WITH THE Y - CAST
Amber is homegrown local from McBain. After starting adulthood in the city including college degrees, meeting and marrying her husband Brandon and having their first child, Amber and her husband returned home to raise their two children. Amber and Brandon have been married for six year and have two beautiful children, Porter, 5, and Reyna 3.
Amber began her professional career by earning her Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Each experience of her social work career has played an integral role in her life. Amber currently serves as the Executive Director of OASIS/Family Resource Center where is she able to live out her values each day. She is a social justice seeker, an advocate by nature and a believer in people. In her free time, Amber loves to be home with her family playing games, being outside, and making memories together. She has zero formal dance experience but is an expert in kitchen dancing with her husband and kids.
Dr. Jennifer White-Seymour has always enjoyed the thrill of a challenge. Thirteen years ago, she decided to sing at her wedding to Ben Seymour, even though she can’t sing. Five years ago, she became the sole owner of Brite White Dental in Manton. Three years ago, she decided to run a half marathon, even though she was always a sprinter. One year ago, she entered a fitness competition wearing a very little outfit and 5” heels, even though she loves food and couldn’t walk in heels. Because she can’t dance, entering a dancing competition seemed like the obvious next adventure. She enjoys golfing, talking dentistry online with her tribe of Mommy Dentists in Business and being involved with the Cadillac Area Women’s Giving Circle. Jennifer also enjoys spending time with her husband, Ben, two young boys, Zach and Zane, as well as her dogs, Rhino and Emmet.
Corey is the Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Wexford County. Born in Cadillac, he was raised in the family Christmas tree business, which his grandfather started in 1936 and his father and brother still operate. After graduation from Cadillac Senior High School in 1994, Corey obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from Ferris State University, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Corey and his wife, Heather, also a Cadillac native and Director of Bands at McBain Rural Agricultural School, have three kids and love to take advantage of everything that living in Northern Michigan has to offer. When they are not at sporting events, they are usually camping, biking, skiing or boating. Community service is very important to Corey, as evidenced by his participation with various community organizations and boards. Far from a dancer, Corey is both honored and excited to participate this year and help the Y.
Kevin was born and raised in Cadillac. Is there a better place to live? He thinks not. Kevin is currently in his 15th year working at Out the Door Rent to Own. It’s been a great experience for him and continues to be rewarding as the time flies by. Kevin says he is truly fortunate to be able to work where he does with all of his amazing co-workers. He has been with his wife, Christina, for over 16 years. He finally got his poop in a group and married her two years ago. They have two amazing children, Shelby and Reed. Kevin thanks his family for their support and allowing him the time to participate in this amazing experience. He also thanks the many family members and friends who have encouraged him.
Having grown up on the west side of the state, Shari considers herself a Lake Michigan gal and enjoys spending her free time hiking the dunes. But free time is sometimes hard to find. In addition to her position as a Michigan State University Extension District Director covering administrative responsibilities for seven counties, she also serves as a council member and Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Cadillac. Shari enjoys creative outlets through sewing and painting. In October last year, she picked up a ukulele for the first time, took lessons, and hasn’t put it down since. Having music in her life has been a positive addition. Shari is an avid Jazzerciser and loves to dance. In the winter she finds time to enjoy skiing in the mountains. Shari is married to Gary VanHouten and has two adult children, Aaron and Corinne Schneider.
Vicky was born in Mt. Pleasant and moved to Cadillac with her husband, Chris, in 2008. With her vast experiences in the Real Estate Industry, from being a realtor to working at a title company, she is currently helping people reach the “American Dream” of becoming a home owner, working as a loan officer at Caliber Home Loans, Inc. Dance has always been a big part of her life, Vicky started dancing when she was just five years old and tapped, leaped and twirled her way through high school. Her oldest daughter, Emily, has carried on the dancing tradition, dancing at the Landing Dance Academy. When she isn’t driving to and from the dance studio, Vicky can be found out on the soccer field Coaching her other daughter, Kimberly’s, CASA soccer team. Vicky is very excited for the opportunity to dust off her old dance shoes and help raise money for such a great cause!
Service above self is a strong core value of Traci’s. She is an active Rotarian serving on many committees helping to make her community a better place. Giving back and leaving a positive legacy are very important to Traci. When Traci is not working as a hygienist and office manager for the successful dental practice that she is part of, you can find her spending time with her friends and family. Traci is grateful to have her son, Nick, and daughter-in-law, Ashley, living close to her so that she can spend time with them and her granddaughter, Jessa, who is the bright star in grandma’s world. Making time for daily exercise is important to Traci and this allows her to re-calibrate from her busy days along with keeping her on track for a healthy lifestyle. Traci is hopeful that her cheerleading experience will help to bring an exciting vibe to this great event!
