As an Owatonna Forward Steward and team leader of the Public Input Team, Roger Warehime repeatedly heard Owatonna citizens express their desire to see a brewpub come to downtown as well as see downtown revitalized. He, along with fellow stewards Reid Stranksy and Seth Madole, envisioned a grass-roots, citizen-lead initiative to create a cooperatively-owned brewpub. Since January 2017, Roger has been involved in all aspects of bringing the vision to reality including extensive research, planning, and organizing of activities.
Roger Warehime holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from St. Thomas University. He has been employed at Owatonna Public Utilities for 17 years and is currently the General Manager. Throughout his career, he has gained extensive experience in leading and managing a variety of teams and projects.
Sue Tuma was born and raised in Owatonna, left for Minneapolis and Chicago for a few years, and has been back in her beloved hometown for 30 years. She retired early from Truth Hardware three years ago and has been devoting a good amount of her time to getting Foremost Brewing up and running over the past year or so.
She is an inactive-licensed CPA and has worked in accounting and finance her entire life. She is an Owatonna Arts Center board member and has served on the United Way Grant Review Panel for the past four years.
Sue and her husband Tom love to visit new breweries and brewpubs and have over 80 notches on their "beer-post" to date, most of which are located in Minnesota. Sue & Tom have two adult sons still living at home, Dylan and Ryan.
Theresa Scheidt moved to Owatonna in 2001 and works for Federated Insurance. When Foremost opened she was excited to be a part of the Co-op as a founding member. She is now excited to be on the Board to help the brewpub succeed and continue to grow.
Theresa is married to her husband Scott Seykora and has a son, Beckett. All three enjoy the atmosphere, food, and beers (except 16-year-old Beckett of course!) at Foremost. When Theresa is not at work or working with the Board, she can be found either camping or performing on stage at Little Theatre of Owatonna.
As a homebrewer, Jack is interested in everything about brewing. His technical support experience required problem-solving skills as well as the ability to manage the people he supported.
With some college, Jack achieved his engineering title from job experience and a corporate technical staff program. He retired with 43 years of experience in telecommunications, the last 16 years of which was in technical support.
Jack was on the board at the Straight River Archery Club, the local chapter of the Telecom Pioneers and Minnesota Pheasants.
Dan Wurdeman graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in various capacities, including correctional services, lockshop/armory, human resources, and information technology. He moved around the country with the Federal Bureau of Prisons until moving to Owatonna with his wife, Carol and son Michael in 2004. He decided to put roots down in Owatonna and retired from the Federal Correctional Institution Waseca in 2014.
Since his retirement, Dan has worked part-time at Cabela’s. He enjoys traveling, scuba diving, woodworking, and fishing for walleye at the family cabin on Rainy Lake. He also enjoys adventures to breweries around Minnesota and wherever his travels take him. Admittedly until a few years ago, Michelob Golden Draft Light was his beer of choice; however, his son Michael and daughter-in-law Kathy introduced him to the craft beer scene and he now enjoys a variety of beers. He is now a big fan of IPAs, the hazier, the better.
His family is his biggest priority and his favorite human is his granddaughter Grace Marie who will turn one on in May. He enjoys spending time with her and Hank, the family black lab.
He is excited to be a founding member of Foremost and enjoys helping out whenever he can.
Jeremy is the founder and current operations manager of Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative in NE Minneapolis. He also serve as the chair of the Small Craft Brewers Coalition (SCBC), a group that works on changing legislation for small craft breweries that produce under 7,500 barrels per year.
Jeremy has a degree in marketing from the University of Minnesota and the majority of his professional career has been in fields that deal directly with consumers and the end product.
Before joining the craft beer industry in 2014 Jeremy was a small business consultant and owned a pet supply and service company. When not working, Jeremy likes to spend time traveling, meeting, and collaborating with other brewery owners around the country.
Molly Kerr received her Bachelor of Science in Music Industry with a minor in Marketing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
She was employed with Ticketmaster for 10 years as an Event Support Specialist. As an Event Support Specialist, she worked closely with venues to ensure a seamless event from start to finish.
Molly relocated with her family to Owatonna in 2017 and has become involved with several community organizations.
As a long time craft beer enthusiast, she now serves as the Marketing and Membership Coordinator at Foremost Brewing Cooperative were she enjoys working closely with the Foremost Members. Please feel free to contact her at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Nate has grown up and lived in Owatonna since 1995. Graduating from OHS, Nate then earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from St. Cloud State University and an MBA from Minnesota State University Mankato.
He has since worked in marketing, advertising and sales the last 13 years in Southern Minnesota, for retail and manufacturing companies, as well as freelancing.
Nate has been a judge at the Homebrew Competition at the Steele County Free Fair the last 7 years. He and his wife, Emily, have also been active in various Owatonna Forward committees, love music, and spending time going to soccer games with their two boys.
Marleen hails from Illinois but has lived in Minnesota longer than any other place; she has therefore received her Minnesota card. Her out of state friends and family say her accent proves she is now a Minnesotan, you betcha!
She graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in Chemistry; and received her M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas. She has worked in the Environmental and Manufacturing Industries and spent some time substitute teaching grades K-12.
Marleen has been employed by the State of Minnesota for the past nine years with the
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Her current role is as a Field Operations Manager covering 11 counties in the Southeastern part of the state.
She inherited the love of beer from her dad; one of the highlights of their relationship was to share a pitcher of beer when Marleen was old enough. Marleen and her husband Scott live in Owatonna and have three grown children, two of whom enjoy the art of craft beer.
Matt Gillard served his country in the Active Duty Air Force for 4 years and Air Force Reserves for an additional 4 years. He has been a licensed professional Realtor since 2002 and is the Broker and Co-Owner of RE/MAX Venture in downtown Owatonna. His real estate experience was instrumental in securing the Foremost building for its investors, made up of nine couples including Matt and his wife Deb.
Matt devotes time and energy to a wide variety of things he believes in - including the MN Real Estate Professional Standards Board, City & County Planning Commissions, the revitalization of downtown Owatonna, and as a Big Brother with BBBS. He has been a longtime Judge for the Steele County Free Fair Homebrew competition, and is a Founding Member of Foremost Cooperative.
Outside of running a successful business and fulfilling his volunteer commitments, you’ll find Matt grilling, perfecting his barbeque, trap shooting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.