Who We Are

Our Story

North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) uses a holistic approach to bridge the opportunity gap and support children in North Chicago by leveraging resources from within and around the neighborhood. Since 2008, NCCP has provided an array of supports, from after school programming and family events to teacher care and annual physicals.

We know that all students deserve a chance to thrive, yet current models of education and social services do not adequately support low-income students and students of color. When communities and schools work together as one to address local needs, families become empowered, school culture is encouraging, and students are better prepared to learn and grow. Our vision is a country in which one’s race or zip code no longer predicts their educational outcome, and where children from every neighborhood receive what they need to achieve their fullest potential.

History

NCCP was created in direct response to the lack of support for the challenges facing the children of the city of North Chicago, an under resourced community just miles from some of the country’s wealthiest towns. In 2008, a principal gifted two women who dreamed of bringing resources into North Chicago Community Unit School District 187 with the chance to partner. Since then, NCCP has honed our implementation of the community school model and grown into a strategic partner of District 187 that consistently provides impactful programming. We leverage a team of 35+ staff members and pull resources from within and around the neighborhood.

Our Model

Facilitator. Coordinator. Matchmaker. Strategic Partner. North Chicago Community Partners wears a variety of hats as we walk alongside the public school district of North Chicago. Our model is a bottom-up, strengths-based approach to school improvement, with an emphasis on “whole child” care. We empower schools by connecting their needs and goals to relevant and high quality programing and partners. Ultimately, we strengthen communities by transforming schools into central resources hubs with our neighbors, for our neighbors.

This approach is a unique adaptation of the community school model. Traditional community school organizations match school needs to external partners. At NCCP, we also embed our staff and ongoing programs in the schools, leverage a large network of volunteers, and build private-public partnerships.

Pillars of a Community School

Integrated student supports
Expanded learning opportunities
Family and community engagement
Collaborative leadership and practice

Our Staff

For many of our team members, this work is personal. 70% of NCCP’s employees grew up or currently reside in North Chicago, Waukegan, or Zion. The professional development of our employees, as well as our commitment to hiring and training a diverse workforce, remain our priorities. Passion and flexibility are qualities that unite all of us.

Jennifer Grumhaus

Cofounder and Executive Director

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Kelly Gallego

Executive Program Director

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Lindsay Apuli

Director, Program Impact

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Juan (JP) Arangure

Director, Program Impact

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Lauren Chase

Director, Community Outreach and Engagement

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Catrina Clark

Program Director

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Lauren Clamage Glatt

Director, Program Impact

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Bertha Castellanos

Senior Program Manager

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Brittany Costa

Senior Manager, Community Outreach and Engagement

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Isabel Enad

Senior Program Manager

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Jessica Hernandez

Senior Program Manager

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Abisola (Ib) Jegede

Senior Manager, Digital Strategy and Communications

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Alex Quiñones

Senior Program Manager

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Randal Riley

Senior Manager, Essential Care Program

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Anna Bradley-Luna

Manager, Operations and Administration

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Elizabeth Darrow

Manager, Curriculum Development and Instructional Coaching

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Stephanie DiJulio

Program Manager

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Currie Larrimer

Manager, Development and Strategic Events

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Kevin Randle

Program Manager

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David Salinas

Program Manager

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Brandon Gaston

Associate, Operations and Strategic Events

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Tanais Angel

Program Associate

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Eric Avila

Program Associate

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Fito Calderon

Program Associate

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Amy Castrejon

Program Associate

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Karla Castrejon

Program Associate

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Jack Czajkowski

Program Associate

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Luis Garcia

Program Associate

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Andrea Gutierrez

Program Associate

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Susan Hutson

Program Associate

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Ryan Jeffries

Program Associate

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Jeremy Johnson

Program Associate

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Alexia Limas

Program Associate

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Nicol Luna

Program Associate

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Elizabeth (Liz) Mendoza

Program Associate

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Josie Moreno

Program Associate

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Yasmin Salinas

Program Associate

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Sarah Shappert

Program Associate

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Arthur Simenas

Program Associate

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Isabella (Bella) Stackhouse

Program Associate

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Stareisha (Star) Terrell

Program Associate

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Melania Vazquez

Program Associate

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Our Board

Our Board of Directors are essential members of the NCCP team. They serve as strategic advisors who inform our long-term vision. Our board members come from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, representing our funders, partners, volunteers, and community leaders.

Mary Gorter Krey

President

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Jennifer Grumhaus

Executive Director

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Tony Hoban

Treasurer

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Graham Cook

Director

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James P. Gorter

Director

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Gloria Morgan

Director

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Jesus Ruiz

Director

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Kimberly Taylor-Smith

Director

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Allison Waggoner

Director

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Paul Yeh

Director

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