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.
Kameron-Botka Kameron Botka:
Hey, I’m Kameron. I swam competitively from a very early age for several swim clubs in Oswego. I actually learned to swim so early that I can’t even remember taking swim lessons! I am currently majoring in Psychology. In my free time, I play Disc Golf for the Fox Valley Metro Disc Golf Club and J-Town Disc Golf. I love dogs, and I have three named Rex, Winston and T.J. I love teaching kids to swim because it’s such an important life-saving skill.
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.
Zach-Finkelstein Zach Finkelstein:
Hi, I’m Zach. I swam competitively for over 13 years and I specialized in sprint and middle distance Freestyle. In my free time I like to work out and play water polo. I plan to major in Criminal Justice. I love teaching kids how to be confident in the water, and I also love having fun with them in class.
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.
Anna-Gliszewski Anna Gliszewski:
Hi, I’m Anna. I have been working at the Du Page Swim Center since 2005, and both of my sons have taught here in the past. I have been teaching swimming for the last 12 years. In my free time, I enjoy downhill skiing and wind surfing. I love teaching because I get to be around kids and teach them an invaluable skill.
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.
Miriam Hollenbach:
Hi, I’m Miriam. I joined swim team when I was six ad I was a Varsity Water Polo Player at my highschool all four years. I am certified to all ages and ability levels of swimming, and I truly believe that swimming should be a part of everyone’s life. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Minor in Physical Education. In my free time, I play guitar, golf, tennis and water polo, and I also swim. I love the motto: “Eat, Sleep, Swim.”
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!
Jessica-Nudelman Jessica Nudelman:
Hi, I’m Jessica. I was on swim team for over 10 years, and I loved learning to swim! I am currently majoring in Massage Therapy. In my spare time I love being outside and camping. I have one cat named Bailey, and three Begals named Mao, Cody and Jake. I love teaching kids how to swim because of their enthusiasm.
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.
Bianca-Salgado Bianca Salgado:
Hi, I’m Bianca. I have always loved swimming and I have been working around pools for over five years. I am studying at Waubonsee Community College where I am pursuing a career in Nursing. In my spare time, I work with Special Needs children as a companion/aide, and I also enjoy dancing and hanging out with my family. I enjoy teaching students how to swim because I love seeing their progress, and their happiness brings joy to my work day.
Kayla-Schrader Kayla Schrader:
Hi, I’m Kayla. I have been an instructor for several years, and I am also a lifeguard for Pool Guards, Inc. I am currently studying Graphic Arts in college. In my free time, I am actively involved in archery. I have two cats and two birds. I enjoy working with kids because I love their never-ending curiosity and enthusiasm.
Corey Yonkers:
Hi, I’m Corey. My father taught me to swim at an early age, and I spent a lot of time learning to swim in the ocean with my brothers. I am currently attending Culinary School at Robert Morris University. In my free time I play on my neighborhood softball team, and play football and baseball. I love seeing my students push themselves to their limits and I enjoy seeing how much progress they make during a session.
Kellie Yonkers:
Hi, I’m Kellie. I began swimming at the age of 7 at Oakhurst Orcas Swim Team. I am currently attending Lewis University, and I expect to graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2015. In my spare time, I enjoy working out and cheerleading. I have a Lassa Apsa Poodle named Koda. My favorite thing about teaching kids to swim is to see them become confident in the water, and I also love seeing them smile when they accomplish new skills.

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