NCCP (North Chicago Community Partners) is committed to developing the next generation of leaders and growing the pool of talented professionals in North Chicago, both in and out of our schools. We are able to invest 100% in this community and in the schools because NCCP is whole-heartedly committed to investing in our employees. Since 2008, we have grown from a team of one and a half paid employees to a team of close to 40.  The professional development of our employees, as well as our commitment to hiring and training a diverse workforce, remain our priorities.

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Just as in our schools, the culture and climate within our team at North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) drives our ability to design and implement programs that have the greatest impact, develop strategic partners and build authentic relationships within the community.  NCCP’s employees desire to grow as professionals and people, embrace diversity, are eager to collaborate and hold themselves and others to high standards on a daily basis.  We also all believe in the potential of every child.

Jennifer Grumhaus, Executive Director
Jennifer has worked with North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) since its founding in 2008. Prior to joining NCCP, Jennifer was the Executive Director and Development Director of City Year Chicago. Jennifer was also an Analyst and Associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co., working in Real Estate Investment Banking, Domestic Privatizations, and Strategic Planning and Administration. Jennifer received an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College. She currently serves as a Director of Lake Forest Bank & Trust and is an active member of the Founders’ Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Jennifer also served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Burke Mountain Academy, a ski preparatory academy in Vermont, and was a member of the Allendale Shelter Club. In recent years, Jennifer has actively volunteered at Christ Church Lake Forest, Lake Forest Country Day School, I Have a Dream-North Chicago and PADS of Lake County.

Mandy Love, Assistant Executive Director
Mandy joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in September of 2009 as the Site Administrator for the After School Program at Neal Math & Science Academy creating and implementing programs for 60 junior high students and managing a team of employees. In 2011, Mandy was promoted to Director overseeing four schools operated by NCCP. Currently, she is serving in the role of Assistant Executive Director. Prior to joining NCCP, Mandy was the Youth of Grace Women’s Director for Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church where she mentored youth, trained leaders, organized fundraisers, created service projects and implemented events. She was also the Director of the Youth Internship Program and the Caregiver Supervisor. Mandy received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas and began working in foster care at KVC Behavioral Healthcare before moving back home to the Chicagoland area.  Mandy is thankful for her husband, Stephen Love and their three beautiful children, Stephen Jr., Elias and Jade.

Kelly Gallegos, Director, Programs
Kelly joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in September of 2016. Previously, Kelly worked in the early childhood education field for over 12 years with her last five years as a Center Director with Knowledge Universe. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2009 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and spent time as a substitute teacher in the Round Lake School District. Additionally, Kelly is an Illinois state approved adult trainer through Gateways to Opportunity. She has conducted trainings that are related to strengthening student, teacher, and family relationships within various communities. She loves to give back to the community and is honored to be a part of NCCP’s exceptional team.

EL Da’ Sheon Nix, Director, Programs
EL Da’ Sheon joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in March of 2015.  EL Da’ Sheon is a former football player and a 2004 graduate of Northwestern University who majored in Human Development and Psychological Services and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education and Social Policy.  Following graduation from Northwestern, he worked for two years as the Lead Mental Health Professional at the Rice Child and Family Center which is a residential treatment facility in Evanston, IL, that provides services for adolescents with mental and behavioral disorders.  Then, he began working as a Youth Development Worker at the Youth Organization Umbrella in Evanston, IL.  Since 2007, EL Da’Sheon has served as a tutor, mentor, coordinator, director and Executive Director of several organizations; Evanston Community Defender’s Office, Cabrini Connections, Beyond Sports Foundation, and Year Up Chicago.

Samantha Herron, Operations, Family Care Closet and Outreach Manager
Samantha (Sam) joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in May of 2010 as a Lake Forest College intern. In May of 2011, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Sam became a Resource Coordinator at Neal Math and Science Academy and since then has served in a variety of positions within the organization. Currently, Sam serves as the Manager of Operations and the Family Care Closet. Some of her volunteer experiences include the North Chicago Library, Feed My Starving Children, Lake Forest Winter Club and volunteering in NCCP elementary and middle school after school programs while in college. Sam has worked with students, teachers and volunteers within her different positions at NCCP. Sam played hockey at Lake Forest College and continues enjoying the sport.

