Our Team

The heart of our organization is our people. Their initiative and curiosity motivate them every day to provide what educators need to be successful. The descriptions below offer just a brief look at the talented people who help The Einstein Project provide exceptional service every day.

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Kelly Ellis
Executive Director
Kelly joined The Einstein Project in 2013. Kelly brings substantial experience to The Einstein Project from her time as Resource Development Director at Brown County United Way and as the Executive Director for On Broadway, Inc. Her honors and awards include Leadership Green Bay (2014), Future 15, 40 Under 40 award, and summa cum laud in her BS – Business Management degree from UW-Green Bay.

Kelly works at The Einstein Project because she enjoys employing her business skills to help meet the needs of the community. She loves setting the example for her children that a person can earn a paycheck while doing good in the world at the same time.

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Annie Goffard
Executive Assistant
Contact Annie for more information about The Einstein Project’s community collaborations, getting to know more about our organization, and all accounting and board communications.

Prior to joining our team in November 2013, Annie was a successful certified in-home family daycare provider for eight years and gained accounting and human resource experience from a small benefits company for three years. She holds a double BS degree in Accounting and Management from UW-Green Bay.

With all the negativity in the world, Annie enjoys being a part of The Einstein Project which has a “positive” impact on today’s youth. She likes to help make learning fun. Her kids are excited to learn about science and engineering!

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Paul Karpenko
Relationship Manager
Paul joined The Einstein Project in December 2016. Paul comes from a background in service, environmental science and education. At UW-Fox Valley, Paul helped run a composting program and establish local community gardening at schools and neighborhoods. He knew that working in the educational sector was his calling.
 
Paul works for The Einstein Project because he enjoys learning new things every day and hopes to pass on that passion to students by helping to make schools a place of exploration and discovery through science and engineering.

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Dennis Rockhill
Event Coordinator
Joining our team in December 2016 as a part-time Events Coordinator, Dennis also serves as Executive Director of  Proto, Inc., a youth-focused makerspace serving the Greater Green Bay area. He brings 20+ years experience in the packaging industry with roles in printing, design, prototyping, product development and project management.
 
Dennis's role at The Einstein Project corresponds with Proto, since both missions align in providing STEM learning opportunities to youth and adults.
 

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Kristi Franz
STEM Resource Center Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator
Contact Kristi to volunteer in our STEM Resource Center.

Kristi has been with The Einstein Project since 2004. She joined our team shortly after volunteering in her child’s classroom where our units were being taught. Kristi holds a BA degree in Graphic Design and was previously a Graphic Artist for many years.

Kristi is proud to be a part of an organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in our state. She feels that we make an incredibly positive impact on our community and beyond.

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Sean Martin
STEM Resource Center Specialist & Inventory Coordinator
Contact Sean if you are a vendor who wants to supply materials for our kits.

Prior to joining The Einstein Project in May 2012, Sean worked for Lambeau Field’s food and beverage provider for six years. He started out in Purchasing and left as a Senior Concessions Manager. He holds a Business Management degree from UW-Green Bay.

Sean understands and values the service that is provided to teachers in the production and training of our units. The idea of thousands of kids learning and being enriched because of his work gives Sean great satisfaction.

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Paul Miller
STEM Resource Center Specialist
Paul joined our team in February 2016, bringing a wealth of experience after working in various engineering positions during his 31 year career at the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant. Paul holds a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Herzing College and a Management degree from Silver Lake College.
 
Paul works at The Einstein Project because he loves science and wants to encourage careers in engineering for our youth.

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Johnny Froelich
STEM Resource Center Specialist & Building/Maintenance Coordinator
Contact Johnny regarding building and maintenance services.

Johnny joined The Einstein Project in June 2011 after five years of Preload Supervisor experience at UPS. He was also a Personal Trainer at the YMCA for five years. Johnny holds a BS degree in Kinesiology from UW-Milwaukee.

Johnny works for The Einstein Project to make an impact on the education of area youth.

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STEM Resource Center Specialist
Prior to joining The Einstein Project team in December 2016, Tammy gained 14 years of production management experience at College Kids of Neenah. Tammy came to The Einstein Project CPR/first aid certified. She is familiar with nonprofit organizations through her volunteer experiences at other local charities, such as Children's Miracle League, Exceptional Equestrians, and Windows for a Cause.

Tammy works at The Einstein Project because she loves The Einstein Project's goal to help students learn by using hands-on techniques.