I am employed as an Instructional Designer in the Medicare and Retirement division of UnitedHealthcare. I am part of a team that researches and designs training programs that assist sales agents in performing at a high level while maximizing sales growth for the organization. In addition, I also moonlight as a DJ and MC for Elite Music Service, which gives me the opportunity to create memorable events for our clients while igniting a deeper passion for music and making people smile.
I was born and raised on the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Reservation in Bowler, WI. I grew up in a mixed cultural household (my mom is German descent and my dad is Native American and Italian descent). I am the oldest of two. I have one brother, Andrew (30). Andy is married to his wife, Ronni, and together they have three kids: My nephews, Aden (10), Kash (7) and my niece, Baelyn (5). As is standard with many Native American families, I also have many cousins who grew up with me and were treated like they were my siblings.
Growing up on the reservation, you learn the importance of community, culture, giving and family. It was instilled in me at a young age to always give more than you receive. My family practiced what they preached and always gave back in different ways; through volunteerism, careers and the list goes on. The majority of my life has had a focus on community engagement, youth activism and education. These areas have been a passion and the center point of my life’s work for over 20 years. When I am not attempting to save the world, I enjoy participating in community theatre, karaoke, taking random road trips, biking, volunteering and baking cakes full of smiles and rainbows.
It is hard to pick one favorite moment from my DWOS16 experience. In the fall of 2015, I was at a turning point in my life where I was ready to experience something new and something that would take me out of my comfort zone. I didn’t expect this experience to change my life the way it did. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. While every experience was memorable, one stands out. I had the opportunity to return to Bowler Elementary School (the school I attended growing up) to speak about the American Red Cross, my life experiences and the importance of giving back. I challenged the nearly 100 students (Kindergarten to 6th grade) to a penny war. One month later, Mina and I traveled back to Bowler to learn how much the students raised and dance for them. I will never forget the look on Mina’s face when the students presented me a check for over $600. I was speechless. I’ve always been a firm believer that when you empower a young person into community service, they empower their peers and that empowers a community. This was a prime example of this. I’m proud to be a Bowler Panther!
I was approached shortly after my DWOS16 experience to take part in DWOS All-Stars. Originally, I planned to decline the offer. It was at the encouragement of my mother, Jill that I decided to accept the offer to join the cast of DWOS All-Stars. On September 12, 2017, I celebrated 20 years of life from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. In that accident, I suffered a head injury, and severe injuries to my knee and elbow. I received several units of blood, which saved my life.
It was a moment of encouragement that gave me the direction that forever changed my life. While in the hospital, my grandmother, the late Verna Johnson-Miller, said to me: “You have been given a second chance at life. Now its up to you to figure out why.” This moment gave me the drive to live for something. I’ve never ceased on finding the ‘why’.
On February 24, 2018, I will celebrate 20 years when I took my first steps without the assistance of a wheelchair, crutches or a walker. In April of 2018, I will celebrate 20 years as an American Red Cross volunteer. Looking back over the 20 years, I have lived a fulfilled and accomplished life. What better way to celebrate 20 years of life, accomplishments and volunteerism and to celebrate the next chapter in my life than to participate as a DWOS All-Star?
The 8th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross held on Saturday, February 20 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay featured fantastic fundraising as well as spectacular dancing. Together, with the amazing efforts of our star and professional dancers, sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised more than $200,000 in net revenue to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.
“Here at the Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with Our Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our stars, but the real event started more than four months ago, when our dancers made the commitment to raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.”
Thank you to our sponsors including: Broadway Automotive; Erie Insurance; Festival Foods; Gagnon Clay Products; Green Bay Packaging; Green Bay Packers; NXC Imaging; Schneider Foundation, Toonen Properties and Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2 and 101 WIXX for their promotional support.
Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle the crowd. The evening began with dinner and followed with our amazing dance program where each star dancer performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony.
Taking away the top honor for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Karen Classon. The owner of SKB Management raised $87,000 to support the local Red Cross.
The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Kati Donaho and Rane Cegelski for their Foxtrot to “Kill of the Night.” The People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Jen Berres-Dart and Michael Witte for their Jive to “Shut Up and Dance.”
The Judges’ Choice award went to Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” and a Bolero to “Alone.”
Special thanks to Cami Rapson and Tammy Elliott of WBAY-TV 2 for serving as masters of ceremonies and Nikolay Karchev, Jay Morth and Heather Wudstrack for their professional and colorful commentary as judges.
Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion:
• Anna Allen – Teacher, Lineville Intermediate School
• Jen Berres-Dart – Owner/Instructor, Jenstar Yoga
• Karen Classon – SKB Management
• Kati Donaho – Business Travel/Group Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency
• Lori Dufek – Account Manager, NXC Imaging
• Maureen Gagnon – Co-owner, Gagnon Clay Products
• Zeb Metzler – Learning & Development Specialist, Innovative Services
• Dan Terrio – Learning Facilitator, Humana
• Marty Williams – Owner/Dentist, Sierra Dental
Also, thank you to our pro dance partners: Rane Cegelski and Brad McDonald from DanceSport of Green Bay; Bill Beschta; Jamie Blair, Michael Witte and Mina Witte from Simply Ballroom of Green Bay; and Jim Gagnon, Toby Crawford and Terry Irwin from TC Dance Club of Appleton.
Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local Red Cross.
Have you ever wanted to go back in time and experience Prom all over again? At Throwback Prom, you don’t need to worry about hiding your booze, the punch is always spiked, there are no chaperones, you actually like your date and the music is always loud. Pull out that prom dress or that polyester leisure suit that has been sitting in the back of your closet since the 1970’s and join us for fun evening of music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, laughs, raffles and an event full of memories as we raise funds for a great cause.
All proceeds will benefit the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.
Join us: Saturday, January 30 from 6:30pm-11:30pm at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.
- Specialty drink “spiked punch”. Every purchase will contribute $1 to the American Red Cross.
- Countless raffles and silent auction items.
- Music provided by Elite Music Service
- Corny Prom photos taken by Defining78
- Prom Court competition at 8:30p where our court will fight for your dollars in an effort to be crowned Prom King and Queen.
- Special throwback prom offers by a select number of preferred vendors in the Green Bay area. Watch this invite for more information!
- A sneak peek at one of the dance routines by our host and “prom emperor” DWOS 2016 star dancer Dan Terrio and his partner “prom empress” Mina Witte of Simply Ballroom of Green Bay.
Formal attire required. Can be Prom fashions from any generation.
** PLEASE NOTE: This does not mean you need to rent a tuxedo or buy a brand new dress. What this means is we would request that semi-formal attire is not worn. Business suits, cocktail dresses, costumes that indicate a “formal” feel are acceptable.**
Advanced tickets (available up until January 29th): $25 single / $35 Couple (save $10 buying before event). Purchased at the door day of event: $35 single / $45 couple – 21+ only
**Ticket cost includes entrance into event, hors d’oeuvres and one ticket for raffle entry**
Will Call option: If you wish to purchase your tickets online, here are the steps:
1) Log onto https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/fundraiser/danterrio
2) Click on ‘Donate to the Red Cross’ and enter in necessary information along with specific amounts ($25 for 1 ticket, $35 for a couple-2 tickets). Make sure you have your name and preferred email in the appropriate areas.
3) Underneath comments, type in “Throwback Prom”, click submit.
4) Throwback Prom volunteers will email you to confirm the purchase of the tickets and with further instructions.
5) Night of the event: check in at the registration desk and your tickets will be ready for you.
EVENT SPONSORS: Brett Favre’s Steakhouse, Elite Music Service, DuBois Formalwear, Sash & Bow
This event is being organized by Dan’s Drive to 5 Campaign for the American Red Cross, a campaign to raise funds for Dan Terrio’s journey to the Dancing With Our Stars 2016 Mirrorball Fundraising Trophy.
Can’t attend but wish to donate? You can contribute directly to the American Red Cross at:
I was born and raised on the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Reservation in Bowler, WI. I grew up in a mixed cultural household (my mom is German descent and my dad is Native American and Italian descent). I am the oldest of two. I have one brother, Andrew (28). Andy is married to his wife, Ronni, and together they have three kids: My nephews, Aden (8), Kash (5) and my niece, Baelyn (3). As is standard with many Native American families, I also have many cousins who grew up with me and were treated like they were my siblings. Growing up on the reservation, you learn the importance of community, culture, giving and family. It was instilled in me at a young age to always give more than you receive. My family practiced what they preached and always gave back in different ways; through volunteerism, careers and the list goes on. At age 14, I started my journey with serving others following a near fatal car/train accident through public speaking. I traveled the country telling my story to over 5,000 communities, schools, college campuses and conferences. At age 18, I was elected as the National Co-President of United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. (UNITY) and served for four years. UNITY is the largest American Indian/Alaska Native Youth organization in the country. After serving Native American youth for several years, I left the organization full time to return back to college. I still serve UNITY as a trainer and advisor to its 12 member executive board.
I joined Humana’s National Education Department in July 2014 after serving three years as the Youth Development Manager with the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. My time at the Chamber gave me the opportunity to interact with all aspects of our community, its people and work directly with over 40,000 students and teachers in Brown County. This role made me fall in love with the Green Bay area. In my current role as a learning facilitator in the National Education department, I have the opportunity to directly shape Humana’s workforce by providing them with the skills and resources needed to be effective in their jobs. My hobbies include: music (both singing and seeing concerts), theatre, running, biking, being with family and friends, traveling, and volunteering. I’ve held a lot of titles in my 31 years of life, but one I’m excited to add is the title of “ballroom dancer”.
