Meet Your Lake of the Ozarks’ Vacation Rental Team

Russell Burdette


Russell and his wife Tammy are the proud owners of Your Lake Vacation. They have lived here at the Lake of the Ozarks for over 40 years and love the small town feel with larger town amenities. Both graduated from School of the Osage (a few years back) and attend church at Calvary Lake Ozark. They have five children, Justin, Erin, Eli, Zechariah and Eden and one grandchild, Bella.

During his professional career, Russell has managed a number of Lake Area businesses, including Miner Mikes Adventure Zone and Music 4 Less where he was a district manager over Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. In January of 2004, he took a position as the marketing director for Al Elam Real Estate and Property Management. By April of 2004, he had become the assistant manager of the property management company in addition to his marketing duties. In 2005 he was promoted to manager of the property management company and obtained his real estate license. In 2008 he and his wife purchased the property management company. He then obtained his broker’s license and rebranded the company as Your Lake Vacation. After expanding and moving twice, YLV was able to purchase the building they were renting and now have a permanent home in the heart of Osage Beach. He strives to run the company in a family-friendly manner but also as a professional vacation rental management company. His vast knowledge is put to use each day by assisting people looking to purchase a rental property, helping Realtors evaluate potential rental properties and by helping current property owners on YLV maximize their potential with their existing properties.

Russell has spent the last 10 plus years coaching his sons’ various soccer, flag football, basketball, and baseball teams. He loves worth with youth sports programs and playing softball in the summer. In addition he loves reading, listening to music and teaching the bible at the local jail each week. Russell also sits on the board of directors for the Tri-County Lodging Association as the Vice Chairman (TCLA is tasked with a $1.5 million dollar budget to market the Lake of the Ozarks to tourists), the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau representing Lodging establishments, the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Council (marketing arm for the 14 area golf courses), is president of Freedom Through Christ Ministries in Camdenton, MO (a Christian transitional housing program helping men who have come out of jail or prison to get back on their feet and become productive members of society again) and he is an elder and sits on the board of directors of Calvary Lake Ozark, a local non-denomination church where he has been a member since 2001. A die-hard Yankees and Cardinals fan he is looking for championships numbers 28 and 12 respectively!

Lisa Porter

Office & Accounting Manager, Interior Design, Real Estate Sales

Lisa is as close to being a native of the Lake as you can get these days. Born in Grandview, MO she moved to the lake at the age of three when her parents moved back to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1970 by returning to their hometown. She has seen a lot of change in the community over the years and loves the scenery from the beautiful sunsets and lake views to the natural beauty of our landscapes and state parks. After graduating high school she went to work for a real estate title company for 11 years and then moved into real estate development & construction for nine years before joining Your Lake Vacation in 2009.

Lisa brings her invaluable talents to the YLV team. Her vast experience in the Real Estate industry culminated with her becoming a licensed agent in 2016. While handling the accounting department and running the office, she also provides our property owners with her more than 20 years of interior design expertise, “I really enjoy when I can design homes and condos to fit my client’s needs within their budget. It is a challenge to me to get the most bang for the buck when designing. My motto is; Small Change, Big Difference.” Lisa also operates her side business “First Impressions Staging and Design Company” which allows her to help the YLV owners improve their rentals through updates and remodels as well as helping those wanting to sell their properties through professional staging.

While Lisa loves her career, shopping & travelling, family is her passion. With four grown children (most of them out of college or working) and the light of her life, grandson Grehyor, she spends as much time as possible with them. If you visit our offices there is a good chance that you many run into Benjamin, Rachel, Brittney or Amanda as they stop in for a visit or to take mom to lunch. Lisa’s husband Patrick is also the Your Lake Vacation Sales/Reservations Manager. Lisa and her husband attend Calvary Lake Ozark and together they head up the Bread Ministry (the local Panera Bread company donates leftover bread and pastries to local churches for distribution).

