Ellen grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and most of her family remains in that area. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison as an undergraduate art history student, living in a large commune on Lake Medota near campus. In graduate school, she lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; the upper East side of Manhattan; Corning, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; and Sardis, Turkey. Following graduation, she lived in the Georgetown area of Washington DC for a year until moving to Juneau, Alaska in the fall of 2001. Ellen Roblee and Scott Carroll (1992 graduate of the Buffalo conservation program) eloped August 1, 2001 and legally combined their last names a few months later to become “Carrlee.” Son Carson Orion Carrlee was born August 20, 2007. They live in a little red house in downtown Juneau with their mutt ZigZag.