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RYAN CIPRIANI Market Associate, Expedia
Ryan grew up in northwest Ohio before moving to Orlando Florida in 2006. Since then, he spent nearly ten years working for Disney until he had the opportunity to join the team at Expedia! Apart from the amazing professional opportunities Expedia has afforded him, it has also allowed him to partake in outstanding community outreach events like Coalition for the Homeless, and of course, Community Based Care of Central Florida! Ryan is thrilled to be a part of this competition and truly honored to be a representative for a company that does so much in the way of charitable volunteer work.
HANNAH PICKARD Wind Turn Ballroom Dance and Dance It Studio
At the beginning of 2014, Hannah made the move to Orlando to focus on her career in dance. She has been a ballroom teacher and professional competitor since 2012. With her home at Dance It Studio, Hannah also teaches at workshops & schools around Orlando. She holds DVIDA certifications in both Smooth & Rhythm and is a member of the National Dance Council of America. She also holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electronic Media Communication with a concentration in Television Production.
Before entering into the ballroom dance world, Hannah danced primarily ballet, tap, and jazz. Modern dance has also been a huge influence in Hannah’s dance career as she studied under Kim Neal Nofsinger, Marsha Barsky, Erin Rehberg, and Madia Cooper. Hannah had the pleasure of dancing in productions from guest artists such as T. Lang, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, Holly Handman-Lopez, and Tina Marie Custer. Another one of Hannah’s passions has been dance photography and video, and she has been able to collaborate with Dance Theatre of Tennessee, Core Project Chicago, Shelter Repertory T Theater, and Heritage Dance Project for many amazing mergers of the arts.heater, and Heritage Dance Project for many amazing mergers of the arts.
GEORGE WALDENBERGER Metereologist, WFTV Channel 9
From winter storms to Winter Park, I grew up in Wisconsin but recently moved to Orlando for the wonderful winter weather!
Don’t get me wrong, I love all exciting weather. I forecasted thunderstorms, snowstorms, ice storms and heat waves in the Central Plains for seven years.
From Sioux City, Iowa; Tulsa & Kansas City, these gigs in tornado alley will serve as good experience tracking the many Florida thunderstorms.
But I didn’t start out as a meteorologist, I started as a farmer. I grew up on a family dairy farm. My 10 brothers and sisters and I milked cows all winter long, even as temperatures dropped below zero and snowstorms dropped multiple feet of snow.
My first job out of college was not in meteorology, either. It was engineering. Geotechnical engineering. I worked at a firm that designed foundations for New York City skyscrapers.
One project sent me trekking deep below the streets of Manhattan to monitor the construction vibrations on the Subway tracks. Another had me approving pits for the construction of the foundation for a 44-story building.
It was a fascinating job, but somewhere in my second year, I received an offer to attend UCLA’s grad school. This is where I entered the weather workforce.
It was the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department at UCLA. I worked as a graduate student researcher studying two major storms: Hurricane Andrew and the 1993 Storm of the Century. My job was to manipulate the computer models to see how likely it was to make these storms even stronger, all while earning my Master’s Degree.
And the icing on the cake? My UCLA diploma has the signature of then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Since I’m new to the area, I’ll be familiarizing myself with central Florida. I’ll be out and about visiting many of the local communities, so if you see me in your neighborhood, give me a friendly “hello”.
And yes, growing up in Wisconsin, I do love snow…but I may love “no snow” even more!
MEGHAN MCNASH Dance With Meghan and Dance It Studio
Meghan McNash is an active performer and Professional American Rhythm Competitor. With her professional Partner, Eddie Rivera, she is a regular finalist and winner in the American Rhythm Style. Together, she and Eddie have had many spectacular opportunities, including most recently, performing Live on tour for Andrea Bocelli. Meghan has had a deep relationship with Dance her entire life. Dancing has and continues to influence and inspire her daily. She has a passion for sharing all of the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual aspects there are to enjoy through dancing, as well as the transformative and life-enhancing experiences that are available via the vessel that is the knowledge of Dance. When not traveling for shows and competitions, she most frequently teaches at Dance It Studio. Additionally, she appears at other studios in the Central Florida area for instruction and coaching upon request.
GERRY GLYNN Chief Legal Officer, Community Based Care of Central Florida
Gerry Glynn is the Chief Legal Officer for Community Based Care Holdings of Central Florida. Prior to joining CBC he represented children and families as a lawyer for over twenty years. He has been involved with many non-profits serving on numerous boards of directors. Throughout his career, he has lead several organizations through strategic planning processes and provided guidance to leadership on fundraising, risk management and policy development.
He was a law professor for 23 years having taught at Georgetown, Florida State, University of Arkansas at Little and Barry University. As a clinical law professor, He led major reforms in several law school skills programs. Finally, he is a nationally renowned lecturer on children’s law topics and has published several articles and chapters of books.
Mr. Glynn received his undergraduate degree in 1985 from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO and his law degree in 1989 from American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, DC where he graduated cum laude. In 1991, Mr. Glynn received his Masters in Justice also from American University, and in 1993 he received his LLM, Masters in Legal Advocacy, from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Glynn is admitted to practice law in Florida, District of Columbia, Maryland and Arkansas.
