Staff

Our full-time staff is here to serve you!

 

Dave NesburgDave Nesburg, Executive Director

Dave is from Apple Valley, Minnesota.  He is married to Kristen.  Their kids, Meghan, Jonathan and Lindsay have been raised at Portage Lake since 1995, when Dave began his job here.  Dave & Kristen also have two grandsons, Calvin and Levi! Dave is into competitive mountain bike racing, road cycling, skiing, soccer and just about anything else he can do outdoors.  He is a huge Vikings fan and although he cheers for all Minnesota teams, he has become a Red Wings hockey fan during his Michigan years.  Dave is blessed by watching the Holy Spirit work in the lives of youth and adults at camp.
Contact Dave at dnesburg@portagelake.org

Beth Piccard, Associate Director

Beth grew up in Rockford Illinois, but is now proud to be a Michigander. She has worked at Portage Lake since graduating from North Park University in 2008 with a degree in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies. She and her husband Eric have two kids, Norah & Luke.  They love living at camp and raising their kids here. When Beth has free time (which is rare) she enjoys camping, baking cookies, swimming and biking.  Although she loves the small town life, Beth also loves getting to the big city for a shopping trip, especially to Target. She likes how every day at Portage Lake is an opportunity for campers to experience Christ in new and different ways.
Contact Beth at beth@portagelake.org

Peter Ek,  Program Director

Hailing from Galesburg, Illinois, Peter graduated from North Park University with a degree in Communication Arts in 2013. After spending his early years as a Family Camp One ‘lifer,’ Peter worked on summer staff from 2008-2014 before becoming full time. An avid cultivator of beards, Peter also enjoys watching and playing many team sports, board games, and wearing Crocs. Peter’s favorite things about Portage Lake include Canteen time, the old “three-pines” logo, and late night hang-outs in the Dining Hall.
Contact Peter at peter@portagelake.org

Luke Johnson, Marketing Director

Luke is married to Emma and is from Plymouth, Michigan. He graduated from Hope College in 2015. A life-long family camper, Luke worked on summer staff from 2010-2015 before becoming full time. He loves music (especially country) and being outside roller blading, biking, playing in the water, or just sitting around in his lawn chair with his wife and friends. Luke loves the community of Portage Lake and is excited to continue to serve year round!
Contact Luke at luke@portagelake.org

Kathy Smith, Office Manager

Kathy has worked at camp since 2001.  She likes to say, “Every day is a beautiful day at Portage Lake, in every season and all kinds of weather!”  She was raised in Detroit suburbia and has enjoyed living in the Manistee area since 1987.  She is married to Craig. They have two sons, one lives in North Carolina and the other lives with his family in Seattle. Kathy likes art quilting, cooking, entertaining and reading.
Contact Kathy at ksmith@portagelake.org

Randy Bennetts, Facilities ManagerRandy Bennets

Randy started working at PLCBC in March 2014. He and his wife Pam (of 42 years!) live in Wellston and have 3 sons. Randy and Pam also have six grandkids. Before working at camp Randy owned a construction company for 25 years. Randy loves camping and is a deacon at Faith Covenant Church in Manistee. His favorite thing since he’s starting working at camp has been being in a Godly atmosphere every day.

Nick Loubert, Intern

Nick’s bio is coming soon!

Luci Ohlman, Intern

Luci’s bio is coming soon!