Our Family

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In 2014 the Nelson Family established a nonprofit 501(c)(3) as a foundation for community-minded businesses to band together to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

In 2014 the Nelson Family established a nonprofit 501(c)(3) as a foundation for community-minded businesses to band together to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

 

It's about giving back.

From our heart, this foundation was envisioned as an extension of who we are, shaped with a vision of doing wonderful things. We are dedicated to creating opportunities that improve the lives of those in need, those who strive to be better, and those caring individuals who share in our passion and dedication in making the world a better place.

The Entire Nelson Family

 
 
" The greatest accomplishment in my life  is being able to work with my family. I couldn’t be prouder of my kids. Seeing them grow and learn, not only as people but also as leaders, has been truly exciting.”   Todd Nelson

"The greatest accomplishment in my life is being able to work with my family. I couldn’t be prouder of my kids. Seeing them grow and learn, not only as people but also as leaders, has been truly exciting.”  Todd Nelson

Todd and shari Nelson

Todd and Shari Nelson met in drivers education class and have been together ever since. With an entrepreneurship mindset, Todd and Shari started creating business ventures together right out of high school. From a saloon to a pizza place, Todd and Shari worked hard to ensure success in both business and family. Todd and Shari have five children and nine grandchildren.  

The couple have a passion for giving back to the communities that have nurtured them.

Todd is the President of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions. Together, Todd and Shari are President and Vice President of the Todd and Shari Nelson Family Foundation Inc., aka the Nelson Family Foundation.

 
 
 
 
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Mary Bonte Spath - Treasurer

Mary has been with the TR Nelson Company since 1990 and is the Chief Financial Officer of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions. Mary proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1973-1977.  She studied at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater obtaining her BBA and MBA in accounting. 

Mary is very passionate about giving back and has a love for animals, especially her three dogs. 

Mary is Treasurer of the Nelson Family Foundation. 

 
 
 
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Alissa Gander - Secretary

Alissa is the youngest daughter of the Nelson Family. She graduated from Edgewood College with a Business Management Degree.

She and her husband, Bob, have two young sons, Ace and Nelson. She works for Kalahari Resorts & Conventions and is pursuing her own business in the pet industry.

Her strongest passion is her family and helping shelter and rescue animals.

Alissa is Secretary of the Nelson Family Foundation.

 
 
 
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Travis Nelson - Board Member

Travis is the youngest son of the Nelson Family. Travis graduated from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a degree in Finance.  He is a Financial Analyst for Kalahari Resorts & Conventiions.

Travis is married to Megan and have one son, Lyle. The family has two golden retrievers, Petty and Trap.  

He is very passionate about charity work and all Wisconsin sports.

Travis is a Board Member of the Nelson Family Foundation. 

 
 
 
 
Todd Nelson, Jr

Todd Nelson Jr. 

Todd Jr. is the Nelson Family's eldest child. He is dedicated to being a wonderful father and husband and shares his father's enthusiasm for working in the family business.

Todd and Kimberley married in 2009. Kimberley has placed her career in cosmetology on hold to raise their four children - Todd III, Fletcher and twins Amelia and Paisley.

The family has a passion for giving to others, especially those in need within their community. Their three year-old son, Todd III, loves getting in on the action, too. He (and Mom) organized a coat drive and together collected 53 winter coats.

 
 
 
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NaTasha lucke - BoARD MEMBER

Natasha is Todd and Shari's third child. She graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. 

She and her husband, Cory, were married in 2011 and have three children, Cecelia, Sawyer and Graham. Natasha works for Kalahari Resort & Conventions.

Cory is passionate about education and Natasha is supportive of women's causes.

 
 
 
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Ashley Turzinski

Ashley is the second youngest family member. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in Communications. Ashley is a Catering Manager at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.

She and Caleb were married in 2014 and have two sons, Caleb Jr. and Sullivan.

Ashley and Caleb both love traveling, the outdoors and animals. They are most passionate about their families.