Stephanie Gonzalez has always had a love for dance and the arts. She began her dancing career at the age of three entertaining audiences with Cumbia, a traditional folk dance of Colombia. At the age of seven she began training in many dance styles including, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Character. She performed alongside the Boston Ballet in several productions and later joined the Dance In Motion company in High School. At age sixteen she began her transition into the ballroom and competition world focusing mostly on American Rhythm and Smooth Ballroom. Stephanie has competed in the United States Dance Championships twice in her career both times receiving first place medals in her division. She then moved on to become a dance instructor at Dance It Studio and continues to expand her knowledge in the ballroom dance world. Stephanie currently takes part in choreographing and performing in smaller local dance productions to do that she loves and dance her way through life.
VALENCIA FEIJOO Assistant Base Manager, Southwest Airlines
Valencia Feijoo is the Assistant Base Manager for Southwest Airlines where she and her team support over 1200 Flight Attendants based in the Orlando International Airport . Her career began at Southwest in 2000 and has held several positions within their organization. Valencia also makes time to serve on the board for Orlando City Foundation where their focus is on nutritional education, exercise and giving back to the community.
EDDIE RIVERA Dance It Studio
With more than 15 years as a Professional Ballroom Instructor and choreographer, Eddie Rivera has brought an unique passion and excitement to the dance floor. Eddie is the owner of Dance It Studio, recently receiving “Top Studio” honors at several competitions. This native of Puerto Rico, classifies his style and technique as a mix of Latin and Ballroom, even though he trained formally in ballet and jazz. Prior to moving from the island, he was the ‘go to’ performer for numerous shows, videos and concerts for several celebrities. He brings that reputation to Central Florida as the choreographer to call on for shows and events.
Eddie has trained with numerous professional ballroom dance coaches in more than 10 countries. He now shares that knowledge with his students who also dance their way into the winners’ circles. Students have recently taken top honors at several competitions, including, the United States Dance Championships, Pro-Am Rising Stars, and World Pro-Am Championships.
ANGIE SOLA Coporate Citizenship Manager, Walt Disney World Resort
Angie began her career at Walt Disney World Resort in Human Resources in 1999, subsequently moving to the Multicultural Project, a small group tasked with developing a strategy to meet the diverse needs of cast members and guests. In her 15 years with the company, she has established long-term relationships with hundreds of community and internal partners.
Angie now serves as the principal liaison to non-profit organizations and school districts in the five-county Central Florida area (Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk, and Seminole) whose main focus is working with and impacting youth. For over 10 years she led Disney Grants, Walt Disney World’s philanthropic program that distributes over $5 million to nonprofits and school districts. She leads Disney Dreamers and Doers, a program that recognizes students who are making a difference at home, at school, and/or in their communities.
Angie grew up in New York City, experiencing many of the challenges that some children face today. As a result of a supportive family and positive mentors throughout her life, she has received several awards for her professional and community work. Angie now lives in Winter Garden and has a beautiful family consisting of a son, daughter and four loving grandchildren.
Richard started dancing salsa in 2004 while serving as a U.S. Marine stationed in New Orleans, LA, under the instruction of world known dancers Troy and Jorjet. After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in2005, his command relocated him to Fort Worth, TX for 3 months where he joined Salsa Passion Dance Co (from Dallas), the biggest dance company at the time in TX. Under the direction of Texas Salsa Open Champions Jessica Cepeda and Joel Dominguez (now one of the top salsa instructors in New York), he began his performing experience.
After returning to New Orleans, his peers asked him to teach because their original instructors Troy and Jorjet had relocated to Houston, TX. This is how he found his love for teaching, and continued to teach in his hometown of Midland, TX after his 4 years of service were completed. It was there that he formed Sollo Dance Co. They made their debut at the 2007 Dallas Salsa Congress. In 2008, he did a solo performance the when his team could not perform and has continued to do so ever since.
After 8 years of dancing, he moved to Orlando in 2012 wanting to continue to grow as a dancer/instructor/performer. He began teaching from home full-time and was recruited by Dance It Studio where he has heavily engaged himself in ballroom as he teaches both Rhythm & Smooth Dances and receives training from Yadiliz Nieves & National Rising Start Champion Eddie Rivera.
ANGELA HALLADAY Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Vistana Signature Experiences
As an attorney with over 25 years of experience in hospitality, real estate and vacation ownership, Angela has managed a wide array of legal areas, from contracts to corporate and condominium development, franchise to advertising, consumer protection to employment and public accommodations access for those with disabilities. She is proud to represent Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc., which this year spun off from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and merged with Interval Leisure Group, Inc. Vistana is the exclusive provider of vacation ownership for the Westin® and Sheraton® brands.
Angela is also the dance and life partner of 28 years to CBC’s own Gerry Glynn, who is also dancing in tonight’s competition. While she hopes to slay him on the dance floor this evening, Angela loves dancing with her husband and says it is the secret to their long and happy marriage.
JOSE PEREZ Dance It Studio
In 2008, Jose fell in love with ballroom dancing and began training intensely as a professional instructor. This multi-lingual dancer specializes in latin dancing, but Salsa and Mambo have always been Jose’s favorites. He has competed all over the country and most recently placed third in the nation at the United States Dance Championships Professional Mambo competition. He’s also a top-notch choreographer, coming up with moves for backup dancers for national pageant contestants.
When you don’t see Jose on the dance floor, he’s probably creating works of art with his sewing machines. Jose is also a costume designer, having trained under some of Central Florida’s best designers while he worked at Hardrive Productions, Inc. He’s helped to create costumes for Walt Disney, Universal and many other theme park shows. He’s also a professional makeup artist and hair stylist, earning his Cosmetology Certification from Aveda Institute. Jose is an extremely well-rounded dancer, costume designer, and performer, creating works of art for many all over the country.