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Dave 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.
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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.
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Peter Ek, Interim Associate 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.
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Nick Loubert, Interim Program Director
Nick is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He grew up attending Thornapple Covenant Church and went to Forest Hills Central High School. Last May, he graduated from Hope College with a Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Nick enjoy most competitive sports, although hockey is his favorite. A die hard Red Wings fan, Nick is also very into the TV show Survivor. Nick loves working at camp, and having the opportunity to work to grow and deepen the Kingdom.
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Eric grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Mathematics. He is married to Beth and has two kids, Norah and Luke. He loves the camp community and really enjoys working to help Camp be a place for families and kids to grow closer to the Lord. God has blessed him in countless ways as he and his family are thankful to live and work at such a special place.
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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!
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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.
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Randy Bennetts, Facilities Manager
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.
Amanda Harju-Mason, Head Cook
Born and raised in Kaleva, Michigan. Amanda has lived in northern Michigan her whole life, except for three years in Arizona. She has a daughter, Naomi, who is 20. Amanda also works at KND Schools, where she has been an employee for almost 20 years. Amanda enjoys fishing, reading, entertaining and of course cooking and baking. Her favorite part of working at camp is serving God by serving others – taking away the everyday tasks of grocery shopping, planning meals, cooking and clean up – so they can completely focus on God and their families.
Zack Young, Maintenance Intern
Zachary Young is from Whitehall, Michigan. Zack grew up attending Fruitland Evangelical Covenant Church. Zachary graduated from Whitehall High School in 2015. In 2014 Zack enlisted with the Army National Guard and has served proudly for the last 4 years. He is also a life-long camper who started attending retreats in 2003 and most recently worked on summer staff in 2017 as a counselor and ropes facilitator. Zack’s favorite hobbies are hunting and fishing, rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking. Zack’s favorite part about working at camp is watching the campers learn about themselves as they grow deep in their faith.
Esther Poirier, Housekeeper