Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Tracy Lemsky

 

I am originally from New England but have been part of the Green Bay community for 17 years.  It was my intention to eventually move back to the East Coast but after settling in and truly enjoying what this community has to offer, my husband, Jim, and I decided to make Green Bay our home.  We enjoy live theater, traveling, hiking, and creating our own adventures. My beautiful daughter and 2017 Mirror Ball winner, Chelsea, is currently working on her Master’s Program for Hospital Administration at the University of North Carolina.  We also have an energetic Weimaraner, Mitchell, which keeps us on our toes at all times.

As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Director at Associated Bank, I get to spend my time working with an amazing team of professionals.   The special part about this team is that we all have a common goal to provide the best service to our clients and give back to our community while maintaining a healthy balance with what’s most important in life – our families.  It is wonderful to work for an organization that allows their employees to give back to the community but it is extraordinary to work for a company that encourages and inspires you to do so.

The most amazing part of my DWOS 2014 experience was the lifelong friendships that were created by a group of individuals, working as a team, to reach our financial goal for the Red Cross.  I truly think our team was unique as the bonds and friendships are still going strong. Collectively we raised over $500,000 for the Red Cross. That is definitely something to celebrate!

The biggest and most important motivation for me to participate in DWOS 2018 was to support the Red Cross. There are a million reasons to assist this incredible organization.  The first reason that comes to mind is the quality education they deliver.  Their classes provide the skills needed to respond to basically any emergency.  Another reason the Red Cross is remarkable is their ability to help in times of crisis.  Every time I read the paper or watch the news and hear of the lives affected by a natural disaster, I feel powerless because I want to help them all.

Supporting the Red Cross is my way of reaching out and helping the most people in need.   To be able to raise funds for the Red Cross, while sharing this journey with my daughter, will truly be an incredible experience.

A special thanks to my family, friends, amazing daughter and wonderful husband for their support of my personal mission to help the Red Cross.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star Emily Matesic

I’ve worked in broadcast journalism for more than 15 years. I’ve been with WBAY-TV since August 2005, and in 2010 was promoted to Fox Valley Bureau Chief.

After a year as a production assistant on “Special Edition” (now “MSNBC Investigates”), I accepted a job as a reporter at WENY-TV in upstate New York in 2001. A month later I was anchoring. In 2002, I led the team that produced, wrote and edited a 90-minute, commercial-free special commemorating the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, earning the New York State Associated Press Award, the station’s first AP award.

I’ve covered a lot of memorable stories, but my personal favorite was flying with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds when the elite aerobatic unit came to EAA AirVenture to perform for the first time in the summer of 2014.

A former Division I college soccer player, I still enjoy playing soccer today. I also volunteer for the American Red Cross, especially during the Dancing with Our Stars fundraisers.

And while I made Northeast WI my home, I’m originally from Pittsburgh and love to cheer for the Steelers.  As they like to say in my hometown, you can take the girl out of Pittsburgh but you can’t take the Pittsburgh out of the girl!

What is my favorite moment from my two previous DWOS experiences?  I don’t think there is one thing I don’t like about DWOS.  But my favorite is probably the relationships I’ve built over the years with the other dancers and volunteers.  It is seriously the BEST group of people EVER!!!

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? WHY NOT!!!  This is not only such a fun event, but the good it does for those in Northeast WI is inspiring.  I’ve done this twice before and I couldn’t NOT do it the final time.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Zeb Metzler

I am an Indiana boy (born and raised) who grew up on the stage with music and theatre all my life!  I moved to Madison in 2003 where I continued my theatre experience and put on my first pair of heels which launched my Drag career where I performed and completed regularly capturing numerous titles including Miss Gay Madison and the first alternate to Mr. Gay Wisconsin USofA.  I met my partner of 10 years in the fall of 2006 at a dance event in Chicago.  We caught each other’s eye from across the ballroom floor and the rest is history!  We reside on Shawano Lake with our White German Shepherd, Jake. Professionally, I am the Learning & Development Manager for Innovative Services where I get to spend my days educating our amazing teams on how to make a difference in someone’s life!  I am also blessed with amazing friends and family who have been by my side and supported me in all that I do.

My favorite moment from my initial DWOS experience is doing the POLKA WITH PETA!!!! My partner Bill danced the year before me and so my first official DWOS experience came with supporting and helping him.  That year I won the “Polka with Peta” raffle and while never doing the polka before in my life, we managed to pull it off like we had rehearsed it…or so they said!  My actual year dancing in DWOS, it was the amazing friends I got to meet and grow with!  And my partner Mina was the BEST!  She made me feel like a pro and allowed me to live my dream of being a ballroom dancer!

So many reasons why I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars!  The American Red Cross is such a worthy cause and does amazing work that I will continue to support any way that I can. The people that I have met the past 4 years and the relationships that have grown from it are priceless! There is a real sense of family and we all get to share in the fun and passion for dancing!  This year is also my year to turn the tables and showcase my Drag persona who has been a huge part of DWOS the past 4 years with the MirrorBall Bash Drag Show Fundraiser.  I get to showcase my passion for entertaining in front of one of the BEST crowds around! This year I leave it ALL on the dancefloor!

