Facility Numbers

For general inquires, call 847-623-7788 to speak with a customer service represtative.

To reach FitNation directly, call 847-623-4506 to speak with a front desk representative.

To directly reach Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center, call 847-599-3780 to speak with a customer service representative. 

To reach Hunt Club Park Community Center, call 847-623-7788 to speak wiht a customer service representative.

To reach Viking Park Community Center, call 847-623-7788 to speak with a customer service representative. 

Board of Commissioners

GPD2016 Board JimGoshorn 3cJim Goshorn
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Jim Goshorn has been a resident of Gurnee since 1993 with his wife, Mary Beth. Jim and Mary Beth have a daughter and son, both graduates of Warren Township High School and active participants in Gurnee Park District programs.

Jim holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is professionally employed as an operations manager at AbbVie.

Jim has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2009. Prior to the elected position, Jim was a volunteer coach and participant in multiple strategic and facility planning committees.

GPD2016 Board LibbyBaker 3cLibby Baker

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Libby and her husband Ted have lived in Gurnee for 22 years. They have three sons ages 22, 19 and 17, all who attend(ed) Warren High School. Libby grew up in Des Plaines, IL where she first became involved in parks and recreation through her summer job with the Des Plaines Park District as a pool attendant and summer concert assistant. She holds a BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Iowa.

Libby’s professional work experience includes positions with: Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association, Lake Forest Recreation Department, Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association, Antioch Recreation Department, Winnetka Park District and currently the Wilmette Park District.

Libby achieved Master Board Member status through the Illinois Association of Park Districts in 2014 through her regular attendance at board meetings, public awareness events, and community events; participation in educational programs; involvement in the legislative process, and volunteering at Gurnee Park District events. She has also been a member of the IAPD Program Committee since 2013.

GPD2016 Board MichelleKlemz 3cMichelle Klemz

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Michelle and her husband Dave have lived in Gurnee since 1997. They have two children, Ryan 18 and Kayla 16. Both currently attend Warren Township High School and have enjoyed many Park District camps and classes as well as volunteering for Park District events and summer camps.

Before being appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2010 and elected in 2011, Michelle was a member of the HCPCC Advisory Committee and a Strategic Planning committee as a community representative. Michelle obtained a BS from the University of Michigan and an MBA from DePaul University. She has worked for over 20 years at Abbott/Abbvie in Clinical Supply Project Management and Clinical Drug Development.

Michelle has enjoyed her time as a Gurnee Park District Board member guiding and supporting the continued growth and sustainability of this Gold Medal winning Park District!

GPD2016 Board VickiPaddock 3cVicki Paddock

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847-249-0087

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GPD2016 Board GeraldCrews 3cGerald Crews

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Commissioner Gerry Crews was elected to the Board in April 2011. Gerry and his family have been residents of Gurnee for 25 years. He is active in community affairs such as: Gurnee Days, Exchange Club Events, and the annual Gurnee’s Relay for Life. Professionally, Gerry is a partner of JKR Financial Consultants, Ltd, a Retirement Planning Company, a Registered Representative with FSC Securities Corporation, graduate of University of Wisconsin’s CU Management School and has been in the banking, insurance and financial arena for over 30 years. He is a parishioner of St. Paul the Apostle and his younger children attend Warren Township High School.

Through the years, Gerry and his family have participated in many of the park district programs. “I am honored that the residents of Gurnee have elected me to serve as a commissioner on the Gurnee Park District Board. GPD has always provided a feeling of extended family to my wife and children through their exceptional programs and events. I look forward to bringing my passion for fiscal responsibility to future district planning and will focus on maintaining the high level of financial strength developed by my predecessors to ensure that such excellence continues to grow,” stated Crews.

Administrative Team

SusieKWEBSusie Kuruvilla

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847-599-3744

Suzanne Gage

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847-599-3759

Suzanne has been the Administrative Assistant since 1994. She had the privilege of working with three amazing Executive Directors: Betty Russell, Chuck Balling and currently, Susie Kuruvilla.

Originally from New Jersey, her family moved to Gurnee in 1985. Suzanne and her husband settled in Pembrook with their two girls. She joined the Friends of GPD when the Park District was threatened with dissolution in 1991 and afterward she worked on the Pembrook Park Citizens Advisory Committee.

