Meet the Staff

 

The friendly & professional faces at the DuPage Swimming Center!

Management:

Lauren-Hodder-small Lauren Hodder: Lauren is the President of the Du Page Swimming Center. She swam competitively for 13 years before attending the University of Louisville on a swimming scholarship. At Louisville, she was a four-time Academic All-American. She received the Outstanding Senior Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year award and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004. While pursuing her law degree at Seattle University School of Law, Lauren was an assistant swim coach at Seattle University. Upon graduation, Lauren returned to Illinois to work with her family. She is Du Page Swimming Center’s manager, Lesson Coordinator, and a private lesson instructor. Lauren specializes in teaching competitive and swim-team-level lessons.
Ashley Seymour:
Ashley is the Vice President of Service for Swimming Pool Management Systems, Inc., one of the Du Page Swimming Center’s sister companies. She was an 18-time All-American in high school, where she held 4 state records and 2 national titles. She received a swimming scholarship to the University of Miami (OH), and was a 4-year member of the MAC All-Conference team. Ashley currently teaches private swim lessons at the Du Page Swimming Center, and aids in curriculum development.
Hilary Mazzula: 
Hi! I’m Hilary. I have worked at DPSC since 2007 teaching Parent/Tot, Group, and Private Lessons; I also have experience with children who have special needs. I'm a front desk manger at the Swim Center. I'm also the Private Lessons coordinator. I have been married for 11 years to my loving husband, and I have 3 energetic kids. I grew up in Hawaii, and swam on a competitive swim team for 5 years and played water polo. My hobbies include: health and fitness, swimming, camping, hiking, and spending time with my family! I love watching kids learn!

OUR INSTRUCTORS:

All of our instructors are CPR, AED, First Aid, and Lifeguard certified. New instructor candidates must complete the Du Page Swimming Center’s training program and apprentice for a minimum of 40 hours before teaching independently.

We believe in on-going training and education to ensure our instructors utilize the most current teaching methods, which are reviewed in our quarterly in-service training meetings. We also conduct monthly CPR testing to keep our staff up-to-date in life-saving techniques.