 

Double Down for the Red Cross!

Emily Matesic, Adam Rockman and Lisa Pritz are coming back for the final year of Dancing with Our Stars. In an effort to raise funds for the American Red Cross we hosting a Casino Night that will be filled with casino-style gaming tables, basket raffles, food, friends and fun! Get through the long winter months and warm up by testing your luck at the gaming tables!

The event is Saturday, January 20th at The Woods. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the gaming tables starting at 7:30 PM.

Ticket sales:
$25 in advance $40 at the door
Includes $100 funny money and light appetizers

To purchase tickets:
1) Log onto https://www.crowdrise.com/redcrossallstars
2) Click on ‘Donate to this fundraiser’ and enter the amount based on the number of tickets you are purchasing.
3) In the comment field type in “CASINO NIGHT 2018″ and your name, click submit.
4) Night of the event: check in at the registration table and your tickets will be waiting for you.

It’s a TRIPLE WIN kind of night! You WIN, the Red Cross WINS and the community WINS! All proceeds from the event go straight back into our community! We look forward to seeing you then!

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Marty Williams

I try to be passionate about everything I do. So, my passions are dentistry, dancing, photography, driving boat for the Waterboard Warriors and a little golf. I am married and have 3 children.

The funny thing is dancing was something I never did until a few years ago. I used to be very active in water skiing, barefooting, snow skiing and soccer. But I had an incident that changed all that about ten years ago. I was playing in an adult soccer league and got hit in the chest with a close range shot on goal. When I came to, I couldn’t move anything or feel anything from my neck down to my toes. I ended up with two cervical fusions in my neck. After that I gave up all my high impact activities to protect the rest of my neck.

Then while at a dental meeting I was “dancing” at one of the evening socials and decided I’d like to learn to dance better. When I returned it just so happened that there was a class at the local tennis club being taught by none other than Michael Witte! My wife doesn’t care to dance and so I started doing some competing and have enjoyed it since. So, I give Michael a lot of credit for helping me get involved with dancing. Between dancing and my boat driving it helps to feed that need for an adrenaline rush and competition, both of which I still crave despite the neck injury!

My entire DWOS16 experience was amazing, and one of my favorite moments was performing my dances that evening!

I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars because it’s a great opportunity to use my passions and help raise some money for the Red Cross and get together with some amazing people and perform again!

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Pam Niles

I was born and raised in Green Bay and I knew from an early age on I wanted to be a nurse.  I am the oldest and the first person in my family to attend college.  After graduating from college, I started my career at Bellin Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse.  It was there that I felt I could make a difference.  I could help make positive memories for women experiencing childbirth.  Childbirth memories are forever and are a common bond with all mothers.  You can put a group of mothers together and eventually the conversation will gravitate to children and childbirth memories.  Granted the majority of the memories are joyous, there is also sadness and heartache when women experience perinatal loss through miscarriages or stillbirths.  It was here that I developed my passion and commitment for helping women.  I would give encouragement, confidence, compassion, and a feeling that they are not alone and together we would get through this.  My commitment to helping women, has broadened my career to include roles in education, management, and practitioner.  In 1997, I received my Master of Science degree from UW Madison and became an Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber certified in Women’s Health.  I am one of twelve providers with Women’s Specialty Care and I feel very fortunate to be working with such a caring team!

In 1981, I married my best friend and college sweetheart.  We decided to start our family early in life so we could be active parents with our children.  It would also allow us to be young enough to enjoy life together after our children left home.  We raised three children together, Lance, Cole, and Lindsay.  I thought we would be together forever.  That sadly was not the case.  In July 2000, my husband Lee was tragically taken by a drunken driver while riding his bicycle.  I was devastated by the sudden loss.  I lost my best friend, my children lost their father, and my in-laws lost their only son.  It has been a long and hard road to recovery, but with the help of family and friends, I have found joy and happiness again.

I started taking ballroom dance lessons in 2002 for stress relief.  I quickly found myself smiling and laughing again through dance, something I thought I would never do.  I continue to take dance lessons today because it brings joy back into my life.  I am far from perfect, but dance makes me happy! I also enjoy bike riding, gardening, and traveling.

As I look back on my 2015 DWOS experience, I am in awe of myself!  That experience was so out of my comfort zone and it still is.  I think about the friendships made and all the support given to each other during the journey.  My personal favorite moment was when Peta acknowledged that my quick step routine was a difficult routine.  She validated what I was thinking and feeling!  The fact that I completed it without any major hiccups is one of my favorite moments.

When asked to DWOS All Stars I did not hesitate to accept.  The American Red Cross is such a great organization.  They are the ones that are there when disaster strikes.  Or if the community needs education in CPR/AED training, babysitting courses, life guard training, or if blood is needed.  No disaster is too small or large.  When faced with a disaster it is comforting to know you are not alone.  The Red Cross will be there for the long haul.  They are the ones that will help you get through a disaster, by providing compassion, confidence and encouragement, something that is dear to my heart.  I am honored to again work within the community to raise awareness for this organization and help raise funds.