DWOS17 Meet our Star Dancers: Tara Steinhorst

img_0920-57f2ba4f37f46I am a mother of four children: Colton (8), Camden (6), Kylin (4), Cooper (almost 2). I am a wife of 11 years to Jeff Steinhorst. My hobbies include raising awareness for childhood cancer, working to build Colton’s Cure Foundation, teaching my children activities like sports and spending time with my family. My passion is truly to raise awareness for childhood cancer and to spread joy and smiles throughout my community. The world is a better place if we are nice to people we run into.

I first was in Dance when I was little girl maybe about 6 years old. I was in a ballet class to help with my figure skating lessons.

I think my dream dance partner would be Colton. He never was able to really bust a move in his young age so I would love to dance with him again.

Donald Driver is my favorite dancer from “Dancing with the Stars” as he had amazing moves and great athletic ability. He also knows how to play to the crowd and perform.

I support the American Red Cross for many reasons but my number one reason is because it supports cancer patients with blood and platelets. Without that, chemotherapy wouldn’t be as easy or as good an option if they have low counts.

DWOS17 Meet our Star Dancers: Woody on 94.3 Jack FM

img_5503-57f2bb8c43491I am the program coordinator and on-air talent for 94.3 Jack FM. I am also a weekend entertainer, providing DJ and emcee services for brides and grooms on their wedding days. I have been married for 20 years, we have 10 children (some of whom are foster children living with us). In my free time, if I have any, I enjoy going to the movies or hanging out at a concert.

One of the reasons that I am participating in this adventure is because of my son: Charlie.  He was born on May 18, 2009.  It was discovered quickly that he had some abnormalities as well as biliary atresia. Biliary atresia occurs when there is no bile duct from the liver to the small intestines. Basically, the bile made and stored in the liver is unable to be excreted from the body. He was also born without a gallbladder another storage unit for bile. This bile builds up in the blood stream and that is when you see the yellowing of the eyes and skin. Charlie had a Kasai procedure to try and repair this defect, however that surgery was unsuccessful. His only chance at long term survival was a liver transplant. Without a transplant, most children born with biliary atresia typically do not survive past the age of two.

Woody and his dance partner, Mina Witte of Simply Ballroom.

Woody and his dance partner, Mina Witte of Simply Ballroom.

Charlie’s story from the first eight weeks of life until his transplant spanned just over one year. There are too many details to provide in this brief synopsis. There are some vital facts that helped to facilitate his survival. The amazing doctors and nurses who helped us care for him on a daily basis, and all of the blood products he received during his many days in the hospital. His transplant stay in the hospital was 122 days. During this period of time his life was like a roller coaster ride. He had countless surgeries, tests, as well as blood products. Thanks to the American Red Cross, Charlie was able to receive 20 units of red blood cells, 21 units of fresh frozen platelets, 14 units of plasma, and 1 unit of cryoprecipitate.

Without those blood products during his stay as well as during his transplant, Charlie would not have survived. Please consider making a donation to the American Red Cross. You never know when someone you love will need blood products.

 

DWOS17 Meet our Star Dancers: Team E-Rock

Emily Matesic

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Emily back at it with her dance partner, Jay Morth

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 has 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!

I remember dancing in the kitchen as a kid at a very young age.  My parents grew up in the 50’s/60’s so Motown was often playing in our house.  My dad was always spinning my mom around the kitchen doing a Jitterbug or a Cha-Cha.  I loved when my dad would grab my hand for my turn to take a spin!  Thirty-nine years later, my parents continue to dance and I still love dancing with my dad!

As a girl who grew up watching Dirty Dancing, I think the late Patrick Swayze would be my dream dance partner.   Nobody puts Baby/me in a corner!  But I’m hoping this experience inspires my fundraising teammate/fiancé, Rock, to enjoy dancing and maybe we can cut some rug more often!

I’m a homer so Mirror Ball Champion Hines Ward is definitely my favorite star dancer on Dancing with the Stars.  Antonio Brown was pretty impressive, too!  Pro-wise, I think Maks (Maksim Chmerkovskiy) tops my list.   While I don’t always like his bad boy, badass behavior, the guy can dance!!

As a reporter, I’ve covered lots of tragedies and I’ve seen people at their worst.  The Red Cross is always on those scenes not only helping the victims, but the emergency responders as well.   It doesn’t matter if it’s two in the morning or two in the afternoon, the Red Cross is always coming to the aid of others.

