BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

GERALD D. BAUMANN - VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS - WINDWAY CAPITAL CORP.

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Jerry’s career spans over three decades in marketing and communications. He has served as Marketing and Projects Director and Vice President of Operations for Windway Capital Corp.

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Jerry is Vice President of the board of directors with the Sheboygan County Aviation Corporation, d.b.a. Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin.  Jerry served seven years as Secretary, Director and COO for Laugh Your Way America! LLC and served two more years as Chairman of the Board.  Jerry has been a Director for Great Marriages for Sheboygan County since it was founded in 2004.

Jerry and Diane have been married since 1976, have three daughters, three grand children and live on a small orchard and hobby farm in Centerville, located in rural Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

 

STEVEN AND SUSAN JABERG - GREAT MARRIAGES MENTORS

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Steve and Susan Jaberg have been long time residents of Sheboygan and Kohler.  They met while attending Sheboygan North High School and then attended the University of Wisconsin – Sheboygan Campus.  Susan went on to attain her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Wisconsin – Stout and Steve his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

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Both completed their Master’s Degrees from Cardinal Stritich University – Milwaukee.  Steve made a career as a leader in senior health care administration while Susan became a Home Economics teacher and was promoted as the Principal of the Kohler Elementary and Middle Schools.

 

RICHARD KOEHL (TREASURER) - VICE PRESIDENT GENERAL MANAGER - PW STOELTING, LLC

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Richard Koehl is the General Manager of PW Stoelting LLC, a Vollrath Company in Kiel, Wisconsin. His prior experience has been with DRS Technologies as a V.P. of Integrated Operations working with the Navy to power Warships. Prior to that Richard headed up engineering, product development marketing and quality for Kohler Power Systems.

He was a member of the Board of Directors for numerous non profit organizations like United Way of Sheboygan County, Toys for Tots and the Shriners. Richard has served as the Chapter President for the ASQ chapter 1126, APICS chapter executive board member and Committee Chair of PMI.

Richard holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelors of Engineering. Richard is an Eagle Scout and retired USAF Lt. Colonel. Richard is married to Kelly, with 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren.

 

WINTER KOHLER - DIGITAL MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR - GREAT MARRIAGES

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Winter is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a degree in Sociology, and is certified in Human Resources and Event Planning. In her time before Great Marriages she gained extensive service industry and event planning experience.

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Before becoming a full time staff member at Great Marriages she volunteered planning their banquets, and joined the team officially in December of 2015. Winter serves as Community Relations Director and secretary of the board for Terry Kohler Family Foundation. She is engaged to be married in July of 2019. In her free time she enjoys reading, decorating, and fishing.

 

ABRAHAM LOYA - PASTOR - HISPANIC PENTACOSTAL CHURCH

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Pastor Abraham Loya was born on July 8, 1977 in the beautiful city of Chula Vista, California. He is the Pastor-Teacher of IAFCJ of Sheboygan County, although he has studied theology at several institutions such as Logos Institute, LOGOI Ministries, Purpose Institute Fuller, CCM Seminar and some other schools of theology. He considers himself as self-taught. He is member of the CCDA org.

In the last six years, he has been traveling the country and abroad preaching and teaching urban ministry focusing on Christian empowerment and community development.  He is also an instructor of History of Christianity, Leadership and Pastoral Studies at Purpose Institute Milwaukee Campus.

Abraham Sr. and his wife Janie live in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and have four children: Kendra, Abraham Jr, Dolce and Vashti.

 

THOMAS J. RICE (CHAIRMAN) - CONSULTANT - HR UNLIMITED, LLC

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After completing a successful career in Human Resource Management, Tom and his wife, Sue began mentoring for Great Marriages in 2011. After a year, Tom was asked to serve as Interim Executive Director while a search was made for a full time Executive Director (ED). Upon hiring a new ED, Tom continued to serve on the Board and he is now President of our Board of Directors. He and Sue also continue as the coordinators of our mentoring program and are responsible for training all of our mentor couples.

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HAL RIBICH (VICE CHAIRMAN) - FINANCIAL ADVISOR - ZIEGLER WEALTH MANAGEMENT

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Hal Ribich is a financial advisor and planner for Ziegler Wealth Management, a Chicago based investment firm with offices located throughout the Midwest. He became certified as a financial planner in 1990 and operated his own financial planning and investment business for more than 14 years before joining Ziegler in 1999.

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Hal holds several securities and insurance licenses and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with degrees in zoology and engineering.  He also completed the College of Financial Planning professional education program in 1990. Hal and his wife, Kathryn, have four adult children and three grandchildren. When they are not involved with work and family they enjoy beekeeping, kayaking, backpacking, sailing and any time they can spend in the outdoors.

