Castle Farms
5052 M 66 North
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (231) 237-0884

Castle Staff

Vibrant, enthusiastic, dedicated and professional: the entire Castle Farms team takes great pride in working at this beautiful historic facility. Offering world-class customer service to all visitors and guests, visit us at the Castle and see what a difference our team makes!

Linda Mueller - Owner

Linda Mueller | Center of Attention Photography

Linda Mueller has always had a special love for castles.  While dating Richard, her childhood sweetheart who had family ties to the Charlevoix area, Linda had an opportunity to visit the Castle…and promptly fell in love.  Years later, happily married to Richard, Linda found herself able to fulfill a lifetime dream when the Castle was offered for sale.  Purchased in 2001, Linda’s extensive renovations were completed in 2005, restoring the Castle to its original beauty.  Today, Linda often can be found in one of her favorite places: strolling through one of the extensive gardens on the Castle grounds and dreaming of another garden.  Linda’s vision of developing a world-class historic property incorporating old-world charm and timeless elegance continues to enchant visitors to this day.

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Anora O’Connor - General Manager

Anora O'Connor | Michael Murphy IV Photography

Anora has the unique experience of having been a member of the Castle Farms team since its inception in 2003. Her managerial responsibilities are a direct result of her leadership training and expertise in working with people, including extensive experience and wisdom in event planning as well as weddings. She is a Certified Professional Wedding Coordinator through the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants and has personally coordinated hundreds of weddings. Working directly with the local Chambers to actively promote Castle Farms, Anora’s persistence and passion were rewarded in 2011 when she was awarded the East Jordan Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year Award. Anora has great passion for Castle Farms and a desire for the organization to be a continued asset and jewel to the community.

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Sarah Hagen - Events Director

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Sarah, a native of Charlevoix and 2011 graduate of Grand Valley State University, has worked at Castle Farms in various capacities since 2006. Her degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, plus her years of experience at the Castle, assisted Sarah as she stepped up to embrace a leadership role with the Castle Farms wedding team as Events Director. Sarah’s commitment to excellence, her enthusiasm for the Castle, and her calm gentle demeanor benefit everyone she works with, be they Castle staff, corporate clients or bridal couples.

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Brittany Maggrett - Venue Coordinator

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Brittany, a native of Michigan, grew up in Charlevoix. Her joyful spirit and attention to detail, plus three years prior experience in the hospitality field, made Brittany a natural fit when she first joined the Castle Farms Team in 2012. She has since worked in several different capacities, including Welcome Center Attendant, Assistant to the General Manager, as well as Assistant Venue Coordinator in planning small community events at the Castle. As a Venue Coordinator, Brittany enjoys helping brides make their own dreams come true on their wedding day.

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Autumn Tall - Venue Coordinator

Autumn Tall | Michael Murphy IV Photography

Autumn joined the Castle Team as an Assistant Venue Coordinator in April of 2015, was moved up to the Event Supervisor position before the end of the year, and now holds a position as a Venue Coordinator. Originally from Charlevoix, she was excited to move back to her hometown to pursue a career involving event management. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Events Planning from Kaplan University. Her studies, combined with her extensive experience in customer service and team management, lend well to her position here assisting Castle clients and the Castle team.

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MaryAnn Kucharski - Venue Coordinator

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MaryAnn, a Midwestern native and a Cross Village summer visitor for her entire life, planted her roots in Petoskey once she graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio in May of 2016. She joined the Castle Team in August 2016 as an Assistant Venue Coordinator to gain experience for event and wedding planning. Her love for weddings and dedication to hard work made her a great fit for Castle Farms, and she moved up to a Venue Coordinator position in 2017. She attributes her skills to her degree in Sociology, which lends itself well to working with all clients. As a Venue Coordinator, MaryAnn is excited to help every couples’ dream wedding day become a reality.

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Taylor Spitz - Venue Coordinator

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Taylor, a native of Michigan, joined the Castle Team in May of 2017. While with Castle Farms, she will be completing her bachelor’s degree with a major in Commercial Recreation and Event Management from Central Michigan University. Her passion for events and helping to create positive memories for clients makes her a great fit for the Castle team. As a Venue Coordinator, Taylor is excited to help brides have the wedding of their dreams.

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Rebekah Moser - Venue Specialist

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Rebekah, a native of Michigan and graduate of Central Michigan University, grew up in Charlevoix and joined the Castle team in January 2015. Her position as Venue Specialist puts her in direct contact with bridal couples contacting the Castle for the very first time. Rebekah’s attention to detail, personable style and natural friendly charm translate into a plus for everyone she works with. Married to her high school sweetheart, Rebekah and her husband had the wedding of their dreams. She’s excited to assist Castle couples in helping make their own wedding dreams a reality.

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Kayla Kuzel - Venue Specialist

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Kayla, a native of Charlevoix, has been a member of the Castle Team since April 2015. Her interest in history brought her to the Castle, where she quickly assumed a role in the Wedding Department. Kayla’s soft demeanor, friendly personality, and strong organizational skills have proved an asset to the Castle Team. In October 2016, Kayla became a Castle bride herself, as she and her husband exchanged vows in the beautiful Queen’s Courtyard.

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Jessica Anderson - Gift Shop Director

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Jessica, a 2012 graduate of Lake Superior State University, is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Castle Gift Shop, as well as purchasing, displaying and marketing the inventory. Jessica’s credentials are impressive, and she is no stranger to the business world. With over twelve years experience in the retail industry, her energy and enthusiasm, plus avid eye for detail, have resulted in a fantastical combination of treasures available to guests visiting the Gift Shop. And for those ‘just looking’, Jessica’s winning smile and infectious personality make for the start of a pleasant experience for visitors arriving at the Castle’s Welcome Center.

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Nikki Louiselle - Group Tour Specialist

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Nikki started at the Castle in the spring of 2016 and quickly became a hit with tour operators. Her friendly personality and strong organizational skills means that all “i”s are dotted and “t”s are crossed while maintaining a positive presence, both on the phone and in person. Nikki loves to make each coach tour bus visiting the Castle feel welcomed and ensures that they have an outstanding experience.

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Alissa Post - Marketing Director

Alissa Post | Michael Murphy IV Photography

Alissa, a graduate of Spring Arbor University and native of Charlevoix, has worked at the Castle since 2006. Her transition from the Wedding Department to Marketing in autumn ‘14 was a natural occurrence, given the Castle’s continued growth and development and Alissa’s broad-based knowledge and extensive work experience. She enjoys the challenge of creating and overseeing marketing campaigns designed to benefit all areas of the Castle, including weddings, corporate, festivals, events, and tours. Whether coordinating marketing and business concerns, creating and organizing budget reports, or working with aesthetic design, Alissa’s savvy computer skills have proved invaluable. She’s also the Castle’s ‘Go-To’ Person when it comes to hands-on computer program training for Castle staff.

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Peggy Kusina - Castle Ambassador

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Peggy Kusina has been with the Castle since 2006. Her former responsibilities included managing and buying for the Gift Shop, as well as marketing historic tours. Under her direction, the Gift Shop and Welcome Center grew to be a proud showcase for Castle Farms. In 2013/2014, Peggy stepped down as Gift Shop and Tour Director, and now serves in an official capacity as Castle Ambassador. Peggy is also an Ambassador for the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce. Her passion for the Castle and the Charlevoix community serves her well in her role as avid spokeswoman for both Castle Farms and the Northern Michigan area.

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Carol Prevo - Administrative Assistant

Carol Prevo | Michael Murphy IV Photography

Carol joined the Castle team in the spring of 2016 and became the “mama bear” of the office, taking care of everyone’s needs while keeping things running smoothly. Her role evolved to include bookkeeping as her attention to detail and passion for organization became apparent. Carol now conducts first round interviews for all departments to help with the selection process.

