Originally from New York, Danie’s journey west began in 1995, upon attending ASU. One the same dormitory floor, she met her future husband, Chad. The couple lived in Arizona until 2001, until moving to western Washington State, Chad’s hometown. Danie began working in product development, marketing and design for several organizations. In 2003 the couple married and started their life in the quiet suburb of Snoqualmie Ridge.
The two welcomed their first child, Taylor in 2005. Danie was fortunate enough to stay home, fulltime. She missed her career and as such, began her own business in 2006, focusing on photography, marketing and design. Twenty-one months later, their son Jack arrived. The two kids kept Danie on her toes with dance, preschool, naps and t-ball, but this business was the perfect balance for the busy mom of two. Fast forward to 2010, their daughter Addison joined the family. The family was now complete.
During the course of Jack and Addison’s infancy, both kids contracted the life-threatening Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). During each instance, the newborns were immediately taken and treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The virus caused respiratory issues in both children requiring ongoing breathing treatments. After having witnessed first-hand the expertise and care provided to her own children, Danie was compelled to assist other families in receiving quality care, regardless of their ability to pay. She joined philanthropy efforts with the Project Grace Guild for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Through auctions, golf tournaments, volunteering at Ronald McDonald house, she joined the small group of women and worked diligently to raise awareness and money for uncompensated care at Children’s Hospital. What began as a small grass-roots effort, to raise nearly $80k at their first annual auction, grew to almost twenty members by year two. Their second auction brought in nearly $125k. Currently, PGG raises an average of over $200k at their annual auction and is recognized as one of the highest contributors to uncompensated care for Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition to procurement, she was responsible for marketing correspondence and event design.
The family relocated back to the desert in July of 2014. Danie put her career on hold to acclimate the kids to their new environment, including the start of preschool for their youngest. By August, Taylor and Addison would begin their journey with Legacy Ballet Foundation of Arizona and Legacy Ballet Academy, while their brother would begin playing for the PGA Jr. League.
In the short time with Legacy Ballet Foundation, Danie and her family have been blessed with meeting some of the most wonderful teachers, dancers and families. Her children have been given a wonderful opportunity to grow socially, emotionally and physically with Legacy Ballet Foundation, partaking in beautiful productions and class instruction. She looks forward to helping grow these opportunities for all students and the neighboring communities.