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Alyssa is a meteorologist for NewsWatch 12 and proudly joined the weather team in December of 2012. She is from New Jersey, and a graduate of Rutgers University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Meteorology. She has had a passion for the weather since she was a child, always wanting to pursue a career in broadcasting. Although a long way from home, she feels blessed with the opportunities she has been given.
In addition to her on-camera presence, Alyssa truly enjoys being around children and often educates students about meteorology through classroom visits. Her other passion is cheerleading — after a long life of flipping, stunting, screaming and shouting, she has a hard time staying away from the cheerleading gym. She coaches and teaches gymnastics at a local gym in Medford, TNT Allstars.
A city girl at heart, she is a sucker for shopping, but also enjoys reading, yoga, cooking, and Pinterest —what girl doesn’t? Most importantly, Alyssa loves spending time with her family, friends, and twin brother, Salvatore.
Alyssa is thrilled to be taking part in something so emotionally fulfilling and truly beneficial for children and families through Sparrow Clubs. Although the dance floor is quite different from the “spring floor,” she’s ready to take on the challenge!
C.H. Chou thanks his father for his example of singing, dancing, and helping others. Having played the violin, sung in a boys’ choir, and in college, C.H. has loved the performing arts, and is excited to have made his debut at Camelot Theatre having performed in Ug: Caveman Musical, Jekyll and Hyde, and 42nd Street. He has film roles in The Gravedigger's Song and Courage of Two.
CH earned his BS in Psychology at Duke, graduated with distinction from UNC Dentistry, and completed residency at Ohio State, achieving his MS and Certificate in Periodontology. He is published in the Journals of Dental Education and Dental Research. Recognized by the Academy of Oral Medicine, he maintains membership in American Dental Association, Academy of Periodontology, and Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Locally, C.H. has provided free care for the Oregon Mission of Mercy, served on S.O. Dental Society board and RCC Dental-Assisting Faculty, volunteered with Rogue Valley After Five Rotary and United Way Day of Caring. Since 2008, he has been Promoting Health and Harmony at his practice, Southern Oregon Periodontics.
C.H. thanks his partner, Emilie, and choreographer, June, and dedicates his performance to Bauer White, a Sparrow and son of friends, Brandon and Lauren.
If you turn on the tube on weekends, you can catch Christy Lewis anchoring NewsWatch 12 at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00. She also works as a reporter during the week.
Christy came to Medford about a year and a half ago from Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree at the nation’s first journalism school in Columbia. During her time at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Christy worked at KOMU-TV (NBC) doing almost everything. She was a reporter, editor, producer and fill-in anchor.
It’s been awhile since she’s done much dancing! She was on her high school dance team, but has never tried ballroom. She can hardly walk in heels, let alone dance in them!
Christy was lucky enough to interview a Sparrow’s family for a news story last winter. Meeting that family, who were facing so many challenges, followed by seeing students with so much passion for making a difference was incredible. Christy is so thankful to be a part of this year’s event supporting Sparrow Clubs and USA Dance.
Genie Gilliam is Vice President and Manager of the Biddle Branch of People’s Bank of Commerce. Her husband, Mike, is a local entrepreneur and Handyman. Genie and Mike met at Illinois Valley High School in Cave Junction and got married the week before her high school graduation almost 40 years ago. Eighteen months later their son Jeremy was born and four years after that, their son Joshua was born. Both sons are now raised with sons of their own and beautiful wives. Three grandsons, Kadin, Devin and Griffin are Mike and Genie’s pride and joy.
Genie has three tenets that guide her life: Duty, Knowledge and Gratitude. She believes in giving back and has participated in WalkAmerica, Rotary, Relay for Life, and many other events helping non-profit entities. She currently sits on the local council for Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) and is President of the Board for Medford Senior Center.
Genie and Mike have taken ballroom dancing lessons at the Evergreen Ballroom. They hope to make dance part of their life to remain fit and healthy. Genie loves to dance, and she is excited to help raise funds and awareness for both Sparrow Clubs and USA Dance.
Holly Roberts is a long time resident of the Rogue Valley, a graduate of NMHS, and currently an employee of Rogue Disposal & Recycling. Her many volunteer activities include the Children’s Ministry at Table Rock Fellowship, Sparrow Clubs, Junior League (President), and The Storytelling Guild. Holly is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
Holly graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in kinesiology. She is an accomplished athlete, competing in triathlons, marathons, and relays, with endorsements from Ragnar Relay, Nuun Hydration, and Oiselle Running Apparel. Holly is also the author of the blog Leaps of Faith.
Marty Gaskell is the Marketing Director at The Suites Assisted Living community. New to Senior Living, Marty loves every minute spent helping families. Bringing 22 years of experience in the Emergency Medical Services field with him made the transition of careers easy. He has lived in the Rogue Valley area for over 30 years. With the help of their children, Marty and his fiancée, Tritia, are planning their wedding for late June. Marty feels blessed to have them all as a part of his life —hanging out and spending time with all of them is his favorite thing to do.
Marty is no stranger to the Entertainment industry. At the age of 8, he was working for his dad, a professional musician, running the sound equipment for his band. Marty then started doing DJ/MC and sound and lighting tech work at the age of 10. He still has his DJ business, MG Studio Northwest, specializing in weddings and other events.
Marty is very excited to meet the challenges that Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars has in store for him — both personally and professionally. He feels honored to be a part of something so amazing for such a great cause.
As the Student Government Advisor at North Medford High School, Sara Barry chaperones the dances, but that does not mean that she knows how to dance! She does, however, organize the students who put on the dances, as well as the spirit assemblies, tailgate parties, powder-puff games, spirit weeks, and community service for the Sparrow Clubs, etc. She is the “Party Planner of NMHS!” Sara also teaches Advance Placement World History.
