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.