Survivor Nicaragua Cast

Yve Rojas, Dan Lembo, Marty Piombo, James “Jimmy T” Tarantino, Matthew “Sash” Lenahan, Jillian Behm, Judson “Jud” Birza, Kelly Shinn, Jane Bright, Tyrone Davis, Shannon Elkins, Holly Hoffman, Wendy Jo Desmidt-Kohlhoff (top row, L-R), Chase Rice, Brenda Lowe, Alina Wilson, Kelly Bruno, Ben “Benry” Henry, Na Onka Mixon, and Jimmy Johnson (bottom row, L-R) are the 20 castaways set to compete in SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA when the twenty-first installment of the Emmy Award-winning reality series premieres this September, now on Wednesdays (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Twenty castaways will compete in a tribal battle of the ages on SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA, when the Emmy Award-winning series premieres on a new night, Wednesday, Sept. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

For the last ten years, SURVIVOR has traveled to the farthest corners of the planet and subjected over 300 contestants to the harshest environments. As the next decade of SURVIVOR begins, this new group of strangers will compete on SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA. The castaways will be marooned in a land of smoldering volcanoes, wildlife and impenetrable terrain. They will be forced to work together to adapt to their new surroundings, yet compete against each other to the stay in the game or be voted out by their peers. In the end, only one will remain to claim the million-dollar prize and title of Sole Survivor.

These 20 castaways will be divided into two Tribes of 10 comprised of older competitors and younger competitors. The Espada Tribe, made up of individuals over the age of 40, must prove they have the life experience and knowledge that will ultimately help them Outwit and Outlast their younger competitors. The La Flor Tribe, consisting of individuals ages 30 and younger, will have to use their youth and vitality to Outplay and ultimately Outlast their elders.

Castaways competing on SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA (in alphabetical order):


Jud Birza Survivor Nicaragua

Jud Birza

Age: 21

Current Residence: Venice, Calif.

Occupation: Student

Kelly Bruno Survivor Nicaragua

Kelly Bruno

Age: 26

Current Residence: Durham, N.C.

Occupation: Medical Student

Shannon Elkins Survivor Nicaragua

Shannon Elkins

Age: 30

Current Residence: Lafayette, La.

Occupation: Pest Control Co. Owner


Ben “Benry” Henry

Age: 24

Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.

Occupation: Club Promoter


Matthew “Sash” Lenahan

Age: 30

Current Residence: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Real Estate Broker

Brenda Lowe Survivor Nicaragua

Brenda Lowe

Age: 27

Current Residence: Miami, Fla.

Occupation: Paddleboard Co. Owner

NaOnka Mixon Survivor Nicaragua

NaOnka Mixon

Age: 27

Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.

Occupation: Physical Education Teacher

Chase Rice Survivor Nicaragua

Chase Rice

Age: 24

Current Residence: Fairview, N.C.

Occupation: Pro Race Car Jackman

Kelly Shinn Survivor Nicaragua

Kelly Shinn

Age: 20

Current Residence: Mesa, Ariz.

Occupation: Nursing Student

Alina Wilson Survivor Nicaragua

Alina Wilson

Age: 23

Current Residence: Downey, Calif.

Occupation: Art Student


Jill Behm Survivor Nicaragua

Jill Behm

Age: 43

Current Residence: Erie, Pa.

Occupation: ER Doctor

Jane Bright

Age: 56

Current Residence: Jackson Springs, N.C.

Occupation: Dog Trainer

Tyrone Davis Survivor Nicaragua

Tyrone Davis

Age: 42

Current Residence: Inglewood, Calif.

Occupation: Fire Captain

Wendy DeSmidt-Kohloff Survivor Nicaragua

Age: 48

Current Residence: Fromberg, Mont.

Occupation: Goat Rancher

Holly Hoffman Survivor Nicaragua

Holly Hoffman

Age: 44

Current Residence: Eureka, S.D.

Occupation: Swim Coach

Jimmy Johnson Survivor Nicaragua

Jimmy Johnson

Age: 67

Current Residence: Islamorada, Fla.

Occupation: Sports Broadcaster

Dan Lembo Survivor Nicaragua

Dan Lembo

Age : 63

Current Residence: Watermill, N.Y.

Occupation: Real Estate Executive

Marty Piombo Survivor Nicaragua

Marty Piombo

Age: 48

Current Residence: Mill Valley, Calif.

Occupation: Technology Executive

Yve Rojas Survivor Nicaragua

Yve Rojas

Age : 41

Current Residence: Kansas City, Mo.

Occupation: Homemaker


James “Jimmy T” Tarantino

Age: 48

Current Residence: Gloucester, Mass.

Occupation: Fisherman

SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA is hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Jeff Probst and produced by SEG, Inc. Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst and David Burris are executive producers and Leisa Francis is co-executive producer.