MEET THE DANCERS
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My name is Tyler Jacoby. I’m 15 years old and I'm a Sophomore at Apex High School. I play hockey and basketball, surf in the summer and ski in the winter. I was born with Spina Bifida, so I use a wheelchair or crutches to get around. Unfortunately, this limits my participation in a lot of “regular” activities. I'm unable to play in most school and rec sports because of my disability. I can’t even go to the same summer camp as my brother. I started a sled hockey team in 2010 because there were not many options for adaptive sports here in the Triangle. People tend to think it’s acceptable to have “separate but equal” offerings; however, I think making adaptations to include everyone is beneficial to all. I hope I can inspire others by stepping out of my comfort zone!
Debbie Mangum was born and raised in Bahama North Carolina, and now lives in the “big city” of Durham, NC. Since high school, Debbie has known that working with numbers and people was her calling. In 2013, along with her mother & father, Debbie created Mangum Benton Ventures LLC. They handle inventory accounting, bookkeeping, and logistics management for a variety of clients. Besides her family, Debbie’s other love is the Exchange Club of Greater Durham, having served two terms as President and now as a member of the board. She is 50 years young and enjoys time with family, friends, and trying new adventures – like ballroom dancing, all the while raising money for a wonderful cause!
Jenna Cooper is a local Social Media Manager turned reality star! A fan favorite from ABC’s popular reality show The Bachelor (Arie's season) and Bachelor in Paradise, Jenna can't wait to take the stage to show off her dance skills in the 13th Annual Dancing Like the Stars competition. She will also co-emcee the Firefighter Fashion Show on Friday and Saturday nights. Now that her time with reality TV has come to a close, Jenna continues her influence on social media, she is also passionate about her Glo Body spray tanning business.
Dr. Kevin Campbell is a cardiologist who makes frequent guest appearances on national media outlets such as Fox News, CBS, and CNN. Dr. Campbell serves on the advisory board for Healthcare Analytics News and hosts a regular show called “The Clinical Divide,” and he moderates live debates for other productions within the HCA news platform. In addition to his medical practice and on-air work, Dr. Campbell has long engaged in philanthropy and charitable work, supporting numerous organizations both locally and throughout the US. He is excited to add National Inclusion Project to that list and ballroom dancing to his skill set.
Carole Guld is a retired realtor after loving 30 years of residential sales, and very excited to be asked to dance to raise money for such a wonderful cause! She grew up in a small town in Georgia with her younger brother, who had Down Syndrome. At the time, there was nothing offered for children with disabilities in public schools, nor any public programs. She wishes there had been a National Inclusion Project when he was growing up! For the last 15 years Carole has been a member of a Sr. Rockette Dance Troupe called The Sassy Classics, a group comprised of 13 “older but better” women who love fishnets and sequins!!! The joy of Carole's life is her 11 month old great grandson.
Donna King is an award-winning journalist and the host of the Triangle’s Morning News on WPTF. She grew up in Raleigh and went to N.C. State University and Saint Mary’s College. After more than a decade of working on Capitol Hill and for international news organizations, she and her husband moved back to Raleigh with their three children. She is active in her community and a volunteer at her children’s school. She loves to bring the Triangle all the news of the day each morning on am 680 WPTF, and meet the interesting people who call North Carolina home. In her free time, she loves to cheer on the Wolfpack, cook, travel and spend time with her family and friends.
John Luckado was born in Los Angeles, CA but raised in North Carolina and he has spent many years of his life living in the Raleigh area. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, including deployment to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. John has worked for the NC Department of Labor since September 2005 as a social research assistant in the Research and Policy Bureau.
John thoroughly enjoys serving his community through volunteer work with the Wake County Special Olympics, animal rescue groups, and Trees Across Raleigh. The Special Olympics is an organization that he holds dear to his heart since he has a mentally handicapped half-sister, Stephanie and hopes she can be in the audience to watch his performance.
Annette Moore was born and raised in Burgaw NC; a small town 120 miles south of Raleigh and relocated to the Raleigh to join The Rachel Kendall Team as a Buyer Specialist. Real estate has always been her passion! The joy of helping families realize their dream of home ownership brings her absolute joy. Annette also enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the Triangle and all it has to offer. Annette is looking forward to raising funds for the National Inclusion Project and showing off her dance skills.
Jonah Kaplan joined ABC11 Eyewitness News in 2016 as the Political and Investigative Reporter. He's an integral part of the ABC11 I-Team alongside Troubleshooter Diane Wilson.
Originally from Philadelphia, Jonah began his career in sports with positions at ESPN and YES Network, but later transitioned into full-time work in hard news. His work has appeared on ABC, NBC, and CBS News, as well as CNN and MSNBC. Jonah is a two-time Emmy nominee, and was awarded the top prize for Political Reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas for his coverage of the 2016 Election.
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