Get to Know our Pro Dance Partners: Jay Morth of Simply Ballroom

8926JayJay D. Morth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor of the Arts degree.  He started ballroom dancing at a young age, but really started to enjoy the art of ballroom dancing his sophomore year in college at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. He has been dancing ever since and volunteered teaching at DanceSport of Green Bay from 2009 to 2012.

He now works for Simply Ballroom in Green Bay and Valley Social Dance Studio.  He has received his Bronze level of certification in all of the American Style Dances from Valley Social’s Ballroom Dance Teachers College in Menasha.  Outside of teaching, Jay spends time competing and training professionally with Heather Wudstrack from Get Out and Dance located in Weston, Wisconsin.

Jay supports the American Red Cross because it’s an organization that has been around for many years performing tasks large and small to support people in need.  For these acts, Jay is willing to support such an organization.

Jay’s Star Dance Partner is Deb DeLeers of Associated Bank.

Get to know: Deb DeLeers

photo by Frievalt Photography

photo by Frievalt Photography

I grew up in Bay Settlement, which is a community on the far east side of Green Bay, and spent most of my free time working for my father’s painting company.  As part of the painting “crew”, I got to travel through scenic Northeastern Wisconsin on a daily basis and help color countless barns red.  To this day, I’ll challenge anyone who thinks they can paint a better white stripe on a barn corner…I’m just saying.

I worked for my family’s business throughout high school and dabbled with forensics (acting) and other academic teams in my free time.   I enjoyed sports, but didn’t want to play them competitively…I liked the idea of being in our school’s theatrical productions, but realized that I didn’t really sing well…so, my high school years were pretty tame, all things considered.

As a first-generation college student in my family, I took a leap of faith and headed south after graduating from Luxemburg-Casco to pursue my undergraduate degree at UW-Oshkosh.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to spend too much time on the party circuit…I started dating my future husband, Jim, when I turned 21, so I spent every week catching up on schoolwork so that I could spend my weekends back in Green Bay.  When it came time to head to law school, I was petrified at the thought of living in a big city, so Milwaukee and Madison were out.  Instead, I set my sights on the golden cornfields of DeKalb, IL.  In theory, the school was perfect for me…small town charm, rural setting…  which would have been fine, until I discovered that I was allergic to the corn in DeKalb.  Needless to say, living in Milwaukee was far more attractive that I was with hives, so I found myself traveling north to finish my legal degree at Marquette University.  I don’t know what I was so afraid of…I loved the two years I spent in Milwaukee!

After graduation, I came back up to Green Bay to settle down, get married, and embark upon my new career.  I started practicing law in 2007 and quickly became connected with various community organizations.  I am currently practicing at Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C. and in my spare time, I serve on the Service League Board, Junior Achievement Board, and give my time and talents to various other community organizations.  While it can be an overwhelming commitment at times, I am thrilled to be able to make a difference in the community where I was born and where I am choosing to raise my family.

From little on, I believed that one day, I would do extraordinary things.  I’m quite sure my mother felt the same way…I remember her telling me that I was “one of a kind” and that I beat to my own drummer!  Looking at my life, I am happy to say that I was right.  Jim and I have been together 11 years (yes, I know I am not old enough to have been with him for 11 years), we have two wonderful children who amaze and entertain me on a daily basis, I’ve established a successful career, and I made it to the big time as a star dancer for the American Red Cross!  I am grateful for every opportunity that brought me to this very point in my life…now I can only hope for some grace on the dance floor!