Suzanne believes that three things in particular prepared her for her job. First, as a mother she learned about prioritizing and patience! Second, she served on the Woodland District 50 School Board in the 1990s and prior to that she was Asst. Director of Medical Records at New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center in New York for eight years. She has a B.S. in Medical Record Administration (21st century translation-Health Information Management).

Her primary responsibility is to support the Executive Director, including performing some human resource functions. She is also the Park Board recording secretary. Officially, her title includes health benefits coordinator, FOIA officer and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund authorized agent. Unofficially, she is one of our proofing experts and GPD historian. Details are either rolling around in her head or at her fingertips in the files.

ScottCrowe WEBScott M. Crowe

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Our Director of Recreation, Scott Crowe, has strong roots in the Gurnee community and moved to the area in 1990 days before Gurnee Mills opened. He has seen the community change significantly as a participant, as a young staff person working with our district during high school and college, and as a full-time staff person working as our Aquatic Manager from 2005-2013 and since then as our Director of Recreation. He is a graduate of Warren Township High School and Western Illinois University.

As the Director of the Recreation Department, Scott oversees all programs and activities that are held at the Hunt Club and Viking Park Community Centers, Hunt Club Aquatic Center and FitNation. This includes all of our programs including Early Childhood Programs, Youth Programs, Sports Programs, Aquatic Programs, Fitness Programs, Cultural Arts Programs and the approximately 500 staff to deliver these services. While this job seems big, Scott stated, “With the team of amazing staff around me, I am constantly amazed at the creative activities we come up with, and I am honored to lead such passionate and creative staff.”

Scott has had the opportunity to be involved in the community in many different ways. He has served locally on the Healthy Community Health Youth Board of Directors, Blue Devil Swim Club Board, Gurnee Days Corporation Board, and works on several committees with local schools. These relationships have helped foster positive relationships and help all entities make the best use of public resources to give our residents great services.

Scott has also served on several boards, committees and task forces as a professional member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) and has presented numerous times at the IPRA State Conference. Scott recently completed the National Recreation and Park Association’s, Certified Park and Recreation Executive certification program and joined a distinguished group of 186 professionals nationally and 26 professionals in the State of Illinois with such a distinction.

Scott is married to an Elementary Music Teacher and has two boys ages 5 and 7. When he’s not at work he’s likely fishing, trying to set a good “GO GURNEE” example by walking, or volunteering as coach for his kids’ sports teams and seeing the other side of our industry as a participant. “Not only do I enjoy seeing my boys enjoy the things I enjoyed as a child, it allows me to gain a valuable perspective as a participant. These observations are critically important personally and professionally. Not to mention, it’s just fun!” said Scott.

Mike Szpylman WEBMike Szpylman

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Our Director of Business Services, Michael Szpylman, grew up just next to Gurnee in Waukegan, IL. When he grew up in Waukegan, he was a heavy user of the Waukegan Park District playing baseball and soccer as well attending camp, visiting the pool and exploring the ravine and woods at Bowen Park.

Now as an adult, his entire family is able to enjoy so much of what Gurnee Park District has to offer. His three daughters all attended preschool with the Park District as well as participated in so many of the recreation programs from dance to soccer to youth musical theater just to name a few. His girls love going to Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center throughout the summer and attending the awesome summer camps. Emily and Natalie (his oldest daughters) love outdoor survivor camp! Mike and his wife, Vicki, enjoy working out at both FitNation locations, love playing pickleball at the Park District and not to mention dropping the girls off at the always appreciated Parents’ Night Out program. And let’s not forget the awesome parks that his family enjoys on a regular basis during the weekends and nice spring, summer and fall nights.

Prior to his employment at Gurnee Park District, Michael worked for the Arena Football League as controller and for TopGolf USA as chief financial officer. In 2009, Michael moved into the government sector as the Finance Director in Kronenwetter, WI. While working in Kronenwetter, Michael saw the Director of Business Services job opportunity for Gurnee Park District and jumped at the chance to come home to Northern Lake County in a career he loves.

Michael was hired as Director of Business Services in October 2010. As Director of Business Services, Michael oversees all financial aspects of the Park District including accounting, accounts payable, financial reporting as well as human resources and information technology.

