Staff & Board of Directors

Walcamp Staff

Pastor Steve Geske
(815) 784-5141 ext 120

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 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. 

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.

Verne Schultz
Director of Outdoor Education
(815) 784-5141 ext 125

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 126

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.

Marcia Montoya
(815) 784-5141 ext 113

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.