About

Glen Hagen

The camp is named after Glen Hagen, Nancy Hagen’s late father, who was born on a farm and who was constantly lending a helping hand to organizations and individuals in need his entire life. After his mother died when he was four years old, Glen’s family moved to Chicago, where he attended high school before serving in World War II. He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth. He was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, and participated in numerous civic organizations.

Charitable Status

glenhagen farm retreat is an Illinois not for profit corporation and is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code so that donations are tax exempt.

Executive Director

Julie Portillo

Julie has a degree in Sociology from North Park University and a Master’s in Christian Formation with an emphasis in Camping Ministry and a Certificate in Intercultural Studies. She has six years of experience in Youth Ministry along with four summers serving on a camp staff.  Julie is most excited to help groups of all ages and backgrounds experience creation through exploration, hands on experiences, and team building activities.  Her passion resides in her desire to give people the time and space to unplug from all the distractions that life throws at them; to just unwind and enjoy the beauty of creation and the presence of the community that surrounds them.

Board of Directors

Nancy Hagen, President

Nancy has degrees in music and accounting from Indiana University and Northwestern University.  She performs as a pianist and oboist with ensembles throughout the Chicago area.  She was assistant director for finance for Global Mission in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Her volunteer activities include experience as camp counselor for St. Thomas Tommy’s Kids grief camp for kids,  hosting children who came to the U.S. to receive surgery in Chicago hospitals through Healing the Children., and counseling clients at  Hope’s Front Door which connects people in need of immediate assistance with available programs and resources.  Nancy is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale.

Andy Tecson, Vice President

Andy is an attorney who is president of Chuhak & Tecson, a Chicago law firm. He represents not for profit entities in healthcare and higher education, churches and faith based organizations, and lending institutions, and closely held businesses in wide array of industries. He has served on the boards of approximately 10 not for profit organizations, and leads the ChurchJazz Band, which provides liturgical jazz to worshipping communities (see churchjazz.com). Andy is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale.

Kent Bickett

Kent is a third generation farmer who runs an extensive farming operation, including the land adjacent to the camp. He is passionate about providing youth with a place where they can learn, grow and gain self-confidence. Kent is constantly exploring ways to advance sustainable agriculture, such as using non-GMO seed and planting cover crops as biological tools to enrich the soil. Kent serves on the Board of Directors of the local chapter of the Illinois Farm Bureau. He is a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton.

Ken Jandes, Treasurer

Ken is the Associate Dean of the American College of Education, and has a doctorate in education. He has also served as a math and science teacher, principal and superintendent for elementary schools in the Chicago area. He has participated extensively in Boy Scout activities during the time that both his sons grew up and attained Eagle Scout status. Ken is a member of St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Downers Grove.

Rick Pavon

Rick recently retired as a Lieutenant of the Chicago Police Department. Rick was responsible for a wide array of activities during his career, including supervision of forensic investigations and the crime lab, and supervision of tactical units. He received numerous awards for his service. Rick has a Master of Arts in Police Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an Adjunct Professor teaching criminal justice at St. Augustine College in Chicago, and is a guest lecturer in criminal investigation and forensic investigation at the University of Illinois – Chicago. Rick is bilingual English/Spanish.

Kevin Magro

Kevin is an Executive Vice President of the Clarke Group. He is a hunter and outdoorsman, and also is a founding member of a county chapter of Pheasants Forever. Kevin has participated in the Boy Scouts while his son was in that group.

Sr. Glenna Czachor

Sr. Glenna OSF is a Wheaton Franciscan Sister with more than 25 years experience in group facilitation and retreat leadership, specializing in prayer and worship, scripture study, and creative spirituality. While serving in a rural parish in Minnesota, she worked with youth in faith formation, sacramental preparation and Vacation Bible School. She holds a Masters of Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and is a graduate of the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction of Tucson, AZ.