Nearly 60 alumni cast members – including local dignitaries, business owners and people of interest – will return as participants in the 10th annual “Dancing with the Local Stars” reunion event.

The annual event is a fundraiser organized by the Women’s Division of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

Proceeds will once again support local food pantries and food programs in lower Oceana, upper Ottawa and Muskegon counties; WDCC donated more than $755,000 over the past 9 years.

The 56 community stars have joined nine dance teams led by 12 professional dancers to put on six identical performances: Feb. 16-17 and Feb. 22-24, 2018 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon.

Pro Dancer Dr. David Armbrecht, Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics Orthodontist, 4-year participant
Kris Collee, AgeWell Services of West Michigan Executive Director, 2011
Christina Fecher, Meijer Spokeswoman & External Communications Manager, 2016
Susan Halter, A-Team Construction Co. Co-Owner, 2017
Irish Barandino-Simms, Parmenter O’Toole Elder Law Paralegal, 2015
Dr. Karissa Tryska, Mercy Health Ob/Gyn 2017

Pro Dancer Francine Calandro, AgeWell Services at Tanglewood Park Fitness Specialist & Personal Trainer, 10-year participant
Ken Byard, North Muskegon Middle School/High School Principal, 2011
Lana Carson, Pound Buddies Animal Shelter Director & Muskegon Community College Adjunct Professor, 2012
Sonya Hernandez, Grand Rapids Community College Adjunct Professor & YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Director of Y Achievers & Youth in Government, 2016
Chris Kuhn, Seal-Tec, Inc. President & Owner, 2017
Tim Lopez, Meritage Hospitality Group Marketing & Events Manager for the WheelHouse, 2017
Sue Sanborn-Poulin, Sanborn Jewelers Owner, 2014

Pro Dancer Sean France, Studio France School of Dance Owner, 4-year participant
Karen Buie, 2009
Chris Burnaw, United Way of the Lakeshore Marketing/Communications Consultant, 2016
Jennie Naffie, Publisher, 2017
Hon. Annette Smedley, Muskegon Co. 14th Circuit Court Judge,2014

Pro Dancer Lisa Jirikovic, Heartland Health Care Center—Knollview Physical Therapist, 10-year participant
Steve Dangel, Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Senior Vice President of Investments, 2016
Brad Hilleary, Webb Chemical Service Corp & Trace Analytical Laboratories Owner, 2014
Dave Jirikovic, Retired Consumer’s Energy Technical Quality Audit Lead, 2009
Gary Nelund, Norton Shores Mayor & State Farm Insurance Agent, 2011
Dr. Dale Nesbary, Muskegon Community College President, 2010
Bruce Walters, Former Glamazon Accountant/Treasurer, 2012

Pro Dancer Patrick Johnson, PT Arts, LLC Consulting Co-Owner & West Michigan Flight Academy President & CEO & Grand Rapids Community College Dance Faculty Instructor, 10-year participant
Dianne Hoofman, Muskegon Co. Airport Marketing Director, 2013
Hon. Maria Ladas Hoopes, Muskegon Co. 60th District Court Judge, 2010
Becky Kuznar, Select Specialty Hospital Occupational Therapist, 2017
Sheryl Kuznar, RDR Properties, Inc. Account Manager, 2012
Dr. Monica Lakatos, Northshore Dental Associates Dentist, 2012
Chris McGuigan, Community Foundation of Muskegon Co. President & CEO, 2009
Heather Sandberg, U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga’s Deputy Chief of Staff, 2014
Sherri Schuitema-VanderWier, Schuitema Moving Co. Owner, 2015

Pro Dancer Dave Kennedy, Noble Company Director of Contract Services, 10-year participant & Pro Dancer Michael Paige, Dancer, 2-year participant
Lynette Bloomberg, Noble Company COO, 2017
Heather Brolik, Community Shores Bank President & CEO, 2009
Jennifer Cross, Muskegon Community College Community Outreach & Norton Shores Planning Commission, 2012
Julie Hazekamp, Hazekamp’s Premier Foods CEO, 2016

Pro Dancer Hon. Brenda E. Sprader, Professional Dancer & Instructor, 10-year participant
Lloyd Behnke, Betten Chevrolet GMC Cadillac New Car Salesman, 2013
Frank Peterson, Muskegon City Manager, 2016
Eric Ringelberg, Next-IT CEO, 2014
Matt Roberts, Muskegon Co. Chief Trial Attorney, 2010
Marty Sytsema, i’Move Clinic Owner, 2015
Chuck Young, Dept. of Corrections Teacher, 2011

Pro Dancer Mary Switzer, THE GYM Owner & Trainer, 9-year participant & Pro Dancer Carly Switzer, Grand Valley State University Student, 6-year participant
Becky Biesiada, Muskegon Country Club Personal Trainer, 2014
Heidi Sunderhaft Christiansen, Live Love Laugh, LLC Consultant, 2013
Jon Felske, Former Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent, 2016
Bob Gagnon, Norton Shores Fire Chief, 2017
Dr. Nina Johnson, Johnson Family Cancer Center Medical Director, 2009
Cindy Larsen, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce President, 2010
Michael Poulin, Muskegon County Sherriff, 2013
Matt Schmitt, Muskegon Risers Soccer Club President of Operations, 2015
Jim VanderWier, Redi Rental Owner, 2016

Pro Dancer Dr. Mary Ball, Mercy Health Physicial Partners – Geriatric Medical Associates, 8-year participant & Pro Dancer Andrea VanBeek, Porter Hills Home Care RN Case Manager, 3-year participant
Jim Hanley, EeComm, Inc. – Employee Communications Services President, 2013
D.J. Hilson, Muskegon County Prosecutor, 2013
Matt Kaley, Love Inc. Muskegon Executive Director, 2017
Don Kalisz, Revel Partner, 2011
Dr. Reggie Kapteyn, Orthopedic Associates of Muskegon Psychiatrist & Interventional Pain Physician, 2014
Tracy Lorenz, Carbon Footprint Home Improvement, LLC President, 2012
Kelle Lynn, United Airlines International Flight Attendant & Justice Thru Storytelling, Inc. President, 2013
Lea Shampo, Michillinda Lodge General Manager, 2014

Evening performance tickets cost $40, and matinee tickets cost $30. Tickets will be available for purchase Jan. 2, 2018. For details, please visit

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