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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Romano:
Hey, I’m Michelle.  I learned how to swim at an early age, and used to go the pool with my mom every day in the summer.  I like to hang out with my friends and watch Netflix in my free time.  My current major is Broadcast Communications.  I teach all group lesson levels, but my favorite level to teach is the White Level.  My favorite part of teaching lessons is getting to spend time with my students, and helping them develop a love of the water.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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