DonSawyer-sExecutive Director

Don Sawyer

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Don began his career at Lake Yale back in 2003. He’s originally from Richmond, VA and loves listening to Contemporary Christian music and going to Contemporary Christian Concerts. He and his wife, Jane, are members of First Baptist Church Leesburg. His favorite verse is Romans 8:28

Fun Fact:

Among his many duties as Director, Don makes time to ensure that we get great music to all our events. He loves it!

Lisa-SummersDirector of Guest Serivces

Lisa Summers

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Lisa is a member of First Baptist Church of Umatilla and enjoys reading and hanging out with her friends. She has been on staff at Lake Yale since 2014 and is the go-to person if you want to book your group for a retreat or program! Her favorite verse of scripture is Hebrews 13:8.

Fun Fact:

Lisa does not like ANY hot drinks (But she loves Starbucks!)


JoelScouten-sDirector of Food Services

Joel Scouten

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Joel hails from Wellsburg, NY and attends Grace Chapel in Sanford with his wife and their two boys. His favorite activities are golf and hanging out with his family. Joel’s favorite verse of scripture is Isaiah 6:3

Fun Fact:

Joel LOVES Chinese and Vietnamese food!


Director of Housekeeping/Laundry

Monica Cook

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A Umatilla, FL native, Monica attends Sandy Acres Baptist Church and loves swimming and being in the great outdoors. Her favorite verse of scripture is John 3:16.

Fun Fact:

If you look really close, you can see Monica’s eyes are closed in this picture.:)


LanceGraham-sDirector of Operations

Lance Graham

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Lance has served at Lake Yale since 1995. His favorite verse of scripture is 1 Corinthians 15:58 and he is in the praise band at First Baptist Church of Umatilla.

Fun Fact:

You won’t be surprised to find out that Lance is from Memphis, TN when you hear him play his Banjo!


SavannahParvu-sDirector of Accounting

Savannah Parvu

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Savannah attends First Baptist Church of Umatilla and enjoys writing and scrapbooking. She has been on staff since 2011 and has served in various positions here. Her favorite verse of scripture is Romans 12:2.

Fun Fact:

Savannah is a sought-after speaker, championing the effort to educate the public on the horrors of human trafficking.


JaneSawyer-sVolunteer Coordinator

Jane Sawyer

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Jane has been on staff since 2004 and is instrumental in directing the vast volunteer staff that helps to keep Lake Yale beautiful. She attends the First Baptist Church of Leesburg and enjoys playing guitar, mandolin and sports. Jane is originally from Richmond, VA and her favorite verse is Romans 5:2-5.

Fun Fact:

Jane grew up about an hour from the Atlantic Ocean, but saw the Pacific Ocean first!


Director of Development

Jeff Yant

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Jeff and his family are members of Grand Island Baptist Church and he can often be seen herding his many children around property.  His favorite verse of scripture is 1 Peter 2:9-10 and he enjoys fishing, sports, and games with friends.

Fun Fact:

Jeff has co-hosted a weekly podcast that discusses topics concerning the faith and the church.

More V.I.P.’s on Staff

Our staff members are the keys to our success. Housekeeping, Food Service, Maintenance, Media and Set-up and Volunteers all work hard to ensure that your time at Lake Yale is pleasant and memorable. While you’re here, if you see one of these key staff members, be sure to thank them for all their hard, often behind the scenes, work that makes everything run smoothly!

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