clearwater forest


director of facilities

Lance Baumann

Lance Baumann joined Clearwater Forest’s ministry in early 2016 as the maintenance manager with his expertise and experience in carpentry, plumbing and general construction. He is a native of Aitkin, MN where he lives with his wife and three teenagers. Lance is active in the community with 4-H, construction, volunteering, and more. His favorite thing about Clearwater: “I mostly enjoy meeting people and learning everybody’s stories.”

Staff - Tami Jacobs
director of operations and guest relations

Tami Jacobs

Tami Jacobs has been the kind voice on the other end of the line when you call the camp office since 2010. She keeps the retreat guests happy, the bills paid and everyone organized. Her favorite thing about Clearwater: “I love the peace and beauty that Clearwater offers to all that come here – I feel its a hidden gem.  I love seeing the change of seasons at camp and look forward to hearing the voices of the summer camp kids that bring camp alive!”

Doug Snaza
director of outreach and programs

Doug Snaza

Doug has a passion for working with young people. He spent five years working in youth ministry for churches in the Twin Cities. Before that, Doug spent nearly every summer of his life as Clearwater as a camper, counselor and eventually as Program Director. Doug believes Clearwater can be a safe place for anyone who visits or interacts with us; that it can be a trusted place to ask hard, important questions and explore one’s faith. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife Lucy and their newborn son Silas. In his free time he enjoys staying active, raising their family’s chickens and getting to the State Fair as many days as possible.

Clearwater Forest Staff: Shelley

Shelley Watson

Shelley joined our Clearwater staff as official hostess earlier this year. She moved into the gate house and loves living at camp, meeting new people and enjoying the wildlife! Shelley grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. When she is not spending time with family or busy hosting Clearwater guests, she likes to sew and paint watercolors.

Clearwater Forest Camp & Retreat Center