And the winner is….

Congratulations to our Stepping Out with the Stars winners Andrea Phillips and her partner Jim Everley. A wonderful evening of dinner and dancing was enjoyed by all. The contestants worked hard in their lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Sterling Heights. Thank you to instructors Jim Everley (Owner), Jamie “J. LO” Palmer, Andrea Campbell, Jami Alberly, Jason Walters and Chester Watson. A Big Thank You to our SOWTS committee, chairperson Holly Fujishige, Barb Bizon, Jan Boswell, Sue Colomina, Karen Fitzpatrick, Charlon Franke, Maria Sniezyk, Judy Watson and Mary Anne Vollmer for a beautiful event. Thank you to Kim Adams Productions for the powerful survivor video.  And a very Special Thank You to all of our Stars!

Kim Adams
Emmy award winning television and film personality, Kim  is one of metro-Detroit most recognizable faces. While most remember her as a skilled meteorologist at WXYZ (ABC-Detroit) and WDIV (NBC-Detroit), she is now the owner and CEO of Kim Adams Productions. Because of her work with the Special Olympics, Kim earned the Media Award from the Association of Retarded Citizens and was nominated for Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. But her most rewarding job is being a single mom to 5 beautiful children, a girl and 4 boys ages 13 to 3.

Dr. William L. Bender
Dr. Bender is the owner and operator of Bender Chiropractic Health and Vitality Center in Clinton Township. As a Holistic Doctor, he specializes in helping people solve their health concerns naturally and alternatively without the unnecessary use of drugs or surgery. Dr. Bender has served as Chairman and President of the Michigan Chiropractic Council and filled leadership positions in many other organizations and has received
numerous awards. He has two sons, Thomas and Alex. In his spare time Dr. Bender enjoys classic cars, cycling and kayaking on Lake St. Clair.

Michael Connors
Michael has worked in various Community and Economic Development roles in Metro Detroit, striving to improve the quality of life for residents and business owners, and managing the economic development services program for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. He serves on the boards for the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development, Program Council for Leadership Macomb, and on the Automation Alley International Business Services Advisory Committee. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys spending time with his three daughters.

Lory Klinger
Lory has grown up and worked in the restaurant business for over 25 years with her parents Luciano and Rosa Gianino, the owners of “Luciano’s Italian Restaurant”. She is 41 years old and has been married for 16 years to the greatest and supportive husband Ron. Together they have two handsome boys, Louie (age 13) and Thomas ( age 9). Lory loves to dance. Growing up she took lessons in jazz and was in several musicals that involved dancing. Lory is honored being one of our stars, happy to show her support for the victims and survivors and to show her passion for dancing!

Rev. Jim Lee
Prior to his ministry, Rev. Lee was a successful Corporate Marketing Instructor and National Marketing Representative. Currently, Jim is the Senior Minister of Renaissance Unity in Warren Michigan. He has been active in community outreach programs including Youth at Risk where he was the Executive Director. Following his passion for transforming lives, he attended Unity School for Religious Studies, completing the Ministerial Education Program in 1994. He is a nationally sought after motivational speaker with an in-depth knowledge of Bible metaphysics.

Rev. Lisa E. Lee
Lisa is the Director of Education at Renaissance Unity in Warren. She has a passion for progressive spirituality and exploring the leading edge of consciousness. As a pianist and spiritual dancer, she employs an integrative approach to education. She has led national workshops and training programs for both adults and youth, including “Spirit’s HeArt”  at the 2012 UWW Convention. Lisa holds a BA in psychology and has Waldorf Teacher Training from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is a certified yoga instructor, a Certified Spiritual Educator and a Licensed Unity Teacher.

Andrea Phillips
Vice President and CNO at McLaren Macomb, Andrea was born and raised in Macomb County. She has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of those in her community working closely with both the Macomb Community College Foundation and the Military Affairs Committee. In her current role at McLaren Macomb, she is able to influence over 700 nurses. “Caring for individuals when they are most vulnerable is an honor and privilege” says Andrea, “not only do nurses tend to the body, they have the opportunity to heal spirit”