Junior High & High School Teachers & Staff

Executive Director – Mr. Duane Vance was born into an Air Force/Naval family in Peru, Indiana. Through his early childhood, the family moved several times until settling in Jacksonville, Florida. Duane would become a graduate of Orange Park High School in Orange Park, Florida and then begin his studies at the University of North Florida during his college years. Here, he would meet his wife, Rebecca Ford Vance, and graduate with a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies in 2001. Duane and Rebecca would marry that same year. Rebecca has been an RN since 2001 and now serves as the healthcare coordinator for the La Grange Special Education School District.

Mr. Vance began his educational career at Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, Florida as the school’s lead Economics teacher in December 2001. He also taught Geography and Civics/American Government. Duane also coached men’s golf and baseball during his time at the high school. He was also very active in lay leadership in a new mission start on the east side of Jacksonville. There, he served as a council member for Victory Lutheran Church for three years. In the summer of 2005, he and Rebecca made the decision to move to the north side of Chicago to join family in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas. Shortly after his arrival and after joining Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Morton Grove, Mr. Vance was called on an emergency basis to teach grades 3-5 at Jerusalem Lutheran School and accepted. In 2007, he attained WELS Synod certification through Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. He taught grades 3-5 for 5 years before transitioning to grades 6-8. In 2013, Mr. Vance became the principal of the school. In 2016, he received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Martin Luther College. After 15 years of service to Jerusalem, he joined Illinois Lutheran Schools as the Executive Director in the summer of 2020. Mr. Vance also serves the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in a few different roles. He is a captain for the Synod’s accreditation body, known as WELSSA, where he makes usually three visits to schools a year throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan to evaluate ministries and help drive efforts toward school improvement. He also serves on the nomination committee for the Southeastern Wisconsin District for the synod.

Duane and Rebecca have two children. Sarah was born in 2003, and Nathan was born in 2006. The Vance’s feel tremendously privileged and blessed to be in service to ILS and the local congregations who support this educational ministry.

Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 119 – Email: dvance@ilhs.org


Senior Administrator, Junior High & High School Principal – Mr. Joe E. Archer is the Principal of Illinois Lutheran Junior High and High School. He has over 40 years of administration and teaching experience and began his current position at Illinois Lutheran High School in 1995. He has served as school system administrator and currently serves as Senior Administrator, as well as principal of the high school and junior high. Mr. Archer provides spiritual leadership and works closely with boards and committees to develop and implement programs and policies that are in keeping with the school’s strong Biblical foundations, goals, and objectives.

Mr. Archer says, “Our school provides a unique educational opportunity. We offer an academically challenging Pre-K through 12th grade curricula firmly founded in God’s Word. We strive to provide a family atmosphere where parents, teachers, and students work together as a community of learners to prepare for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities and grow in our faith. We stand ready to provide any additional information you may need about our program. Please feel free to contact us at any time.”

Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 105 – Email: jearcher@ilhs.org

Dean of Student Life – Mr. Phil Adickes was born in Fort Atkinson, WI. His family moved to Arizona in the late 70s when his dad was Called to Arizona Lutheran Academy. Mr. Adickes attended Phoenix College and also worked with a professional photographer during those years until he decided it was time for a change. He enrolled in Martin Luther College in 1993.

In 1997, Mr. Adickes was assigned to California Lutheran HS as a dorm supervisor for one year. Then in 1998 he was assigned as grades 6-8 teacher, Athletic Director, and Principal to Faith LS in Tacoma, WA. They spent 16 years there until 2014 when he accepted a Call to Zion in Denver. Mr. Adickes accepted the call to serve as the Dean of Students at Illinois Lutheran in 2018.

Mr. Adickes and his wife, Anne, have three children: Leah, Levi, and Grace. In his free time, he loves listening to music, being outside, working in the yard, riding his bike, skateboarding, playing basketball, and working on his 1978 Convertible Volkswagen Super Beetle. His favorite pastime is cheering on the Packers.

Mr. Adickes teaches Religion, Health and Math
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 121 – Email: padickes@ilhs.org


Dean of Academics – Miss Katty Van Alstine grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Martin Luther College in 2018 with a degree in Elementary Education and Secondary Mathematics Education. Miss Van Alstine teaches different levels of math classes in the high school. Before coming to ILHS, she taught math and was a dorm supervisor at Michigan Lutheran Seminary.

When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, Miss Van Alstine said, “I really enjoy creating relationships with students and connecting with their lives outside the classroom. It’s a cool opportunity to relate to students and show how you can live out your faith in daily life.”

Miss Van Alstine enjoys most every activity outside including hiking, running, hammocking, camping, rollerblading, etc. She also likes playing board games, traveling to new places, and practicing guitar.

