Kenneth Young Center

We part­ner with com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port peo­ple of all ages to nav­i­gate life’s chal­lenges through per­son­al­ized pre­ven­tion, inter­ven­tion, treat­ment, and recovery.

Community Services

Ken­neth Young Cen­ter is a 501(c)(3) not-for-prof­it fos­ter­ing health­i­er com­mu­ni­ties through:

  • Coun­sel­ing for adults, chil­dren, families
  • Assess­ment, sta­bi­liza­tion, link­age for adults/​children in psy­chi­atric crisis
  • Treat­ment, sup­port, and recov­ery ser­vices for those with seri­ous men­tal
  • Ser­vice coor­di­na­tion and in-home ser­vices for old­er adultsillness
  • Sub­stance use pre­ven­tion and recovery
  • Alco­hol, drug, and preg­nan­cy pre­ven­tion pro­grams for youth
  • LGBTQ+ Cen­ter for youth and young adults
  • Vol­un­teer opportunities
  • We are accred­it­ed by the Joint Com­mis­sion, a nation­al­ly respect­ed body with strin­gent stan­dards of excel­lence in healthcare.

Our Prevention work

Kenneth Young Center (KYC) has been a leading agency in the field of substance use prevention for the last 10 years. KYC has been a grantee of prevention grants from Schaumburg Township, Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Office of Nation­al Drug Con­trol Pol­i­cy (OND­CP).

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Program Leaders

Michelle Barron, Community Collaboration Division Deputy Director of Programs
Michelle Barron
Community Collaboration Division Deputy Director of Programs
Brittany Soto, Manager of School Programs
Brittany Soto
Manager of School Programs
Jazsmin Lopez
Manager of Substance UsePrevention Services

Board of Directors

Vid Byanna
IT Advisory
Strategy and Transformation Consulting
Elizabeth Demaret
President, Specialty Operations
Eileen Gillespie
Huron Consulting
Dominice LaPorte
Vice President, North Region HR Business NorthShore-Edward Elmhurst Health
Eliana Mejia-Zielinski
Executive Director
Ascension Living Casa Scalabrini Village
Kyle Rettberg
Partner & General Counsel
Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP
Elizabeth J Stigler, PhD
Director of Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging
American College of Chest Physicians
R.J. Zielinski
Chief Financial Officer
The Admiral at the Lake

Lead­er­ship Team

Grace Hong Duffin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mike Brown
Director of Facilities
Crissy Castillo
Director of Older Adult Division
Kate Garbarek
Director of Development and Communications
Dr. Jerry Gibbons
Medical Director
Lisa Hendrickson
LCSW, Director of Recovery Services
John Horsley
LCSW, MSW, MBA, Director of Outpatient Services
Jonathan McKay
Director of New Business Development
Gongmin Mou
Technology Director
Cathy-Ann Romero
Senior Director of Talent and Facilities
Linda Springer
Senior Clinical Director
Rachel Zavala