Leadership & Staff

Walcamp Staff

Bill Indelli
Executive Director
Bill@WalCamp.org
(815) 784-5141 ext 111

Bill "Whoop!" Indelli is no stranger to Walcamp.  His kids attended summer camp and he has been part of Fall Festival Music for many years.  Bill officially joined the Walcamp Ministry in April of 2016 as the Site Operations Director.  In November of 2018 Bill transitioned into the Executive Director Role.  Bill brings 36 years in Leadership, Retail, Sales and Marketing to Walcamp.  His family are member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Charles where he serves on the Praise and Worship Team.  Bill is married to Jen and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.  In his downtime, he enjoys playing and recording music, camping and fishing.

Anna "Pearl" Reineke
Youth Ministry Director
Anna@Walcamp.org
(815) 784-5141 ext 110

Anna “Pearl” Reineke grew up in Antigo, WI and recently graduated from Concordia, St Paul in the spring of 2021. Most recently, she has been in Santa Rosa Beach, FL serving as a DCE in a congregation. Throughout her life, camp ministry has had a huge impact on her faith. She has spent time at her home camp, Camp Luther in Three Lakes, WI, as a camper, junior counselor, and summer staffer. She is passionate about facilitating outdoor ministry experiences for all people to continue to hear about and grow in the grace of God.

Lindsay "Ducky" Konrad
Education Ministry Director
Lindsay@Walcamp.org
(815) 784-5141 ext 125

Lindsay "Ducky" Konrad joined the Walcamp family in 2017.  Walcamp is Lindsay's fifth camp and she is excited about the opportunity to share her love of camp, nature and ministry.  She has 13 years of camp experience and has spent time as naturalist in a classroom setting and for the WI Dept. of Natural Resources.  In her free time Lindsay enjoys visiting zoos, national and state parks, museums and book stores with her husband Ben and her son "Simba."  She also enjoys reading young adult books, bird watching, swimming, playing games and exploring nature.  Lindsay's favorite part of camp is sharing the wonder of God's creation with others.

Ben Konrad
Ministry Support Director
Ben@WalCamp.org
(815) 784-5141 ext 112

Ben “Mufasa” Konrad served at Walcamp in various roles from 2000 to 2010, and he returned in 2017 to take on the Program Director role. Ben has a background in Education and Visual Communication and brings 14 years of full-time youth ministry experience to the team, having served at five camps and also in the classroom. Ben and his wife Lindsay spend their free time exploring zoos, national parks, museums and local bookstores with their son "Simba." Ben also plays guitar, reads children's literature, plays games, sketches, participates in NaNoWriMo - an annual novel writing challenge – and has self-published some of his creative works. Ben’s favorite part of camp is showing the wonders of God’s creation to others and sharing the love of Jesus with them. His favorite Bible verse is 1 John 1:1 “That which we have seen… we pass on to you.”

Ranelle Palmer
Director of Guest Services
Guestservices@Walcamp.org
(815) 784-5141 ext 114

Ranelle started working at Walcamp in 2008.  She and her husband live in Genoa with their daugheter. Ranelle loves nature, camping in her motor home, and cooking and spending quality time with her Grandson Jax.

 

Walcamp Leadership/Board of Directors 

To Contact our Board of Directors email: bod@walcamp.org

Rev. Bill Ryden
President

Bill is Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Shorewood, Il. He served on Walcamp’s summer staff from 1991-1994 and 1996. His wife, Kim is also a former summer staff member. Together they have 4 children. Bill has a BA degree from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI. with a major in Biblical Languages. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1998. Bill joined the Board of Directors in 2017. His desire is to be a faithful disciple and help others to become more like Jesus for a God-given impact on the world.

Jennifer Marler
Treasurer

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.

Beth Bierlein
Secretary

Beth is a middle school science teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Batavia, Illinois. She is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago and has served over 20 years in NID Lutheran Schools ranging from inner city to suburban locations.  She has a passion for youth, young adults, and their faith development.  Her love of Walcamp started when she went to outdoor education at Walcamp in sixth grade and has continued by sending her daughter to Walcamp for summer camp.  She is married to Jim and is a mom to Jon and Aliya(also known as the Junior Counselor Lilium).

Rev. Jacob Heine
Vice President

Jacob is Pastor at Faith in Topeka Kansas. He has seen his personal mission to help others grow in their faith life and lead others to be disciples who make disciples. He believes that when we see Christ in all things, Christ can be all things in our lives. Jacob holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and is finishing up his final two class and MAP for the Doctor of Ministry degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Prior to moving to Rockford, Jacob has served congregations in Illinois, New York, Nebraska, and Tennessee. He is married to Theresa and they have two children: Hannah and Paige.

Mark Giestlinger
Board Memeber

Mark was introduced to Walcamp by his parents while attending many Fall Festivals, and seeing his Mother volunteer as a teacher and chaperone in the Outdoor Education Program through St. Luke Lutheran School. He attended the program while a student there, and then had the opportunity to volunteer and teach this program himself for over 30 years at St. Luke Academy. He is passionate about, and feels called to share, God’s many gifts of nature with children and adults alike. He has shared, and continues to share his passion and the need for Walcamp, with his wife, two sons and many others ever since. Mark a self-employed General Contractor since 1983, appreciates the opportunity to serve on the board since 2019, and use his God given gifts in construction to assist in maintaining the Camp’s facilities for the future.

Bob Hoffmann 
Board Member

I am a layperson with nearly three decades of service to a mission congregation and school in Chicago. I believe my strengths are forming consensus during conflict but forging ahead when agreement may not be reached. I have lived and worked in minority neighborhoods for many years and have developed some sensitivity to the issues of these neighborhoods.  I am a lifelong Lutheran, my father was a Lutheran high school teacher and my grandfather was a Lutheran pastor. I imagine I would be described as doctrinally conservative with mission sensibilities. My particular interest is urban ministry. The population has stabilized but the Lutheran church has declined.  There is great opportunity to reach the lost right on our doorstep. Along with evangelizing, there is a need to create community inside of the city at large, which the Church is in the unique position to serve.

Vicki Fogle
Board Member

Vicki  recently joined the board the summer of 2021 She became familiar with Walcamp, first when long ago  her middle school children attended a weeklong school event to her home church of Trinity Lutheran Genoa using the camp’s overnight retreats for the youth, church picnics and planning meetings in the Thiel Center. Vicki is employed as a Senior Project Manager in Information Systems.  She looks forward to being the “new kid” on the board.

Kelley Schau
Board Member