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.
Dale Henning – General Manager
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. Dale is now working as the General Manager, although he also has experience managing the 1918 Cellars Tasting Room and all things HR, and did we mention that he’s a former Zumba instructor? Detail-oriented and quick on his feet, Dale delights in making his clients’ dreams come true.
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.
Brittany Maggrett – Events Director
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, and into the Events Director position in 2020. Brittany and her team commit to help make each couple’s wedding day magical and memorable!
Jessica Anderson – Director of Guest Experiences
Jessica, a 2012 graduate of Lake Superior State University, is responsible for managing daily and group tour operations of Castle Farms. Jessica’s credentials are impressive, and she is no stranger to the business world. With ten years of experience in the travel industry, her energy and enthusiasm, plus an avid eye for detail, have resulted in a fantastic Castle Experience for thousands of guests. When she’s not at the Castle, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening, and traveling to her family home on Drummond Island.
Mandy Fehrlen – Gift Shop Director
Mandy grew up in Boyne City and remains a native of Northern Michigan. She loves assisting guests! Her warm and friendly energy makes her the perfect fit to share her passion for Castle Farms History. Mandy manages the gift shop employees and many details regarding Castle Farms Welcome Center including the selection of inventory and helping tour and wedding guests have a great visit while on property. She accepted the position of Gift Shop Director in the winter of 2022 after working as Assistant Gift Shop Director for the 2022 season. In her free time, Mandy loves spending time with her husband, five sons, daughter, and several grand babies as well as her beloved cats.
Rebekah Moser – Lead Sales Consultant
Rebekah grew up in Charlevoix and is a graduate of Central Michigan University. She has been with the Castle since 2015 and has primarily spent her time working with prospective wedding couples. She has a passion for the history of the Castle and absolutely loves helping couples choose the perfect location for their wedding. When not at work Rebekah is spending time with her family and enjoying the gorgeous Charlevoix beaches!
Taylor Zoerner – Sales Consultant
Originally a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Taylor moved to Charlevoix in her younger years. She completed part of her business degree, and with over 3 years of work history in the wedding and events industry, she joined the Castle Farms team to gain hands-on experience to boost her career. Her overwhelming passion and excitement with assisting couples through the reservation process is an incredible asset to the Castle Farms team and each guest who meets her. She strives to make as big of an impact on your big day as the Castle will.
Brianna Clark – Venue Coordinator
Brianna, a Michigan native, moved to Charlevoix in 2017, with the goal of creating a life for her family rich in community and opportunity. Her friendly personality and dedication to quality customer service brought her to Castle Farms, where she has utilized her skillsets in many facets. She has worked at Castle Farms as an Assistant Coordinator, Gift Shop Associate, and then was promoted to the Setup and Event Staff Supervisor. Meanwhile, watching the Venue Coordinating team work closely with couples to create the weddings of their dreams, it inspired her love of event management. With over eight years of prior experience in customer service, in 2021 she met her goal of stepping into the Venue Coordinator role. Brianna uses her attention to detail, great communication, and passion for helping people to coordinate memorable weddings and events.
Ryan Scholey – Venue Coordinator
Ryan, a native of Charlevoix, growing up only 0.1 miles from Castle Farms. She studied at Grand Valley State University after graduating from Charlevoix High School in 2017. Her positive energy and attitude are perfect for the Castle Farms team and the Venue Coordinator position. Ryan has worked directly with people for over 8 years, making her warm and inviting to our wedding couples and anyone she works with. She presents a calm and organized aura, making sure that your special day at The Castle is one to remember!
Brenda Sweet – Venue Coordinator
Brenda Sweet, a native of Ellsworth, Michigan, took a position as a 1918 Cellars Wine Room Associate and as an Assistant Venue Coordinator in the Summer of 2019. She returned as a Venue Coordinator in 2022 after celebrating nuptials of her own and we are so excited to have her detailed eye, customer service experience, and go-getter attitude as part of our team again! In her free time she enjoys sewing, playing with her dogs (Harper and Macy), and kayaking around our beautiful community to take in the Summer season. Her positive attitude and hard-working initiative make her a valuable asset to the Castle Team and any guests who cross her path!
Danielle Jenkins – Venue Coordinator
Danielle grew up in the Boston area and is now delighted to call Northern Michigan “home” after many years of making memories here. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2011, Danielle moved west to Telluride, CO where she accrued over a decade of diverse experience in hospitality and special event management. Her unique background in the performing arts, outdoor education, and nonprofit leadership gives her a wide variety of tools, talents, and a “Jane of All Trades” approach to finding solutions and making magic happen. Danielle loves nothing more than helping people create and share special experiences. When away from the Castle, Danielle can be found hiking with her hound dog, Ranger, or riding horses in the farm hills above Walloon Lake.
Alexa – Venue Coordinator
Russ Ward – Set Up Supervisor
Victoria Crosby – Assistant Set Up Supervisor