About

Located in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, the Gary Comer Youth Center is an innovative example of community commitment. Recognized as one of the nation’s most unique youth-serving organizations, GCYC is proud of the creative pathways provided via academic success, enrichment, and college and career preparation.

Leadership

Rhonda Hopps, CFA

Executive Director

Dr. Kendall Martin

CHIEF IMPACT OFFICER

Santrice R. Martin

Chief External Affairs Officer

Remington Price

Director of Programs

Sara Nuismer

Director of Operations

Fredricka Holloway

Director of Youth Opportunities

Doug Kenney

Director of Marketing & Communications

Bill Ladd-Cawthorne

Urban Agriculture Director

Sheila Brooks

Controller

Alex Requena

Director of IT

Board

Monica Carney

Board Member

Guy B. Comer

BOARD MEMBER

Mark Grossmann

BOARD MEMBER

Greg Mooney

BOARD CHAIR

Charles Whitaker

BOARD MEMBER

Telisa Yancy

BOARD MEMBER

Elizabeth “Betsy” Young

BOARD MEMBER

Staff

Daria Amerik

Visual, Cultural & Performing Arts Manager

Amanda Anderson

Program Manager

Norman Anthony

Sports & Recreation Instructor

Ty Bailey

Comer Crops Leader

Jonathan Bates

Culinary Program Manager

Kristie Batts

Recreation Instructor

Yolanda Beamon

Grant Manager

Maurice Benson

Security Guard

Dominique Bolden

Youth Counselor

Sidney Buckner

Membership Receptionist

Gerald Bufford

Lead Mentorship Coordinator

Tatianne Butler

Youth Counselor

Keith Brooks

Sports & Recreation Manager

Melanie Bruce

Grants Analyst

Jordan Carter

Athletic Instructor

Jhaianne Cooper

Dance Instructor

Khiarah Craig

Academic Support Instructor

Kendalyn Diroll

Interim Academic Director

Therese Ferguson

Program Manager, TRIO Talent Search

Ana Gagliardi

Culinary Team

Tandra Giles

Safety Officer

Lawren Hall

Social Leadership Instructor

Ashley Harris

Upward Bound Coordinator

LaKisha Harris

Human Resources

Tamika Harris

Security

Safina Hassnodin

Post-Secondary Counselor

Musa Killins

Technology Instructor

Chris Krypel

Youth Employment Manager

Michele Lacy

Development Manager

Rickey Williams-Layfield

Youth Counselor

Gavin Maloney

Technology Instructor

Max Maloney

Technology Instructor

Jenn McAllister

Grant Writer

Cordero McNairy

Safety Coordinator

Marilyn Myvett

Lead Culinary Worker

Oluwaseyi Olaleye

Comer Crops Hydroponics Leader

Kimberly Porter

Safety Officer

Angela Powell

Membership Manager

Trinicka Powell

Assistant Controller

Brian Reed

Safety Officer

Sandra Reno

Production Manager

Devenise Smith

Teaching Artist

Nicole Thomas

Community Resource Manager

Patricia Torrence

Accounting Specialist

Allison Vernon

Membership Clerk

Angie Viands

Curriculum Coordinator

Natasha Webb

Leadership Development Coordinator

MC Williams

Kitchen Manager

Toi Williams

Safety and Security Manager

Ebony Woods

Lead Membership Clerk

Grant Young

Systems Administrator

Josh Wright

Media & Tech Coordinator

Site Credits

Paintings by ASM Arts Apprenticeship
Youth/Program Photography by Jasmin Shah & Cory Dewald
Architectural Photography by Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing
Copywriting & Editing by Gumbo Media
Design & Development by Calvert & Co
Video by 5x12; Free Spirit Media Pro; & Youth Produced