Dancing with Our Stars 2023

Feb. 4, 2023 | Boyd County Community Center

The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center is excited to announce the ninth annual Dancing with Our Stars, featuring local celebrities and their partners competing for $1 votes to win the famous Mirror Ball Trophy.

This year’s celebrity dancers and their partners are:

Couple #1: Erin Quillen & Hunter Scott
Couple #2: Dustin Howard & Ashton Young
Couple #3: Travis Williams & Sarah Williams
Couple #4: Matthew Pierzala & Karen Pierzala
Couple #5: Josh Blanton & Cesiah Blanton
Couple #6: Andrew Steele & Scott Murphy
Couple #7: Justin Evans & Jason Rooper
Couple #8: Faith Fountain & Lauren Moore

Couple #1: Erin Quillen & Hunter Scott

Couple #2: Dustin Howard & Ashton Young

Couple #3: Travis Williams & Sarah Williams

Couple #4: Matthew Pierzala & Karen Pierzala

Couple #5: Josh Blanton & Cesiah Blanton

Couple #6: Andrew Steele & Scott Murphy

Couple #7: Justin Evans & Jason Rooper

Couple #8: Faith Fountain & Lauren Moore

Event Agenda

• 6 p.m. — Cocktails
• 7 p.m. — Dinner
• 8 p.m. — Competition
• Followed by dancing to the sounds of Bravo Live

Gourmet Dinner provided by 3J Events and Catering (cocktail attire)

* All proceeds will benefit the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center

Vote For Your Couple!

Couple #1

Erin Quillen

Erin Quillen was born and raised in Greenup Co KY. Throughout her childhood Erin developed a love for athletics and was involved in softball and soccer. After high school, she received a bachelor’s degree in Business from Morehead State University. She then received a nursing degree from Shawnee state university. She began her nursing career in Emergency Medicine at SOMC, later providing care as a Flight Nurse with Air-Evac Lifeteam. She completed her master’s degree in nursing and since specialized as a cosmetic injector, and now a business partner at the Nest Day Spa and Aesthetic Center in Russell KY. On her off time, she enjoys spending time with family, Watching the kids play sports, loving on her puppies and taking as many vacations as possible.

Hunter Scott

Hunter Scott is a Russell native. He is a gymnastics instructor at Pride Athletics in Greenup, Kentucky, and assistant cheer coach of the 16x UCA National Champion, Greenup County High School cheerleaders. As a world champion himself, he strives to help all his athletes reach their full potential. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his nephew, Sterling.

Couple #2

Dustin Howard

Dustin Howard is from Grayson Ky. Dustin is a business owner, Barber, and former University of Kentucky Cheerleader.  He is an awesome husband to Jenny and his favorite part of life is being DAD to the two coolest kids Zaydn, and Zylee.

Ashton Young

Ashton Young is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Pathways Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and recent graduate of Marshall University. Ashton is a KY native and danced for Tammy Jo’s Studio and River Cities Dance Company for 10 years before joining the Eastern Kentucky University dance team. She is excited to dust off her dance shoes again in support of our museum.

Couple #3

Travis Williams
Travis Williams is an employee of Marathon Petroleum and a Chainsaw Artist. He has amassed over 600K followers on his social media pages including TikTok, Instagram and Facebook as “Trav_Carves” and most known for his artwork he creates with a chainsaw and videos he posts online. He donates many pieces of his work for auctions and events to help raise money for local charities. He is a graduate of Boyd County High School and now resides in Wurtland with his wife Sarah and two children, Tyler, and Mallory.

Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams is owner of the Feathered Razor Salon and Barbershop in Flatwoods, KY. She has been servicing clients since 2001.  Sarah is married to Travis Williams, who she aids in community donations and events with his chainsaw art.  Their favorite is the PAC Festival of Trees. She is a former Ashland Youth Ballet member and volunteered for 9 years, where her daughter danced under instructor, Maria Whaley. Her favorite fundraiser was organizing the Nutcracker Pancake Breakfast … Most of all she’s a proud mom to Russell 21’ & 22’ graduates, Tyler, and Mallory Williams.

Couple #4

Dr. Matthew Pierzala

Dr. Matthew Pierzala is a Boyd County native.  After attending University of Kentucky for undergrad, Pikeville University for medical school, and East Tennessee State University for residency, he moved back to the Ashland area. Matthew spent most of his career as a night shift hospitalist and saw many of the ‘Hold my beer, watch this!’ decisions that people can make, plus their devastating consequences.  This prompted a career change into addiction medicine, and he currently holds a Medical Directorship position with Addiction Recovery Care. Karen, Daisy, Sophie and Silas are the highlights of his life.

Karen Pierzala

Karen Pierzala grew up in Boyd County, graduated from Rose Hill Christian School, and went on to graduate from Marshall University. She now resides in Ashland with her husband, Dr. Matthew Pierzala, where they share a home with their blended family. Their three children are Daisy (Boyd County graduate ’22), Sophie (Ashland graduate ’22) and Silas (Ashland freshman). Karen is the education coordinator for Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, a RYT 200 yoga teacher for Eternal Yoga, as well as a fitness instructor for both Eternal and the Ashland YMCA.  She also donates her time to Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road, the local Girl Scout council where she previously worked for several years. For fun, Karen enjoys running and hiking on local trails.

Couple #5

Josh Blanton

Josh Blanton is the Plant Manager for Vesuvius and an Ashland City Commissioner. As a fourth-generation employee of Armco/AK Steel, Josh has made his career in the steel industry, as well as working as an adjunct professor of Supply Chain Logistics at Marshall University. Josh is a Board member for CASA, Build Ashland, and the Paramount Arts Center and deeply cares about progressing our city, as well as supporting our wonderful nonprofits, including the Highlands Museum. In his free time, Josh enjoys amateur astrophotography and his dog, Monty (most of the time).

