Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Adam Hardy

Photo by: Frievalt Photography

Photo by: Frievalt Photography

I’m the Executive Director of Achieve Brown County, a cradle-to-career partnership designed to support children and their families at every stage of development.  I have a background leading successful multi-partner collaborations in the Greater Green Bay community, such as the Community Information System, which leverages data from local health, safety and education organizations to better understand best practice in serving our youth. I’ve served on the steering team for the Brown County Life Quality Project; sat on both the local and regional steering teams for the Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study and, in partnership with the Green Bay Packers, led the first Text-To-Give effort in the NFL.

I loved music and dancing as a child. It’s hard to pin down my first memory – I have so many – but my parents always say the first song I’d dance to was Mockingbird by Carly Simon. Apparently every time the song came on I’d start wiggling in my diaper.

There are so many amazing dancers it’s hard to pick a dream partner. Martha Graham, Ginger Rogers and… Peta Murgatroyd?

I’m passionate about serving our community, which is why the effort of Achieve Brown County is really a dream job. I also enjoy reading, playing music (guitar mostly, occasional percussion), riding both road and mountain bikes, running and, most of all, playing with my kids: Emma (5) and James (8).

The Red Cross provides critical programming that helps people when they need help the most – during times of crisis. It’s an honor to participate in DWOS and to support such a worthwhile organization.

Here is a sneak peek of Adam and his dancer partner Jamie.



Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Bill McGlin

6900Bill (1)I’m a 911 Communication Supervisor for Brown County Public Safety and also an EMT with Wescott EMS in Shawano County.  I have committed myself to helping others by working in the public safety field for 15 years. Now I’m ready to step out onto the ballroom floor and see what magic I can create!!!

At the age of 10, my family took a vacation to Texas to visit my Aunt who was stationed in the military.  One afternoon we went to the Stockyards in Fort Worth to take in the attractions.  While at Billy Bob’s Dance Hall I was exposed to country line dancing and couples dancing.  From that moment I was fascinated with line dancing.  Once back home we saw a local ad for line dance lessons at a local establishment.  I started taking lessons, which I quickly picked up.

Cheryl Burke is my dream dance partner!  She is an amazing dancer and true inspiration.  She has the competitive drive and passion for dance as well as a humble personality. She’s not my favorite dancer of all-time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, though. That would be Derek Hough.  He is an amazing dancer and choreographer.  I am in awe of his style, dedication and chemistry with his partners.  He is always having a great time on the show.

HERE’s a sneak peek of Bill and his dance partner Mina of Simply Ballroom:

My passion for the dance floor has carried me through my life and around the world teaching, competing and performing.  When I don’t have my dance shoes on, I enjoy exploring the outdoors through hiking, biking, kayaking, boating and road trips across the country.  I have always had a love for music and enjoy the fine arts as well.  I enjoy a night out on the town but have just as much fun spending an evening at home with family and friends for game nights.

The mission of the American Red Cross falls into place with my line of work.  I have worked with the Red Cross hand-in-hand both on the scene of emergencies as well as in the Communication Center requesting their services for our responders and the public in the time of need.  The Red Cross is always there when the public safety responders request them for their services.  Dancing with Our Stars gives me the opportunity to give back to this great community organization.  I am honored to be a part of such a worthy cause.

Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Pam Niles

8889Pam-542b1139bdc67I am a Green Bay native and a nurse practitioner at Women’s Specialty Care.  I have been in the women’s health field since 1982.  I began my career as a labor and delivery staff nurse at Bellin Hospital.  Since that time, I have broadened my nursing career to include becoming an obstetrical educator, adjunct faculty at Bellin College of Nursing, and a director of maternity care units in Oconto Falls and Portage.

In 1997, I graduated from the University of Madison with a Master’s Degree in Science and became certified as a women’s health practitioner.  I then focused my career on the nurse practitioner role because I wanted to be more involved with patient care.   I have enjoyed this role for the past 17 years.

