About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to help children from low-income families acquire the necessary skills in academics and social interaction to move successfully through grades K-12 and into adulthood. We do this by providing after-school and summer programs which emphasize literacy and community involvement, using the talents of teachers, volunteer tutors, GECRC Staff and a variety of local organizations.

Our History

The Glen Ellyn Community Resource Center opened in April 2002 with the support of the county-run DuPage Prevention Partnership and initially served children residing at Parkside Apartment Complex. In the fall of 2003, we moved to a classroom space offered by Faith Lutheran Church of Glen Ellyn and became a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation in order to better serve the greater Glen Ellyn community.

In 2006, we opened an after school program site at D41 Abraham Lincoln Elementary School as the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center (GECRC). In the 2013-2014 school year, we began serving additional D41 students at Hadley Junior High and expanded again in 2016 to Churchill Elementary. Our newest program at CCSD89 Glen Crest Middle School opened in 2020. We are currently among the area’s most active nonprofits, supporting a growing number of low-income children attain core literacy and social-emotional skills; assist ELL (English Language Learner) students as they integrate into the community; and assist parents/caregivers in providing educational support for their children.

Our Board and Staff

GECRC is proud of our leadership and organization. In addition to our paid staff that facilitates our after-school programs, we have a well-defined executive board that meets monthly to advise and support our organization.


Leah Harding, Executive Director

For questions about programming, contact:
lharding@gecrc.com | 630-479-9920
For bio, click here.

Jackie Reeves, Director of Program and Volunteers - Bilingual (Spanish)
jreeves@gecrc.com | 630-479-9919
For bio, click here.

Lauren Mayerhoff, Lead Classroom Coordinator at Lincoln Elementary
For bio, click here.

Maryam Ghouse, Volunteer Coordinator, Classroom Aide at Churchill Elementary
For bio, click here.

Angeli Dorado, Classroom Coordinator at Churchill Elementary
Lizzy Doty, Classroom Coordinator at Churchill Elementary
Gabby Illut, Classroom Aide at Lincoln Elementary
Karla Kampen, Classroom Coordinator at Churchill Elementary
Erick Mendez, Classroom Aide at Churchill and Lincoln Elementary
Diane McKinnon, Marketing Coordinator
Dan Minkus, Park District Liaison, Volunteer Soccer Coach
Marci Myers, Junior High Classroom Coordinator
Katie Reed, Junior High Classroom Coordinator
Gayle Rueter, Administrative Assistant


Cheryl Sammer, Classroom Coordinator at Lincoln Elementary
Gillian Wang, Classroom Aide at Churchill Elementary

Executive Board Members

Celia Rodee
Board President
Executive Director JPMorgan/Chase
Judy Cheney
Board Vice President
Retired Professional and Community Member
Cleo Burtis
Board Secretary
Community Member
Kim Laubinger
Chief Operating Officer, Laubinger and Associates, LLC.
Christian Ambler
Managing Attorney, Stone & Johnson
Lisa Ciosek
Community Member
Rebecca DePorter
Director of Human Resources, CenterPoint Properties
BJ Meier
Community Member
Erica Nelson
Business Leader Faculty Member, Lake Forest Graduate School
Janis Pfister
Retired Literacy Coach, Glen Ellyn D41
Lisa Tylke
Grant Writer, Nonprofit Consultant
Denise Umubyeyi
Co-Founder and COO, Five to Nine Online Software Platform
Catherine Voigt
Grant Writer , Nonprofit Consultant
Bob Wahlgren*
Banker, Humanitarian
Karen Winter
Administrator, Wheaton Yamaha Music School


Financials and Annual Report

View GECRC's 2019 Annual Report to learn more about its program impact, financial information, and community partnerships.

View GECRC's most recent 990 for detailed financial and tax return information.

View GECRC's 2017 and 2018 Audit.

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