Board of Directors

Lynda Torke ~ Board President

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

Board Member Since 2010

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

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

Board Member Since 2013

Gary specializes in Pre-construction services for clients of Quasius Construction. Gary’s 30+ years of experience gets the most “bang for the buck” for museum improvements and maintenance. Born & raised in Sheboygan, he continues to reside in Sheboygan with his wife Brenda. Gary & Brenda have three children that have fond memories of the museum growing up: Elizabeth is studying at the University of Illinois, Steven is active duty in the US Army serving his country and Alec is a High School and enjoys playing basketball. Brenda enjoys arts & crafts, and making her own greeting cards. Gary enjoys flying as a private pilot, golfing and family camping adventures. Gary takes pride in seeing the positive progress at Above & Beyond over recent years, and looks forward and is excited to be part of making the museum more fun yet as we look to the future.

Jamie Longmiller ~ Board Treasurer

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

Board Member Since 2014

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, as well as in their three divisions: Jenkins Systems & Service, Stainless Steel Solutions, and US Concepts. Jamie lives in Sheboygan with her husband Chase and two children Liam and Reece. She enjoys running, biking, 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)

Board Member Since 2013

Beth O’Reilly is the owner of O’Reilly Public Relations serving various businesses as a public relations consultant promoting products and services in the following industries: travel, wellness, spa, golf, culinary, beer, wine, chocolate, and events. As a public relations practitioner O’Reilly specializes in media relations, writing, planning, and ideation. Prior to becoming a consultant, O’Reilly worked for Kohler Co., Jacobson Rost and Fleishman-Hillard. 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. O’Reilly manages Above & Beyond Children’s Museum’s public relations initiatives and is an event coordinator for the annual Tastefully Childish Fundraiser. She is a Sheboygan native and resides in Sheboygan with her husband Mike and two boys Murphy and Connor.

Carl H. Rickmeier III

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

Board Member Since 2011

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

Financial Associate, Thrivent Financial  (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

Board Member Since 2013

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.

 

Todd Wagner

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

Board Member Since 2010

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. Golf Digest listed Todd as one of the Top 10 Instructors in Wisconsin for 2009-2010, 2011-2012, and 2017-2018.

James Grunewald

Digital Service Manager – Sargento

Board Member Since 2015

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 owner/partner of Dynamic a digital agency located in Sheboygan.

Anne Blanke

Principal and Interior Designer at Abacus Architects, LEED Accredited Professional

Board Member Since 2016

Anne has a passion for interior design and has worked at Abacus Architects since January 2004. She became a principal and owner of Abacus Architects in 2017 and 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

Board Member Since 2016

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.

Board Member Since 2016

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 four kids.

Herbert C. Humke III

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

Board Member Since 2017

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.

Stacy Hetherington

SPHR, Sr. Manager, HR – NPD and Business Teams, Kohler Co. 

Board member since 2018

Stacy grew up in Wisconsin and attended University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for her undergraduate studies and later went through the Executive Program at Marquette University to earn her MBA. She recently boomeranged back to Wisconsin from Chicago where Stacy worked as a consultant with Accenture focused on change management before holding global roles in human resources at TransUnion and Grainger, LLC. Stacy joined Kohler Co. in January 2017 and is currently in human resources supporting the Kitchen & Bath New Product Development organization. She has a passion for innovation and is excited to contribute to an environment full of positive educational experiences for children.

Chris Hahn

Director of Marking-Hospitality & Real Estate, Kohler Co.

Board member since 2018

Christopher and his family moved to Sheboygan County in 2015 from their home state of New York. Christopher moved to join Kohler Co.’s Hospitality & Real Estate division where he is now their Director of Marketing. He recently completed a graduate degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Integrated Marketing Communications and is bringing that knowledge to our museum’s community, membership and sponsor outreach.

Mike Tietjen

Director of Accounts and Partner, Dynamic

Board member since 2018

As the Director of Accounts and partner at Dynamic, Michael is responsible for supporting the overall planning, leadership and direction of client relationships. With more than 10 years of experience managing various boards, clients and projects in the Milwaukee area, Michael brings marketing and communications expertise. Michael is a native to Sheboygan and an active member of the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce and Sheboygan County Book Festival. He resides in Shorewood with his wife Stacey, son Oliver and daughter River.