Tickets are now on sale for the annual Wall of Fame banquet hosted by Kewaunee’s Build the Future Foundation to honor four outstanding graduates of Kewaunee High School.
This year’s banquet is scheduled for Sunday evening (April 7) at JW’s Place in Slovan (Casco). Tickets are $30 and are available from Nicolet Bank, Bank of Luxemburg, the Novak Agency, or any Build the Future Foundation member.
The four honorees this year are Corey Baumgartner, Sandi Christman, Mike Gallenberger and Leon P. Hostak.
Here are the profiles prepared for the banquet.
Corey Baumgartner graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1997. While attending high school, Corey was involved in football, basketball, tennis (Team Captain), Spanish club, pep band, and was on Homecoming Court.
Following high school, Corey furthered his education at UW Oshkosh earning a Bachelor of Science in Education and continued his education earning his Masters of Science in 2005 with an emphasis in Educational Leadership. In 2015 Corey achieved his Superintendent Licensure from Marian University.
Corey started his teaching career at Kewaunee High School in 2002, serving as a special education teacher until 2008. While at KHS he also held the position of Athletic Director from 2003-2008. With his passion of educating children and sports as his motivation, he took on the joy of coaching girls volleyball, softball, and varsity basketball, as well as boys freshmen and JV basketball.
With the departure of his position within the Kewaunee School District in 2008, Corey furthered his career accepting a position as the Associate Principal, Co-Curricular Activities with the Kaukauna Area School District. In 2013 he was recognized as the Kaukauna Area School District Administrator of the Year. In 2013 Corey accepted a position in Kiel as the High School Principal. While in Kiel he was highly visible and active with the students, faculty, and community. He helped establish a previously unforeseen amount of school spirit and was instrumental in increasing student academic achievement.
As Corey’s career in educational leadership continued to progress, in 2016 he accepted the high school principal position back within the Kaukauna Area School District, where he currently is employed.
Corey has always had a passion for the youth within a community and the instrumental lessons that sports can teach a student. Corey was an active member of the Advisory Council and President of the Board of Control with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), an association that he served for 8 years. At the time of his leadership with the WIAA he was the youngest member ever to be voted onto the board. Corey was recognized and awarded District IV Athletic Director of the Year by the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association (WADA) in 2012. In addition, he was awarded by UW Oshkosh with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2011 where he was noted to stand out for his strong leadership that advocated for the young adults in the Fox Valley. Corey’s most recent honor was being selected for the 2019 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Principal Leadership Award.
Corey will be remembered for his relentless work ethic, unwavering support of students, unmatched commitment to the school communities that he has served, and his deep rooted passion for co-curricular activities and all they offer our youth. Corey has dedicated his time to Habitat for Humanity, took the Special Olympics Polar Plunge twice, taught multiple NIAAA Leadership Training Courses, and was a member of the Kaukauna Lions Club and the Kewaunee Optimists.
Corey resides in Kaukauna with his wife Sarah and his daughters Lily and Summer. In Corey’s free time he enjoys spending quality time with his loving family and attending his daughters’ sporting events and performances.
Sandra Brull-Christman graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1983. Sandi was born and raised in Kewaunee, she is the daughter of Carol (Lischka) Brull-Belter and Roger Brull. At an early age Sandi was taught the importance of embodying a strong work ethic. Beginning at age 11, Sandi was working along side her mother and step father, Art Belter, at the family business Art’s IGA in Kewaunee.
The work ethic Sandi was taught early in life has followed her through her career. Sandi has worked in the insurance industry, healthcare management, human resources, public service, and fleet management. Sandi is currently employed with Bay Industries Inc as their Fleet Vehicle Coordinator. Sandi earned a degree in leadership development from NWTC and is only one class away from her degree in human resources. Sandi is proud to consider herself a lifelong learner, continuously growing herself personally as well as professionally.
Sandi has been involved in many civic, school and community organizations, some of which include: Vice President of the Kewaunee Athletic Boosters Club, Kewaunee High School PTO, Kewaunee School District “Name the Mascot” Chairperson, Co-Chair of the Kewaunee School District “Every 15 Minutes” program, Kewaunee County Garden Club Scholarship Chairperson, Immanuel Lutheran School Association President, Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Kewaunee Jaycees President, Alderperson for District 4 of the City of Kewaunee, and currently she is the Mayor of the great city of Kewaunee.
Sandi and her husband Dave reside in the city of Kewaunee. They have two sons: Jared who resides in Green Bay and works as a product designer and Craig who also resides in Green Bay and is an accountant. Sandi and Dave were blessed with a grandson, Blake, and his mother, Kenzie, who is like a daughter to them both.
