Meet Our Dancers
Tim Luipersbeck: Tim is a Hagerstown native, having graduated from Smithsburg High School, before getting his undergraduate in Communications at Salisbury University. Tim’s the Director of Member Services at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Board of Directors for Children in Need, Inc, serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown. In addition to the 9-to-5 hustle and bustle, Tim is also Western Maryland’s most-active club DJ with regular gigs throughout the weekend, including lots of wonderful community events.
Michelle Horst: Journalists often come from far and wide to television stations looking to follow their dreams. Michelle considers herself lucky to bring the new to the community where she has lived her entire life. Michelle is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Washington County, a Girl Scout troop leader and is on the board of directors for The W House/Lasting Change and Hospice of Washington County. She holds a journalism degree from Hood College and is working on her Master of Science in Digital Media at Shippensburg University. She graduated high school from Broadfording Christian Academy. When she’s not busy at WDVM, Michelle’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her two rescue dogs, Sadie Lou and Cletus.
Ryan Smetzer: A proud resident of Washington County, Ryan serves as the Digital Sales Specialist and Evening On-Air Personality for MIX95.1/Alpha Media, is the owner/head DJ of Ryan Smetzer Entertainment, and the Marketing Consultant/Assistant Producer for Antietam Recreation’s Dinner Shows. Ryan is a Class of 2013 graduate of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and proud alumni of Hagerstown Community College and Shippensburg University with a B. A. in Communication Journalism-Electronic Media. Ryan is so stoked to be putting on his dancing shoes for such an amazing organization!
Allyson Bowers: Ally is a native of Smithsburg, having graduated from Smithsburg High School. She graduated from Stevenson University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Having long enjoyed working with children, Ally decided to pursue a career in education. She graduated from the Master of Arts in Teaching’s Elementary Education program at Frostburg State University’s USMH campus. After completing her program, Ally went on to be hired at Old Forge Elementary School. She now is a First Grade Teacher in a classroom she once was in as a student! Ally has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Hip-Hop dance since she was 3. She now is a part-time Ballet instructor at Ballet and All That Jazz and a licensed Zumba and MixxedFit Instructor at Onelife Fitness, both in Hagerstown. In her spare time, Ally enjoys running, taking yoga and cheering on the best team in the NHL-the Washington Capitals! Ally cannot wait to use her passion of dance to give back to the community and the wonderful organization of The Arc of Washington County.
Ryan Chapin: Born and Raised in Hagerstown, Maryland, Ryan has been committed to volunteering and serving others throughout his entire life. He started this mission of service early in his teens at American Red Cross at Homewood Retirement Center and shortly after began working for the YMCA as a Swim Instructor, Camp Counselor, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, receiving the YMCA Boy of the Year award for his contributions. While Attending North Hagerstown High School, Ryan began volunteering for Community Rescue Service. After 10 years of service he received his Lifetime Membership. After attending Hagerstown Junior College (now HCC) Ryan moved to the Baltimore area for schooling at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Ryan moved back home and married his YMCA sweetheart. They have 3 wonderful children. They attend John Wesley United Methodist Church where he serves on multiple committees, sings in the choir, teaches Sunday school, and volunteers with the Reach Cold Weather Shelter during their week in the winter. As an entrepreneur he has started multiple businesses from printing and graphics, computer consulting, pools & spas and currently co-owns Hearty Pet, a premium and super premium pet nutrition and supply store on Jefferson Blvd. which includes an expansive online store HeartyPet.com. Through Hearty Pet, Ryan continues to serve others through his support of the Washington County Schools Marshall Street program, Goodwill Job Training and of course, The Arc of Washington County. Hearty Pet also helps furry friends in need through HappyHubz, the Humane Society of Washington County, For Otis Sake dog rescue, Into the Wild cat rescue, and multiple other rescues and non-profits in the area. Ryan also believes in and has donated to amazing organizations like the American Cancer Society, the Shriners, Joy El missionaries, and Maryland Fine Arts. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and friends and dreaming of his next project!
Monika Wertman: Monika has lived in Hagerstown since 2005 when she moved here with her husband Carl and 3 kids Scarlett, Christopher and Felicity. Over the last 13 years Monika and Carl have almost gained an empty nest as all 3 kids are grown. They now have a 6 year old grand daughter who is a wonderful and precocious addition to the family. With a lifelong love for the arts, an equally long involvement and study of the arts, including dance, drawing and painting, sewing and costume design for the Civic Ballet her oldest daughter danced for in Texas, Monika decided to go back to school once the kids were self sufficient and gained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Frostburg State University in 2009. After spending only 5 minutes in the wet darkroom, she decided to concentrate on photography early on in her studies and upon completion of her degree opened her own photography studio in 2009.In March of 2013 Monika moved her studio to it’s location on the edge of downtown and has seen tremendous growth in her business as a direct result of this move. She is currently working on her Masters of Fine Art degree at the Academy of Art University in California, online. Monika and Carl are supporters of the MSO, BISFA and the Meritus Foundation. Monika also serves on the Historic Preservation Commission for Hagerstown and as the organization chair of Main Street Hagerstown. Monika considers herself a city girls as she grew up in a big city and has lived in several communities both stateside and oversees, but has grown to love this little town, as it provides many amenities other small towns do not. Hagerstown ha much to offer and Monika and Carl are looking forward to continue to be a part of the continued growth and development of this community.