As a small child Titania Gauger spent hours enjoying reruns of Green Acres on television. At that time identifying more with ZsaZsa Gabor’s character, the reluctant farmer Lisa, than Hooterville’s native son Arnold. Little did she know that it would prepare her for her future marriage, when her loving husband ripped her from frenetic city living and plopped her onto a small hobby farm in Sun Prairie. There she cares for goats and sheep, chickens and ducks, dogs and cats, piglets and kid-lets. She digs in the dirt, plants her own fruits and vegetables, taps maple trees, and forages. As a star homesteader she “puts food by” with the best of them and sometimes feels like she has stepped back in time when she returns home each evening.
To offset this domestic bliss Ti relishes her intensely modern career in marketing, communications, public relations, and event planning. With almost 20 years of experience in 4 states she has planned almost every type of event from golf outings and Guinness-book-record-breakers, to music festivals, and black tie gala’s; more than 400 events over the course of her career. She has experience working for non-profits including the YMCA and Girl Scouts, to develop and implement youth focused academic and leadership programs; and with AmeriCorps programs in California and Mississippi focused on professional and leadership development of AmeriCorps members. As Brand Manager, Great Wolf Lodge – Wisconsin Dells, Ti planned and implemented resort activities and promotions, seasonal special events, daily entertainment activities, and retail operations.
Most recently Ti Gauger managed the Sun Prairie Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) marketing, communications and business development programs. She managed marketing and public relations for 20 special events each year, including international coverage of the infamous Groundhog Day prognostication. Ti has extensive experience developing marketing plans, managing social media, and interviewing with traditional media outlets.Currently, as the Alice in Dairyland Program Director at the Wisconsin Department of AgricultureTicombines her unique experience and perspective to assist in the amazing 70-year-tradition that is the Alice in Dairyland program. She looks forward to working with each new Alice to share the story of Wisconsin agriculture across the state!
When she is not at work Ti spends her time helping at the family business Beans ‘n Cream Coffeehouse, Café, and Bakehouse,as well as volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader for two troops in Sun Prairie. She also serves on the Sun Prairie Library Foundation Board of Directors, and volunteers with various special events and youth activities. She reads extensively, especially science fiction, classics, and literary fiction (when she needs improvement.) In rare moments of quiet she attempts to write her own novel. She has three daughters age 13, 9, and 4 who ensure she is never bored.