Jim Ahlborn:
Hey, I’m Jim. I was a competitive swimmer in high school, and I have been teaching adults and kids how to swim for over 25 years. I have a degree in Marketing and Management, and I am a Deputy Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with teaching my students to overcome their fears in the water. I teach all levels including private lessons. I specialize in Adult Classes here at the swim center.
Nikki Banas:
Hi I’m Nikki, I learned how to swim when I was 6 years old. I enjoy swimming and triathlons. I teach all levels including private lessons. I enjoy being a teacher, because I get to watch the kids learn and grow as swimmers.
Rebecca Baugh:
Hello, I’m Rebecca. I am a Speical Education teacher and developmental play therapist. I have lived in Illinois for almost 10 years, but Californian through and through. I'm a mother of twin girls, and have been married for almost 20 years. My hobbies include: travel, rock climbing, hiking, and reading. I teach all the levels including privates. I also teach the Adult classes at the swim center.
Jakob Beutler:
Hi, I’m Jakob. I enjoy being active. I enjoy wrestling and playing rugby. I teach all levels. I enjoy being a swim instructor and working with the kids. It's fun to watch them develop as swimmer.
Kailey Bond:
Hi, I’m Kailey.  I have 11 years of competitive swimming experience on Oakhurst Swim Team, Delta Aquatics and Waubonsie Valley High School.  I also have coached club swimming in Michigan where I attended college at Grand Valley State University.  I am currently working towards a degree in physical education and health.  I enjoy going to the beach, swimming, and hanging out with my dog in my free time.  I specialize in teaching upper level group lessons and private lessons.
Julia Burling:
Hi, I'm Julia.  I have competed competitively for 10 years as a member of Fox Valley Swim Team, and I have also been a member of Waubonsie Valley High School's Varsity Swim Team.  I am also a three time Illinois High School State Swimming Qualifier.  My favorite swimming memory is when I swam Backstroke on my school's Medley Relay my Freshman Year.  In my spare time, I compete nationally in Triathlon.  My favorite part of teaching is watching my students develop a love for swimming.  I specialize in teaching upper level group lessons, private lessons, and adult lessons.
Lexi Beutler:
Hello, I’m Lexi.  I am a former competitive gymnast and a current dancer.  I love to work with little kids!  My favorite part of teaching is seeing how excited my students get when they learn new skills!
Anna Burnett:
Hello, I’m Anna. I learned how to swim at a very young age, and have been swimming ever since.  In my spare time, I enjoy swimming and traveling.  I have also been a lifeguard for several years.  I specialize in teaching lower levels.  I love getting to know my students and watching them become water safe swimmers!
Hunter Cahan:
Hello, I’m Hunter.  I swam competitively for many years when I was younger.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing lacrosse and reading.  My favorite part of teaching is getting to meet all of my students and watch how much they are able to improve in each session.  I specialize in teaching lower level group lessons and private lessons.
Stacy Conrad:
Hi, I’m Stacy. I have been an instructor at Dupage Swim Center since 2004. I swam on the varsity team for all four years in High School. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in education, and I currently teach Math in high school. I was a competitive swimmer my entire life, and I still love swimming. I teach the upper group levels and private lessons. I specialize in working with Swim Team members and Triathletes. I love watching all of the students grow and succeed in their goals.
Allison Coakley:
Hi, I’m Allison. I've been a part of the Bullets Swim Team and the Oswego East Swim Team. I enjoy swimming, boxing and spending time with family and friends. I teach all levels including privates. I enjoy being a swim instructor and watching the students make progress.
Kate Danko:
Hi, I’m Kate.  I have been a lifeguard at White Eagle for the last two years.  One of my favorite swimming memories would have to be swimming at my cousin's lake house in the summer.  In my spare time, I have been a member of Matea Valley's Varsity Volleyball Team and Beach Volleyball Team.  I also am an active member of Student Government at my school.  I love seeing my students become water safe and confident in the big pool!  I love the huge smiles that I get when they are able to do strokes by themselves in deep water!  I teach both upper and lower levels and I also teach private lessons.
Jenni DelGiudice:
Hi, I'm Jenni.  I swam competively for seven years.  In my spare time, I play cello and lacrosse.  I specialize in teaching lower level group lessons and private lessons.  I love watching my students improve, and I love that I get to teach them a life skill that can potentially be life saving one day!
Audra Diehl:
Hi, I’m Audra. I have been swimming for ten years now. I love swimming and water skiing. My favorite swim memories are swimming on my High School Team. I teach the upper group levels and private lessons. I love sharing my passion for swimming with the kids.
Noah Foster:
Hi, I’m Noah.  I was a Sprint Freestlyer for my high school swim team.  In my free time, I enjoy playing lacrosse and working on computers.  I specialize in teaching upper level group lessons.  I love seeing my students master Breaststroke and Butterfly for the first time and watching their confidence grow!
Kate Halbrook:
Hey, I’m Kate. I am from Carbondale, Il. I swam for SIU and have been associated with swim clubs for 13 years. I love interacting with children and watching them learn to become better swimmers. I am a fun and easy going person, but I do make sure that my students work hard and don’t goof off. I love being a positive impact on a child’s live. My goal is to be the best teacher I can be.
Deividas Gimbutis:
Hi, I’m Deivid. Before coming to the Unites States, I was a member of a competitive swim team in Lithuania. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, going to concerts, and hanging out with my wife and animals. I have one Mini-Pomeranian named Charlie, and one Pit-Bull named Mila. I teach all levels including private lessons. I love teaching kids because every child is unique and I get to adapt my lessons every day to meet their individual needs.
Aayush Kaul:
