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.

Board of Directors

Nancy Hagen, President, has a degree in music from Indiana University, and masters in oboe performance from Northwestern University, and is a CPA. Nancy has taught piano and oboe. She serves as principal oboist for the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, and performs as a professional pianist and oboist with ensembles in concerts and church services. She has worked as an accountant for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Global Missions division, a large Chicago law firm, and has volunteered as a camp counselor for St. Thomas Hospice at its Tommy’s Kids camp for kids who have lost a family member, served as host mom for children visiting the US without their parents to receive surgery in Chicago through Healing the Children, and helped found and volunteers at Hope’s Front Door which connects people needing assistance with resources for jobs, healthcare and housing in DuPage County. Nancy is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale.

Andy Tecson, Vice President, 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 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, 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 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 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.

Katy Clarke runs Edgewood Farm Organics, a community supported agriculture endeavor which provides MOSA certified organic vegetables.

Sr. Glenna Czachor, 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.