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.

 

Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Pam Niles

8889Pam-542b1139bdc67I am a Green Bay native and a nurse practitioner at Women’s Specialty Care.  I have been in the women’s health field since 1982.  I began my career as a labor and delivery staff nurse at Bellin Hospital.  Since that time, I have broadened my nursing career to include becoming an obstetrical educator, adjunct faculty at Bellin College of Nursing, and a director of maternity care units in Oconto Falls and Portage.

In 1997, I graduated from the University of Madison with a Master’s Degree in Science and became certified as a women’s health practitioner.  I then focused my career on the nurse practitioner role because I wanted to be more involved with patient care.   I have enjoyed this role for the past 17 years.

I was married for 18 years to my college sweet heart.  Together we raised three children until he was tragically taken by a drunk driver in 2000. I always enjoyed dancing, but it was not until after this tragedy I returned to dance.  Dance has brought joy and happiness into my life.  I am dancing for this fundraiser in honor of finding health and happiness after suffering a loss.

My first dancing experience was with my babysitter, Alice.  I remember her coming over and we would turn on the stereo and play vinyl records.   I may be dating myself, but I remember doing dance moves called the jerk, swim and the monkey.  When I was a teenager I remember going to the Bay Beach dances in the summer with  my cousins.   We would dance the night away!   In the early eighties, I stopped dancing to raise my family.  In 2001, I returned to dancing after surviving my loss.  I now continue to dance for health and happiness reasons.

My favorite dancer from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is Derrick Hough.  His creativity is unbelievable!  He has a way of bringing out the best in his dance partners.  Last season he was paired with a double amputee and was able to win the mirror ball trophy. It was so exciting to watch every week.   In my opinion, he brings dancing to a different level.

The America Red Cross is there when disaster strikes.  It does not matter how small or large the disaster.  It is very comforting to know the Red Cross will be there to provide help when it is needed.   With that said, you are never alone when faced with a disaster.  I am honored to participate in Dancing with Our Start to help raise funds for this great organization.

Here is a sneak peek of Pam and her dancer partner, Micheal Witte of Simply Ballroom. Want to support Pam, come to the “Monster Mash Costume Party on Friday, October 24 at Heritage Hill.  Click HERE for details and how to get tickets.

Monster Mash Costume Party

Support Pam Niles in her “Mirror Ball” quest to raise funds for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

Friday, October 24

8:00pm-Midnight

Heritage Hill State Historical Park

2640 Webster Ave, Green Bay

Tickets:  $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.  Advanced ticket donations can be made by clicking HERE:  (make sure to add “costume party” in the comment section) 

 

Costume Party Poster

 

 

 

American Red Cross Announces Dancing with Our Stars 2015 Participants

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2015 Dancing with Our Stars Team – Top Row (l-r): Bill McGlin, Kim Peeters, Al Jamir, Lisa Pritzl, Adam Hardy. Bottom Row (l-r): Ann Vande Hei, Pam Niles, Tracey Nass, Keith Cronin

The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Tuesday night 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:

  • Keith Cronin – Guest Services Manager, Green Bay Packers
  • Adam Hardy – Executive Director, Achieve Brown County
  • Al Jamir – Community Volunteer
  • Bill McGlin – Supervisor, Brown County 911 Dispatch Center
  • Tracey Nass – Co-Owner, Indira Salon & Spa
  • Pam Niles – Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Specialty Care
  • Kim Peeters – Vice President/COO, Coldwell Banker – The Real Estate Group, Inc.
  • Lisa Pritzl – Process Management Director/Art Director, Prophit Marketing
  • Ann Vande Hei – Director of Business Process Performance, Integrys

They will now spend the next four months learning two ballroom dances which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2015. That event will take place Saturday, February 14th, at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Dancing with our Stars is now in its seventh 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:

http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/

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 a record $500,000 for the local Red Cross.  Jim Rivett, President of Arketype, Inc. took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $200,000, which also set a record for personal fundraising.

Rane Cegelski, Bruce Marshall Dance Studio, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay and TC Dance Club of Appleton are the participating dance partners for the event.

Peta Murgatroyd, who teamed with Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver to win Season 14 of ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, will once again serve as a celebrity judge at the event.

Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms: