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 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.
Anora O’Connor – General Manager
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 recognized 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.
Sarah Hagen – Tasting Room Manager
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 from 2014-2018. In 2018, Sarah stepped into a new role with the opening of 1918 Cellars, Castle Farms’ wine tasting room, becoming the Tasting Room Manager. Sarah’s commitment to excellence, her enthusiasm for the Castle, and her calm gentle demeanor benefit everyone she works with, be they Castle staff, event clients, or tasting room guests.
Brittany Maggrett – Lead Venue Coordinator
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, Assistant Venue Coordinator, and Venue Coordinator. Brittany’s calm demeanor and years of experience planning community events and coordinating weddings provided a solid foundation for her to step into the Lead Venue Coordinator position in 2018. Brittany and her team commit to help make each couple’s wedding day magical and memorable!
Autumn Tall – Venue Coordinator
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 received her 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.
Angela Sauve – Venue Coordinator
Born and raised in Saginaw, Angela started working with the Castle in May of 2018. She started off as an Assistant Coordinator and moved into a Venue Coordinator position a few months later. She attended high school in Saginaw and then attended Central Michigan University where she graduated with a degree in Commercial Event Management. Angela is an organized and energetic person to work with and strives to make couple’s dream wedding a reality at the Castle.
Rebekah Moser – Venue Specialist
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 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.
Kayla Kuzel – Venue Specialist
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.
Jessica Anderson – Gift Shop & Tour Director
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.
Amanda Brown – Marketing Director
Amanda is originally from Farmington Hills, MI and graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts. She moved to Charlevoix in July 2017 for a summer job at the Castle. She started as an Assistant Venue Coordinator and Gift Shop Associate, where she enjoyed interacting with the different guests that came to the Castle. In October she was asked to join Marketing & PR because of her creative background and enthusiasm. She is excited to see what this next year brings being a part of the Castle Team.
Peggy Kusina – Castle Ambassador
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.
Dale Henning – Administrative Assistant
Dale, a native of East Jordan, Michigan, attended Northwestern Michigan College for Liberal Arts and Dance before graduating from cosmetology school in 2011. He joined the Castle Farms team in July 2016 as Assistant Venue Coordinator, though his love of large events and all things “magical” began many years prior, when he worked for Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In April 2018, he was promoted to Administrative Assistant, while still performing his duties as Assistant Venue Coordinator. Detail-oriented and quick on his feet (did we mention he’s a former Zumba instructor?), Dale delights in making his clients’ dreams come true.