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Staff

General inquiries about Clearwater Forest, rentals, and more can be sent to office@clearwaterforest.org or call 218-678-2325 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are interested in making a contribution (of dollars, time, or used goods) please reach out to us at donate@clearwaterforest.org.

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Executive Director

Erin Anderson

Erin grew up in Wisconsin and Iowa, following her dad’s job as a pastor. She graduated from Emmetsburg (IA) High School and, eventually, from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she studied English, education, and music (piano performance). Erin has also continued her education by earning her administrative license, taking courses at Luther Seminary (including this fall 2023 as part of a Leadership and Innovative Ministries program), and a graduate program in Nonpforit Management (in progress).

Erin's career has encompassed teaching (middle school language arts, high school college-level CIS and writing), running her own piano studio, and school administration (Assitant Principal and Assistant Director respectively).

Within the last couple of years, Erin has felt called out of the realm of education and into ministry. She is currently completing graduate courses in nonprofit management and is hoping to start seminary part-time this fall as part of a Leadership and Innovative Ministries program at Luther Seminary. She is passionate about the mission of Clearwater Forest and looking forward to dreaming up an exciting future with the whole Clearwater community!

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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.

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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.”

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hostess

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.

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Office Administrator

Emma Pratt
Emma Pratt joined Clearwater Forest's ministry in 2022. Emma is from the Crosby/Deerwood area and even graduated from Crosby High School and then attended Central Lakes College. Today Emma still resides in Deerwood with her spouse and three boys.  She loves spending time with her family, as well as baking, gardening, and walking the trails near her home and around the area.  Emma share with us that "Clearwater has a great work atmosphere and it's been so great meeting all the people that have been coming to Clearwater for so many years."
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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.

Angela Fay

Interim Program Director

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Angie Fay joined Clearwater Forest's ministry in Spring 2022 as the Interim Director of Programs. She has several years of teaching experience including serving as a literacy consultant for an area education agency.  Angie has worked with troubled teens and at-risk students, as well as educators at various levels.  Angie holds a doctorate in education. 

Angie is from Dubuque, Iowa, but grew up in Ruthven, IA (near Spencer), and spent summers at Camp Lakota first as a camper for many years, then a CIT counselor in training, and then staff for five summers. 

Angie shared with us that "when my daughters became CITs and then counselors at their respective camps, I was spending my summers at home alone.  It was then I decided, “If they can go to camp, then I can go back to camp as well.”  My younger daughter is still a counselor at Camp Sacajawea in Boone, Iowa.  I am thrilled to be the director of programs at Clearwater Forest.   I love spending my summer outdoors and I have become very fond of the loon cry at night."

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hostess

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.

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hostess

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.


employment Opportunities

Current Openings:

We are looking for a few great people to assist with the housekeeping and kitchen departments. These positions are part-time, 15-20 hrs per week for housekeeping, and varied hours for kitchen staff.

Summer Employment