Get to Know Intern Dancer Taryn Oleson

There’s nothing like expression through movement. At age four I took my first ballet class in Delafield,WI, and haven’t stopped dancing since.  My double major of Environmental Science and Environmental Policy and Planning brought me to UW- Green Bay, where I fell in love with ballroom dance through UWGB’s ballroom club. 

It’s my goal to work with fresh water supplies to combat our world’s water crisis; ideally implementing small scale water and sanitation systems in developing countries where supplies are scarce.  

I instruct Zumba aerobic classes at the KressCenter, love sports and am enthusiastic about anything active.  This event marks the year and a half point of my ballroom career in which I’ve earned State Champion titles, an officer position in club, and met people who mean the world to me.  Without them I wouldn’t be here dancing in ways I had only dreamed of and for that I am so grateful.

It’s a great privilege to be supporting the Red Cross Team through this event.  They do so much for our community, touching lives daily; this is a wonderful opportunity to share something that I love and make a difference doing it.  A big thank you to Bob Warpinski and Tommy Lemkuil for making this experience fantastic.

Get to Know: Rebecca Schuld

Hi! I am the lone weather girl in the area. You’ll find me on the weekend morning shows as well as noon and 4pm broadcasts during the week. I’ve forecasted weather in Wisconsin for nearly ten years and for the past year or so I have been at WBAY. Despite a strong dislike for our winter weather, I haven’t been able to escape! I graduated from University of Wisconsin Green Bay in 2005 and furthered my Meteorology studies through US-Graduate School and received my AMS Seal of Approval from the American Meteorology Society in 2010. I was born and raised right here in Green Bay, WI. If you can believe it, I am one of seven children and spent the first six years of my life living above our family-owned Dairy Queen just blocks from Lambeau field. I still reside in Green Bay with my beautiful daughter, Jaiden, and our two kittens.

When I’m not tracking storms, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I love softball, biking, disc golfing, and gardening. If I can get away, I’ll head to the nearest beach too! Indoor hobbies of mine include playing video games, listening to music, playing blackjack and cheering on the Brewers!

My favorite Dancing with the Stars winner is Nicole Scherzinger from Season 10. I loved her as a musical artist before her stint on Dancing with the Stars. Not only can the girl sing, but also she showed what incredible dance skills she has on the show. My dream dance partner would have to be Justin Timberlake.

I like dancing. Although I’ve not had any professional training, I was a cheer leader on the pom pon squad in high school. Although maybe not my first memory, but my fondest memories of dancing include cheer camps and our pom squad taking 4th place at the Midwest Competition during my junior year.

I think many of us feel the need to help others out where we can.  So, when I was approached to participate in this year’s local Dancing with the Stars event, it was a no-brainer. I am honored to help such a great organization that provides vital support to those in need.

Get to Know: Matt Smith

Hi! My name is Matt Smith and I am a Weekend Morning Anchor and Reporter. I have the pleasure of waking up at 4am every Saturday and Sunday with fellow Star, Rebecca Schuld (in different homes obviously…!), to let you know the world hasn’t ended overnight while telling you about all the murderers and robbers running around. Seriously, I love my job and am very thankful to be working for WBAY – a station that still has a strong emphasis on journalism and community involvement. I am aMinnesotanative living in Packers’ territory. I attendedSt.John’sUniversityinMinnesota, with a degree in communications and political science. Some of my hobbies include watchingMinnesotasports lose games, running, and spending time with families both inWisconsinandMinnesota. I’d like to thank my family fromMinnesotawho will be making the trip to watch me dance and help raise money for the Red Cross!

My first memory as a dancer is with my Grandparents. My Grandma thought it would be a great idea to put some end-table decorations on our heads and dance around the living room. I was 18. Just kidding! More seriously, at our first dance in the 7th grade, out of all of my middle school friends I was the first to ask a girl to dance with me. I still brag about that with my friends to this day! Watching Dancing with the Stars on ABC, my favorite dancer would have to be Nancy Grace. “Wardrobe malfunction.” Justice served. Enough said.

Because of my journalism career in Green Bay, I have a unique relationship with the Red Cross. I get to cover all of the fires and disasters and see the Red Cross in action. From the Green Bay apartment fire in the middle of the winter to our brave local volunteers driving towards the heart of a disaster across country, the need is real. So, too, is their passion. The impact of our local Red Cross chapter cannot be summed up in words or numbers but through all the stories of those touched in their darkest moments.

