I love most all music, especially music that makes you want to move. My playlist includes everything from Kenny Loggins, Pink Floyd, Meat Loaf, Hank Williams Jr., Donna Summer, old time gospel music and almost everything in between.
Favorite dance style:
Free Style and all the fun dances of the 80’s/90’s to dance myself. I think my favorite to watch however is the Paso Doble.
Background: Where are you from?
I am from Meridian, MS. My husband Dwayne and I moved from there to the Shenandoah Valley in 1997. Dwayne teaches at Pence Middle School. We have two dogs, Missy and Oscar who are spoiled adoptees from the SPCA.
Occupation and other community service you are involved in:
VP, General Manager of WHSV-TV
Involved in many causes, most associated with helping disadvantaged children.
Recently honored by VA Association of Broadcasters with the C.T Lucy Distinguished Service Award.
Fun facts about you:
My first job in TV was as a weathercaster. I was awful! I didn’t know geography and certainly didn’t know about weather—that was decades ago!
I was a national award winning persuasive speaker in college. My winning speech advocated natural child birth---that was many decades ago!
My guilty pleasure—I am addicted to the show Duck Dynasty. It’s the only reality show I have ever watched. It reminds me of my family a little and I can’t help having huge empathy for CEO Willie, trying to run a company when his workers (family) just want to run amuck.
Why did you decide to participate in DWTS?
I have wanted to do this since year two, but I have been busy building TV stations. This year I saw a window to do this and I am taking it, but I am scared to death!
I love to dance because….
It is one of the few things that make me feel free, lose track of time and have the time of my life!
If there was one thing that we could focus on about you as we promote DWTS, what would that one thing be?
I have a heart for kids, especially kids that don’t have everything they need to make the most of growing up healthy and happy. I don’t have kids of my own and believe that I have been given the voice of working in television in large measure to give a lift to kids (and parents) who need it.