STARS

 

TRACY ALLOWAY

Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD, is an award-winning psychologist, professor, author, and TEDx speaker.

She has published 13 books and over 100 scholarly articles on the brain and memory. Her most recent books are based on celebrating memory superpowers in children with autism, ADHD, anxiety, and dyslexia.

She has also provided consultancy to the World Bank on reading in developing countries and is a sought-after speaker internationally.  Her research has also been featured on BBC, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and Newsweek, and many others. 

ALLISHIA BAUMAN

Allishia Renee Bauman serves as Chief of Staff at City Year Jacksonville where she has been for almost 6 years. In her role, she supports the Executive Office including leadership of the Operations Department, overseeing site Human Potential, Strategic Planning/Goal Setting, sustaining an effective support structure for the site’s leadership team and Internal/External Communications that ensures the advancement of City Year Jacksonville’s agenda. She also serves as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director and provides oversight on time-sensitive issues and initiatives that include cross- functional, organizational, and community dimensions. 

 A Jacksonville native and product of Duval County Public Schools, Allishia earned her Associates Degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville and later earned her Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies from The American Women’s College at Bay Path University. She has been an engaged community steward contributing to multiple education non-profits and serving in advisory capacities for various local groups such as Take Stock in Children, Florida State College of Jacksonville in the Office of the President, and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Currently, she serves on the Steering Committee as the Communications Committee Co-Chair for The Women’s Giving Alliance as well as a member of the TEDx Jacksonville team. 

 Allishia is also a graduate of LEAD, City Year’s executive leadership development program, a former TEDx FSCJ speaker, a One Young World Ambassador, a Leadership Jacksonville CLE alum, an alum of the Delores Barr Weaver Fellowship with the Women’s Giving Alliance, and a 2018 Unsung Shero Honoree from the Women’s Center of Jacksonville.  Allishia is happily married to her husband of 5 years, Joshua, and a proud ‘bonus mom’ to 16-year-old, Esperanza. In her “spare time” she enjoys co-leading her newest “side-hustle” called BausbyCreative, planning her next travel adventure, and learning about the ins and outs of backpacking.  

ROBERT COFFEE

Robert Coffee enjoys working in the community for business owners to help their businesses GROW.  As a marketing manager for 8 radio stations in Jacksonville, Florida, 2 TV stations, a coordinator for local events and online campaigns, Robert Coffee has a lot of fun working with businesses in Jacksonville.  Robert’s voice is on many of the top playing commercials heard in Jacksonville.  He stated it was a “NO BRAINER” to give his time to help raise money for those that want to pursue their dreams in the fine arts. 

Outside of his professional career in marketing, you can find Robert Coffee at a local LA Fitness working out,  coaching his flag football team where he mentors youths in Jacksonville, playing chess, or involved in some sort of athletic sports.  Robert Coffee also has a lot of fun as the host of The Robert Coffee Show airing Mondays, 7:00pm-8:30pm.  The Robert Coffee Show is an entertaining talk show starring Robert Coffee and Co-host Char Holiday.  Enjoy their All Star Cast as they engage with artists, athletes, models, business owners, and more about current events.  To contact Robert Coffee call/text 443-528-1557 or go to www.TheRobertCoffeeShow.com.     

 

 

LUCIA FERNANDEZ

Lucia is a Realtor/business owner at Lucia Fernandez, PLLC, with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. Lucia specializes in residential home sales, earning the highest designation of the National Association of Realtors, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), placing her in the top 3% of all Realtors in the Nation.  As a member of the International Sterling Society, she ranks among the top 15% of all Coldwell Banker sales professionals worldwide. She is also a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and holds the Cartus Network Buyer, Marketing & Referral Specialist certifications for working with relocation customers.  Lucia currently serves on the Education Mastermind Committee for the National Association of Realtors/Residential Real Estate Council (RRC) and was recently selected to serve as RRC’s Communications Director for the State of Florida in 2020.

A top producer for Coldwell Banker Vanguard, Lucia is a three-time member of the Silver Club and a two-year member of the Wall of Honor. She is also a member of the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Team.

Lucia is passionate about providing an exceptional customer experience, listening carefully and advocating on behalf of her clients in one of the most important real estate transactions of their life. She enjoys the creative and strategic aspect of uniquely marketing a property for sale and is a skilled negotiator.  Her passion to serve others is evident both in her work and personal life.

Lucia is a member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandarin and has served as a lector, in the music ministry, and on Bishop Felipe Estévez’ Eucharistic Congress Steering Committee for the past five years.  Bishop Estévez is the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida.

