I am born and raised in the Shawano Lake area. My passion for dance started way back at the young age
of 10 at The Country Club in Cecil where I quickly became a line dancing sensation. I started teaching
line dance at the age of 13 and two years later started my days of competing nationally. I captured the
world championship title in 2000 after returning from a five-month tour overseas in England, Scotland,
Whales, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Ireland where I taught and performed with the best in
the line dance industry. When I am not showing off my line dance and west coast swing skills, I fulfill my
professional career as a 911 Communications Supervisor, which I have worked in the field for the past
17 years. My passion for helping others and saving lives has been enhanced with my time as a volunteer
EMT for 16 years.
One experience from my DWOS 15 participation that stands out in a humorous way happened during
rehearsals. Dancing with Mina was never a dull moment! And throwing in a few lifts and tricks into our
routine also meant practicing things that I have never done…And let’s just say that there was one
rehearsal Mina ended up on the floor with me on top of her. No one was hurt! I didn’t break Mina!
I decided to participate in DWOS All-Stars because of two words…PEER PRESSURE!! (haha) But in all
seriousness, DWOS was so much fun and allowed me to explore another avenue of dance and show off
my west coast swing moves as well! I have always had a strong drive to help and give back to the
community and the American Red Cross is an extraordinary organization to do this for.