Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Grant Soletski &

I am a Professional Land Surveyor owning and operating Soletski Surveying prior to opening CrossFit Green Bay in October of 2010. Since beginning the gym I have coached five teams/individuals to the CrossFit Games regional competition and in 2014 I took a team to the CrossFit Games finishing 27th in the world.

I joined the Wisconsin National Guard in 2013 and am part of the 2-127th Infantry Battalion. I love this country and ever since I watched the towers go down in September of 2001 it’s been in my heart that I needed to give back to my country so a month before the cutoff age of 35 years old I decided to join. It was pretty difficult starting my military career as a 35 year old man amongst a majority of 18-21 year old men but it’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world.

I have been married to Betsy Soletski for 16 years this coming May with a 17-year-old son, Zachary, 13-year-old daughter, Emma and a 9-year-old daughter Grace. I am passionate about never stopping learning new things and helping others accomplish things they in their mind think are unattainable. Love my family, love my Lord, Love my country, Love the Wisconsin National Guard and most importantly learning to Love to dance! The dancing part though is taking a bit of coaching from my amazing coach and partner Angela because just as I am passionate about helping others attain their hopes and dreams she is helping me attain this one!

 

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Kelly Wolff

I’ve always loved to dance. I have many fun memories of dancing with my girlfriends in my parents’ basement, of being on my high school and college dance teams, and of course learning about ballroom dancing from Terry at TC Dance club.

During the day, I’m a scientist at Kimberly-Clark where I design lotions and potions for their personal care product lines. Kimberly-Clark is very supportive of both my volunteer activities to organize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) events for kids and my pursuit of sustainability initiatives to reduce waste from our daily habits, as we all depend on this planet to eat, drink, breath, and live.  After work, I enjoy teaching at Aerial Dance Pole Exercise, a fitness based studio for women (and men) to safely build strength and confidence through the aerial arts while having fun! In addition, I am working towards a Masters in Cosmetic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.

It’s difficult to pick out just one moment from DWOS 2017 that stands out, because there were so many great experiences.  I had so much fun getting to know the rest of the 2017 DWOS participants and the Red Cross volunteers (I’m talking to you Barb, Sharon, Shawn, and Tara!), as well as seeing others in the community come together to support Team Vixens last year. But the one thing that stands out the most for me, was the emotional jolt I felt when my friend and Team Vixen partner from last year, Lusine Weitz, first shared with me her experiences with the Red Cross in the immediate aftermath of the tragic 1988 Armenian earthquake. That feeling of empathy serves as a constant reminder of why we are here. It isn’t to ‘win’ or to worry about what others think about us or our routine, it is to do what we can to help others in need.

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? Not only do I love to dance, I am honored to help raise money and bring awareness to the Red Cross and the work that they do for our community. Volunteering and supporting volunteer organizations are a part of how we show our compassion for each other and we reinforce our sense of community. That’s why I decided to participate in DWOS All-Stars, for when we help others, we truly get more out of it than we give. With this in mind I’d like to thank you for supporting this event and helping those in need in our community.

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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Get To Know: DWOS Dancer Kim Peeters

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I oversee and manage all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the company. While my role within the company has changed this past year due to the death of our broker, community leader, mentor to many and my beloved mother, Joyce Bytof, my belief has not.   I vowed to protect their legacy and integrity.  To be proactive in sharing time, talent and business experience I’ve learned over the year.  To help grow the company and keep it solvent for many years to come.   I don’t see anyway a person can improve or grow without being open minded.  I combine both my head & heart in whatever I do.

Growing up with not a lot of money, we couldn’t afford dance lessons like most of my friends. I was so jealous of the beautiful dresses. So, my first dancing recollection was the Lawrence Welk Show (when I was around 6 or 7) that my mom would watch on Sunday nights and with only one TV we watched too. After that it was the box step with boys in gym class and watching my older (3 years older) sister dance in her room in front of the mirror.  I thought she was so cool and I tried to emulate those moves.

When it comes to my favorite dancer on “Dancing with the Stars I like watching Derek, Max, Cheryl, Peta and all of the dancers.  The pro dancers are just so amazing.  They are flawless, beautiful, and talented.  Too COOL!  And, their partners, the actors/actresses, singers, sports players are unbelievable too, especially those that don’t have a dancing background.  To even put yourself out there and try is what makes them all my favorites.  If I have to pick one – Double D Donald Driver.  This is our guy, from our community, our team and this will never change.

My hobbies are golfing, biking, walking, traveling to warm weather destinations, kayaking and mowing the lawn.  My passions are many. My husband & kids, grand-kids, dogs, grand-dogs, good friends, giving back and making a difference, chocolate and a real good belly laugh.

The American Red Cross is known for their long history of providing help and relief to many organizations.  It’s all about giving back, giving often and giving of your heart.  Whose life hasn’t been served or saved by the Red Cross?

Here’s a sneak peek of Kim and her dancer partner, Terry Irwin.

Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Al Jamir

alI’m a community volunteer who serves on 15 boards and organizations.  My passion as an OPTIMIST is to service youth in our community thru the Green Bay Preble Optimist Club.  I serve the employees and clients of Cash Depot as Vice-President part-time.  I am a big brother thru the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and a coach/mentor for Boys & Girls Club “Be Great Graduate” program.

My first dance experience took place at Burlington High School where I was involved in band and the drama club. I auditioned to be a member of “Kids from Burlington” and was selected.  We performed at school programs, competitions, and community events.  It was so much fun to learn dance moves and routines.  What I remembered most were the smiles from the audience.

My dream dance partner is either Peta Murgatroyd or Cheryl Burke. Regarding my favorite celebrity dancer on ABC’S “Dancing with the Stars”, it’s Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson. Her precision and timing were incredible.

My hobbies and passions include dancing and fly fishing.  I am a fishing guide on the Menominee River during the summer months.  I donate fishing trips to non-profit agencies for their fund raising efforts.  I love sharing our world class fishing with others, especially children.

I’m supporting the American Red Cross because it serves my purpose to serve my God and my community, and have FUN doing it! I choose to give back to the community that allowed me to be successful during my 20 years at Camera Corner.

Here is a sneak peek of Al and Angela at their lesson.