Museum Staff

Jenni Velier – Finance Manager

I’m a Sheboygan native, graduate of North High School and have been the finance manager at Above & Beyond for the last 6 years. When I’m not working I have my husband Chad, sons Evan & Connor, daughter Sidney and our mini Aussie Tucker to keep me busy. I enjoy traveling and just spending time with family & friends. I find working at the museum very rewarding and even my kids agree, I have the “coolest job ever”!

Stephani Aldag – Operations 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.  Little did I know, I had found the job of my dreams!  I would have never predicted that 6 years later I’d be the Operations 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.  My dream is to someday live on the lake.  One of my favorite quotes is: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, and my favorite of all time- “Everything happens for a reason”.

Neha Guarente – Program Director

Hi! I’m Neha. I recently moved to Sheboygan from Florida, but grew up in New Jersey. I used to be an elementary school teacher, and I’m so happy that I can continue to create fun and engaging educational experiences here at the Museum! When I’m not working, I love to travel to other countries, sing along to my favorite music, play with my crazy orange kitten, and read.

Ann Benkowski – Program Assistant

 

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.

Bob Fleming – Artistic Support

Bob is a Contract Artist, of diverse mediums, developing concepts into vibrant visual layouts and inspiring developers to embrace the greatest potential achievable.  Bob is a creative hack, imaginative perpetrator, expressions analyst, and seeker of peace.  Lanceologist of morbid egos, equanimitist of space/time continuum, and excellent judge of juried exhibits, to some degree.  Evolving media mole, articulant deviant of convention, Wabi Sabi consultant, and doer of fractal deeds…as well.

Andrew Olenick –  Customer Service Specialist

My name is Drew Olenick I’m 20 years old.  I have been a customer service specialist here at Above & Beyond for three months, 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!!

Terrie Snow – Customer Service Specialist

I grew up in Sheboygan. I work full time at Mini Mart (15 years). Have 4 grand children. Started bringing my grandson to ABCM when he was 15 mo. & became a member soon after that. (He is 9 now & his sister is 7) Became a volunteer about 4 years ago and a staff member about 5 months ago. I love doing crafts with kids and hope to expand the craft opportunities at the museum. My dream is to retire from Minit Mart and have more time to devote to the development of craft programs. I strongly believe that craft foster imagination, creativity, manual dexterity, eye/hand coordination, and yes, even self esteem. because there is no wrong way to be creative. Work like you don’t need the money, Love like you’ve never been hurt, and Dance like nobody is watching.

 

Monika Oakley – Housekeeping