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?

Check out Zeb’s Moves on the dance floor!

Vote for Zeb to “Stay Alive” for a chance to win the Fundraising Mirrorball Trophy.

Come out to Drag Bingo with the Queens of the Mirrorball Bash! 

Join the Queens for an afternoon of BINGO!! $10 gets you in the door and your first bingo card!! Extra cards can be purchased for $5! Amazing prizes for each game and a 50/50 raffle to top things off!! Proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross and TeamMcZ for Dancing with Our Stars.

When:  Saturday, February 6

Time:  1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Townline Pub & Grill

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Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Keith Cronin

8879Keith-542b101eb5903The youngest of four, I am originally from Racine where my influence to work in the hospitality industry came from television shows such as “The Love Boat” and “Hotel”. The 1985 Hollywood version of “A Chorus Line” was a movie I also watched many times.  I am a music lover, appreciate the arts and rarely do I not have some type of music playing.  In addition to my full-time career, I am also a Zumba instructor at Western Racquet and Fitness.#TakeLifeFurther

I have always enjoyed music and been told a few times “I’m a good dancer and I have rhythm” – but the biggest milestone around dancing is when I was the lead choreographer for an all-male talent contest in high school – called Mr. Park at Washington Park High School in Racine.

My dream dance partner is someone with a level of talent that makes me look good! As for my favorite dancer of all-time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, it’s not easy to answer as there are  many talented dancers on the show. But being a male, If I may narrow it down to two pro’s and two guest stars:  Derrick Hough and Val Chmerkovskiy  / Corbin Bleu and James Maslow.

Outside of work and household chores, I enjoy spending quality time at the gym as fitness and a healthy lifestyle is an important part of my life.  I enjoy spending time outdoors, social time with friends/family and movies.

I am supporting the American Red Cross because I am always willing to volunteer my time to a worthwhile cause or organization and their efforts.  Serving as a contestant for the 2015 DWOS offers an exciting way to raise money while accepting the challenge of something completely new to me and having fun every “dance step” of the way!

Here is a sneak peek of Keith and Mina:

 

 

Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Bill McGlin

6900Bill (1)I’m a 911 Communication Supervisor for Brown County Public Safety and also an EMT with Wescott EMS in Shawano County.  I have committed myself to helping others by working in the public safety field for 15 years. Now I’m ready to step out onto the ballroom floor and see what magic I can create!!!

At the age of 10, my family took a vacation to Texas to visit my Aunt who was stationed in the military.  One afternoon we went to the Stockyards in Fort Worth to take in the attractions.  While at Billy Bob’s Dance Hall I was exposed to country line dancing and couples dancing.  From that moment I was fascinated with line dancing.  Once back home we saw a local ad for line dance lessons at a local establishment.  I started taking lessons, which I quickly picked up.

Cheryl Burke is my dream dance partner!  She is an amazing dancer and true inspiration.  She has the competitive drive and passion for dance as well as a humble personality. She’s not my favorite dancer of all-time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, though. That would be Derek Hough.  He is an amazing dancer and choreographer.  I am in awe of his style, dedication and chemistry with his partners.  He is always having a great time on the show.

HERE’s a sneak peek of Bill and his dance partner Mina of Simply Ballroom:

My passion for the dance floor has carried me through my life and around the world teaching, competing and performing.  When I don’t have my dance shoes on, I enjoy exploring the outdoors through hiking, biking, kayaking, boating and road trips across the country.  I have always had a love for music and enjoy the fine arts as well.  I enjoy a night out on the town but have just as much fun spending an evening at home with family and friends for game nights.

The mission of the American Red Cross falls into place with my line of work.  I have worked with the Red Cross hand-in-hand both on the scene of emergencies as well as in the Communication Center requesting their services for our responders and the public in the time of need.  The Red Cross is always there when the public safety responders request them for their services.  Dancing with Our Stars gives me the opportunity to give back to this great community organization.  I am honored to be a part of such a worthy cause.