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Board of Directors

The Clearwater Forest Board of Directors is comprised of 15 individuals, ten of which are nominated by the five governing bodies, and five additional board members are nominated by the Clearwater Board.

Governing Bodies:
Presbytery of Minnesota Valley
Presbytery of Northern Plains
Presbytery of Northern Waters
Synod of Lakes & Prairies
Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area

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president
presbytery of the twin cities area

Keith Beveridge

Keith has been coming to retreats and experiencing the beauty of Clearwater for almost 20 years. Both daughters attended Summer Camp. He has served on the board of several trade organizations. Keith is excited to see Clearwater grow and prosper into the future.

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vice president
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Mark Giese

Mark serves children, youth, and college students at First Presbyterian in Saint Cloud, MN. He brings years of youth ministry and his own experience as a camp counselor to the mission of Clearwater Forest. He brings a desire to build strong connections between camp and congregations. He is excited to help develop friendship and leadership skills, and to foster faith development and growth.

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treasurer
presbytery of northern waters

Paul Rigstad

Paul had his first Bible camp experience the summer he turned seven, and continued almost uninterrupted until he was into his twenties. Paul understands the value of a time away from the normal daily happenings where the focus can be on the spiritual, emotional and inspirational. He considers Clearwater to be a place that offers this kind of existence in a wonderful setting. Paul has had several chances to be involved at Clearwater and help young family and church friends find the Spirit that is at Clearwater. He is excited to give his best as a board member.

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at-large

Douglas Dent

Doug started leading groups at Clearwater 18 years ago. His kids attended camp and his wife is a former summer counselor. Doug is currently the Board secretary.

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presbytery of the twin cities area

Phyllis Hahn

Phyllis sent her children to camp, and now attends Grands Camp herself with her grandchildren. She brings a strong work ethic and desire to help staff be the best they can be.

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presbytery of minnesota valleys

Lenae Wordes

Even though Lenae has very little camping experience, she believes in the many benefits and life experiences Clearwater Forest has to offer each camper and guest. She brings the desire to share her communication skills and her love for youth to help Clearwater be a desired destination for campers and all guests.

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presbytery of northern waters

Robyn Weaver

Robyn grew up in a family committed to developing Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference centers. The congregation she serves values retreats at Clearwater and sending youth to summer camp. Robyn is pleased to serve so Clearwater may continue to provide opportunities for children and adults to come, enjoy the gift that Clearwater is for peace and reflection, and growth in faith and service.

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presbytery of northern plains

Maggie Sambo

Maggie has a long family tradition of attending camp at Clearwater Forest. Her mother was a camper/counselor, she was a camper and now her children are attending camp. Her perspective is a welcome addition to the Board.

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presbytery of the northern plains

Casey Chapman
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at-large

Andy Davis

Andy Davis is excited to serve on the board. He has a passion for Clearwater that stretches back to his son’s early years at the camp. Andy believes that camp and other forms of temporary Christian community will be increasingly important parts of our shared faith in the future. Andy wants to keep the 'fun' in Funds Development!

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presbytery of minnesota valleys

Jill Boeyink

Jill has been serving the children, youth and adults of First Presbyterian Church of
Willmar as their Christian Education Youth Ministries (CEYM) Director for the past
30 years. She brings with her a host of ideas, resources and knowledge pertaining
to education for children and youth. She is eager to learn the ins and outs of
everything that camp at Clearwater Forest has to offer. Jill has a strong desire to
find new and creative ways to connect with the churches in the Presbytery of
Minnesota Valleys and to help foster the long tradition of faith formation through
camps and retreats for all ages. Jill has served at Clearwater as a Chaplain,
volunteering where needed, and most recently has attended Grands Camp.

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synod of lakes and prairies

Sue Rutford
Sue Rutford is a long-time member of First Presbyterian in Stillwater, MN. She has served in many capacities in the Synod and Twin Cities Presbytery. Clearwater has a special place in the hearts of the whole Rutford family, from spouse Doug to children Ruth (Buller) and Will, who have many great memories of their time as campers and counselors. Sue is currently employed as a Product Owner at Infinite Campus, a K-12 software company, but 2024 is also going to be a retirement year!
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Jon Kirschhoffer

Jon has been coming to Clearwater for some 40 years as it's become one his favorite places in the world. Youth ministry brought him here. The beauty and transformative power of God's Woods and Waters keeps him coming back. Jon has led the sailing program for 27 years and served 2 terms on the board including service as board chair and capital campaign chair. He is excited to return to service on board supporting the ministry and future of Clearwater Forest.

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Gary Perkins

Gary is joining our Board as Finance Chair, having been on the Property Committee since 2021.  Gary and his family have had a cabin on Clearwater Lake for over 23 years and has been on the Clearwater Lake Conservancy Board for much of that time.  He worked with Clearwater Forest on their first conservation easement many years ago, has continued to be a strong supporter of Clearwater Forest, and has been an advocate to promote Clearwater Forest’s value to Clearwater Lake homeowners.  He has worked on the financial side of businesses his whole career and wants to use that expertise to support Clearwater. Gary and his wife Kirstin are members of Christ Presbyterian Church in the Twin Cities.  Gary has a passion to help ensure Clearwater Forest can be enjoyed by many future generations.


Reports
Click the following titles for a pdf of the reports:

2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2016 Finanicals
2014-2015 Financial Review