Beginning her career at Taliesin Preservation in 2002, Carrie has been the Executive Director since 2016. Tracing her ancestry back to the Wyoming Valley area in the 1840s, Carrie’s passion for history and the State of Wisconsin is the driving source of her love for Taliesin. In addition, Carrie believes strongly in the power of teamwork. With broad-based experience in budget development and management, analysis of sales and trends, product development, marketing, and design implementation, Carrie’s skills are continually at work to grow the organization, its people, and its mission to preserve the natural, built, and cultural environments of Taliesin. Outside of work, Carrie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband on their small plot of land, with her animals and knee-deep in her gardens.
A lifelong fan of Wright, Cypress studied architecture at Madison Area Technical College (MATC) and UW-Milwaukee. She visited Taliesin for the first time while participating in a Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation project honoring the 50th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum. Working in conjunction with MATC and Zebradog Studios, she helped to create a 3-D flyover that was shown in the Guggenheim’s 2009 Wright exhibit. She moved to the Spring Green area in 2016, applied for a position in the business office, and the rest is history.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to her own artistic and creative talents, Jasmine has passions for the arts and history. She is working towards bringing people to Taliesin in the form of events and enjoys showcasing Taliesin and inspiring all who visit. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management with a minor in Communications from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Over the years, she’s been involved with a variety of arts organizations and museums including in her hometown of Peshtigo, WI.
Erin has always had a passion for art, history, and education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Looking to move into the museum field, Erin started at Taliesin Preservation as a seasonal Tour Guide in 2019. She became the Operations Assistant year-round starting in 2022, and helps to ensure that things run smoothly at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly began her culinary career learning the trade in Paris at the celebrated La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine and assisted in the development and testing of recipes for four cookbooks for the school’s owner. She continued to work throughout Europe, honing her culinary skills working as a private chef to prominent clients in London, Moscow, Switzerland, and including cooking for the British Foreign Minister in Paris. Kelly worked at Paris’s famous Fauchon Gourmet Emporium as a Pastry Chef and while in Switzerland, co-authored The Gstaad-Sannenland Cookbook, a regional culinary guide. Returning to the United States, Kelly worked in New York for the Television Food Network, cooked at the famous “21” Club, and assisted with the creation and production of The Dean & Deluca Cookbook.
In 2014, Kelly spent five months at Taliesin as the resident guest chef for the school of Architecture. In 2022, she returned as Executive Chef and is committed to creating nourishing meals for clients and customers, while running the Food and Beverage/Field School operations.
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.
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.
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.
Brock Stafford grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana with a love of history and theater. Growing up visiting historical sites, he became fascinated by the ability of historic places to transform visitors from all walks of life. Today, he focuses on connecting all people to history, nature, and architecture and coaching others to share their passions. Brock joined Taliesin Preservation in 2020 after working with various historical organizations throughout the midwest, including Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Historical Society, and various Frank Lloyd Wright sites. He holds Master’s Degrees in Philosophy of History from Olivet Nazarene University and Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife to visit friends and family throughout the Midwest.