Meet the Staff

 

The friendly & professional faces at the DuPage Swimming Center!

OUR STAFF

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.

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 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 also have a Senior Brown Belt in Tae Kwon Do. I have been teaching Adult Group Swim Lessons for many years and I love the accomplishment of teaching my students to overcome their fears in the water.
Brittany Carson:
Hi I’m Brittany! I have worked at DuPage for 7 years. I graduated from Northern Illinois University in December of 2014. I have 3 sisters and 1 brother. My favorite color is purple.
Stacy-Conrad Stacy Conrad:
Hi, I’m Stacy. I have been an instructor at DuPage Swim Center since 2004. 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 group and private lessons and I also am an On Deck Coordinator. I love challenging kids to become the best swimmer that they can be.
Emily Dole:
Hi, I’m Emily. I grew up on Navy Bases, and was around water constantly so I had a strong desire to learn to swim. My favorite subject is English, but I have a strong background in the sciences, so my current area of study is Dental Hygiene. I love to sing, and I played in the band in high school, and I was also a Drum Major. I love working with kids because they can brighten up any day. They have the most genuine laughs and are so honest with their emotions. Who wouldn’t want to work with happy kids all the time? Not to mention, the fact that I get to help the “adults of tomorrow,” is a great feeling.
Hannika Schleebs: 
Hello, my name is 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 UIC swimming from 2008-2012. I actually graduated from UIC with degrees in clinical Psychology and Spanish.
Deividas-Gimbutis 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 girlfriend and animals. I have one Mini-Pomeranian named Charlie, and one Pit-Bull named Mila. I love teaching kids because every child is unique and I get to adapt my lessons every day to meet their individual needs.
MaryBeth Hicks:
Hello I’m MaryBeth. My favorite activities include hanging out with my family, which includes my 3 sons and husband. I have 20 years of experience with teaching adults, children, and infants how to swim. I am also a licensed professional educator for Kindergarten- 9th grade!
Jen-Guare 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 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.
Eileen Skowronski:
Hey, I’m Eileen. I was a competitive swimmer for 11 years at South Pointe Swim Club, Mavericks, Fox and Delta. My favorite subjects are Anatomy and Chemistry and I plan on going to Pharmacy School. In my free time, I like wakeboarding, fishing and water polo. I have two Pug mixes named Snoop and Peanut. I love working with kids because they can make my day better just by smiling!
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 love watching kids learn! I have been married for almost 10 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!
Martin-Ripinskas Martin Ripinskas:
Hi, I’m Martin. I actually learned to swim at the DuPage Swimming Center at an early age and now I’m one of their instructors! Before joining the team, I taught Tae-Kwon-Do to children. I am an accomplished sprinter on WVHS Track Team, and I also hold a Third Degree Black Belt. I love working with kids because I enjoy their positive energy and outlook on life. I also love to watch how quickly they can master new skills.
Rebecca Baugh:
Hello, I’m Rebecca. I am a teacher of special education and a developmental play therapist. I have lived in Illinois almost 10 years, but Californian through and through. A am a mother of twin girls, and have been married for almost 20 years. My hobbies include: travel, rock climbing, hiking, and reading.
Jared Marrs:
Hey, I’m Jared. I learned how to swim here, at the DPSC. Since then, I have been swum competitively for 8 years; I have swum for Waubonsie, Oakhurst, and Fox swim teams. I am also a State Level breaststroker.  I enjoy outdoor sport activities as well as playing water polo.
Anna Crowe Anna Crowe: 
Hello, I’m Anna. I love the water! I am involved in many youth group activities. A hobby of mine is writing. I am also currently a junior at Waubonsie Valley HS.
Kendra Diehl:
Hi, I am Kendra. I am involved in show choir at school and used to be on swim team. My favorite stroke is butterfly! When I get done with college, I want to be a teacher.
Nicole Haber Nicole Haber:
Hi, I’m Nicole! I love swimming and have been on swim team for 3 years. I love watching kids accomplish their goals; being able to be the reason a student is successful in swimming is such a great experience. I am a part of Waubonsie Valley HS’s award-winning show choir; we are currently #1 in the Nation. I am interested in pursuing forensic psychology. I am fascinated in people’s behaviors and why they do the things they do!
Cassie Steiber:
Hey, I’m Cassie. I have always loved being in the water. I actually took lessons at DPSC as a child. I am going to school for Cosmetology and Business. I have done gymnastics and cheerleading for 14 years. My favorite season is summer.
Morgan Lionberger Morgan Lionberger:
Hey, I’m Morgan. I was a dancer for 13 years and also a swimmer. I enjoy working with kids. I love to volunteer through my church. I aspire to be a high school teacher.
Lauren Lewin Lauren Lewin:
Hello, I’m Lauren. I want to be an elementary teacher when I am older. I swam on South Pointe Fox and Neuqua Swim Teams. I have 4 dogs and 4 brothers. I enjoy working with special needs children.
Haana Nelson Haana Nelson:
Hello, I’m Haana. I am currently a Neuqua Valley Student Athlete through water polo and swim team. I have been swimming since 3rd grade! I actually learned how to swim at DPSC as a kid. I love babysitting and helping out at my church nursery. I enjoy volunteering as a tutor for middle school students as part of Neuqua’s Rotary Club, INTERACT.

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