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!

 

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: Lisa Pritzl

I was born and raised in Green Bay, WI and will be celebrating 25 wonderful years of marriage to my college sweetheart, Mike. We have two sons, Brandon (24) and Garitt (20). We also have a sweet Golden Retriever named Zowie. I enjoy outdoor activates like trail running, biking, hiking, kayaking and of course my passion is the dance floor. For the past 11 years Prophit Marketing has been my home away from home. I’ve been blessed to work for an extraordinary company with some truly amazing individuals.

There are so many memorable experiences from my DWOS 15 participation it’s hard to only choose a favorite. I would have to say that it was the outpouring support from the community. People had actually approached me in saying that they wanted to have a fundraiser for the Red Cross. It’s so wonderful seeing people use their time and talents to give back to an organization that gives so much back to our community. I also created life-long friendships. The people you meet along the way are so passionate about what they do. The Red Cross staff and volunteers are so wonderful, kind hearted and some of the greatest people you’ll ever meet. And of course, it was great being able to get back on the dance floor and perform again. Michael and Mina Witte have been wonderful in teaching me ballroom dance. They certainly live their moto of bringing light into people’s lives through the art of dance.

When I heard about the line-up of dancers for DWOS All-Stars, how could I say no! You are in for a real treat this year. The mix of people, talents and passions are going to make one grand finale. The opportunity that excites me is to give back to our community once again. I am looking forward to a variety of fundraising events, spending time in the studio practicing and making new friends. It was an honor to be asked to participate again this year and I promise to make this one of the biggest and best events yet!

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Mary Gronnert

I’m the Coordinator for the Schneider Foundation.  I’ve been married to Hank Kollross for 17 years and have four children and five grandchildren ranging from 1 year to 20 years.  We love to golf and put the top down on our ’69 Pontiac Firebird and cruise.   As a board member for CASA of Brown County, I have a strong passion for helping abused and neglected children.

My favorite moment from my initial DWOS experience in 2013 is winning the People’s Choice Award for my Jive.

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? My husband, Hank, was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia in October 2016 and needed numerous blood transfusions and platelet infusions eventually leading to a bone marrow transplant.  He said I had to do this and dedicate my dance to all the wonderful people who take the time to donate blood, platelets and organs to help others.   Thanks to all the treatments, donors and, by the Grace of God, he is now cancer-free. I especially want to thank his bone marrow donor, a 19-year-old female, whom we hope to meet some day. We call her Jessica and I am dedicating my dance to her this evening.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Kati Donaho

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.