BENEFITING: American Red Cross
ORGANIZER: American Red Cross Wisconsin Region
EVENT DATE: Feb 15, 2014
I 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.