Staff & Board of Directors

Walcamp Staff

Pastor Steve Geske
(815) 784-5141 ext 120

Pastor Steve started at Walcamp in 2013. He and his wife Cathie have four children, three cats, a turtle, and Charlie the Beagle. He grew up in Itasca IL and has been a camper, counselor, and Summer Program Director at Walcamp.  He has founded and directed two different Summer Day Camps, one in Macon GA and one in Chicago.  He was on the Walcamp Board of Directors from 2001 to 2008, and has been pastor of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Macon GA, Messiah Lutheran Church in Chicago, and Vacancy Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc WI.  His camp name is “ThunderChicken” or T.C.  He enjoys the outdoors, boomeranging, Rubik’s cubes, chickens, and having fun with God’s people at Walcamp!

Kris Brown
Site Operations Director
(815) 784-5141 ext 111

Kris Brown started working at Walcamp in 2004.  She and her husband and her two children live in DeKalb.  Kris is originally from Park Ridge IL.  She enjoys her 3 dogs, camping, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her kids and family. 

Rebecca Schmiegelt
Director of Outdoor Education
(815) 784-5141 ext 125

Rebecca started working at Walcamp in 2014. She lives in Union, IL with her husband and four children. She has a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.A. in Teaching from Aurora University. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, camping, and spending time with her family. Becki’s camp name is “Sassy”.

Louis Blocker
Program Director
(815) 784-5141 ext 112

Louis “Crusoe” Blocker started working at Walcamp in 2014. He lives on-site with his wife Leah. Previous to coming to Walcamp he served as Ministry Impact for a year at Camp Lakeview in Southern Indiana and worked at Lutheran Island camp for four summers as everything from Counselor to Summer Program Director. He enjoys frisbee, baseball, reading, and anything camp related!

Ranelle Palmer
Director of Guest Services
(815) 784-5141 ext 114

Ranelle started working at Walcamp in 2008.  She and her husband live in Genoa with their two children. Ranelle loves nature, camping in her motor home, and cooking.

Marcia Montoya
(815) 784-5141 ext 113

Marcia started working at Walcamp in 2014. She lives in Sycamore with the youngest of her 5 daughters. She has 11 grandchildren. She enjoys crocheting, crafting, reading, birds, and animals.

Board of Directors 

Sean Hoyer

Marty Viets
Vice President

Audrey Konrad

Chris Schnackel

Michael Allen
Board Member

Jill Novacek
Board Member

Jennifer Marler
Board Member

Jennifer joined the Board in April of 2014 and serves as Treasurer.  Her ties to Walcamp began as a child, from which she has fond memories of attending camp and the annual Fall Festival.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bradley University, is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.   She resides in Chicago with her husband Tim and enjoys traveling, scrapbooking and is an avid baseball fan, especially when cheering on the Chicago White Sox.