Above: Executive Director Marilu Knode during her gallery talk for the exhibition Camp Out: Finding Home in an Unstable World, June 2012.



Lauren Kistner, Marketing Communications Manager


Change is everywhere at Laumeier! Every human organization is a living, breathing thing, and just like our 105 acres, it requires refreshing and renewal. Staffing changes over the spring and summer reflect the dynamic changes on the grounds, with new staff members helping to shape Laumeier's future.


Lauren Kistner, Marketing Communications Manager, came on board in early August. She will handle all of our ongoing communications with you and the press, and she will be instrumental in launching Laumeier's new buildings and programs over the coming months.


Sara Matthew, Special Events Manager, just arrived and is jumping into Carts & Cocktails with help from the Board and outside consultants. Sara will be adding her own spin on our existing events, including the annual Art Fair, and will work with our Rental Coordinator, Sherry Muehlfarth, to earn additional revenue for Laumeier's expanded footprint. More space and more events mean that more support is needed!

Sara Matthew, 
Special Events Manager


Rick Fouts, Accountant, joined the team back in June. Rick is looking for opportunities to streamline efficiencies to accommodate our activities. Finally, in order to further refine our educational outreach activities, Clara Collins-Coleman has transitioned to Docent Coordinator. This will allow her to focus on the expansion of our important Docent corps and integrate new Collections research into the Docent training materials.


As much as our time in the trailers has brought us physically closer to our visitors, our staff will be moving back into our renovated office spaces in the Estate House this fall. The architects have carved out additional office space so that all professional staff will be in one building, which is extremely important in a fast-paced environment like Laumeier.


Thank you for all of your support and patience during our summer transitions--I look forward to seeing you all here this fall for Carts & Cocktails, Harvest Festival and the opening of Tom Huck: Bugs.


See you in the park!


Marilu Knode

Executive Director