Martina Winston and Spenser Thompson
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Martina Winston is an energetic, passionate Human Resources professional with over 15 years of experience. As a Vice President and Senior HR Partner with Protective, Martina spends her time coaching senior and executive leaders through HR strategic business support around people, talent, succession planning and engagement. In addition, Martina leads Protective’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts and global talent programs in partnership with Protective’s parent, Dai-ichi Life based in Tokyo, Japan. Martina is also extremely engaged with her community. She volunteers the Junior League of Birmingham, Childcare Resources, Collat Jewish Family Services, Baptist Health Foundation, United Way of Central AL Shelby County Community Chair, Pelham High School Cheer Booster Vice President, Pelham Parks & Rec Football and Cheer Board and City of Pelham Personnel Board Chair. Serving gives Martina energy and she believes this is a part of her purpose and reason. Martina is a Southside of Chicago native living in Pelham with her husband Corey and two children Jada (15) and Jordan (12) with their dog Barkley Snow and cat Mitten Tide. When Martina isn’t working or serving her community she enjoys cheering on her Pelham Panthers, The Alabama Crimson Tide and exploring the world with her fam
Spenser Thompson started his dancing career in 2001 at Curt and Wendy Johnson’s first homeschool youth ballroom dance class. In his teen years, Spenser also persued competitive training in Country Western dancing from Melissa Packer. However, he decided he preferred ballroom over country. Curt and Wendy saw his passion for teaching, and started to host teacher training sessions for him and some of their other students who wanted to teach. Eventually, when Spenser proposed to another teacher trainee named Miah, Curt and Wendy decided that the two of them would be great candidates to take over their youth classes when they retire. Miah and Spenser are competing in separate teams this year in Dancing with the Stars of the Magic City! Spenser and Miah love giving back to the community. They put together dance events for their students, and performances at nursing homes and charity events. He has brought his competitive students to multiple ballroom dance competitions including Christmas in Dixie, Dancing with the King, and others. However, becoming a competitive coach was not his original goal. Spenser's passion is teaching anyone and everyone the joys of social dancing.