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 – Assistant 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 Administrative Office Manager and manages the 1918 Cellars Tasting Room and Bistro. 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.
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 – 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 of experience in the retail industry, her energy and enthusiasm, plus an 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.
Kayla Kuzel – Sales and Marketing Manager
Originally from Charlevoix, Kayla has been a member of the Castle Team since April 2015. With over 10 years of background working directly within the events and hospitality industry and over 10 years experience as a hobbyist photographer, she has acquired foundational knowledge and practical skills as our Sales and Marketing Manager. In addition to marketing the Castle and all there is to explore and do here, she helps newly engaged couples (and others too) find just the right venue for their big day. She answers other questions that may arise along the way too! Her interest in history and sense of community brought her to the Castle where she started as a historical tour guide. Kayla’s soft demeanor, friendly personality, and strong organizational skills are an asset to the Castle and her teammates because she enjoys finding the most meaningful and efficient ways to care for every guest she interacts with.
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.
Mallory Ramage – Sales Consultant
Mallory, a transit to Northern Michigan, has embodied the meaning of true hospitality with over a decade of experience in event coordinating and restaurant management, a career in Fundraising for Interlochen Center for the Arts, and as a professional vocalist. She says that coming back to her roots in the event industry as a Sales Consultant is a dream come true and her bubbly energy only shows why she is a great fit for Castle Farms.
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.
Rian Scholey – Venue Coordinator
Rian, 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. Rian 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!
Bryan Timsak – Venue Coordinator
As the first baby born at Charlevoix Hospital in 1992, Bryan has strong ties to the local community. He spent 18 years on Beaver Island where he graduated from Beaver Island Community School and has since lived in various places such as Detroit, Chicago, Boyne City, Central Lake, Traverse City, and Grand Rapids. He spent most of those years working in the service industry bartending and serving which is where he honed his customer service intellect and experience in the hospitality industry. In his return to Charlevoix, he now offers this unmatched service to every single guest and couple at Castle Farms with a healthy side of quick humor to assist with any nerves that may be present.
Kendra Johnson – Venue Coordinator
Kendra is a junior at Central Michigan University specializing in event management, hospitality, and outdoor recreation education. She enjoys fishing, hiking, boating/kayaking, spending time with friends and family, and she is also a student athlete on a women’s lacrosse team! Her growing experience and fresh perspective in our industry is valuable to the entire Castle team and every guest she cares for.
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!