Dancing with the Stars Arizona was established as a fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona in 2007 by Inaugural Chairmen Marguerite & Jack Clifford and former CEO Glenna Shapiro. The event closely follows the structure of the phenomenally successful, Emmy-nominated program “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC. This year’s Dancing with the Stars Arizona celebrates its 16th year in the Valley. Since its inception, over $8 million has been raised to support the programs which improve the lives of those with chronic kidney disease in the state of Arizona. We are so grateful to those that have stepped up to make this ongoing tradition such a huge success.

2023 Commitee Co-Chairs

Kristin Hartman & Valerie Pesch
2023 Champions

Judges’ Choice, Female – Dr. Katie Martin
Judge’s Choice, Male – Sidney Ocansey
People’s Choice, Female –Maggie Ethier
People’s Choice, Male - Jerry Hirsh

2022 Committee
Alyssa Bair, Dr. Sheetal Chhaya & Jarrod Smith
2022 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Kristin Hartman
Judge’s Choice, Male – Dr. Rahul Mehan
People’s Choice, Female – Lisa Moody
People’s Choice, Male - Dr. Rahul Mehan
Philanthropy Award – Lisa Moody

2021 Committee (Virtual Event)
Dr. Sheetal Chhaya

2020 Committee
Dr. Sheetal Chhaya & Kerrie Addante Jacobs
2020 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female- Jenni Badaloto
Judges’ Choice, Male – Michael Mazzocco
People’s Choice, Female- Alyssa Bair
People’s Choice, Male – Matt MacLeod
Philanthropy Award- Dr. Corie Mitchell & Matt MacLeod

2019 Committee
Jamie Andersen
2019 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female- Andrea Tyler Evans
Judges’ Choice, Male – Jarrod Smith
People’s Choice, Female- Kerrie Addante Jacobs
People’s Choice, Male – Zack Heasley

2018 Champions
Judges Choice, Female- Bryna Hansen
Judges’ Choice, Male – John Horn
People’s Choice, Female- Dr. Lopa Misra
People’s Choice, Male- Dr. Jim Kelly

2017 Committee
Dr. Angela DeRosa and Jen DeStefano
2017 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Katie Sellers
Judges’ Choice, Male – John Bronson ( space after line)
People’s Choice, Female – Katie Wilson
People’s Choice, Male – Brad Vynalek

2016 Committee
Kathleen Taddie and Leslie Rich
Guiding Star – Linda Pope*
Shining Star – Leslee Allen, Nicole Bidwill, Kimberlee Slager
2016 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Jacqueline Nerguizian
Judges’ Choice, Male – Ivan J. Almonte
People’s Choice, Female – Kimberlee Slager
People’s Choice, Male – Scott Lavinia
Legends Competition
Judges’ Choice – Team En Fuego
People’s Choice – Team Kidney Bean

2015 Committee
Shauna Connelly, Senator Catherine Miranda,
Liz Shabaker
2015 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Jamie Andersen
Judges’ Choice, Male – Todd Belfer
People’s Choice, Female – Linda Gosnell
People’s Choice, Male – Craig DeMarco

2014 Committee
Councilman Tom Simplot and Kelly Dalton
Title Sponsor: Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. & Great American Title Agency, Inc.
2014 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Tiffani Bachus
Judges’ Choice, Male – Pat McReynolds
People’s Choice, Female – Mandy Purcell (make sure there is a hard return btwn Purcell and Peoples)
People’s Choice, Male – Former Mayor of Tempe, Hugh Hallman

2013 Committee
Karrin Kunasek Taylor, Senator Robert Meza,
Stephanie Nowack (make sure this looks the same when it goes to print)
2013 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Stephanie Sandor
Judges’ Choice, Male – Jim Norton
People’s Choice, Female – Nicole Bidwill
People’s Choice, Male – Mayor Scott Smith
Celebrity Couples
Judges' Choice: Georgianna Marie & Robert Young
People's Choice: Mary Alexander & Chris McNichol

2012 Committee
Eileen Klein
2012 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Kim Sabow
Judges’ Choice, Male – Brad Goff
People’s Choice, Female – Susie Stevens
People’s Choice, Male – Sen Robert Meza
Celebrity Couples
Judges' Choice – Ken & Jeanne Bennett
People's Choice – Lori Singleton & Fred Tillman

2011 Committee
Co-ChairsDenise & Tom Shorall and Susie & Kevin O’Malley
Judges’ Choice, Female - Eileen Klein
Judges’ Choice, Male – John Maus
People’s Choice, Female – Brittney Shipp
People’s Choice, Male – Danny Sharaby
Celebrity Couples
Judges’ Choice – Deanna Clarkson & Bob Smith
People’s Choice – Karin & Mick McAreavy

2010 Committee
Chrissy & Mark Donnelly and Vicki & Vernon Vaughn
2010 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Karen Hayenga
Judges’ Choice, Male – Mark Tarbell
People’s Choice, Female – Sallie Brophy Najafi
People’s Choice, Male – Bruce Ward
Celebrity Couples
Judges’ Choice – Paulina & Jason Morris
People’s Choice – Anne Robbs & Ken Euge

2009 Committee
Libby Cohen, Jan Clayton, Patricia ‘Patsy’ Livi
2009 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Cheryl Anderson
Judges’ Choice, Male – Alan Young
Gold Performance, Female – Cheryl Anderson
Gold Performance, Male – Vernon Vaughn
Celebrity Couples
Judges’ Choice – Coral Quiet & Robert Kuske
Gold Performance – Beth McRae & Bill Dougherty
People’s Choice – Lisa & Vernon Parker

2008 Committee
Linda Pope
2008 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Jan Clayton
Judges’ Choice, Male – Orlando Hudson
Gold Performance, Female – Jan Clayton
Gold Performance, Male – Jeffrey Hattrick
People’s Choice – Melissa Leonesio
Celebrity Couples
Judges’ Choice – Jacquie Dorrance & Alfredo J. Molina
People’s Choice – Jacquie Dorrance & Alfredo J. Molina
Gold Award – Jacquie Dorrance & Alfredo J. Molina
Best in Smooth – Nancy & Robert Spetzler
Best in Rhythm – Amy Videan & Dave O. Dodge

2007 Committee
Marguerite* and Jack* Clifford
Glenna Jones Shapiro*
2007 Champions
Judges’ Choice, Female – Linda Pope*
Judges’ Choice, Male – Larry Stewart
People’s Choice, First Place – Linda Pope
Second Place – Larry Stewart
Third Place – Nancy Spetzler
Fourth Place – Diane Might
* In Loving Memory