Alexa Gilomen, 22, was named Miss Cobb County 2019 in the 6lst annual pageant staged at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater in Marietta in August 2018. She was the recipient of the $10,000 Susan McGary scholarship, as well as the $400 Donna Chastain Talent Award for her vocal performance of “Lovesong” by The Cure.
She is a 2018 Cum Laude Graduate of the Henry Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia. She was named to the Dean’s List and also received both the Zell Mill Scholarship and HOPE Scholarship. She served as the Fine Arts Director for Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and was a Game Day Host for UGA football games. Alexa was featured in Jezebel Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans for 2018.
Currently she is employed as a Digital Marketing Strategist with Wendy Bunch ReMAX in Marietta. With an extensive background in music, she was a Top 50 Finalist for American Idol in seasons 12 and 13. She has performed the National Anthem for many events including an Atlanta Falcons game. An experienced showroom model for the Atlanta Apparel Mart, her credits also include work as a print model.
Alexa is a dedicated community service volunteer with over 500 hours of recognized service focusing on such areas as the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, educating and empowering youth through the arts, Project Safe, and Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.
Ken Johnson became one of GMDT's newest board members at the beginning of this 62nd Season. Ken and his dance partner, Cassie Mazloom, won Judge’s Choice in our 2018 Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser. Ken owns a private practice for marriage and family counseling. He and his wife Cathy, who also shares his love for the arts, have been married for 35 years. Five years ago, Ken was paralyzed from the waist down due to complications from an aortic dissection. However, as we saw in the DWTS competition, that did not stop him from expressing his love for dance in a whole new way.
In 2011, Earl Reece was named Cobb County's Citizen of the Year. For thirty-three years, he was in public education...31 of those years in the Cobb County School System. During the last fourteen years of his career, he was the Director of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School. Due to his commitment to the arts and arts education, the theatre was named the Earl Reece Performing Arts Theatre.
Earl has been on the Board of Directors for the Marietta Kiwanis Club, the Cobb Arts Council, Cobb County Safety Village, Pebblebrook High School Foundation, the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, United Arts of Cobb, and on the Honorary Board of the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre. In 2008, he was Co-Chair of the 175th birthday for Cobb County, and in 2009, he Co-Chaired the 175th Anniversary Celebration for the City of Marietta. In 2015, Earl was a recipient of The Legend Award by the Cobb County School System Foundation. In July of 2004, he retired from the Cobb School System and was named the Executive Director of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. He retired from the Strand in 2014 and now enjoys spending time with his wife Terri and their son Riley, an 80 pound American Staffordshire Terrier. In the Reece household, every day is a snow day. He and Leigh Colburn were honored to receive the first mirror ball trophy at GMDT's inaugural Dancing With The Stars competition.