Our Mission

Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center (GECRC) offers out-of-school programming that empowers under-resourced K-12 students to meet state and local standards for academic and social-emotional learning; involves students in activities that enrich learning; and connects families to schools and other resources necessary to support student success and well-being. GECRC programs make space where students, their parents, educators, and community members can develop mutually enriching relationships that support and inspire learning and growth.

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

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, LCSW Executive Director

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

Jackie Reeves, LSW Director of Program and Volunteers
jreeves@gecrc.com | 630-534-2122
(bilingüe - español/ bilingual-Spanish)
For bio, click here.

Maryam Ghouse Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@gecrc.com | 331-240-1279
For bio, click here.

Lauren Mayerhoff Program Coordinator, Lincoln Elementary
lmayerhoff@gecrc.com | 630-899-9919
For bio, click here.

Karla Kampen Program Coordinator, Churchill Elementary
kkampen@gecrc.com | 630-479-9919

For bio, click here.

Lizzy Doty Program Coordinator, Glen Crest Middle School

edoty@gecrc.com | District 89 email gecrc@ccsd89.org | 630-984-0381
For bio, click here.

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


Gabby Illut Classroom Aide, Lincoln Elementary
Katie Reed Classroom Coordinator, Hadley Junior High
Marci Myers Classroom Coordinator, Hadley Junior High
Gayle Rueter Administrative Assistant


Emily Lobdell Communications Coordinator


Laura Ulepic Development Manager


Cho Pyone Burmese Translator

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
Penny Linneweh
Retired professional, Linneweh Ltd
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 2021 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.