Meet the Staff
Dave & Barb Kaldahl
Dave has been around Fair Hills all of his life and has seen thousands of staff members and guests come and go! His grandpa Ed bought Fair Hills in 1926. Chester, Dave’s father, ran the resort until Dave took it over. Dave loves music, especially singing. He is the “main guy” for all the Barbershop Quartets at the resort and can sing all four parts of all the songs! He can also play any of the saxophone parts in the band or sometimes the bass drum. Dave remembers cutting ice out of the lake in the winter to keep the food cold all summer and when the resort had its own ice cream factory and electric generator.
Barb was at Fair Hills for 65 years. She, like Dave, was a Concordia Cobber. She did almost every job at the resort, including recreation, but is now famous for the 7:00 a.m. walk and “Bobbin’ with Barb” water aerobics. She was best critic of the Hoots (because she had seen so many) and was at almost every talent show cheering everyone on. Barb passed away in June 2019.
Dave & Barb are the parents of Steve, Beth, Lisa and Dan.
Beth Kaldahl Schupp
Beth is the owner and operator of Fair Hills. She grew up here, and even fell in love and married one of the guests, Dan Schupp. Like her mom and dad, she graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, then moved to Duluth, the to Minneapolis, and eventually ended up in Mason City, Iowa, before returning to Fair Hills. Beth is also big in the “music scene” at Fair Hills. She’s a great sport and game for almost anything. You can find her playing trombone, singing in the Hootenanny and making lattes. She even flops in the annual staff belly flop contest! In the winter, she and Dan live at Five Lakes Resort and in the summer, they are in the famous “Blue House” at the end of the resort.
Dan grew up coming to Fair Hills every summer with his large family from Iowa. He was 8 years old his first year at Fair Hills. He and Beth used to play around the resort as kids. Now, Dan holds many jobs at the resort and is assisted on all jobs by his dog Millie. Five Lakes is great for horse trail riding and Dan even travels with a horse or two to shows around the country. His favorite vacations (besides Fair Hills, of course) includes horseback riding, like up the mountains of Peru! Dan also assists in construction, plumbing and overall general projects all over the resort. Dan is a retired radiologist and enjoys his summers in the “Blue House” and winters at Lake Five.
The Schupp Family
Beth and Dan have six kids; Emily, Charles, Margaret, Marianna, Carolyn, and Andrew. They have 13 grandchildren; Eve & Winston, Harrison, Elle, Soren, Wilhelmina, Ingrid, Mae, Etta, David, James, Eli, and Madeline. They also have one dog– Mildred (Millie for short!)
Emily met her husband, Patrick Meyers, at Fair Hills. Pat worked at the resort for many years and still can be found playing drums in the Hootenanny on Tuesday nights and cooking in the kitchens on Thursday evenings. His family have cabins just east of Fair Hills. Emily and Patrick married at Fair Hills on October 6, 2012. They have two daughters, Willa (5) and Ingrid (3). Emily is our creative director at Fair Hills and Patrick farms with his family.
Charlie met his wife Anna during his years working at the resort. Anna’s family had a cabin on Lake Melissa. They married at Fair Hills on August 29, 2009. They have twins Winston & Eve (8), Harrison (6), Elle (3) and Soren (born Jan. 2020)! Charlie is an architect and Anna is a psychologist in the Twin Cities.
Margaret is engaged to a Colorado farmer, Andrew. They are planning their wedding. They run Wild Mesa Farms, in Montrose, CO. They have chickens & pigs and an assortment of other animals that come and go.
Nan met her husband, Jordan Goetz, at Fair Hills. Jordan’s family has been coming to Fair Hills for over 30 years. They married at Fair Hills on August 29, 2015. Nan finished up dental school at the University of Minnesota and moved to Chicago where Jordan works in finance. They have two children, James (3) & Eli (1) and baby Madeline born September 2020.
Carolyn married her high school sweetheart Max Disse. They got married at Fair Hills on September 21, 2013! They have two daughters, Mae (3) and Etta (2) and David, born in July 2019! Carolyn graduated from dental school at the University of Minnesota in May of 2017 and they moved to Pennsylvania for Max’s residency in dermatology.
Andy graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 and is exploring life paths in the Twin Cities. He is very active with his band in the music scene.
Mildred, or Millie, runs around the resorts without a care in the world. She is a well trained 3-year-old Springer Spaniel pup who loves to play with life jackets and plastic bottles. She is always up for a good pet!
Emily Schupp Meyers
Emily is the eldest Schupp child and the only one currently working at Fair Hills (of course they have all worked at Fair Hills at some point in time). Emily is our creative director and is in charge of marketing, advertising and social media. Do you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?! You should because Emily is always posting something new and exciting. Emily grew up visiting the resort, but she didn’t start spending her full time here until the last few years. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas and spent several years working in the twin cities before moving up to Detroit Lake permanently. Emily married former staff & Pelican Lake resident Patrick Meyers on October 6, 2012. They have two daughters, Willa (5) and Ingrid (3). Both girls are Hootenanny regulars and can often be found helping behind the front desk in the summers!
Lisa is one of the Fair Hills backbones. She is the third child of Dave & Barb. Raised at the resort, she knows where almost everything is, and how it is supposed to be, when done correctly. She can do most everything from driving the Bobcat & Big Pelican, to taking in the docks and boat lifts each fall. You can find her here every morning checking to make sure that the pools are all working correctly. At Five Lakes Resort, she oversees many of the continuous projects and works every event at the Barn. She lives at Five Lakes Resort year-round, but she spends much of the winter in Florida!
Steve is the oldest of the Kaldahl kids. He started working here (well, if you called it “working”) when he was just a child doing just about everything from pony rides to cooking (he went to culinary school). Several years ago, he decided to “retire” but he decided that retirement didn’t suit him, so he’s back at Fair Hills and is in charge of the lawn maintenance crew. He lives a few miles from the resort, but he is often at the resort from sunrise to sunset. Steve, who previously was of our “extreme sport” guy, loving skiing and all sorts of other adventures, has now calmed down a little bit and can tell you many stories about Fair Hills life in the 1970s and 1980s.
Patty started working at Fair Hills in the 1980s, when she worked and learned from some of the best and most famous of our housekeepers, Lilian Eidenschink and Hilda Erickson. Patty is our head housekeeper who runs a diverse crew of young and mature, international and domestic workers. They take care of everything you have to do at home but what you DON’T have to do at Fair Hills. Patty has improved many of the methods of housekeeping over the years. In the evenings, Patty helps out in the steam line in the kitchen, making sure that the food is served fast and hot for the guests. Patty works very hard during the summer and enjoys the winters off to spend time with her many grandchildren.
Suzy "Ya Ya Baker" Pavlish
Her real last name is Pavlish, but when Suzy started working here in the 1970s, she worked in the bakery department of the resort, so we called her Suzy Baker, and the name stuck! Suzy is from Bejou, MN, and spends winters with her family in Arizona. She was also one of Loretta Warren’s students, and has brought her cooking skills to the resort for many, many years. She is always smiling, and saying, “Ya Ya,” since she agrees to do everything. She often wakes up about three o’clock in the morning and heads over to the kitchen to start cooking, just to make sure that “everything is done.”
Caitlin has been at Fair Hills for basically her whole life. She started working here as a store girl in 2004, but she has been a guest since 1986. Caitlin’s focuses are in reservations and front office management and she is also the current general manager of the resort. Originally from Mt. Prospect, IL, she graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in finance. Caitlin met her wife Gretchen at Fair Hills and they got married on August 3, 2013! Caitlin and her wife Gretchen have two sets of twins: Jack & Miles (age 5) and Rory & Finn (age 1). Along with their two dogs, they live nearby on Hook Lake!