Karly Lindstrom, Manager, Strategic Partner Recruitment and Stewardship
Karly joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in February of 2017 as a Manager of Strategic Partner Recruitment and Stewardship. Karly joined the team after moving to the area from Green Bay, Wisconsin where she earned her degree. She has a Bachelor Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in Elementary Education with a Minor in Psychology. While earning her degree, Karly worked as a Marketing intern for Green Bay Athletics, and volunteered for a college readiness program for students in the area. After earning her degree, Karly worked in multiple facets at the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, then taught Special Education at Green Bay Preble High School before making the move to Illinois. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and the outdoors.

Olivia Shulda, Manager, Student and Family Enrichment
Olivia joined the North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) team at the end of February 2017 as the Manager of Student and Family Enrichment.  In this role, she worked in cooperation with Program Directors and other team members to organize, plan, and execute program curriculum for student and family enrichment events. Prior to joining the NCCP team, Olivia spent several years in different roles at an afterschool enrichment program in Oshkosh Wisconsin where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Human Service Leadership. For the last 3 years, Olivia has been in front of the classroom serving as an elementary and high school substitute teacher. Olivia has a son Daxton and enjoys spending time with family and friends and waterskiing during the summers.

Josh Franklin, Site Manager, North Chicago Community High School
Josh joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) as a Program Assistant at A.J. Katzenmaier School (AJK) in 2010. In 2011, Josh was promoted to Assistant Site Administrator and worked with the Site Administrator to further align in-school and after school learning. Josh was also the Program Coordinator for Lunch Bunch, an in-school tutoring program for approximately 50 students. Beginning in 2012, Josh managed all in-school and extended day programs at AJK. Currently, Josh manages in-school and extended day programing at the North Chicago Community High School. Josh is a native of North Chicago and graduated from North Chicago Community High School in 2003. He was recognized as an All-State athlete in football and track and field. After high school, Josh attended Northern Illinois University. Josh is currently coaching and mentoring youth throughout North Chicago. He has a sincere interest in seeing his community grow by fostering young men and women and helping them achieve success.

Bill Hartman, Site Manager, Yeager Elementary School
Bill joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in March of 2016. He currently serves as a Program Assistant at North Elementary School. Bill has spent the last 30 years in “Corporate America” as a marketing and sales professional; though his true passions to teach, coach, and guide children, led him to NCCP. He has been using these talents within several communities that include North Chicago. Bill was educated at Drake University and has 2 grown daughters. He also serves in a variety of ministries including 7 years as a Sunday school teacher at Christ Church of Lake Forest.

Amanda Leon, Site Manager, A.J. Katzenmaier Academy
Amanda joined the North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) team in 2009. After starting her career as a part-time Program Assistant, Amanda became the Program Coordinator at Forrestal Elementary School in 2011, overseeing in school tutoring and extended day learning programs. During this time, Amanda offered support in curriculum development for programs and special events as well as actively managing a group of 100+ volunteers. After a brief departure, Amanda re-joined the NCCP team in February of 2015, and currently serves at the Site Manager at A.J. Katzenmaier Academy.

Randal Riley, Site Manager, Forrestal Elementary School
Randal joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in August of 2012 as a Program Generalist facilitating in-school and extended day programs at South Elementary School. Randal currently serves as the Site Manager at Forrestal Elementary School. Randal’s previous experience includes working in transportation for 11 years, owning a business, and volunteering at his church. Randal was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is currently pursuing a degree in Ministry and Social Work.

Kristen Rivera, Site Manager, North Elementary School
Kristen Rivera joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in March of 2017 as a Site Manager at North Elementary School.   Kristen has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Associate’s in Applied Science in Sign Language Interpreting. Kristen has worked with children and families in various facets for over ten years. Kristen was employed by Waukegan Public Schools for seven years as an Educational Sign Language Interpreter. Kristen then worked for a non-profit in Milwaukee, WI that interfaced with Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS) for three years as an Ongoing Case Manager. During this time, Kristen worked closely with children and families that experienced adversities, and she became well versed in Trauma Informed Care (TIC). In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She also enjoys camping, gardening, hiking and yoga.

Elvis Tillett, Site Manager, Neal Math and Science Academy
Elvis Tillett joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in September of 2014. He has worked with and served children, youth, and families in various capacities and settings. Prior to joining the NCCP team, Elvis worked at Northern Illinois Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (Nicasa) as a Prevention Specialist, where he implemented the Empowering Choices for Healthy Outcomes (ECHO) Program at Middle Schools in Waukegan and North Chicago. He was also a facilitator for the agency’s Parenting Program. Elvis received a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) with a minor in Sociology from Grambling State University.