Jason was born the son of indentured servants in the tiny village of St. Joe, Michigan. Early on, it was evident he had an unprecedented connection to the dance force and he would go on to hone these skills as a pod racer on the planet Tatooine under the tutelage of Jedi Master, Alicia Elmore. His skills as a craftsman eventually helped him earn his way to freedom where he went on to marry the love of his life, Amanda, a young senator from the Naboo, in a secret ceremony in Weatherford, Texas. He is the father of 3 children, Vance, Reed and Brandt. Together with (now) Emperor Amanda, he rules over the galaxy and currently serves as a Jedi Master at Cadillac Innovation High School. In his off time, he enjoys playing hockey, taking his custom tie fighter on joyrides and force choking rebel scum
Lori was born and raised in Cadillac. She spent five years in the UP for college and skied on the NMU Alpine ski team. She moved back to Cadillac where she nannied for years before teaching at St. Ann School as a pre-school director. She’s been teaching for 10 years and loves her job! She has two amazing kiddos; Henrik is eight and Hadley is four and a half (that half is very important to her). She loves spending time with her kids and they enjoy being outdoors; skiing, camping, hiking, baseball and spending time at the beach. Lori loves being around friends and family. She loves laughing, adventures, and is incredibly thankful for her tribe!
Chris is a Cadillac native who works at Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac. Chris and his wife, Megan, have two children, Harper and Chase, who keep them on their toes. In his spare time, Chris enjoys all the projects his wife thinks he should do. After that, if there is time, he likes to go fishing and hunting. Although Chris knows Dancing with the Y Stars will be a big commitment, he is looking forward to giving back to community in the form of dance. He is hopeful that this is the first stepping stone towards his national debut for Dancing with the Stars on ABC.
Jamie Thompson grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and moved to Cadillac in 2007. She is the Executive Producer of ‘the four’ on 9&10 News. Jamie is also a busy mom of 2 boys, Jack and Liam, and a dog named Echo. Jamie is excited to be a part of Dancing with the Y Stars and being able to connect with the Cadillac community. Keeping active is something that is very important to her and her family, and she is beyond happy to be able to help others become part of the Cadillac YMCA as well. Jamie wants to extend a special thank you to everyone who has supported her in this adventure – especially choreographer Hannah Sengelaub and partner Kevin Baker – and her family and friends who are cheering them on!
Beth grew up in the Cadillac area, spent eleven years at the University of Michigan and then returned to Cadillac in 2005. She is a pediatrician at Mackinaw Trail Pediatrics and at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital. She is married to none other than the emcee, Dan Alto, and together they have three children, Ashley, Hailey and Alexis. Beth has very mixed feelings about dance: she absolutely loves watching her daughters’ recitals, she’s ambivalent about driving them to and from practice and she detests the idea of dancing herself. I guess you could say her relationship with dance is complicated.
Laura grew up here in Northern Michigan and has always loved travel and dance. She graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and spent a year as a foreign exchange student in Ecuador. Her love for Latin culture led her to take her family recently on an epic adventure living for a two months in Guatemala in 2019 learning immersion Spanish together and exploring the culture where two of her children were adopted from. She is a homeschooling mom who loves Jesus, reading a good book on the front porch, and naptime. She comes from a large family and has five awesome kids. She may or may not have signed up for this experience solely to spend time with her wonderful husband and of course raise money for a great organization!
Scott is a Manton native and a 5th generation farmer in Missaukee County. He and his lovely bride and dance partner, Laura, homeschool their five children ages 5-14. Scott worked in higher education throughout the Midwest for several years, but in 2011 he took off his tie and gave up college for conifers when he became the Nursery Manager at Dutchman Tree Farms, running the family farms' bare root nursery and Christmas wreaths/greenery operations. While being known to have two left feet, it has never slowed (nor shied) Scott away from an impromptu dance or lip sync. If he is not in the tree fields, you can often find Scott globetrotting in some remote village in a distant country, hauling kids and horses to a rodeo, or finding some other way to spend time with his amazing family.
James Curtis is the director of communications at Wolverine Power Cooperative. A native metro-Detroiter and Michigan State University alum, James, his wife, Katelyn, and daughter, Charlie Fay, have proudly called Cadillac home since 2017. When he's not exploring the northern Michigan wilderness with his family, he's often creating music, art, poetry, and performing and volunteering with the Cadillac Footliters. James is exceedingly proud to represent his Wolverine family and raise support for the YMCA at this event!