Miss Van Alstine teaches Math
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 110 – Email: kvanalstine@ilhs.org


Dean of Spiritual Life – Mr. Tim Rimpel is a 1978 Graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. He holds a Masters of Social Sciences from Governor’s State University and a Masters of Arts in Religion from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. Mr. Rimpel has been teaching in Crete for over 35 years. He currently teaches Junior and Senior Religion. As Dean of Spiritual Life, Mr. Rimpel is responsible for all aspects of spiritual life and oversees all worship opportunities for our students.

Mr. Rimpel says, “Illinois Lutheran provides a Christ-centered education that promotes a Biblical mindset to live out what has been learned.”

Mr. Rimpel teaches Religion
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 107 – Email: trimpel@ilhs.org


Activities Director – Mr. Nathan Hinz is from Wisconsin and graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Mr. Hinz has been teaching at ILS since 2001. Currently he teaches 8th grade Language Arts and physical education for grades 7-12. He serves as the schools’ Activities Director. He is the head coach of the boys varsity basketball program.

When asked what he enjoys the most about teaching, he said, “Bringing the Gospel to people who may be hearing it for the first time and watching them grow in their connection to Christ.”

When Mr. Hinz is not at school he enjoys camping with his family in the tri-state area and playing golf whenever possible. Mr. Hinz and his wife, Ginger, have two children, Mollie, and Hannah, both graduates of ILHS.

Mr. Hinz teaches Language Arts and Physical Education
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 114 – Email: nhinz@ilhs.org


Mrs. Anne Adickes is married to Phil, the Dean of Students, and moved to Crete with her family in 2018. She’s taught grades 6-8 English Language Arts in several classrooms, in both private and public schools, over the last 22 years.  Along with teaching Language Arts and Religion here, she’s also the Children’s Ministry Director at Amazing Love Lutheran Church in Frankfort.

Anne grew up in Green Bay, WI, just two blocks from Lambeau Field. She’s a die-hard Packer fan who definitely enjoys the ribbing between Packers and Bears fans around here. She’s pretty much a sports fanatic and admits that she gets way too invested emotionally during almost all sporting events. Anne and Phil have three children – Leah, Levi, and Grace.  The family loves hanging out with their dogs, Lulu and Millie, and going to movies.

Mrs. Anne Adickes teaches Religion and Language Arts
Phone: 708.672.3262 – Email: aadickes@ilhs.org


Mrs. Rebecca Jahns grew up in Watertown, WI, and attended a Lutheran grade school and high school. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mrs. Jahns worked in sales management for several years before turning to MLC and the public teaching ministry.

Upon graduating, her short term assignments took her to Manitowoc Lutheran High School and St. Peter’s, Kekoskee, WI, before spending eleven years at Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac, WI. During that time she met her husband, Jim, and they are blessed to raise their two children: Eliza and Ethan. She then took a break from teaching to focus more on her family, during which time she worked in sales and marketing. Her passion in teaching includes training students in writing and speaking for school and work environments.

Mrs. Jahns teaches English and Drama
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 118 – Email: rjahns@ilhs.org


Mr. Jacob Lash was born and lived his whole life in Racine, WI. He is the oldest of three children of Brian and Kim Lash, who have both lived in the Racine/Kenosha area since childhood as well.

Mr. Lash graduated from Shoreland Lutheran High School in 2013 and immediately went to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN the following fall. After spending five years there, he graduated from Martin Luther College in the spring of 2018 with a double major in Secondary Mathematics Education and Elementary Education. Just a few hours after graduation, Mr. Lash received an assignment from the WELS assignment committee to teach high school and junior high math at ILS.

Mr. Lash began talking to and met his future wife Kelly in May of 2019. In October of 2020 he proposed and she said yes! They were married on July 17 of 2021.  Mrs. Lash is now working as the office manager of Zion Lutheran Church, just across from the high school that Mr. Lash teaches at. Mr. and Mrs. Lash love playing Cribbage and Sequence together as well as going for nice walks in the evenings.

Mr. Lash teaches Math
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 103 – Email: jlash@ilhs.org


Mr. Jeff Rick grew up in La Valle, WI, and he graduated from Martin Luther College in 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education and Secondary Social Studies Education. Mr. Rick teaches different levels of Social Studies classes at the junior high and high school, and he is the Public Relations Director at ILS. He also coaches seventh and eighth grade boys’ basketball at Illinois Lutheran Schools.

When asked what he enjoys most about teaching, Mr. Rick said, “I love seeing the ‘aha’ moments when students understand difficult topics and questions.”

Mr. Rick was married to his wife in July 2017. Mrs. Lisa Rick is a preschool teacher at Illinois Lutheran Elementary School. Mr. Rick enjoys playing and watching sports (mostly football and basketball). He also enjoys hiking and traveling with his family.

Mr. Rick teaches Social Studies, Computers and 8th Grade Homeroom
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 113 – Email: jrick@illinoislutheran.org


Miss Chloe Robbert grew up in Weyauwega, WI until June 2012 when her father took a call to serve as the pastor for King of Kings Lutheran Church in Wasilla, AK. In October of 2021, her family then returned to the Midwest when her father took a call to serve at St. John’s Lutheran in Goodhue, MN. She attended Luther Preparatory School for high school and graduated in 2018. She graduated from Martin Luther College in 2022 with a degree in Secondary Science Education.

