Pam Patterson, Founder & CEO
Pam has a BS Degree in Family Services and 35 years of experience working with teens who are hurting. Pam and her husband Ben have been foster parents to almost 100 children in their home. In 1997, God called them to begin a home for healing and they opened the doors to Agape House. In 2007, they opened the Agape School. Today, Pam is the founder and CEO of Agape House which has grown to include homes and schools for teen boys and girls, a transitional living home for young women, and a Counseling Center. Pam and Ben have 10 children and 14 grandchildren. Pam’s first love is the Lord, followed by her family, and helping others find hope and healing in Christ.
Kym Bachtell, Executive Director
Working with Agape House since 2015, Kym has had a lifelong passion to empower youth. Coming alongside the teens uniquely to see who God has created them to be. Kym’s heart’s desire is to see each one walk towards their destiny in victory. Kym comes to us with a degree in Human Services. Married since 1999, Tony and Kym have 3 children. Together, they enjoy motorcycling, kayaking, family time and low-key evenings by a fire.
Jan Baker, Director of Administration/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.
Christen Gibson, Administrative Assistant
Christen has always had a heart for helping others. She was a massage therapist before having children when the Lord led her to be a stay at home mom with her 4 children, for 12 years. The Lord pressed upon her heart the Agape House and it is amazing to see Him working in and through this! She is very active serving in her home church and in her community. She is so excited to see what God has in store for her here!
Jackie Muscia, Office Assistant
Jackie has been a CNA for 24 years. She has worked in several different types of medical settings over the last years. She uses her empathy and compassion to help others find comfort. Growing up, Jackie enjoyed helping her family with multiple children that they fostered throughout the years. She has been married to Paul for 22 yrs. and has 2 beautiful children who are 18 and 21, as well as 3 dogs, 1 cat and a bird.
Jodi Moore, Bookkeeper
Jodi came to Agape House at a time when she had an opportunity for change and the bookkeeping position just opened up (God’s timing!). Her experience as an office manager and director at a faith-based child care center gave Jodi the qualifications to fill this position. We are blessed to have her doing this detailed job! In her spare time, Jodi loves spending time with her grandchildren (and children sometimes), as well as reading and baking.
Hannah Filipiak, Teacher
After teaching orchestra, piano, and music theory at Beloit Memorial High School for seven years, God led Hannah to teach at Agape School. She considers herself an “all-around nerd,” enjoying learning and teaching many subjects. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in counseling and shadowed Bonilee at the Agape Counseling Center as a counseling intern before taking the teaching position. When not at school, Hannah enjoys exercise (especially crossfit and running), baking/cooking, hanging out at local coffee shops, and investing in relationships while walking alongside people as they pursue God.
Colleen Bauer, Teacher Assistant
Colleen recently joined our team after confirmation from the Lord towards a new career path. She holds a cosmetology license for the past 22 years, has worked with special needs organizations, and has worked in a multitude of youth ministries. Colleen currently attends Southern Lakes Evangelical Free Church with her family of 6 where she is very involved there. She can’t wait to use the experiences God has guided her through in life for her new journey with Agape House.
Bonilee Maclay, Administrative Director of Counseling/Biblical Counselor
Bonilee has been involved in ministry for many years; however, it was her rebellious years that led her to a deeper understanding of God’s grace and saving power. As a mother of 4 grown children, she has earned her degree in Psychology from Columbia University of Missouri. Certified as a Biblical Counselor with F.I.T., she is presently seeking her Pastoral Counseling Degree. Bonilee has a passion for restoring families.
Meggan Lazzaroni, Counselor
Meggan recently graduated with her master’s degree in social work from George Williams College in Williams Bay. Previously, she graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BA in Sociology. God led her on a path of helping others with addictions and mental health. Meggan goes to Lakeland Church in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where she led Celebrate Recovery, a program provided to invite God into breaking chains and strongholds. The more she follows God’s lead the more her mission becomes clear: help other’s find God’s hand in their struggles and help them become who God calls them to be. God called Meggan to Agape House where she interned as a residential assistant for two school years. She recently got married and is elated to be in covenant with her husband. She is happy to take another step forward into a Christian Life.
Caitlin Savino, Counselor
As a young teenager, God put a desire on Caitlin’s heart to help girls find freedom. In 2016 she joined the staff at Agape House and loves helping our teens see a bigger vision for their lives! She also has her EMT training, has studied photography, worked in prison ministry and has a Signature Leadership Certificate from Bellhaven University. Caitlin enjoys sunshine, warm weather, baking and making healthy food taste good.
Angela and Michael McIntosh, House Parents for Boys’ Home
Angela and Michael came on board at Agape House in 2020. After graduating from TBC with a Biblical Studies Major, they worked in a variety of ministry positions over the course of 20 years. Angela has a heart for young people and is looking forward to ministering at Agape House. She has raised and homeschooled three children and is currently the Children’s Pastor at Lighthouse Church in Walworth. Michael has a heart to see the lost saved and young people reach their destiny in Christ. He is looking forward to working with the young men at Agape House.
Sherry Valdez Cruz, House Parent for Girls’ Home
God has guided and prepared Sherry for the next step in her journey and fulfilling her life’s purpose as the House Parent at Agape House. She as been blessed with 4 children and 11 grandchildren. Having served the Lord at her church in the children’s ministries, Sherry has realized her calling in working with and guiding children through life to Christ.
2021 – 2022 Resident Assistants: Elaine Koker, Alyssa Nelson, Natalie Church Birkholz, Daniel Rankin and Jack Grajek
Resident Assistants are invaluable as they connect with the residents on a personal level, during their unstructured times of the day/week, 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 teens in each home.