Hey, I’m Aayush.  I can still remember my first swimming class....I had a blast!  In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer and hanging out with my friends.  I specialize in teaching lower and middle level group lessons.  I love the rewarding feeling that I get when a student finally becomes water safe or gets confidence in the big pool!
Michelle He:
Hello, my name is Michelle. I have enjoyed swimming since learning to swim at the YMCA. I have swam competitively my sophomore year on swim team. I enjoy playing tennis. At the swim center I'm currently teaching upper and lower group levels. I also teach private lessons. I love being able to see the children enjoy themselves, as they grow as swimmers.
Faith Lenardi:  
Hi, I’m Faith.  In my spare time, I'm a cheerleader at my school.  I enjoy teaching lower level group lessons, because I love little kids!  I love singing song during class to keep my students engaged.
Yamil Mazzulla:  
Hi, I’m Yamil. I enjoy soccer, paintball, fishing, camping, hiking and spending time with my family. I've working the Special Education system for 16 and half years. I teach the lower levels including privates. I love to see the kids learn a valuable life skill.
Alyssa Metlicka:
Hey, I’m Alyssa.  I have been swimming on a competitive club team for 10 years.  In my spare time, I love swimming and water polo.  I specialize in teaching upper level lessons and competitive swim team private lessons.
Maddie Meyer:
Hey, I’m Maddie.  I swam competitively at Fox Swim Team for 8 years.  My favorite swimming memory is when I dropped 14 seconds in the 100 Fly at an invitational meet.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, hanging out with my friends, and traveling.  I enjoying teaching both upper and lower levels and I also love teaching private lessons.
Emily Nelson :
Hey, I’m Emily. I grew up with a pool, so I have been in the water all my life.  I enjoy going to school and working with kids. I teach Parent Tot and the lower levels at the swim center.  I also teach private lessons. I enjoy watching my kids progress with their swimming skills.
Erin Palubin:
Hey, I’m Erin. My favorite swimming memory is being on my High School Swim Team with all my friends. I enjoy swimming and running. I teach the all the group levels and private lessons. The best thing about teaching is watching the kids have fun while learning new things.
Ben Piotrowski
Hello, I’m Ben.  I learned to swim at DuPage Swimming Center, and I loved it!  In my spare time, I enjoy running, swimming and biking.  I specialize in teaching lower and middle level group lessons.  I love seeing my students improve and move up to higher levels!
Kaitlyn Rasmus:
Hello, I’m Kaitlyn. I have been a competitive swimmer for 6 years. I enjoy swimming and playing beach volleyball. I am on the varsity volleyball team at Metea Valley. I teach the all the group levels and private lessons. I really enjoy the watching the kids make progress as swimmers. I love seeing the smiles on their faces.
Natalya Schleebs:
Hey, I’m Natalya.  I began swimming at the age of 4 in Australia, and swam competitively for 10 years.  My favorite swimming memories are from Junior Olympics when we would get to stay at a hotel with my entire team and have tons of fun!  My hobbies include swimming, playing golf and lifting.  I graduated from Northern Illinois University and am pursuing a career in Speech Pathology.  I teach all group lesson levels and private levels.
Alec Schopler:
Hey, I'm Alec.  I swam competitively for 9 years and also played water polo for 3 years.  In my free time, I enjoy swimming, drawing, and playing video games.  I specialize in teaching upper level group lessons and competitive swim team private lessons.  I love to focus on technique refinement in efforts to help students swim faster!
Sam Seagro:
Hey, I'm Sam. One of my favorite teaching memories is when I taught my niece how to swim.  In my free time, I love to stay active, and I'm currently studying Business Management and Child Development.  I specialize in teaching upper and lower group lesson levels, Parent Tot and Adult Lessons, and also Private lessons.  I love seeing a child or adult achieve swimming goals that they originally thought were impossible!
Girard Sweeney:
Hello, I’m Girard. I learned to swim here at the Dupage Swimming Center. I love being active. I enjoy swimming, track, cross country and being a Boy Scout. I teach most of the lower levels all the way up to the upper levels. I also teach privates. I really enjoy seeing my students progress and gain more confidence in the water.
Zac Strater:
Hello, I’m Zac. I learned to swim when I was really young, and I swam competitively for many years.  I also have coached a summer swim team for several seasons.  In my free time, I love to act and spend time outdoors.  I teach all levels of group lessons but I specialize in upper levels.
Tamaryn Tran:
Hello, I’m Tamaryn. I have grew up swimming competitively at an early age.  I currently swim for my high school's swim team, and I actually used to take swim lessons at DuPage Swim Center!  In my spare time, I play Cello, and I love to travel and go to concerts.  I specialize in teaching upper level group lessons.
Elise Vath:
Hello, I’m Elise.  I swam competitively for 10 years, and I have taught swim lessons for over 3 years.  I love spending time with my 2 dogs Finn and Lily in my free time.  I teach all group lesson levels, but I specialize in teaching upper levels and competitive swim team private lessons.  I love getting new students and watching them improve!
Jonah Weisler:
Hi, I'm Jonah.  I love swimming and have great memories of swimming in Lake Michigan growing up.  In my spare time, I love to play Volleyball, read, and sing.  I specialize in teaching lower levels and private lessons.
Emma Wetzel:
Hello, I’m Emma.  I swam competitively for 10 years.  In my free time, I enjoy listening to music and baking.  I teach all group lesson levels and private lesson levels as well.  I love to see my students improve and become more confident in the water!
Kate Zernzach:
Hello, I’m Kate.  I learned to swim at a very early age and I still swim all the time.  My favorite swimming memory was when I got to swim with dolphins!  In my free time, I enjoy hiking, swimming, and traveling.  I specialize in teaching lower level group lessons and private lessons.  I love getting to know my students!


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