I’m a sales manager for Hyatt Hotels who recently relocated from the Green Bay area to Houston, TX. I have a husband of over 13 years and two children (Jameson, 9 Finley almost 7). I enjoy spending time with my family, but also enjoy working out, listening/reading books, and watching movies in my spare time.
What is a favorite moment(s) from your initial DWOS experience?
I think winning People’s Choice had to be the top because I was so nervous I was going to fall or completely forget my steps!
Why did you decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars?
The Red Cross plays such an important role in the community and I wanted to be a part of that experience again. In addition, I have made lifelong friends from the first go-round and wanted the opportunity to work with even more amazing people.
I’m originally from Racine. I’ve worked in the hospitality industry for 30 years and am currently Manager of Guest Services for the Green Bay Packers. I’m also a Zumba instructor at Western Racquet and Fitness. I enjoy time with family and friends, love traveling and meeting new people, love to laugh, love Disney, and pandas crack me up!
Quotes I live by:
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin
“Life is all about choices and decisions”
“Life is what you make of it….if it doesn’t fit then you make alterations”
“Work hard in silence. Let your success be your noise”
My favorite moments from my DWOS 2015 experience are meeting some incredible people and doing something out of the norm to raise money for the American Red Cross. Of course, hearing my name announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Rhythm showcase was incredibly spectacular. I couldn’t stop smiling!
I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars because it’s a wonderful cause and it’s the 10th and final year. I wanted to be part of the magic again and wanted to do something positive and impactful for others before I turned 50.
I’m originally from New England but have been part of the Green Bay community most of my life. (I am a proud Cheese Head!) I attended Bay Port High School (Let’s Go Pirates!) before graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014 with a major in Biology (On, Wisconsin!). Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill pursuing a Master’s in Healthcare Administration (Go Heels!). Post-graduation, my hope is to get involved with hospital strategy or quality initiatives that will influence patient care and access to healthcare.
I truly enjoy spending time outside and enjoying the fresh air – whether it be sailing on a lake, climbing or hiking at a State Park, going for a run or bike ride, taking my dog for a walk, or downhill skiing out west. I developed my passion for adventure during college when I was involved with the largest and oldest student organization on campus – Wisconsin Hoofers. Hoofers is comprised of six outdoor recreation clubs. I eventually was elected president at the end of my undergraduate career and had the privilege to work with an incredible staff and student leaders to help shape the future of the best student organization on campus.
A special thanks to my family and friends for their support of my personal mission to help the Red Cross. You have all made a huge impact in my life and I don’t know where I would be without you.
To be honest, I don’t think I can pick a singular moment that was my favorite from my DWOS 2017 experience – the entire ride was so fulfilling and wonderful that I would say the whole experience was my favorite part. From talking to donors and sponsors, practicing for the performance, and spreading awareness about what the Red Cross does, the DWOS journey was such a well rounding experience. I am inspired by all the stories of dancers and volunteers to give back more to the community around me – that is the most exciting piece of participating in such an amazing event like this. (although, taking home the team mirror ball trophy last year was the cherry on top of a pretty awesome cake)
From the age of four, my parents have encouraged me give back to the community that I live in. My first recollection was feeding the homeless when I was 4 years old at our local church. I truly did not understand why children my age were hiding food in their pockets. When I found out the reason why, that moment started my passion to help others in need. After being closer to hurricanes this past year, I had a better understanding and appreciation of everything that the Red Cross does for people across the nation. The generosity in the hearts of volunteers and the genuine help they give to those in need is truly inspiring. I can’t recall a time that I have turned down participation in an event that benefits others and I wasn’t about to start when I was asked last DWOS event. Also, I couldn’t say no to an opportunity that allows me to share this special journey with one of my best friends – my Mom.