Meet the Staff

 
Mandy
Name: Mandy Tadych
Hometown: Dayton, MN
Job Title: Executive Producer
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? Since DAY 1! I started in June 2007 and the show launched in April 2008.
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? Event Planner
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. Yes, a 10-year- old Chihuahua-mix rescue dog named Teeto.
Where would you like to live? Australia, I lived there for 6 months and loved it!
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? Dolly Parton, Ellen & Miranda Lambert
What is on your bucket list? Spend Christmas in Hawaii with my entire family!
What would you NEVER be caught doing? Running, I hate running.
Worst fear? Heights and snakes
Biggest personal accomplishment? Starting TCL and assembling a wonderful team that is like my second family!
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? My husband, always. My sister is a close second.
What is your motto in life? Go big or go home!
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Christian
Name: Christian Unser
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Job Title: Senior Producer
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? I started at the beginning of 2008 before the show was even on the air.
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? I'd probably be a movie director or a teacher.
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. Yes! My wife and I did not have dogs growing up but we have one in our family now. His name is Mickey. He's a beagle/terrier mix, which means he is very loud and full of energy. He has made life very interesting and a lot more chaotic but we love him like crazy.
Where would you like to live? We're very happy here in Minnesota!
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? I'd like to get Alyssa Milano on the show. We've had both Danica McKellar and Soleil Moon Frye on, so Alyssa would complete my trifecta of meeting childhood crushes.
What is on your bucket list? Skydiving maybe? I don't really think about things like that.
What would you NEVER be caught doing? Willingly listening to country music.
Worst fear? Sharks. Just straight-up sharks.
Biggest personal accomplishment? I am the artistic director for a small theater company here in town. Helping that group achieve success is very rewarding for me.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? My wife. I know it sounds cheesy, but she's really my best friend and any time I travel without her I think "Jen would like this".
What is your motto in life? Measure twice. Cut once.
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Christian
Name: Scott Carlson
Hometown: Bayport, MN
Job Title: Director
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? I have been involved with TCL since its very beginnings. I was part of the crew that went to the Mall Of America to tape the host auditions and since then I have been the Technical Director, fill-in Director, camera operator, audio assistant and remote location technical director.
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? I enjoy brewing beer at home and have this fantasy of either working at or owning a brewery someday.
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. Two cats, Angus and Moo. Moo was the first and is colored like a dairy cow, hence the name. Angus, an Orange Tabby, came along next and we kept with the cow theme for his name. Both cats were adopted from area animal shelters.
Where would you like to live? I really like the Denver area, but basically anywhere you could snowboard one day and golf/ride motorcycles the next. It would also have to have a good beer scene. Locally, a house on the upper St. Croix River.
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? Conan O'Brien
What is on your bucket list? Watching the MN Vikings play in the Super bowl...win or lose. Flying a FA-18 Hornet fighter jet. Traveling around Europe on a motorcycle.
What would you NEVER be caught doing? Texting and driving.
Worst fear? Losing one of my children.
Biggest personal accomplishment? Medaling in my age group for a 5k race.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? The Carroll Crew. This is what my cousins call ourselves when we get together.
What is your motto in life? One day at a time.
 
