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Team

It is not just the fresh air, scenery, and history that make the Lodge a destination. Meet the team that adds fun, joy, and adventure to the mix — and find out more about our core values. If you are interested in joining the Lodge team, check out the various benefits, and review the employee handbook.


Staff

Ashley Ahonen
Bill Alband

Hi, I'm Bill Alband. I am responsible for keeping the golf course in pristine shape for golfers and Lodge guests. My knowledge of the golf course runs deep, as I have a long history with the golf course at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge.

Hank Baron
Isaac Bennetts
Debbie Cadwell
Lucas Calhoun
Operations Lead

Lucas is honored to serve as the Operations Lead at the Lodge, ensuring the departments are working together, organizational values are consistently shared and practiced, and working to guide the organization’s long-term viability.

Combining over 20 years of K-12, higher education, and, food services experiences in Indiana, Maine, Maryland, and Alaska, Lucas is committed to living out and sharing the Lodge’s team values that lead to the main team values of fun, joyous, adventuresome. Additionally, he is always up for a conversation about the wonderful history and evolution of the Lodge!

Lucas is nothing without his faith, his stalwart wife Courtney, and his two amazing little ones, Hudson and Penelope.  You will find him in his happiest state on the trails on his MTB, hiking, and especially being outdoors with his family.

Will Canter
Chris Guibert

Hello Adventurers! Chris Guibert here – your in-house mountain bike fanatic.  I have a strong passion for all things outdoors. As the Lead of Outdoor Activities at the Mountain Lodge I want make sure you and your family have a great experience while staying and playing. I have a strong knowledge of the Copper Harbor Trail System and the local area so please feel free to ask me any questions about the trails, regional activities and local secrets.

I purchased my first mountain bike in 1988 while studying at the University of Arizona and like a kid in a candy store, mountain biking became the focus of my life.I worked in bike shops and then started a guide service, Arizona Off-Road Adventures, that offered day and week-long tours around the state of Arizona. The pinnacle of my guiding career was to lead a seventy five day tour down the Continental Divide Mountain Biking Route in 1998. In 2002 I received a degree in Professional Photography from Colorado Mountain College. Since then I have worked as a freelance photographer across the country. My work can be viewed at chrisguibert.com.

Karl Heikkila
Connie Hiltunen

Hi, my name is Connie. I am team leader of the housekeeping department at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. I was born and raised in Lake Linden Michigan and graduated from Lake Linden Hubbell High School class of 1965. I am married and have three children, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Monica Howard

Hi my name is Monica Howard. I am an Intern for the next 5 months here at Keweenaw. I am a college student at Everglades University and will graduate in August of 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Mgt.I’ve worked mostly in the food industry and I am hoping to become an Events Coordinator someday.  During my free time, I am a Twitch Streamer and enjoy playing video games and I also enjoy hiking out here too. I am a huge Disney Nerd as well. I do enjoy working so far here at the Lodge and can’t wait to learn

Ron Koski
Mike Miller
Martin Mueller

My name is Martin Mueller. I study mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University (Go Huskies!) for my bachelor degree. I am a member of the Huskies Pep Band (play alto saxophone as one of the many instruments), the Book Club (American Gods is one of my favorite books), and the Alley Workshop (a workspace for students to create). I enjoy running races, cross stitching, playing and listening to music (seven instruments I can play), and reading mystery stories. During my time working at the lodge, I clean dishes, expedite, make coffee (barista), do house keeping (recent), and maintain the golf course (recent).

Naya Mueller
Widad Mueller

Hi! My name is Widad. I am a chef, artisan, and watercolor artist. My interests are reflected in the food, gelato, and paintings that I create. I love to pairing flavors of food that are vibrant, yet provide a balanced feel in one’s mouth. I spend time in the Keweenaw, Kalamazoo, and Austin. I am married to John; we have two children, Martin and Naya.

Thomas Oliver

Since I was a child, nature, wildlife, and the outdoors have always been my deepest fascination - the intrinsic force which drives me. Those interests led me through, both, my career (in wildlife ecology/management and science education) and my preferred forms of recreation (hiking, backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, photography, hunting and fishing, and birding). Although, I was born and raised in the UP, these pursuits also provided me the opportunity to live overseas (in Europe and Asia) for 15 years, which greatly expanded my experience with the outdoors and outdoor recreation in different cultures. So, if you’re interested in anything related to the outdoors, stop by the Outdoor Activities Center (or catch me anywhere you may see me on the grounds) to chat about or get set up for your next outdoor adventure. 

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Gary Wurtz

Gary Wurtz moved to the yoop in 2010 an a 18 year old Northern Michigan University freshmen. Marquette was good to him. Now with a previously attained bachelor degree and experience working at golf courses across the Upper Peninsula he now works in his field of study at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. His year is split up with golf in the summer and Nordic skiing in the winter. Gary continues to look for new challenges and the role at KML fits right in with his search. When he is not golfing or skiing Gary enjoys nothing more than camping and waking up in the morning to a good cup of coffee under a tall White Pine. Throw in a loon call from a wilderness lake and he is in his happy place.


General Management

John Mueller
Interim General Manager

founder, investor, golfer, runner, professor, entrepreneurship

John is the interim general manager at the Lodge, and is heavily involved with the staff  as it relates to operations and strategy of the resort.

He is a professor at St. Edwards University, focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial finance). Previously, he has taught at Fresno State and Western Michigan University. He finished his PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville. He is a native of Austin, Texas, and has lived in many cool places around the world.

John has started several companies, and worked as an employee in others. Along with his professorship duties, works with Martin Mueller (son) on Pick'n Run and Widad Mueller (wife) on Rollin' Gelato.  He is the founder of Keweenaw Resort, LLC, which owns the Lodge.

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Owner, Keweenaw Resort, LLC

Keweenaw Resort, LLC was setup in August 2018 for the purchase of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, when it was bought off auction from the Keweenaw County (September 5, 2018).  The company is owned by John Mueller.

 


  • KML Team Page – Questionnaire [ for team members ]