Pictured: Curt Carlson, Chancellor Kristensen, Michael Sullivan, KrisAnn Sullivan and Regent Hassebrook
The Frank House, a 1889 home on the UNK campus, serves as a cultural resource and museum. In her five years as director, KrisAnn has been effective in not only bringing the house alive with activity, but in putting the house on the map as a destination for visitors; a venue for student and faculty events; and a visible and publicized source of pride for UNK and the region.
KrisAnn’s responsibilities include everything Frank House-related. She doesn’t actually live there, but her husband insists she does. A major portion of her time is spent directing the resources and efforts of donors, student staff members, interns and volunteers. This past semester alone, 20 public, educational programs were presented. Art students exhibit shows; theater students stage and perform plays; language students hold discussions; music students present parlor performances; and interns of interior design gain “on the job” experience. KrisAnn also coordinates a series of 12 educational programs each semester, known as “Saturday at the Frank House.” In addition, she works with individuals and groups who reserve the house for private events. In the past year, 4,000 more people entered the Frank House than did in 2006. Her colleagues and supervisor describe her as a diplomat, a visionary, a highly creative and imaginative leader, and an expert on historic houses.