I try to be passionate about everything I do. So, my passions are dentistry, dancing, photography, driving boat for the Waterboard Warriors and a little golf. I am married and have 3 children.
The funny thing is dancing was something I never did until a few years ago. I used to be very active in water skiing, barefooting, snow skiing and soccer. But I had an incident that changed all that about ten years ago. I was playing in an adult soccer league and got hit in the chest with a close range shot on goal. When I came to, I couldn’t move anything or feel anything from my neck down to my toes. I ended up with two cervical fusions in my neck. After that I gave up all my high impact activities to protect the rest of my neck.
Then while at a dental meeting I was “dancing” at one of the evening socials and decided I’d like to learn to dance better. When I returned it just so happened that there was a class at the local tennis club being taught by none other than Michael Witte! My wife doesn’t care to dance and so I started doing some competing and have enjoyed it since. So, I give Michael a lot of credit for helping me get involved with dancing. Between dancing and my boat driving it helps to feed that need for an adrenaline rush and competition, both of which I still crave despite the neck injury!
My entire DWOS16 experience was amazing, and one of my favorite moments was performing my dances that evening!
I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars because it’s a great opportunity to use my passions and help raise some money for the Red Cross and get together with some amazing people and perform again!
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.
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!
I am born and raised in the Shawano Lake area. My passion for dance started way back at the young age
of 10 at The Country Club in Cecil where I quickly became a line dancing sensation. I started teaching
line dance at the age of 13 and two years later started my days of competing nationally. I captured the
world championship title in 2000 after returning from a five-month tour overseas in England, Scotland,
Whales, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Ireland where I taught and performed with the best in
the line dance industry. When I am not showing off my line dance and west coast swing skills, I fulfill my
professional career as a 911 Communications Supervisor, which I have worked in the field for the past
17 years. My passion for helping others and saving lives has been enhanced with my time as a volunteer
EMT for 16 years.
One experience from my DWOS 15 participation that stands out in a humorous way happened during
rehearsals. Dancing with Mina was never a dull moment! And throwing in a few lifts and tricks into our
routine also meant practicing things that I have never done…And let’s just say that there was one
rehearsal Mina ended up on the floor with me on top of her. No one was hurt! I didn’t break Mina!
I decided to participate in DWOS All-Stars because of two words…PEER PRESSURE!! (haha) But in all
seriousness, DWOS was so much fun and allowed me to explore another avenue of dance and show off
my west coast swing moves as well! I have always had a strong drive to help and give back to the
community and the American Red Cross is an extraordinary organization to do this for.