Farmory Leadership

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 Staff and Board Members!

Farmory Staff

Claire Thompson

Executive Director

claire@nwgreenbay.org

(920) 593-3708

Ken Webb

Science Advisor

webbk@uwgb.edu

John Ledvina photo

John Ledvina

AmeriCorps VISTA

(920) 544-0763

Annie Schmitz photo

Annie Schmitz

Hatchery Technician

(920) 544-0789

Stefan Tucker

Hatchery Technician

(920) 544-0788

Farmory Board of Directors

Noel S. Halvorsen

Board Treasurer- Executive Committee

President & CEO, 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 including 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.  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 like reading and collecting books.

Mike Bendel

Board Co-Chair- Executive Committee

Counsel & Patent Attorney, Bendel IP Legal LLC

 

Why do you love the Farmory?

I find the Farmory’s mission truly inspirational, and am passionate about entrepreneurial activity that advances our understanding and capabilities while also helping our community become a better version of itself.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I am early in the second half of my life and career journey, and thus far am proudest of my family of three boys (22, 19 & 5) with my wife, Karen, of 25+ years of marriage as we help them develop into successful young men who will make a positive difference in the world.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

I once had a beer in a bar with Norm (George Wendt of Cheers fame) during the March Madness Sweet Sixteen Series in Minneapolis.  I knew who he was but not vice versa!

John F. Katers

Board of Directors- Resource Development Committee

Dean, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET)

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Why do you love the Farmory?

The Farmory has a great group of people working towards a common goal and has the potential to offer many long-term benefits to the community and the region.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Becoming the inaugural Dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at the institution that I graduated from in 1991 and 1993.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I have bowled multiple 300 games and serve as the Faculty Advisor for the UW-Green Bay bowling team.

John Shier

Board Member- Resource Development Committee

Nurse/ Author/ Community Volunteer

Why do you love the Farmory?

I am committed to the success of the Farmory because it will increase food quality for people who presently cannot acquire or afford it, provide job training and increase opportunities for future employment for a number of people and increase community awareness of the importance of creating sustainability in all aspects of out lives.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I just so happen to have a few… being married for 55 years to a wonderful woman, making a gift for the world – an incredible daughter and serving my community as a volunteer in many different ways including being the volunteer blacksmith at Heritage Hill for 20 years.

What is a fun fact about you?

Over the last 50 years, I have had the opportunity to appear in approximately 20 different plays. What’s funny about that is that I have no talent whatsoever!  For example, last December I played the role of Fezziwig in the Dickens Christmas Carol musical even though I can’t sing worth a darn.

James G. Pandl

Board Member- Farming and Resource Development Committees

Community Activist & Entrepreneur

 

Why do you love the Farmory?

Once the “Farmory” is completed it will not only be self-sustaining, it will provide numerous community benefits in research and education, job training, sustainable farming, community nutritional improvement, and pollution reduction.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Professionally, it has been providing jobs and mentoring for many hundreds of employees.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

I love to cook and entertain.

Paula J. Schultz

Board Co-Chair- Executive Committee

Retired, Community Volunteer

 

Why do you love the Farmory?

I am interested in food, sustainable farming, rehabbing/reusing old buildings, the Navarino Neighborhood and science. The Farmory fits in the intersection of these interests and offers an opportunity to create a world class indoor urban vertical farm in the middle of Green Bay.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment has been working on the NeighborWorks team to fund and renovate homes and participating in home renovation projects while serving as a member on the NeighborWorks Design Committee.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

I love to read, garden and decorate!

Mark Radtke

Board of Directors-Finance Committee

Retired CEO- Integrys Energy Service

Why do you love the Farmory?

The Farmory is the intersection of multiple issues important to me; the availability of healthy food, engaging in healthy lifestyle activities, the development and implementation of better ways to do things, environmental sustainability and the development of entrepreneurial skills and talent in our region .

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I’d like to think that I helped people, be it my family, colleagues at work or others I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with, grow to be even more constructive contributors to society.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

Upon my ‘retirement’, my wife and I have helped our son start a sustainable farm located in Door County.

Amanda Kealoha Chu

Board Member- Farming Committee Co-Chair

NWTC Sustainable, Small-Farm Manager

Why do you love the Farmory?

The Farmory successfully engages the community at all levels of the organization; from farming to developing educational programs, all while taking action to R&D a world-class model for indoor agriculture.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Easy question… being a great mom. 

What is a fun fact about you?

You can call me Bear.

Amy Kafarnus

Board of Dircetors-Program Committee

Paul J. Ladd Jr.

Board Member- Farming Committee

Kaytee, Inc. and Community Volunteer

Why do you love the Farmory?

I love the Farmory because of the potential the Farmory has to touch so many people and change how we grow produce in the future.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment is becoming involved with and growing the Farmory to its fullest potential.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I like to keep the mood light and energetic when working. Work smarter not harder.

Phil Hauck

Board Member- Resource Development Committee

Group Facilitator, TEC/Vistage CEO Groups

 

Why do you love the Farmory?

It’s a phenomenal local vehicle to show that sustainable, organic, high volume growing can be done profitably and without subsidy while being a showcase for people to learn sustainable growing techniques.

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Having the opportunity to positively impact the values and decisions of CEOs who influence the livelihoods and lives of many employees.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

I have a picture of Sergio Garcia actually watching one of MY golf shots!

Paul Grall

Board Member- Education Committee

Operations Manager, Dallaire Realty

 

Why do you love the Farmory?

I fell in love with The Farmory when it started as merely an idea to utilize and preserve a dilapidated, historical building that NeighborWorks owned.  The concept not only ties in with the organization’s mission of building better neighborhoods, but it helps emphasize a growing need for education about healthy eating and where our food comes from.  

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

One of my proudest is having the honor to serve on the Board for NeighborWorks Green Bay, the Farmory, and Civic Symphony of Green Bay.  All are organizations whose sole purpose is to enrich the lives of those who live in our community. After moving back from Chicago, being a part of these organizations showed me what a great community we live in.   I’m proud to be able to take an active role in making Green Bay a better place to live and work.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

When I’m not enjoying my work in real estate and community development, I try to make time for musical endeavors in the community as a pianist or vocalist.

Paul A. Linzmeyer

Ex-Officio: Advisor to the Board
Retired, Sustainability Leader- ThedaCare

Why do you love the Farmory?

The Farmory directly aligns with the local food system and nutrition issues I have been working on for years to support community wellness and sustainability initiatives.

What are your biggest accomplishments?

My accomplishments include serving as a US delegate to the OECD’s Sustainability and Eco-Innovation Committee, being a founding member of Healthcare Without Harm’s Climate Change Council which kicked off at the White House in December 2014 and chairing the Wisconsin Workforce Investment Council, Bay Area Workforce Development Board and Green Bay Chamber of Commerce Board.

What is a fun fact about you?

I completed in the AIDS ride from Minneapolis to Chicago in 1997 in honor of my friend Andre Mayo right alongside people training for the Ironman ride that year.  What an experience!

Rick Beverstein

Advisor to The Board