 

Adam Rockman

img_0476-57d1b3731fe39I made a major life change in 2010 when I decided to leave the motorsports industry I worked in for more than 10 years to return to school to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  I graduated in 2012 and began working at Bellin Health where I am currently employed as a registered nurse (RN) in the intensive care unit (ICU).

I love my new career.  As an ICU RN, I often work with people on the worst day of their lives.  Although being an RN can be physically and emotionally exhausting, helping my patients and their families through tough times is one of the things that keeps me motivated in my job.

Originally from Escanaba, Michigan, I’ve has been living in the Green Bay area since attending St. Norbert College where I played football for the Green Knights.  I has a five-year-old son named Troy and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Desmo.  We live together with my wonderful fiancé and DWOS teammate, Emily Matesic.

For me, dancing usually involves quite a bit of vodka and looks closer to “The Humpty Dance” than any type of ballroom dancing. So, the night of the event should be interesting…

I’m supporting the American Red Cross because it always seems to be the first one in and the last one out to any tragedy or disaster.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a small local fire or a national emergency; the Red Cross is always there.

Want to support Team E-Rock?  Check out there fun Casino Night event on January 7th.  Click HERE for more information.

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DWOS17 Meet our Star Dancers: Lusine Weitz and Kelly Wolff – Team Vixen!

Lusine Weitz

img_0494I was born in Gyumri, Armenia.  I lived in my hometown until the Spitak earthquake devastated my town and region in 1988.  50,000 Armenians lost their lives and 130,000 suffered injuries in this tragedy.  In the aftermath, my family moved to Yoshkar-Ola, Russia where I obtained a degree in music.  Additionally, I graduated from the Moscow Open Social University where I earned a degree in law.  In 2006, I met my husband in Russia and move to the United States.  In 2009, I established a commercial cleaning company in Appleton called NC Janitorial, Inc.

Since coming to America, I’ve sought to cultivate my lifelong love of dance.  I am extremely blessed to be a student of the talented Mr. Terry Irwin, owner of TC Dance Club.  I am very excited to participate in Dancing with Our Stars.

Over the years, I’ve waited for an opportunity to give back to the American Red Cross.  I’m committed to the Red Cross and its important mission. I’ve seen firsthand the critical difference this organization makes in literally saving people’s lives around the world.  In my hometown of Gyumri, thousands of people would have perished if not for the quick response to this earthquake.  Within days of this tragedy, advance teams of rescue personnel were on site, and within a week hundreds of Red Cross volunteers were also there. If you want to see a thankful community, come visit Gyumri.  You will never find a town that is so appreciative of the work of the Red Cross.

 

Kelly Wolff

img_3960I am very excited to be participating in Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross. Not only do I love to dance, I am honored to help raise money and bring awareness to the Red Cross and the work it does. But this event and what we are doing isn’t really about me, it’s about all of us. Volunteering and supporting volunteer organizations is a part of how we show our compassion for each other and how we reinforce our sense of community. When we do it we truly get more out of it then we give. With this in mind, I’d like to thank you for supporting this event and helping those in need.

My mother, Debbie Wolff, used to go out dancing while she was pregnant with me. And she passed this along to me. So I guess you could say I’ve been dancing since before I was born! From there I have fun memories of dancing with my girlfriends in my parents’ basement, performing on the Cedarburg High School and St. Norbert College dance teams, coaching the Cedarburg Colts Cheer & Dance Team for a decade, and of learning and loving ballroom dancing from Terry and Toby at TC Dance Club in Appleton. While there, I am able to dance with my dream dance partner, my husband, Arnie Enz. I don’t think anything can top our wedding dance.

During the day, I work as a formulation scientist at Kimberly-Clark designing lotions and potions for their personal care product lines. I have been working toward a Masters in Cosmetic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, though I took the last semester off to get married. Kimberly-Clark is very supportive of my volunteer activities and has given me many wonderful opportunities to organize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities for kids on campus and in the local schools. Since I love to dance, I also work as an instructor at Aerial Dance Pole Exercise, a fitness-based aerial arts studio for women to safely build strength and confidence while having fun!

Oh, and as for my favorite DWTS performer, there are just too many to name. But while I can always appreciate a perfect routine, I can’t help but to root for the underdog who doesn’t have a dance or an athletic background, yet is still is still making significant improvements every week.

