Leadership/Staff

Staff

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

Bill "Music Man" 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.  He is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Batavia 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.

Ben Konrad
Program Director
ProgramDirector@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.”

Chase Cain
Director of Development
Chase@Walcamp.org
(815) 784-5141 ext 120

Chase is the most recent member of the Walcamp team joining in October of 2020. Chase has worked in many different roles serving children and adults having developmental disabilities for over 15 years in the nonprofit sector. In 2014, she began learning about development and had the opportunity to serve as a Director at Goldie B. Floberg Center, Rockford University, YMCA of Rock River Valley and Barbara Olson Center of Hope. Chase is extremely passionate about special needs and is looking forward to working towards enhancing and expanding the opportunities for this population at Walcamp. Chase grew up on the Kishwaukee river and continues to spend each summer with her three children Dreyden, Elliette and Pearson on the river floating, fishing, and kayaking. In addition to spending time with her family Chase enjoys anything related to music and interior design.

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.

Lindsay "Ducky" Konrad
Outdoor Education
outdooreducation@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.

 

 

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).

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.

 

Rev. Jacob Heine
Board Member

Jacob is Pastor at Christ the Rock in Rockford, IL. 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 New York, Nebraska, and Tennessee. He is married to Theresa and they have two children: Hannah and Paige.

Judy Wierman
Board Member

Judy joined the Board in March of 2019 and has a passion for serving people.  Her career in Human Resources has spanned 25 years, including a year living and working in Asia.  She has been a Sunday School teacher for 17 years and most enjoys teaching middle school grades.  Judy received an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and is a Deaconess having graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Judy has two children, Michael and Rachael, and an “adopted” daughter Kayla who had two beautiful boys Zachary and Jackson.  She is a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Shorewood, IL. 

 

 
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