Board Members

The Farmory is a project of the Urban Partnership Community Development Corporation (UPCDC) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization since 2001. The UPCDC has a long history of collaborating with NeighborWorks Green Bay on community revitalization projects. Meet our Board Members!

Paul A. Linzmeyer

Retired, Sustainability Leader

Why do you love the Farmory?

I have been working on local food for years and also was Past Chair of the Wisconsin Workforce Investment Council and the Bay Area Workforce Development Board. Workforce, climate change and food are all related.

What are your biggest accomplishments?

I was a US delegate to the OECD’s Sustainability and Eco-Innovation Committee out of Paris.  I am also a founding member of Healthcare Without Harm’s Climate Change Council which kicked off at the White House in December, 2014.

What is a a hobby you love?

 I am an outdoor nut.  I trike, snowshoe, hike etc.  I am outside almost every day of the year.  I am a voracious reader.

Noel S. Halvorsen

Executive Director, NeighborWorks Green Bay

Why do you love the Farmory?

I love the idea that we can sell quality food products at a profit to sustain a charitable mission.  The Farmory will serve as a model on many fronts: food, jobs, entrepreneurship, community involvement, and social enterprise.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I’ve been fortunate to work with talented teams on a variety of efforts over the years.  Whether building geographic information systems or homes, I’ve found a role in bringing key players together, shaping a common vision, and moving our efforts forward to significant growth and community impact.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I write haiku.

John Shier

Board Member
That Guy Nurse/Author

Why do you love the Farmory?

I am committed to the success of the primary project for many reasons:  1. It is going to increase quality and attrition for people who presently cannot acquire it or afford it.  2. It is going to provide job training and increase opportunities for future employment for a number of people.  3. It is going to increase community awareness of the importance of creating sustainability in all aspects of out lives.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment? I have a few.. Married for 55 years to a wonderful women. Making a gift for the world; an incredible daughter. Serving my community as a volunteer in many different ways. For twenty years I was the volunteer blacksmith at Heritage Hill.

What is a hobby you love?

All my life I have been a long-distance bicycle rider; recent years have limited the activity. I have for 40 years been avid sea kayaker.

Will Allen

Board Member
Founder, Growing Power

Why do you love the Farmory?

It has the potential to help residents by providing healthy food, creating jobs, and adding to the local economy by functioning as a tourist destination.

What is a a hobby you love?  


Ashley Ponschok

Board Member
Vice President of Business Development, Employment Resource Group, Inc.

Why do you love the Farmory?

I am a long time local food advocate, and the Farmory has the opportunity to positively impact many aspects of our local food system right here in the Greater Green Bay Area.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment thus far is being accepted into the Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics MBA program at St. Norbert College.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I love cooking and grocery shopping. I would be extremely happy if I could spend the rest of my life doing those two things… and traveling of course!

Kevin R. King

Board Member
Neighborhood Development Specialist, City of Green Bay

Why do you love the Farmory?

I love the Farmory for its potential to become a year round source of fresh food.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment is raising two successful children.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I’m from Kansas.


James G. Pandl

Board Member
Community Activist & Entrepreneur

Paula J. Schultz

Board Member

 Dari McDonald

Board Member

McDonald Group, LLC

Beth Heller

Board Member

Community Initiatives Lead, LIVE 54218

James Resick

Board Member

Retired, Community Member

Mike Bendel

Patent Attorney

Retired, Associate General Counsel

Kimberly Clark

Paul Grall

Operations Manager

Dallaire Realty

Rick Beverstein

Capital Campaign Lead

Paul Hauk

Group Facilitator

TEC/Vistage CEO Groups

Mark Radtke

Retired CEO

Integrys Energy Service

Farmory Staff

Claire Thompson

Executive Director

(920) 593-3708

Ken Webb

Hatchery Director

Ryan Hellenbrand

Farmory Vista