 Anna Bradley-Luna, Program Coordinator, North Elementary School
Anna joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) and the A.J. Katzenmaier School (AJK) After School Program staff in 2010. Anna currently serves as a Program Coordinator at North Elementary School.  Prior to her time at NCCP, Anna worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at Yeager School in North Chicago. She has also worked as a nanny and private tutor. Anna attended school in Belize City, Belize and graduated with a business degree from Belize Technical College. She is a certified Lake County Health Department youth mentor, as well as a volunteer at her church and with the I Have a Dream-North Chicago program. Anna is an executive consultant to United Belizeans of Northern Illinois and formerly served as treasurer for this education-based organization. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, and has earned six hours in Early Childhood Education.

 Bertha Castellanos, Program Coordinator, Green Bay Early Childhood Center
Bertha joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) and the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County as a Program Generalist in August of 2012. Bertha worked to implement in-school and extended day programming at A.J. Katzenmaier Elementary School for two years. Currently, she serves as the Program Coordinator for the Green Bay Early Childhood Center. Bertha relocated to Illinois from Belize in 2010. Prior to joining NCCP, Bertha was a child care provider.

 Catrina Clark, Program Coordinator, Forrestal Elementary School
Catrina joined the A.J. Katzenmaier After School Enrichment Program staff in 2009. Since then she has had the opportunity to work at South Elementary School, Forrestal Elementary School, and Neal Math and Science Academy. Having worked in the community for almost seven years, Catrina understands the diverse needs of the students in North Chicago. Prior to joining North Chicago Community Partners, Catrina operated her own daycare where she also assisted children with personal and educational needs. Catrina attended Albion College in Michigan, majoring in Child and Developmental Psychology. She is currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix working toward completing the requirements for a degree in Social Work and Human Services as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

 Brooke Fiore, Program Coordinator, A.J. Katzenmaier Academy
Brooke joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in the fall of 2014 as a Program Assistant at Forrestal and is currently the Program Coordinator at A.J. Katzenmaier Academy. Prior to joining the team, Brooke attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Physiology and a certificate in philanthropy and fundraising communication. Brooke enjoys spending time with the students and the community members of North Chicago.

Jasmine Lark, Program Coordinator, Neal Math and Science Academy
Jasmine joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) in September of 2011 as a Program Assistant in the After School Program at South Elementary School. In the spring of 2012, she decided to pursue a biology career and worked full time as a Lab Technician at Avon. Jasmine re-joined NCCP in fall of 2012 and facilitated in-school and extended day programming at North Elementary School. Jasmine currently serves as the Program Coordinator at Neal Math and Science Academy. Jasmine graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She also served as an intern at Abbott Laboratories and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Jasmine is currently a board member and committee chair of the North Shore Community Service League, coaches elementary and high school all-star cheerleading teams at Cheer and Dance Extreme, and is an active member of her church. Jasmine is currently pursuing her Master’s of Business Administration.

Brittany Poole, Program Coordinator, Yeager Elementary School
Brittany joined North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) as a Program Assistant in 2010 and facilitated in-school and extended day programming at A.J. Katzenmaier School for two years. During the 2013-2014 school year, Brittany worked as Program Coordinator at South Elementary School where she managed all NCCP programs and coordinated a team of more than 20 volunteers. Brittany now serves as the Program Coordinator for Howard A. Yeager Elementary School. Brittany graduated from Waukegan High School in June of 2008 and is an accomplished gymnast. She earned many state titles, competed in national events, and has coached gymnastics on a part-time basis for seven years.  Brittany is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of Lake County.

D.J. Anderson, Program Associate; Tanais Angel, Program Associate; Fito Calderon, Program Associate; Blake Collins, Program Associate; Ebony Cox, Program Coordinator; Carla Nobles, Program Associate; Alex Quinones, Program Associate; Vincent Vuckovich, Program Associate; Sarah White, Program Associate; Mandy Love, Director (PT); Yeri Castanon, Coordinator (PT); Jamie Coultas, Coordinator (PT); Joe Granack, Program Assistant (PT); Mike Jamison, Program Assistant (PT); Jeremy Johnson, Program Assistant (PT); Juana Mondragon, Program Assistant (PT); David Salinas, Program Assistant (PT); Nelson Serrato, Program Assistant (PT).