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Senior Leadership
Caroline Hamblen
Director of Programs
6085887900 Ext. 230
Caroline Hamblen
Director of Programs

Caroline is a native of Frankfurt, Germany and holds a Master Degree in K-8 Education and Music from the University of Arts in Berlin. She and her husband Floyd, an architect, joined Taliesin in the 1980s as apprentices and became members of the Taliesin Fellowship in 2001. They continue to live as residents on the Taliesin estate and raised their family within its community.

Dan Morse
Director of Development
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Dan Morse
Director of Development

Born and raised in Madison, Dan has 25 years of experience in Development. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked with organizations throughout the state. Dan has worked with Taliesin Preservation since 2018 and has enjoyed meeting so many of the supporters and decision-makers. He loves Wisconsin and is thrilled to be part of the team at this historic and impactful UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lara Stroud
Director of Operations
6085887900 Ext. 246
Lara Stroud
Director of Operations

As a life-long learner, Lara enjoys meeting new people and traveling as much as possible. An Indiana native, Lara left home at age 14 to attend boarding school in Minnesota. She obtained a Bachelor of Art in Art History and Studio Art with a minor in French from Denison University in Ohio. She spent a year of college abroad in Paris studying painting and art history. Lara began her professional career in advertising for a large department store in Indianapolis, has managed retail stores, and taught art to kindergarten through 8th graders. When she moved to the Spring Green area several years ago, Taliesin was her first choice of places to work and she loves sharing her passion for this beautiful place with visitors.

Management Team
Brian Carroll
Programs Manager
6085887900 Ext. 231
Brian Carroll
Programs Manager

Brian works to provide programmatic experiences through group tours, arts and education programs, and events at Taliesin. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Parks and Recreation Administration. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide training through the National Association of Interpretation and Naturalist Certification courses at the Morton Arboretum in Illinois. Brian was drawn to Taliesin’s unique mix of architecture, nature, food, and farm. He enjoys helping people slow down and appreciate the world around them and in his free time, he’s outside exploring nature with his wife and three children.

Erin Crowley
Visitor Experience Manager
6085887900 Ext. 229
Erin Crowley
Visitor Experience Manager

As Visitor Experience Manager, Erin oversees the seasonal tour staff and is responsible for the management and continued development of the tour program. She began her career at Taliesin Preservation in 2019 as a tour guide with her role quickly expanding into management and training, becoming the Operations Assistant in the 2022 season. Erin is passionate about art, history, and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Susan Kennedy
Communications Manager
6085887900 Ext. 221
Susan Kennedy
Communications Manager

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Susan has lived and worked across the USA and globe. In addition to her most recent certification from UW-Madison in Digital Marketing, she has a MA in Managing Archaeological Sites from University College London; a Master of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University; and a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. Her love of her home state brought her back from her overseas adventures – and her love of Frank Lloyd Wright brought her to Taliesin in 2022. 

Suzanne Powers
Gift Shop Manager
6085887900 Ext. 233
Suzanne Powers
Gift Shop Manager

Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, Suzanne has a BA in Professional Communications and Marketing from Alverno College in Milwaukee. As a wholesale gift shop representative for nine years, she knows what it takes to manage the gift shop here at Taliesin. She also loves interior design and history. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Support Team
Kathy Garner
Lead Custodian
Kathy Garner
Lead Custodian

My journey as a custodian at Taliesin began in April of 2019, shortly after moving to the area. I knew immediately that I had found my happy place. When I’m on the estate, I feel an overwhelming calm and understanding. I’ve always had a strong connection with nature, having grown up on a dairy farm. When I’m not at work, you’ll find me hanging out on our hobby farm, spoiling our animals, or tending to the lawn and flowers…and if I’m not there, I’ve gone fishing!

Tim Hallett
Human Resources Coordinator
6085887900 Ext. 224
Tim Hallett
Human Resources Coordinator

Originally from Beloit, WI, Tim spent 16 years living in Madison before moving out to the Driftless area. He studied Business and Human Resources at Madison Area Technical College. He started his Human Resources career in the construction industry before joining Taliesin Preservation in 2021. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and kayaking.

Barb Louis
Accounting & Development Assistant
6085887900 Ext. 235
Barb Louis
Accounting & Development Assistant

Barb has lived and worked in the Spring Green area all of her life and for as long as she can remember, has appreciated the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. After retiring from a long career in banking at a local financial institution, she began working for Taliesin Preservation in 2016 taking reservations and helping in the gift shop. An organizational change in 2018 offered her the opportunity to work in the Finance Department as an Accounting Assistant, where she currently works. Barb enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a long-time volunteer with the American Red Cross, coordinating local blood drives in Spring Green.

