Amanda Turk is the Director of Publicity for the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals. Now in her seventh season with the Club, she tries to know everything she can about the organization so she can handle public relations and business communications for the organization. There's a bunch of stuff she does, but this does include writing and distributing press releases and award nominations, handling media inquiries from television, radio, and print distributors, distributing communications internally for the organization, selecting and scheduling the Buck O'Neil Legacy and military tribute seats, and planning and executing the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids in Kansas City and Surprise, AZ. During the offseason, she also manages all of the player procurement and scheduling for the annual Royals FanFest.
It was through the Royals that she met Scott and Deb Wilson and their family. After working with and seeing the amazing things this family has done through their non-profit, Noah's Bandage Project, she knew she wanted to be more involved and joined the board. See, to her, since she moved to Kansas City in 2013, Amanda's felt the need to push herself to grow constantly, surrounding herself with amazing people and finding ways to get into situations that would challenge and, likely, scare her. It's this amazing organization, along with the BMA Foundation, that has forced her to drop her guard to raise a bunch of money and dance (she also blames her brother, Jared, and wine [don't we all] for agreeing to do the dancing part).
Originally from the small town of Orrville, Ohio (home of Smucker's), she received her undergraduate degree from Ashland University in Sport Communication and Business Administration. Right after college, she worked as a television sports producer and on-air talent for SportsTime Ohio in Cleveland before moving to Kansas City to take an internship with the Royals (thankfully they hired her full-time that same year!). She received her Master's Degree in Communication with an emphasis on Rhetoric from the University of Kansas in 2017. While pretty good, unfortunately none of these things will help her dance (but maybe wine will?).
Amanda will be dancing with Johnny Frankoviglia.
Johnny is thrilled to be part of the Dine and Dance with the Stars event again this year. He is a well respected coach and choreographer both locally and nationally with over 25 years of dance training in many styles including tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and ballroom. As a competitive ballroom dancer, he is a two time Blackpool Exhibition finalist, a four time US and World Professional Cabaret finalist, and a Professional Rising Star American Smooth champion.
When he's not rehearsing or competing, Johnny can be found teaching many styles of partnership dancing to all levels of students. From beginner to advanced, Johnny helps his students push themselves to achieve their very best.
In addition to his passion for dance, he finds great joy in giving back to the community. Being a part of this fantastic event is a way for him to give back not only to Kansas City but also to continue his philanthropic efforts as a Rockhurst alum.