Stephanie Anthony

Stephanie grew up on the east coast of Florida, but began easing her way north when she graduated from high school. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and religion from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological...

Ryan Pixton

Ryan Pixton became associate pastor of children and youth to Fox Valley Presbyterian Church as his first ordained call in January 2012. Before coming to Fox Valley he worked as an interim youth directory at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church and an intern for youth ministry at Hampton Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh,...

Melinda Hinners-Waldie

Melinda was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois – and a Presbyterian all of her life.  She graduated from the University of Illinois, majoring in History, Political Science, and Russian.   Melinda worked four years for Senator Everett Dirksen in Washington, D.C.  In 1973, Melinda and her family became members at...

John Stombres

John Stombres is our Director of Music playing both organ and piano, leading our Chancel Choir as well as our Men’s and Women’s Ensembles.  John has a Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University and was formerly choral director in Aurora, Illinois, public schools.

Ron Kiesewetter

Ron Kiesewetter has served as Director of the Joyful Noise Handbell Choir and the Junior Choir since 2013. Ron was previously the Director of Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education and has served as Director of Choirs at both Metamora...

Nina Herdes

Nina Herdes loves the little children and leads our Cherub Choir (preschool to 2nd Grade) as they have their first experience of participating in our worship services.  Nina for many years was the director of the Misty River Singers, a women’s barbershop group.  Nina, with the faithful assistance of her...

Chiayi Lee

Chiayi received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She also holds both a Masters of Music in Piano Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University. Chiayi is an active pianist with an extensive performance background in both solo...

Gerry Reed

Gerry Reed has been the Church Administrator since 2009, joining the FVPC staff after working in the legal industry in various capacities.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and a generalist paralegal certificate with honors from Roosevelt University.  At FVPC, Gerry...

Jill Reilly

Jill Reilly joined our staff in 2014 as the new Financial Administrator. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a CPA. Jill and her husband John have a daughter, Kelsey, who is a biomedical engineering major at Purdue University. Jill has been an...

Miss Cindy

Cindy has enjoyed being the Director of The Growing Place since 2007, after having been the co-teacher in the classroom for the two previous years.  Cindy attended The University of Tennessee and received her Master’s degree from The University of North Carolina. Shortly after graduating, she met her husband Joe,...

Miss Colleen

Colleen joined the staff at the Growing Place in 2015 in an administrative role, and is thrilled to join this dynamic staff. She graduated from St. Mary’s University with a degree in Elementary Education, and worked in the classroom and education settings before taking time off to raise her children....

Miss Pam

Pam grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1994 she moved to Chicago and later graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago. Pam and her husband Leigh moved to Geneva in 2007.  They feel lucky to have found The Growing Place Preschool for their two sons’ early childhood education. Pam...

Miss Susan

Susan joined The Growing Place Preschool in 2014. She graduated from Geneva High School many years ago and then graduated from University of Maryland, with a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Special Education. She taught for seven years before having her two children. She and her husband truly love...

Miss Kristin

Kristin is a Chicago native and is married to her husband Greg.  Together they have four boys, Quinlan, Justin, Griffin, and Weston.    Although Kristin is a first year teacher at The Growing Place, she is not new to the program, as all of her children have attended the preschool....

Miss Helen

Helen grew up in South Jersey as a member of a very large family. She graduated from LaSalle University and married her high school sweetheart. Together they have 3 children. Helen and her family moved to the area in 1997, and she joined The Growing Place team in 2007. She...

Miss Nancy

Nancy has been a Teacher’s Assistant at The Growing Place Preschool since 2009. She has worked in the early childhood field since 1999. She and her family, along with their black lab, Shadow, reside in Geneva. Nancy is from Chatham, Illinois. She attended Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield and...