A first generation Cuban-American born in Houston, her father instilled in her a strong work ethic, and the importance of an education. Lucia began her studies at the University of Texas at Austin and later graduated with honors from Florida State University with a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She also earned a A.A. degree in Paralegal Studies and became a Certified Trial Paralegal.

Lucia inherited her father’s love of the ocean, boating, scuba diving, traveling and music. This love of music was passed down to her own children who have benefited from exposure to all types of music from a young age.  Lucia is dancing not only to fulfill a personal goal, but to raise awareness on how music can positively impact the body physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually for those of all ages. Music has the power to heal, restore, inspire, and bring joy. Our job, the mission of Beaches Fine Arts Series & First Coast Dancing with the Stars, is to make it available for everyone to appreciate.

“Peace begins with a smile”
 Mother Teresa

 

JONATHAN LEONARD

Jonathan has been a Jacksonville resident since 2007. In that time, he established Vanity Furs Pet Salon & Hotel and has been in business for 10 years.

Outside of making your furry family look and feel like a star, he has performed at many local community theatres including The 5 & Dime, ABET, ACT in Amelia Island, Limelight, and Players By The Sea.

He has performed with Crescendo Amelia Big Band and is a founding member of a men’s vocal singing group, Off The Record Jax.  He also has the privilege to perform with the professional choir at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville.

He is equally as passionate for the performing arts as he is for pet styling, and he is grateful for the continued love and support from his friends and family and looks forward to the opportunities on this journey ahead.

 

 

TAYLOE MCDONALD

Tayloe McDonald is a Jacksonville native, a visual artist, and the founder of ArtSparcs, a company that creates art-based products and services that provide enrichment and novelty to support brain health and the cultivation of mental agility. After she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida, she worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years before returning full time to work in neuroaesthetics, her first love. She lives in San Marco with her husband Zach, her son Sheldon, and a howling old dog named Fiona.

She shares, “One of my earliest memories is my first dance recital at age three. In the middle of the ballet performance (Red tulle. A cardinal perhaps?), I noticed the dancer next to me was arabesque-ing in the wrong direction. Always one to help, I paused to offer her instruction on proper technique. Though I I couldn’t see the faces of the audience through the spotlights, I could hear their laughter. Forty years later, I can promise you one of two things from my performance at First Coast Dancing with the Stars-either a great performance or a great belly laugh-or maybe both. In the meantime, I promise to work on perfecting only my own technique.”

 

AL MANISCALCO

Al Maniscalco is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Buffet Crampon USA, as well as Group Product Manager for Julius Keilwerth Saxophones.  Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Al migrated north to Maryland after receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 from the University of North Florida. In 1994, he completed studies to earn a Master of Music degree from Towson State University and remained in the mid-Atlantic region as a performer and educator until 2006 when he began his tenure with Buffet Crampon USA in Jacksonville, Florida.

As a performer Al has achieved a substantial resume as both a freelance musician and leader of the Al Maniscalco Quartet, appearing in jazz venues across the globe and successfully producing four independent recordings under his own label.  He has shared the stage with numerous musicians and performing groups, including Branford Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione,The Temptations, and The Guy Lombardo Orchestra.  As an educator, Al cultivated and maintained a private teaching studio in the greater Baltimore area from 1993 to 2006 averaging 35-50 private students per week and was adjunct faculty for several area schools and universities.

In August 2006 Al Maniscalco began his career with Buffet Crampon USA in customer service and inside sales, but by 2007 he was offered a position managing sales for the Midwest territory.  This position based him in Chicago where he managed 8 states in the Midwest, working with dealers, educators, and artists to promote and support the Buffet Crampon brands.  In 2010 Buffet Crampon acquired the Julius Keilwerth brand and Al Maniscalco was chosen to oversee the continued development of this legendary saxophone line as Group Product Manager.  In 2013 Al was promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for Buffet Crampon USA to oversee sales for USA, Canada, and Mexico and is now based at their North America headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.  Additional info can be found at www.almaniscalco.com / www.buffetcrampon.com

 

JEFF PENNINGTON

Convincing Jeff to get out on the dance floor for First Coast Dancing with the Stars was like pulling teeth. And he should know. Jeff’s passion for dentistry began at an early age when he worked in a dental lab while in high school. After graduating from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, Jeff joined the Air Force and began a General Dentistry Residency at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He completed his service at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. In 2003, he joined his cousin, Dr. Sid Parker, in practice at their St Marys, Georgia location and opened an office in Jacksonville Beach in 2004. Over time, Jeff’s passion for dentistry has evolved into a passion for the overall health of his patients and their quality of life. He has witnessed the transformation of not only his patients’ smiles, but their lives as well. Parker and Pennington Dentistry has the vision of helping 50,000 people get healthier on the First Coast and through mission work in other countries including Jamaica. When he’s not restoring patients’ smiles, Jeff enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing (occasionally catching), cycling, and traveling.

