Dr. Christopher Henry
Born and raised in Mississippi, son of a preacher, I was encouraged to give back to the community. As a trained pediatric dentist and an orthodontist, I’ve had the opportunity to go on numerous mission trips providing dental care to those who would other wise not have access. Each experience has left me feeling inspired and blessed. I’m constantly looking for a new way to give. After twelve years living in the interior of Alaska, I had the opportunity to move to Florida to be near family. In the process, I met and married the love of my life. We both have a heart for philanthropy in all forms. We look forward to joining Dancing with the Stars of St. Johns County to bring awareness and financial support. I’m excited to be apart of this unique organization and have the opportunity to blessed others through the arts.
Kym D. Johnson
Kym D. Johnson is honored to be a part of this worthy community event, which supports such a valuable northeast Florida organization. Born in St. Augustine and raised at the north end of the County, Kym resides in the historic Fullerwood neighborhood of St. Augustine. She is currently employed by St. Johns County, where she manages a federal grant that serves the County’s low and middle income residents and teaches as an adjunct professor for Flagler College and Florida State College at Jacksonville. When not serving the community and teaching, she loves travel and adventure both stateside and abroad. Kym also enjoys Pickleball, stand up paddle boarding, and spending time with family and friends, plus she is a diehard New York Rangers hockey fan! Kym has recently started a small consulting company, Full Sail Strategies, where she and her team assist nonprofits and women in business with creating finance goals, comprehensive alternative funding plans and fundraising, board creation and development, and creating strategic solutions for any challenges the organization might be facing. It has been a lifelong dream of Kym’s to learn to ballroom dance. So she’s putting on her dancing shoes and ready to do her part to raise money for the St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts.
Cristina is the owner and founder of The Gift of Dance, a mobile dance company that brings classes to communities, preschools, and elementary schools in St. Johns County. Cristina and her team are passionate about working with children and helping them achieve confidence through dancing and performing. Their goal is to continue to grow so even more children have access to the wonderful world of dancing. Cristina has seen firsthand how learning to express yourself through music and dance can help process trauma and difficult life events. She has had the opportunity to serve the very students that SACSPA raises funding for, and has become so passionate about the mission of this organization. She is honored to compete again this year in Dancing Stars of St. Johns County. When Cristina isn't teaching, dancing or training with her team, she enjoys spending time with her two amazing children Jasmine and Jaxon. They love being at the beach or catching a movie together.
Lauren was born and raised in Texas, and moved to St. Augustine to finish school at Flagler. She received her degree in Hospitality and Tourism, and now works at St. Augustine Youth Services in fundraising. Lauren loves to be with her friends - whether it's hosting dinner parties, working on side projects, or playing some pickleball, she is happiest when she is with the people she loves.
Richard ”Ricky” Van Rickley
Richard “Ricky” Van Rickley served in the U.S. Army for 27 years. Ricky spent 19 of the 27 years as a Special Forces Green Beret with multiple combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. Ricky Resides in Kensington, St Augustine, with his wife of 28 years Marcella and their 8-year-old granddaughter Rhyann. Since Ricky’s retirement he has served as the Director of Events for GORUCK a local Special Forces veteran owned company. He currently works as a Commercial Construction Project Manager for Stratum Contracting and Construction Management, a veteran owned business that strives to hire veterans. Ricky is also the Executive Director of a 501c3 nonprofit called Task Force Hydro1. TFH1’s mission is; “ To come together as a community of waterman to help Active Duty Military, Veteran and 1st Responders to cope with PTSD symptoms, depression, anxiety and suicide by creating meaningful connections and sharing the healing powers of the ocean, rivers and lakes via outdoor physical and recreational activities”. Ricky is stoked to be a part of the Dancing Stars of St Johns County because he was a victim of severe child abuse and so he can highlight TFH1 and the healing powers of surfing.
My name is Marlit Yui-Chozo, I am originally from Lima-Peru. I recently moved to Saint Johns Area. I am a mom of four Leonela 22, Victoria 15, Sebastian 14, Elih 10. My husband’s name is Leonardo, He is a Navy Veteran. I am here representing my husband and all the Families that comes and shows support for this amazing nonprofit Organization Task Force Hydro 1. TFH1’s mission is; “To help active duty, Veteran and first responders to cope with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) via Water sports. I am super existed to be a part of the Dancing Stars of St Johns County A little bit about me is that I enjoy and love Dancing. I’ve been a Folklore traditional dancer since I was 12 years old, performing in a Peruvian and Bolivian Group in Miami and now in Jacksonville my groups name is Peru Dance, I have also taken part in a Salsa group in Miami. I am currently finishing college getting my AS in Business and to stay active I do CrossFit. I feel proud to be Peruvian and to have the Inca blood in my veins.
Anita Knight Kuhnley
Dr. Anita Knight Kuhnley, authur of “The Mister Rogers Effect: 7 Secrets to Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others from America's Beloved Neighbor”is associate professor of counseling at Regent University. Kuhnley has worked as head counselor of a faith-based substance abuse facility, served as a counselor at a women's community center, and directed a college counseling center. She is a popular conference speaker for the American Association of Christian Counselors and a blogger for the American Counseling Association.