Our Team

One Passionate Team of Professionals.

Kelsey Conley Lodging Director

Kelsey started working at Story in 2009. She started out bussing tables, and then worked as a hostess and front desk receptionist over the years until she moved into her current role of lodging director. Kelsey recently graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with her associate's degree in human services. As lodging director, Kelsey loves getting to meet the vast demographic of guests who come to visit Story.

Eric Swanson Executive Chef

Chef Eric, a Richmond native, took the reigns of the Story Inn's culinary team in early 2014. He brings to the table 14 years of progressive industry experience in some of the state's top restaurants.  He enjoys working with local farmers, including Story's gardeners, to craft seasonally inspired menus showcasing their efforts.

Jackie Wilkerson Gardener Extraordinaire

Jackie loves the outdoors, rain or shine, and found her home in the Story gardens in 2012. She's responsible for meticulously maintaining all of our ever expanding culinary gardens that produce everything from heirloom tomatoes to micro greens, as well as the towns multiple wildflower gardens.

Richard R. Hofstetter Co-Owner

Rick is an attorney and law professor who has fought to preserve many of Indiana’s most distinguished historic landmarks. He served as the first president of the Athenaeum Foundation, Inc., an effort which saved the Athenaeum building in downtown Indianapolis and earned Rick the Sandi Servaas Award for Historic Preservation in 1992.  Rick purchased the town of Story in 1998 and has made preservation of this Hoosier historic landmark a true labor of love.

Jacob & Kate Ebel Co-Owners

Jacob and Kate joined the Story team in 2015, and act as the general manager and director of sales & events, respectively. They are both formally trained in culinary arts, and after honing their skills and palettes through some of the country's top destination resorts, they've settled as two of Story's four residents. Jacob and Kate share a passion for over the top hospitality, sustainable food & drink, and nurturing the growth of that culture at Story.

Matt Gordon Wine Director

Matt brings 15 years in the wine and spirits trade to Story in his role as wine director.  A lifetime resident of nearby Columbus, he takes great pleasure in the power and nuance of his wares and applying them toward the highest possible level of of his guests' delight.

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