Dancing With The Local Stars

Saturday, September 6 | Vancouver Hilton | Doors open at 5 pm

Welcome to Dancing With The Local Stars 2014! These eight local community leaders will take the stage to show off their best dance moves at Dancing with the Local Stars, a fundraiser for the Trust. Each dancer is paired with a professional dance instructor and will receive complimentary dance lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studios. The Trust anticipates this year’s dancing event to be the most unpredictable and competitive to date. The star who raises the most money is crowned the dancing champion, thus the community is encouraged to “vote” with their dollars for their favorite dancer. 

Individual Tickets $50

$5,000 Platinum Sponsor Table:

  • The best seats in the house. Receive a reserved table for 10 guests
  • Catered dinner
  • Two bottles of red wine and two bottles of white wine
  • Half page recognition in the event program (Art due August 22nd)
  • $4,500 of purchase is tax-deductible 

$2,500 Gold Sponsor Table: 

  • One of the best seats in the house. Receive a reserved table for 10 guests
  • Catered dinner
  • A bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine
  • $2,000 of purchase is tax-deductible

$1,000 VIP Table includes:

  • Reserved table for 10 guests in prime location
  • Catered dinner
  • A bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine
  • Logo or name on program and on website (with link)
  • $500 of purchase is tax-deductible

Purchase your tickets or table here

Meet And Contribute To Our 2014 Dancers! 

Katie Atkins-Castillo


A native of Arizona, Katie’s career began on the West Coast.  She danced professionally in San Francisco before she graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of performing arts with her MFA in 2000.  While at Tisch, Katie studied with Pilates Elder Kathy Grant.  Kathy is one of only two people to be certified by Joe Pilates himself.

In October of 2001, Katie moved to Boulder, Colorado to be the artistic Director of Bolder Moves Dance Center. While running Boulder Moves, she also received her Pilates teacher certification from the most rigorous training program in the nation, The Pilates Center, Boulder. With over 980 hours of required training the Pilates Center, Boulder is considered the Harvard of Pilates teacher training schools.

Katie opened Life Pilates in 2008. Life Pilates is a full service Pilates studio specializing classical Pilates for everyone from extreme athletes to those in need of injury rehabilitation.  Life Pilates gives Katie the opportunity to use her deep knowledge of the body. This comes from many years of dance performance, over 10 years of accredited training, and her love of teaching. Katie’s students learn to live without unnecessary pain by being empowered to know, love, and ultimately respect their body’s unique challenges and gifts. 

Lou Brancaccio


Lou is the Editor of The Columbian and “professional pot stirrer.” Some of his past accomplishments include appearing on a USA Today assignment that visited all 50 states in six months. He has also appeared on the NBC Today show. "Once I did a triple back on the trampoline."

Lou’s weekly column, Press Talk, appears each Saturday in The Columbian. Lou says, “It's well read although that's significantly different than saying it's well liked... at least that's what my politician friends tell me.”

Lou is married to his wonderful wife Maley, and has a daughter, Danni, who graduated from VSAA and Northwestern and now is in law school at the University of Georgia. “We love supporting law school with our paychecks!”

J. Scott Campbell


Scott Campbell moved to Vancouver, WA in 1985. He is married to his wife, Alicia, has three grown children and two grandsons. Scott works for Waste Connections Inc. in Southwest Washington as Governmental & Community Affairs Manager and has over 20 years of solid waste/recycling experience as well as 12 years of industrial construction management. Scott is current president of the Washington State Recycling Association.

Scott is a recognized community leader supporting organizations that improve overall quality of life – specifically in areas of youth, education, elderly, veterans and the environment. Some of the organizations Scott is involved with include the YMCA, Parks Foundation of Clark County, SW Contractors Association, Veterans Therapeutic Court, Ft. Vancouver National Trust, Loaves and Fishes, and Camas-Washougal Rotary. These organizations are just a sampling of his commitment to the community.

You will often hear Scott speak of community, believing that it is the very fabric of our social well being. Scott Campbell and his employer, Waste Connections Inc., are certainly community responsive and engaged. Scott and Alicia can be spotted at most any event supporting the many great causes in SW Washington and in a community they cherish.

Dave Henderson

Henderson-head Dave Henderson is a Sergeant with the Vancouver Police Department, currently assigned to Backgrounds/Community Outreach Unit. Dave has been with the Vancouver Police Department for 17 years. When he’s not working hard, Dave can often be found salmon/steelhead fishing and playing guitar.

