As an operations, administration, community and program development professional in the field of recreation with 25 years of experience, I have a proven track record as a recreation administrator.  My leadership roles, have provided me the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with members of diverse communities from the north to the south sides of Chicago.  I have also established a collaborative relationship with elected officials, including Aldermen from 19 wards.

My phylosophy of positive mentorship is directly related to my management style, which couples democratic and coaching methods to direct my team. 

Professional Highlights

  • Launched training's for over 1000 city-wide staff in positive youth development methods as Citywide Chairperson for Youth Program Quality Initiative
  • Hosted Chicago Park District Night Out in the Parks, which served over 381,000 patrons in outdoor special event programming to date
  • Presenter at the National Parks and Recreation Association 2015 Conference "Creating a Culture of Professional Development"

Professional Experience

Work History

Chicago Park District

2012 - 2015
South Regional Director

  • Oversee complete operation of 181 facilities, including, 200 baseball diamonds, 24 fitness centers, 17 outdoor pools, 14 indoor pools, 7 cultural centers, 6 woodshops, 5 beaches, 5 lagoons, 5 boxing centers, 5 ice rinks, 3 gold courses, 3 little league stadiums, 2 gymnastics centers, 2 fitness arcades, 2 art galleries, an archery range, an auto shop, and 1 teen fitness center with approximately 1065 employees during peak season
  • Prepare and administer $29 million regional operational budget yearly operating budget
  • Establish, network and maintain regular contact with outside organizations, community leaders and elected officials
  • Work closely with park advisory councils
  • Work with management staff to implement the mission of the Chicago Park District

Assistant Director of Recreation

2008 - 2012
Chicago Park District
  • Supervised Special Recreation, Athletics, Aquatics, Wellness, Gymnastics and Sports37 development of departmental staff
  • Developed city-wide programs and initiatives
  • Created policy for the Community Recreation department
  • Restructured content and delivery of professional development curriculum
  • Administered cooperative grants with the Chicago white Sox, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Girls in the Game, United States Tennis Association, and the Chicago Housing Authority(CHA)

Area Manager, Central, North, Lakefront Regions

2001 - 2008
Chicago Park District
  • Managed 15 staffed and 40 unstaffed park facilities; worked with regional team to ensure quality programs and coordinated facility and landscape maintenance
  • Coordinated and monitored area and park operational budgets
  • Coached, supported and trained supervisors, instructors and other park staff
  • Worked effectively with Aldermen, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Police Department, Park Advisory Councils and other partners 
  • Developed Regional Athletics trainings camps in all Sports
  • Reorganized “Trails of Terror” regional yearly event, increasing staff participation by 25% program attendance by 43% and revenue by 31% and bringing in 250 city-wide high school volunteers



B.S. Finance

1989 - 1994
Illinois Benedictine University, Lisle, IL.

Related Experience

Park Supervisor, Chicago Park District, Lafollette and Amundsen Parks (1998-2001)

Playground Supervisor, Chicago Park District, Galewood and Oakdale Parks (1996-1998)

Physical Instructor, Chicago Park District, LeClaire, Tuley and Grand Crossing Parks (1994-1996)

Recreation Leader , Chicago Park District, Amundsen and Galewood Parks (1993 - 1994)

Seasonal Recreation Leader, Chicago Park District, Craigin Park (July 1993 - August 1993)

Certifications and Awards

Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, National Parks and Recreation Association

Youth Program Quality Initiative, Methods Trainer and External Assessor

Friends of the Parks, Outstanding Park District Employee, 2007


Available upon Request