ALEXEI ROMANENKO

“The times when music and musician and musical instrument combine to form an almost mystical union are rare. One such occasion came when Alexei Romanenko dazzled with his playing of Zoltan Kodaly’s Sonata for solo cello.”
                                  T.J. Medrek
                                  The Boston Herald

Winner of numerous prestigious awards in Russia and the U.S., Russian-born cellist Alexei Romanenko has concertized extensively as soloist with major symphony orchestras, in recital, and as a chamber musician.  Alexei began playing cello at age six and won his first competition at twelve.  Having studied with Valentin Feygin at Moscow Conservatory, he completed his studies with Bernard Greenhouse as well as Lawrence Lesser at New England Conservatory of Music where he earned his Artist Diploma.  His repertoire includes most major works for cello, as well as many cadenzas he composed for cello concerti and compositions for unaccompanied cello.  A superb and indefatigable performer, he has presented all six Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello in recital many times. Alexei is a principal cellist of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Ever eager for challenge and adventure, Alexei taught himself to play organ and has served as church organist in various churches in the Jacksonville area during the past decade.  He has an uncanny ability to find the lowest air, hotel, and car rental fares at the last minute, jetting across the U.S. and beyond both for cello-related business and exploring the wonders of nature.

Not least of his many talents, Alexei claims that of a “dog whisperer.” He often establishes an instant rapport with members of the canine species. His dog Brunhilda can be found at his side as he practices, on road trips, and … just because.

 
 

TERI SECREST

Raised in a beautiful little Midwestern lake town, Teri moved to Ponte Vedra Beach four years ago because she really missed the water. “I absolutely love north Florida—the people, the ocean, the symphony—all of it!”  

 The Sunshine State is a perfect match for Teri’s passion, which is to help people experience vitality and joy in mind, body and spirit. A highly-successful entrepreneur in the health and wellness field for over twenty years, Teri shares her practical and inspiring insights with audiences around the world through her best-selling books and keynote speeches.   Teri believes, We are blessed to be a blessingand is privileged to be able to help children of many nations.  

During her free time, Teri loves to play the piano and flute, to hike and swim and to entertain and attend the symphony.  

Since she was five years old, Teri has dreamed of ballroom dancing and is thrilled to be invited as one of the celebrity dancers for First Coast Dancing with the Stars 2019! 

 

 

BARRY STEVENS

Barry Stevens is originally from Great Neck, New York, and currently resides on the Southbank of Downtown Jacksonville.  He has been a practicing endodontist in the Riverside area for 25 years.  His grandfather was a practicing dentist of nearly 50 years and became Dr. Stevens inspiration for his career in the dental profession.     

Dr. Stevens earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Tulane University in 1984 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at New York University College of Dentistry in 1988. He completed a twoyear general practice residency at North Shore University Hospital / Cornell University Medical College in Manhasset NY, before earning his Endodontic certification at The Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA in 1992.  

Dr. Stevens is a Past President of the Northeast District Dental Association and the Jacksonville Dental Society. He has served on the delegation of the Florida Dental Association and the American Dental Association, the board of directors for the Florida Dental Health Foundation, FLADPAC and DENTPAC. Dr. Stevens is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, The International College of Dentists, a member of The Pierre Fauchard Honorary Dental Academy, The American Association of Endodontists, and The Florida Association of Endodontists. 

Dr. Stevens is the proud father of two amazing young adults.   Joshua, 24 will be graduating in May of 2019 from The Harvard University Graduate School of Design, (Cambridge, MA) with a Masters in Landscape Architecture.  Carly, 22 will be graduating in May of 2019 from Tulane University, (New Orleans, LA) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science and Engineering, and a major in Neuroscience. 

In addition to fitness training, Dr. Stevens enjoys cooking, and scotch tastings.   He has been a proud supporter of the Jacksonville Business and Arts community.  After spending much time in the mouth with his hands, he is now excited to give his feet a chance to dance. 

AMY WEST

Amy West is the creator of AmyWestTravel.com an upscale travel and lifestyle brand covering food, fashion, and luxury travel. 

Her travel and lifestyle contributions can be seen regularly on Fox Business, Cheddar Big News, USA Today’s 10Best.com, and Wander Media.

 Amy is the Co-Founder and President of North Florida Influencers, and will Co-host her first podcast, “Creating A Brand”, in early 2019. Named one of the “Top Luxury Travel Bloggers to Follow”, you never know what adventure she’ll dive into next. Amy resides in Jacksonville Beach along with her husband and two spirited daughters.