Staff Directory

Great Lakes Adult & Teen Challenge Team


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Rev. Craig Harper, Executive Director

Craig has been working with Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge since 1992. Craig obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Math and Chemistry Education from Louisiana State University in 1987. He has done graduate work at Cardinal Stritch University and Marquette Graduate School of Business. Read More In 2007, Craig was awarded a scholarship to attend classes in the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. He was chosen for this opportunity by members of the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin and attended additional classes in 2009 and 2014, both at the business school and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Craig served on the National Teen Challenge Board of Directors and as a National Teen Challenge Regional Representative from 1996 to 2002. He is an ordained Assembly of God Minister and Nationally Appointed Home Missionary. He is past President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Northwest Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the U.S. Swimming Foundation, U.S. Golf Association, the Northshore Republicans, the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Rotary, and Milwaukee Rotary’s Partners in Education Committee. In 2012, Craig was appointed to the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse by Governor Scott Walker as his appointed Designee.

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Rev. Jennifer Harper, Associate Director of Programs and Services

Jennifer Harper serves as our Associate Director of Programs and Services. Read More Jennifer’s background is in missions and church planting. This passion for building the church and establishing bible schools led her to Europe, Asia, and South America for several years after graduating from Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A Pennsylvania native, Jennifer has enjoyed living in Wisconsin since 2006, when she moved there to work for Lake Country Family Church. She is a Board Certified Mental Health Coach, member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, ordained minister through the Rhema Ministerial Association International. She is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. Jennifer enjoys working alongside her husband, Craig, and the amazing team of staff at GLATC every day, pursuing excellence in the program to best serve the men and women who come through the doors seeking freedom. She enjoys cooking, kayaking, spending time with her family, and almost any outdoor adventure.

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Kourtney Thyrion, Women’s Program Director

Kourtney is from the south suburbs of Chicago, IL. In 2016, she entered the doors of the Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge. She graduated from the program in 2017, which is a testament to God’s grace in her life. Read More After completing the program, she was hired as a staff to be the Dean of Women. Her heart’s desire is to help women get from where she once was to fully become the women that God intended them to be. In 2019, Kourtney married her husband, Brandon. They have two sons and a daughter. Kourtney loves seeing God move right before her eyes through the transformation that happens in women’s lives at the “Robbie Dawson Home for Women.

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Carol Barbuch, Women’s Recovery Coach

Carol is the Women’s Recovery Coach. She is originally from Saukville, WI. As a graduate of the program, Carol loves working with the ladies side by side and seeing the transformation in their lives from the first day until they graduate. Read More In May 2021, Carol graduated from MATC with an associate’s degree in Human Services. She is certified as a Mental Health Coach and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She is continuing her education at UWM to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Carol has two daughters.

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Candace Chandler, Food Pantry Coordinator

Candace is originally from Van Buren, Arkansas. She moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2018. She completed the one-year program at Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge in 2021. Read More After graduation, she continued to complete the one-year Emerging Leaders Program, where she served in various roles. Candace now serves at the Robby Dawson Home for Women as Direct Care Staff. She is passionate about mentoring the ladies, has compassion for healing, and a love for laughter. She is currently enrolled at MATC to pursue her Associates Degree in Human Services.

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Melanie Leitinger, Education Director

Melanie was a student at Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge at the very beginning. She went on to complete the program at Nashville Adult and Teen Challenge in 2001. After graduation, she attended Bible school at Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in Jacksonville, FL in 2007. Read More She was hired at Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge in Milwaukee in 2008. She also holds associate’s degrees in both accounting and early childhood education. Melanie has worked in many roles here over the years! She has done accounts receivable, women’s program staff, merchandising manager at SuperThift, and most recently the Education Coordinator. She has a heart service and always gives her best to the students.

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Jim Wacholz, Men’s Program Director

Jim is the Men’s Program Director. He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Read More Jim has worked in corporate America for decades and is a proven team leader, manager, and project coordinator. He is active at his local church where he serves on the prayer team. He has been a Milwaukee area native for over 40 years. Jim is passionate about discipleship and showing the love of Jesus to our students. Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and serving at their church together.  

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Anthony Buyer, Men’s Direct Care Staff

Anthony lived in Los Angeles, CA all his life, until moving to Milwaukee in 2021. He completed the program at Riverside Adult and Teen Challenge in 2020 and then served as an intern for a year. He came to Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge to serve as Men’s Program Staff. Read More Anthony is passionate and full of life! You can find him exploring his new city or leading a workout for the guys.

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Larry Daughenbaugh, Social Enterprise Manager

Larry has served in many capacities at Greater Harrisburg PA Teen Challenge, The Resting Place Crisis Center and Thrift Store in North Carolina, and as Executive Director at Love Inc. and Revelations of Freedom Ministries.

A Teen Challenge graduate, Larry is in awe of God taking what the enemy meant for bad to use for His Kingdom work! He is now honored to serve as the Work Therapy Supervisor at the center where he started his journey almost twenty years ago.

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Jackie Dunn, SuperThrift Assistant Manager

Jackie was born and raised in the heart of Chicago, Illinois. She is a mother of two young men and is proud to proclaim the God who restores. It was 20 years ago she gave her life to Jesus and made Him her savior, but it was in Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge Jesus became Lord. After graduating in 2021, she committed to her higher calling to serve. Today Jackie remains in Milwaukee, as Assistant Manager at our Super Thrift Store. She also has a heart for Evangelism and takes delight in training our students to seek and save those which are lost. Jackie has a deep love for the word of God and is now attending MSO and will graduate with a diploma in Pastoral Studies. Her love for the word of God, Evangelism, and the broken helps her serve our students and our community with compassion.

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Denise O’Brien, Finance Coordinator

Denise grew up and has lived in the Milwaukee area all her life. As a student at Custer High School, she took a class in accounting, which started her on a path for Bookkeeping. Read More Denise has been a bookkeeper for over 30 years working for a mortgage broker, preparing taxes, and at Adult and Teen Challenge. Denise has been the Finance Coordinator for Adult and Teen Challenge for over ten years. Her goal is to be a servant for Christ and use her skills for the ministry. In her spare time, you will find her spending time with her children and grandchildren, walking her dog, shopping, and helping around the condo complex where she lives and is on the board.

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Ron Nitka, Direct Care Staff

Ron is a proud Father from Milwaukee, WI. He is a graduate of Adult and Teen Challenge and completed the Emerging Leader Program. Ron’s life is rooted in his faith and in study of the Word of God. One of Ron’s many talents is woodworking. Ron enjoys teaching this valuable skill to students in our campus woodshop. His role as a direct care staff member and intake specialist reflects his dedication to serving others with compassion and understanding.

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Krystle Pierce,  Special Events Coordinator

Krystle is from Fond du Lac, WI and is the proud mother of three boys. She completed the one-year program at Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge in 2022. After graduation, she continued to complete the one-year Emerging Leader Program, where she served in Special Events and mentorship. From overcoming challenges to celebrating successes, Krystle attributes all achievements to the grace and guidance of God. With a heart filled with gratitude and humility, she endeavors to serve others with compassion and kindness, reflecting the love and mercy she has received. Krystle uses her newly found, God given gifts and talents, as our Special Events Coordinator.

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Mike Perez, SuperThrift Staff

Mike, a native of Puerto Rico, is a devoted husband, father and direct care staff member. He completed the one-year program in 2023 and is a graduate of the Emerging Leader Program. Mike dedicates himself to mentoring students, helping them discover their own unique abilities and potential. Mike is a blessing in our community, serving not just the students, but the customers who come to our SuperThrift store by always being available to lend a listening ear and offer a powerful prayer.

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