SNEAK PEEK of DAN AND HIS PARTNER MINA:
Dancing has always been in my blood. My parents met at a disco and I’m often asked if I am related to famous dancer Denny Terrio. I still have no clue who the guy is. My family would be the first to say that since I was a kid, I was always dancing around the house. When I was 6 years old, I once made a dance aerobics video that my dad liked to show my friends when they came over. I hope to God it doesn’t mysteriously show up somewhere in this DWOS journey. When I was 11, I received my first formal dance lesson from my Grandmother, the late Jeannette Ashley, who taught me how to Polka at my cousin’s wedding. She always said “All good German boys need to know how to Polka.” I laughed cause isn’t the Polka Polish? My passion for performance and dance came when I was 14. I was recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident where the van I was riding it was struck by a train. I suffered severe head trauma, bruised heart and severe injuries to my right knee, leg and elbow. I underwent an experimental knee surgery where doctors completely rebuilt my knee from the ground up. I was told that my mobility would be limited due to the reconstruction of my knee however it beat the alternative: losing my leg from the knee down. After five months of intensive rehabilitation, I stood for the first time and began to cry; not due to the pain, but due to the fact I was standing again. I had to face reality that at 13, I can no longer play Football and Basketball. So I found a new passion: theatre and dance. Since age 13, I have performed in over 30 musicals, plays, and dance recitals. It has long since been on my bucket list to learn to ballroom dance but due to time, lack of resources and procrastination, I have never followed through with it. I’m excited to finally get some professional training in dance that will make up for my horrible dance moves back when I was a child.
My dream dance partner is either Belle from Beauty and The Beast or Cinderella. They make dancing look so easy and magical….maybe it’s because they’re animated?
I love dancers who add an edge to their style of dance. Because of this, I love Dancing with the Stars pros Lacey Schwimmer and Allison Holker, after her incredible year with Riker Lynch. I would love to dance with Amy Purdy, as she taught us all about perseverance and rising above your injuries which ultimately pushed me to say yes to DWOS.
In the car/train accident back in 1997, I received units of blood which saved my life. I made a vow that I would give back in some way to the organization that saved my life through the gift of blood. The American Red Cross was the first organization I volunteered with when I was 14 and now I am being presented with an opportunity to give back in a bigger light. I’ve seen so many lives touched by the work of the Red Cross. I am excited to take this journey for such an amazing cause.
Celebrate the spirit of America with two of our favorite past times: Beer and Karaoke while we raise funds for the American Red Cross.
Enjoy The Abbey Bar 30 beers on tap while being served by celebrity bartenders Katie Schurk from 101 WIXX Murphy in the Morning show and Dan Terrio, 2016 ‘star’ dancer in the 8th Annual Dancing With Our Stars event for the American Red Cross. Katie and Dan will be behind the bar from 5:30p to 6:30p working for your tips. 25% of sales during the happy hour will go to the American Red Cross.
Think your a rock star singer? Register for our karaoke competition for a chance to win a cash prize. Our contestants will be critiqued by three local judges and will move on in the competition with your votes in the form of dollars. $1 equals one vote.
- Registration will begin at 6:00p and the competition will begin at 7:00p.
- The event will also feature assorted raffles along with a 50/50 raffle.
- Our event will bring the American spirit in all of us! Don’t forget to wear your Red, White and Blue!!
All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.
SPONSORS: Abbey Bar, Geo and a Mike Karaoke Service of Shawano and Dan’s Drive to 5 Campaign for the American Red Cross. #Drive2Five2016
B-Dubs will host an American Red Cross night at their Ashwaubenon, WI restaurant on October 7th. From open till close, if you go in and either present a ticket below or mention to the wait staff that ‘you’re here to support the American Red Cross’, BWW will donate 10% of your purchase to the campaign.
This is only good for October 7th and it is good for dine in or carry out.
Spread the word!!! #Drive2Five2016
The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Tuesday, October 6 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:
- Anna Allen – Teacher, Lineville Intermediate School
- Jen Berres-Dart – Owner/Instructor, Jenstar Yoga
- Karen Classon – SKB Management
- Kati Donaho – Business Travel/Group Sales Manager, The Hyatt on Main
- Lori Dufek – Account Manager, NXC Imaging
- Maureen Gagnon – Co-owner, Gagnon Clay Products
- Zeb Metzler – Learning & Development Specialist, Innovative Services
- Dan Terrio – Learning Facilitator, Humana
- Marty Williams – Owner/Dentist, Sierra Dental
They will now spend the next four months learning two ballroom dances which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2016. That event will take place Saturday, February 20th at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Dancing with our Stars is now in its eighth 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 $170,000 for the local Red Cross. Ann Vande Hei, Director of Business Process Performance, Integrys, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $60,000.
DanceSport of Green Bay, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay, TC Dance Club of Appleton and Bill Beschta are the participating dance partners for the event.
Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:
Dancing with our Stars donation website: http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/
Dancing with our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org
Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS16 to join the conversation!)
Erie Insurance, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay Packers, Schneider, Wisconsin Public Service, WBAY-TV 2 and 101 WIXX are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2016.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.