I am a Green Bay native and a nurse practitioner at Women’s Specialty Care. I have been in the women’s health field since 1982. I began my career as a labor and delivery staff nurse at Bellin Hospital. Since that time, I have broadened my nursing career to include becoming an obstetrical educator, adjunct faculty at Bellin College of Nursing, and a director of maternity care units in Oconto Falls and Portage.
In 1997, I graduated from the University of Madison with a Master’s Degree in Science and became certified as a women’s health practitioner. I then focused my career on the nurse practitioner role because I wanted to be more involved with patient care. I have enjoyed this role for the past 17 years.
I was married for 18 years to my college sweet heart. Together we raised three children until he was tragically taken by a drunk driver in 2000. I always enjoyed dancing, but it was not until after this tragedy I returned to dance. Dance has brought joy and happiness into my life. I am dancing for this fundraiser in honor of finding health and happiness after suffering a loss.
My first dancing experience was with my babysitter, Alice. I remember her coming over and we would turn on the stereo and play vinyl records. I may be dating myself, but I remember doing dance moves called the jerk, swim and the monkey. When I was a teenager I remember going to the Bay Beach dances in the summer with my cousins. We would dance the night away! In the early eighties, I stopped dancing to raise my family. In 2001, I returned to dancing after surviving my loss. I now continue to dance for health and happiness reasons.
My favorite dancer from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is Derrick Hough. His creativity is unbelievable! He has a way of bringing out the best in his dance partners. Last season he was paired with a double amputee and was able to win the mirror ball trophy. It was so exciting to watch every week. In my opinion, he brings dancing to a different level.
The America Red Cross is there when disaster strikes. It does not matter how small or large the disaster. It is very comforting to know the Red Cross will be there to provide help when it is needed. With that said, you are never alone when faced with a disaster. I am honored to participate in Dancing with Our Start to help raise funds for this great organization.