Schreiber Foods holds a ‘dance’ party to benefit the Red Cross

On December 6, partners from Schreiber Foods got together for a Dance Party to raise votes for their DWTS Star Dancer, Staci Kring.  The event was held at Titletown Brewing Co., where Schreiber partners bought raffle tickets to win a number of awesome gift baskets and prizes — including a Kindle, autographed Gambler’s jersey, 32” Flat Screen TV and many other great prizes.  Partners also brought their dancing shoes to participate in a dance-off with the latest version of Wii’s Just Dance.  The person who collected the highest sum of points in the dance-off won the grand prize — two tickets to the Green Bay Packers New Year’s Day game against the Detroit Lions.

Through donations by purchasing the chance-to-win tickets and the dance-off competition, Schreiber partners raised $3,294 for votes for their Star Dancer

Staci would like to sincerely thank all those who helped to plan and run the event, everyone who donated prizes, and all those who attended, bought tickets and danced the night away for the American Red Cross!

Click HERE to see photos from the event and of Staci’s dance lessons.

Get to Know: Tom Lemkuil

My name is Tom Lemkuil.  However, everyone calls me “Tommy.”  I am an architect in Green Bay. My wife Missy and I are lucky to have two beautiful daughters, Sydney (9) and Mia (7).  I am a sports nut! I love the Brewers, Badgers and I am a Packer fanatic!   When I want to relax I will head to the golf course or find a pickup game of soccer or basketball. However, as my girls get older you may see me sitting in a lawn chair at one of their sports or dance events that I find equally relaxing (ok maybe not).

I have two early memories of dancing.  The first one would be with my sister Cathy.  As the youngest of four kids I was relegated to practicing cheerleading with my older sister.  To this day if you say, “Let me see your Frankenstein,” I jump into the routine and respond, “What did you say?” I have no idea what that even means.  The other memory comes from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV show.  I spent some serious time in front of the mirror perfecting the “Carlton” dance.  If encouraged, I can still break it out from time to time! My dance motto comes courtesy of Gloria Estefan, who said, “Sometimes the rhythm is gonna get you.” That’s why if “Footloose” or “Dynamite” comes on at a wedding I will be the first one on the dance floor.

My perfect dance partner would have to be one of my three leading ladies: Missy, Sydney or Mia.  Last year, I was one of forty Dads who did a “hip hop” routine with their Daughters on the stage of theMeyerTheaterin front of hundreds of hooting people.  While slightly embarrassing, it will still be one of my favorite memories and a great bonding moment for my daughters and I.

Why am I doing this and opening myself to the ridicule of my brothers and friends? Well, the Red Cross is a great organization and I want to support them because they help so many others.  The Red Cross is always one of the first to respond in a disaster and they have many other wonderful programs that need our support. I figure if my dancing makes people open their wallets, then queue up my first song because I want to help.

Go Pack Go!

Get to Know: Tricia Nell

Tricia Nell is a shareholder at Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C. law firm in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Her practice concentrates in personal injury, wrongful death and high profile, media sensitive criminal defense cases, as well as complex business, employment and healthcare litigation.  In 2001, Tricia served as a Special Prosecutor for the Brown County District Attorney’s Office, handling both misdemeanor and felony cases.  Tricia has appeared as a legal analyst for WBAY Channel 2 News covering various legal topics and high profile cases.  She provided day to day analysis of the State v. Steven Avery, and State v. Brenden Dassey, criminal trials.

Tricia considers herself a De Pere native, as her family has been local for more than years and she is a graduate of St. Norbert College.  As an active member of the community, Tricia enjoys working with teenagers and young adults in local Mock Trial programs.  She coached the Green Bay East High School team for eight years and is now coaching the St. Norbert College team with Judge Marc Hammer.  She created a program called “Dress for Success” which collects and distributes suits, shoes, and accessories to underprivileged female students who participate in Mock Trial.   Tricia serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, The Federal Defenders Services of Wisconsin, and the Executive Committee of the Brown County Bar Association.

Her first dance recollection goes back to when she was a small child.  Her mother enrolled her in dance classes and when it came close to the recital, she received her costumes.  Of course, there was a PINK tutu!  She wore the tutu to school, to church, to bed – her poor mother could not get the tutu off of her without Tricia throwing a fit.  She had to be the center of attention.  Some things never change!

Tricia’s dream dance partner is Patrick Swayze, of course! Who wasn’t in love with “Johnny” after Dirty Dancing?!   Her favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was Warren Sapp.   She says, “If a defensive lineman can do some smooth moves – I better be able to cut a rug.”  Not to mention, Sapp had a throw-down with DWTS professional dancer Derek Hough backstage!  Sapp comes with drama.  So does Tricia – but hopefully not wardrobe malfunctions.

In all seriousness, Tricia chose to support the Red Cross because she has seen first-hand how the organization provides assistance and guidance when people are in tragic situations.  She believes in the humanitarian and compassionate mission of the Red Cross and is proud to be part of an organization that makes a difference in the lives of people in our local community and across the world.