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 the children residing at the Parkside Apartment Complex. In the fall of 2003, we moved to the 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. We then changed our name to the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center and are among the area’s most active nonprofits, empowering a growing number of low-income and refugee Asian, African and Hispanic children to achieve their fullest potential.

GECRC empowers children to realize their full academic and personal potential through our intensive five-day-a-week, after-school tutoring and mentoring program. Participation is open to all students who attend Districts 41 or 89 schools and meet low-income and academic risk guidelines. Students are referred by teachers, social workers, school administrators or social service agencies. Annually our program serves over 200 immigrant, refugee and American born students from 14 different countries and people groups.

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