On her road to becoming a Student Government Advisor, Sara first graduated from North Medford High herself and then graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Social Studies Teaching. Sara is married to fellow educator Brent Barry, principal at Orchard Hill Elementary, and they have two wonderful girls, Alex (8th grade) and Lauren (6th grade).
Sara is the daughter of former NMHS football coach, Rod Rumrey, and was very involved in athletics throughout high school and college, as well as coaching for the majority of her 18-year teaching career. So, Sara is highly competitive and is looking forward to the challenge that DWTRVS presents, as well as learning some more advanced dance moves than she sees at the high school dances!
Scott Anderson is the President and CEO of the award winning and nationally recognized technology company, Core Business Services. Scott founded Core in Medford in 2006. Today it is the largest managed service provider between Portland and Sacramento with offices in Medford, Portland and Denver, Colorado.
Scott was born and raised in Rogue River, graduating from Rogue River High School. He went on to study teaching at Western Oregon University and business at Southern Oregon University. He currently lives in Rogue River with his wife, Heather, and two boys, Cannon and Cooper.
When he’s not in the office or on the road for business, Scott enjoys golfing, kayaking, and relaxing with his family.
Tim Tidball was born in Saratoga, California. He met his wife, Colette, ‘romantic comedy style’ on a beach in Santa Barbara via his cute cocker spaniel puppy and a volleyball court. Love the small town feel of the Rogue Valley, they moved here in 1994. Tim and Colette have 2 children, Brad, an 8th grader at Hedrick, and Kelsey, a senior at SMHS.
Tim realized his dream and opened the doors to Tim Tidball Photography in 1995 and has been serving the community with his photography since that time. He has been donating his time to photograph Sparrow Clubs families for the past 3 years. He considers it the most rewarding aspect of his job and looks forward to many more years of partnership with them.
Although ballroom dancing is out of his comfort zone, Tim took on this challenge to support the Sparrow families and to join the ranks of his theatrically and musically inclined family. Mountain biking has gone from a hobby to a passion, and Tim is looking forward to trading in his dancing shoes for his cycling shoes after DWTRVS. Tim would like to thank choreographer, June and partner, Michelle for not giving up on him.
Born in Alaska, Tom Hammond left the cold winters after 18 years, earning his B.S. and M.D. at the University of Washington. An opportunity to specialize in Anesthesiology at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital led Tom and his wife, Lynn, to Boston. His medical practice began in Tucson, Arizona, but the desire to be closer to family in the Pacific Northwest brought them to Medford in 1998.
Since a busy medical practice and raising three daughters, Emily (17), Darby (12) and Gillian (11), weren’t enough to keep him occupied, Tom opened Southern Oregon Brewing Company in 2007. He is proud that S.O.B.C. serves as a champion for other local businesses while creating living wage local jobs, and actively participating in numerous Rogue Valley philanthropic causes including Tom’s recent term on the Hearts and Vines Board of Directors. Voted “Best Local Microbrewery” in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the Medford Mail Tribune’s Readers Choice Awards means the beer’s pretty good too!
Unfortunately, Tom’s dancing background consists of jumping up and down at college fraternity parties. An opportunity to support Sparrow Clubs and USA Dance has convinced him to step out of his ‘comfort zone’ and cross one more item off his bucket list!
Trish Boettcher is the owner of Advantage Tire, and has been a part of the tire industry for many years. As one can assume, this doesn’t allow for a lot of extra time to be spinning around the dance floor in beautiful gowns and three-inch heels. But, when asked to be part of Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars to benefit the Sparrow Clubs, she couldn't resist.
Trish met her husband, Dave Boettcher, in 1997, and they married in September of 1999. Together they have been blessed with six beautiful and healthy children and four grandchildren. Being raised here in the Rouge Valley, Trish makes sure she supports the community as much as she possibly can. She has been involved in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Southern Oregon, Casa of Jackson County, The Ethan Jostad Foundation, Special Olympics, Providence Cancer Center, Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, Relay for Life, and Autism Awareness.
Trish strongly believes that the best gift you could ever give someone is your time because you're giving him or her something that you will never get back. With this being said, Trish is extremely honored to leave the smell of rubber and grease behind and help bring awareness to the Sparrow Clubs.
Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs and USA Dance - Southern Oregon
in partnership with KDRV and Radio Medford
2:00pm Matinee Show:
1st Place- Alyssa Caroprese and partner Tanner Richie
2nd Place- Tim Tidball and partner Michelle Slaughter
3rd Place- Trish Boettcher and partner Matt Robinson
7:00pm Evening Show:
1st Place- Holly Roberts and partner Jason Younker
2nd Place- Scott Anderson and partner Aimee Wilson
3rd Place- Alyssa Caroprese and partner Tanner Richie
1st Place- C.H. Chou and partner Emilie Sampson
2nd Place- Christy Lewis and partner Llupus Kulick-Pope
3rd Place- Holly Roberts and partner Jason Younker
Shining Star Award (most money raised for Sparrow Clubs)
1st Place- Holly Roberts
2nd Place- Trish Boettcher
3rd Place- Tom Hammond
Check back soon for photos and more detailed information!
Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars is a local dance competition that exists not only as a fun family-friendly event, but also as a significant fundraiser for two local non-profit organizations: Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs and USA Dance- Southern Oregon.
Sparrow Clubs uses proceeds to support the work of empowering and motivating kids to help other kids in medical need through compassion, community service, and fundraising projects.
USA Dance - Southern Oregon uses proceeds to provide dance scholarships to both youth and adults, to promote youth dance instruction, and to help continue their work of spreading the joy of dance throughout our communities.