Who We Are

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!

2021 Executive & Finance Committees

Paula J. Schultz  

Board Co-Chair

Former NWGB Board Member

Community Volunteer


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Mike Bendel  

Board Co-Chair

Council & Patent Attorney

Epiphany Law


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Mark Radtke  

Finance Committee

Retired CEO – Integrys Energy Service


Noel S. Halvorsen  

Treasurer, Executive Director

President & CEO, NeighborWorks Green Bay


2021 Board Members with Committee Assignments

Katelin Brown


Baer Performance Marketing


Amanda Kealoha Chu


NWTC Sustainable Agriculture


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Paul Grall


Dallaire Realty


Phil Hauck

Resource Development

Facilitator for TEC/Vistage


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Amy Koffarnus


HSHS St. Vincent Hospital



James, (Jimmy) G. Pandl  

Farming and Resource Development



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Paul J. Ladd Jr.



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John Shier  

Resource Development

Community Volunteer


Paul Linzmeyer  


Community Volunteer



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Claire Thompson

Executive Director

Claire is an entrepreneur, educator and sustainable agriculture advocate committed to building a profitable and equitable local food system. With over 20 years of experience leading community change projects, she was thrilled to get her dream job at The Farmory in 2018. Originally from urban Milwaukee, Claire developed an interest in growing and harvesting food from her backyard as a young child. She currently lives in Sturgeon Bay with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two chickens, a cat, and of course, some fish. She is a proud graduate of UW-Milwaukee and earned her master’s in public administration from the Biden School of Public Policy at the University of Delaware.

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Annie Schmitz

Hatchery Technician

I got my B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay then pursued my M.Sc. degree in Freshwater Sciences and Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences. My M.Sc. thesis focused specifically on the embryonic and larval development of yellow perch. I joined The Farmory team in the beginning of 2020 and am excited to continue to see our mission grow.

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Carmen Dehn

Americorps Vista

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. I lived and worked for a while in South Dakota before moving back to Green Bay. I had been following the progress of The Farmory since the early days of its development and when I heard there was an open AmeriCorps VISTA position I jumped at the chance to be involved. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a fantastic team, and I am confident that the experience gained through my role at The Farmory will aid my personal growth as well as my professional development.

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Morgan Emmel

Americorps Vista

I graduated from UWGB in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management. I chose to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at The Farmory to get first-hand experience for when I start my career in nonprofits. I love working with people, solving community issues, and making my home city a better place.

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Emma Ray

Americorps Vista

I received my bachelor’s degree in Biology, emphasis in microbiology, and minor in aquaculture and aquaponics from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Concluding my undergraduate degree, I went on to earn my master’s degree in Freshwater Sciences and Technologies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences. I became involved with The Farmory with the goal of furthering my experience in my field of study and develop skills in commercial aquaculture practices. With this opportunity through AmeriCorps VISTA to expand my professional skills and experience, I aspire to continue my work in aquaculture and aquaponics at a commercial scale.

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Pete Amenson


Facilities Technician

I retired from Wisconsin Public Service after 39 years as a I/E Crew Leader and I presently hold a Wisconsin Journeyman Electrician license. I started as a Farmory volunteer in early 2019 working 2-3 shifts a week. After one year I joined the staff as a part time technician.


Programming Committee:

Amy Koffarnus, Roxann Nys, Brianna Griffith, Paula Schultz, Roger Bindl

Marketing Committee:

Katelin Brown, Paula Schulz,  John Touscany, Sarah Krier, Grace Knudsen, Gracelyn Footit

Downtown Farm Plant Whisperers:

Marty Theil, Jeff Carels, Carl Bennett, Veronica Woodke, Melissa Lane, Katelyn Smith, Dwayne Haines, Dian Haines

Downtown Farm Worm Wranglers: 

Mike Bendel, Michelle Roz

West De Pere Farm Plant Whisperers: 

Rachel Baranczyk, Alexa Schulze, Elliot Seiler, WDP Agriscience Students

Fish Hatchery:

Paul Ladd, Dwayne Haines, Dian Haines, Pete Amenson, Jeff Carels, Rachel Baranczyk, Lynn Ward




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