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Joy Glass // Glass House

Age 27 Hometown Fredericksburg, VA Occupation Nurse
I was born in Madrid, Spain. I am Spanish, French, and Scottish. My dad was in the Air Force and my family traveled a lot while I was growing up. I have lived in Spain, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and all over the USA! I am a single mom. I have a beautiful little girl. She is so sweet and smart! She makes my world go ’round! I have been modeling since 2007 and I have posed for Playboy 6 times. I love to travel, meet new people, and go to Playboy Golf events around the country. I am a huge animal lover. I have a cat named Jupiter and a fish named Mister Blue Fins. I am also a carnivore and prefer my steak medium rare. I enjoy cooking for friends and family. I think people who make instant mashed potatoes are lazy. Desserts are my specialty. I make a mean banana cream pie. I have even been known to wear a whip cream bikini! I am a big kid at heart. I love playing Pac Man, nerf guns, silly string, go carts, laser tag. Bring it! I enjoy watching cheesy horror films and re-runs of Saturday morning cartoons. My friends would describe me as bubbly and I am always up for an adventure! I think that life is short and each day should be lived to the fullest. I wake up every day and try to be the best me that I can be.

Russell Hantz // Survivor Samoa, Heroes Vs Villians, Redemption Island & A&E’s Flipped Off

Russell Hantz

Russell grew up poor in a big family in small town in Louisiana. From winning wrestling championships to building businesses he’s always been hungry for success. With his oil-tankering business off the ground he took a chance and auditioned for Survivor. He became a household name overnight as the show’s all-time number one villain. Now he’s using the same cut-throat tactics that served him so well on the island to claw his way to the top of the Houston real-estate market.

Gene Bryant aka “Hollywood” // Glass House

“Hollywood”, a nickname synonymous with Gene. With his charismatic appeal, dramatic presence, and chameleon like ability, Gene’s poised to impact the nations. This single, tall (6’7”), dark, and handsome young man is a force all his own. As a Stuntman, Wrestler, Professional Driver, Bodyguard, Director, Social Event Sponsor/Promoter and more, Gene wears many hats. He’s an ambitious force that sees anything he attempts become immensely successful without breaking a sweat. One of Gene’s most memorable moments was a towering “dunk” that shocked the crowd and shattered a backboard – gifting him with a few scars and a story! Paintball, basketball, football, snowboarding, roller coasters, collecting Star Wars memorabilia and, of course, his trademark-hats tell the story of Gene! With a personal mandate to enjoy New Life, Gene surrounds himself with positive people and is always ready for a good time, believing laughter is “good for the soul.” This gregarious and fun-loving guy makes sure that there is plenty to go around with a contagious and hilarious blend of knowledge, loving sarcasm, and a razor-sharp quick wit. Gene is a quiet storm with a ROCKSTAR mentality so watch out! Proudly, Gene has always been 100% drug free. Gene has several goals: to be the greatest stunt actor to ever live, to direct national and international hit stage plays and feature films, and open an international chain of faith-based social clubs. Internally, Gene’s upbringing and foundation keeps him firmly rooted. God, a great mother, a close-knit cadre of friends, and a never-ending quest for life affirming opportunities keeps him moving. He remembers jumping over a railing some 35 stories in the air to help free himself and his trapped friends from a rooftop stairwell. Gene’s mother, a strong and driven single parent, nurtured and encouraged her only child. He credits his good friend Joe Williams for motivating him to become a professional stuntman. After an unexpected death of a dear friend, “Rice”, he committed to making everyday EPIC because “it’s not about how long or short your life is, but what you do with the dash in the middle that counts,” Gene says. Gene strives everyday to do his best and focus on what’s right. An avid thrill seeker, Gene is undoubtedly one of the most adventurous and motivated individuals to hail from Chicago. This is shaping up to be a spectacular life for this twenty-something on the national and international stage.

Casey Turner // Big Brother 11

Casey Turner, aka, DJ Mingle Mixx
Fifth grade teacher by day and DJ by night, Casey will rap for anyone on request. Funny, outgoing and intelligent, this teacher is most proud of having a career where he has taught at schools located in low-income areas for more than 15 years. He takes great joy in knowing that he has the opportunity to work with good kids who are not growing up in ideal situations.

