a part of Dancing with the Lexington Stars and is grateful for the opportunity to do some good in central Kentucky.
Dr.'s Susan and Kurt Adams are honored to be contestants in this year's Dancing with the Lexington Stars! They have both been practicing chiropractic for over 30 years. Susan's office , Summit Family Chiropractic, is in Lexington. Kurt's office, Adams Chiropractic, is in Frankfort. Both have been involved in serving both the Lexington and Frankfort communities. They live in Versailles and have been very active in supporting the Woodford Humane Society.
Susan is currently on the board of the Rotary Club of Lexington and Kurt served many years on the United Way board in Frankfort. Giving back is very important to both and they consider this a wonderful opportunity to help many great charities, including Surgery on Sunday, through raising money for the Lexington Rotary Endowment.
Liz Toombs is a Certified Interior Decorator and the owner of PDR Interiors. The firm's projects include homes, businesses, and sorority houses in Lexington and around the country. She and her company have been featured in media outlets such as Kentucky Homes and Gardens, Today's Woman, GoodHousekeeping.com, and on MSNBC'S television show, Your Business. Liz is a contributor to Realtor.com and WAVE-TV in Louisville.
Liz is a long-time member of the Junior League of Lexington where she serves on their board. A Louisville native, she bleeds blue as a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is married to her college sweetheart, Billy, and they share their home with a spoiled yorkie-poo named Wendel. They like to spend as much time as possible at Lake Cumberland.
Liz is known to break out in song for no reason. She also enjoys spin classes and morning walks. Until now, she didn't dance quite as often as she sings or spins. Liz is very excited to strap on her shiny dancing shoes May 11 and plans to add dance to her ongoing fitness regimen.
Leslie Smart serves as the President of the CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations overseeing six of the healthcare organization's Foundations across the state, collectively raised $10 million last year. She currently serves as a Board of Director for Leadership Kentucky and New Opportunity School for Woman. She also is the Parish Council Chair for the Cathedral of the Assumption.
Smart studied classical ballet at the University of Louisville Dance Academy, Louisville Ballet School, University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music/Dance and the School of American Ballet at Julliard in New York City. Smart danced many years ago with the Louisville Ballet.
Bret Anderson is president and founder of Cohesion LLC, a consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing services and solutions. Bret is also the founder and CEO of BA Natural Health Company, an organization promoting a healthy approach to slowing the aging process and living with vitality.
A 15-year Lexingtonian, Bret has immersed himself in the community, serving 10 years on the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club advisory council and five years as an active member of The Rotary Club of Lexington. Additionally, Bret volunteers as a Venture Studio Entrepreneurs Bootcamp mentor with the University of Kentucky's Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and with FoodChain sustainable food systems.
With a 50th birthday on the horizon, Bret wanted to participate in Dancing with the Lexington Stars to show you are never too old to learn a few new dance steps (or to kick it old school-Bret plans to show off his 1980s-era breakdance moves). Joining Bret in his DWLS routine are his wife of over 17 years, Carrie, and their three kids, Lauren (16), David (14), and Natalie (10). The Anderson family loves the opportunity to support a great cause while making a family memory of a lifetime.
Ron Gray owns Bluegrass Healthcare Staffing, a nationwide healthcare staffing company based in Lexington. Ron started his professional career as a registered nurse, so being part of part of Dancing With The Lexington Stars and raising money to help Surgery on Sunday is a special opportunity.
Charity has been part of Ron's life for a long time. He, his sister & mother founded the Toy Chest Children's Charity. A local non-profit serving kids in Central & Eastern KY. Ron continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the charity.
Ron also founded and leads Conversations that Matter, a social change initiative leading conversations that unite communities through our commonality versus dividing us because of our differences on social and public policy issues. Ron serves as moderator at community events where important topics are discussed like gun violence and firearm safety. He hosts a podcast called Conversations that Matter with Ron Gray. You can catch the podcasts at www.conversationsthatmatter.co and hear his radio show each Saturday at 12pm on WLXU 93.9FM Lexington Community Radio.