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Best of Glen Ellyn

Each month, the Park Board recognizes the “Best of Glen Ellyn.” These individuals have made outstanding contributions to the Park District. It is our privilege to celebrate and thank them at a Board meeting.


2019 Best of Glen Ellyn Awards

Part-Time Staff

Date: January 15, 2019
The Park Board recognized Dan Tripp and Ken McEwen for their outstanding service and dedication. Both Dan and Ken have been working for the Glen Ellyn Park District for over 9 years in many different capacities with a variety of responsibilities.


Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce

Date: February 19, 2019
Dawn Smith, Steve Thompson and the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce were recognized for their continued partnership with the Park District on the Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tasting. The District gratefully accepted the $4,000 check to aid the many children and families from the community who benefit from the Park District scholarship program.


Dan Minkus

Date: February 26, 2019
For over 20 years, Dan has been an integral part of the Glen Ellyn soccer community. Dan began as volunteer parent coach in the House League Soccer program, then became a volunteer coordinator on the House League Soccer committee, a volunteer for numerous soccer clinics and instructional programs, and became certified as a soccer referee. Dan continues his roles as a volunteer for the Glen Ellyn Lakers travel soccer program and the Glen Ellyn Lakers Fall Classic soccer tournament.


Lakers Trainers

Date: March 19, 2019
The Park Board recognized Ruben Stivan and the Future Pros Training staff for their hard work, dedication, loyalty and longevity providing training, leadership, mentoring and skill development for the Lakers Futbol Club and the Glen Ellyn Park District. Over the past 20 years, Future Pros has been instrumental in the establishment and expansion of the sport of youth soccer within the Glen Ellyn community while also influential in the athletic and social development of 1000’s of youth soccer players that have worn the Laker colors.


Chris Wilson

Date: April 16, 2019
Chris Wilson was recognized for her service, commitment and efforts as a Park District Commissioner. Chris served for the four years as a Park District Commissioner.


Past Park Board Commissioners

Date: May 21, 2019
As part of the Glen Ellyn Park District’s 100-Year Anniversary Celebration, the District extended invitations to all previous Commissioners to attend a Board meeting. At the May 21 meeting, we were proud and honored to acknowledge four past Park Board Commissioners who served the community for the latter portion of the 100 years. In attendance were Bill Dallman who served for twelve years from 1999 to 2011; Ron Aubrey who served for nine years from 2004 to 2013; Melissa Creech who served for eight years from 2009 to 2017; and Jay Kinzler who also served for eight years from 2009 to 2017.


Craig Turner

Date: July 16, 2019
The Park Board recognized Craig Turner for his volunteer efforts and dedication to the Glen Ellyn Park District. Craig constantly goes above and beyond the expectations of his leadership role for the Bulldogs Lacrosse program as well as contributing to other programs within the District.


Glen Ellyn Public Library

Date: September 17, 2019
The Glen Ellyn Public Library, Glen Ellyn Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library were recognized for their generous $2,000 donation to the Glen Ellyn Park District scholarship program.


Former Commissioners Tom Lawson, Carrie Burrows, and Bill Taylor

Date: September 17, 2019
The Glen Ellyn Park District was extremely proud and honored to acknowledge three past Park Board Commissioners as part of the District’s 100-Year Anniversary Celebration: Tom Lawson who served for six (6) years from 1971 to 1977; Carrie Burrows who served for six (6) years from 1993-1999; and Bill Taylor who served for four (4) years from 2005-2009. During their tenure, the Park District experienced significant growth and changes – improving the quality of life within Glen Ellyn by providing resources and opportunities for residents to recreate and socialize.


Denis Kania

Date: November 12, 2019
The Board recognized Denis Kania who, for the past 10 years, has been contributing and volunteering behind the scenes of the Glen Ellyn Park District’s environmental efforts. Over that time, he has selflessly expended hundreds of hours of his personal time and energy, has offered invaluable advice and guidance, while facilitating the donation of thousands of dollars of plant material. The Glen Ellyn Park District’s natural sites and outreach efforts would not be where they are today without his dedication, service, passion and efforts!


Eileen Mullin-Gasteier

Date: December 3, 2019
Eileen Mullin-Gasteier was recognized for her outstanding efforts to plan, organize and stage the inaugural “Fall Fête: Whiskey, Wine and Whimsy” event held on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The Park District is very grateful to Eileen for understanding our vision, and achieving both the financial and scholarship awareness goals of the event. Her passion, enthusiasm, authenticity and engagement created an amazing evening.