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

Gayle Rueter, Administrative Assistant


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

Lauren Mayerhoff, Lead Classroom Coordinator at Lincoln Elementary
Cheryl Sammer, Classroom Coordinator at Lincoln Elementary
Gabby Illut, Classroom Aide at Lincoln Elementary
Karla Kampen, Classroom Coordinator at Churchill Elementary
Lizzy Doty, Classroom Coordinator at Churchill Elementary
Angeli Dorado, Classroom Coordinator at Churchill Elementary
Maryam Ghouse, Volunteer Coordinator, Classroom Aide at Churchill Elementary
Gillian Wang, Classroom Aide at Churchill Elementary
Erick Mendez, Classroom Aide at Churchill and Lincoln Elementary
Marci Myers, Junior High Classroom Coordinator
Katie Reed, Junior High Classroom Coordinator
Dan Minkus, Park District Liaison, Volunteer Soccer Coach
Diane McKinnon, Marketing Coordinator