(Age): Denise Stapley (41)
Residence: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Claim to Fame: The decision to leave the
safety and stability of my previous job to open my
own business is without a doubt my proudest
accomplishment. It took planning and preparation
to make that transition smooth and successful. It
also took some serious courage to risk the
financial security I had.
in Life: At this point in my life, I
struggle to identify any one hero, but a hero in
my eyes is someone who follows their passion.
Sprint triathlons, reading and playing dress
up/goofing off with my kiddo.
Peeves: My #1 pet peeve is laziness and
people who expect that change will happen without
them having to put in any real level of effort.
Life is what you make it, folks... dig deep!
Words to Describe You: Determined,
energetic and goofy.
You Could Have Three Things on The Island, What
Would They Be and Why?
seriously sturdy jogging bra – no one needs
to see my 40 year-old ta-tas dangling out.
This is for function, not fashion.
baseball cap or pink do-rag – sheer comfort
and a reflection of who I really am.
favorite picture of my husband and daughter
for motivation and connection with them.
Contestant You Are Most Like: I really like
Stephenie from "Survivor: Palau." If
that wasn’t "digging deep," I don’t
know what is. She has sheer willpower and
determination. That is what drives me.
Reason for Being
on SURVIVOR: Believe it or not, for the
You Think You’ll "Survive" SURVIVOR:
At work, I have to be able to engage and connect
on some level with every person who walks through
my door. I’m also a worker bee who will seek out
ways to help camp life run smoothly.
You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I
have a job that requires the ability to engage
people to share very personal information and gain
their trust to know it will remain confidential.
Survivor will require that same skill set and
honestly, I’m good at it. My motto in business,
life and now Survivor is “keep it simple, keep