DWOS17 – Meet our Star Dancers: Team Rock for the Red

stacy (left) and Chelsea (right)

Stacy Stecker (left) and Chelsea Anderson – Team Rock for the Red.

Stacy Stecker

Born and raised in Suamico, I am a graduate of Bay Port High School where I grew up participating in cross country, track, show choir and color guard (yes, I really did twirl a flag around the football field).  I graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with a Marketing degree and I am currently furthering my education at Concordia University of Wisconsin pursuing my degree in Business Management.  I am the daughter of Gary and Georgean Simon whom without their faith, strength and strict rules, I would not be where I am today.  For the past 16 years my husband Dana and I have lived in De Pere.  It is with his love and support that I am able to participate in Dancing with Our Stars. Together we have four children: Alexandra, Broderick and his wife Kaeleigh, and our twins Gabrielle and Mason.  When I am not working I enjoy running, biking, training for half-marathons, reading, traveling and attending all of my children’s activities. I also serve on the committee for the Gourmet Wishes Dinner and I am a wish grantor for Make A Wish of Wisconsin.

As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Group Manager at Associated Bank, I am truly blessed to be part of an amazing team where we strive to provide high-value products and services to our clients, while building long lasting relationships.  Over the past ten years I have been very fortunate to work for an organization that truly believes in giving back to our community and encourages us to do so by granting its employees volunteer hours and communicating local opportunities through our “roots in our community” intranet site.

“A little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll”. Watching “The Donnie and Marie Osmond Show” is my first memory of dancing.  I was about four or five years old, and I can remember dancing to all of their songs, putting a show on for my family in our living room.  Their music was contagious and I can still remember how excited I was each week to watch another episode.  I’m also a big fan of the movie “Grease”.  Who hasn’t watched it and attempted to do the “Hand Jive”.

“No one puts baby in a corner”, I love the movie “Dirty Dancing”! Patrick Swayze, my dream dance partner, was so enjoyable to watch as he danced his way into every teenage girl’s home in the ‘80’s. It was a modern day fairytale that pulled at my heartstrings and made me want to get out of my chair and learn on how to dance. I can still remember fantasizing about learning how to do “the lift”.  I hope to have “had the time of my life” at the end of my Dancing with Our Stars career.

Support Stacy and Chelsea Nov 5

Support Stacy and Chelsea Nov 5 at their Blue Jeans, Boots and Bling Event!

Being a HUGE Green Bay Packers fan I obviously have to begin with saying Donald Driver is my favorite all-time person from “Dancing with the Stars.”  He is an amazing athlete, dancer and performer who can grab your attention with his charismatic style and contagious smile. However, I really did enjoy watching Amy Purdy dance with Derek Hough on season 18.  I was in awe watching her dance across the dance floor with her prosthetic legs.  It gives me a little bit of hope that I will be able to pull off this dance competition with some grace.

There are so many reasons to support the American Red Cross.  When tragedy strikes they are there to provide help for the people who need shelter, clothing and food after a fire takes their home or an accident that requires blood supply. The Red Cross also provides CPR training and offers babysitting courses to teenage children such as my own who need to learn how to not only provide for themselves safely but also learn to care for others.  By participating in #DWOS17, I feel in some small way I can contribute to a larger cause and help so many others in that time of crisis.

Chelsea Anderson

I am originally from New England, and have been part of the Green Bay community for 16 years.  I have been here most of my life and I am proud to call it my home.  From the age of four, my parents have encouraged me give back to the community that I live in.  My first recollection was feeding the homeless when I was four years old at our local church.  I truly did not understand why children my age were hiding food in their pockets.  When I found out the reason why, that particular moment, started my passion to help others in need.  When I was in school, I started a group, Forever Loving Youth.  We collected donations of new items to give the pediatric ward at Bellin Hospital so every child that stayed in the hospital would receive something new to take home.  Following in my mother’s footsteps, Tracy Lemsky-2014 DWOS participant, I learned there are a million reasons to support the Red Cross and I wanted to help make a difference.

As an alumna of Bay Port High School, spending four years on the Bay Port Dance Team, I fell in love with not only dancing, but also how it can communicate emotions through music and motion.  Although my dance team days are over, I still get out and dance as much as I can.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014 with a major in Biology.  My current position is at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health working with 3rd and 4th year medical students. I plan to pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration Degree within the next year so I can eventually get involved with healthcare administration. I would like to specialize in quality assurance or clinic management.

