Dancing With West Texas Stars Contestants
Barbara grew up in Houston where she went polka dancing with her family almost every weekend. She met her husband Mike at the University of Houston. She taught elementary school until she had her 2 children. Her son Mike Jr. and his wife Julie live in Midland, and have her only granddaughter, Katie. Her daughter Amber lives in Austin.
Blake has been married to his wife, Cristy, for 25 years. They have two daughters, Alix and Abby. He is the CEO of Orrex Plastics. Blake is currently serving on the executive board of the Odessa Country Club and the PB Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is an elder at Grace Christian Fellowship.
Derrick is a lifelong Odessan, OHS grad, and graduated with his MBA from UTPB. He is also the owner of Keith’s Hamburger Station/Texas Soul Cafe on 191, and Linx, located at Ratliff Ranch Golf Course. Derrick and his wife, Marcy, have four children: Ethan, Riot, Rumor, & Reason. He is also the proud uncle to his favorite nephew, Trigger. He is a huge UTPB & Baylor fan, and in his spare time enjoys golfing, basketball, and singing. He has served as a worship leader at Crossroads and Crossroads board, the membership committee at Odessa Country Club, and is a board member at the Permian Playhouse.
Justin has been a college football coach for 13 years. He is a former college football player, and a graduate of Angelo State University. Justin is married to the former Heather West of Wall, TX, and they have 2 beautiful children, daughter Madalyn (4 in February) and a son Gunner (2 in April).
Catherine is a former CBS7 News Anchor, turned stay-at-home mom. She loves volunteering and serves on the Permian Playhouse Board of Directors. In her free time, she enjoys doing theatre, reading, and working out. She thanks God for her many blessings – two beautiful children, Flynn (4) and Reese (2 1/2), along with her amazing husband, Lucas, owner of RK Supply.
Tatum was born and raised in West Texas. She has the pleasure of helping people get their day started on CBS 7 Morning News. When she’s not chasing down a story, you can find her fueling her coffee addiction or testing a new recipe.
Lucinda is a 52 year old woman who decided 4 years ago to shift her focus to health. She has lived in Odessa, Texas all her life, except while attending college. She currently works at the UTPB STEM Academy. She said, “Yes” to Dancing with the West Texas Stars for many reasons, but primarily because she loves a physical challenge.
Mallory is a native Odessan, and a graduate of both Texas Christian University and DePaul University. She currently works as a Campus Curriculum Facilitator at Odessa High School. She is active in the community as a member of the Junior League of Odessa and the Crystal Ball Foundation Board of Directors.
Nelson was born and raised in Odessa. He has been married to his wife, Denise, for 34 years. He serves on many local boards and works to improve Odessa by his active involvement in our community.
Gus is a Customer Operations Manager for Oncor Electric Delivery. He serves on the boards of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, Grow Odessa, and Permian Basin Community Centers, and is Vice President of the Odessa Rotary Club. Gus and his wife, Kim, live in Odessa and have two children. Meaghan is a freshman at the University of Texas – El Paso and Samuel is in 6th grade.