I grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin, with my two older sisters, Kristin and Kate Haberman. I attended Sussex Hamilton High School, graduating in 2001. My mother, Susan, worked as an elementary school teacher in Wauwatosa. She retired from early education and taught as a college professor for preparing students for a career in teaching. My father, Keith, was an attorney in Brookfield, primarily focusing on Estate Planning work. I can recall as a young child going to work with my Dad for “take your son to work day.” After that experience I swore I would never be a lawyer because it was too boring. Well, the apple does not fall far from the tree! Sadly, my Dad passed away in 2010, about one month after my wedding. I grew up in a very supportive family. My parents believed in accountability. This has become a foundation for my professional life. My Dad always encouraged me to put everything I had into each task. Striving to be the best was a principal that my family stood by.
My mother and father also taught patriotism to us. Both of my grandparents (on my Mom’s side) served in World War II. My grandfather fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany, while my grandmother was a member of the US Coast Guard SPARS. I had the privilege of taking my grandparents on an honor flight to Washington DC. What a truly humbling experience. I have additional relatives who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces. I believe in service to our great nation – whether it is at home or overseas.
I attended college at UW Oshkosh. While at Oshkosh, I meet my wife, Jennifer Wettstein, who was studying to become a nurse. Jenny comes from a family of five with a younger brother, Joey, and a younger sister, Kelly. Her parents, Joe and Ann (Peebles) Wettstein, recently retired as Operator Engineers. They both worked at Northeast Asphalt, paving roads. Joe comes from a large family in the Oakfield area. Ann also comes from a large family who’s ties extend from Fond du Lac to Kaukauna and all places in between. Ann and Joe are avid sportsmen (and sportswomen). They enjoy fishing, hunting, sturgeon spearing, and camping.
After we both graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2005, Jenny was hired as a RN at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac in the Women’s and Infants Unit. I worked as a correctional officer at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution. In 2007, I began law school. At this same time, Jenny achieved one of her goals: She was hired as a RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Childrens Hospital of Milwaukee. While attending law school at Marquette my wife and I got our “first child” – a dog named Elle. Elle is a border collie. We have taken Elle to heard sheep and to participate in agility activities. However, Elle’s favorite activity is playing catch with the frisbee.
We moved to Sheboygan in 2009 when I was hired at the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office. The next year, 2010 we were married. I am grateful that I was able to marry my best friend, Jenny. Shortly thereafter, we bought our first home. Our home is a ranch style home in the country, where we remain today.
Our son, Mason, was born in 2012. Mason was born 8 weeks premature, and remained at the NICU in Childrens Hospital for over three months. Mason was nicknamed by the nurses in the NICU “Mighty Mason.” Since our extended stay in the NICU, Jenny and I have become regular advocates and fundraisers for the March of Dimes. March of Dimes supports research to prevent premature births and provides resources for families who have a premature children. We enjoy raising money for a cause that is so close to our hearts. Mason utilizes a walker as he learns to walk. He recently finished 3K, where he absolutely loved to socialize. Mason continues to live up to his nickname – “Mighty Mason.”
Our daughter, Stella, was born in 2015. Her arrival was much less dramatic. She is currently 17 months old and on the move! She amazes Jenny and I with her developing vocabulary. Stella loves everything that Mason is into. She is learning how to share and play together with her big brother.
Mason and Stella have brought Jenny and I much joy. We truly are blessed through our children. Both of our children are the center of our world. As parents, Jenny and I take pride in spending time with our children, reading books with them, and giving them opportunities to play, grow and learn. Jenny and I are also members of Gibbsville Reformed Church, where both of our children were baptized.
At a young age my father taught me to enjoy the great outdoors. Just like many Wisconsinites, I enjoy hunting, fishing and camping. I am a regular deer and turkey hunter. I also enjoy fishing, particularly for walleye on Lake Winnebago. I also enjoy sturgeon spearing with my wife’s family. In fact, I just finished building my first sturgeon shack! My wife and I recently bought a RV. We enjoy taking our children throughout the state to camp with friends and family. I look forward to continuing the family tradition of hunting, fishing, camping and the opportunities available in the great outdoors!
2014 Buck; 8 points.
2015 Turkey; 26 pounds, 9 1/2 beard, 1 inch spurs.
2011 Lake Winnebago Sturgeon; 91 pounds, 69 inches.