Kenneth Young Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, comprehensive provider of mental health and senior citizens’ support services. Our mission is to help people “feel good, do better and find solutions” by providing:
- Counseling for adults, children, families.
- Assessment, stabilization, linkage for adults/children in psychiatric crisis.
- Treatment, support, and recovery services for those with serious mental illness.
- Service coordination and in-home services for frail elderly persons.
- Volunteer opportunities.
We are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a nationally respected body with stringent standards of excellence in care.
Who Is Kenneth Young?
Kenneth Wayne Young played many roles in his life: husband, father, pastor, military man, scholar, advisor, friend. He was many things to many people. He loved to preach and give speeches, and when he spoke, everyone listened. He had a way of making each listener feel as if he was speaking just to them. He had a spirit that captivated others and inspired greatness. He knew when to lead and when to let others shine as leaders. Over thirty years after his death, those who knew him talk about him with warmth, reverence, and always a smile.
But one of Ken’s greatest titles had to be “community activist”. During desegregation, he fought to integrate his community in Cicero, Illinois. He worked tirelessly for the Family Service Center there to give equal rights to people of all colors, believing to his core that every human being had the right to be cared for and respected.
When his family moved to Hoffman Estates, he worked as Pastor of Our Saviour’s United Methodist Church and quickly got involved with the Elk Grove-Schaumburg Township Mental Health Center, which would later be renamed in his memory as Kenneth Young Center. An idealist and revolutionary at heart, he volunteered for the center as a member of the board, becoming a trusted advisor to the CEO and leadership team. At that time, the center focused exclusively on mental health services, advocating for the most vulnerable in the community to have access to quality and compassionate mental health care. Despite years of his own health problems, Ken’s tenacious spirit never faltered. He tried to never miss a Sunday at the pulpit and helped at the center whenever possible. At 60 years old, Ken passed away from cancer in October, 1986. Just months later, the center where he spent so much of his time got a new name: Kenneth Young Center.
The rest, KYC friends, is history.
Board of Directors
- Paul Kelly (Chair), Elk Grove High School
- Ahmad Alamiri, Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Abdullah Amin, Plating International
- Wayne Anderson, Motorola Solutions
- Brian Bare, Edward Jones
- David Bergman, Vertex Resource Group
- Nancy Czarnik, Village Of Elk Grove Trustee
- Sarah Jerome, Community Volunteer
- Donna Moriarty, Siemens Industry, Inc.
- Kyle Rettberg, Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP
- Susan E. Cowen, Chief Executive Officer
- Grace Hong-Duffin, Chief Operating Officer
- Tish Rudnicki, Chief Program Officer
- Pam Baldinelli, Director of Child and Adolescent Division
- Mike Brown, Facilities Manager
- Crissy Castillo, Director of Older Adult Division
- Kate Garbarek, Director of Development and Communications
- Dr. Jerry Gibbons, Medical Director
- Gongmin Mou, Technology Director
- Cathy-Ann Romero, Human Resources Director
- Linda Springer, Director of Adult Division and Housing Division
- Rachel Zavala, Accounting Manager
Susan E. Cowen
Susan joined the KYC Team in 2015 and has led the organization in team building, strategic planning, and organizational growth.
Crissy came to KYC in 2006 as a Choices for Care Screener on the Older Adults Team, completing nursing home prescreen evaluations at Alexian Brothers Medical Center. In 2009, she was promoted to become the Choices for Care Program Team Lead, overseeing and growing the program for five years. Leaving KYC for just a few months in 2016, Crissy returned to be the Director of Older Adult Services, advocating for clients while leading the Older Adults Division. “KYC puts clients first and goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we serve our clients” said Crissy.
Crissy got her Bachelor’s degree at Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, both in Social Work. When not at KYC, Crissy can be found with her husband Arnie and two young children, Sophia and Santino.
Kate joined the KYC Team in 2016 after managing the Friendship Senior Options Foundation in Schaumburg. With over a decade of experience in fundraising and communications, as well as a degree in Strategic Communication from Miami University, Kate continued her education at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and received her Certificate in Fund Raising Management. "I'm deeply motivated by KYC's mission and commitment to serve the most vulnerable people in our communities," shared Kate. "I look forward to expanding KYC's outreach to ensure every person in need receives quality, compassionate behavioral health and older adult services."
Our annual report outlines the highlights of our fiscal year: July 1 to June 30.