Neighbors in the news: Schaumburg names new director of Cultural Services
Tiana Weiler was named director of Cultural Services by the village of Schaumburg. She is the third person to serve in this role, replacing Jack Netter, who retired in January after more than 35 years with the village.
Weiler previously served as the director of event management for McCormick Place in Chicago. She is an accomplished event services professional with a wide range of competencies in areas related to venue operations.
Prior to working in Chicago, she held event coordinator roles at the Minneapolis Convention Center and worked for the Minnesota Orchestral Association.
"We're pleased to welcome Ms. Weiler to Schaumburg's executive team as the next leader of the Prairie Center," said Village Manager Brian Townsend.
"Ms. Weiler's experience in arts, events and administration makes her well positioned to seamlessly transition to managing the operations and programs of the Cultural Services Department. I look forward to working with Ms. Weiler and maintaining Schaumburg as a destination for arts and entertainment."
Weiler's anticipated start date with the village is June 6.
• The Des Plaines Park District board recognized Matt Hartnett, Aquatics manager, for the Des Plaines Park District, with its Dedicated to Excellence Award at the May 17 board meeting.
The award is presented three times a year to employees who have made a positive contribution to the Des Plaines Park District. Recipients are nominated by park district staff members and evaluated by the Employee Relations Committee and Administrators for creativity, responsibility, community relations, and customer service.
Hartnett, who has been with the park district since 2014, was promoted to Aquatics manager in 2019. In June 2020, he led the district in being the first park district in the state to open an outdoor pool following COVID-19 quarantine.
Hartnett was also instrumental in the planning, design, construction, budgeting and programming of the Prairie Lake Aquatic Center, which held is grand opening in July 2020.
In 2021, all four pools in the district were open for business despite initial limitations set by the state due to COVID. During that time, Hartnett successfully transitioned the lifeguard certification program from Ellis and Associates to the American Red Cross.
"Matt often works evenings, weekends and holidays, jumping into action anytime the whistle blows," said Superintendent of Recreation Joe Weber. "Despite these work demands, he is also an involved husband and father. We truly appreciate the hard work and effort Matt gives us."
• Navy Airman Jomar Lorenzo, a 2015 Grayslake Central High School graduate, is currently serving with the Naval Aviation Warfare Development Center, supporting Top Gun aviators at the Navy's premier tactical air warfare training center.
Lorenzo is an aviation structural mechanic on board Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. The mission of Naval Air Station Fallon is to support carrier air wings prior to deployment, as well as other units during training and exercises.
"My job affords me the opportunity to launch planes and interact with pilots daily to ensure safe and efficient flight operations," said Lorenzo. "Working at the Top Gun unit is truly amazing."
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