Elise Wims // Hell’s Kitchen 9

Elise Wims was one of the contestants in Season 9 of the American competitive reality television series Hell’s Kitchen which premiered on July 19, 2011, on Fox Television.
Elise, a former line cook from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, started off the season as a member of the Red team. Her signature dish is Pesto Seared Scallops with Sautéed Escarole. Elise, “The Diva Chef” as she is known, earned the coveted black jacket and placed 3rd in the competitive cooking competition.

Elise attended Woodland Hills High School and always had a passion for cooking and television. Elise was a former KDKA-TV weather kid, and began cooking at the age of 9 out of the sheer means to survive. Growing up in a single parent household, Elise, took on the role of second parent to a younger and an older brother and would cook meals often.
Elise decided to follow her interest in cooking and graduated from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Elise has trained in various styles and cuisines of food and is a Seafood Specialist.

Elise’s previous experience includes Sous Chef and Executive Chef. She has been featured in numerous publications such as People Magazine for “Best Chicken Dish”, Whirl Magazine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Food and Flavor” magazine; the Pittsburgh Courier and the City Paper as “Fresh Pick of the Week”! And most recently, Elise was featured on the cover of Banana Fusion Magazine based in Montreal Canada.

Cao Boi // Survivor Cook Islands

Born in Vietnam, Anh-Tuan “Cao Boi” (pronounced Cowboy) Bui was a Vietnam War refugee when he was 11 years old. He eventually moved to the U.S. and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He previously worked as a photographer, used car salesman, fisherman and farm hand.

Bui’s hobbies include bicycling, hiking, sky diving, photography and meditation. He hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2003 and has biked cross-country. He also enjoys playing classical music on his Martin Backpacker guitar.

Bui is the world-record holder in Marathon Softball where he played for 100 hours while serving in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Loyal Moose Lodge #1470 in Christiansburg, Virginia, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scouts of Vietnam.

He has one dog, Charlie Woof, which he brought back from Vietnam when he visited in 2003. He also has two cats, Minki and Pinki. He currently resides in Christiansburg, Virginia. His birth date is April 10, 1964.

Roberto Martinez // Winner of The Bachelorette 6

Roberto (“Bachelorette 2010″) is an insurance agent. He is currently living in Charleston, South Carolina, but is originally from Tampa, Florida. He is also a baseball player. He is 26 years old.
For fun, Roberto Martinez enjoys hanging at the beach with a boat. He also likes the guitar, dominos and good people.

Julie Comeau // Author of Never Give Up – The Inspiring Journey Of A Real Life Survivor

What began as scattered postings on Facebook by Julie describing her early childhood trauma and then her incredible medical nightmare soon became a spiritual rebirth for Julie and thousands who joined her journey to recovery. Her inspiration was contagious and resonated with so many all over the world. Julie’s book is about overcoming the many curve balls life can throw at you. It is the story of one woman’s perseverance to keep pushing ahead amidst a firestorm of adversity, illness and bad luck. It is part autobiographical, part motivational and inspirational and a testament to the human spirit.

Elliot Weber // The Amazing Race 20

Name: Elliot Weber
Age: 28
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Connection to your teammate: Twins
Current occupation: Musician

Describe what you do: I’m a singer/songwriter based out of Phoenix, Arizona.
How will these skills help you win The Race? Music is a universal language and it’s very competitive. I will take my aspirations for music and life, and use them to race for first.
Three words to describe you: Competitive, passionate and loyal.
Favorite hobbies: Music, soccer and working out.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Tommy Lee
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Sean Connery
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Finishing my last record. It was a grueling process, but a great product. Be on the look out for it in spring 2012.
What scares you most about traveling? Nothing much, but I guess not having a parachute.
What excites you most about traveling? The unexpected in terms of culture and people…I love to people watch.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He doesn’t stick up for himself enough.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would love to go to Australia.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope my brother and I will grow even closer and begin many new chapters in our lives personally and together.

Ralph Kelley // The Amazing Race 20

Name: Ralph Kelley
Age: 36
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Three words to describe you: Clever, quick-witted and well-made (props to my mom!)
Favorite hobbies: Cooking, reading and exercising.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Being a father to my daughter.
What scares you most about traveling? Not wanting to come back home.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing new places, food and taking in other cultures.

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