Dave’s girlfriend, Kelly, and daughters, Nicole, Kristyn and Kamryn, are very supportive of Dave’s participation in Dancing with the Local Stars. When asked about why he is competing, Dave commented, “Kids are our future and we need to give them our full support.” His motto: “Be part of the solution, not the problem.”

Pat Jollota

Jollota-headPat retired with her husband from LAPD, and, after a year’s stay in England, arrived in Vancouver in 1982. She began as a curator with the Historical Society at the Grant House, and then at the Historical Museum; she stayed there for 22 years.  During that time, Pat became more active in the community, working on the Officer’s Row Committee, and then for Homes for Community Living. She ran for City Council and lost. Two years later, In 1989 she ran again and won the first of five terms. During her 20 years on Council, she was lucky enough to serve on many boards and commissions, for the city, the state, and the National League of Cities. After retiring, she started a non-profit, Justice for Children, to assist the Children’s Justice Center.

Pat as written several short history articles for newspapers and for the Historical Society’s Annual. She has since written and published six books, all on the history of this area. Pat keeps herself busy since retirement serving on several boards: The Clark County Animal Control Board, The Elder Justice Board, and several other organizations.

Heidi Scarpelli


Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli is responsible for New Development, Fire-Arson Investigation, Fire Code Enforcement, and Public Education. She has over 21 years of increased responsibility with the City of Vancouver Fire Department. Scarpelli is responsible for the leadership of the Fire Marshal’s Office staff and the non-combat Fire Corps Volunteer program. Scarpelli holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Criminal Justice and is internationally certified as a Fire & Explosives Investigator. Also, Scarpelli graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission as a Reserve Law Enforcement Officer. Scarpelli is currently enrolled in the four year Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She loves family activities, snow & water skiing, travel, SCUBA diving and being involved in our Vancouver community.

Patti Westby

Westby-headPatti hails from the grand city of Battle Ground where she lives with her wonderful husband, Mike Westby, and their three children; Juliea (16), Jack (14) and Jordan (11).  Patti and Mike have strong ties to the Fort Vancouver National Trust.  Sixteen years ago they were married at The Marshall House.  For the past nine years Westby Associates, Inc. has leased office space on Officers Row where they have had the privilege of consulting with nonprofit organizations throughout Clark County and beyond.  When Patti isn’t helping out in the business or kicking up her heels, she is supporting her daughter in her theatrical aspirations at Central Catholic where she is a sophomore this year.  Patti is also an avid football mom.  Her 6’1” son, Jack is a freshman at Central this year and is playing for our State Champions, the Central Catholic Rams on the freshman team. GO RAMS!  At 11 years old Jordan has aspirations to attend Yale University where he plans to get his doctorates in Paleontology. “I am truly blessed to have such great kids.”

When considering the theme for Dancing with the Local Stars, Mike and Patti cooked up a Hawaiian theme as Patti was born and spent the first ten years of her life on the island of Oahu.  One of the Westby’s favorite family movies is “Lilo and Stitch” as it takes place on the Islands.  The movie is a mixture of Hawaiian music and some Elvis Presley.  You will see a little of both in Patti’s routine.  “My family is the best and I couldn’t have done this without their full support.  Here’s to a grand night of dancing!“

Dan Wyatt

Wyatt-headDan Wyatt often jokes of having the power of paradox - the ability to connect things that seemingly don’t or won’t go together. With a technical background in television and an artistic passion for storytelling on the big screen, merging art and technology is one of those paradoxes.  It’s what has always made cinema the most attractive form of communication for Dan.

Born in Texas, and raised in Salmon Creek, Dan was educated at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles where he received his Master’s Fine Arts degree in Film as well as a Bachelor’s from WSU for Broadcasting. After spending ten years working in the film industry in various capacities, the Pacific Northwest and its quality of life beckoned so he moved his young family back to Vancouver in 2007. Prior to taking over the Kiggins Theatre, Dan developed a proof of concept storefront on Main Street called Pop Culture that was an all-ages music venue and family hang out. Upon taking over the Kiggins, Dan rebranded the theatre with a new feel to match the remodel offering independent and classic movies along with beer and wine service to enhance the cinema experience.

His top three movies are Back to the Future, Network and Raising Arizona (in that order) and enjoys listening to vintage honky tonk country whenever possible.

 Special thanks to Aevum Images for our headshots!