Meet the Nelson’s

One family. Four Generations.

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Our family owns and operates Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, home to America’s Largest Indoor Waterparks, with locations in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Sandusky, Ohio and Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, and soon to be Round Rock, Texas.

Our family foundation has a special interest in improving the lives of individuals in these communities. We believe in working with partners in each community to meet specific needs. We are excited to grow the foundation and its impact as our family and business grow.

"   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 eleven 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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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.

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TRAVIS NELSON

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 two sons, Lyle and Michael (new family picture coming soon). The family has two golden retrievers, Petty and Trap.  

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

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NATASHA LUCKE

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.

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ALISSA GANDER

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.