Craig was born and raised in Cadillac and a graduate of Cadillac High School in 2005. He attended Lake Superior State University where he played tennis and double majored in management and marketing. Craig received his MBA from Concordia University in Nebraska while coaching their men’s and women’s tennis teams. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Amanda, for 9 years and they spend most of their time chasing after their 3 year old daughter, Aubrey. Craig and his brother, Jeff, own Montage Media Films and Mi Virtual Tours. Montage Media Films specializes in promotional business videos, special events and weddings. Mi Virtual Tours specializes in real estate marketing, drone and interactive 360 degree virtual tours.
Derek has lived in Cadillac since the 2nd grade. He met his wife, Becky, of 27 years in the marching band while attending Cadillac Senior High. They both attended Ferris State University for their bachelors and master’s degrees. He has been involved in several businesses and currently owns his own business operating a tool truck in the Northwest lower peninsula. He is also part owner of a blueberry farm that is operated by his wife’s family in the summers. After 20 years of leotards, smelly shoes, bobby pins everywhere and recitals from his daughter Mackenzie (some other choreographer), he’s decided to get on stage himself and show her where she didn’t get her talent from. Derek enjoys spending time at the ice rink and attending as many Special Olympics events as possible with his son Corbin. P.S., don’t forget to wish Becky a happy 50th birthday on October 13th.
Casey was born and raised in Junction City, KS. After working and serving in the Army Reserves in Kansas he moved to Michigan to attend Ferris State University where he obtained his degree in Finance. He then moved to Cadillac in 2016. He enjoys spending time on the lakes, golfing, camping, fishing, and attending community events. Casey is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and serves as an Officer in the National Guard in Cadillac. He enjoys helping people reach their financial goals and serving his country. He is currently engaged to Gabe Werth and they have two dogs Broker and Bailey.
Dancing has always been a wonderful part of Isabel’s life. As a young girl in Colombia she spent many hours rehearsing dance numbers and soaking up the culture and movements, which now, she incorporates into her dance routines. Her Latin roots have been seen in several local performances but also with local band musicians.
She believes being a former educator gives her the edge needed to win this competition. Isabel has been a part of the community of Cadillac for over a decade. Friends and family are a huge portion of her life, and her husband and son are her greatest treasures. Being able to participate in Dancing with the Y over the 5 past years has been such a great and humbling experience. Each dance couple she helps poses new opportunities to stretch her as a choreographer, and this year will be just as great!
A native of Northern Michigan and a dancer for eighteen years, Mackenzie graduated Interlochen in 2014, where she performed in Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. In addition, she has performed Martha Graham’s Panorama at the Joyce Theater in New York City and she took company class in Paris at the Paris Opera Ballet. Currently she is studying Dance with a minor in Costume Design at the University of Michigan. She has studied the techniques of Humphrey Limon, Congolese, improvisation and composition. For the past seven years, she has taught regionally and volunteered to mentor and choreograph for Winter Guards in Michigan and Indiana. She hopes to share her knowledge of the arts to Northern Michigan while continuing to learn. She would like to give a special thanks to her parents and brother who have supported her throughout the years and Chandlar R. Gabara for helping her throughout this process.
Alicia has lived in the Cadillac area for 14 years where she works as a physician at Family Practice of Cadillac. Dance has been an important part of her life since the age of three when she started taking Tap, Jazz, and Ballet lessons and continued for many years. She competed on a dance team called “The Thunderbirds” and then continued her dance training at Hope College. After moving to Cadillac, She taught ballet/hip hop for a few years but now has turned her time to helping with this event. Alicia has been married to her husband Jason, for 25 years and has three awesome kids, Zach, Anna, and Drew. She loves to choreograph and is proud to support the Y in such a fun event.
Sara is originally from Grand Rapids. Her love of dance and music started right away, leaping and twirling through the halls at home when she was just 5 years old. After many years of begging, her mother put her into formal dance classes at the age of twelve, by age fourteen she was student teaching and then teaching independently shortly thereafter. While earning her bachelor’s at Hope College, she continued her dance training at the college level. Shortly after graduation, she worked as an auditor at BDO Seidman, LLP for five years where she learned a lot about different businesses all over the world. During that time she was swept off her feet by the love of her life, Jason Roorda, and moved to Cadillac to start their life and family together. Being Maverick and Madelyn’s mom is what she considers her greatest accomplishment. Sara currently works at Groupe Beneteau.