I truly enjoy spending time outside and enjoying the fresh air – whether it be sailing on a lake, climbing or hiking at a state park, going for a run or bike ride, taking my dog for a walk, or downhill skiing out west.  I developed my passion for adventure during college when I was involved with the largest and oldest student organization on campus – Wisconsin Hoofers.  Hoofers is comprised of six outdoor recreation clubs.   I eventually was elected president at the end of my college career and had the privilege to work with an incredible staff and student leaders to help shape the future of the best student organization on campus.

A special thanks to my family and friends for their support of my personal mission to help the Red Cross.  You have all made a huge impact in my life and I don’t know where I would be without you.  I also need to give a shout out to my mom for taking on the role of campaign manager.

Want to help Team Rock for the Red take home the Team Mirrorball Trophy?  VOTE! 

 

Happy Hour to Help the Red Cross

Watch your favorite Associated Bank Senior V.P.’s pour you drinks!

Raise a toast to Tracy Lemsky to help raise donations as she participates in this year’s Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

DATE: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

WHERE: Hagemeister Park, 325 N. Washington St, Green Bay

TIME: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Can’t make it? You can still show your appreciation by donating to her cause!

http://www.crowdrise.com/DWOSNew/fundraiser/tracylemsky

Happy Hour To Help the Red Cross - Tracy

Get to Know: Tracy Lemsky

IMG_2668I am originally from New England but have been part of the Green Bay community for 13 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 traveling, biking, and spending time outdoors.  I have a smart, beautiful daughter named Chelsea who is currently a senior at UW-Madison and is the Hoofer Council President.   Although I am not a dancer, I enjoyed watching my daughter dance for the Bay Port High School Dance Team for four years.  We also have two energetic weimaraners, named Madison and Mitchell, that keep us on our toes at all times.

As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Group Manager 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 a company that allows their employees to give back to the community but it is extraordinary to work for a company that actually encourages and inspires you to do so.

My first real memory of dancing, if you could call it that, was when I was in grade school.  My sisters and I would play the sound track to “Grease” and do the “Hand Jive”.  We were head over heels in love with John Travolta and enjoyed doing all of the dances from the movie.  A more recent memory of dancing was doing the Rumba with my husband on our wedding day.  Although I was surrounded by our closest friends and family, it was still a nerve-racking experience.

My dream dance partner would have to be the late Fred Astaire.  His dances were fun and looked virtually effortless.   His ballroom dances with Ginger Rogers reminded me of a fairy tale romance.  They were simply beautiful.  Also, I figure at 114 years old, I wouldn’t have any problem following his lead.

My favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” has to be Donald Driver.  Watching him have so much fun in every dance he did made it exciting to watch.  His charismatic way and contagious smile brought something new to the competition.

When someone asks why I support the American Red Cross, I am almost tongue-tied because there are a million reasons to support 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, by participating in DWOS, is my way of reaching out and helping the most people in need.

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

Get to know Star Dancer 2013 – Rick Bondowski

9131RickI’m Rick Bondowski, Regional Retail Director at Associated Bank, I have been with Associated Bank for nearly 6 years. I serve on the board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin and the Menominee Tribal College.

I am also a dad, husband, son, brother, uncle. I am on a mission to not embarrass myself and the aforementioned parties with my participation in Dancing with The Stars competition. My wife Claudine and I are blessed to have a wonderful son Jack, who was really excited for this competition; more so to see Donald and Betina Driver dance, rather than his Dad. I enjoy hunting, golfing, coaching Jack’s sports teams, as well as cheer on the Packers, Brewers, Bucks and my alma mater Marquette University.

My early memories of dancing come from family weddings.  When I was teenager, I believed I could really cut a rug.  I realize now that the sprinkler, lawn mower and driving the bus moves I had then will probably not cut it in this competition. I also spent a little time in show choir  in junior high and still take a lot of grief for the spirit finger moves I was required to do.

My personal favorite Dancing With The Stars Celebrity is Katherine Jenkins from the season Donald  Driver won. How could you not love someone who could say “Naughty Bits” on National TV?  She was also elegant, classy and quite a good dancer.

I am proud to support a great organization like the  American Red Cross and all the humanitarian efforts they lead. The risk of embarrassing myself is a small price to pay to help raise money to support those in need, when they need it most. With that, I am somewhat of a quiet guy. This experience is one of those ‘break out of the shell events’ that everyone should try. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone can be a good thing from time to time, and I am surely doing that here! When given the chance to sit it out or dance – I hope we all choose to dance.