Our Staff

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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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.

Teachers

Stacy Guanci, Teacher Assistant – Stacy Guanci, Teacher Assistant, worked in the big corporate environment for 20 years until Stacy was convicted by the Lord to change her career path in a major way…..this is what brought her to Agape House.  She has taught Bible studies as well as Awana and Vacation Bible school. As a woman who came to faith as an adult, Stacy understands a life lived without Jesus as Lord and Savior. She is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and fitness.

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Kym Bachtell, Director of Day Program

Kym graduated in 1999 from Gateway Technical College with a degree in Human Services.  She has devoted her career history to empowering women to be who God created them to be.  Kym began working at Agape in 2015.  Kym is married and has 3 children.  She enjoys crocheting, family and sharing God’s love.

Elaine West, Teacher

While in high school, Elaine began her career in teaching. She received her Education Degree at Lakeland College, and has a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She has over 30 years of experience working with children of all ages, including special needs and autism. As a mother of 3 children, and as an abuse survivor, she believes deeply in the power of ministry. Elaine keeps busy with friends and family and loves nature and gardening.  Putting good things out into the world, the good comes back to you.

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Rick Schiltz, Teacher 

Rick was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Rick received degrees in Physical Education and Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and taught these subjects in Waukegan and Beach Park. Rick is married and has 5 children and 5 grandchildren. Rick lives in Lake Geneva with my wife, Susan. His favorite hobby is gardening.

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Erin Stroud, Teacher Aide

Erin Stroudis a mom to four kids, one from Ethiopia. She helped her husband lead teen ministry for 20 years. She’s had training on connection in trauma and has a heart to see people healed in trauma, depression, anxiety and grief. Erin is a photographer and likes to bring art into giving people confidence to express themselves. She loves the outdoors and how it’s quieter to spend time with God there.

Counselors

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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.

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Terry Pritchett,  Counselor

Terry brings a wide array of experience to Agape House as counselor for the teen boys, fathers and couples. In addition to his private practice at Bridgelight Counseling, Terry and his wife, Debra, are marriage mentors at their local church, leading grief and divorce groups. His background includes 20 plus years of pastoring local churches, hospice chaplain and a military chaplain. As a blended family with 6 biological children, 1 adopted child, 9 grandchildren and 2 small Morkie dogs, they keep active. Terry’s passion is to help people find their path back to healthy and spiritual life through addressing their foundational beliefs in God.

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.

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2019 – 2020 Resident Assistants: Sarah Goldman, Caitlin Savino, Hillary Jones, Diane Frese, Megan Stair, and Daniel Rankin

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 teen in the home.