Meet the Team

Brittney Swanson - Executive Director

Brittney is a South Dakota native where she graduated from Northern State University in 2011. After graduating she was a counselor at Lakeside and fell in love!  She met her husband (Zach Swanson) that summer and married him at Lakeside in 2012.  Lakeside was the first place Brittney experienced a loving, caring, accepting God. Since then Brittney has dedicated her life to sharing that loving, caring, accepting God with as many people as possible.  Prior to accepting the Executive Director Position at Lakeside, she served as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Fjeldberg Lutheran Church in Huxley, IA for 3 years.  Brittney and Zach now have 3 children - Zaiden (7), Braxley (5), and Tayva (3) - as well as a loving dog named Stella.  Zach grew up going to family camp here and also has a special love for Lakeside. The whole Swanson family is a "Camp" family and excited to be serving such a powerful ministry. 

Gary Zeman "Ranger Z" - Property Manager

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!"

Paige McGrath-Program Director

Paige, originally from Sergeant Bluff, IA, is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied music education and psychology. She enjoys crafting, painting, reading, finding new inspirational quotes, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She’s also a former camper, Day Camp Coordinator, and Intern at Lutheran Lakeside Camp. She found a home at Lakeside two summers ago. It’s where she fell in love with herself again, where she feels God’s presence more consistently and stronger than anywhere else. It’s for those reasons that Paige is so excited and humbled to take on the title of Program Director. She’s looking forward to continuing the treasured traditions as well as encouraging growth in campers, summer staff, and the programs here at camp. Most of all, she’s excited that she can more permanently call Lakeside home.

Pam Gude - Office Manager

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!

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2491 170th St. 

Spirit Lake IA 51360

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TEL: 712-336-2109   

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