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.
Michael grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. He was a CPA and ran his own company for 35 years specializing in small and mid-sized companies. He became the CFO of Hope in January of 2021 and is motivated each day by the mission of the school to assist in the guidance of young adults' lives as well as their academic success. He believes the culture of everyone inspires all of us. Michael is also a golfer and loves great restaurants.
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.
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
Foundations of Faith, Pre-Algebra
AP US History, US History
Christian Theology & Apologetics
World History, AP World History, Honors World History
Precalculus, Statistics and Probability, Logic
Spanish II, Spanish III
College and Career Prep, Economics
Geometry, Visual Art
English IV, Archaeology
English I, Honors English I, AP Literature & Composition
Algebra II, AP Calculus
Spanish I, Spanish & Heritage I
English II, Honors English II
Human Geography, Computer Literacy, Spanish Heritage
Ben Hanson de Pretis
Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, History of Sports
Language Arts, English III, AP Language and Composition
Executive Assistant to the President
Marketing Communications Manager
Business Office Coordinator
Executive Assistant to Chief Advancement Officer
Facilities & Maintenence
Assistant Athletic Director
graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a Master’s degree in Political/Military affairs from Georgetown University. Commissioned in the United States Navy in 1985, Traci served in a variety of sea and shore assignments over her 23 year Navy Career most notably as Commanding Officer of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six.
Invest in Kids Specialist
Main Office Manager
Director of Admissions
Career Advancement Director
Director of Development
Assistant Building Manager (Safety and Security)
Facilities Manager Assistant
Board of Directors
Board Chair, Finance and Investment Committees
Executive and Marketing Committees
Executive Committee and Corporate Secretary
Executive and Finance Committees, and Investment Committee Chair
Finance Committee Chair
graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University. Commissioned in the United States Navy in 1985, Traci served in a variety of sea and shore assignments over her 23 year Navy Career most notably as Commanding Officer of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six. Following retirement from Naval Service in 2007, Traci embarked on a career of education and community activism. Traci and her husband Chuck reside in Oak Park and enjoy traveling and spending time with their four grown children.
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.
Bob and Tina Muzikowski
Chicago Hope Academy
Volleyball | Wrestling
2189 W Bowler St
Chicago, IL 60612
Soccer | Softball
2139 W Lexington St
Chicago, IL 60612
Football | Soccer | Baseball
2650 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60612
Hope Track/Rugby Field
Track & Field | Rugby
721 S Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
Hope Student Athletics Center
Basketball | Wrestling
2641 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60612
2189 W Bowler Street Chicago, IL 60612
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