U.S. Venture, Inc.
Cristi is the Learning and Talent Specialist for U.S. Venture, Inc., where she helps team members develop in their careers. Cristi previously worked in higher education, most recently in leadership development at St. Norbert College. Cristi has a master’s degree in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from The University of Iowa and has a passion for helping others grow personally and professionally. Outside of work, Cristi is on the boards of the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation, Pulse (Appleton’s Young Professionals Network), and the Northeast Wisconsin chapter of the Association for Talent Development. She enjoys yoga, baking, podcasts, and her two cats. Cristi grew up dancing and took three years of ballroom in high school to circumvent the physical education requirement, so she’s excited to put her dancing shoes back on – this time for a great cause!
Zeke Cribbs, Boogie Ballroom
Zeke and his wife Pamela are the owners of Boogie Ballroom. Zeke attended UW-Madison and studied Animal Science. It was there where Zeke fell in love with dance. Zeke was first exposed to dancing through an African Dance class at UW-Madison. His love for dancing grew and eventually led him to ballroom dancing at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Madison. While teaching at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Zeke regularly competed as a member of the National Dance Council of America with his lovely wife Pamela, as well as with his students. Shall We Dance has been a big part of their lives since they’ve lived in the Fox Valley. Zeke describes being part of the “Shall We Dance” event as an awesome experience. Using dancing as a tool to display the talents of the competitors for this cause has been very rewarding. The Sexual Assault Crisis Center holds such a critical role in our community and this is a great way to raise awareness for this important cause. Zeke looks forward to being a part of this event for years to come!