Advisory Council

Providing support and thoughtful leadership

The mission of the Granger Community Church Early Childhood Advisory Council is to provide thoughtful leadership and strategic advice that promotes quality, faith-based learning outcomes for young children in our Early Learning Center. These outcomes are achieved by creating a nurturing environment that supports the Love of God, strengthens families and prepares children to be lifelong learners. The Advisory Council exists to offer spiritual support, ideas and suggestions to the Principal of the Early Learning Center. It will provide guidance for specific issues or events regarding early childhood as a standing Council that meets regularly.

Mandy Gibbons

Director of The Early Learning Center

Mandy joins the Early Learning Center with over 20 years of experience as a preschool and kindergarten teacher at Bridges (also NAEYC accredited) and Covenant Christian School. With a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Purdue, as well as a Master’s in Education from Bethel/IUSB, Mandy is passionate about shaping the development of young children in their early childhood years. Most recently, she worked as a preschool director, employing best practices to create an incredible learning environment that nurtures and supports young children. Mandy and her family have attended Granger Community Church for over 10 years. She has one daughter in college, Mikenzie (21) and one daughter applying to Optometry School Fall of 2021, Mikaylah (23).

Angela Keim

ELC Advisory Council Member

Ang studied at Premiere College of Cosmetology and is self-employed. She and her husband, John have three girls, Norah, Lydia and Audrey that all currently attend or have attended the Early Learning Center. The Keim family has been with the ELC since the start. Ang is also the daughter of Granger Community Church’s Founding Pastor, Mark Beeson.

Daniel Klauer, D.D.S.

Dentist

Daniel grew up in South Bend and was happy to move back here with his wife, Hayley, in 2010. They have four wonderful children who all have been students at ELC, starting in 2016. Daniel is a dentist at the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre serving adults and children with pain and sleep problems. In his “free” time you’ll find him engaged in any sort of physical activity with Hayley and the kids.

Dave Moore

CPA

Dave is the Executive Director of Operations for Granger Community Church and is the executive responsible for the Early Learning Center. He has had responsibility for the Early Learning Center in various ways, including helping with the initial startup, since it began.  He’s been a member of the GCC staff in various roles pertaining to Finance and Operations for the past 20 years. Dave received his B.S. in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington and has been a CPA in good standing for over 20 years. Dave and his wife Lisa have three children.

Lynn Sandberg

Retired teacher from the ELC/Coach through Family Connections

Lynn Sandberg and her husband of 48 years, Ronald, live in Niles Michigan. They have four married children and 12 grandchildren. Lynn graduated from Trinity International University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and an Illinois Teaching Certificate. She later completed graduate level courses at Central Michigan University, obtaining a Michigan Teaching Certificate. Lynn learned and taught in the following positions: Preschool Teacher, Jacksonville Chapel Nursery School; Title I Paraprofessional, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools; Title I/At Risk Teacher, Morey Charter School; and Parent Educator, Berrien County RESA. After a 27-year teaching career, Lynn recently retired from the Granger Community Church Early Learning Center where she served as Lead Teacher for seven years, loving and teaching 2 ½ to 3 ½ year-old children. While teaching at the Early Learning Center, Lynn created a classroom portfolio for NAEYC Accreditation and twice achieved HIGHSCOPE Teacher Certification. Presently, Lynn serves on The Early Learning Center Advisory Council and is employed by The Family Connection of South Bend as a coach for preschool teachers.

Chad Vanderbeek

Vice President of Hibshman Screw Machine

Chad received his BA from Indiana University and works as Vice President of Hibshman Screw Machine, a manufacturer of precision CNC components and turned parts for everything from the RV industry to the medical industry. Chad and his wife, Ginny, have four children: Finn, Duke, Jett and Maren. Duke and Jett currently attend The Early Learning Center. Chad and his family have attended GCC since 2009.