Elizabeth Maske
Communications Coordinator
6085887900 Ext. 225
Elizabeth Maske
Communications Coordinator

This Northern California creative loves collectively exploring, unpacking, and sharing Wright’s organic world. Elizabeth works to preserve Taliesin as a place for creative endeavors and forward-thinking, and actively utilizes her Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and ongoing graduate studies in Museum Studies at Harvard Extension School in her communications role. She wakes up excited to work in spaces designed to invite and inspire and enjoys musing over Taliesin’s captivating past, endless potential, and infinite relevance.

Andria Perry
Administrative Assistant
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Andria Perry
Administrative Assistant

Raised in Beloit, WI, Andria gravitated to the hills of the Driftless about 15 years ago. Her love for hiking, camping, kayaking, and the arts made her feel an instant connection to the river valley. Now residing in Spring Green with her husband and son, she enjoys the hustle and bustle of being a soccer mom. Belonging to the Badger Lapidary and Geological Society, her family of ‘rock hounds’ enjoys collecting too many rocks and going on digs to find more. Andria’s passion for helping people started after a trip to Haiti, where she now helps fundraise for her friend’s orphanage. It was a natural transition for her to gravitate towards a non-profit organization like Taliesin – and besides, it’s such a beautiful place to work.

Emily Pfotenhauer
Grant Writer
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Emily Pfotenhauer
Grant Writer
Emily joined the Taliesin team in 2023 after working for WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services) for nearly 14 years. In her previous role, she wrote and managed federal grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Archives. Emily holds an M.A. in Art History and Material Culture Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She grew up in southwest Wisconsin outside of Mineral Point, just 25 miles south of Taliesin, and currently lives in Madison with her husband, daughter, and cat.
Aleksandra Shepard
Operations Assistant
6085887900 Ext. 223
Aleksandra Shepard
Operations Assistant

Aleksandra (Ola) is a native of Poland and holds a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Recreation from the University of Physical Education in Warsaw. In 2019, she moved to Wisconsin with her husband because she loves the outdoors and natural beauty that the state has to offer. In Poland, she worked as a Tour Leader and Sports Instructor. She has a passion for hiking, winter, and water sports and loves working in customer service.

Board Of Trustees
Diane Morgenthaler, CDME, Chair
Strategic Consultant
Madison, WI
Phillip Prange, Vice-Chair
Senior Solutions Advisor, Fiserv
Madison, WI
Alan Brey, CPA, Treasurer
Partner Emeritus, Johnson Block
Plain, WI
Anne Sayers, Governor Appointee
Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Madison, WI
Douglas Buck, Director-At-Large
Quarles & Brady, LLP
Madison, WI
Diane Al Shihabi, PhD, IDEC, ASID
Associate Professor with Tenure, Interior Design Director of Graduate Education, Iowa State University
Ames, IA
Candee S. Arndt
Community Member
Brookfield, WI
Michael Huffman
Owner/President, Huffman Keel Partners, Inc.
Cambridge, WI
Karl Kraemer, CSI, CCCA
Development Manager, Huffman Facility Development, Inc.
Plain, WI
John P. Macy
Partner, Municipal Law & Litigation Group, S.C. Arenz, Molter, Macy, Riffle, Larson & Bitar
Waukesha, WI
Michael S. Maistelman
Managing Member and Founder, Maistelman & Associates, LLC
Milwaukee, WI
Rick McKenna
Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP
Milwaukee, WI
Thad Nation
Founder & Senior Partner, Nation Consulting
Shorewood, WI
Jeffrey C. Raasch, AIA
Senior Architect, Eppstein Uhen Architects
Milwaukee, WI
Roshelle Ritzenthaler
Senior Design Strategist, UW Health
Middleton, WI
Brian Schimming
President, Wisconsin Strategies
Madison, WI
Mark Schmitz
Principal Creative Director, ZEBRADOG Dynamic Environment Design
Madison, WI
Valentine J. Schute, Jr., AIA
Principal, River Architects
LaCrosse, WI
Jaime Zimmerman, CFP, CPWA
Vice President, Senior Investment Consultant, Baird
Madison, WI
Emeritus Board
Effi M. Casey
Taliesin Legacy Fellowship Member
Spring Green, WI
Minerva Montooth
Taliesin Legacy Fellowship Member
Spring Green, WI
Richard D. Pauls
Financial Consultant (retired)
Sheboygan, WI
Frederick P. Stratton, Jr.
CEO, Briggs & Stratton Corporation (retired)
Naples, FL
Sue Ann Thompson
President and Founder, Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation and Wisconsin’s First Lady (1987-2001)
Madison, WI
Tommy G. Thompson
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2001-2005) | Wisconsin Governor (1987-2001)
Madison, WI
David Uihlein, Jr.
Uihlein Wilson Architects, Inc. (retired)
Milwaukee, WI