Staff

Directors


Elizabeth Galik
, Executive Director

A West Humboldt Park mother with a household of nine, Elizabeth (Beth) first came to the neighborhood as a school teacher in 2004.  In 2006, she opened a small nearby computer lab which grew into a community center: the place where she became forever addicted to the tenacious, courageous, vivacious and sometimes audacious children of West Humboldt Park.  After a five-year tenure on the directional team of a multi-site nonprofit, Beth came to River City in 2014.  She took up directing in August 2015 in hopes of empowering the amazing, beautiful thing growing at River City between Brandon Green and the children and families of Cameron Elementary School.  Beth, her husband, and her four children live a few blocks from R CITY and serve as short-term guardians through the Safe Families for Children movement.

Brandon Green, Pastoral Director
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 A lifelong Chicago resident and father of three, Brandon Green has been with River City far before its current home.  Have you heard Brandon preach?  If not, you should.  Need a basketball league organized? Local school or business collaboration?  Intense philosophical blog posting?  Also, a good debate.  If you’re looking for a good debate, no one better than Brandon.
We could talk about his seminary degree and role on pastoral staff at River City, but really, though, it comes down to this: if you want someone who can find kids and love them so sincerely and naturally that those kids bring their friends who bring their friends who bring their friends so that your program is busting at the seams?  Yep.  That’s pretty much how all this happened.

Michelle Johnson, Apprenticeship & Communications Director
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Youth Program Instructors

Julian Cruz, Children’s Program Lead
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Joseph Cruz, Junior High Program Lead
Aaron Eddy, Arts Program Lead
Deb Kim, Young Leaders’ Cohort 

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 Harambee Project

Anthony Johnson, Tuckpointing Lead

 Operations

Kathryn DornbushAdministrative Lead

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Deb KimCommunications Specialist

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Ministry Management Services, LLC – Accounting and Financial Management


Board of Directors

President – Daniel Hill, River City Community Church

Treasurer – John Smith, Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Secretary – Ivan Gonzalez

Director – Jovana Florus, Trunk Club

Director – Yolanda Richards, World Business Chicago

Director – Vicki Tsui


Apprentices

More information about the Apprentice team coming soon!
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