Get to Know: Tracy Lemsky

IMG_2668I am originally from New England but have been part of the Green Bay community for 13 years.  It was my intention to eventually move back to the East coast but after settling in and truly enjoying what this community has to offer, my husband, Jim, and I decided to make Green Bay our home.  We enjoy traveling, biking, and spending time outdoors.  I have a smart, beautiful daughter named Chelsea who is currently a senior at UW-Madison and is the Hoofer Council President.   Although I am not a dancer, I enjoyed watching my daughter dance for the Bay Port High School Dance Team for four years.  We also have two energetic weimaraners, named Madison and Mitchell, that keep us on our toes at all times.

As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Group Manager at Associated Bank, I get to spend my time working with an amazing team of professionals.   The special part about this team is that we all have a common goal to provide the best service to our clients and give back to our community while maintaining a healthy balance with what’s most important in life – our families.  It is wonderful to work for a company that allows their employees to give back to the community but it is extraordinary to work for a company that actually encourages and inspires you to do so.

My first real memory of dancing, if you could call it that, was when I was in grade school.  My sisters and I would play the sound track to “Grease” and do the “Hand Jive”.  We were head over heels in love with John Travolta and enjoyed doing all of the dances from the movie.  A more recent memory of dancing was doing the Rumba with my husband on our wedding day.  Although I was surrounded by our closest friends and family, it was still a nerve-racking experience.

My dream dance partner would have to be the late Fred Astaire.  His dances were fun and looked virtually effortless.   His ballroom dances with Ginger Rogers reminded me of a fairy tale romance.  They were simply beautiful.  Also, I figure at 114 years old, I wouldn’t have any problem following his lead.

My favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” has to be Donald Driver.  Watching him have so much fun in every dance he did made it exciting to watch.  His charismatic way and contagious smile brought something new to the competition.

When someone asks why I support the American Red Cross, I am almost tongue-tied because there are a million reasons to support this incredible organization.  The first reason that comes to mind is the quality education they deliver.  Their classes provide the skills needed to respond to basically any emergency.  Another reason the Red Cross is remarkable is their ability to help in times of crisis.  Every time I read the paper or watch the news and hear of the lives affected by a natural disaster, I feel powerless because I want to help them all.  Supporting the Red Cross, by participating in DWOS, is my way of reaching out and helping the most people in need.

A special thanks to my family, friends, and wonderful husband for their support of my personal mission to help the Red Cross.

Stacy Tries Twirling Her Way To Victory

Stacy is President and co-owner of Burnham Richards, a brand elevation and advertising firm.  She is a Green Bay native, and before returning to Green Bay 10 years ago, she lived in Minneapolis, where she began her advertising career and met her husband, David.  Stacy and David now live in DePere with their two children, Ben (age 11) and Sophia (age 7), and their 1-year old golden retriever, Chelsea.

Besides raising money for the Red Cross and learning the finer points of the Viennese Waltz, Stacy is also active in the PTO’s at both her children’s schools, on the board for the UWGB Institute for Learning Partnership, a member of PEO (Chapter AI) and a Mary Kay Senior Consultant.

Getting to know Stacy…

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? As kids, my sister and I spent many hours choreographing some pretty spectacular shows in our basement.  We created a “dinner theatre” and our parents watched with big smiles while enjoying their TV Dinner of Salisbury Steak we made for them.  All I can say is that I’m very thankful that our household did not own a video camera.

My “formal” dance training would involve the Jazz dance class I took when I was 12.  I still remember parts of the routine to “Hot Lunch Jam” –And if you’re not familiar with that song, you can find it on the “Fame” soundtrack.  I also perfected my jazz hands and the box step during my time in high school swing choir.   Although I thought all of this “extensive” training would come in handy when I hit the dance floor, I’m not really sure it’s helping.

Who is your dream dance partner? My dream dance partner is my husband. He’s always willing to get out on the dance floor.  Our “dancing” doesn’t really involve any dance steps per se, but it’s always fun and full of laughter which, ultimately, is why I love spending time with him.  I have to be honest, however, if Maksim from DWTS showed up at my door an offered to take me dancing, I’d definitely take him up on it.

Why support the Red Cross with your participation? The Red Cross is a fantastic organization that helps so many people from young to old and provides assistance in a multitude of ways.  There really isn’t another organization like it.  The more you learn about the unbelievable impact the Red Cross has on our community the more you want to say “how can I help?” I’m proud to support this organization and raising money locally to help those in need is really important to me.  Over the years I’ve given many pints of blood to the Red Cross, so I guess it’s now time for some sweat and tears.

What’s your favorite song? My iPod is full of a really diverse collection of music that involves pretty much everything except country and heavy metal.  I don’t have one favorite, I have many. They are all reflective of different times and places making up of the on-going soundtrack of my life.