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Star: Kate Empasis

Kate Empasis moved to the Rogue Valley in 1998 after being recruited by Harry & David while finishing up her B.S. in Retail & Consumer Studies at the University of Arizona. She grew up in Arizona and took a leap of faith for a great job in Medford. She met her wonderful husband Mark at Harry & David on her first day of work…it was his first day as well! Kate and Mark have 3 beautiful children; Dylan (17), Ella (14) and Nick (12). They enjoy attending the kids’ sporting events and traveling as a family.

She has been a realtor in the Rogue Valley for 12 years at John L. Scott Real Estate. Kate loves being able to work in the community she lives in to bring buyers and sellers together, helping them achieve their dreams and making a home for their families.

Kate has always had a deep passion for dance. She grew up dancing and was on the University of Arizona Pomline, but she has never done ballroom or partner dancing. Kate is overjoyed to be dancing again and to take on the challenge of a new style of dance.

For years, Kate has been committed to local non- profits like the Junior League of Jackson County and Children’s Miracle Network. Currently Kate is a member of the Hillcrest Committee; a local non-profit that raises money for cancer research to find a cure for cancer and treatments. She is very happy to be partnering with Sparrow Clubs; as she has seen first hand at her childrens’ schools the magic that is possible when kids are helping kids.

Partner: Peter Kuhl

Peter Kuhl is 21 years old and has lived in beautiful Southern Oregon his entire life. He enjoys cooking, dancing, and singing, and will not hesitate to do any of those things if given the opportunity. He loves working with youth and is passionate about the work he does with the local Christian youth ministry, 71Five. His desire is to serve and help others in any way he can, and he has a huge passion for Jesus and ministry. He also enjoys leading worship at his church and helping others learn to play guitar.

Peter is so excited to be helping with Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars for his 6th year even though it is not the same as previous years. His love for youth is one of the reasons he helps with this event as much as possible, as it raises support for Sparrow Clubs. He cannot thank you enough for the love and support you give for this amazing organization and hopes you will enjoy this year’s Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars.