Staff

Our full-time staff is here to serve you!

Each member of our staff brings a unique set of skills and abilities to our ministry. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with our full-time staff members below, and contact us if you have any questions.

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 PiccardBeth 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 DirectorPeter Ek

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 DirectorLuke Johnson

Luke is married to Emma and is from Plymouth, Michigan. He graduated from Hope College in 2015. A lifetime 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

Linnea Anderson, InternLinnea Anderson

Linnea is from Hudsonville, Michigan and graduated from North Park University in 2016. She has been coming to camp her whole life, and  has been on summer staff since 2011. She will be one of the Program Assistants this summer! Linnea loves everything to do with dogs, her Swedish heritage, and will always be down for a boat ride or swim in Portage Lake!

Kathy Smith, Office ManagerKathy Smith

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.

Leah Bezara, Kitchen Manager

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Leah has been a PLCBC camper for as long as she can remember and has worked on summer staff since 2012. She is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and still lives there (when she is not up at camp working on the weekends!). Leah enjoys coaching gymnastics, exploring outdoors, and reading. Her favorite thing about camp is making long lasting relationships with the kids and families.

Libby Richert, Housekeeping

libsterLibby has been working at PLCBC since 2000, originally in the kitchen, and is now in her third year in housekeeping. She is married 32 years to Tom. They have three kids and three adorable grandsons! She loves Fair Trade Dark Chocolate bars, spending time with family, and refinishing antique furniture. Libby loves working where Jesus’ love and redemptive power is openly spoken daily, demonstrated to each other, and making a difference in people’s lives, and in the middle of God’s beauty in nature!