Best of Glen Ellyn

Each month the Glen Ellyn Park District review the district’s volunteers and participants to find those who best exemplify the interests of the park district. These people are then recognized as the Best of Glen Ellyn at a Park Board meeting. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, email with your nomination and details.


Gymnastics Instructors

Date: January 5, 2017
The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners recognized Nicki Tazelaar, Beth Rosch, Nick Maruyama, Donna Murphy, Maggie Wilhite, Lauren Rayer, and Sarah DeStefano for their hard work, commitment and dedication to the Park District Gymnastics program. The Gymnastics Program runs approximately 25 classes each session for children ages 18 months to 14 years old. Class enrollment has been on the rise since 2014 with an average of 240 kids enrolled per session. The program has grown in popularity over the last few years, due in large part to the fantastic and dedicated coaching staff.

The Park District is fortunate to have these truly extraordinary and devoted coaches. Without them, the program would certainly not be what it is today.

Ackerman SFC Staff

Date: February 21, 2017
The Park District recognized the hard work and outstanding dedication of the following employees from Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center at the February 21st meeting: Joan Bry, Beatriz Clark, Cheryl Conley, Stan Emmert, Pete Heinrich, Carlos Hernandez, Karen Johnson, Jen Karlson, Ken Karlson, Jessica Lang, Matt Larmore, Patti Lawler, Brett Love, Gerry Smith, Janet Vargas, Scott Watkins and Myron Yocum.

Don St. Clair

Date: March 4, 2017
Don St. Clair was named the Glen Ellyn Park District Volunteer of the Year at the annual Glen Ellyn Community Awards Breakfast on Saturday, March 4, 2017. As an original member of the Park District’s Citizens’ Finance Committee, Don’s efforts over the past six years have provided guidance and direction for the Park Board of Commissioners, helping develop a financial template which has resulted in saving the community countless dollars while maximizing financial resources. Don’s efforts include work on a long-term capital asset replacement program for the District, comparative analyses of other park districts, and financial analyses of projects such as the indoor aquatic study, platform tennis courts, Newton Park synthetic turf project, and the Lake Ellyn Park and Boathouse improvements.

Glenbard West Bass Fishing Club

Date: May 2, 2017
The Glenbard West Bass Fishing Club donated $500 toward restocking the fish population at Lake Ellyn as well as assisted in releasing the fish on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The club was recognized by the Park Board of Commissioners for their efforts to improve the overall fishing experience for the community. The established club at the High School is comprised of nine students and their advisor, Neil Eckman.

Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn

Date: June 6, 2017
Park Board Commissioners and Staff recognized the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn for their generous $10,000 contribution to the beautification project at Prairie Path Park.

Jon Ciero

Date: August 15, 2017
The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners recognized Jon Ciero for his volunteer efforts and dedication to the Glen Ellyn Park District. Jon, a longtime Park District resident and volunteer, has been involved with the baseball and softball programs for a number of years.

Brendan Cavanagh

Date: October 17, 2017
The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners recognized Brendan Cavanagh for his efforts in collaborating with the Park District to offer a new community event for 2017 in coordination with his foundation, Charlie’s Corner, benefiting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The “Glow in the Park Lantern Walk” was hugely successful with an estimated 2,000 people in attendance and approximately 500 lanterns sold. Families and friends enjoyed making paper lanterns at the event, entertainment and attractions, before concluding the evening by walking collectively as a group around the perimeter of Lake Ellyn with all the lit and decorated lanterns.

Debra Shakin

Date: November 14, 2017
The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners recognized Debra Shakin for her hard work and dedication with the Adventure Time Before and After School Program. Mrs. Shakin has been the site director for the Adventure Time Program since its inception in 1999. Working with the Park District, Mrs. Shakin was influential in the creation and development of the program, and instrumental for the success over for the past 18 years.

Mike Graham

Date: December 12, 2017
The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners recognized Mike Graham and the Glen Ellyn Platform Tennis Club for their efforts to selflessly and generously raise and contribute funds to improve a public asset that not only benefits the club and its members but also the public and overall community. Over the past several years, Mike has committed hundreds of hours serving and administrating the Glen Ellyn Platform Tennis Club in their yearly operation, leading the efforts to advocate for additional courts and successfully raising $100,000 for the implementation of the expansion plan he helped developed.

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