Melissa KendellChoreographer/Dancer Understudy
Melissa danced and performed in her younger years, and has resurrected her love of performing by acting, singing, dancing, choreographing and directing with the Cadillac Footliters, Dancing with the Y Stars, and the United Way Murder Mystery. She is thrilled to be involved with Dancing with the Y Stars again and happy to be active in organizations that help to impact our community in a positive way.
I am on faculty at the Landing Dance Academy in downtown Cadillac and at Dance Arts Academy in Traverse City. I recently wed her middle school crush, Evan Rice and we have had our first child. Conveniently, Evan is the son of the prominent Julie Rice who has established herself in the area as an excellent dance instructor. I am hoping to ride Julie’s reputable coat-tails with her newly acquired last name. When I am not teaching or driving, I enjoy drinking coffee, and snuggling our new bundle. Most the time I am grateful for how blessed I am.
The Dancing with the Y Stars event is one of Bridget’s yearly highlights! She has participated as a dancer, judge and now her 5th year as a choreographer. She teaches at The Landing Dance Academy and has choreographed the last 4 Cadillac High School musicals. A graduate from CHS, she married high-school sweetheart, David Coffey. With a BA from Western Michigan University and a minor in dance, she spent 15 years in Metro Detroit and is happy to make Cadillac home again for the last 11 years. She is a mother to Tim, a Brevard College student, Megan, a CHS student, and a black lab. She would like to give a special thanks to Corey and Traci for always being willing to try new things, work hard, and share their humor during dance rehearsals!
This is Hannah Sengelaub's third year joining in on the Dancing With The Y Stars fun. She was born and raised in the Big Rapids area where she attended dance classes religiously at Rhythmic Sky Studios. These days she spends her week days working at Cadillac ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery as their receptionist. A few nights a week, she enjoys teaching at The Landing Dance Academy. Hannah specializes in tap, but enjoys all dance forms. Spending time with her husband, Derek, and 8 year old son, Jude, is among her favorite pastimes. Another love of hers in performing with and choreographing for The Cadillac Footliters. Every year Hannah is enthralled to be apart of this fantastic fundraiser and humbled to be asked to be a part of something that gives back in such a big way to our community.
Growing up on Route 66 in the small town of Pontiac, Illinois, Neisha found her love of dance, theatre, oldies music, and old cars. Since age three, Neisha has been on stage dancing, acting, and singing. The love of dance continued and became a dream for her to own her own dance studio. That dream came true in 2001 when Neisha opened Neisha’s Dance Sensations…where every person was a sensation. In 2005, her family moved to Cadillac for her husband’s job. That move started a tour of states for them. From Michigan to Biloxi, Mississippi where their twin boys were born…back up to Cookeville, Tennessee where she was in a couple of movies, commercials and even had the privilege of swing dancing with her husband in a flash mob dance to Josh Turners “Why Don’t We Just Dance” at the Nashville Predators game and at Opry Mills Mall before making it back up here to Michigan. Neisha & her husband George live in Cadillac with their four children.
When asked if I would participate this year with the Dancing with the Y, I had no hesitation in saying, “I would love to help with such a great cause and mission that the Y provides for our community.” Spending time investing in the greater Cadillac Community is what I would consider one of my larges passions, because many wonderful cause’s that are here. When I’m not on stage introducing these lovely dancers, I am four season runner but truth be told snow runs my favorite. I can also be found in my kitchen cooking or baking while entertaining my family and friends. I am married to Chris and mother to Tommy and Susie. I have been in banking for over 20 years and am proud to have opened an office for Independent Bank in downtown Cadillac. There are many local boards of directors that I have helped on in the past and continue to help to date. A quote I live by is “To whom much is given, much is expected” -Rosemary Kennedy. I work daily to live my faith and help others. And I have raised my children to do the same.
My wife, Dr. Elizabeth Rzepka-Alto and I reside on Lake Cadillac with our three beautiful children. Most days I can be found in my residence (aka on my deck) handling day to day activities (aka kickin’ it in my easy chair). I proudly hold the title of ‘Super Dad’, by my four lovely ladies. When I get the chance, which is at least 3 days a week, I take a little ‘ME’ time and enjoy some pickleball at the YMCA or shooting some hoops. This is the second year I have been asked to Emcee the Dance with the Y event, and with such an exquisite co-host and for the great cause, I wouldn’t be in my right mind to say no. I am honored to be a part of something so great. So sit back, kick back, and enjoy the show.