Gladys has been around Fair Hills for over a decade now. She is our resident piano teacher and accompanist. A great multi-tasker, her main duties are with reservations, but she will jump in and help anywhere. You can find her always smiling and playing piano for any and all musical performers for the talent show. Her son, Nick, was our water ski instructor and her daughter, Ali, previously worked at the resort for many summers. Gladys retired as the music teacher at Pelican Rapids High School. She now lives by Wildflower Golf Course. She is in charge of the summer music scheduling at Cormorant Lutheran Church, just down the road from Fair Hills, and plays music for many local weddings. She loves to spend time with her granddaughters, Zoe and Addyson, who live in Denver, CO!
It’s difficult to say when Marlette first started working here. She has always been hanging around Fair Hills and Five Lakes Resort as Lisa’s best friend, so we finally decided to put her to work. Marlette is the wedding venue coordinator at the Barn at Five Lakes Resort and our Dining Room Co-Manager. She works with couples to help plan the perfect venue for their wedding at the Barn and manages our team of waitrons. Marlette is a former special education teacher and lives in Vergas, MN. She also used to own the Quiet Cricket eclectic gift shop in Vergas, MN, but sold the business and is enjoying “retirement.” When not planning weddings, Marlette enjoys spending time with her daughters, Emma and Sydney, who have both worked at Fair Hills and her granddaughter Charley.
Pete the Pelican and Friends
Even though the lake is called Pelican Lake, nowadays there aren’t too many pelicans that show up. On occasions there are some that fly through.The only resident pelicans we have are Pete the Pelican and his friends Penelope, Percy, Pepe and Pierre. They can be seen at the ice cream social, in the Hootenanny,and, on occasions, in the dining room. Most often you will see them in the Fair Hills parade with their friend, the dancing elephant. Pete is usually surrounded by a flock of hugging children who are trying to see which staff member might really be inside. (News to you kids: Pete is a REAL pelican and NO staff member is inside!!!)
Mark & Anne Champa
Mark has been at Fair Hills for more than 10 years! His first job at the resort was as a waitron in the dining room. Now you can find him working at the front desk and singing in the famous barbershop quartet. His wife Anne joined in the fun five years ago and works part-time at the front desk in the summers. Both work in the school system in the winters, which make them “free” to help out in the summer! Mark and Anne are Detroit Lakes High School sweethearts and married in June 2018.
Jim has been with us for 10 years! He is from Pelican Rapids, MN, and enjoys working at Fair Hills because of the variety of jobs that he has every day. He fixes everything from air conditioners to screen doors to toilets!
Ryan started in the Fair Hills kitchen in August of 2016. He has been in the industry for over 10 years, and we are so happy to have him here! He hails from North Dakota and is good friends with Emily’s husband, Pat!
2017 and 2018 Rec. Director Casey Picillo has joined our year round staff in the fall of 2018. She graduated from Ball State University in Indiana with a degree in hospitality & tourism management in May 2018. While she has grown up in a few places across the country (Utah, New Jersey & Indiana,) she is ready to fully embrace being a Minnesotan. Casey is our Human Resources Director and Head Recreation Director. She is responsible for recruiting our excellent staff and making sure our Recreation Programming is top notch! Some fun facts about Casey: she has one older sister and one younger brother, she has a 1 year old niece, Sage, she just bought a Subaru so she shouldn’t get stuck anywhere this winter and her favorite rec activity is the Kids Cruise (when the weather and her schedule allows her to come, of course).
Liz is the newest member of our team. She worked as a front desk intern in 2019 and joined our staff full time in the spring of 2020. Liz hails from Sunburg, MN and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout in May 2020 with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management. Liz is our Groups Director, Big Pelican Coordinator and Wedding Venue Coordinator. If you come to Fair Hills for anything other than a vacation, Liz will take care of you!