Much of Sandi’s involvement centers on the benefit for our children and community. She believes our children are our future, and it takes a community to raise a child. As Mayor, she has a deep passion to make our community a beautiful, safe, and resourceful place to live, work, and raise a family all while ensuring our seniors have a place to enjoy their retirement years.
Michael J. Gallenberger
Michael J. Gallenberger is a 1980 graduate of Kewaunee High School. While in high school, Mike was active in FFA, baseball, football, wrestling, science club, National Honor Society, Badger Boys State, and was also class treasurer.
After graduating from Kewaunee High School, Mike was a first generation college student and attended Ripon College. Graduating from a private college was a dream made reality through hard work and dogged persistence in the face of adversity. Mike’s degree in business management was the basis for a management career with Target Corporation in which he rose from an hourly supervisor to managing a store in just 8 years. He became a specialist in opening new Target stores and was involved in opening a new market including: the greater Chicago area, Norfolk Nebraska, Buffalo and Niagara Falls New York, and the Boston area. Mike received honors including Master Trainer of the Year while managing a store with 52 million dollars in sales, 350 employees and a 24 hour a day operation. Mike’s leadership success came from his ability to build a strong team where each member felt ownership and respect.
In Mike’s heart, he is and always will be rooted in Kewaunee. When the opportunity arose to leave the high-volume impersonal east coast, he moved back to Kewaunee where he and his wife Laura purchased the family business Gallenberger Dairy Records (GDR). Through his management of Gallenberger Dairy Records, Mike has been innovative and taken well researched, yet high stake risks that have paid off. Gallenberger Dairy Records is the second largest lab in the country for PCR DNA analysis of milk samples. The business employs several Kewaunee School District students and past graduates while merging the high-tech world of microbiology with the more traditional dairy milk component analysis to improve the health of cows all across Northeast Wisconsin as well as several other states. GDR has increased component testing from 17,000 per month to 43,000 per month and has become a nationally licensed lab for field service and laboratory.
Following his roots and moving back to Kewaunee allowed Mike to coach his four children, David, Mikayla, Wesley and Thomas as well as hundreds of other children in almost every sport Kewaunee offers. As a coach, Mike is positive and encouraging, yet will hold an athlete accountable if the best interest of the team is not shown through their actions.
Mike has been very active in the Kewaunee community through many organizations over the years such as; Union State Bank Board of Directors, Co-Founder of the Kewaunee Area Junior Volleyball Club (KAJVC), Build the Future Board of Directors, Build the Future Gold Committee, Safe Harbor Investment Portfolio, Kewaunee Area Scholarship Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America Troop Leader, Norfolk Art Center Board of Directors, St. Jude’s representative for Target Corporation, United Way representative for Target Corporation, and Optimist International member.
Leon P. Hostak
Leon “Horsey” Hostak graduated from Kewaunee High School in the class of 1947. After graduation he joined the US Army where he went to Jump School and was assigned to the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment. This unit was assigned to Korea where Horsey made a parachute combat jump on Musan-Ni Drop Zone. Horsey’s heroism in battle was not questioned. As a Corporal the men and officers alike had admiration for his coolness and bravery under enemy fire as well as his courage in combat.
After the Korean War Horsey returned to Fort Bragg North Carolina where he was known as a legend for his warrior tactics as well has his loyalty to his men. The next chapter in his life was the Vietnam War. Master SGT Hostak was a Jumpmaster on the 173rd Airborne Combat Jump. His picture and story were featured in the March 10th 1967 edition of LIFE Magazine.
Once again Horsey distinguished himself by exceptional valorous action in the Republic of Vietnam. His unit came under attack and the commander was killed. Horsey assumed command and organized a platoon perimeter while under heavy automatic weapon fire. While leading the attack, he was wounded but remained on the line in control of his men. Realizing they could not stand off another attack of that intensity, Horsey organized the withdrawal of his men. He was one of the last to pull back staying to ensure all the wounded had been evacuated while providing covering fire.
The 230 man unit lost 80 dead and 34 wounded in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Upon leaving the Army Horsey returned to Kewaunee. He was awarded the Bronze Star with V Device Medal for heroism and the Purple Heart Medal for wounds he received in action against an enemy of the United States.
In 1970 he married Doris Wesner, they had one son Leon Jr. Horsey provided for his family by working as a Merchant Marine on the Great Lakes until his retirement. He was also one of the original charter members of the Muskrat City Sportsmans Club, the first sportmans club to plant and introduce wild turkeys in Northeast Wisconsin.
Horsey passed away at an early age from cancer, but will always be remembered for his bravery and heroism.