I was married for 18 years to my college sweet heart.  Together we raised three children until he was tragically taken by a drunk driver in 2000. I always enjoyed dancing, but it was not until after this tragedy I returned to dance.  Dance has brought joy and happiness into my life.  I am dancing for this fundraiser in honor of finding health and happiness after suffering a loss.

My first dancing experience was with my babysitter, Alice.  I remember her coming over and we would turn on the stereo and play vinyl records.   I may be dating myself, but I remember doing dance moves called the jerk, swim and the monkey.  When I was a teenager I remember going to the Bay Beach dances in the summer with  my cousins.   We would dance the night away!   In the early eighties, I stopped dancing to raise my family.  In 2001, I returned to dancing after surviving my loss.  I now continue to dance for health and happiness reasons.

My favorite dancer from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is Derrick Hough.  His creativity is unbelievable!  He has a way of bringing out the best in his dance partners.  Last season he was paired with a double amputee and was able to win the mirror ball trophy. It was so exciting to watch every week.   In my opinion, he brings dancing to a different level.

The America Red Cross is there when disaster strikes.  It does not matter how small or large the disaster.  It is very comforting to know the Red Cross will be there to provide help when it is needed.   With that said, you are never alone when faced with a disaster.  I am honored to participate in Dancing with Our Start to help raise funds for this great organization.

Here is a sneak peek of Pam and her dancer partner, Micheal Witte of Simply Ballroom. Want to support Pam, come to the “Monster Mash Costume Party on Friday, October 24 at Heritage Hill.  Click HERE for details and how to get tickets.

Get to know: Lisa “Pritz” Pritzl 2015 DWOS Dancer!

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Lisa Pritzl – Process Management Director/Art Director – Prophit Marketing

I was born and raised in Green Bay and am married to my college sweetheart, Mike. We have two sons, Brandon (21) and Garitt (17). We also have a sweet little Golden Retriever named Zowie that helps to protect our home. Well, maybe protect is a bit of a stretch. For the past 11 years, Prophit Marketing has been my home away from home. I have the privilege to work with some amazing and talented individuals. We all love what we do and that’s pretty inspiring.

“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them”. – Vicki Baum

My first dance memory happened when I was three-years-old. My wonderful parents signed me up for my first tap class. Shiny little shoes that made lots of noise seemed to make me happy. To top it off, the first step my teacher taught me was windshield wipers…  I was hooked for life! I suspect that it was that moment that dance started to play a major role in my life, and how I spent my adolescent years. The passion grew and it’s hard to explain, but in essence dance was my way of expression. I had the fortune of being able to dance through high school and into college. I even had the pleasure of teaching when I worked at Barb’s Centre for Dance. Those days are long gone, but my passion for dance remains. When this opportunity presented itself I knew I had to participate. The thought of re-igniting that passion for an organization like the American Red Cross brings an excitement that is hard to explain.


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My husband Mike is my dream dance partner come-true! Mike and I met at UWGB when I was a member of the dance team and he was the Fighting Phoenix Mascot. The way he looked at me through that beak and the way he danced around the basketball court was love at first sight. We ended up taking a dance class together and were paired up as Harlequin and Columbine in the play Pinocchio. It was our shared love of bacon and peanut and butter sandwiches that sealed the deal! Or maybe it was the cake in the face.

I have always had an admiration for individuals that face difficult challenges head on. An absolute example of that is Amy Purdy from the spring season of “Dancing with the Stars.” If you had the opportunity to see any of these episodes you would know exactly what I am referring to. Amy is a Paralympic athlete who lost both of her legs at the age of 19 as a result of meningitis. Her determination to succeed and her passion for the sport of snowboarding put her back on the slopes in seven months. Amy’s story is nothing short of inspirational, just like the endless stories and examples of what the Red Cross does for communities across the nation.

I love to participate in boot camp style workouts. I love to spend time with my family and walking Ms. Zowie. Snuggling on the couch and watching a good movie isn’t bad either. Then there’s the goofy side of me that enjoys dancing around the kitchen making dinner and watching the faces of the rest of the family as they think I have lost my mind. I enjoy watching as my family grows and faces new challenges. My husband is attempting to become a multi-sport athlete and while I think he is nuts, it sure is fun cheering him on in the events. My son Brandon wants to be a special education teacher and who wouldn’t be proud of that. And then there’s my youngest son Garitt, who has a dream of serving his country in the military, another very proud moment. As you can tell, I’m proud of all of my boys and how they are driven to serve others.

And then there is me. I also have passions and goals. I am currently on the board of directors for the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association and the Salvation Army, and I enjoy serving these organizations. I’ve also had the pleasure of participating in Habitat for Humanity builds over the years.

I am humbled with the opportunity to participate in an event that helps to support such an important community organization. This organization shows a passion for helping people. If I can lend just a small hand in raising funds and providing some energy to this event, I will feel accomplished. It’s not just me providing some assistance. With the support of my family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, we will all be able to make a difference.

Here’s a sneak peek of Lisa with her dance partner Michael Witte during week one:

A Night of Thrills

JOIN us for “A Night of Thrills” to benefit the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin and support Dancing with Our Stars dancer Ann Vande Hei.

Friday, October 31

Swan Club

875 Heritage Road, De Pere

Doors Open at 5:00pm

 $25.00 donation includes chicken buffet and music by DJ Bruce Marshall. For tickets contact Ann Vande Hei at or go online. (be sure to add “Halloween Party” in comments.)

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Monster Mash Costume Party

Support Pam Niles in her “Mirror Ball” quest to raise funds for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

Friday, October 24


Heritage Hill State Historical Park

2640 Webster Ave, Green Bay

Tickets:  $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.  Advanced ticket donations can be made by clicking HERE:  (make sure to add “costume party” in the comment section) 


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American Red Cross Announces Dancing with Our Stars 2015 Participants


2015 Dancing with Our Stars Team – Top Row (l-r): Bill McGlin, Kim Peeters, Al Jamir, Lisa Pritzl, Adam Hardy. Bottom Row (l-r): Ann Vande Hei, Pam Niles, Tracey Nass, Keith Cronin

The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Tuesday night at a kickoff party sponsored by Festival Foods.  The nine community members competing to raise the most funds to support local Red Cross efforts are:

  • Keith Cronin – Guest Services Manager, Green Bay Packers
  • Adam Hardy – Executive Director, Achieve Brown County
  • Al Jamir – Community Volunteer
  • Bill McGlin – Supervisor, Brown County 911 Dispatch Center
  • Tracey Nass – Co-Owner, Indira Salon & Spa
  • Pam Niles – Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Specialty Care
  • Kim Peeters – Vice President/COO, Coldwell Banker – The Real Estate Group, Inc.
  • Lisa Pritzl – Process Management Director/Art Director, Prophit Marketing
  • Ann Vande Hei – Director of Business Process Performance, Integrys

They will now spend the next four months learning two ballroom dances which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2015. That event will take place Saturday, February 14th, at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Dancing with our Stars is now in its seventh year and it is has been a sold-out event each year. Not only do those in attendance support local efforts, so can those not attending as the “star dancers” receive votes in the form of donations to the Red Cross. One dollar equals one vote. Donations can be made now at this website:

The person who raises the most money between now and the end of the event will be awarded the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe and international programs.

Last year’s event raised a record $500,000 for the local Red Cross.  Jim Rivett, President of Arketype, Inc. took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $200,000, which also set a record for personal fundraising.

Rane Cegelski, Bruce Marshall Dance Studio, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay and TC Dance Club of Appleton are the participating dance partners for the event.

Peta Murgatroyd, who teamed with Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver to win Season 14 of ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, will once again serve as a celebrity judge at the event.

Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms: