Ray McGury

Executive Director

Ray McGury joined the Naperville Park District in September 2008 with more than 27 years of community leadership, education and law enforcement experience. In his role as Executive Director, Ray oversees a budget of more than $34 million and is responsible for the overall management of a regular staff of 100+, and more than 1,000 seasonal employees. As the head of the District, he is additionally responsible for directing the operations and maintenance of more than 137 parks and facilities across 2,400+ acres, and the offering of more than 1,500 recreational, arts, athletic and environmental programs for all ages.

Prior to joining the park district, Ray served as a leading law enforcement professional with the Naperville Police Department for more than 20 years, retiring at the rank of police captain, and later at the Bolingbrook Police Department where he served as the Chief of Police from 2005-2008.

The Naperville Park District has continued to make significant progress under Ray’s leadership, completing key facility projects like the District’s first nature interpretive center at Seager Park, Knoch Knolls Nature Center and Fort Hill Activity Center. Additionally, he oversaw a years-long project that involved seeking significant community input, the decommissioning of the 51-year-old Barn Recreation Center and the building of a new Central Maintenance Facility in its place.

Demonstrating the District’s exceptional leadership in the industry, Ray led the organization through an initial CAPRA national accreditation process through the National Recreation and Park Association and a reaccreditation in 2016. The District also has successfully received and renewed its state Distinguished Accreditation under his purview.

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ray has been honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission as Police Chief of the Year and received the Medal of Honor for Bravery from the International Narcotics Officers’ Association. He also received the Naperville Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, the Kreml Leadership Award from Northwestern University, and many others. An involved community member, Ray has been active in the Illinois Special Olympics, St. Baldrick’s Cure for Pediatric Cancer, Naperville Ribfest, and has been a volunteer coach for the Naperville and Bolingbrook park districts and YMCA. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor at the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, an adjunct criminal justice professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and an instructor for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. Xavier University and a Masters of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. He also is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the Rocky Mountain Executive Management Program.

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Leadership Team

The Naperville Park District's Leadership Team is comprised of directors and managers who direct business efforts on behalf of the District within their areas of specialty. The vast knowledge base and experience of these professionals is represented in the development of organization-wide initiatives such as the Strategic Plan, Master Plan, development projects, measuring success of the District, budgeting and many other projects throughout the course of the year. The Leadership Team is led by Executive Director Ray McGury.

Kevin Finnegan

Director of Parks

Kevin Finnegan is the Director of Parks for the Naperville Park District. In that role, he is responsible for the maintenance of 140 park sites and more than 40 structures and facilities. He oversees the operation of six divisions consisting of Fleet, Trades, North Parks/Riverwalk, Central Parks, South Parks and Park Police encompassing approximately 42 regular and 70 seasonal positions. Additionally, Kevin is in charge of the District's two, 18-hole golf courses.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from St. Xavier University. He began his employment with the Park District in March 2005 as Trades Manager with over 27 years of experience in transportation, facilities and grounds maintenance.

kfinnegan@napervilleparks.org
630-848-5037

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Sameera Luthman

Director of Marketing & Communications

As the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Naperville Park District, Sameera leads the planning, development and execution of all marketing and communications related initiatives for the agency that serves a community of more than 146,000 residents. She is responsible for developing all District publications including the quarterly Program Guide – a catalog that is distributed to 55,000 households – leading email marketing and social media projects, directing public relations efforts across the organization, overseeing the design and branding of promotional materials and managing sponsorship development.

From a community perspective, Sameera is the organizer of the Communications Roundtable – a group of marketing professionals who represent various civic and community organizations in Naperville – that meets several times a year to share best practices, collaborate and provide support to one another.

Sameera has represented the Naperville Park District as a speaker on marketing topics at the state level for the parks and recreation industry and has authored several articles on marketing, recreation and special events that have been published in local and state publications.

Sameera has a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from Illinois State University and a graduate marketing certificate from North Central College. Although she has spent the bulk of her career working in the public sector, Sameera also possesses private industry experience, having worked as a communications professional in IT and software design.

sluthman@napervilleparks.org
630-848-3570

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Omar Sandoval

Director of Information Technology

Omar Sandoval is the IT Manager for the Naperville Park District. In that role, he is responsible for the technology needs of the District’s thirteen facilities as well as multiple off-branch sites. He oversees the technology infrastructure across the District including the District Data Center, disaster recovery and backups, VOIP systems, as well as multiple software packages and separate systems. He also supports a wide variety of departments District-wide, from Park Police to marketing, and serving the needs of full-time and seasonal staff.

Omar Graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technologies. He joined the Naperville Park District in February 2008 as the Helpdesk Technician and assumed the role of Network Engineer in June 2010. He was promoted to IT Manager in October 2014.

osandoval@napervilleparks.org
630-848-3581

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Carl Schnibben

Park Police Chief

As the Park Police Chief for the Naperville Park District, Carl Schnibben oversees a staff of approximately 20 part-time sworn police officers and the Park Service Officers Corps.  The Naperville Park Police patrol the parks year round, focusing on the busy spring, summer, and fall months with the mission of keeping our patrons safe. Park Police also provide event security and maintain communications with the City of Naperville Police to enhance the community’s ability to respond in an emergency.

Carl joined the Naperville Park District staff in 2006 with 37 years of experience in local law enforcement.  During his 30 years with the Woodridge Police Department, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division and the Patrol Division. After retiring from his position at Woodridge, he assisted the Westmont Police Department in a civilian capacity, overseeing Evidence Control and Crime Prevention.

Carl’s experience includes acting as Deputy Coordinator and Coordinator of the Felony Investigations Assistance Team (FIAT) from 1997 to 2003. This organization is comprised of fifteen law enforcement agencies to address cases that exceed the capacity of most police departments.

Carl is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

cschnibben@napervilleparks.org
630-848-5049

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Katie Sepe

Director of Human Resources

Katie Sepe is the Director of Human Resources for the Naperville Park District. In that role, she is responsible for administering employee benefits, overseeing the risk management program, and managing recruiting efforts, compensation administration, performance appraisal process and legal compliance matters. Additionally, Katie represents the District on the PDRMA Claims Committee, the PDRMA Education and Training Committee, the Management Association of Illinois HR Advisory Committee and the Ribfest Steering Committee.

Katie graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety. She joined the Naperville Park District in January 1996 as the Risk Manager and assumed the role of Human Resources Manager in January 2005. Katie became the Director of Human Resources in January 2011.

ksepe@napervilleparks.org
630-848-3508

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Eric Shutes

Director of Planning

Eric Shutes is the Director of Planning for the Naperville Park District. In that role, Eric oversees the planning and development of parks and facilities. This is accomplished through two primary functions – park planning and the executing  capital improvements. The park planning function primarily involves the preparation of and monitoring compliance of land acquisition and development grants. In addition to park planning, the function of executing capital improvements is imperative for maintaining and developing much needed parks and facilities. The Planning Department also assists the City of Naperville in administering the Land Dedication Ordinance.

Eric joined the Naperville Park District in May 2001 with a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his employment at the Park District, Eric served as a landscape designer and construction foreman for a leading design/build landscape contractor. While employed by the Naperville Park District, Eric acquired a state license in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University.

eshutes@napervilleparks.org
630-848-5014

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Sue Stanish

Director of Finance

Sue Stanish joined the Naperville Park District as the Director of Finance in January 2011. A Certified Public Accountant, she brings more than 20 years of leadership and work experience in municipal finance with employers that include the Village of Willowbrook, City of Naperville and KPMG Peat Marwick. Sue currently represents the District on the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA) Finance Committee. Her professional memberships include: the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) where she currently serves as Past President of the Executive Board. Sue also has served IGFOA in several other capacities including leading the IGFOA's Career Development Committee to develop and provide educational seminars for its members. Additionally, she served as an Executive Board member of the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund (IMET). Sue received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from DePaul University and is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Executive Management Program.

sstanish@napervilleparks.org
630-848-3514

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Brad Wilson

Director of Recreation

Brad Wilson is the Director of Recreation with the Naperville Park District. He joined the Park District in 1998 as an intern from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Upon completion of his internship he remained with the District as a Program Manager within the Programming Division, where he focused primarily on managing youth athletic programs. Since 2003, Brad has served as the Recreation Department Supervisor.

The Recreation Department consists of four primary service areas including the Programming, Community Relations, Aquatics and Recreation Support Divisions. The Programming Division’s responsibilities include the development and administration of over 1400 annual Park District programs and special events, as well as scheduling athletic fields. The Community Relations Division manages program registration, facility rentals and front-line customer service, the Aquatics Division coordinates Centennial Beach operations and Recreation Support Division provides maintenance and support for programs and rentals at Park District indoor facilities.

bwilson@napervilleparks.org
630-848-3532

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Parks
Kevin Finnegan 
Director of Parks
  kfinnegan@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5037
Carl Gorra
Park Operations Manager (Central)
  cgorra@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5036
Drew Hogue
Trades Manager
  ahogue@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5030
Chuck Papanos 
Park Operations Manager (North & Riverwalk)
  cpapanos@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3590
 
Planning
Eric Shutes
Director of Planning
  eshutes@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5014
Jessica Burgdorf 
Project Manager
  jburgdorf@napervilleparks.org   630.864.3944
Aileen McEldowney
Planner
  amceldowney@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5016
Peggy Pelkonen
Project Manager
  ppelkonen@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5013
Mike Piszynski
Project Manager
  mpiszynski@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5012
 
Park Police
Carl Schnibben
Police Chief
  cschnibben@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5049
 
Recreation
Brad Wilson
Director of Recreation
  bwilson@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3532
Stephanie Ainslie
Program Manager
  sainslie@napervilleparks.org   630.995.8927
Brock Atwell
Program Manager
  batwell@napervilleparks.org   630.995.8925
Sara Cass
Program Manager
  scass@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3571
Andrea Coates
Facility Manager
  acoates@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3544
Beth Durso
Program Manager
  bjohnson@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3539
Fred Gusel
Program Manager
  fgusel@napervilleparks.org   630.995.8923
Angelique Harshman
Nature Center Manager
  aharshman@napervilleparks.org   630.864.3962
Lynnette Hoole
Volunteer Coordinator
  lhoole@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3606
Debbie Kretzmann
Community Relations Manager
  dkretzmann@napervilleparks.org   630.995.8916
Brittany Malatt
Program Manager
  bmalatt@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3619
Jeanne Maher
Program Manager
  jmaher@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3535
David Naydenoff
Program Manager
  dnaydenoff@napervilleparks.org   630.995.8924
Lorraine Ouellette
Program Manager
  louellette@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3620
 
Golf Services
Kevin Carlson
Superintendent of Golf Operations
  kcarlson@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5062
Tim Dunn
Head Golf Pro (Naperbrook)
  tdunn@napervilleparks.org   630.679.8661
Mike Lyzun
Head Golf Pro (Springbrook)
  mlyzun@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5070
 
Marketing and Communications
Sameera Luthman
Director of Marketing and Communications
  sluthman@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3570
Stacey Fontechia
Sales and Sponsorship Manager
  sfontechia@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3575
Sue Omanson
Community Development Manager
  somanson@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3572
Nancy Thompson
Marketing Assistant
  nthompson@napervilleparks.org   630.848.5022
 
Finance
Sue Stanish
Director of Finance
  sstanish@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3514
Diane Grover
Accounts Payable Administrator
  dgrover@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3507
Jeremy Link
Accounting Manager
  jlink@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3506
Jill Majcher
Payroll Administrator
  jmajcher@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3577
 
Human Resources
Katie Sepe
Director of Human Resources
  ksepe@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3508
Becky Cooper
Safety Manager
  bcooper@napervilleparks.org   630.848.2139
 
Information Technology
Omar Sandoval
Director of IT
  osandoval@napervilleparks.org   630.848.3581

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
 
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment
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