Our Team

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Ask us what we love about Custer Resorts and you’ll get a number of different responses. Every day we are touched by the humble beauty of the park, the people we meet, and the stories they share with us. So, here are a few of our favorite memories to inspire you on your journey.

Josh SchmaltzJosh Schmaltz
President, US Hotel & Resort Management

Josh is a 2003 graduate from North Dakota State University, Fargo, where he earned a Bachelor's in Restaurant & Hotel Management with a minor in Business. He has been with Regency for nearly the entirety of his professional career, most recently as Regional Director, overseeing operations at Grand Lake Lodge Colorado; Al's Oasis; Arrowwood Resort at Cedar Shore; Ramkota Hotel, Casper, Wyoming; The Lodge at Deadwood; Best Western Ramkota Rapid City; and our very own Custer State Parks Resorts. 

Favorite Park Memory:
"My time spent as GM here in the Park. The team you see here is an upstanding group of dedicated professionals that I have had the pleasure of working side-by-side with for many years. It is my sincere hope that you, too, are able to make your memories at each of our heartwarmingly-unique Lodges during your stay. Dine at the Game Lodge and catch the herd bounding through. Kick your heels off and breathe in the fresh canyon air at our Chuckwagon Cookout. Experience Sylvan's unrivaled views, and let your kids delight in the sand between their toes at Legion. Welcome to my family's second home. May you get caught in many buffalo jams.” 

Favorite Thing on the Menu:
"Game Lodge Buffalo Tenderloin is tough to beat."

Ryan Flick 
Director of Operations

A Hill City native, Ryan is a 2000 graduate from Black Hills State University with a BS in Psychology. After meeting his beautiful wife, he spent 15 years operating campground resorts both in Florida and in the Black Hills before joining the Regency team as GM of the Best Western Ramkota, Rapid City. But two years within city limits was plenty; the buffalo soon called him out here to the Park, where he graciously welcomed back the fresh air and peaceful pines. 

Favorite Park Memory:
"My favorite part is making new ones each day out here. We are fortunate to be a part of such a partnership with SDGF&P where we can offer a tremendous product in an setting that rivals the National Parks. It's incredible.” 

Favorite Thing on the Menu:
"I always bring my wife and four girls out to our Easter and Mother's Day Brunches. The kids love running around on the Front Lawn and finishing the afternoon with a Buffalo Safari Tour."  

Krystal HunsakerKrystal Hunsaker
Director of Retail

Krystal got an early start in retail at the age of six when she began working in her mother’s store. She grew up in the Black Hills, and got her first job in Custer State Park as a waitress during high school. She has been in love with the park ever since, and after attending the Art Institute of Minnesota for interior design, and managing her own home décor store, she jumped at the opportunity to come home to Custer State Park where she has been our Director of Retail since 2007. She strives to offer quality souvenir, apparel and gift items for our guests, and believes that a keepsake of your vacation should be a unique and beautiful treasure.

Favorite Park Memory:
"My favorite park memories are being made every day, getting to raise my family in Custer State Park! We were on the Chuckwagon one time and were so close to the elk herd, we could nearly touch them. Amazing!”

Favorite Thing on the Menu?
"I'll let my daughter answer this one for me: A twist ice cream cone from Coolidge Store!"

Gina KonechneGina Konechne
Director of Sales & Marketing

Gina obtained her Bachelor’s from the University of Sioux Falls in both English and Communication Studies. She fell into hospitality after moving on a whim to Austin, TX with her husband, where she was hired on as an Event Planner for one of Texas’s top-rated championship golf & spa resorts. Her five years there took her though Event Management, Member Relations and Group Sales; but South Dakota remained the only place she wanted to raise a family. She moved back at the turn of the century to join the Regency team in the Park and has been delighted by buffalo outside her window ever since.

Favorite Park Memory:
"I still get excited every time the herd comes through, but the mountain bluebirds in their simplicity have a special place in my heart. I had been told that they were the ‘bluest blue’ and it’s true. Each time I spot one brings a smile to my face in remembrance of so many great times here with my Park family.”

