Staff & Board of Directors

Walcamp Staff

Pastor Steve Geske
(815) 784-5141 ext 20

Pastor Steve started as Interim Executive Director in April 2013 and was installed as Executive Director in November. He and his wife Cathie have four children, four parakeets, 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 11

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. 

Ranelle Palmer
Director of Guest Services
(815) 784-5141 ext 14

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.

Cameron Harms
Director of Programming
(815) 784-5141 ext 12

Cameron has worked at Walcamp as a summer camp counselor since 2007 and as the Director of Programming since 2010.  Cameron (his camp name is “Krazy”) graduated from Concordia Chicago with a degree in Communications and Theater and loves camp songs, cook-outs, and Star Trek.  Cameron is proudly from Red Bud IL, and his favorite part of working at Walcamp is working with the summer staff and sharing God’s love with special needs campers.

Verne Schultz
Director of Outdoor Education
(815) 784-5141 ext 25

Verne first visited Walcamp in 8th grade when Immanuel Dundee came for Outdoor Education.  Walcamp was not very old then!  Many years passed and Verne started helping a group from Immanuel Crystal Lake with the Fall Festival.  He also started helping his wife, Bonnie, when she brought her sixth grade class from Immanuel Crystal Lake for Outdoor Education.  Then in 2007 he became an Outdoor Education instructor.  Since then Verne went back to school at Judson University to receive his teaching certification.  His camp name is Turtle.

Jennifer Nienaber
Administrative Assistant
(815) 784-5141 ext 26

Jennifer started working at Walcamp in 2013.  She lives in Sycamore with her husband and their two teenage boys.  Jennifer enjoys traveling with her family, watching her boys play sports and volunteering at school.

Judi Beach
(815) 784-5141 ext 13

Judi started working with Walcamp last April.  She resides in Genoa with her three sons and enjoys the great outdoors with camping, hiking, biking & skiing.


Board of Directors 

Sean Hoyer

Marty Viets
Vice President

Audrey Konrad

Chris Schnackel

Michael Allen
Board Member

Jill Novacek
Board Member