Looking for a fun way to support Team Vixen?  Check out their “Rockabilly Christmas” Party for the Red Cross, Sunday, December 18 at the Butte des Morts Country Club. Click HERE for more details.  Can’t make the party? Vote for this dynamic duo!

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DWOS17 – Meet our Star Dancers: Dr. Ryan Martin

ryanmartingreybg550px-57c9f64c59315I’m the chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a nationally known anger researcher.  I earned my doctorate from the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi where I studied anger under Dr. Eric Dahlen.  I teach courses in Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Emotion, Research Methods in Psychology, and a capstone course on anger and violence.  Although I study healthy and unhealthy anger in a variety of contexts, I’m best known for my work on how anger is expressed through social media.  My work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today as well as on National Public Radio and various other news outlets.

I’ve been married for 16 years and have two young sons, with whom I spend most of my free time. Our family enjoys trips to Door County and visits with other family throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Green Bay, family time is spent at Bay Beach, the Farmers Market, the Children’s Museum, kids’ sports and dance lessons, and bike rides on various trails throughout Green Bay. When I take time for myself, I enjoy running, my favorite pastime, and run as many of the local races as possible.

My first dance memory comes from when I was around five or six-years-old and was at a wedding with my family.  I was watching people dance and I really wanted to get out on the dance floor with them but was a little bit too shy.  I went and found my mom and she invited me to dance with her.  I remember being struck by how bad I was compared to everyone else.  They had all made it look so easy and I just felt awkward and weird.

My wife, Tina, is my dream dance partner. While Apolo Anton Ohno is my favorite all-time performer from “Dancing with the Stars”. I had been a big fan of his from watching him in the Olympics, and really admired his personal story.  His freestyle dance on DWTS, though, was particularly amazing.

(L-R) Shawn Kiser, MC interviewing Dr. Ryan Martin at our Kickoff event on Oct 4 at The Marq.

(L-R) Shawn Kiser, MC, interviewing Dr. Ryan Martin at our kickoff event on Oct 4 at The Marq.

I moved to Green Bay from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in July of 2005, less than two months before Hurricane Katrina devastated the place I called home for five years.  I had many friends, coworkers, and former students who were living throughout southern Mississippi and Louisiana, and I watched with sadness and fear as they suffered because of the storm.  I remember feeling profoundly helpless as I watched things unfold, but I also remember all the volunteers that were being dispatched by the American Red Cross to help.  It was comforting to know that someone was doing something, and that even though I couldn’t help directly, I could donate to the people who were able to.

I am excited to get involved in the Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser for two reasons. First, and most obviously, I believe in the Red Cross and value the work they do.  I am happy to raise money for the organization that was there for so many of my friends and has been there for so many others.  Second, as a teacher I am constantly encouraging my students to step outside of their comfort zone and try things that are new and difficult.  Dancing as part of this fundraiser is a chance for me to do the same.

Looking for a way to support Ryan? Here are two campaigns going on for this October.  Check out his event facebook page for more information.  “Vote” online for Ryan at:

https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/fundraiser/ryanmartin17

 

 

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American Red Cross “Dancing” Fundraiser to Announce 2016 Event Participants at October 6 Kickoff Party

Another cast of local celebrities is assembling to participate in Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.  The star dancers will compete to raise the most money and take home the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy.  This year’s participants will be revealed during a private kickoff party Tuesday, October 6. Presented by Festival Foods, the kickoff party will be held at The Marq on French Road in De Pere.

“This event continues to grow and create a buzz in the community,” says Chapter Executive Steve Hansen.  “The star dancers do a tremendous job not only on the dance floor but more importantly raising funds to help support local Red Cross efforts.”

Dancing with Our Stars is now in its eighth year.  Not only do those in attendance support local efforts, so can those not attending as the star dancers receive votes in the form of donations to the Red Cross.  One dollar equals one vote.  All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe and international programs.

Last year’s event raised nearly $170,000 in net revenue for the local Red Cross.  Ann Vande Hei of Wisconsin Public Service took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $60,000.

Dancing with our Stars 2016 will take place Saturday, February 20 at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Donation Website: https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars

Dancing with Our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter

Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS16 to join the conversation!)

Erie Insurance, Festival Foods, the Green Bay Packers, Schneider, Wisconsin Public Service, WBAY-TV and 101 WIXX are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2016.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.