Favorite Thing on the Menu?
“The Game Lodge offers Wine Dinners each October. I love treating myself to them!"

Susie TimmSusie Timm
Reservations & Tour Group Manager

A familiar and friendly face to many of our returning guests, Susie has been with Custer State Park Resort for the majority of her professional career. She has management experience in nearly every department, from Housekeeping to Catering to Lodge Management. She was selected to direct the Reservations team since its inception and is a vital part of the Park’s every day success. Call our Reservations line and you will likely speak with Susie!

Favorite Park Memory:
“I always enjoy meeting all of the new visitors that come to see us. It makes each day unique and exciting.”

Favorite Thing on the Menu?
"I enjoy a lighter fare, so I love how each Lodge offers unique salad options. A good salad is always hard to find!”

Chad EganTeresa Courtney
General Manager, Blue Bell Lodge

With over 20 years of hospitality experience, Teresa returns to the Park as a General Manager for the 2018 season. She first started with us at Legion Lake Lodge, where she quickly moved up to become the lodge Manager, and then took a few years off to spend time with her beautiful grandchildren. She is thrilled to be back home in CSP, and lives and breathes Blue Bell, customer service, and buffalo!

Favorite Park Memory:
"Living in the Park and waking up to this gorgeous place every day...peaceful mornings with coffee on the patio couldn't be better!"

Favorite Thing on the Menu?
"I start with a Buffalo Brisket Quesadilla, and order from our Cattle Drive Burger Menu that lets you mix-and-match your protein selection and your toppings. The Triple Mac 'n Cheese is tough to beat, too!"

Jason DeuhrJason Deuhr
General Manager, Legion Lake Lodge

Jason is excited to be rejoining Custer State Park Resorts having spent the last few years working in Iowa. Jason's first job with the company was a busboy in 1996 and since then, has gained experience in just about every facet of the hospitality industry.  His management background includes fine-dining, banquets, and catering sales. When he is not working, you can find Jason hiking one of the many trails or climbing the abundance of rock climbing routes the park has to offer. 

Favorite Park Memory:
"Meeting my fiancee. A prettier smile I had never seen!"

Favorite Thing on the Menu?
"Blue Bell Lodge's 'famous' Bloody Mary!"

Chris KellerChris Keller
Executive Chef

Originally from Long Island, NY, Chef Keller is, surprisingly, right at home here in the Black Hills. Chef graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1990 before moving to Colorado, and has held executive positions at some of the most notable restaurants in both Colorado and Florida in his time. He most recently was the Executive Chef for Grand Lake Lodge before being recruited here to Custer State Park. 

Favorite Park Memory:
"I would have to say the Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival. The heart and soul of the Park can be felt watching the sunrise with 20,000 people the morning of the event as we all await the herd's arrival...I look forward to it every year."

Favorite Thing on the Menu?
"My favorite item is always the newest. I would say right now, the soutwest quinoa salad is one of my current favorites. It's niche, light and unique."

Waiting on PictureJason Krulish
General Manager, State Game Lodge

Jason started back in the Park nearly 20 years ago at Legion Lake Lodge. He spent most of his years in Minnesota working on his degrees, and has been back in CSP since 2015. He 

Favorite Park Memory:
"My first summer here I fell in love with the Park. I have to many memories to share but always ones hiking or climbing on a nice cool afternoon in the park."

Favorite Thing on the Menu?
"I enjoy a good burger each lodge has their specialty!"

Bobbi Schmidt
Sales and Catering Manager

Born and raised on a SD farm, Bobbi is a lifelong honorary resident of the Black Hills. Her deep love and appreciation for the Park started at an early age, with fond memories of the Lodges, all of the campgrounds, and of course, many wildlife encounters. After moving to Arizona with her husband of over 15 years, they returned to her home state to own and operate a successful fitness facility; but they found themselves spending each free weekend coming out to Hills. Finally, they purchased their dream property, built their home from the ground-up, and now spend each day grateful just to be living and working in their dream location with their two English Mastiffs, Pearl and Edna. She frequently comments on how she, "Can't help but giggle on my way to work each morning." Welcome (back) to your second home, Bobbi!