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Abraham “Abe” Blatt - Set-Up Supervisor

Abe Blatt | Michael Murphy IV Photography

Abraham, born and raised in the Charlevoix area, has been a member of the Castle Farms Team since 2008. From his beginning days spent working the grounds to his present day responsibilities supervising staff, Abe is always there ensuring events run smoothly. Thoroughly trained in customer service, Abe is a master at troubleshooting details. His extensive experience working events and his excellent people skills are constantly on display before and behind the Castle walls. With his friendly chuckle and easy-going attitude, Abe is a real team player who makes the ‘Castle experience’ a royal treat for guests and staff alike.

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Brittany Beckman - Housekeeping Supervisor

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Brittany joined the Castle team in 2016 and moved up to Housekeeping Supervisor in 2017. Originally from Ellsworth, she supervised the housekeeping department in Bay Harbor prior to coming to the Castle. Her attention to detail keeps the Castle looking great for guests, while her friendly demeanor means that she offers a big smile to everyone she meets. Her daughter Ruby as well as her love of art, photography, and nature keeps her active. Always looking for ways to improve, Brittany is a wonderful addition to the team.

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David Ruehle - Maintenance Director

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David, raised in the Charlevoix area, has been a part of the Castle Farms team since 2007. With prior work experience in the building and equipment maintenance field, David earned his certifications as a licensed builder, plus EPA 608, and HVAC. David’s responsibilities include internal IT support, telecommunications repair, building and accessory equipment repair, plus overseeing the maintenance department. His vast knowledge of the inner workings of the Castle and his intrinsic ability to problem solve at a moment’s notice make David a valuable resource for the Castle team.

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Clay Soulliere - Maintenance

Clay Soulliere | Michael Murphy IV Photography

Clay, born and raised in Charlevoix, joined the Castle Farms Team in July 2015. With a retail background spanning over 20 years, Clay’s position with the Maintenance Department has proved a perfect fit. His specific talents include a proclivity for troubleshooting IT issues, organizing and managing maintenance projects, and being the Maintenance Department’s all-around ‘Go-To’ Guy. With his winning smile, patient attitude, and steady perseverance for dedicating himself to whatever challenge asked of him, Clay is proving a valuable asset to the Castle Farms family.

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Kirk Gunderson - Maintenance

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Originally from nearby Boyne City, Kirk moved to Charlevoix in 2005. He had 25 years experience working apartment complex maintenance prior to joining the Castle team in October 2016. His tasks are varied while supporting the maintenance department, including painting and general upkeep of the property, driving the tram for guided tours, and even taking care of the model trains on occasion. A smiling, friendly guy, he is great with people and enjoys interacting with guests as much as he can, often offering to take photos of groups, enhancing their experience while providing great memories.

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Walter Johnson - Chief Engineer

Walter Johnson | Michael Murphy IV Photography

After moving to Northern Michigan, Walter joined the Castle Farms team in 2010. With a degree in mechanical drafting and auto CAD from Lincoln Tech in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Walter is the perfect choice to be Chief Engineer of the Castle’s Model Railroad. His primary responsibility is to keep each of the 160+ G-scale trains chugging up and down the tracks, taking the curves and zipping across the bridges making up the ½ mile of railroad track comprising Michigan’s largest model railroad. Walter’s skills in technical support and design are crucial to the success of the trains, and his friendly demeanor and penchant for answering questions are a bonus for guests visiting the Castle’s Model Railroad.

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Chet Drenth - Gardener

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Chet Drenth never met a flower he didn’t like! Born and raised in Northern Michigan, Chet grew up on a farm, which nurtured his love for the great outdoors. After proudly serving his country as a Vietnam vet, he returned home to Charlevoix the Beautiful, and settled down to raise a family. Retired after working 37 years for a local business, Chet’s passion for flowers bloomed into a seasonal job at the Castle, and he enjoys tending the variety of annuals and perennials flowering in the gardens. He loves grasses, and their free-forming stance of blowing with the wind. Chet’s favorite flower is the rose. The Castle gardens provide plenty of beautiful nearly thornless roses to keep him busy throughout the summer months and well into the fall.

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