About Us

Our Story

The Haven was founded by Board President, Mark LeGreve. Over four years ago, Mark expressed passion on doing something about men’s homelessness in Manitowoc County. Mark, along with countless others, put a plan together. Through their hard work and perseverance, The Haven of Manitowoc County opened its doors on April 15, 2014.


The Haven of Manitowoc County provides shelter for homeless men for up to 90 days and offers a program to help them regain their independence. Our program consists of Case Management, Resource Referrals, and Life Skills groups. Our goal is to help men that reside at The Haven gain self-sufficiency by securing employment, saving money, and finding adequate housing. We are staffed year-round.


Director

Michael Etheridge came to Manitowoc from Rochester, MN to assume the position as Associate Director of The Haven of Manitowoc County, Inc. He has two children that reside in Manitowoc as well. He attained a BA degree in Music Liberal Arts with a topical minor in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. He has worked in the human services field since 1996 and has obtained career positions as a Juvenile Youth Counselor (specializing in sex offender and oppositional defiant intervention), a Para-Professional (working with children with Emotional Behavior Disorder), Case Manager (working with victims of domestic violence), Resident Program Coordinator, Resident Supervisor, and as a Resident Counselor. He was the mentor-ship volunteer coordinator for the public defense office as a consultant on juvenile/adult cases. He was a member of a recognition committee that focuses on innovative ways to improve staff appreciation. For the last seven years, he has been a volunteer at a halfway house for men who suffer from addiction. He plans to pursue a Masters in Social Work. Other family members residing in Wisconsin include his mother (employee of the city of Milwaukee) and his sister (Registered Nurse), both of whom live in Milwaukee.


Board Members

Deacon Bob Beehner

Deacon Bob has been Director of Administration for St. Francis of Assisi Parish since its start in 2005. Ordained in 2002, Deacon Bob has his master's in theology and business. He came to town in 1980 as a manufacturing engineer for Manitowoc Engineering and later founded the machine shop Beamaco in 1995. Married to Mary Jane, they have three daughters and five granddaughters. He is a founding board member of the Haven.

Bill Censky

Bill has been living in Manitowoc since 1965. He and his wife, Nancy, have two adult children. Bill has worked in banking in Manitowoc since 1972 and is presently the Executive Chairman of Investors Community Bank. Bill has been involved with many of the local non-profit organizations at some point over the last 40 years. Bill started helping The Haven as their campaign chairman in fall of 2013 and joined The Haven Board in September 2014.

Ken Petersen - Board Vice President

Ken is a retired Sheriff (2007). He was born and raised in Manitowoc. Ken and his wife, Mary, have three children. Ken is an active member with the Capitol Civic Centre (volunteer), Francis Creek Lions club, Crime Stoppers Board, Relay for Life committee, and Peter's Pantry (volunteer). Ken has been an active board member of The Haven since November 2011.
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Derek Steffen - Board Treasurer

Derek is the Accounting Manager for UnitedOne Credit Union. Derek was born and raised in Manitowoc. Since his return from college, Derek has actively participated in many community organizations such as The United Way, Branch Baseball, Leadership Manitowoc County through the Chamber, and The Haven of Manitowoc County. Derek has been the treasurer on The Haven's board since September 2014.

Mark LeGreve - Board President

Mark is the founder and Board President of The Haven. He was ordained a Deacon for the Green Bay Diocese in May of 2014. He is a Product Development Engineer with The Vollrath Company in Sheboygan and a resident of Two Rivers. He has a Bachelors in Management from Silver Lake College and an Associates in Industrial Engineering Technician from Lakeshore Technical College.

Amy Sonnemann - Board Secretary

Amy has been on the board for The Haven of Manitowoc County since its inception in November 2011. Amy currently serves as Vice President of the board. Amy is a life-long Manitowoc resident and is the Chief Lending Officer for UnitedOne Credit Union.

Brian Boomgarden

Brian is the clinic manager at Holy Family Memorial Behavioral Health. He is also the Vice President, Board of Directors of the Manitowoc County Comprehensive Charter School. He has lived in Manitowoc County for over twenty years. Brian joined The Haven Board of Directors in September 2014.