Sheboygan Young Professional Testimonials
New York and Illinois natives James Owen, Barbara Alvarez and Alec Bartolai share their insights in moving to Sheboygan County, Wisconsin as new, young professionals. These new residents talk about the strength of the community and their genuine surprise at the amount of festivals and events in the area. The video was produced by The Sheboygan Press of the US Today Network.
Mary and John Motiska
I am originally from Sheboygan but moved to Charlotte, NC in 1997 as a teenager. I attended the Art Institute of Charlotte where my husband John and I met. During our trips to Sheboygan to visit family and friends, we would be reminded of the beautiful Lakeshore, the strong sense of community, and the beautiful state parks it presented. In 2014, we decided to move to the area with the lakefront and our children’s future in mind. Taking into consideration the excellent schools, the low crime rate, less traffic, and with my sisters already living here, it was an easy transition. The lower cost of living was also a big plus.
Living in Charlotte, I got my taste of big-city life, but I can’t say the quality of life was any better. The appeal of any city depends on the benefits it offers; spiritual growth and quality of life was at the top of our list. For us, Sheboygan offered the best of both.
Phillip and Brittany Bock
My wife and I are both from the Twin Cities area and relocated to Sheboygan several years ago after she landed a job at Kohler. We love the lakeshore and the abundance of hiking trails- and it's hard to beat the vibrant arts an music scene and world-class restaurants. We loved the area so much that we decided to get married here. We wed under the arch at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center last fall and welcomed our friends and family to experience the community after our reception at the Blue Harbor Resort.
Andrew and Jenny Danhof
I grew up in Michigan and Jenny spent her childhood in Hong Kong. We both found jobs in the Sheboygan area and transitioning was made easier by the fact that Jenny's parents live here. The best part of living here is our safe neighborhood one block away from End Park and just a short walk from Lake Michigan. Besides the great school system Sheboygan offers, affordable housing was a huge selling point. Sheboygan also offers tremendous opportunities to get involved.
Kevin Anderson and Suw Charman-Anderson
We moved to Sheboygan from London, UK, in 2014, after Kevin became the executive editor of the Sheboygan Press and HTR News in Manitowoc. Originally from northern Illinois, Kevin felt right at home in Sheboygan. Suw - who grew up near Bournemouth on the south coast of England - fell in love with Lake Michigan as soon as she arrived. We love the great restaurants, dance lessons at the Kohler Arts Center, films at the Weill Center, and the warm and welcoming people. Of course, being able to buy ten times the home for half the price of a house in the UK was a huge bonus!
Lucy and Jose Aruajo
My husband and I are originally from Peru and we moved to Sheboygan six years ago to reunite with our two sons who live here. We like Sheboygan because it is a safe, quiet and affordable city and people are kind and friendly. In addition, Sheboygan has beautiful natural landscapes that we enjoy all year 'round, especially walking or driving by the lake, which is very relaxing.
I moved from San Antonio, Texas, to Sheboygan, which checks pretty much all of the boxes of things I was looking for, including being only 60 minutes from Milwaukee and two hours from Chicago. It's got a small-city feel, minutes from the lake, restaurants, schools, parks, a library that is second to none and access to good golf courses. I am closer to my family and I get to work in the aviation industry, which for me isn't just a career, but a passion. I love fall and winter here, too!
I am the program director for the Kohler Foundation, Inc., which supports the arts and education. I arrived thinking that Sheboygan was probably a lot like Waterloo, Iowa, (my similarly Midwestern hometown). But in many striking ways, Sheboygan has a culture all its own. In particular, I'm a big fan of Friday fish fry, Sheboygan's homegrown creativity and the thriving local arts scene and Lake Michigan as my (almost) front yard.
Stacy and Bill Marklein
We've lived in several communities throughout Wisconsin- some smaller than Plymouth and others much larger, including Milwaukee. We moved to Sheboygan County for new job opportunities. I work for Kohler Co. and Bill works for the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. We found the perfect house in a great neighborhood in Plymouth, which we love because we have so many things right at our fingertips, easy access to Lake Michigan and a short trip to the Madison area where our families live. It's friendly and everyone takes pride in having a thriving community.
I moved from California to Sheboygan County in 2006 to be closer to my then-boyfriend, now husband. We fell in love with Elkhart Lake and its unique atmosphere, great food, lovely resorts, a crystal-clear lake, cute shops and year-round events and activities. Both visitors and year-round residents are friendly, supportive and have a passion for life. Elkhart Lake also inspired me to open my own small business. There is a sense of camaraderie among business owners, who support and collaborate with each other and celebrate successes together.
I relocated in 2004 from Port Washington, which is just South of Sheboygan. I am an Art educator at Sheboygan North High School. I am also a working artist, photographer and gallery owner. I have been part of several art groups in and around the area and actively support the arts and artists in my publication, ArtDose, a quarterly about the local art scene. For me, Sheboygan, has much to offer, a great school system, plenty of activities, inside and out, a beautiful lakefront, and a growing art community.
Angela and Aaron Casper
We moved to Adell after Aaron took a position with the Random Lake School District. Living in rural Adell, we have a sense of community, knowing all of our neighbors. Our children have a great school, fantastic friends, and excellent opportunities to get involved in activities. We venture to the bigger cities once in a while, but we're really happy playing a game of cornhole with neighbors or collecting eggs from our chickens. Job opportunities brought us to the area, and our neighbors, schools, and the sense of community keeps us here.
Greg and Monika Casper
I was raised in Sheboygan and attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Monika, who is originally from Warsaw, Poland, moved to the U.S. in the early 1990's. We met in Madison and lived there for several years. When I partnered with The Financial Group, Inc. in Sheboygan last January, we researched communities in Sheboygan County and decided to move to Sheboygan Falls. We like the friendly, small-town feel and it's a great place to raise a family. The restaurants and parks are all within walking distance, and if we want to get out of town, traveling to Madison or Chicago is an easy day trip.
Rachel and Ross Marsden
We were high school sweathearts, both born and raise in Ames, Iowa, where we graduated from Iowa State University. We moved to Sheboygan County in 2010 when Ross accepted a job at Kohler Co. After renting an apartment in Sheboygan Falls, we purchased our first home just north of the Village of Kohler. What really drew us to our neighborhood was its safe and active atmosphere. There are always kids playing outside and people walking their dogs. One of our favorite parts about the area is living by Lake Michigan. It is beautiful! We love to take our visiting friends and family to all the lake activities the Sheboygan area has to offer.