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.
Krista Nagode – Operations Manager
This job comes closest to the realest role I’ve ever lived in this life- being a mother of two boys! Constantly changing, growing and challenging, I love it. Cultivating an atmosphere that invites the imaginative world of pretending to unfold, with room to explore and adventure using every one of your senses, allowing kids to be kids in the best way they know how- THROUGH PLAY! That is where it’s at. The best part is being part of a passionate team that believes in the incredible potential and importance of this small little window of life that affects the world way more than we realize—-childhood. Children are our present and the future.
Tanya Schwinn – Finance Manager
I became the Finance Manager at Above & Beyond Children’s Museum in August. I am also an accountant at Alaark Tooling and Automation, Inc. I was born and raised in Sheboygan. I have a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Lakeland College. I am married to my amazing husband and have three beautiful children and a dog. In my free time I like to read, crochet, dabble in photography, bake with my kids and spend quality time with my family.
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.
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.
Meghan Murray – Education/Programming Manager
I graduated from Carroll University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood. My passion and experiences mostly surround the early childhood level. Prior to having three children of our own, I taught 3K at Sheboygan County Head Start for one year, followed by three years of Kindergarten and one year of fourth grade at Sheridan Elementary School. The past three years I have spent at home nurturing my own children’s early development skills, as well as the development of other children in my care. I feel both humbled and excited for the opportunity to be a part of the positive changes the Children’s Museum staff and board are implementing. As the Education/Programming Manager, I am mostly looking forward to doing what I love most, building relationships with children and their families!
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 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!!
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!
Molly Schwibinger – Customer Service Specialist
My name is Molly and I’m a student at Lakeland University. Before working as a Customer Service Specialist, I was an Organizational Intern for a semester. I have enjoyed my time here so far and couldn’t have asked for a better place to work. My favorite aspects of working here are being able to meet new people and learn about the history of the museum and exhibits. I hope to continue volunteering and working here through the rest of my college experience!
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.