Teaching at Illinois Lutheran is her first call out of Martin Luther College. She is very excited to be sharing her love for Christ and his creation with all her students. “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

Miss Robbert teaches Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and 7th Grade Homeroom
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 111 – Email: crobbert@ilhs.org


Miss Beth Schuppe is from Memphis, TN and graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in 1983. She has been teaching at Illinois Lutheran since the doors opened in 1987. Miss Schuppe teaches American History to 8th graders, World History to freshmen and World Geography for sophomores-seniors. Juniors and Seniors are able to choose from several electives She also coaches the ILHS Scholastic bowl team.

When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she said, “Being with the students. They bring such joy to my life. They are my family here in Crete. I love sharing with them how God directed history to further His plan of salvation because nobody explained that to me when I was younger.”

When away from school, she enjoys playing her guitar for fun, in school devotions and also in church services. She leads a ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church called Paws with a Purpose whose members visit residents at nursing homes with their dogs.

Miss Schuppe teaches History and Government
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 106 – Email: bschuppe@ilhs.org


Mr. Peter Shi was born and raised in China and is an only child. His Chinese name is Ziwen Shi. When he was 15 years old, God gave him the opportunity to come to the United States to study. He went to Michigan Lutheran Seminary in 2014 and started as a Sophomore, graduating in 2017. He attended Martin Luther College as a staff minister, but later decided that he wanted to be a teacher because he has always loved science and he wanted to help students to be successful. He graduated from MLC in 2022 and is looking forward to his first teaching Call and first classroom.
He believes that all students have the ability to do well in science, and he is willing to help them as much as possible. Mr. Shi said that “Learning science can show how powerful God is to put everything in order and no one else has the power and knowledge to create all these orders.”
When away from school, Mr. Shi enjoys video games, working out, traveling to new places, and playing the piano for fun.

Mr. Shi teaches Chemistry & Physics
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 126 – Email: pshi@ilhs.org


Mrs. Amanda Ventura is from Wisconsin and graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Mrs. Ventura teaches all levels of Spanish which includes Honors Spanish and AP Spanish. She also supervises the yearbook staff. She has been teaching at Illinois Lutheran since 2009. She earned her Illinois State Teaching License in 2014.

When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she said, “Helping students to converse in a foreign language and helping them to become more culturally aware”.

When Mrs. Ventura is not at school she enjoys playing with her children, watching movies, and gardening (which she learned to enjoy from her mother). Mrs. Ventura has three children: Luis Manuel, Angely and Mark.

Mrs. Ventura teaches Spanish
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 102 – Email: aventura@ilhs.org


Mr. Josiah Willitz is Wisconsin born, but grew up in Florida. He attended both Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN) and Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN), and holds degrees from both institutions. Mr. Willitz teaches Freshman and Sophomore Music, Study Skills, Junior High Music, and directs the Junior High Band, High School Band, and Concert Choir. He also directs Micahtam and Junior High Drama outside of the school day. Mr. Willitz has been teaching since 2012 and has taught at Illinois Lutheran since 2015.

When asked what he enjoys the most about teaching, he said, “I love helping my students to grow in the knowledge of their Savior, and in the many talents which their God has given to them. It’s a wonderful privilege to witness their development in both capacities.”

When Mr. Willitz is not at school he enjoys playing board games, watching movies, reading Shakespeare plays, and making music. Mr. Willitz and his wife, Anita, are the proud parents of two daughters.

Mr. Willitz teaches Music, Concert Choir and Band
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 108 – Email: jwillitz@ilhs.org


Pastor Kendall Cook
Trinity Lutheran Church
Phone: 708.672.8125 – Email: kcook@trintycrete.org

 

 

 


Pastor Frank Italiano
Trinity Lutheran Church
Phone: 708.672.8125 – Email: fitaliano@trinitycrete.org

 

 

 


Pastor Lon Kuether
Zion Lutheran Church
Phone: 708.672.8600 – Email: pastorkuether@zioncrete.org

 

 

 


Pastor Michael Schneider
Zion Lutheran Church
Phone: 708.672.8600 – Email: mschneider@zioncrete.org

 

 

 


Jessica Bushey
Administrative Assistant, Director of Publicity & Marketing
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 123 – Email: jbushey@ilhs.org

 

 

 


Tonya Danielewicz
Financial Manager
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 124 – Email: financial@illinoislutheran.org

 

 

 


Taryn Oldenburg
Recruitment Director
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 126 – Email: toldenburg@illinoislutheran.org

 

 

 


Rik McGathey
Repairs & Maintenance
Phone: 708.672.3262, ext. 116 – Email: rmcgathey@ilhs.org