 

SEBASTIAN SCHMIDT - PRESIDENT / OWNER - MODIX CORPORATION

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Sebastian Schmidt is Founder and President of MODIX Corporation, a capital equipment machine manufacturer, headquartered in Sheboygan, WI. His prior experience was President and COO of Kurtz Ersa, a German machine manufacturer with a subsidiary in Plymouth, WI. His background is in international sales and machine manufacturing. 

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Sebastian has served as a member of the Board of Directors for numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations. When the opportunity came up to be one of the first to be supporting Great Marriages, he said yes. He believes that a great marriage is the cornerstone of a healthy society. His passions are: the Lord, his family, travel, and golf. 

Sebastian has been very happily married to Leonore since 1989. They have 3 wonderful adult children, currently all residing in Germany.

 

JOHN SHARP - IT MANAGER - THE VOLLRATH COMPANY

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John Sharp attended Northern Michigan University where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting. He went on to Cardinal Stritch University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems. John has worked with the Vollrath Company for 7 years as the IT Manager.

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He married Christa on the 4th of July, 2009 and has a daughter Chloe. In his free time, John enjoys golfing, bowling, boating and traveling with his wife. John joined the Great Marriages board in 2017 because of a dedication to keeping his personal relationship strong. He has a desire to help others understand that marriage requires daily effort and companionship is the most rewarding aspect of marriage.

 

MICHAEL G. VASZILY - MERCHANDISING DIRECTOR - SARGENTO FOODS INC.

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Michael lives in Sheboygan County and is a proud husband and father to three beautiful kids.  When not working at his job at Sargento Foods, or spending time with his family, Michael enjoys sharing his life in programs like his church’s youth program or Big Brothers/Big Sisters to help the future leaders of tomorrow see the greatness they possess inside.

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Michael’s belief is that a Great Marriage is both a key foundational component to a strong family as well as to a healthy and strong society – leading to his interest and service to Great Marriages of Sheboygan County.

 

SHARON YORK - ASSOCIATE PASTOR - CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH, PLYMOUTH

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Sharon and her husband Rich married in July of 1981, and currently live in Plymouth. She is a graduate of Central Bible College and ordained with the Assemblies of God. Her passion is helping people connect with God and find their place in ministry. She has three adult kids, all married and loves being a grandma!

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Sharon has served as a Children’s Pastor, a Women’s Ministries Assistant Director of the Wisconsin/Northern Michigan District of the Assemblies of God and currently is the Associate Pastor at Christian Life Church. She is an unashamed coffee snob and enjoys eating out while maintaining her status as a lifetime Weight Watcher member.


BOARD EMERITUS

LESLIE KOHLER - CEO - WINDWAY CAPITAL CORP.

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Leslie grew up in Sheboygan and returned to her home town in 2012. She is President of the Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan (SEAS) and CEO of Windway Capital Corporation. Leslie attended Prescott College and the University of Detroit where she earned degrees in History and Education. She is actively engaged in several community non-profits and her family's business. Leslie has 3 daughters and 1 grandson. Her passions include sailing, reading, and spending time in the northwoods. 


FOUNDER

TERRY J. KOHLER - IN MEMORIAM

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Terry Kohler was very active in the Marriage Improvement process in this country, having been involved deeply with Mark Gungor in the creation of national/international LAUGH YOUR WAY TO A BETTER MARRIAGE of Appleton WI. He founded and was very active in the development of GREAT MARRIAGES FOR SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, the area where his major business interests were located. He was also involved with a number of other marriage improvement operations around the country.

Terry Kohler was President of Windway Capital Corp., a holding company with multiple subsidiaries. Mr. Kohler had been associated with The Vollrath Co., LLC, since 1962, holding positions of President, and then Chairman and CEO, prior to its reorganization in January, 1989, when Windway Capital Corp., the holding company, was formed. 

Terry was a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy of New Jersey.  In 1955 he joined the U.S. Air Force and was trained as a jet fighter pilot and was discharged from the Strategic Air Command in 1959 with the rank of Captain. 

Terry graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management and earned his Master of Science degree in Industrial Management a year later in 1963 from the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at MIT. His thesis and research were in the area of business application of "large scale" digital computers in smaller companies.

Mr. Kohler is the late husband of Mary Stewart Kohler. Between them they have 7 grown children, and 13 grandchildren. 

Terry passed away in September of 2016, but his legacy continues on through his many great works, including Great Marriages.