Meet the Staff

 

The friendly & professional faces at the DuPage Swimming Center!

Management:

Lauren-Hodder-small Lauren Hodder: Lauren is the manager of the Du Page Swimming Center. She swam competitively for 13 years before attending the University of Louisville on an 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.
Riley Blackmore:
Hi, I’m Riley. I have been swimming competitively for the last 10 years. I enjoy swimming, running and spending time with my friends. I teach the upper levels here at the swim center. I specialize in swim team development. I love seeing each child improve their swimming skills.
Alex Burt:
Hello, I’m Alex. I have swum for Reedsburg Swim Team. When I'm not teaching swim lessons I spend my time participating in Band, skiing and scuba diving. I enjoy teaching the lower levels. I love creating relationships with my students.
Billy Carson:
Hey, I’m Billy. I've worked here at Dupage Swim Center for the last 3 years. My siblings have all taught here at the swim center. My hobbies include: playing football, basketball. I lead a religious youth group. I teach all the levels including privates. I enjoy seeing the kids improve on their skills. I love to see them smile as they learn.
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.
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.
Rachel Coppola :
Hello, I Rachel. I enjoying swimming in the summer with my friends. I like to play volleyball and working with kids. I teach all levels including privates. I enjoy seeing the kids succeed.
Drew Danko:
Hi, I’m Drew. I coached the Special Olympics Swim Team my freshman year. I am also the online editor for the school newspaper. I teach the upper group levels and private lessons. I specialize in working with Swim Team members and Triathletes. I love to see my students be successful and overcome obstacles.
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.
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.
Jen Guare:
Hi, I’m Jen. I began swimming competitively at the age of 5 and I was a founding member of my college swim team at the College of Charleston. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Biology. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and son, and I also train for triathlons. I currently teach group, private lessons, and parent-tot classes.
kate 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.
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.
Phoebe Hoang:
Hey, I’m Phoebe. I've been swimming for 10 years. I've been on swim team for 6 of those years. My favorite swim memories are summer swim meets and being able to swim outdoors. I enjoy kayaking, hiking and watching movies. I currently teach all the levels including private lessons. I love it when my students finally have a breakthrough and fix all their technique imperfections. It's the most exciting thing ever!
Adam Humeniak:
Hello, I’m Adam. I've swum in High School and College. I enjoy spending time with my family backpacking and camping. I currently teach all the levels including private lessons. I also teach Adult and Parent-Tot classes. I enjoy watching my students learn skills and meet their goals.
PicsArt_02-24-04.56.051 Mary Kleinman: 
Hey, my name is Mary. I enjoy teaching a life long skill to my students. I am studying Psychology in school. I teach the upper group levels and private lessons. I love to watch the kids improve. I enjoy continuing teaching them as they advance in levels.
Madison Kranz:
Hey, I’m Madison.  My favorite swimming memories are swimming with my summer swim team. I enjoy spending time with my family and playing golf. I teach the lower levels here at Dupage Swim Center. I love watching the students become independent and successful.
Jackie MacDonald:
Hi, I’m Jackie. I enjoy swimming, school and making movies. I've been a swimmer since I was 6 years old. My favorite swimming memories are with my summer lessons and swim team. I teach all levels including privates. I love to watch the kids fall in love with swimming. It's great to see them progress.
Jared Marrs:
Hey, I’m Jared. I learned how to swim here, at the DPSC. Since then, I have been swum competitively for 9 years; I have swum for Waubonsie, Oakhurst, and Fox swim teams. I am also a State Level breaststroker. I teach all levels including privates. I specialize in diving and upper level technique. I have been playing Water Polo for 4 years. I enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy fishing with friends.
Avery Mathew:
Hey, I’m Avery. I was named an All-American and went to Nationals with my swim team. I love to swim, but I also enjoy eating and going to sporting events. I teach all levels including private lessons. I specialize in Stroke Stars 1 to Noncompetitive Swim Team. I love seeing the kids eyes light up when they figure out their stroke out.
Madeleine Mears  
Hello, I’m Madeleine. I've been part of the Mavericks Swim Team and Metea Valley Swim and Water Polo Teams. I love playing water polo and spending time with my friends and family. I teach all levels including private lessons. I enjoy watching the kids learn new skills and progress their swimming techniques.
Kai2 Kai Motoyama: 
Hey I’m Kai. I swam varsity Swim Team all four years in High School which went to State. I'm an individual state qualifier. I've swum with Fox Valley Swim Team in the past. I enjoy swimming, fitness, football and triathlons. I'm currently going to school to study engineering. I teach the upper levels as well as private lessons. I enjoy watching the kids grow, excel as swimmers and accomplish their goals.
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.
Haana Nelson : 
Hi, I’m Haana. I learned to swim here at the Dupage Swimming Center. I've swum with the Neuqua Valley Swim Team and I also play Water Polo. I enjoy running, reading and teaching Sunday School. I teach all the levels and also teach private lesson. I also teach adult lessons. I love to watch as a swimmer master a skill, that proved difficult in the past.
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.
Pricila Olivas:
Hey, I’m Pricila. I've been swimming since 7th grade. I play water polo and soccer. I teach all the levels at the swim center.  I also teach private lessons. I enjoy watching the faces  of the kids light up as they accomplish their goals.
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.
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.
Emily Schmidt:
Hi, I’m Emily. I learned to swim here at the swim center. I enjoy swimming, softball, boxing and spending time with friends and family. I teach all the levels here at the swim center. I also teach adult and private lessons. I love teaching my kids.
Hannika Schleebs:
Hey, I'm Hannika. I am currently working on an Accounting degree and CPA exam. I participated on the Waubonsie Valley Swimming Team from 2004-2008. I also was involved with the UIC Swimming Team 2008-2012. I graduated from UIC with degrees in Clinical Psychology and Spanish. I teach all the levels here at the swim center. I also teach private lessons.
Eileen Skowronski:
Hey, I’m Eileen. I was a competitive swimmer for 11 years. I've swum at South Pointe Swim Club, Mavericks, Fox and Delta. My favorite swim memory is making the state cut in the 200 IM. I love swimming, water polo, wakeboarding and fishing.. I'm currently in school in the nursing program. I teach all the group levels. I also teach privates. I specialize in teaching kids with special needs. I love being a role model for my students.
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.
Emma Woods:
Hello, I’m Emma. I love horse back riding and swimming. I've been swimming since I was 9 years old. I teach all levels here at the swim center. My favorite part about teaching is watching the get excited when they finally do a skill correctly.
More instructors will be added soon. Please stop and meet the rest of the staff.  

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