We are fortunate to have a talented, experienced team of professionals for administration, teaching, counseling and home care, as well as gifted volunteers, for each department of the ministry.

Administration

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

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.

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.

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.

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 my heart the Agape House and it is amazing to see Him working in and through this! I am also very active serving in my home church, helping to pull off larger impact events. So that and this position really complement each other! I am so excited to see what God has in store!”

Day Program/Teachers

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.

Jenifer Fanning, Teacher Assistant
Jenifer started out as an Army brat, travelling the world with her family and learning how to deal with consistent transition and many different lifestyles and cultures. As a single mother of one daughter, she learned to be very creative in order to raise, homeschool and support her daughter over the years. She acquired many skills during the various jobs she held. Jen became a CNA in 2013. And then she began serving with various local ministries, mentoring relationships the Lord brought into her path. In 2018, Jen went onto the mission field for a couple years. After continuing to work with troubled young women in other parts of the world, as well as walking through some rocky roads with her own daughter, Jen is back in the area and very excited to be serving young ladies locally again.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Teen House

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.

2020 – 2021 Resident Assistants: Hillary Jones, Meggan Graessle, Lily Oldenburger, Katrina Fonseca, Amber Napier and Daniel Rankin
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.  Our Head RA, Hillary, oversees the girls’ home, under the guidance of Pam Patterson.  We are also blessed to have dedicated Interns who also share their time and talents to support the teens in each home.