Alex Couchonnal McManus

Alex Couchonnal McManus Alejandra Couchonnal McManus (Alex) is the star you’ve never heard of. Alex, a first generation American, was raised in Kansas City by her parents Graciela and Guillermo Couchonnal, who hail from a small South American country most people have also never heard of, Paraguay. Alex credits her gusto for life and her aspirations of dancing grandeur to her parents. Her fingers are crossed that her two boys, Liam Javier and Daniel Alejandro, will one day have some basic ability to move their hips on the dance floor. Time will tell. If all else fails, they will get their dad Kevin’s (Alex’s sweetheart of 13 years) culinary and math skills.

When Alex isn’t trying to find a way to launch her professional dancing career, she puts on her business hat as a medical device marketer at W. L. Gore & Associates.

From 2012 through 2018, Alex served on the board of Cristo Rey Kansas City and saw firsthand how truly unique and impactful this school is on the lives of the student body. She also saw how committed and hardworking the students are to not only attend a college-prep school, but also to work at leading businesses in the metro area. These students are graduating with impressive resumes that will set them up for success!  A high school student who can work at a top law firm, bank, nonprofit, or even our very own Kansas City Royals, is gaining an invaluable opportunity.

Alex is extremely honored to be chosen to represent the students and staff of Cristo Rey for this year’s Dancing with the Kansas City Stars. She is going to do her best to show up on the dance floor…and not throw out her back or knee.  She will make JLo and Ricky Martin proud! More importantly, she is going to work her hardest to raise funds that will help deliver a world-class educational environment to the dedicated and talented students and staff of Cristo Rey.

The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, and those throughout Cristo Rey, can be heard repeating the words of Mother Xavier Ross, “look forward to the good that is yet to be.” We have so much to look forward to with the future change makers of our community, our Cristo Rey students. And let’s look forward to another successful Dancing with the KC Stars! 

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