 
Emily
Name: Emily Engberg
Hometown: Burlington, IA
Job Title: Reporter
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? I started in November of 2009. Wow! Time flies when you're having fun!
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? I would love to be a travel reporter. And of course, it would include some "Em's Adventures".
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. For 13 1/2 years, I had a little guy named Sammy the Shih Tzu. He was the best. I have fallen in love with a new dog. A much bigger, more energetic guy named Gus, the Golden Retriever.
Where would you like to live? On the water. In warmth and sunshine.
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? Jon Bon Jovi. I'm living on a prayer for this one. See what I did there? You're welcome.
What is on your bucket list? My bucket list involves travel destinations. At the top? Italy. Next, Fiji.
What would you NEVER be caught doing? At this very moment, skydiving. But, I have learned to never say never.
Worst fear? Not truly living before it's too late.
Biggest personal accomplishment? Being open and honest with myself and with others. Not holding back.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? Luckily, I already get to travel with my favorite people!
What is your motto in life? Go with your gut. Be you, be happy and really live. Life is too short.
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Kelli
Name: Kelli Hanson
Hometown: Evansville, IN
Job Title: Reporter/Producer
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? Just shy of 6 years! Already 6 years?!
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? I would love to work at a Children's Hospital.
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. No, just two wild...children.
Where would you like to live? Nashville, TN
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? Cam (favorite country singer).
What is on your bucket list? Write & record a Country Music album
What would you NEVER be caught doing? Jumping out of an airplane.
Worst fear? Jumping out of an airplane.
Biggest personal accomplishment? Becoming a mom - two beautiful girls, P & Q.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? Amazing TCL producer, Mike Marcotte.
What is your motto in life? I am in charge of how I feel, and today I choose happiness.
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Mike
Name: Mike Marcotte
Hometown: Blaine, MN
Job Title: Producer & Local Guy About Town
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? May 2011
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? A 5th grade teacher, a cruise ship director or travel writer.
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. No pets.
Where would you like to live? London, Seattle, or Denver.
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? Chris Pratt.
What is on your bucket list? Be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune.
What would you NEVER be caught doing? Shaving my head. I need all the hair I can get.
Worst fear? Falling off of a bridge.
Biggest personal accomplishment? Being named Employee of the Month within 6 months of starting at a job.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? Now under open enrollment. If you'd like to travel with me, send an email and let's book a trip!
What is your motto in life? "In the end everything will be okay. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
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Seth
Name: Seth Holst
Hometown: Kasson, MN
Job Title: Videotographeditor
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? 2008
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? Probably a rocket surgeon
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. My dog Murphy - he's a mixed Irish Setter/Poodle/AT-AT from Planet Hoth
Where would you like to live? Mossy Bottom Farm
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? American Gladiators Season 3 Grand Champion Mark Ortega
What is on your bucket list? lunch, the orange 5 gallon kind, chum, & an old timey wooden one for fetching well water
What would you NEVER be caught doing? Giving birth
Worst fear? The menacing, evil, 12-legged Shriners smoke nose dragon that terrorizes small town parades
Biggest personal accomplishment? Raising two amazing, creative, brilliant, hilarious kiddos
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? My family...and Rick Steves
What is your motto in life? Hakuna Matata
 
 
Kerri
Name: Andrew "Drew" Schingen
Hometown: North Fond du Lac, WI
Job Title:Photographer/Producer
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? Long enough to know, I have seen too much.
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? Brew Master at a microbrewery.
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. Nope, my wife has banned animals from in our house since the "Incident".
Where would you like to live? In a van down by the river.
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? Neil Degrasse Tyson
What is on your bucket list?
Become the World Champion.
What would you NEVER be caught doing? Wearing Crocks
Worst fear? Snakes, No...Spiders, No...My Wife, yep definitely My Wife
Biggest personal accomplishment? Becoming the World Champion.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? Batman
What is your motto in life? Lose Well
 
 
Tracy
Name: Brittany Larson
Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
Job Title: Associate Producer
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? I started in November of 2016! #DreamJob
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? It's a toss-up between Taylor Swift's personal fitness trainer or I'd be an Instagram Influencer...aka Inspirational Travel Blogger.
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. Not yet, but I'm an aspiring dog owner. I love dogs! I want to adopt a Yellow Lab or a Golden Retriever someday.
Where would you like to live? In a "Fixer Upper" house that was flipped by Chip and Joanna Gaines.
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? Ellen DeGeneres, Chip and Joanna, Gary Vaynerchuk, Taylor Swift, Kate Middleton and Tony Robins.
What is on your bucket list? Go snorkeling in Australia, visit Machu Picchu, go on an African Safari, travel the world, write a book, get tickets to see the Ellen show, make a positive impact...I could keep going!
What would you NEVER be caught doing? Eating pickled herring or attempting a cartwheel on a balance beam.
Worst fear? I am not a huge fan of snakes.
Biggest personal accomplishment? Skydiving in the Swiss Alps.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? My main squeeze, Joel!
What is your motto in life? Life gets groovy when you live by grace and gratitude.
 
 
Tracy
Name: Tracy Robb
Hometown: Coon Rapids, MN
Job Title: Office Manager
 
How long have you been part of the TCL team? I've been here since the beginning - even before we were on air. 9 years in February 2017!
If you didn't have this job, what other job would you have? At this age, I'm looking forward to retirement! But I'd love to rescue dogs!
Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. We have two fur babies. Both of our pups are Bischon/Shih Tsu mixes. Daisy & Pebbles. They are spoiled rotten. We are ridiculous.
Where would you like to live? California. San Diego, Santa Monica or Palm Springs would be awesome.
What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? Tom Hanks or Leonardo DiCaprio
What is on your bucket list? To live in California for at least a year of my life.
What would you NEVER be caught doing? Bungee Jumping. NEVER.
Worst fear? 1) Heights 2) Deep Water - I really start panicking 3) Sharks - because, you know, in Minnesota you've got to really watch out for them.
Biggest personal accomplishment? Definitely hands down - the beautiful souls my children have become.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? Besides my husband - probably Emily Engberg. She knows everyone, makes friends with everyone, and is never at a loss for finding fun!
What is your motto in life? Love & forgiveness is what life is all about.