Ryan Stanton

President and CEO,


Ryan has been serving in child welfare for 20 years. He is currently the President, CEO, and co-founder of Compass, a foster care and family service agency that has been serving children and families in Nebraska since 2007. Ryan was instrumental in bringing CarePortal to Nebraska. CarePortal is a technological platform that connects children and families in crisis to local churches who want to help. Ryan is a father of three daughters and two sons that range in age from 6-20. He has been married to his sweetheart, Danielle, since 1998. In addition to being a hero for children and families, Ryan is a travel enthusiast, a Leadership Kearney graduate (Class 24) and an elder at The Table Church. Despite his basketball playing stature, he is Kearney Regional Airport-famous for his dance moves, which can be discovered on YouTube.

What experience do you have dancing: “Show choir in high school, Daddy-Daughter date night dance champion, and Kearney Airport Dancing (check it out on YouTube)!”

Words to describe what you look like when you dance:Pretty light on my feet for a big guy.”

Favorite dance style: “Ska! Upbeat and energetic.”

Least favorite dance style: “Country.”

Go-to dance move: “The Woah.”

Favorite memory of dancing: “Winning the 4th-grade dance competition with Ashley at Daddy-Daughter Date Night.”

Personal goal for KDWTS: “I want to have a ton of fun!”

Why fans should vote for you: “I hope people will appreciate all of the hard work I have put in to put on a good show and to have fun. But most of all, to benefit such deserving youth service organizations!”

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