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.
I 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.