Born and raised in Suamico, I am a graduate of Bay Port High School where I grew up participating in cross country, track, show choir and color guard (yes, I really did twirl a flag around the football field). I graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with a Marketing degree and I am currently furthering my education at Concordia University of Wisconsin pursuing my degree in Business Management. I am the daughter of Gary and Georgean Simon whom without their faith, strength and strict rules, I would not be where I am today. For the past 16 years my husband Dana and I have lived in De Pere. It is with his love and support that I am able to participate in Dancing with Our Stars. Together we have four children: Alexandra, Broderick and his wife Kaeleigh, and our twins Gabrielle and Mason. When I am not working I enjoy running, biking, training for half-marathons, reading, traveling and attending all of my children’s activities. I also serve on the committee for the Gourmet Wishes Dinner and I am a wish grantor for Make A Wish of Wisconsin.
As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Group Manager at Associated Bank, I am truly blessed to be part of an amazing team where we strive to provide high-value products and services to our clients, while building long lasting relationships. Over the past ten years I have been very fortunate to work for an organization that truly believes in giving back to our community and encourages us to do so by granting its employees volunteer hours and communicating local opportunities through our “roots in our community” intranet site.
“A little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll”. Watching “The Donnie and Marie Osmond Show” is my first memory of dancing. I was about four or five years old, and I can remember dancing to all of their songs, putting a show on for my family in our living room. Their music was contagious and I can still remember how excited I was each week to watch another episode. I’m also a big fan of the movie “Grease”. Who hasn’t watched it and attempted to do the “Hand Jive”.
“No one puts baby in a corner”, I love the movie “Dirty Dancing”! Patrick Swayze, my dream dance partner, was so enjoyable to watch as he danced his way into every teenage girl’s home in the ‘80’s. It was a modern day fairytale that pulled at my heartstrings and made me want to get out of my chair and learn on how to dance. I can still remember fantasizing about learning how to do “the lift”. I hope to have “had the time of my life” at the end of my Dancing with Our Stars career.
Being a HUGE Green Bay Packers fan I obviously have to begin with saying Donald Driver is my favorite all-time person from “Dancing with the Stars.” He is an amazing athlete, dancer and performer who can grab your attention with his charismatic style and contagious smile. However, I really did enjoy watching Amy Purdy dance with Derek Hough on season 18. I was in awe watching her dance across the dance floor with her prosthetic legs. It gives me a little bit of hope that I will be able to pull off this dance competition with some grace.
There are so many reasons to support the American Red Cross. When tragedy strikes they are there to provide help for the people who need shelter, clothing and food after a fire takes their home or an accident that requires blood supply. The Red Cross also provides CPR training and offers babysitting courses to teenage children such as my own who need to learn how to not only provide for themselves safely but also learn to care for others. By participating in #DWOS17, I feel in some small way I can contribute to a larger cause and help so many others in that time of crisis.
I am originally from New England, and have been part of the Green Bay community for 16 years. I have been here most of my life and I am proud to call it my home. 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 four 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 particular moment, started my passion to help others in need. When I was in school, I started a group, Forever Loving Youth. We collected donations of new items to give the pediatric ward at Bellin Hospital so every child that stayed in the hospital would receive something new to take home. Following in my mother’s footsteps, Tracy Lemsky-2014 DWOS participant, I learned there are a million reasons to support the Red Cross and I wanted to help make a difference.
As an alumna of Bay Port High School, spending four years on the Bay Port Dance Team, I fell in love with not only dancing, but also how it can communicate emotions through music and motion. Although my dance team days are over, I still get out and dance as much as I can. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014 with a major in Biology. My current position is at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health working with 3rd and 4th year medical students. I plan to pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration Degree within the next year so I can eventually get involved with healthcare administration. I would like to specialize in quality assurance or clinic management.
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 college 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. I also need to give a shout out to my mom for taking on the role of campaign manager.