Board Members

Meet the Urban Partnership Community Development Corporation board members.

Paul A. Linzmeyer

Chairman
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.

Christopher M. Boland

Vice Chairman
VP/Mortgage Production Manager, North Shore Bank

Why do you love the Farmory?

The concept of bringing an old underutilized landmark in the community back to life, and in turn producing products that will help our community to be healthier and have unique options to learn skills is what makes me love this project. 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment will always be my family and the joy they bring to my life. Professionally speaking I am blessed to have a position that allows me to give back to the community, and serve the community in different capacities.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I love vehicles, old, new, anything that can be driven excites me from as simple as a riding lawn mower to as involved as an off road dump truck.  I also very much enjoy spending time near the water.

Paul Kendle

Treasurer
Retired Regional Bank President, Wells Fargo

Why do you love the Farmory?

I think that the Farmory benefits the community on several levels: it makes use of a long time blighted building, provides volunteer opportunities, provides educational opportunities, provides an additional source of quality healthy food, benefits the business community in many ways, just to mention a few.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I retired after twenty six years with Wells Fargo, and the Farmory Board Position allows me one avenue to give back to the community.  It will be exciting to take it from a concept/idea to a functioning reality that benefits the whole community.

What is a fun fact about yourself? 

I love retirement, being able to do what I want to do when I want to do it.  We travel a lot, play golf and generally enjoy life.

Noel S. Halvorsen

Secretary/Treasurer
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
Retired 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
Chief Executive Officer, 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?  

Fishing

Lori Peacock

Board Member
Director of College & Career Readiness, Green Bay Area Public Schools

Why do you love the Farmory?

I love the Farmory because it will become a premier living classroom for urban farming while also providing quality educational programming and partnerships for our diverse community.

What are you looking to accomplish?

What I hope to accomplish on behalf of the Farmory and in partnership with our local partners is a neighborhood and community-based organization that encourages sustainable growing practices, instills employment skills and commitment to volunteerism while inspiring strong connections to a healthy Green Bay.

Ashley Ponschok

Board Member

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!

Jennifer Van Den Elzen

Board Member
Executive Director, LIVE 54218

Why do you love the Farmory?

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

I love the intersection of community well-being and innovation, or that entrepreneurial spirit – which is exactly what the Farmory is to me. An opportunity to improve the health and well-being of people in the Greater Green Bay Area – physically, mentally, and financially. The Farmory also creates an opportunity for people to connect to each other and to the community in pursuit of a larger vision.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My two beautiful (and mischievous) daughters – 3 and 1 years old.  Also, as I look back on my career to-date, I am proud of the shift I’ve made from being terrified to give a school presentation in college to now loving every second of speaking at the podium in a City Council meeting to facilitating a room of 100 to emceeing an event for 5,000. It is amazing what you can learn to do if you put your mind to it!

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I’ve been stranded on a deserted island. My first career job was studying ecological latrines in South America. And I backpacked Panama on my honeymoon. The theme: I love to travel and learn about new places and cultures.

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.

Mark L. Burwell

Board Member
National Director, E-Hub/Urban Hope Entrepreneurial Center

Why do you love the Farmory?

The Farmory is a tool to help empower entrepreneurs and their communities by providing healthy sustainable food now and for future generations.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Growing organizations:  Two statewide successful companies, a nonprofit national Entrepreneurial Hub, helping launch and mentor over 900 micro businesses and social enterprises.  Raising two successful sons is by far my proudest.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

Never retiring … volunteering, speaking and traveling…as well as writing more books and enjoying my grandkids at second home at Lake Arrowhead, Rome WI.

James G. Pandl

Board Member
Community Activist & Entrepreneur

Information coming soon!

Paula J. Schultz

Board Member
Aveda

Information coming soon!

Nicholas Linz

Board Member
Attorney, Hager, Dewick & Zuengler. S.C.

Information coming soon!