GPD2016 JGilbert Headshot webJennifer Gilbert

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Our Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Jennifer Gilbert, fondly recalls her earliest memories of Gurnee Park District including riding her bike through Viking Park, using her Park District pool pass to swim at the High School pool or “PIT” almost daily and a memorable fall themed ribbon cutting event at O’Plaine park, adjacent to her childhood home. “I have always been connected to Gurnee Park District in one way or another,” she stated.

Prior to her employment at Gurnee Park District, Jennifer’s relationship continued to grow as a sponsor of district special events with her previous employer. When she discovered an opportunity to bring her marketing and communication expertise to the Park District she knew it was the perfect role for her.

Jennifer was hired as the Marketing and PR Manager in 2008 and since then has not only expanded marketing and communication efforts through many advertising channels, she has spearheaded social media for the District, expanded community and media relations and built a team of marketing professionals that care for the brand, communications, advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Jennifer has served on many committees including a Village of Gurnee Diversity Committee, past Gurnee Rotary Member, PR Council of Lake County Member and past chair, Live Well Lake County Be Active: Walking Action Team Co-Chair, Business Education Partners Program Member (BEPP), United Way of Lake County marketing advisor and several other committees and action teams throughout the community and Lake County.

Jennifer was promoted to Director of Marketing and Community Relations in April of 2016 after the successful brand launch of FitNation and rollout of Gurnee Park District’s newest health movement, GO GURNEE.

“I am so very proud to work for Gurnee Park District and look forward to finding ways to better serve our community every day!” Jennifer added.

Reinhard16 rgbWebJeff Reinhard

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Jeff has been with the District for 26 years and has seen a lot of growth in the community and the park district in general. Jeff’s experience in the park and recreation field dates back to when he was 16 years old and got his first job with his local park district working in the parks department. He attended Illinois State University and received a BA in Business Administration, all the while continuing to work summers at the park district. It was an easy transition to stay in the park field after college to make this his life’s work. Early in his career, he had a passion to build parks and playgrounds. Under his leadership, Gurnee Park District has added over 20 new parks and has built many new updated playgrounds. He is always looking for the newest cutting edge playground designs for the children who visit the parks.

Recreation Team

Director of Recreation, Scott M. Crowe, CPRE
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Recreation Team Assistant and Volunteers, Chelsi Todd
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Office/Customer Service Supervisor, Janet Billiter
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Manager, Beckie Korzyniewski, CPRP
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Adult Program Supervisor, Ron Dorsey, CPRP
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Aquatic Manager, Kara Moss, CPRP
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Aquatic Coordinator, Nicole Mendez
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Manager, Beckie Korzyniewski, CPRP
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Performing Arts Coordinator, Kris Norwood
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Fitness Manager, Shawn Zimmerman
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Fitness Services Supervisor, Pat Bodame, CPRP
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Fitness Operations Supervisor, Matthew Vanderkamp, CPRP
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Membership Coordinator, Omayra Shofner
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Personal Training Coordinator, Tammy Pankau
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Group Exercise Coordinator, Amy Cusack
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Manager, Sue McDougle, CPRP
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Preschool Coordinator, Dina Dowmon
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Rental and Scheduling Coordinator, Lori Friedl
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Manager, Beckie Korzyniewski, CPRP
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Special Event Coordinator, Stephanie Friedl
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Youth Athletics Supervisor, Chris Marzano, CPRP
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Adult Program Supervisor, Ron Dorsey, CPRP
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Youth Program Supervisor, Sabrina Hinkens, CPRP
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Youth Program Coordinator, Davida Doyle
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Business Team

Director of Business Services, Mike Szpylman, CPRP
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Marketing Team

Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Jennifer Gilbert, CPRP
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Marketing Specialist, Liz Gnippe
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Parks Team

Facility Maintenance Supervisor, Sarah Sinclair
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Parks and Grounds Operations Supervisor, Steve Becker, CPRP
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Director of Parks and Planning, Jeff Reinhard, CPRP
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Safety Supervisor, Kraig Owens CPSI
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Jim Goshorn has been a resident of Gurnee since 1993 with his wife, Mary Beth.  Jim and Mary Beth have a daughter and son, both graduates of Warren Township High School and active participants in Gurnee Park District programs.

Jim holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is professionally employed as an operations manager at AbbVie.

Jim has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2009.  Prior to the elected position, Jim was a volunteer coach and participant in multiple strategic and facility planning committees.