The son of Hope founders, Bob and Tina Muzikowski, Ike graduated CHA in 2011 before studying Economics at Columbia University. He served as the College Counselor, Admissions Director, long-term sub, International Student Program Director, and varsity soccer coach prior to earning a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Harvard. Ike lives in East Garfield Park, and enjoys international travel, soccer, classic novels, stand-up comedy, and announcing Hope sports games.
Pat Ahern is a financial executive with extensive experience working with large and small organizations. Most recently, Pat was the Chief Financial Officer at Northwestern Mutual Chicago. Pat holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was an Evans Scholar. He also earned an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Pat has served as the President of the 1900 Club at Immaculate Conception Grade School for more than 10 years. He serves on the board of the United Cerebral Palsy of Chicago Foundation. He also serves as a mentor for the Bridge Communities transitional housing program. Pat lives in Elmhurst with his wife and their four boys. Pat enjoys golf, running, college football, coaching his son's basketball and football teams, and spending time with his family.
Angel Gutierrez has over 25 years of executive leadership, governance financial, operational, building teams and program development experience in small and large health and human service nonprofit agencies. Mostly recently Angel served as the Vice-President of Institutional Advancement for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. A native Chicagoan, Angel has received a number of awards over his career, including the Chicago Latino Professional of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network and Community Service Award from the Rauner YMCA. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University, a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, listening to jazz, chasing vintage baseball cards and you can find him at a local ballpark watching games. Angel and his wife reside in Garfield Ridge on the Southwest Side of the city with their two children.
Charles has been a part of the Hope community for over 6 years. While serving as the pastor of Harvest House Church on the west-side of Chicago, Charles was invited to preach at a chapel service at Hope Academy. The mission and vision of Hope aligned so perfectly with how He had been praying for God to use him in the communities where he grew up. He applied his experience and training in real estate and business to come alongside the mission of Hope Cafe and Hope Homes from 2017 to 2021. In 2021, Charles transitioned and began to serve in the role of Dean of School Culture with Hope Academy. With the combination of his military background, experience in youth leadership and pastoral wisdom, Charles is tasked with leading the charge to inspire and direct Hope students and families to embrace the culture that makes Hope unique and distinctive from any other program of its kind.
Christopher is the Director of Community Relations and Outreach, a member of the Development Team and the Head Football Coach at Chicago Hope Academy. He is the former Executive Director of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy and the former City of Chicago Director of Community Safety Initiatives where he worked to reduce group and gang violence in the City of Chicago.
Christopher's career has focused upon education, youth violence prevention and intervention, juvenile justice, gang intervention and prevention and ex-offender reentry initiatives. Before his appointment to the Mayor’s Office, Mr. Mallette served as the Executive Director of Chicago’s Juvenile Intervention Support Center.
Christopher has devoted his life to public service, advocating for social justice and serving residents and children in urban communities. He has coached football for more than twenty-five years and has also served the City of Chicago as an Assistant Corporation Counsel; the Faith Community of St. Sabina as General Counsel and Executive Director of the youth center, and the Chicago Public Schools, as a Magnet Schools Cluster Coordinator. Christopher and his wife Kendall have four children.
Rebecca Rodriguez, born and raised in Illinois, received her BS from Middle Tennessee State University in Art, History, English, and Human Development. She then went on to receive her MA in Literature and her Teaching Certificate from the University of New Hampshire. Over the years, Rebecca has taught writing, grammar, film, literature, and science at various high schools and colleges, including the University of New Hampshire, Harold Washington College, Malcolm X College, College of DuPage, Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, and several Chicagoland Christian homeschool co-ops. She loves to chill at home in Humboldt Park with her three school-aged sons (two of which attend Hope!), her husband of 21 years, and their Irish Terrier pup. She enjoys yoga, camping, road trips, birding, and hanging out in her backyard around the fire pit. Rebecca serves at Chicago Hope Academy with this quote in mind: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle
Joe Salituro was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. After attending Loyola Academy, he went on to graduate from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts – Communications degree. Prior to joining the Athletics Department at Chicago Hope Academy in 2020, Joe spent almost two decades working in sports marketing and event management. He was in charge of numerous sporting events including, The Under Armour All-America Football Game, The College Slam Dunk and Three Point Championships, and The College Home Run Derby. Joe’s main responsibilities at Hope include leading the Athletics Department and managing the Athletics Campus, which includes Hope Gym, Hope Track, and Hope Field at Altgeld Park. Joe currently lives on the northwest side of Chicago with his wife and two sons.
Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice
Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science, Physics
Foundations of Faith
US History, AP US History, History Department Head
Systematic Theology, Finding God in Film, Bible Department Head, Director of Spiritual Life
World History, AP World History
English III, Honors English III, AP Language & Composition
Anthropology: The Philosophy of Humankind, Honors Anthropology
Ben Hanson de Pretis
Statistics, Pre Calculus, Creative Writing
English II, English III
English I, Honors English I, AP Literature & Composition, English Department Head
Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Chemistry Foundations
Algebra II, AP Calculus, Math Department Head
Spanish I, AP Spanish
Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology, Science Department Head
Spanish Heritage, Intro to Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, El Estudio Biblico, Spanish Department Head
English IV, Honors English IV, Entrepreneurial Youth Program
Civic and Geography, AP Government and Politics
Honors Philosophy, Honors African Literature, Greek I
Career and Technical Science
Adler SJP Intern assisting the School Counselor
Executive Assistant to the President
Marketing Communications Manager
Building & Facilities Manager
College Counselor and Student Success Director
Tess Hanson de Pretis
Adler SJP Intern assisting the School Counselor
Executive Assistant to the Chief Advancement Officer
Facilities & Maintenance
Assistant Athletic Director
School Operations Manager
Director of Admissions
Career Advancement Director
Director of Development
Associate Admissions Director
Assistant Building Manager
Facilities Manager Assistant
Board of Directors
Board Chair, Finance and Investment Committees
Executive and Marketing Committees
Executive Committee, Corporate Secretary
Executive and Investment Committees
Finance Committee Chair
Invest in Kids Specialist, Committee Member
Antonia Mills Wesselink
Investment and Finance Committees
A little bit of History
In 2004, a group of Christian businessmen purchased the shuttered St. Callistus School and parish from the Archdiocese of Chicago. The parish included school facilities, a chapel, a gym, a rectory, and a convent. With the assistance of hundreds of volunteers, future students, and eventually private contractors, Chicago Hope Academy began a full year of renovation. Highlights included hosting 200 volunteers from Aurora Christian High School who spent their spring break living on our gym floor by night and executing the demolition plan and chapel stage reconstruction by day. August 29, 2005 after a memorable grand opening ceremony, Chicago Hope Academy welcomed its first freshman and sophomore classes. It soon became clear in 2006 that future enrollments would necessitate additional classrooms and athletic facilities. Construction began on a new wing and continued through the summer. In fall 2007, five additional classrooms were added, in addition to a reception area for the chapel, and a state-of-the-art weight room and cardio room. A beautiful artificial turf surface was added to Hope Field and Altgeld Park in 2013. The Hope track was completed in 2019. Chicago Hope Academy continues to expand in the Near West Side community.