Emily Rendall-Araujo – Executive Director
Above & Beyond Children’s Museum announces the appointment of Emily Rendall-Araujo as Executive Director. In her role, Emily will work with a passionate team of associates, board members and volunteers to manage museum fundraising, grant writing, marketing, human resources, operations, and strategic planning. As the Executive Director, she will engage the community to support museum initiatives and build creative educational partnerships in accordance with the museum’s mission.
“Emily is a dynamic individual with an outward desire to make an impact on the community through building relationships and developing inspiring programming, exhibits and events,” said Lynda Torke, Board President of Above & Beyond Children’s Museum. “We are pleased to harness her energy and enthusiasm in support of the children’s museum.”
Emily recently served as the Director of Community Development for The United Way of Sheboygan County where she led the organization’s marketing, communications, fundraising, and stewardship. Emily joined The United Way in December 2013.
Prior to joining The United Way, Emily served as the Alumni and Community Engagement Officer and as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Lakeland College. Emily received both a Bachelor of Arts, Business Management and Masters of Business Administration from Lakeland College graduating Magna cum Laude. Community organizations Emily serves include Coastal Young Professionals Network, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and Early Bird Rotary. She is a native of the area formerly from New Holstein and currently residing in Glenbeulah with her husband and young son. She enjoys singing with Sheboygan Symphony Chorus, home renovation projects, spending time at Camp Anokijig, and volunteering at church.
Tammy Graf - Director of Operations & Education
Stephani Aldag – Marketing & Events Manager
I began working at Above & Beyond Children’s Museum as a Customer Service Specialist in my senior year of high school, out of my interest in working with kids. I would have never predicted that a few years later I’d be the Marketing & Events Manager, allowing me to utilize my talents, make a difference in the community, and work with some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Outside of work, I love spending my time in nature and enjoying the little things in life.
Barbara Gruenke - Bookkeeper
I currently work at several non-profits, including St Luke UMC, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside, Unity Church of Sheboygan and Sheboygan County Historical Society and Museum. I also run my own Tax services.
Prior to joining St Luke UMC, I worked for 16 years as the Accountant for Kee’s Inc in Elkhart Lake, WI. After leaving Kee's Inc I worked 16 years as Direct Manager for The Sheboygan Press. I received my degree in the Art of Accounting from LTC. I live in Plymouth with my two cats Kevin and Dylan. I enjoy playing Bingo and spending time with friends and my friend's dog Rudy.
Graham McAllister – Exhibit Designer & Facility Manager
I’m originally from Scarborough on the east coast of northern England. My working background is in art, printing, model design and construction, and web design. I’m able to bring several of my skills to play in the eclectic experience that is working at Above & Beyond.
Ann Benkowski – Program Assistant
I’ve been working here for 3 years. The staff here is very helpful and kind. I enjoy working outside during the summer programs. In my free time I like to go up North camping with my family and dog Ginger.
Andrew Olenick – Customer Service Specialist
My name is Drew Olenick I’m 21 years old. I have been a Customer Service Specialist here at Above & Beyond for since September of 2016, and it has by far been one of the greatest experiences of my entire life! My coworkers and superiors are like family to me. I love seeing the kids’ happy faces as they come roaring through the front door anxious and ready to play. Three months ago had you asked me what I wanted to do with my life I would have answered “no clue”, but this job changed all that now I definitely know what it is I want to do. Some of my hobbies and interests include bike riding, psychology, listening to music, and playing cards. I can’t explain how grateful I am for the opportunity to join this team. The museum is a wonderful facility, and I wouldn’t trade working here or with these people for anything!! Always remember nothing’s impossible and dream it, believe it, and achieve it!!
Simon Ulrich – Customer Service Specialist
This job combines the two things I love most; music and kids! This museum and all of its interesting, engaging musical exhibits kept me entertained for countless trips when I was a kid, and is one of the reasons I have such a close connection to music. Now that I work here, I get to see the number of exhibits grow, and inspiration always follows suit! Hearing the occasional tune drift down from the womp-a-ma-phone always brightens my day. I hope I can make your visit here as comfortable and fun as possible! I also can’t wait to run various musical programs here in the future!
Klohie Kuehne – Customer Service Specialist
Hello! I am 21 years young and a sophomore at UW Green Bay- Sheboygan. At school I am studying broad field social studies and english while specializing in ESL (English as a Second Language) and look forward to becoming a classroom teacher after graduating! When I’m not at Above & Beyond I enjoy camping, going to concerts, reading in my hammock and riding bikes.
Working at the Museum has been exciting, educational and I’ve made so many new friends. All my coworkers and superiors are so kind and helpful when it comes to helping me reach my goals. We have a really great team here and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. One of my favorite parts about my job is meeting families and talking to the kiddos about their favorite exhibit!
Sara Bartol ~ Customer Service Specialist
I spent plenty of weekends at Above & Beyond when I was younger and I always loved exploring all of the exhibits from the sky crawl to the schoolhouse. Now, I love that I get to help kids and their families discover the museum like I did! Working with a team of friendly and enthusiastic people makes it even better.
This fall, I'll start my sophomore year at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where I am majoring in sociology with minors in data science and Russian. When I'm not in class or working at the museum, I enjoy knitting, rollerblading, and writing.
Lily Yang – Customer Service Specialist
As a mother of two in my cultural background, it was a complicated decision to decide to work while schooling, but I am above and beyond in disbelief and glad that Above and Beyond Children Museum accommodates their staff as they understand that family is priceless. Being able to take part as a Customer Service Specialist and learn from the business department is extremely satisfying and exciting. I look forward to the next few months of Above and Beyond staff taking care of me.
As I work here, I am also a student at Lakeshore Technical College. I am hoping to graduate by Winter of 2019. My major is Business Management and I really look forward to pulling in some experience here as I learn and grow with my peers.
Outside from work, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. We enjoy bowling, destressing outings, and taking our kids out to play with their friends.
Monika Oakley – Housekeeping
Hi, my name is Monika. I am from Berlin, Germany. I started working for Above & Beyond Children’s Museum in 2014. It is a good work environment. We have a great team and I am proud to be a part of it. I have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The three youngest love to come and play at the museum. They enjoy every minute of it.