Meet Our Staff

Michael Telzrow, Director

An eight year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Michael Telzrow serves as the Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and Board Member of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation. He has been working in the museum field for over sixteen years. He graduated from the University of Central Florida and earned a master’s degree in public history/museum studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His formative years were marked by extensive work in collections management and exhibit development. From 1995-1997, he served at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum as a curatorial assistant. Subsequent museum assignments included the Neville Public Museum of Brown County and the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. In 2006 he was named executive director at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a position he held until February 2010. He has developed over 20 museum exhibits covering a wide range of subject matter and recently authored a photographic history of the Wisconsin State Reformatory.

In 2008 he was named an “everyday hero” by the Green Bay Press Gazette for his public service, and was honored by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce as one of 20 individuals who have made a particular impact in their field.

Contact Michael: 608.266.1009 or Michael.Telzrow@dva.wisconsin.gov

 

Jennifer Van Haaften, Assistant Director

Jennifer Van Haaften is the Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. A Midwestern native, she has over twenty years of museum experience, most recently as the Associate Director of Programs and Historic Resources at Old World Wisconsin. Her background also includes museum education, collections, and archives at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, the Volkening Heritage Farm, the Illinois Regional Archives Depositories and Living History Farms. She earned her MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University, an MPhil at the University of Manchester, and her BA in history from the University of Northern Iowa. The granddaughter of a WWII POW, she is only just discovering his stories and hopes to be instrumental in helping veterans continue to share their stories with future generations.

Contact Jennifer: 608.261.6802 or jennifer.vanhaaften@dva.wisconsin.gov


Elise McFarlane, Operations Assistant

Elise McFarlane is the Operations Assistant at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. The granddaughter of a World War II veteran and daughter of a Vietnam veteran, Elise enjoyed listening to the stories her father told of his time serving in the US Navy in South Vietnam on the USS Iwo Jima and USS Lenawee. She has always been interested in military history and its incorporation in performance art. Elise is a professional actress and received her under graduate degree in theatre and drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previous to her position with the Veterans Museum, Elise worked for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Budget and Finance.

Contact Elise:  608.261.0534 or elise.mcfarlane@dva.wisconsin.gov

Ellen Brooks, Oral Historian

Ellen Brooks serves as the Oral Historian. After graduating from Fordham University with a B.A in History and a B.A. in Communications, she worked on various projects, including interning with the Chicago History Museum and the Chicago Cultural Alliance. A passion for storytelling and the concept of democratizing history led her to the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University, of which she is a recent graduate. Prior to joining the WVM staff, Brooks worked at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, where she aided in organizing the Museum’s oral history collection and advised on integrating oral history into public programming.

Contact Ellen: 608.261.0537 or Ellen.Brooks@dva.wisconsin.gov

 

Karen Burch, Senior Marketing Specialist 

Karen Burch is the Senior Marketing Specialist at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. A United States Marine Corps veteran and daughter of a Marine veteran,  she served as a military media journalist Marine.  Karen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida, and is a graduate of the Newhouse Military Media Studies Program at Syracuse University.  Before coming to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, she worked as a Physician Liaison for the Provider Advocacy Team at UW Health.

 

Contact Karen: 608.264.6086 or Karen.Burch@dva.wisconsin.gov


Kevin Hampton, Curator of History

Kevin Hampton serves as the Curator of History at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. He earned a degree in History from the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN, and has been involved with living-history programs across the Midwest and the East Coast since 2000. Before coming to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, he worked for the Carver County Historical Society in Minnesota. In 2011, Hampton served as an Operations Program Associate at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum until his appointment as Curator of Research & Public Programs in 2013.

 

Contact Kevin: 608.261.5409 or kevin.hampton@dva.wisconsin.gov

andrea hoffman Andrea Hoffman, Collections Manager

Andrea Hoffman works as the Collections Manager for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. A Cedarburg, Wisconsin native, she has always been particularly interested in her state’s history and has worked with historical collections in the area since high school, beginning at Mt. Mary College in Milwaukee. She completed both her undergraduate (2000) and graduate (2008) degrees at the University of Wisconsin ¬ Madison, receiving her Masters Degree in Human Ecology with a focus in Material Culture Studies. Her museum career began in 1997 at the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection in Madison where she worked with historic textiles and costumes for several years. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she took a position at the Wisconsin Historical Society working as a cataloger for the Pleasant Company. She also completed an internship with the Milwaukee County Historical Society. In 2002, she began as the Assistant Collections Manager at WHS, a position she maintained until the time she joined WVM in 2010.

Contact Andrea: 608.261.0540 or Andrea.Hoffman@dva.wisconsin.gov

russ horton Russell Horton, Reference & Outreach Archivist

The son and grandson of Army veterans, Russell Horton is the Reference & Outreach Archivist at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and master’s degrees in history and library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also the author of an award-winning article, “Unwanted in a White Man’s War: the Civil War Service of the Green Bay Tribes.” Russ began working at the WVM as a graduate student in 2001 and has worn many hats, processing manuscripts and cataloging objects before accepting his current position in 2008. He helps researchers ranging from genealogists to professional historians learn about the stories and sacrifices of Wisconsin veterans.


Contact Russ: 608.267.1790 or Russell.Horton@dva.wisconsin.gov


 

Erin Hoag, Curator of Education

Erin Hoag is the Curator of Education at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. A thirteen-year veteran of the Coast Guard Reserve, she stood duty as a Boatswainsmate at stations along Lake Michigan’s western shore. Erin earned her B.A. in Theater and B.S. in Textile and Apparel Design in 2005, and MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Prior to her work here, Erin did work in designing and implementing educational programs with a historical emphasis and place-based education outreach in partnership with a number of local schools and organizations as the Local Treasures Manager at Madison Children’s Museum (2010-2015) and the Assistant Educator at the Wisconsin Historical Museum (2008-2011).

Contact Erin: 608.264.7663 or  Erin.Hoag@dva.wisconsin.gov

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Sarah Kapellusch, Registrar

Sarah Kapellusch has served as the Registrar of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum since 2012. A Wisconsin native, she earned her MA in Public History and BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Previous experience includes Collections Manager at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton and Registrar and Archivist for the Kenosha Public Museums. Sarah also serves on the board for the Wisconsin Federation of Museums and volunteers with the American Association for State and Local History’s Nomenclature Task Force. At the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Sarah is responsible for overseeing temporary collection receipts, accession record keeping, institutional loans, and the online collections database.

Contact Sarah: 608.264.6099 or Sarah.Kapellusch@dva.wisconsin.gov

Gregory R. Krueger, Curator of Exhibits

Son of an Army All-American Veteran, Gregory Krueger serves as the Curator of Exhibit for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.  Working in the museum field for fifteen years, he earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse within U.S. History and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Public History / Museum Studies.  Gregory has worked within the Conservation Department at the Milwaukee Public Museum, a curator at the Museum of the Red River in Oklahoma, a curator at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and most recently as the Curator of the Lynchburg Museum System in Lynchburg, Virginia.   

Contact Gregory: 608.261.0541 or Gregory.krueger@dva.wisconsin.gov

greg lawson Gregory Lawson, Gift Store Manager

Gregory Lawson works as the Gift Store Manager for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and he has been with the museum since February 2010. Originally from the Eau Claire area, Gregory lived in Virginia for thirteen years fostering an interest in Civil War History from both sides of the conflict. Moving back to Wisconsin in 1996, Gregory graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with an undergraduate degree in History. A veteran of nearly fifteen years in the retail industry, Gregory enjoys combining his love of history with his knowledge of store management.


Contact Gregory: 608.261.0535 or gregory.lawson@dva.wisconsin.gov
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.