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: Dan Terrio

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?

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.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Keith Cronin

I’m originally from Racine. I’ve worked in the hospitality industry for 30 years and am currently Manager of Guest Services for the Green Bay Packers. I’m also a Zumba instructor at Western Racquet and Fitness. I enjoy time with family and friends, love traveling and meeting new people, love to laugh, love Disney, and pandas crack me up!

Quotes I live by:

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

“Life is all about choices and decisions”

“Life is what you make of it….if it doesn’t fit then you make alterations”

“Work hard in silence.  Let your success be your noise”

My favorite moments from my DWOS 2015 experience are meeting some incredible people and doing something out of the norm to raise money for the American Red Cross.  Of course, hearing my name announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Rhythm showcase was incredibly spectacular.  I couldn’t stop smiling!

I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars because it’s a wonderful cause and it’s the 10th and final year. I wanted to be part of the magic again and wanted to do something positive and impactful for others before I turned 50.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Chelsea Anderson

I’m originally from New England but have been part of the Green Bay community most of my life.  (I am a proud Cheese Head!)  I attended Bay Port High School (Let’s Go Pirates!) before graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014 with a major in Biology (On, Wisconsin!). Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill pursuing a Master’s in Healthcare Administration (Go Heels!).  Post-graduation, my hope is to get involved with hospital strategy or quality initiatives that will influence patient care and access to healthcare.

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 undergraduate 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.

To be honest, I don’t think I can pick a singular moment that was my favorite from my DWOS 2017 experience – the entire ride was so fulfilling and wonderful that I would say the whole experience was my favorite part.  From talking to donors and sponsors, practicing for the performance, and spreading awareness about what the Red Cross does, the DWOS journey was such a well rounding experience.  I am inspired by all the stories of dancers and volunteers to give back more to the community around me – that is the most exciting piece of participating in such an amazing event like this.  (although, taking home the team mirror ball trophy last year was the cherry on top of a pretty awesome cake)

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 4 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 moment started my passion to help others in need.  After being closer to hurricanes this past year, I had a better understanding and appreciation of everything that the Red Cross does for people across the nation.  The generosity in the hearts of volunteers and the genuine help they give to those in need is truly inspiring.  I can’t recall a time that I have turned down participation in an event that benefits others and I wasn’t about to start when I was asked last DWOS event.  Also, I couldn’t say no to an opportunity that allows me to share this special journey with one of my best friends – my Mom.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Billi Jo Baneck

I am a full-time 911 dispatcher for Brown County Public Safety and Bridal Coordinator at Ruby Design. I
grew up a farm girl in Wautoma, the oldest of six children. My parents and youngest brother Charlie
were killed in a house fire in 2008 and I eventually made my way to Green Bay.

My hobbies include: crafting, wino nights, traveling, and spending time with my nieces. I also took up
public speaking—conquering one of my greater fears in order to share my story with others.

Volunteering has been a passion of mine my entire life, but became increasingly stronger after I lost my
family members. I became a Red Cross Volunteer with the Disaster Team and Dispatch Team. I volunteer
at the schools, for police supporter organizations, and anywhere else that asks for help.

DWOS 2017 was such a great experience that involved so many amazing moments! First off…any time
with “The Hoochies” is bound to be entertaining! Practices with Michael always left my face stretched
out from laughing so much! (Mina often wondered how we learned anything by working together—said
it was like listening to siblings goof off the entire hour). However, even through all the nerves and
shaking legs and unsure mind, being on the dance floor surrounded by so many supporters was THE
BEST moment of all. Watching video of my sister Katie being a blubbering mess will always come back to
haunt her…and warm my heart, all at the same time.

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? My story isn’t finished yet. Every time I do something
that takes me outside my comfort zone, people see that, and a lot respect that and try to emulate that.
I’ve learned over the years that being my own strong person makes those around me stronger too. Zeb
and Bill started this journey with me three years ago with Bill and we are in a unique position to end it
all together. The amazing people that are involved in DWOS become family. I am honored to be a part of
this family and wouldn’t miss the last goodbye for anything!