Cesiah Blanton

Cesiah Blanton, originally from Monterey, México, grew up in Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in health & Society. She currently attends Arizona State University where she is pursuing a master’s in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis. Currently, she is an intern board certified behavioral analyst and provides Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders as well as other developmental disabilities or mental health conditions. She is the only therapist in the tri-state region that provides services in Spanish. Cesiah also works for KDMC as a translator and is part of several organizations, including the American Red Cross, CASA, and Ashland for Change.

Couple #6

Andrew Steele

Andrew Steele is the Executive Director at the Boyd County Tourism and Convention Bureau. He is originally from Huntington, WV. Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley, and their new baby Samuel. He spends his remaining free time working on vintage and modern European vehicles, filming and editing video projects, and attending as many concerts and festivals as possible. Andrew actively serves on the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center Board, the FCI Ashland Community Relations Board, and has his hands on all major events that happen in Boyd County.

Scott Murphy

Scott is a graduate of Morehead State University and a resident of Lawrence County, Kentucky. He has a beautiful wife (Kayla), an 11-year-old daughter (Jenna) and a 7-year-old son (Ryan). He works for Ramey-Estep/Re-group as the Director of Community Outreach. Throughout 10 years of employment, Scott has seen many individuals helped with Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse issues to lead better lives.  He is actively involved with Ross Chapel Church, where he teaches the Adult Sunday School class.  He is also the chair of the Substance Abuse Workgroup for the Healthy Choices Healthy Communities Coalition for northeastern Kentucky.

Couple #7

Justin Evans

Justin Evans serves as Chief Information Officer at Members Choice Credit Union. He also owns his own business Small Batch Bourbon Art. He graduated from Russell High School in 2001. He has a bachelor’s degree in Networking and Security. Justin now lives in Ashland with his wife Kasey Salyers. Justin enjoys playing soccer, attempting to play golf, and making bourbon themed art. He volunteers his time helping Continuing the Legacy Foundation with events and helping local businesses with IT needs.

Jason Rooper

Jason Rooper moved to Ashland after an enlistment in the military. He then pursued an education from Marshall in Safety. He has been fortunate to work with several great companies in the Tri-State since. Recently he decided to start his own company, Brother’s Keeper Safety. Recreationally, he maintains a bit of sanity in the gym. He’s also an automotive fan and spend far too much time & money with that passion. After first moving here there wasn’t much intention to remain long term. Gradually he had been introduced to more people, made more friendships, and became more involved in the community. He’s also been blessed to build a family here with his wife and son. Now, he honestly couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

Couple #8

Faith Fountain

Faith Fountain has a 7-year-old son, Noah, who is her whole world. Faith is an addictions and mental health therapist at Regroup. She volunteers her time at the Mill Café and Bakery on the weekends. She is currently working on her second masters for addictions counseling. She recently competed in the National United States Pageant as Ms. Kentucky, United States. She got top 8 and won Ms. United States People’s Choice. She is currently serving Kentucky as Ms. Kentucky United States 2021. Her heart is giving, kind, and she loves to cook, but her soul is dancing.

Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore is a substance abuse counselor that was born and raised in Ashland. She love’s spending time with her daughter, traveling, reading books, and baking on the side. She was always raised to give back to the community that raised her, so she volunteers her time by providing services to her clients and their families, raises money for animal shelters, and gives back in any way possible.

About the Event

Dancing with Our Stars includes a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. with a gourmet dinner at 7 p.m. The competition begins at 8pm followed by dancing to music performed by Bravo Live.

Voting is available online via PayPal or at the museum with credit/debit card, check (made payable to the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center) or cash. Sponsored tables and individual reservations for Dancing with Our Stars are now on sale at the museum. Money spent on tables and individual seats count as votes, so let the museum know which couple you support.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, and to purchase individual seats please call:

606.329.8888 or email Heather Whitman at heather@highlandsmuseum.com.

* All proceeds benefit programs and exhibits at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, a 501© (3) regional history and children’s museum located at 1620 Winchester Avenue in Ashland, KY.

Reservations and Sponsorship Opportunities

Foxtrot Sponsorship – $6,000

Includes one table for 10 people with prime seating around the dance floor, digital advertisement rotating on the big screen, recognition on table cards and in the printed program, exclusive wait staff, plus your beverage of choice, and 6,000 votes for designated couple.

Waltz Sponsorship – $5,000

Includes one table for 10 people with select seating, digital advertisement rotating on the big screen, recognition on the table cards and in the printed program, and 5,000 votes for designated couple.

Jitterbug Sponsorship – $3,500

Includes one table for 10 people with select seating, digital advertisement rotating on the big screen, recognition on the table cards and in the printed program, and 3,500 votes for designated couple.

Cha Cha Sponsorship – $2,000

Includes one table for 6 people, digital advertisement rotating on the big screen, recognition on the table cards and in the printed program, and 2,000 votes for designated couple.

Amor Reservations – $550

Includes 2 tickets and digital advertisement rotating on the big screen, and 550 votes for your designated couple.

Individual Reservations – $150

150 votes for designated couple.

Digital Sponsorship and Recognition in the event program – $250

Digital ad rotation on the big screen and sponsorship recognition in the program. 250 votes for designated couple. Deadline for Digital Ads from sponsors deadline is January 15, 2023 – please send to Heather Whitman at heather@highlandsmuseum.com.

Please indicate any special dietary needs.

Please RSVP to the Highlands Museum.

Boyd County Community Center

15605 KY-180
Catlettsburg, KY 41129
(Located off the I-64 Cannonsburg Exit #185)