Meet Our 2019 Celebrity Dancers

Tatsiana Beiko, M.D.   |   Katarina Fjording   |   Rudy Gill   |   Carol Preisinger   |    Kat Varn

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Tatsiana Beiko, M.D.

Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician, Medical University of South Carolina

Tatsiana Beiko is thrilled to be a celebrity dancer in the 2019 Charleston Oxygen Ball to support the American Lung Association. Tatsiana is a native of Belarus and came to Charleston to follow her dream and pursue training in her sub-specialty: pulmonary and critical care medicine. This is her seventh year as a physician at the Medical University of South Carolina. She continues to be passionate about and dedicated to the field of respiratory health and her patients. An eternal optimist, Tatsiana believes that medicine will continue to evolve, and one day even the sickest patients will be cured.

Tatsiana is very close to her family, who resides in the Lowcountry. She loves to travel with her daughter (Katrina), spend time with her dogs (Missy and Lola), play tennis and dance!

Tatsiana is dedicating her performance to all the pulmonary patients out there. She would like to thank everyone for their tremendous support and for believing in her!

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Katarina Fjording

Head of Volvo Car University Americas, Volvo Car Group

Katarina Fjording is a senior Volvo Car executive, a mechanical engineer and an automotive veteran with over 30 years of global industrial operations experience from Europe, Asia and America.

She is the former Vice President of Purchasing & Manufacturing for Volvo Cars America and she came to Charleston in 2015 to establish Volvo Car’s first American industrial footprint and to oversee the build-up of Volvo Car’s production facility in Ridgeville.  She is now heading up Volvo Car’s latest project of establishing a Volvo Car University in South Carolina.

Katarina is a former board member of Sunfleet Car sharing and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China and she previously served as an executive board member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.  Currently she serves on the Clemson President’s Advisory Board, the College of Charleston School of Business Board, the American Red Cross Board and the Cradle to Career Board.

She is an Honorary Commander at the Joint Military Base Charleston and an Honorary Doctor of Science with Claflin University.  She was named “20 to Know” by Post and Courier’s NOLO Magazine in 2017, and “50 Most Influential People of 2017” by Charleston Business Magazine.

A native of Sweden, Katarina has a background in sports including short track running and ice-hockey.  Passionate about sustainability and environmental care and a lover of the outdoors, Katarina is a sail racer and a hunter, and she has travelled in the Arctic and Antarctica.

She is glad to have been asked to dance, and she hopes that her participation inspires a significant contribution to the American Lung Association.

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Rudy Gill

Senior Vice President – Commercial Relationship Manager, United Community Bank

Rudy is a Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager with United Community Bank and has been working in the Charleston market for almost 25 years. He was raised in North Carolina but moved to South Carolina in his late teens. He graduated from Clemson University in 1988 with a degree in Administrative Management, and also served as one of the Tiger Mascots. Rudy is a member of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston and serves on the Board of Directors of Palmetto Goodwill where he is also a past Chairman.  He has lived in Mt. Pleasant since 1995, and in his spare time enjoys playing tennis, boating and spending time with his children, Bryant, a Senior at Clemson and Ansley, a Sophomore also at Clemson. Rudy is honored to be participating in the Oxygen Ball for such a great cause.

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Carol Preisinger

Director of Golf Instruction, Kiawah Island Club

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Carol joined the Kiawah Island Club team in 2004. A University of Georgia graduate, she played golf for the Lady Bulldogs and majored in Psychology. Carol is an LPGA Master Professional, previously serving as a National Evaluator for teaching certification, and as LPGA Southeast Section President for three terms. She is honored to be a part of the 2019 American Lung Association’s Oxygen Ball.

Carol has been awarded the 1998 & 2017 LPGA National Teacher of the Year, and is also a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher in America, frequently featured in GOLF Magazine and Women’s Golf Journal. She volunteers for PGA HOPE Charleston Chapter (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), as Veterans use the game of golf as a form of rehabilitation. In 2017, the Preisinger GRIT Scholarship was established, given to a college bound Charleston senior girl who plays high school golf.

She is a huge Georgia Bulldog fan and loves college football season. When she’s not working, Carol enjoys playing golf, and hanging out with her two-year-old Treeing Walker hound dog, Roscoe.

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Kat Varn

Local Author, Free Spirit & Explorer

Kat Varn’s connection to Charleston began as the oldest daughter in a military family. She is honored to be invited to participate in the 2019 American Lung Association Oxygen Ball. Kat and her husband, Charleston native Steve Varn, believe giving is a must, whether it is placing Water Mission plants in Haiti, or supporting local artist foundations.

Kat was among the pioneers of homeschooling in the 1980s and is a strong advocate of nurturing and preserving the needs of children. She shares many of her own experiences as a Baby Boomer on her website, Katvarn.com.

In spite of her stage fright, she looks forward to joining the Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars alumni. This author, mother, grandmother, photographer, scuba diver, and world traveler will dedicate her dance to her husband’s late mother, Helen Varn, who battled pulmonary fibrosis, and to her friend, Sybil Yocum, recipient of a double lung transplant.

Kat thanks those who are supporting her to dance as if no one is watching—even if there are A LOT of people watching!

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