| ABOUT US |

Dance Marathon is a yearlong celebration of life to provide emotional and financial support for the families treated at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in Iowa City, our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Dance Marathon is for the kids, and at St. Ambrose, we 'BEElieve in the Kids'.

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E: dancemarathon@sau.edu

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Co-Executive Directors

Darcy Ratermann & Haley Dullea

Responsibilities: The Co-Executive Directors work side-by-side as they share the same responsibilities. ​The Co-Executive Directors oversee the Executive Board, keeping all the "big picture" things in mind and helping the Executive Board stay on task.  The Co-Executive Directors lead meetings with the Directors and serve as the face of the Executive Board.

 

Email: saudm.executivedirector@gmail.com

Why I Dance:
"I dance for the kiddos who are forever dancing in our hearts, for their families to know that they are never alone. I dance for those who are still fighting, to give them and their families the childhood that they deserve full of laughter and endless possibilities. I dance for those who have won their battle, in celebration of everything that they and their families have been through."

Why I Dance:
"I dance for every kiddo and family member who has to experience the heartbreak of a diagnosis. I dance for more smiles, laughs, tears, love, and the real-life superheroes of this world. I’ll forever continue to dance until we find a cure so that no other family has to be blindsided by a diagnosis that follows their child’s name."

Damon Wolter

Finance Director

Responsibilities: The Finance Director oversees Donor Drive and works closely with the Fundraising Director and the Morale Director.  The Finance Director tracks both online and offline donations, as well as manages the SAU DM budget.

 

Why I Dance: "I dance for the kids.  I dance for our kiddos who no longer can and for the kids who will forever be dancing in our hearts.  I dance not only in remembrance of these amazing individuals but also in celebration of the precious moments we were blessed to spend with them.  I dance so our kiddos can be the superstars they deserve to be for at least one day a year.  I dance for more miracles, laughs, dreams, first steps, and “I love you’s”.  I dance to provide hope to the kids and to show them that they are not alone in their battles.  Most importantly, I dance to show our kiddos that there are such things as happy endings."

Email: saudm.finance@gmail.com

Luke Mathews

Morale Director

Responsibilities: The Morale Director oversees all Morale Captains and keeps the energy flowing on campus throughout the year.

 

Why I Dance: "I dance for all those kiddos who are putting up the fight of their lives. I dance for the kiddos who cannot. I dance for the day that the word cancer is not in the vocabulary of any child or parent. I dance for those who are dancing in our hearts, who have left a legacy of pure love and kindness behind and remind us why we do what we do. I dance for joy and the love that Dance Marathon brings our Miracle Families and the impact and inspiration it has had on me." 

 

Email: saudm.morale@gmail.com

Mara Guse

Family Relations Director

Responsibilities: The Family Relations Director is in charge of coordinating all of the communication between our Miracle Families and St. Ambrose University Dance Marathon.  FR also plans all family events and activities. This committee builds close relationships with our Miracle Families who are being treated/have been treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

 

Why I Dance: "I dance because every kid deserves to have a childhood that’s not spent with doctors visits, needle pokes, or hospital stays. I dance for those who can no longer dance with us, for those who are still fighting, and I dance in celebration with those who have won their battle. I dance so that no family has to go through their fight alone!"

Email: saudm.familyrelations@gmail.com

Carly Miller

Public Relations & Marketing Director

Responsibilities: The PR & Marketing Director recruits dancers for the Big Event and keeps dancers engaged all year through digital and print communication mediums. The PR & Marketing Director also interacts with the community concerning all things Dance Marathon and works closely with the Morale and Fundraising Directors.

 

Why I Dance: "I dance for more laughing, smiling, and miracles. I dance for more first experiences and love-filled memories. I dance for the kiddos everywhere fighting so hard every day and for the kiddos who will be dancing in our hearts forever. I dance so that every family and kiddo knows they aren't alone. I dance in memory of my brothers."

Email: saudm.prmarketing@gmail.com

Michael Showers

Fundraising Director

Responsibilities: The Fundraising Director is charged with fundraising both within the St. Ambrose University community (including individuals, organizations, professors, and administration) and from the Quad City area (including businesses and national CMN sponsors).

 

Why I Dance: "I dance for the families in my community who were able to share their inspirational yet heartbreaking stories with me. I was around some of these kiddos and had to watch them overcome obstacles most kids at my high school didn’t have to go through. Seeing this made me want to get involved and help fight with these families. I dance for those kiddos who are dancing in our hearts. I dance for the inspiration and hope that Dance Marathon brings to our Miracle Families. I am forever thankful for impact and these kiddos and this amazing organization has had on me. I dance For The Kids."

 

Email: saudm.fundraising@gmail.com

Kari Oetzel

Entertainment & Logistics Director

Responsibilities: Entertainment & Logistics Director works to plan all of the events and entertainment for the day of the Big Event.  Entertainment & Logistics is in charge of making sure all of the fine details are put together in order to have a smooth-running, fun event.  This includes music, food, games, and anything that will make the event fun! Scheduling and time management will be large factors into a successful day of the event.

 

Why I Dance: "I dance for more firsts outside of the hospital. I dance for hope. I dance for more future nurses and I dance so no family or kiddo has to go through difficult times alone. I dance for those who have fought their battle and won, those who are still fighting and those dancing in our hearts. But most importantly I dance For The Kids."

Email: saudm.logistics@gmail.com

Megan Platt

Community Outreach Director

Responsibilities: The Community Outreach Director works to coordinate high school mini dance marathons, alumni engagement, and our Miracle Miles program. They help to spread the name of SAU Dance Marathon in the community, as well as further help the community to understand and support the cause SAU Dance Marathon stands for.

Why I Dance: "I dance because kids should get to be kids. They should get to run around, get their clothes dirty, and not have a care in the world. I dance because kids should get to go home and sleep in their own bed, not a hospital bed. I dance for the kids and for their futures, full of love and lots of giggles. Most importantly, I dance because these brave kiddos fight so hard and they inspire me to do more."

Email: saudm.communityoutreach@gmail.com

Shelby Thede

Sponsorship Director

Responsibilities: The Sponsorship Director is responsible for local and area business sponsors, corporate sponsors, and grant applications. They solicit community partners for cash or in-kind donations to meet committee needs and support Dance Marathon.

 

Why I Dance: "I dance for all of the kiddos who can't. These kiddos are putting up the toughest battle that no kid should every battle. I dance so they can have more birthdays, experience the silly pictures at prom, and many more Hawkeye waves. I dance so they see that there is hope and never give up because they are not alone in this battle."

Email: saudm.sponsorship@gmail.com

Claire McCarthy

Alumni Engagement Director

Responsibilities: The Alumni Engagement Director involves interaction and communication with SAU Dance Marathon Alumni. Duties include planning events, communicating with SAU professional staff especially the Alumni House and Alumni Moral Captains. The main purpose is to help SAUDM Alumni stay involved with this wonderful organization. 

Why I Dance: "I dance for the kiddos who may be small but are stronger than they know. I dance for more second chances in life. For more family time, adventures, and chances to see the world, not just hospitals. I dance to remember those who dance in our hearts and to celebrate life. I dance because I can’t stop and won’t stop!"

Email: saudm.alumniengagement@gmail.com

Haley Best & Gracyn Schriner

Advisors

Responsibilities: Overseeing the student leaders, offering advice when needed, and serving as a support system for the organization!

 

Email: saudm.executivedirector@gmail.com

Why I Dance:

"I dance for more hope and positivity. These kiddos and their families have been through times that no child should ever have to endure. It is all about the joy, love, and pure passion that is Dance Marathon, to fight for something bigger than I could ever imagine."

 

Email: besthaleym@sau.edu

Why I Dance:

"I dance for more "first's"! More first day of school, and first best friend. More first high school football game, and first school dance. More first Dance Marathon Big Event. But it's not just the "first's," it's also more birthdays, more family events, more smiles, and more of everything else that makes life great and helps us grow."

 

Email: schrinergracyn@sau.edu