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The Judges

Our Judges come from a wide variety of
backgrounds; from previous Swinging With The Stars winner, to comedians to community philanthropists and Award winners. Our grateful thanks to our Judges for sharing their time and expertise!

 

Roy Dwyer joined the United States Air Force in 1949 before finishing high school. After his time in the military, Roy was college bound, first to the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and lter Roy transferred to the University of Oregon, where he earned his bachelors of Science degree in 1959.

Roy went straight to law school at the University of Oregon and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1962. After graduation, Roy opened his own law firm in Eugene. Since then, Roy has argued complicated cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court.

Roy is now senior partner at Dwyer, Williams, Potter Attorneys, which as nearly everyone knows, specializees in handling personal injury cases. Roy practices from his Bend office and has been a member of the Oregon State Bar for 50 years.

When Roy is not in the office, he still seeks adventure. He regularly hikes the Cascades and counts among his more memorable treks The Grand Canyon, the High Sierras, Nepal, The Great Wall of China, Patagonia and Mont Blanc trek. Traveling the world is one of his great joys, but all that is trumped by being amongst his family including his wife, his 4 children and 7 grandchildren. 

Roy was one of the People's Choice award winners in 2014 and raised over $7,500 for Sparrow Clubs! He is excited to be invited back again for his expertise in dance for the 2016 version of Swinging With The Stars!

 

Donna Britt​, Central Oregon Daily host - is the former Executive Producer and Head Writer of the nationally-syndicated radio show American Country Countdown and the former co-host of the nationally-syndicated overnight radio show Kickin’ It with Kix with country music legend Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn).

Her extensive broadcast/media background includes positions with ABC Radio Networks, Citadel Media, Cumulus Media and Lifetime Television.  She’s the Former VP of the Nashville Chapter of Alliance for Women in Media and a two-time Marconi Award nominee. 

Her ties to Central Oregon run deep as she first relocated to Bend from her native South in 1988.  She was a program director and air talent with Combined Communications and the host/co-producer of Cooking Central Oregon Style over the years.  She’s authored three charity cookbooks and is the co-writer/food stylist for the recently released cookbook Cookin’ It with Kix published by Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson. 

After a decade away from the beautiful Northwest, Donna came back ‘home’ in 2014.  She now resides in Bend with her husband James and their four children.  When she’s not busy with TV and radio, you’ll likely find her in the kitchen or shopping for vintage aprons or cast iron! 

 

Marianne Cox grew up living all over the world as her father was in the Air Force. Her family settled in Eugene when her parents retired. Marianne attended college at OSU in Corvallis where she met her husband, Chris.

After a few years working in the corporate world in Portland, Chris and Marianne moved to Bend in 2003 for the outdoor lifestyle and to start a business - JC’s Bar & Grill - which they owned until 2012.

In 2006, from the booths of JC’s and in her kitchen, Marianne started doing the books for a little start up brewery that her husband co-founded called 10 Barrel Brewing Company. In 2007, Marianne and Chris started a family and that’s where her short lived bookkeeping career came to a halt. She has been a stay at home mom to her two kids, Bella and Colton, ever since.

Marianne, along with her dance partner, Andres Garcia, were the 2015 People's Choice winner and took home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy!! She’s back to help critique this years couples dance moves!

 

Shanan Kelley is the creator and producer of The Night Light Show with Shanan Kelley & Magnificent Guests at downtown Bend's Tin Pan Theater. Originally from Seattle, Shanan happily lives a full life in Bend which includes work for various organizations as a writer, yoga instructor, wellness facilitator, office manager, MC, and event planner.

She believes collaboration is key, laughter is the best medicine, and self-care is essential. You can find Shanan at Tin Pan Theater for the next live Night Light Show on October 25th.