Meet Our Team

Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.

 
Kelly Ellis    Head Honcho  ceo : visionary : defender of the mission  Kelly joined the Einstein Project in 2013. Kelly brings substantial experience to the Einstein Project from her time as a 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 Ellis

Head Honcho
ceo : visionary : defender of the mission

Kelly joined the Einstein Project in 2013. Kelly brings substantial experience to the Einstein Project from her time as a 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.

Annie Goffard    Left-handed, Right-Hand Woman  executive assistant : finance : human resources  Prior to joining our team in November 2013, Annie was a successful certified in-home family daycare provider for eight years. She also 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. Annie is currently in the process of becoming HR certified by SHRM.

Annie Goffard

Left-handed, Right-Hand Woman
executive assistant : finance : human resources

Prior to joining our team in November 2013, Annie was a successful certified in-home family daycare provider for eight years. She also 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. Annie is currently in the process of becoming HR certified by SHRM.

Chad Janowski    Learning Architect  curriculum design : kit development : education advisor  Chad started with the Einstein Project in March 2017. He spent 18 years in the classroom as a high school biology and environmental science instructor. He strives to make his passion for science and learning contagious. Chad has worked with the Professional Development Committee of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST), and was a founding member of the Science Futures Program which cultivates leadership and excellence in science instruction in Wisconsin. Chad received the Excellence in Science Education Award from WSST and in 2016, he was named Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Chad Janowski

Learning Architect
curriculum design : kit development : education advisor

Chad started with the Einstein Project in March 2017. He spent 18 years in the classroom as a high school biology and environmental science instructor. He strives to make his passion for science and learning contagious. Chad has worked with the Professional Development Committee of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST), and was a founding member of the Science Futures Program which cultivates leadership and excellence in science instruction in Wisconsin. Chad received the Excellence in Science Education Award from WSST and in 2016, he was named Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Kim Lemberger    Time, Talent & Treasure Hunter  educator training : impact measurement : resource development  As a classroom teacher for over 25 years, Kim's personal mission is to provide meaningful, hands-on, minds-on learning experiences for every child to empower them for their future. She has been a long-time supporter of the Einstein Project since attending her first academy in 1993. She has served as a unit trainer and specialist in science notebooking. Kim joined the Einstein Project team in June of 2017 after her career as a middle school teacher.

Kim Lemberger

Time, Talent & Treasure Hunter
educator training : impact measurement : resource development

As a classroom teacher for over 25 years, Kim's personal mission is to provide meaningful, hands-on, minds-on learning experiences for every child to empower them for their future. She has been a long-time supporter of the Einstein Project since attending her first academy in 1993. She has served as a unit trainer and specialist in science notebooking. Kim joined the Einstein Project team in June of 2017 after her career as a middle school teacher.

Dan Van Straten    Relationship Cultivator   customer advocate : sales : market investigator  Dan joined the Einstein Project in December of 2018. Dan brings his advertising, marketing and business background to the Einstein Project. Born and raised in the Green Bay area, he has a strong passion for education. Dan serves on the Unified School District Board of Education and is also the voice of the De Pere Redbirds. In the past Dan has also served on the board of Junior Achievement and has been a classroom volunteer. He coached youth athletics for over 25 years as well. He also spends time as an emcee for local events. A little known secret is that Dan is also the voice of Bruce the Spruce the talking Christmas Tree at the Children’s Museum of Green Bay. But don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret. Dan’s knowledge of the marketplace and his business background are a nice addition to the mission of the Einstein Project.

Dan Van Straten

Relationship Cultivator

customer advocate : sales : market investigator

Dan joined the Einstein Project in December of 2018. Dan brings his advertising, marketing and business background to the Einstein Project. Born and raised in the Green Bay area, he has a strong passion for education. Dan serves on the Unified School District Board of Education and is also the voice of the De Pere Redbirds. In the past Dan has also served on the board of Junior Achievement and has been a classroom volunteer. He coached youth athletics for over 25 years as well. He also spends time as an emcee for local events. A little known secret is that Dan is also the voice of Bruce the Spruce the talking Christmas Tree at the Children’s Museum of Green Bay. But don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret. Dan’s knowledge of the marketplace and his business background are a nice addition to the mission of the Einstein Project.

Dennis Rockhill    Jedi Maker-Mindset Master  makerspace director : kit development : educator training  Dennis joined the Einstein Project team in Fall 2017. He spent three years co-founding, managing, and serving as the executive director of the nonprofit, Proto, Inc.; a youth-focused makerspace. From 1993-2015, Dennis held various technical, product development and design positions in the packaging industry with WS Packaging, Belmark, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Wild Blue Technologies. He is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator and an alumni of UW-Green Bay with a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration.

Dennis Rockhill

Jedi Maker-Mindset Master
makerspace director : kit development : educator training

Dennis joined the Einstein Project team in Fall 2017. He spent three years co-founding, managing, and serving as the executive director of the nonprofit, Proto, Inc.; a youth-focused makerspace. From 1993-2015, Dennis held various technical, product development and design positions in the packaging industry with WS Packaging, Belmark, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Wild Blue Technologies. He is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator and an alumni of UW-Green Bay with a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration.

Skye Millhiser    Makerspace Maven  makerspace & program assistance  Joining our team in Spring of 2018, Skye comes to the Einstein Project after being a dedicated Registered Nurse at two of Green Bay’s hospitals. She has over 10 years of experience providing direct patient care in emergency and/or trauma situations. In 2010, Skye transitioned into being a stay-at-home mom to rise her three daughters who are all makers and creators, themselves. Then in 2015, she joined forces with Valley View Elementary School to continue the success of designing and running events in the Library Makerspace. She does this work in partnership with other Ashwaubeon educators.

Skye Millhiser

Makerspace Maven
makerspace & program assistance

Joining our team in Spring of 2018, Skye comes to the Einstein Project after being a dedicated Registered Nurse at two of Green Bay’s hospitals. She has over 10 years of experience providing direct patient care in emergency and/or trauma situations. In 2010, Skye transitioned into being a stay-at-home mom to rise her three daughters who are all makers and creators, themselves. Then in 2015, she joined forces with Valley View Elementary School to continue the success of designing and running events in the Library Makerspace. She does this work in partnership with other Ashwaubeon educators.

Adam Thiry    Jack of all Trades  material management : building & maintenance : purchasing  Adam joined our team in the summer of 2018. Adam, a native of Luxemburg, WI, is a graduate of the Supply Chain Management program at NWTC. He brings many unique skills that will help Einstein Project deliver high quality products at the lowest possible cost to school districts.

Adam Thiry

Jack of all Trades
material management : building & maintenance : purchasing

Adam joined our team in the summer of 2018. Adam, a native of Luxemburg, WI, is a graduate of the Supply Chain Management program at NWTC. He brings many unique skills that will help Einstein Project deliver high quality products at the lowest possible cost to school districts.

Natalie Paprocki    Production Ninja  material management : kit packing  In the fall of 2017, Natalie joined our team. Natalie spent the last seven years running an in-home daycare, where she coordinated various children's school and activity schedules. She also managed three employees during this time. Prior to opening her own business, she was part of the East Coast Customer Service team at Schneider National. In the past, Natalie also worked for Benefit Advantage, in which she over saw the flex spending accounts.

Natalie Paprocki

Production Ninja
material management : kit packing

In the fall of 2017, Natalie joined our team. Natalie spent the last seven years running an in-home daycare, where she coordinated various children's school and activity schedules. She also managed three employees during this time. Prior to opening her own business, she was part of the East Coast Customer Service team at Schneider National. In the past, Natalie also worked for Benefit Advantage, in which she over saw the flex spending accounts.

Autumn Rockhill    Young, Energetic Scholar  event support : administrative assistance : content writer  Autumn joined our team as a summer intern in 2016. Autumn, a native of Green Bay, is currently studying at UW-Green Bay and plans to graduate with a triple major in Communications, Spanish, and Creative Writing in 2020. When she was younger, she was an Einstein kid, participated in Destination Imagination and had a passion for creating. Currently, she is a member of PRSSA, the UWGB pep-band, and a regional director for Destination Imagination.

Autumn Rockhill

Young, Energetic Scholar
event support : administrative assistance : content writer

Autumn joined our team as a summer intern in 2016. Autumn, a native of Green Bay, is currently studying at UW-Green Bay and plans to graduate with a triple major in Communications, Spanish, and Creative Writing in 2020. When she was younger, she was an Einstein kid, participated in Destination Imagination and had a passion for creating. Currently, she is a member of PRSSA, the UWGB pep-band, and a regional director for Destination Imagination.