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Star: Rachel Tiede

Rachel is an anchor, producer, and reporter for NewsWatch 12. She was born and raised in Minnesota and, having never lived in a place with mountains, she was drawn to the Rogue Valley.

Rachel attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and majored in Journalism, with a minor in Kinesiology. She has spent her life participating in a variety of sports including earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, swimming for TCU’s Division I swim team, and competing in triathlons for TCU’s club team. She raced in the 2016 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships. Ballroom dancing poses a new challenge for her!

Rachel was introduced to Sparrow Clubs through an amazing partnership with NewsWatch 12. She’s excited to help bring more awareness to this inspiring organization, and the families it serves.

Partner: John Ourant

John’s life passion is helping people with chronic health conditions. He owns Elemental Homeopathy and has been practicing in the Rogue Valley since 2005. Prior to that, John had a career as an electrical engineer and then as a computer programmer, working on Harry & David’s website. John is a past Scoutmaster of Ashland’s Boy Scout Troop 112. He is excited to help support Sparrow Clubs, an organization that makes a difference to families dealing with serious health problems while inspiring youth with the gift of service.

John met the love of his life, Cori, while dancing at the University of California, San Diego. John and Cori have two children; Calin is a sophomore at Reed College, Alexander is at Ashland High. Ballroom dancing is a family affair, with wife Cori teaching and managing the Evergreen Ballroom owned by Bill and Marilee Grimm. John has DJ’d Friday night parties at the Evergreen for over a decade. He has had a supporting role in DWTRVS since its beginning and this will be John’s second year on the stage.