Staff Directory

Craig Harper
Rev. Craig Harper, Executive Director

Craig has been working with 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.

Jennifer Harper
Rev. Jennifer Harper, Director of Programs and Services

Jennifer was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Oral Roberts University, as well as Rhema Bible College in Oklahoma. In 1997, Jennifer received a Diploma in Bible and Ministerial Training from Rhema Bible College while working at the headquarters of Domata School of European Missions located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Read More In 1999, Jennifer moved to Ladispoli, Italy to work as an administrator and teacher at the Domata Bible School-Italy. Jennifer then moved to Juiz de Fora, Brazil to help start Domata Bible School-Brazil. Jennifer worked as a youth minister at Harvest Family Church in Toronto, Canada and then at East Coast Believer’s Church in Orlando, through which she is ordained. In 2007, Jennifer moved to Hartland, Wisconsin to work as a youth minister and administrative assistant at Lake Country Family Church, while also working part-time at Teen Challenge Wisconsin in development, accounting, and general administration. After seven years as a part-time employee, Jennifer accepted the full-time position of Women’s Program Director for Teen Challenge Wisconsin’s Robby Dawson Home for Women. Jennifer’s hard work, ministry experience, and dedication to the Lord have been a great benefit to Adult & Teen Challenge of Wisconsin’s Women’s program.

Allison Godwin
Mrs. Allison Godwin, Special Events Coordinator

Allison Godwin is our Special Events Coordinator. She is passionate about ministry and serving people in Milwaukee, where she grew up. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cross Cultural Communication from Southwestern Assembly of God University in Dallas, TX. Read More Upon college graduation, she came to GLATC to work as our Intake Director. She loved working with the women and soon became the Women’s Program Director. She then married her husband and returned to Texas to serve as youth pastors. They recently moved back to the Milwaukee area, and she is happy to be back serving at GLATC in a new capacity. Her attention to detail, organizational skills, and passion for planning engaging events is why she enjoys this job. Allison and her husband have two children. They like to take adventures, try new foods, and spend time together as a family.

Ms. Denise O'Brien

Denise O’Brien, Finance Coordinator

Mark Rainey
Mr. Mark Rainey, Dean of Men

Mark grew up here in Milwaukee and graduated from Washington High School as an all-city running back. In 1981, he was recruited as a full scholarship Division 2 NCAA athlete by Minnesota State University located in Mankato, Minnesota. Read More A crack cocaine addiction stopped Mark’s dreams and desires. By God’s grace, Mark entered Teen Challenge Wisconsin in 2004. After completing the induction phase in Milwaukee, he entered phase two at “God’s Mountain” in Rehrersberg, Pennsylvania 2005. Mark Rainey currently works at Adult & Teen Challenge of Wisconsin as the Dean of Men. He does an outstanding job and is one of the best, serving faithfully at our center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Kourtney Thyrion

Kourtney Thyrion, Dean of Women

Carol Suelfow

Carol Suelfow, Women’s Program Staff

Melanie Leitinger

Melanie Leitinger, Education Coordinator

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Patti Dedmon
Mrs. Patti Dedmon, Education/Intake Director

Patti Dedmon completed Teen Challenge for Women located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1993. She has a passion for helping our students succeed and supervises our Group Studies Classes, Personal Studies Classes, and morning program. Read More Patti is a graduate of Teen Challenge Ministry Institute and has extensive experience in recovery work. The last thirteen years Patti worked at Rawhide Boys Ranch a long with her husband located in New London, Wisconsin. Patti is a very compassionate and diligent direct care staff member here at Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge.

Ed Dedmon
Rev. Ed Dedmon, Men’s Program Director

Ed grew up in Tampa, Florida the son of a police officer and homemaker. As a young person Ed excelled in football, baseball, track, wrestling, weight lifting, fishing and hunting. As an adult Ed began to drink and traffic cocaine. Read More Facing 30 years in prison and his fifth felony conviction Ed decided to get help after hearing a Teen Challenge Choir at his mom’s church. In March of 1995 Ed started and completed Teen Challenge in Sanford, Florida. After completing Teen Challenge Ministry Institute, Pastor Ed went on to serve in many capacities in Teen Challenge and for the last thirteen years as a Unit Administrator at Rawhide Boys Ranch. Pastor Ed brings many years of valued experience here to Great Lakes Adult and Teen Challenge.

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