Our Staff - Agape House Heals

We are fortunate to have a talented, experienced team of professional teachers and gifted volunteers for each ministry program.

Administration

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Pam Patterson, Executive Director

Pam has a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Services and 25 years of experience working with teens in distress.

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Jan Baker, Office Manager

Jan began working at Agape House as the School Receptionist in 2007 when the school opened. Having been very involved in the development of the overall operation of the ministry, she is now the “go-to” person, and enjoys every moment! Jan graduated from GTC as Administrative Assistant in 1993, and has worked in this position in a variety of fields prior to coming to Agape.

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Debby Vanderstappen, School Secretary

Debby has an extensive background in customer service and the hospitality industry. She became woven into the Agape family while taking a counseling class at the Agape Counseling Center. Debby enjoys serving and encouraging others.

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Liz Pieters, Bookkeeper

Liz Pieters has been involved with Agape House since it was formed, in many capacities – from being a volunteer driver on a weekly basis, to a staff at the original Teen Home and the Transitional Living Home, to a Board member, to receptionist at the Agape School, to Office Manager, and now Bookkeeper.  For a number of years, Liz and her husband also served as foster parents. Liz currently serves as Youth Group leader in her church.

Teachers

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Dee Jones, School Administrator 

Dee taught in the Harvard Public Schools, at Woodstock Christian School, and at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Sycamore, Ill. She was the principal/administrator of Woodstock Christian School. Dee enjoys mission trips with junior high and high school students, and has been on trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, Zambia and Israel. Dee received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater majoring in Education and minoring in Spanish.

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Tina Dillman, Teacher’s Assistant

Tina graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Elementary Education. She taught all levels of elementary school at Faith Christian as well as Bible studies, Awana courses and Sunday school.

Counselors

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Christa Dame, Counselor

As a teenager, Christa loved going on mission trips. With experience as a mentor for a ministry with teenagers and young women, Christa went on to earn a Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Trinity Intn’l. Christa resides in Lake Geneva with her husband and 3 children.

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Jessica Young, Counseling Center Staff / Life Coach  

Jessica has a Master’s of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmond Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin.  She completed her internship working with teenage girls and adult women with eating disorders, addictions and mood disorders.  Jessica has since worked in a variety of settings, including community based counseling, private practice and inpatient mental health treatment.  She feels especially called to do marital and couples counseling.

Teen House

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Pauline Loayza, House Manager 

Pauline has worked at Agape House since 2014 and has a rich history working with children. She is thankful to be working for the organization that provided her own family with support during a difficult time.

Resident Assistants typically serve one-year terms. Each RA connects with the residents on a personal level, helping to guide them in their healing and growth. We are also blessed to have dedicated Interns who also share their time and talents to support the girls in the home.

2016-2017 Resident Assistants: Sarah Goldman, Caitlyn Savino

2016-2017 Interns: Michele Hall, Nicole Saldivar

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