Staff & Board Members

Peter Crabbe

Peter Crabbe EdD

ADMINISTRATIVE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Peter directs operations, policymaking, planning, development, and staffing for the museum. Before arriving in Two Rivers, he had been the Executive Director at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard CA.

Peter has over 30 years of museum experience in administration, leadership, and exhibits for museums with art-based missions and holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change.

Stephanie Carpenter

Stephanie Carpenter

PROGRAM OFFICER

Stephanie is a graphic designer, letterpress printer, and book artist. At the museum she teaches letterpress and bookmaking workshops, serves as in-house printer, directs social media and the website, coordinates interns, and organizes event and conferences. She is a graduate of the graphic design masters program at Indiana University.

Gina Korakian-Melnyk

Gina Korakian-Melnyk

OFFICE MANAGER

Gina has worked in the academic and non-profit sphere of the arts in St. Louis for over 20 years. She graduated with her MFA in printmaking and drawing from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Here at the museum, she will provide administrative support to the team in many forms. When Gina isn’t at the museum you can find her at her sewing machine, by the water’s edge, or looking and listening for birds.

Daniel Simmer

Daniel L. Simmer

FACILITY MANAGER

Dan’s comprehensive knowledge and experience have already proven instrumental to the museum. With a strong background in facility management, Dan emerged from early retirement to oversee the museum’s building and grounds, establish safety requirements and manage repairs and renovations. Dan served the local YMCA as Property Director for more than 7 years.

Jen Anne

Jen Anne

WOOD SHOP & MARKETING MANAGER

Jen is a multimedia artist with a 20-year background in marketing and writing. At the museum she makes as much sawdust as possible while also marketing the museum to the outside world. Though Jen received her MFA in welding and glassblowing from the UW-Madison, she's had a lifelong crush on printing. Outside of the museum, she'll be tromping through woods and marshes, looking for birds.

Emily Schmidt

Emily Schmidt

DRY GOODS COORDINATOR & WELCOME DESK ASSISTANT

Emily is a “graphic designer | visual storyteller | harmless eccentric” and who never tires of literally any project at the museum. She is typically found with ink on her hands and a smile that lights up a room. She excels at customer service, printing, organizing and sharing deep insight on topics that matter to her.

H.R. Buechler

H.R. Buechler

PRINTER

H.R. is an artist, researcher, and experimental publisher. They hold an M.S./L.I.S. from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They are the 2016-2018 Victor Hammer Fellow at the Wells College Book Arts Center (Aurora, NY), founder of the late OXBLOOD Publishing, and former Print Production Fellow to the Journal of Artists’ Books (JAB). Beyond the walls of the museum they are a donut connoisseur, canine aficionado, rescue volunteer, and avid baker (to name a few).

Georgie Liesch

Georgie Liesch

MASTER TYPECUTTER

Georgie has been tooling around the wood shop at HWT&PM for well over 10 years. She started learning about the process of making Hamilton wood type from her dad, Norb Brylski, and continued her study of the finer points of pantograph operation under the tutelage of Mardell Doubek - Hamilton’s last pantograph operator. She is now quite well-versed in all aspects of wood type production from wood processing all the way to the final hand-trimming. Occasionally, she will take home the inevitable wood type duds and prints with them in her home studio.


Museum Board of Directors

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Board of Directors was formed in early 2018 to oversee Hamilton operations. These members were chosen to assist Hamilton in moving toward the future. They have an excellent combination of skills and strengths, giving us the support necessary to become the type of museum we know is possible.

Name Position Employment
Tracy Honn President Director, Silver Buckle Press, UW Madison - Retired
Angela Spinazzè Vice President Principal and Founder, ATSPIN Consulting
Dan Rhatigan Secretary Typeface Designer and Typographer
Jerome Fox Treasurer Circuit Court Judge - Retired
Jane Hurst Member Two Rivers Historical Society
Marnie Powers-Torrey Member Director, Book Arts Program, The University of Utah
Tom Rickner Member Creative Type Director, Monotype
Deb Verhoff Member Digital Collections Manager at New York University Libraries
Curt Andrews Member Emeritus Two Rivers Businessman
Amelia Fontanel Member Emeritus RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection, NY
Don Konop Member Emeritus President, Two Rivers Historical Society
Rosie Sajak Member Emeritus Manager of Development at Midwestern University, IL
Paul Brown Member Emeritus Associate Professor, Indiana University Bloomington - Retired
Patrick Gagnon Member Emeritus Two Rivers Historical Society
Jeff Dawson Member Emeritus Director, Lester Public Library
Jeff Zimmerlee Member Emeritus Branch Manager, Bank First
Joe Metzen Member Emeritus Associate Executive Director, Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA