About Our Leaders

The Center Leadership

The Center Introduction

The story of The Center has its roots in the ministry of The Christian Youth Center, which began in Joliet, Illinois more than 50 years ago. In 2013, The Center was birthed out of that ministry and has been making a profound impact in the lives of teens ever since. The Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Joliet, Illinois.

Kelly Corcoran

Kelly Corcoran
Executive Director

Kelly Corcoran currently resides in Shorewood, IL and is the proud mother of two talented young women. She is a gifted shepherd with a passion for connecting with and serving the teens of The Center. Her commitment to them is apparent as they flourish under her leadership. She has been one of the few constants in many of their lives.

Kelly has had the opportunity to serve as a teacher both in Guatemala and Thailand. She serves the local community through Joliet Cares, Joliet Alive, Wellsprings of Freedom, and the local food pantry. She has a Masters of Education in International Teaching from Framingham State College, a BA degree from Olivet Nazarene University, and is fluent in Spanish.

Rick Abbott

Broderick C. Abbott (Ricky)

Rick Abbott is a native of Joliet and currently lives in Frankfort, IL. He is the husband of Cindy Abbott and has six children and seven grandchildren. He is a graduate of Joliet Junior College in Computer Science. He is a business entrepreneur and technology consultant for small and medium businesses. He serves as President of The Center. He has a passion for working with youth and giving back to others what was given to him as a teen.

Rick has been a volunteer youth group leader for 30 years in the local church and a local community youth center. He has partnered with others to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to our teens.

Rick is known as the visionary and tech guy. He is always fixing or doing something with technology and/or dreaming up what’s next. His passion for youth goes beyond sharing Christ with teens to include sharing his knowledge, leadership, and helping others.

Kelly Corcoran

Kim Dockus

Kim Dockus is a founding member and Co-Executive Director of Joliet Cares. His professional experience is in higher education serving in administrative roles for the University of Wisconsin and Devry University, where he also taught a course in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Kim has an active consulting practice providing services in leadership and management, strategic planning, software implementation and project management.

Kim lives in Plainfield with his wife Sandy. He is the proud father of two children and two step children. He is also the doting grandfather to three grandsons and a granddaughter.

After working with The Center Board on leadership and strategic planning, Kim is excited to join the board and see what the future brings.

Rick Abbott

David Hill

David Hill has been in numerous leadership positions for charitable organizations since 2001. He is a resident of Shorewood, where he and his wife of 28 years have raised their four children. David is a graduate from Lewis University where he earned a BS with honors in Business Administration.

David has a heart for ministry and sharing the truth of God’s word — whether in the pulpit or in the community. David works in the financial services industry in Joliet where he is able to advise clients on financial matters from a Biblical perspective. He looks forward to what God has in store for The Center and how he will be able to serve.