Meet the Team

Britt Swanson

Executive Director

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Britt is a South Dakota native who graduated from Northern State University in 2011. After graduating, Britt was a counselor at Lakeside and fell in love!  Britt met  Zach Swanson, now husband, that summer and married him at Lakeside in 2012.  Lakeside was the first place Britt experienced a loving, caring, accepting God. Since then Britt has dedicated their life to sharing that loving, caring, accepting God with as many people as possible.  Britt and Zach now have 3 children - Zaiden (8), Braxley (6), and Tayva (4) - as well as a loving dog named Stella.  Zach grew up going to family camp at Lakeside and has a special love for Lakeside. The whole Swanson family is a "Camp" family and excited to be serving such a powerful ministry. 

Brittney@lutheranlakeside.com

Gary Zeman "Ranger Z"

Property Manager

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Gary Lynn Zeman, affectionately known as 'Z', was born in 1955 to parents Ray and Marlys Zeman. He is the oldest of four, Gaylen, Glenda, and Greg. He met and married Sarah Lynn Peterson at Lutheran Lakeside Camp. Sarah is currently working at Lakes Plumbing and Heating, in Spirit Lake. The Zeman's have a dog named Pepper, she is a puggle.

'Z' enjoys camping and the outdoors. Sarah is a sewing, camping, reading, and interior design enthusiast! 'Z' has been a Boy Scout for the past 42 years. Gary and Sarah both have a passion for this place called "Lakeside!"

z@lutheranlakeside.com

Amy Ecklund

Program Director

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Amy grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Youth Programming and Camp Management and a minor in Adventure education. She has 14 years of camping experience, is an expert in environmental education, and has a strong ELCA upbringing. Before starting at Lakeside, Amy served as program director for over 5 years at another Lutheran summer camp in Washington state. 

Amy is passionate about developing relationships, hiking, traveling, anything outdoors, and bringing the joy of camp to everyone! 

programdirector@lutheranlakeside.com

Pam Gude

Office Manager

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Pam is a native of Storm Lake, Iowa and worked as a Medical Technologist for the last 35 years. She worked 11 years at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, 2 years at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls, and finished her last 22 years at Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer, Iowa. She recently retired and was looking for a part-time job when her path crossed with Lutheran Lakeside. The rest is history!

Pam has one grown son who is her whole world! He works for the Ramada Inn as a front desk clerk. Pam loves to run, especially running different 5k fun runs. She also enjoys gardening, travelling, and being with friends and family. Pam loves Lutheran Lakeside Camp and is so happy and honored to be a part of this wonderful family and ministry. God really does work in mysterious ways!

Pam@lutheranlakeside.com