Tom Spacek, Headmaster
As the co-founder and first Headmaster of Greenhouse, Tom has been championing the mission and shepherding the vision since the turn of the century. Described by some as a Renaissance man, Tom has always been a self-learner, despite not having been home-schooled himself! A graduate of Emmaus Bible College, he has been serving various congregations and ministries for more than 30 years. Many believe that Tom embodies the servant leadership ideal to which we call our students. He and Jennifer have worked together at Greenhouse since its launch, during which time they have also raised their four children, two of whom still attend. The Spaceks live in Wheaton, four doors away from the building, and worship at Church of the Resurrection.
Adelia Erickson, Director of Community Life
A life-long Anglican, the draw was strong in 2005 when Adelia joined Greenhouse. While raising her two sons, teaching them about servant leadership and focusing on helping them become all that God had created them to be was a hallmark of discipleship in their home. Though Adelia did not home educate her sons, the mission of Greenhouse ‘to raise a new generation of servant leaders who seek to serve the common good and in all things bring glory to God’ was in her blood. Adelia attended Florida State University after high school and, following a twenty-year hiatus, received her Bachelors in Leadership and Management from Judson College in 1997. She is delighted that both of her sons and their families—including her two adorable grandchildren—live in the Chicago area.
Len Chandler, Facilities & SAfety Manager
Len has been involved in many aspects of building construction, remodeling, and maintenance over many years. He loves to keep things working to enable Greenhouse personnel to be most effective in their mission. He son graduated from Greenhouse in 2018.
Venice’ Garcia, Exec Assistant for the core Program
Venice’ worked as a dental assistant, administrative assistant and meeting planner before she got the best job in the world and became a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. Homeschooling her sons for six years and being part of the Greenhouse community have been some of their best family times. She was delighted to return as staff to the Greenhouse in May, 2018. She has lived in Illinois her whole life and is married to her high school sweetheart for 30+ years. She and her husband attend The Dwelling Place, a seed church, and are excited to be part of their administrative team.
Barb Kiehn, Executive Assistant for Business Office
Barb began working at Greenhouse in December 2018, but her family has been a part of the Greenhouse community since the fall of 2009. She has homeschooled her three children and has been blessed by the people who have poured into her and her children along the way. She is thrilled to be able to work part-time at Greenhouse, serving alongside others who are raising the next generation of servant leaders. She and her husband live in Naperville and are members of Grace Pointe Church, where you can find her happily teaching the two- and three-year olds’ Sunday school class.
Carole O'Hare, Front Desk Team
Carole was born in Pittsburgh and has lived in San Diego, Minneapolis and Chicago. She has been a computer programmer, a stay-at-home mom, a graduate student, Director of Patient Accounting at Lawndale Christian Health Center, and now a retiree. Carole's move from Oak Park to Wheaton in June 2016 allows her to spend more time with her family (Samuelsons and Blasers), particularly those wonderful seven grandchildren, five of whom attend Greenhouse. She is a member of College Church in Wheaton. Carole is delighted to be part of Greenhouse helping shape servant leaders who love the Lord.
Lour Volkart, Registrar, Exec Assistant for the Elective program
Lour graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Biochemistry. After graduation, she collaborated with a research group at Argonne National Laboratory for almost 10 years when the call of motherhood and overseas ministry led her to focus her time at home with her 3 children. She and her husband Anthony spent several years in the Middle East as cross-cultural workers with International Teams (now One Collective). In 2014, because of ongoing conflict in the area, their time overseas was cut short and she returned to the US, settling in Wheaton near extended family. She recently started attending Church of the Resurrection, where she enjoys singing in the choir.
Susan Wetherington, Front Desk Team
Susie has worn many hats. She was an at-home mother of five, a day care provider, and a local news correspondent and copy editor for two Wisconsin newspapers. A sudden move landed her in Illinois as a nanny. Susie's three local grandchildren attend the Greenhouse. She's a member of Faith Community Church in West Chicago, and, in her spare time, visits her children in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.