Patrick Porter

Sales & Reservations Manager/Golf Guru

Pat was born in Peoria, Illinois and lived in various locations mostly in Missouri and Illinois before settling in Licking, Mo. He attended Central Missouri State University at the same time that Russell Burdette although they didn’t know each other then but probably passed each other on campus. After college, Pat went to work for Wal-Mart and moved up the ranks to Assistant Store Manager (including being honored with the Wal-Mart “Rising Star Award”) before joining the YLV team as our Sales & Reservations Manager in 2015. (Disclaimer; Pat had been working part-time in sales, reservations, property pre-checks, web support and marketing for YLV since 2010)

Pat loves the friendly and inviting people that inhabit the Lake Area along with the Lake itself and the different seasons that alter the look on a daily basis. Music, watching Cardinals baseball, church, traveling with family and watching his grandson Greyhor grow are all things that he loves to do when away from work. Our guests love working with Patrick due to his vast knowledge of our properties and his more than 20 years of living at the Lake. He can answer almost any question that a guest can think of or throw at him. Pat is married to Lisa and they have four children and one grandson.

Steve Peer

Assistant Office Manager/Reservations

Steve is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and moved to the Lake when his parents a little over 10 years ago. He loves his church (Calvary Lake Ozark), his friends, the people at the Lake and the fact that there are four seasons in Missouri as opposed to one season in Arizona (hot). In his spare time Steve loves to hang out with friends, race his R/C car and he loves computers.

Previously Steve has owned his own business, worked as a medical lab technician and as a detention center officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. He received a lifesaving award while working in the jail for saving an inmates life by performing CPR for 45 minutes until help could arrive.

Our guests love Steve because he is fun, friendly and always willing to help them. His passion is his dog (Daisy) and (we will forgive him for this one) the Arizona Diamond Backs.

Eli Burdette

Reservations/Media Assistant

Eli Burdette enjoys life among “the friendliest bunch of misfits you’ll ever find”, a.k.a. The Lake Area Locals. He has lived in the area since birth, and nothing makes him happier than running into a longtime friend while out and about!

Eli strives to help others achieve their dreams, and is seeking to accomplish that through media resources. He has been a Media Assistant at Your Lake Vacation since 2015 and has done freelance media for companies such as D&D Auto LLC, and organizations like Calvary Lake Ozark in the past.

He enjoys playing sports – he is a member of the Peers Softball team, and following them – he’s a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. Needless to say, 2016 was a good year for him!

He has a large family in the Lake Area, with parents Russell and Tammy, as well as siblings Zechariah, Eden, and Justin. His sister Erin recently moved to Florida, and he has several cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles in Missouri as well!

Abbey Wittrock


Abbey moved to the Lake of the Ozarks from Joplin in September of 2017 shortly after getting married to her husband Jonah who is from the Lake Area.  Abbey loves the Lake because there are a number of locally owned stores that offer locally grown fresh produce.  In her spare time she loves playing guitar, singing, arts and taking care of her pet tarantula “Velveteen”.  Abbey and Jonah are members of the Calvary Lake Ozark worship team.

Previously Abbey has worked as a church secretary, graphic designer, nanny, team member at Freddy’s and at a Bible Book store.  Her passion is to own her very own funeral home specializing in “earth friendly services” and offering impeccable support to the loved ones of the departed.

Our guests love working with Abbey because she is always doing her best to answer or find the answer to their many questions.

Jordan Wilson


Jordan Wilson was born and raised at the Lake, and he couldn’t be happier about it! He loves living in a community where people can come together and have a blast – regardless of their walk of life. He also enjoys the views, because as everyone knows, a Lake sunset is the best sunset!

Jordan has been a Pre-Checker at Your Lake Vacation since 2016, having also held jobs in the retail industry. He is driven by a strong desire to help others, in any way possible, and a love for accomplishment.

He is a four-time District Champ with the School of the Osage Tennis Team, and loves music – especially Classic Rock. He plays a little guitar in his free time, or whenever he is not spending time with his mother Rebecca, his father Casey, and his brother Dylan.

Emily Liebler


Emily Liebler moved to the Lake, and joined our staff, in 2016. She appreciates that a smaller town can still have so much to offer, and she loves the kind and caring people that can be found all throughout the Lake Area!

Emily spent four years traveling the world while she and her husband Michael worked on a cruise ship, visiting all seven continents before the age of twenty-five! She currently teaches in the Camdenton School District and works with the youth at Calvary Lake Ozark.

Emily loves helping our guests make the most of their vacations, and spends countless hours researching the very best things to do in the area. She is passionate about spreading joy to any and all that she comes in contact with!

She lives with her husband Michael and their Goldendoodle Amigo, as well as Michael’s younger brother Adam, whom the couple is helping to raise.