Board of Directors

Lynda Torke ~ Board President

Board Member Since 2010

Vice President, Torke Coffee Roasting Co. (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

Lynda has lived in many places for work and education but has returned to Sheboygan where she was born and raised to help run the family coffee business: Torke Coffee Roasting Company. She attended high school in Madison, Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse majoring in Business, resided in San Diego, California working in Banking & Mortgage Lending and moved to Boise, Idaho prior to returning to Wisconsin. Lynda’s favorite exhibit is the Giant Pin Screen.

Gary Gartman ~ Board Vice President

Board Member Since 2013

Vice President ~ Project Manager, Quasius Construction (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

Gary specializes in design and build project delivery for Quasius Construction and focuses on developing and maintaining the proprietary cost estimating system and database. Born & raised in Sheboygan, he continues to reside in Sheboygan with his wife Brenda and three children: Elizabeth, Steven and Alec. Gary enjoys flying as a private pilot, golfing and family camping adventures. Gary’s favorite exhibit is the ship and his youngest son has always enjoyed visits to the museum ever since the day he could walk and he still does today.

Jamie Longmiller ~ Board Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer, Alaark Tooling & Automation, Inc. (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

Jamie is an accountant with Alaark Tooling & Automation, Inc. of Sheboygan. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with degrees in Marketing and Accounting and received her MBA from Lakeland College. She handles all accounting functions at Alaark in their two divisions: Jenkins Systems & Service and Stainless Steel Solutions. Jamie lives in Sheboygan with her husband Chase and two children Liam and Reece. She enjoys volleyball, running, water skiing, traveling and spending time with her family at their cabin “Up North”. Jamie’s favorite exhibit is the Fire Engine Company #1, an exhibit her husband helped create on behalf of the Sheboygan Firefighters‘ Charities IAFF Local 483.

Beth O’ReillyBoard Secretary

Public Relations Executive ~ Owner, O’Reilly Public Relations LLC. (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

O’Reilly will manage the public relations initiatives of the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum and assist with supporting the museum’s fundraising initiatives and special events. She is a Sheboygan native with work experience as a Public Relations Communications Specialist for the Hospitality & Real Estate Division of Kohler Co. and as a Public Relations Account Executive for Jacobson Rost Agency formerly of Sheboygan. O’Reilly holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she majored in Spanish and Journalism specializing in Advertising and Public Relations graduating in 2000.

Carl H. Rickmeier III

Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

Active in the local community, in addition to sitting on the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum Board, Carl currently serves at a Board capacity with Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities, Camp Evergreen, Sheboygan Downtown Rotary Club and as President of Crystal Lake Advancement Association. Carl and his wife Megan reside in Crystal Lake, Wisconsin.

Tim L. Saeger, FIC

Board Vice President Board Member Since 2013 Financial Associate, Thrivent Financial  (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

In addition to his work for Thrivent Financial as a Financial Associate since 2009, Tim is an active member in a variety of community-based organizations including the Downtown Rotary Group, First United Lutheran Church, Coastal Connections, Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce and Urban Roots Milwaukee. Tim attended University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a focus on marketing and economics. Tim relocated to Sheboygan from Oconomowoc and lives in Downtown Sheboygan with his wife Connie. His favorite exhibit in the museum is the ship.

Paul Mentink

Vice President – Abacus Architects, Inc.

Paul has served as the Vice President at Abacus Architects, Inc. of Sheboygan since August 2003 and oversees project management, marketing and is the information and technology coordinator. Paul lives in Oostburg with wife, son and daughter.

Todd Wagner

Manager & Senior Instructor Blackwolf Run & Whistling Straits Kohler Golf Academy

Todd Wagner manages the daily operations of the Academy, serving as senior instructor, training all other Kohler Golf Academy instructors, ensuring the quality of instruction and growing Kohler Golf Academy through lesson programs and golf schools. Todd began his career at Kohler as a golf professional in April 1996 and was active in the development of the Kohler Golf Academy. In 2008, Todd became the manager with his primary focus on the promotion, selling and management of Kohler Golf Academy’s daily operations. In August 2009, Golf Digest listed Todd as one of the Top 10 Instructors in Wisconsin for 2009-2010 and 2011-2012.

James Grunewald

Chief Executive Officer and Director of Digital Strategy – Dynamic, Inc.

James is an accomplished, award-winning creative professional with more than 15 years of expertise in developing and executing all aspects of integrated marketing communication campaigns. Specialties include Digital Strategy, Brand Strategy, Social Media Strategy, Creative Direction, and team development. James studied at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and was previously employed with Kohler as a Digital Strategist.

Anne Blanke

Interior Designer at Abacus Architects, LEED Accredited Professional

Anne has a passion for interior design and has worked at Abacus Architects since January 2004. She is also involved in the company’s marketing efforts. With a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis (2003) and Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Mount Mary University (2005), Anne plans interior spaces that seamlessly integrate with the overall goals of a project. As a certified LEED Accredited Professional, she assists clients with energy and environmentally conscious design. Anne is active in the local volleyball community and enjoys both playing and coaching. Anne grew up in Kohler and now lives in Glenbeulah with her husband Chad and their twins Ty and Casey.

Carrie Green

Carrie is dedicated to the area of wellness. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree at University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) at Boston College with a focus in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Carrie currently coordinates and facilitates the “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA” program, a wellness offering that supports cancer survivors, like herself, and their families. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-500) that teaches playful, empowering and challenging sessions at Yoga on the Lake and the Sheboygan YMCA. Carrie is native to Sheboygan and in 2012, Carrie and her husband Charlie returned to Sheboygan after 20 years. She is a life-long athlete enjoying yoga, running and spending time with her husband, two daughters Madeline and Sylvia and son Getahun.

Richard Sachse

Vice President of Landmark Consultants, Owner/Operator of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Stores & President of Nutrients, Inc.

Richard has a varied business background serving as Vice President of Landmark Consultants, owning and operating several Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Stores and is the President of Nutrients, Inc. that produces nutrients to help make vinegar. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Sales and Marketing. Richard is originally from Sheboygan and now resides in The Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, with his wife and three kids.

Herbert C. Humke III

Attorney – Hopp, Neumann, Humke, LLP (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

Herb is a partner and trial lawyer with the law firm of Hopp, Neumann, Humke, LLP.  He is a native of Sheboygan and has been an active member of the community serving on various boards including the Board of Managers, Sheboygan County YMCA, Friends of the Sheboygan Senior Center, and President of the Board of Directors, Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  Herb lives in Sheboygan with his wife, Erika, and their four wonderful children.