2017 Stars

Support the Cause!

You can help support the cause by donating money in the name of your favorite dancer! This will give them extra points and help them in the competition. All the proceeds from donations, ticket sales, sponsorships, and advertisements from Dancing with the W2 Stars go to benefit Valley Residential Services in Walla Walla, WA.
Chris Coates photo Zachary Fraser photo
Chris Coates Zachary Fraser
Community Bank presents Chris Coates!
Occupation: Director of Sales, Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
Favorite Color: black
Favorite Food: sushi
Hobby: work
What is your favorite thing to do in Walla Walla? people watching
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? slow
How much dance experience do you have? less than zero
Who do you consider to be your biggest competition for the contest? Scott
Lillie Rice Center presents Zachary Fraser!
Occupation: Owner of Islands, Peanut Magnate, Future Owner of the Milwaukee Bucks (and President of the Walla Walla Sweets)
Favorite Color: red – deep, bold, powerful red – and periwinkle
Favorite Food: peanut butter and a Walla Walla burrito (with Sweet Onions)
Hobby: waterways, traveling, playing dinosaurs with my kids, and baseball
What is your favorite thing to do in Walla Walla? Symphony, baseball, and movie nights with my family.
How long have you lived in Walla Walla? Since 2009.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? Salsa, and country line dancing
How much dance experience do you have? I judged a competition once – I was pretty good if I remember correctly.
What is your secret in preparing for the competition? Intimidation and watching game film from last season. And Walla Walla burritos.
Little known fact: Left-handed people are the smartest people in the world.
photo, Mary Derby Scott Peters photo
Mary Derby Scott Peters
Coldwell Banker presents Mary Derby!
Occupation: Winemaker/Owner of DAMA Wines
Favorite Color: Depends on my mood..I am the product of the 70’s so I follow the “mood ring” vibe.
Favorite Food: Wine is in the food group…right?
Hobby: I’m bringing back macrame’ and perhaps a bit of decopage…
What is your favorite thing to do in Walla Walla? Besides eating, drinking…I suppose a good game of petanque’.
How long have you lived in Walla Walla? 17 years this September.
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? tango
How much dance experience do you have? Does late night disco dancing at the End Up count as experience?
Who do you consider to be your biggest competition for the contest? I’m guessing Maureen got killer instinct on the floor.
What is your secret in preparing for the competition? Well if I told you I would have to send Guido after you…and that might not bode well…we do live in a small town.
Little known fact: My last name means good luck…
Columbia REA presents Scott Peters!
Occupation: Chief Operating Officer at Columbia REA
Favorite Color: Cobalt blue
Favorite Food: Spicy Thai Curry
Hobby: Cycling
What is your favorite thing to do in Walla Walla? When I’m not cycling, wine tasting is high on the list.
How long have you lived in Walla Walla? 9 years
What Is your favorite style of dance to watch? People watch dancing? Sure – tango!
How much dance experience do you have? Zero, zip, none, nada.
Who do you consider to be your biggest competition for the contest? Everyone who has rhythm.
What is your secret in preparing for the competition? Walla Walla wine
Little known fact: I used to teach fly tying, from beginner to advanced Spey & Atlantic Salmon Flies.
Jodi Worden photo Jim McCarthy photo
Jodi Worden Jim McCarthy
Michael Fluharty, CPA presents Jodi Worden!
Occupation: Director of Continuing Education at Walla Walla Community College. (“I put together classes for Walla Walla!”)
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Food: My grandma’s Cheesy Garlic Bread
Hobby: photography
What is your favorite thing to do in Walla Walla? Entertaining friends on my back patio
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? West coast swing
How much dance experience do you have? 4 years of late night country bars and a fake ID!
Who do you consider to be your biggest competition for the contest? Mary Derby!!! We know many of the same people! And she is super talented!
E.K. Riley Investments presents Jim McCarthy!
Occupation: Senior Vice President at E.K. Riley Investments
Favorite color: green of course
Favorite food: pasta ragu
Favorite pastimes: golf and tennis and swimming
What is your favorite thing to do in Walla Walla? Work with the local Early Learning Coalition and the YWCA.
How long have you lived in Walla Walla? 37 years
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? Irish dance
How much dance experience do you have? From the twist through rock and roll-still enjoy an occasional slow dance.
Who do you consider to be your biggest competition? Everyone with two legs.
Secret in preparation: a wee dram of scotch
Little known fact: born in Honolulu, 6 months before Pearl Harbor was bombed
Tari Barila photo Jason Valentine photo
Teri Barila Jason Valentine
Kathy Ruggeri, RN presents Teri Barila!
Occupation: Co-founder and CEO of the Children’s Resilience Initiative
Favorite Color: blue
Favorite Food: fresh salad with caramelized cashews and pears
Hobby: anything outdoors
What is your favorite thing to do in Walla Walla? Walking our beautiful areas/streams.
How long have you lived in Walla Walla? (Tri-Cities) 33 Years
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? ballroom
How much dance experience do you have? Zero, maybe even a negative number??
Who do you consider to be your biggest competition for the contest? Maureen Walsh for sure!
What is your secret in preparing for the competition? Not thinking too hard about being publicly humiliated, ha ha!
Little known fact: Climbed highest peak in Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu.
Jazzercise Walla Walla presents Jason Valentine!
Occupation: Weather Evening Anchor KAPP/KVEW-TV Local News
Favorite Color: burnt orange
Favorite Food: Pagliacci’s Pizza
Hobby: Football
What is your favorite thing to do in Walla Walla? The Museum of Un-Natural History
How long have you lived in Walla Walla? (Tri-Cities) 12 years
What is your favorite style of dance to watch? tango
How much dance experience do you have? 0
Who do you consider to be your biggest competition for the contest? My own inexperience.
What is your secret in preparing for the competition? Dancing with my girlfriend.
Little known fact: I’ve been to two Super Bowls.